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In this IPEd Victorian Branch newsletter, Jackey welcomes the new IPEd Executive and Finance Officers in her president’s column and we include a run-down on what IPEd membership means for us. Jackey is also the subject of our Q&A this month – I love how so many editors have really interesting backstories; Jackey is no exception.

We have exciting news about our new relationship with the Melbourne Writers Festival, which begins on 26 August. This relationship allows us to offer some free tickets to members. Your first opportunity comes with a challenge: write a great etymology piece for the next newsletter. Details in the left-hand column of the newsletter (or here online).

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers is seeking nominations for the John Simkin Medal. If you are not an indexer yourself (although I know some Editors Victoria members are), you may wish to nominate an index prepared for a book you have edited.

We hear from the winner of Viva La Novella IV – he’s now working on his task of editing a novella – and also have a book review, a report from the June dinner, which featured a great panel discussing news media, some actually useful advice from Dear Ed and a prompt to start thinking about what you might like to present at the 2017 IPEd conference (it would be great to have more Victorian speakers than last time).

The communication team and other committee members have been champions this month, producing content in no time at all and helping me get the newsletter prepared early. As this goes out, I’ll be leaving St Ives in Cornwall on a fortnight’s walk around the coast. But I’ll be back for the next newsletter, so have a great month until then.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor