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Ekhidna Wines, McLaren Vale, Sun 3 Mar.
To celebrate their tenth anniversary talented South Australian writer’s group Ja Pišem presented a selection of literary readings in the picturesque setting of Ekhidna Wines. Narrated by the warm and humorous Tamara Lee, Ja Pišem engaged the audience with samples of their published and award-winning literature. From realism to fantasy; humour to tragedy, there was something to appeal to all tastes. Combined with the beautiful setting, delightful music and delicious wine, Final Draft proved a wonderful treat for any fan of the written word.
The afternoon opened with writer and publisher Lynette Washington reading an extract from her award-winning novel Plane Tree Drive; a collection of interconnected short stories set in the suburban street of Plane Tree Drive. Dear Diary was a perfect example of her beautifully crafted characters as teenager Poppy shared an extract from her diary with the audience (but definitely not her brother Jamie).
Tom Di Santo brought the audience to laughter with his short story Room Eight which featured in the anthology Goodnight Goodnight. It was impossible not to be moved by this touching tale of love, family and the trials getting old. Nicola McGunnigle recounted her real-life adventures taken from her book Four Seasons In Nepal, to which anyone who has attempted to travel with children will happily relate. And Alys Jackson’s beautifully written short story Chiyogami Fires proved all the more powerful as bush fires raged across Victoria.
To add to the wonderful collection of short stories, Kristin Martin presented a selection of her enchanting poetry from her published anthologies Paint The Sky and To Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme. A talented writer, Kristin’s poems were full of warmth and left me longing to hear more.
With a glass of sparkling Chardonnay in one hand and the stunning vineyards as a backdrop, Final Draft – 10 Years Of Ja Pišem proved a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.