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Anne Skyvington is a writer based in Sydney who has been practising and teaching creative writing skills for many years. You can learn here about structuring a short story and how to go about creating a longer work, such as a novel or a memoir. Subscribe to this blog and receive a monthly newsletter on creative writing topics and events.


It’s the aftermath of the Second World War in the lush valley of Karrana, a fictional town on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia. This novel fits into the broad genre of Women’s Fiction, since it explores themes to do with love and family. It examines these issues through the prism of the postwar years in country Australia and in Sydney, but the themes are still relevant in society today. It’s about love, passion and the search for real fulfilment within a relationship. At a victory dance, Bridie meets and falls in love with Will from the other side of the river.


My Blog

Who is God?

Perhaps what the Christian crucifixion and the Jesus story is all about in the twenty-first century, is foreshadowing the eventual death of the...

Coping With Covid

Covid isolation and protesters as seen through the (younger) eyes and voices of 2 women I am proud to call relatives:...

Things Come in Threes by Ian Wells

What would you do, if you lost your long-term partner? How would you cope with the grief? My Armidale Teachers College classmate, Ian, writes about...

The Pandemic Down Under

The Pandemic Down Under

Coronavirus (COVID-19) SARS-CoV-2, The Australian Government is managing the COVID–19 outbreak in Australia as a health emergency. A glossary...


What is Storybox? “STORYBOX is a clean energy digital cube, designed for inclusive media and storytelling in public spaces. Partnering with...

The Night of the Barricades

The Night of the Barricades

I open my eyes onto a strange world into which I’ve stumbled as if by chance. All is new and filled with an alien radiance, muted colours,...