As I travelled north authors copies of Storm were making their way to writers all over Australia and across oceans to writers in Ireland, Scotland and Canada and gifts of recognition were on their way to Finland, the Philippines and India. The evening sky in Brisbane has a luminous glow as the city comes toContinue reading “Writers shine bright”
An anthology is a beautiful object worth celebrating and sharing. Storm Minds Shine Bright Seasons 1 2023 features the work of 27 writers and poets and now as the printed authors copies make their way to mail boxes near and far I can share some of my experiences on the first leg of the Storm Anthology LaunchContinue reading “Bringing Storm to Life”
Mudgee is a welcoming country town in Central West New South Wales with a strong sense of community. In late autumn Minds Shine Bright headed out on the road, stopping in Sydney first to discover some bookshops and cafes where writers gather. Then it was up the misty Blue Mountains, through the Ten Tunnels toContinue reading “Minds Shine Bright visits Mudgee”
The winner of the Minds Shine Bright Storm Writing Competition was Chelinay Gates from Western Australia for her flash fiction entry ‘Storm Clouds Approaching. Twenty eighth writers were selected for publication in Storm Minds Shine Bright (Seasons Series 1) anthology. Second prize, third and fourth prizes were awarded to Cassie Boulis, Troy Walsh and Sarah Rasmussen.A tope ten show case included poets Steve Evans and Jennifer Harrison, and writers Gayle Beveridge, Patricia Fitzgerald, Jacqueline Winn and Riya Patel. All entries were blind judged by Amanda Scotney, Founder of Minds Shine Bright. The cover features art work by South Australian artist Mike Barr.
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 treasureContinue reading “A Storm is forming”
Sea birds on the remains of Princes Pier at Port Melbourne tell a story. The image can be used as a visual inspiration to write and create.
Panel discussion, ‘Finding Confidence in the Arts in 2022’ Amanda Scotney in conversation with Jennifer Harrison, Naomi Lisner, Gayelene Carbis and Monique Nair.
Running a fiction writing competition has really exceeded my expectations. My life has been vastly enriched by embracing the arts and publishing books. There are tremendous levels of talent out there, so many stories, scripts and poems yet to be discovered. I’m looking forward to opening Minds Shine Bright writing competition CONFIDENCE 2023 on theContinue reading “Celebrating writers and poets”