Meet Lynne McAennyl
Why write? I think it really all started with being a talk-to-herself chatterbox, then an avid child reader. At twelve I wrote a poem for school homework; it was published in a School Journal of compiled children’s poems.
I think one of my stronger facets of writing comes from years of being a side-line observer of people’s behaviour, which also fed my teaching strength. Childhood “elocution” lessons honed my ear for an accent, and an enjoyment of classic form poems. I loved (sorry) “telling” stories to entertain friends and anyone else in the pub who liked a good yarn.
Maybe I kill off people who publish me – these few are all now defunct! c. 1984-5, for Huntly Press - eight months contract writing a weekly half-page children's feature; www.masterton.co.nz requested and published a Rock concert review (local bands: Ana Krusis, Daemon Foetal Harvest and Bad Hair Day); Basenji Magazine (US) sought accepted and published my article for a feature Basenjis Overseas;
In 2k11, five poems were chosen for inclusion in Rotorua - Spirit In Verse. In April 2k12
I enjoy writing short stories and poems for myself or contests. I love cliff-hangers – leaving something for the reader to think about. I want to get into full-length books - fiction or practical texts. I have books "on the simmer": one accounting text-book, a pot-pourri of short stories and poems, and two partial fantasy novels to finish.
Still haven't found "my" genre ... if you see a spare one lying around and think it might fit, let me know?
Next General Meeting is:
Thursday 4th July (7pm)
Next Workshop is:
Sunday 21st July
- The Art of Storytelling
led by Jenny Argante.
Alzheimer's Society House, 116 13th Avenue,