Christine Grayden

Writing in Bass Coast


Greetings! Welcome to my website.

I am a writer who is extremely fortunate to live on Phillip Island (Bunurong Boonwurrung name Millowl), Victoria, Australia. Having been involved in the writing community here for decades, I am using this website to tell the world about my own writing, and the writing of other Bass Coast area writers. Hop on to the About page to find out more about me. Read on below to see news of writing and writers in Bass Coast, and visit my blog for my essays on a variety of local topics. I'll also be posting interviews with local writers there, link posted here.

Writing thought for the week:

A bulletin emailed from Nancy of "Creative Writing Now" cites some examples of writers who, faced with extremely challenging life situations, still managed to produce amazing books:
  • J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book as a single mother living on welfare, taking advantage of moments when her baby was asleep. 

•    Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 on a rented typewriter in a library basement because he was constantly interrupted at home and couldn’t afford an office. 

•    Toni Morrison, Hillary Mantel, Jojo Moyes, and Leigh Bardujo are just a few examples of writers who wrote bestselling books while struggling with illness and chronic pain.

The fact that many successful authors have written their books under conditions as challenging as yours means that you have the potential to achieve what they have.

No excuse really - if you want to write, write anywhere, any time!

Collaboration with fellow historian on maritime history book

Well-known Phillip Island historian and dear friend John Jansson visited today for lunch and a big work session for the Western Port maritime history books we're working on. He was pretty stoked when I presented him with a draft of his Western Port Maritime History Source Book I've just finished formatting for him. It's 280 + pages and still being added to, plus we will need a vessels index and a general index! Thanks to my printer Paul of Gone Printin' (not Gone Fishin') who lives not far from me at Ventnor, and who printed this out at short notice.

This source book of John J's is the culmination of decades of his work, trawling through records on Trove of old newspapers, journals, shipping records, as well as various primary and secondary source books. It's extraordinary. He also color coded the records according to a number of themes.

We both have the job of proofreading now, plus asking permissions to use some of the photos. But these aren't jobs we can jib on.

Hopefully this book will be finished by end of the year, with any luck, and we can launch it into the world. It's been a challenge to format all the information, but its definitely coming up shipshape now.

How many maritime puns can you detect in this post?!

Here's the draft Table of Contents:

If you have stayed behind to brave the Phillip Island Millowl winter while your friends are basking
in the north Australian sun, fear not! Scroll down to see some great opportunities!
Also check out the links for the detailed daily program of the Story Festival at Berninneit Cowes and also at the Gurdies Winery coming up 2-4 August
There's writing stimulation and author talks galore coming up through our community writing groups and the MyLi library service. Enough to keep anyone warm and invigorated all winter long.

Not just for adults either - there's several kids' writing sessions coming up in June and July.

Many of these activities are free or low-cost. Don't forget to book early though, as many of them can fill up fairly quickly.

Inverloch Writers Support Group - all welcome! Last Friday of every month.

Event Details - Meet with like-minded authors and creatives to discuss your writing, any issues or blockages and gain support from other authors on the last Friday of every month at Inverloch Library. Note: this is not a writing group and no writing prompts are given, this is a group for support and discussion surrounding the topic. For more information, go to:

Ibis Writers will meet next on Tuesday 6.8.24 at the Education Room, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Veterans Drive, Newhaven. Turn at first left past Cape Woolamai/Phillip Island Tourist Rd roundabout. Start time 1 pm. All welcome!

Bass Coast Writers meet at the Inverloch Community House at the Inverloch Community Hub, 16 A'Beckett St, Inverloch, on Thursdays from 1 - 3 pm. Free. All welcome. Bring along your current writing, or just come along and get a feel for how the writing group operates.

Next meeting: Thursday 11 July, 2024.

Saturday July 20, 2024, at 2 pm, Wonthaggi Library

Described as an author of "dark and twisty contemporary fiction", Kylie Orr will give a free author talk and have her books for sale at the event. For further info and to book, go here:

Advance Notice - Program now out!

And what a great line-up!

The organising committee says:

"Join us for the 2024 Festival of Stories in Berninneit, Cowes, from 2-4 August! Immerse yourself in a weekend of captivating storytelling, featuring renowned authors, filmmakers, and journalists. 

Kick off the festival on Friday evening with a special screening of 'The Dressmaker.' On Saturday, enjoy sessions with Sue Maslin and Rosalie Ham discussing the making of the film, Veronica Gorrie sharing insights from her powerful memoir 'Black and Blue,' and more. Engage with celebrated figures like Hannie Rayson, Kerry O’Brien, and Rosie Batty throughout the day. Sunday promises thought-provoking panels on journalism, storytelling, and self-perception with speakers like Jacinta Parsons, Robyn Davidson, and Wendy Harmer. 

Explore the book market in the grand foyer to pick up the perfect read and discover new favourites. 

Don't miss the after-party on Sunday afternoon, where you can mingle with fellow attendees and share your festival highlights. Grab your tickets now and be part of this enriching literary celebration! "

Plus, in conjunction with the Bass Valley Music Festival, a special story festival event will be held at the Gurdies Winery:

For full details and to book, go here:

And for the extra event at the Gurdies Winery, go here:

Advance Notice - Bookings open now!

Having participated in Jane Clifton's writing workshop recently and heard some of her poetry, I can assure you this will be an entertaining and enlightening night's performance - and not just for writers.
Jane Clifton: A Day At A Time In Rhyme - Sat 24 Aug | 7:30pm | Berninneit, Cowes - [Live Theatre]

A revealing, riveting performance where nothing is off limits as Jane reflects upon love and death and family, incontinence and wine, war and sex and Vegemite, footy, children, Christmas, Easter, and the best and worst of times while running the entire gamut of reflection, humour, tragedy, wit and whimsy.

To find out more and to book go to:

© Christine Grayden 2023