Skywriting pre-prints

Although the Skywriters Project will be publishing a curated anthology in 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first moon landing, some of our authors are keen to share their skystories – poems, memoirs and short fiction- as online ‘preprints’ well before that date. This page is for them.

Please note that only the work of registered Skywriters will be published on these pages. (But registering is easy! Just download the form at the following link and send it to skywritersproject[at] SkywritersRegistrationForm_Online_vJune2017)

Skystories must meet certain criteria to be considered for publication though. They can be authored in any genre (fiction/nonfiction, prose/poetry), they can be up to around 3,000 words long, and they must be about something to do with people’s relationship with cosmic phenomena as experienced from within our 700 Kilometre Array region of inland NSW and the ACT.

Authors retain copyright of their skystories, of course, and are responsible for editing their own work before submitting it for possible online publication. Please contact Merrill for more information.


MichaelAnderson_Moree_IMG_0680Red Star
Michael Andersen >>

Michael lives in Moree, Northern Inland NSW, and, in his own words, “has spent quite a few decades orbiting Old Sol.”  A career in country broadcasting has allowed him to work in many towns across Australia. He suspects that the many hours he has spent conceiving and writing ‘creative’ radio advertising have ‘ignited a spark’ to write his own stories for his own enjoyment. He hopes others will enjoy them too.


Skywriter Sarah Mackean, Parkes, NSW.Sic Itur Ad Astra (Thus One Goes To The Stars)
by Sarah MacKean >>

Sarah writes, paints and takes photographs. For many years she was a family law barrister living in Cornwall, UK. She now lives in Parkes, NSW, Australia, with her husband, teenage son and well-travelled cat. You can visit her new website here >>

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by Leanne Wicks >>

When not designing and knitting Australian native birds, Leanne is capturing poems.  She has recently completed an anthology of poems entitled Against the Skyline, about the sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur, and is now working on a verse story, An Incomplete Guide to Captive Birds, which draws on her experiences of domestic violence.

Leanne’s poem, Small Reminder, is inspired by an interview with one of her direct ancestors, a man born in 1796, published in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph in January 1888. It refers to traditional beliefs of many First Nations Peoples that their ancestors’ spirits are manifested as stars.


NevilleJenningsStar-gazing at Bogan Gate in the 1960s
by Neville Jennings >>

Neville is a retired educator living in Murwillumbah, northern NSW. He began his career as a primary teacher at Bogan Gate Public School, in the Shire of Parkes, in 1961 and later moved to Merriwa Central School. In the 1970s and 1980s, he taught Geography and other Social Science subjects at secondary schools in NSW, Victoria and Canada. From 1990 till 2008 he was actively involved in teacher training and teachers’ professional development through Southern Cross University. He currently volunteers as a Primary Ethics teacher at Chillingham Public School. Neville’s skystory is about his time at Bogan Gate when the Parkes Telescope was opened.

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by Martha Morrison Gelin >>

Martha was born in Tennesee, USA, eighty years ago. She has lived in many different places since then and now calls Bathurst home. Martha worked professionally in the fields of human services, academia and private counselling practice, and has written extensively on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), meditation, research evaluation and sexuality, including two books for parents about talking with their children about sexuality. Now in ‘retirement’, she wants to write more creatively about some of her many other interests – including supernovae!

Page created by Merrill Findlay, 27 September 2017. Last updated 26 August 2018.