Speak Out '19 launch

Storytelling: Governor Hieu Van Le presents Goolwa's Warren Porter with the Sand Writers' award for his unique story 'Being the Way We Were.'
Storytelling: Governor Hieu Van Le presents Goolwa's Warren Porter with the Sand Writers' award for his unique story 'Being the Way We Were.'

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le launched the special 2019 'Home' edition of Sand Writers' Speak Out anthology at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club on July 7.

The journal's editor Helen Ellemor asked writers to ponder the question 'what does home mean to you?'

The Governor wrote the journal's foreword and told the audience of his interpretation.

"As a person who left his birthplace filled with childhood memories and arrived in Australia as a refugee, the topic of 'home' has particular resonance for me.

"To establish a home far from my war-torn homeland was incomparable, initially difficult but ultimately most rewarding," he said.

Writers take their readers on a profound journey through many homes past and present, idyllic and challenging.

The 27 local authors in this edition include stories that are sometimes daunting, yet written with wit and encouragement.

The profiled author is Kurdish poet Behrouz Boochani, who won this year's richest Australian literary prize for his book 'No Friend But the Mountains'.

The Sand Writers' award for a most unique and telling story was presented to Goolwa's Warren Porter for his story 'Being the Way We Were.'

Warren's story tells of his childhood spent in an institution, followed by Heather Webster's alphabet for children consigned to institutions in Australia.

Milang poet Jude Aquilina's poem 'Farmer' tells of a farmer's heartbreak during drought, while award winning short-story writer John Scholz's 'Corrugations' uses humour to provide insight into his childhood on marginal farm country.

Artworks, illustrations and photography by Simon Kneebone are woven throughout the journal, and the cover painting is by local artist Sue Foutoulis.

Copies of Sand Writers' Speak Out 2019 are available at South Seas Bookshop in Port Elliot.