From the News Desk

with "Scoop" Mason


Are you a writer? Do you want to improve your writing skills, and be part of a group which can help bring out the best in you? Well, we may be just what you’re looking for.

Noosa Writers is a group of creative writers and authors who meet regularly to share thoughts, exchange ideas and evaluate each other's work in a supportive and friendly environment. All of us are involved in novel writing, some further advanced in their manuscripts than others. Each week we take three members' chapter contributions and critique those chapters at our weekly meetings, commenting on style, content, characters, and flow. We do not edit each other’s work, nor do we tutor. Rather, we are a self-help group which has worked successfully like this for a number of years. Most of us are published authors.

If you are keen to expand your creative horizons and feel that you might benefit from membership of such a group - and, at the same time, help others in the group to achieve their own writing goals – then get in touch with us now and let’s see how we might be able to work together.

We meet every Monday morning at Wallace House, in the Noosa Community Precinct.

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Book Launch

Following its publication in early December, Gertrude was launched to a small but discerning gathering at the Fine Espresso Bar and Spa at the Colonial Centre on Noosa's Gympie Terrace. Copies are now available at $20 a copy from the Village Bookshop in Hastings Street, or by phoning Barbara direct on 4455 4391, or via the Noosa Writers website at

Our own local newspaper, Noosa Today, felt the book, and its launch, was worthy of special mention.
Just Released

Barb Kelly's new novel "Gertrude"

Between 1916 and the late 1930s, Gertrude lived through two marriages, motherhood, WW1 and the Great Depression. She was a gutsy and dignified woman who coped with love, loss, and hard work using humour to build resilience. More educated than many women of that time, Gertrude sought wisdom and solace from books which made her question the expected roles of women. Gertrude was an extraordinary woman conscripted to live an ordinary life. This is a fictionalised story of my grandmother based on researched facts

"Gertrude is a beautifully observed and finely crafted novel based on the extraordinary life of an ordinary woman struggling to survive in early 1900s Australia. One of the best books of its genre I’ve read for a long time ‒ don’t miss it." - Peter Mason