• Mark J. Keenan

Celebration Socks


Yesterday, I was in Spudshed buying fruit when I spotted these socks. They were $2 and I thought, why not, you deserve them. A small reward. A good way to celebrate. And even though my cat seemed to be unsure this morning about the new purchase smell, I am glad I did.

You may be wondering why I am celebrating?

(of course, you may just be admiring my thrifty purchase and thinking, maybe I'll get a pair).

I have been selected, along with eight other writers, by the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre for the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program.

This marvellous initiative, in it's second iteration, runs over two years and involves a series of workshops, mentorships and special events to support writers to prepare their manuscripts for submission.

The program is a partnership between Fremantle Press, the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre (KSP), the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA (FAWWA), WA Poets Inc and Peter Cowan Writers Centre (PCWC) and is supported by WA’s Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

I know several writers who have participated in the first program, and I know one in the new program. They are all the best types of humans and I feel excited, humbled, and grateful to have been selected, along with my work-in-progress, a novel set in 1959 Bassendean, to be a part of it.

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I will add the names of the other recipients to this post once they are all offiocially announced. If you know them, or meet them, give them a cheer - writers need that - and maybe buy them some two buck socks.