And the good news continues. A passion project I've been working on over the last few years is complete. My article 'Bowl the Maidens Over' will be published in the MCC's member publication The Yorker on Boxing Day. The article is about the first organised games of competitive women's cricket in Australia, starting in 1874.
Many brave women's stories are lost to history and it's been an absolute pleasure to find one that hasn't been told.
This retreat we ended up with a group of seven. The group consisted of two previous attendees, four new people and me. We had a variety of projects as goals between us - from poems to novels to non-fiction - and came from very different employment backgrounds; all writers at various stages of their careers. But none of that mattered and there were no visible boundaries as we all sat down to work.
... we all needed a change of clothes.
The rest of the time was spent at base, working away. We had lunches supplied by Phillip Island Bakery - which were delicious - and were treated to bacon and egg breakfasts and a home cooked meal by the Tropicana motel.
It was bitterly cold, but perfect weather to stay indoors and write up a storm.
On the Saturday night after dinner, we even had a chance to sit around next to an open fire and talk books.
Does life get any better for a writer?
It was a great group, great conversations and even better, we all managed to get some great words on the page.
Thanks everyone for a super weekend.
Thank you for visiting