Awards celebrate literary excellence

Literary excellence was celebrated as Rocky River ‘Riters held its annual Laura Literary Awards night at Gladstone on Saturday.

Jonathan Hawkins-Clarke told the gathering the group was pleased to have more entries from South Australia.

The awards are heavily frequented by schools and professional writers from interstate.

“We really appreciate the effort people put in,” Mr Hawkins-Clarke said.

Clare Valley author, Meredith Appleyard, talked about her journey from nurse to published writer as a guest speaker on the night.

While she always had an interesting in writing, it was not something she tackled until later in life.

“There is nothing better than sitting at my desk and immersing myself in a fictional world I have complete control over,” she said.

Her fourth book is currently with publishers and she is in the middle of writing her fifth book.

After the competition’s winners were announced, the gathering enjoyed entertainment provided by Owen Lewis, Mary Lewis and Mary Bateman.

The awards, originally started in 1997, have been run by Rocky River ‘Riters since 2009.

The competition is supported by The Flinders News, Redback Web Design and Dean Hansen.