Karrinyup Writers club celebrated its 25th anniversary today. Not bad for a club which has met once a week for all that time except for a brief annual summer break.
To mark the occasion the club held a combined luncheon, readings from the judges' reports and some of the prize winning entries as well as the launch of their latest anthology. I was delighted to catch up with old friends, some of whom I haven't seen for several
years. Among those present were past and present Karrinyup members, the judges - Maureen Helen and Shane Macauley, as well as Chris Oakley and Mardi May from the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre and Helen Iles, Claire Grosse and Frances Richardson from the Society of Women Writers WA. It was lovely to see people from other parts of the writing world supporting us on this special day. I'm sorry that time and the sheer volume of people present made it impossible for me to talk to everyone. I certainly would have liked to.
Karrinyup Writers Club has a talented membership and a record to be proud of as it has helped many Perth writers to hone their craft over the years since Pam Steenbergen put an advertisement in the local paper and Dorothy Thompson answered it. They put together a list of aims that still forms the basis of the club constitution. We all owe them and the many who followed them a vote of thanks.
Happy birthday KWC and may there be many more of them.