by Writers of Picton
Writers groups have long been popular throughout this country with members coming and going as they try out and develop their talent for writing.
With lamentably few opportunities to see their work in print, though there are now more modern equivalents, the publication of a collection of members’ works is an exercise often undertaken by such groups.
It’s the counterpart of the end-of-the-year recital for music or dance students. Not only does it reward those who have worked to increase their skill, but it’s a showcase for the group itself. On a personal level it’s something tangible to be held, kept, and shown to friends. In the longer term it endures to provide a record of artistic achievement in a local area.
Short & Sharp 2019 is a good example of such a work, being a modest 38 page collection, of selected articles, stories and poems written by members of Writers of Picton. Sixteen authors – Joyce Elwood-Smith, Rosemary Francis, Brian Henstock, Marie Higgs, Mary Hopwood, Mary Howan, Julie Kennedy, Susan Kerr, Lyn Johnstone, Ann Scott Holt, Trish Little, Gloria Mitchell, Annette Rattray, Dot Scott, Irene Thomas, Peter Thomas – have contributed the 29 items, which are each just a page or two long.
There’s fiction and non-fiction in a variety of genres – nostalgic memories, whimsy, humour, thoughtful reflection, with an emphasis on the lighter side, which is a good choice for such a publication.
As is usual in such cases, the writing varies in quality, though not a lot as all are very competent and effective – they’ve been well selected.
And the booklet shows the care that’s gone into the production – it’s nicely laid out, with clear print, well proofed, and with a few relevant photos included.
Look at the cover and you’ll get the idea that it could be just the thing to slip into your bag for leisure reading. Or posted as a gift – just the thing for an older person particularly.
Author: Writers of Picton
Publisher: Good Hope Publishing House
RRP: $7.00 plus $3.00 post and packing within New Zealand
Available: from Peter Thomas, Good Hope Publishing House, PO Box 596, Picton 7250