book producers Photo Credit Lydia Valeriano: Production Team Under One Sky.


Licuala WINQ Writers meet the third Saturday of the month.  Please contact us for details of venues.  We alternate between Mission Beach and Innisfail. LICUALA WINQ established in 2011.

Licuala Writers was established in 2004 by journalist James Keogh using a radf grant. Since then a few of the founding members, such as successful local children’s author Pam Galeano, remain but the group has been energized through the addition of new members who have been involved in writing a short play Alice in Waterland (2005) local poets breakfasts (2005-2007), the Ripple poetry/photography wall and workshops run by Dr June Perkins (2007), Into Orbit library Reading (2009). The group meets monthly and has members from Cardwell, Mission Beach and Tully as well a regular emailed newsletter of opportunities for writers and a group blog. This year they are working towards publishing their first anthology of writing of the Cassowary Coast area with invited input from WINQ. They are group members of the QWC and are forming great networks with music and other arts groups in their local area.

Goals are as follows: to provide a forum for writers to meet and discuss their work, to promote development of writers in the Mission Beach/Tully area, to encourage members to have their work published and to enhance members understanding of the writing industry.

Licuala WINQ Writers will be producing anthologies of their work and sometimes the communities. We currently have around 40 members and new members are always welcome.

CV for Licuala Writers


Feb 3rd  Survived Cyclone Yasi

April 9th First Social Cafe Meeting, most members make it to the meeting

April 16th Visit to Book Creator’s Circle

May 5th Official launch of anthology, Under One Sky, 100 copies distributed prior to launch

May 21st Workshop Tully Library with QWC, Paul Oliveri

October/November planned formation of committee for Licuala Writers, coordinator stepping down from role

Licuala WINQ formed committee November 2011 – Chair –  Jacque Duffy, Secretary and Blog – Lydia Valeriano, Newsletter – Tara Webster, BCC-  Kate Campbell Lloyd, Treasurer – Barbara Bufi, and general member Jean Vallianos.

Planning to publish first group anthology and go to some festivals.

Monthly meetings.

Facebook for Licuala established.

Events publicised in GrapeVine.

Applying for grants, with auspice bodies being sought.

Visit of David Conley

Into Orbit Display & Reading in the Library and Website.

Visit to WINQ writers.

Monthly meetings.

Monthly meetings mostly.

Visit of Harold Lunn.

The group was reinvigorated by new coordinator June Perkins who established monthly meetings once again.

Website for Writing Group established.

Group Haiku and other participation in Ripple Poetry and Photography Wall Project

Group Subscription to QWC begun.

Participation in Poet’s Breakfast Mission Beach Aquatic Festival.

Pam changed the meetings to monthly after attendance began dropping.

Participation in Poet’s Breakfast Mission Beach Aquatic Festival.

Journalist David Dawson coordinated the group which continued as before. David left town in July.

Pam Galeano took on coordinating and the group continued as previously. By year’s end 10 chapters of the mystery novel were complete.

The group accepted CRACA’s request to write a short play to culminate its Mission Beach Aquatic Aquatic Festival Parade: Alice in Waterland.

Writing Group Established by James Keogh who received a small RADF grant to advertise for members. There were fortnightly meetings and a theme each time for ‘homework’.

About Sept a group mystery novel was begun, one writer per chapter. James left town in Dec.

2 Responses to About

  1. Hi there!

    Arts Nexus is a non-profit organisation who connects North Queensland’s artists, creative producers, organisations, enterprises and communities. We do this by advocating and supporting creative producers and communities with a range of services and projects.

    We currently have Licuala Writers on our E-Bulletin list, however, we don’t seem to have an email address for you! If you wish to send it through to me, then we would love to keep you up to date with invaluable creative industry information from across the region.

    Kind Regards,

    Carly Whouley
    Program Coordinator
    Arts Nexus Inc

  2. Dear Fellow Writers,
    You may be familiar with the anthology that Tropical Writers publishes each year. This year we have been able to employ outside selectors and editors for our anthology, and have opened up the field to include outside submissions.

    If you have a short story or poem you would like to have published in our book, please send me an email and I’ll send you our submission guidelines. The theme for submission is ‘something tropical’, but that will be loosely interpreted. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2011.

    Our selectors and editors are listed below. If your story is chosen by them to be in the 2011 anthology, it may be sent back to you for further editing.

    Dr Dosia Reichhardt is a tutuor/lecturer in the School of Humanities at James Cook University department. Dosia has edited the Poetry section of LiNQ (Literature in North Queensland) magazine. She is currently researching Renaissance and Early Modern Poetry, 6th and 17th century Visual Arts and Fairy Tales in Contemporary Culture.

    Glyn Davies is a retired university lecturer who most recently conducted a short course at James Cook University entitled ‘Writing the Short Story’. Glyn has had vast experience in teaching at university level, editing manuscripts and play reviewing. Glyn is currently writing his memoirs and is involved in the Arts and Alliance Francaise on the Atherton Tableland.

    Chrys Spicer is an editor and writing teacher at James Cook university. Chrys is the author of Fall Girl: My Life as a Western Stunt Double and the life story of Clark Gable. Currently Chrys is working on another two non-fiction manuscripts, which will be released later this year.

    Happy writing! Please pass this on to other writers who may be interested.

    Sally McDonald, secretary Tropical Writers

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