The Byronic Hero’s Path: A Torturous Road
Writing

The Byronic Hero’s Path: A Torturous Road

Blogger in Residence, Rosalind Moran, explores this enigmatic archetype and its enduring presence in writing today.   The concept of the ‘Byronic hero’, named after Romantic poet Lord Byron, has existed for over 200 years. With his square jaw, tortured soul, and propensity to loiter on desolate hillsides, the Byronic hero’s enduring presence in storytelling across many mediums … Continue reading

Ode to a Papermate Inkjoy 100, A Poem by Penny O’Hara
ACTWC Awards

Ode to a Papermate Inkjoy 100, A Poem by Penny O’Hara

Penny O’Hara’s poem, Ode to a Papermate Inkjoy 100, won the 2015 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award, as part of our ACT Publishing and Writing Awards announced last year. The judge, Melinda Smith, described it as “a fabulous tight piece of metaphyics with lots of clever witty angles, none of them overdone.” Read it for yourself below.  Who can say who picked up whom? … Continue reading

Taking 5 with Dr Pippa Carron
ACT Writers Centre

Taking 5 with Dr Pippa Carron

This week we ask workshop tutor, Dr Pippa Carron, five questions about writing and editing. Pippa is teaching two upcoming workshops at the Writers Centre: Grammar and Punctuation Primer for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers and Focus on Stylistics. Check our website for more information and to get involved.  Can you briefly describe your writing and editing career? … Continue reading

Action (Bus Route 2), a poem by Sarah Rice
ACT Writers Centre / ACTWC Awards

Action (Bus Route 2), a poem by Sarah Rice

Sarah Rice’s poem, Action (Bus Route 2) was Highly Commended for the 2015 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award. This poem was described by judge, Melinda Smith as “A personable, compassionate meditation on having and not-having with some sharply observed moments”.  Action (Bus Route 2) There’s someone living in my bus stop two bikes three bags and … Continue reading