Fellowship of Australian Writers
Tasmania Inc.
North West Branch

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Graeme Bourke

Graeme was born in the small coastal town of Ulverstone in Tasmania, Australia. Because of the nature of the Tasmanian people to be inclined toward trout fishing, he followed this path. It was his love of trout fishing that inspired him to put pen to paper and record his journey into fly fishing with a book that was published in 1993 called. Come Fly Fish With Me.
           This whetted his appetite for more writing. In 2006 he completed a writing course and his tutor recommended that he think seriously about writing full time. Since then he has published a second book on fishing in 2008 with the title of: If Only the World Would go Fishing. He has written articles for several magazines including the Sporting Shooter, On The Road and The Tasmanian Sportsfisher. In 2011 he published his first fiction book Hawkins' Grove. This book is also available as an e-book. Graeme has more e-books: Mountain Pride, The Ghost Ship, The Gates of Hell and The House of Dreams. For details, see Graeme's webpage.


Patricia Coy

Pat has been a researcher of family history for many years and, after a career in teaching, began writing stories about her ancestors. In 1988 she co-authored a book about her mothers family who emigrated from Scotland in the 1850s.
          About twelve years ago she started to write poetry and self published a book of verse in 1999. She has attended Adult Education Writers' Workshop courses for several years, participated in various workshops on the subject and had some of her work published in anthologies and journals. She has been an active member of FAW North West for about twelve years. Pat has also won prizes for her poetry.


Meg McLaren

Meg was born on the beautiful island of Trinidad in the Caribbean. A Colony of the Crown, which was at that time, part of a chain of islands known as the British West Indies. She had a colourful and happy childhood and her writing is influenced by these experiences. 
     Meg's family moved to Ireland when she was eighteen and, with the exception of five years in south Africa, she lived there until 1986 when she migrated to Australia with her husband and three children.
     Over the years she travelled extensively and come into contact with many different lifestyles and cultures. She has now retired and has had the good fortune  to live in Tasmania, a place, she says, of mystical inspiration. She loves composing stories and poems. With more time at her disposal she is now able to pursue her penchant for writing.

 

Brenda Slavoff

Winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, North West Branch open short story competition for 2011, Brenda has experience in many fields of writing, including short stories, poetry and plays. She is currently working on a historical romance novel. Brenda lives in Burnie, teaches tango, plays the harp and takes pleasure in music composition.


Ant Dry

Ant was born in Zimbabwe and lived there for 49 years before immigrating to Australia. His novel: Jack's War - The wasted years, was published in 2011, and is based on life in Africa. A Chartered Accountant by training, Ant retired on arrival in Australia but is busier than he ever was when he worked, volunteering for a number of organisations. One of his "jobs" is to write and edit his local newspaper.


Allan Jamieson

Allan was born in Bendigo, lived in thirteen towns in Victoria and NSW before he was seventeen years old and, when 23 years of age, migrated to Montreal Canada. He found himself spending a total of seventeen years in five towns in Canada, Sweden and Japan before returning to Australia in 1981 and settling in Burnie, which he found to be a very nice place to live.
     Allan always said writing was his hobby, but it was not until he retired from work that he began to indulge himself in this pastime. So far, seven books have been published: (i) Emerging from the Past -– A family history with a difference; (ii) No Return -– A novella depicting the life of Rachel Newton (1803-1855); (iii) The Pulp - The rise and fall of an industry [sold out]; (iv) Enthusiastic Amateurs -– A cautionary tale for golf and sporting clubs; (v) Honto Henro - The 88 Temple Buddhist Pilgrimage in Japan; (vi) Meandering Mind - 23 short stories and poems; (vii) Service Above Self - The 75-year history of the Burnie Rotary Club. Two more books are ‘in the pipeline.’