Another Fringe, another Writers’ Caf. 1998 saw the continuation of the Writers’ Centre’s enthusiastic involvement with this icon of Adelaide entertainment. The advertising postcard for the ever-popular ‘Writers’ Caf’ is pictured above. When the excitement of the Fringe was over for another two years, the Writers’ Centre settled into their usual plethora of events, seminars and publications: visit the links above to find out more!

seminars & workshops
where we’re at

Writers' Caf


February 1998
Preview to Writers’ Week

This event preceded the Fringe, being held in the wake of the release of the Official Fringe Program Guide. It let people know more about the writers appearing at Writer’s Week: Julian Barnes, James Bradley, Bernard Cohen, Louis de Bernieres, Don DeLillo, Nick Earls, Amanda Lohrey, Amin Maalouf, Anne Michaels, Michele Roberts, Jill Paton Walsh, Peter Wells and Marianne Wiggins.

The event was chaired by Greg Mackie, MC’d by SAWC Board Member Helen Chryssides, and hosted by Committee members Moya Costello, Penelope Curtin, Katharine England and Michael Meehan.

 Greg MackieWriters' Week Ad

Greg Mackie

Ad for the Preview to Writers’ Week event.

March 1998
Poets on Popeye

This ever popular event continued into 1998. Attendees cruised the River Torrens at sunset aboard Adelaide’s pleasure boat, Popeye. They enjoyed the magic of poetry, the tranquility of the river and the sparkle of city lights while tasting South Australia’s wines and cheeses.

The event, held over two nights, featured Alison Clark, Anthony Lawrence, Miriel Lenore, Lee Cataldi, Laurie Duggan, and Vicky Feaver.

Poets on Popeye

Ad for Poets on Popeye

March 1998
Fringe Festival Writers’ Caf

Writers’ Caf, part of the 1998 Adelaide Fringe Festival, was open from Sunday 1 March to Friday 6 March, and a bevy of enthusiastic local and interstate authors, poets, playwrights and performers were involved.

The Caf ran from 6pm to 11pm nightly, with book launches, ‘open mike’ sessions and guest performers a part of every night’s entertainment.

Ad for Writers' Caf

Ad for Writers’ Caf

June 1998
New Writing Performed

This event continued the success of previous sessions. It was held over three nights, on June 2, 9 and 16.

New writing performers included Aidan Coleman, Helen Manos, Barry Westburg, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, James Morrison, Bill Marsh, Verity Laughton, Peter Goldsworthy, Melanie Duckworth, Cath Kenneally, Tony Shillitoe, and John Fletcher.

 Cath Kenneally Tony Shillitoe Ad for New Writing Performed

Cath Kenneally

Tony Shillitoe

Ad for New Writing Performed

August 1998
Anne-Marie Mykyta Memorial Lecture

1998 saw the second of these annual lectures, which commemorate the contributions of Anne-Marie Mykyta, offering free entry to Writers’ Centre members.

The 1998 lecture featured ‘witty, raconteur’ Brian Matthews, columnist for the Australian, who entertained the audience with his musings about his writing.

 Brian Matthews

Brian Matthews


dB Young Writers continues

1998 saw a continuation of contributions from exciting young writers, being encouraged onto the writing scene by the SA Writers’ Centre.

Man On Wicker Chair

dB Young Writers’ Art, 
‘Man On Wicker Chair’ by Dan Monceaux.

Seminars & Workshops

July 1998
Aspects of Biography

Writers Christobel Mattingley, David Harris and Andrew Male were joined by research librarian Anthony Laube, and publishers Michael Bollen: Wakefield Press, and Richard Barnes: Corkwood Press. They combined to present a fascinating picture of the biography genre.

David Harris Anthony Laube

David Harris

Anthony Laube

September 1998
Aspects of the Mystery / Crime / Thriller Genre

This mysterious, thrilling seminar featured Annette Barlow, commissioning editor, Allen and Unwin. Other speakers included Kerry Greenwood, Sean Williams, Ruth Starke, Sandra Danher and Jane Lomax-Smith.

Kerry GreenwoodJane Lomax-Smith

Kerry Greenwood

Jane Lomax-Smith

November 1998
Aspects of Publishing Seminar

This seminar included speakers Samantha Schwarz, author of Australian Guide to Getting Published, Jane Covernton (pictured top left), co-founder and publisher of Omnibus Books, Janeen Brian (pictured bottom left), widely published author of children’s books and short stories, and self publishers Jill Gloyne and Richard Barnes.

Jane CoverntonJaneen Brian

Jane Covernton

Janeen Brian


June 1998
Young Authors’ Night

This annual event featured Christobel Mattingley (pictured top left).

New Writing Performed: Youth Participation

Our June ’98 New Writing Performed event included Carclew-sponsored youth reader spots. The young writers sponsored were Aidan Coleman and Melanie Duckworth.

Christobel MattingleyAidan ColemanMelanie Duckworth

Christobel Mattingley

Aidan Coleman

Melanie Duckworth

Where We’re At

Vital Stats

Membership: 1250.

Chair: Ruth Starke

Vincent Burke, Junice Direen, John Emery, Marguerite Hann Syme, Helen McKerral, Ruth Starke, Julian Zytnick, Martin Davies.

The 1998 AGM featured guest speaker Philip White (pictured centre left), the Advertiser’s Wine Writer.

1998 also saw the sad farewell to Administrator Mary Combe. Mary proceeded at a gathering in October, to take on the position of contract newsletter editor.

Congratulations also went to Gillian Rubenstein, who won the 1998 SA Great Award for Literature. The achievements of the previous year which earned her the reward included: five books published here and overseas, a New York opening for her play Wise Baby, an AWGIE nomination for her play Each Beach, and appearances at both the Edinburgh Children’s Book Festival and Vancouver Writers’ Festival.

Mary Combe, Graeme Beaton, Stephanie Luke, Joanne Petitdemange, Barbara McFadyenPhilip WhiteMary Combe

The SAWC team, Jan ’98. Standing (L to R): Administrator, Mary Combe, Web, Graeme Beaton, Admin Assistant, Stephanie Luke, Publicist, Joanne Petitedemage. Sitting: Director, Barbara McFadyen.

Philip White

Farewell to Mary Combe