October 2016

Book Review: 'Salt Creek'

In the August 2016 newsletter, Lucy Treloar answered our questions about her editing and writing life. As a follow-up, Jane Fitzpatrick reviews Lucy’s recent novel, Salt Creek, which was short-listed for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Salt Creek, the new novel by Lucy Treloar, is set in the Coorong region of South Australia in the mid-1800s. Hester Finch, teacher, widow and mother, looks back from 1870s England to her earlier life there. Hester is the eldest girl in a large, formerly well-to-do family. Her father, Stanton Finch, has made a series of bad investments and is forced to uproot the family from its comfortable existence in Adelaide to take up life on their farm.


Reminder: Editors of North-East Victoria (EDNEV) Freelance Lunch

The north-eastern region of Victoria covers two million (plus) hectares and incorporates nine(!) shires. Can you believe EDNEV is crazy enough to think it can pull together a bunch of freelancers to shoot the breeze and pick each other’s brains on the vagaries and challenges of being a ‘bushbirdo wordo’ (go figure on the phonetics of English!) But, so far, the signs are there that each of our meetings (held roughly every two months) has given attendees lots of food for thought and delectation. If Yea is just too remote, let us know and we will do the miles to you – that is, we are a movable feast. Come join us for food, fun and plenty of inspiration.

The next meeting of EDNEV will be on Wednesday 19 October at MannaFest Cafe, Yea, at 12pm. For further information, ring Ruth Fluhr on 5790 8606.


Gippsland Editors

The Gippsland editors are happily engaged with a range of projects and are planning to arrange a gathering some time in November. If you'd like to join us, please contact Caitilin on hello@artfulwords.com.au or phone 0421 545 282.


Typo of the Month

small dog food

These ‘awesome flavours’ of dog food include ‘small dog’ – ew.

Dear Ed

Dear EdDear Ed,

I purchased a can of baked beans and found to my amusement that it was labelled ‘Suitable for vegetarians’. This is definitive proof that meat-eaters are superior beings! After I picked myself up off the floor, I tried to think of the last time I bought a piece of meat labelled ‘Suitable for carnivores’. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with people going all paleo and wanting to wear loincloths (or even lion cloths, if they insist, provided they’re not at the zoo) and live on nuts and berries, but does everything have to be labelled ‘contains nuts and berries’ just so some tiny segment of the population has a clue about what they’re eating? It just befuddles my mind. Must go, I ate too much toast and the brain fog descends early this time of year.


Iris Blur