Whyalla and Port Augusta writers combine for food anthology

IMAGINATION: Anne Cunningham with one of the cook books that has inspired the Whyalla Writers' Group to embark on a food anthonlogy in time for Christmas.

IMAGINATION: Anne Cunningham with one of the cook books that has inspired the Whyalla Writers' Group to embark on a food anthonlogy in time for Christmas.

There is a story behind every meal and an experience to be shared in every recipe.

This is the literary mixture proposed by the Whyalla Writers’ Group and Port Augusta Writers for a food anthology, Recipes for Living.

They are searching far and wide for ingredients which could also include pictures by Whyalla News cartoonist Stephen Stanley. Anyone with a taste for writing and food is asked to join Stephen, Anne Cunningham and John O’Shea for an information session at the Whyalla library at 6pm on Thursday, June 1.

“A person could write something about how they changed their lifestyle and what they eat and make it entertaining,” Anne said.

Anne will bring her talents to task – she has previously written a story for the children’s book, Cuttlefish Joe.

Stephen is better known for his humourous forays in the pages of the newspaper, but admits to having some specialties as a chef.

“I always come back with the ‘tried-and-true’ dishes,” he said.

“My story is going to be about herbs and spices. It is all about the secret recipes.”

John said he planned a contribution based on adults living with attention-deficit disorder with ingredients to suit.

He will also write about living in the Port Augusta-Whyalla area. “I didn’t know I could write 18 months ago. It would have been the last thing I thought of,” he said.

“I have gone through a change. It is all part of my new life.”

Submissions are invited for the book. Contributors must be a financial member of either group.  The maximum length for contributions is 1000 words, either as prose or poetry, and must be submitted as a Word file to Stephen Stanley at stansei@bigpond.com by September 1 together with a short biography of the contributor and preferably a photograph.  Contributions may be edited for length and formatting. 

If you have a completed piece for inclusion, please feel free to submit it prior to the deadline, and also contact us if you have any queries, or special requests about your submission. 

There will be some form of illustration throughout the anthology (although the exact nature is yet to be determined) possibly on the theme of food or cooking, and we also invite interest in submitting items either as artwork or photographs. Please refer to a copy of the Whyalla Writers’ Group 2016 anthology, WHERE THE OUTBACK MEETS THE SEA, for the size and style of the 2017 anthology.  

It would be preferable if contributions did not include page numbering or headers/footers.  There is a preferred typeface (ARIAL 11 point), and this will be used unless a contributor has used a different typeface and wishes that to be the one used in their submission. 

The Whyalla Writers’ Group will hold an information session for the project at its meeting on Thursday, June  1, at 6pm at the Whyalla City Library, and a workshop for contributors on Thursday, July 6, at 6pm, also at the library.

The book will be assembled in the week after September 1 and a small number of proof copies of the book will be printed, some for the Whyalla group and some being sent to the Port Augusta group. 

Contributors will then have about two weeks to check the proofs for accuracy and make any minor changes to their contribution.  If a contributor wishes to purchase a personal proof copy of the book at this stage, please contact Stephen. A charge will be made for this.

After any changes have been made to the manuscript, an order will be placed for an initial print run. It is hoped that this order can be placed early in October with an official launch date in November.

This will be an exciting project, and Mr Stanley urges anyone with an interest in writing to submit work to make the anthology a success.   If you are interested in becoming a part of this project can you contact either of the two groups or please email Mr Stanley at stansei@bigpond.com so he can include you in any updates.

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