A Storm is forming

An unexpected joy in reading through the Storm entries was discovering some amazing stories and poems about animals, so this month’s feature image is Storm the cat nestling on her log.

The sheer force of water, snow, ice, wind and fire remind us of how fragile we are, how tiny and how everything we treasure can be destroyed in a moment. The human spirit can shine or fail against the unbridled power of nature.

There have been many unique interpretations of the storm theme and we look forward to sharing these with you once the Storm anthology is launched. 

Storm competition entrants have now been advised whether they have made the Longlist or not and the Shortlist will be finalised over the next few days. We will be holding an online Awards Night to announce the winners and commended entries of Storm. We will also be awarding some gifts and certificates of recognition to a small number of entrants.

We travelled south to Tasmania in March and have added a selection of photos to our Books on Bookshelvespages from visits to three bookshops in Tasmania that strongly support local writers. 

I really enjoyed visiting Fullers, which was the bookshop that I spent hours browsing and shopping in during my formative years. Fullers in Hobart’s CBD has a wonderful café where you can sit and read and chat about books and everything literary. There is a great selection of books to browse as well. I really enjoyed my visit and making some local connections.

The Hobart Bookshop, at Salamanca Square was the first bookshop ever to stock Confidence Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2022. It has helpful, knowledgeable staff and a lovely collection of books.

Travelling by bus up the Midlands Highway through the rolling hills brought back childhood memories of the disappearing house, the animal topiary and all the little towns along the way. In Launceston I visited Petrarch’s Book Shop, an excellent local bookshop, and it was great to put faces to names and get some insights into the northern Tasmanian literary scene.

 Each of these three bookshops stock Confidence Minds Shine Bright anthology 2022 so if you are a Tasmanian based anthology or poetry lover, I recommend you drop in and buy a copy. The Confidence Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2022 in paperback or ebook is also available to purchase online. We look forward to travelling further and to building new connections with local communities of readers, writers and bookshops.

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