Awards I've won
It's always nice to be appreciated. :-)
2012: First and Second Prizes in the Short Story section of the Society of Women Writers' Christmas Competition. First prize for "To the Bitter End" and Second Prize for "Good Advice".
2011: First Prize in the article section of the Society of Women Writers' Victoria Biennial Literary Awards : "Australia's Forgotten Hero - Jimmy Melrose".
2010: Winner of the My Favourite Place competition for a travel article "A Breath of Fresh Eyre" in the caravanning magazine The Nomad. April 2010.
2008: Runner up - "The Last Letter Home". A science fiction piece based on sightings of giant cats in Victoria. It's a letter written by an alien trapped and dying on earth. Society of Women Writers Victoria, Christmas Competition 2008. Short Story section.
2008: First Prize - "The Ghost of Coryule" (the story of Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb who settled on the Bellarine Peninsula). Geelong Advertiser Short Short Story Weekly competition. 23 August 2008.
2007: First Prize - "The Cat that Sailed with Matt", (the story of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim), Society of Women Writers Victoria Bienniel Literary Awards, Non-fiction section, 2007
2006: First Prize- "The War on Words", a fictional debate on freedom of speech between Eve and Ares, God of War. Joyce Parkes Women Writers' Award, Australian Irish Heritage Association, 2006
1999: Third Prize-Article: "I heard every Word", an article on learning styles, Society of Women Writers, Victorian Branch, 1999.
1993: First Prize-- Article: "Fair Bound for Hell", an article on the wreck of the Batavia. Society of Women Writers, Victorian Branch, 1993
I have been active and vocal on the issue of sexism and gender inequality for many decades, acting for several years as a spokesperson for the Women’s Electoral Lobby, travelling Victoria as a volunteer guest speaker to raise awareness to the issues for women. I performed a similar role in schools and at conferences on behalf of the Education Department of Victoria.
I've been interviewed on ABC television, ABC Radio National and community radio. It all helps to spread the message.
I have a following on Facebook and Twitter, and a blog entitled “Earth to Mars and Venus” I'll be moving the blog to this website soon so come back and check it out.