Kate Campbell-Llyod grew up in Zimbabwe, spent her youth in England then migrated to Western Australia in 1970. She moved with her family to North Queensland in 1980, looking for loya cane to weave into baskets. She sings, gardens, teaches and makes baskets.
Kate Campbell-Lloyd continues a blog on Book Creator’s Circle meetings in Cairns,which she regularly attends on behalf of Licuala Writers.
21st May 2011 BCC conferencing @ Ridges Trade Winds on the Esplanade Cairns Speaker & Author
Megan Bayliss Megan was invited to be one of the two May BCC conferencing guest speakers, giving us insights into her life as a writer. About 25 of us sat around the tables on the veranda at Trade Winds with an apt wind blowing in our ears. It was almost impossible to hear what anyone was saying!
Megan enlivened our morning by sharing first up that she has had multiple marriages but only to one man at a time! As a child sexual assault therapist she has chosen to use a Pen name that is a protective cover for some of her current writing. She has been writing since she was a little girl long before she was introduced to the mechanics of writing. However as an academic writer who has written academically what she terms very ‘boring papers’, she finds that upon rereading them, she is wondering what they actually mean! The realization that her writing career ‘was boring’ fueled a career change geared for personal sanity! Megan has four children of her own and has written children’s books.
Megan gave us each an opportunity to speak about who we admired as a writer and what genre of writing we were personally interested in. There was a diverse range of writers at the table. The genres ranged from autobiography such as ‘life as a nurse’, to crime & public speaking for meetings, rhyming poetry & the writing of fantasy with a touch of reality. Some members of BCC are writing about romance and war, survival and recovery against all odds, values & respect for the individual, the environment and our wildlife. Peace, with the emphasis on the need for peace politically in our world, is the strong impulse behind Letizia’s Book Creators Circle.
Megan emphasized the richness that there is in each of us and how much research and diversity there is amongst us within the BCC & its connected networks. Megan spoke about the practice of writing every day. For her she had to face the reality of her circumstances and choose a new job. Today she writes in a house style that is someone else’s academic style. She finds that it not only pays the bills but by assisting students with their academic study it has brought so much interest and research into her life that her creativity bubbles underneath her daily work and gives her source material that makes her write. Megan’s smile bubbles in the telling! It’s infectious. http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/barthes06.htm :
ROLAND BARTHES is Megan’s favorite Author. Richard Howe is the interpreter of Roland’s book: The Death of the Author.
I quote him saying: “we know that to give writing its future, it is necessary to overthrow the myth: the birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the Author.”
Megan Bayliss (BSW, Dip SOC, MAASW) Student Counsellor, Curriculum Writer, Manager of The Junk Wave program for “students at risk.” My Other Mum Training College.
(c) Kate Campbell- Lloyd