Robin McLean’s gripping debut novel, Pity the Beast, has been published by And Other Stories Publishing, to acclaim: “Not since Faulkner have I read American prose so bristling with life and particularity” writes J M Coetzee.
Kirsten Cameron, who hosts the afternoon reading sessions of the Australian FreefallWriting workshops on Zoom, has had her first novel (working title, Don’t Ask Why) accepted for publication by Hunter Publishing. It is scheduled to appear in August.
Recursion, a dark thriller by David J Harrison, published by the Book Guild, is available on Amazon. Deepam Wadds’s novel, What the Living Do, will be published by Regal House in 2024. And Kamille Bligh Roach’s mystery novel, A Matchbox Full of Pearls, is available on Amazon. Elysia Nisan has had a three-novel coming-of-age fantasy series published by Craig Martelle Inc.(under the pseudonym Eden Wolfe): Echo Breaker, Echo Chaser and Echo Ender.
Other Freefall writers’ accomplishments include Kelly Watt’s publication of her poem, “Venus With Hat,” published in the UK anthology, Doorways and Thresholds, from Overneath books, and Ronna Jevne’s completion of a book of poetry about aging, Threescore and Then.
Deepam Wadds has also had a short non-fiction piece published in The Blood Pudding: “The Story as it is Told” http://thebloodpudding.com/nonfiction/the-story-as-it-is-told/
In stories: British writer Geoff Mead’s short story, Room 1-0-1, written during this year’s Poulstone/Treowen workshop, was published in The Phare Literary Magazine’s Summer Edition: https://www.thephare.com/short-stories/room-1-0-1- Australian Rashida Murphy has had a collection of short stories which “mostly all had their beginnings in Freefall” shortlisted for the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. She is also writing personal essays, one of which you can read on https://www.portsidereview.com/y5w2-rashida-murphy.
In books: Jocelyn Terell Allen, a former principal dancer with the National Ballet, has published Early Days, Early Dancers (Inanna), a finely-woven collection of reminiscences showing the early days of Canada’s National Ballet School and National Ballet, through the eyes of its dancers.
Vancouver writer Betty Wall’s engrossing novella, No Way Out (Atmosphere Press), was the winner of a Canada Book Award. Nick Amatuzio’s satiric novel, Before the Cut, was published by City Limits Publishing in Tennessee. Gulara Vincent’s memoir, Hammer, Sickle & Broom: A Memoir of Intergenerational Trauma in Azerbaijan, developed over several workshops and in mentorship,has been published in England. It’s a powerful, eye-opening read.
In poetry: four of Susan Smith’s poems have been chosen for the annual anthology of the Canadian Authors’ Association, Niagara Branch, The Banister. One, entitled “Entry”, has been awarded 2nd prize among 400 entries in the Ontario-wide poetry contest on which the anthology is based. Diana Cawfield’s poem, “Solitude”, won a Judge’s Choice Award in the Ultra Short Poem Competition, 2020, of The Ontario Poetry Society. Kim Roberts (former head of Extension at UWA, and a strong Freefall supporter/participant) has published Sometimes: Selected Poems 1968-2020. Barbara Orlowska-Westwood, also in Australia, has published Living Lines Are Never Straight (also available as an e-book from Ingram Spark).
I’m afraid that in the current flurry of online workshops, I haven’t been tracking news of Freefall participants’ recent publications as I should, and I welcome all reminders.
But I do know that my friend and former student, Patricia Moffat, has published the memoir about adoption that was begun in a Freefall workshop more than twenty years ago, with Crowsnest Books, entitled She Turned Her Head Away. It is the thoughtful and well-written story of what can happen when an adopted child decides to look for – and finds – her birth mother. It’s an absorbing book that I hope will also serve as an inspiration to everyone who has a manuscript tucked away somewhere, along with a thousand reasons not to send it out.
In England, Charlie Morris, a former Financial Times sports editor, has published a football memoir, Generation Game, last year to good reviews, after attending a Freefall Writing Workshop at Poulstone Court in 2013.
And Australia’s Deborah Huff-Horwood reports “a small but joyful success”: having had her story, “The Suitcase”, cited as Highly Commended among entries for the AAWP—Ubud Writers and Readers Emerging Writers’ Prize.