Scenic Rim Writers group to launch book

CREATIVES: Scenic Rim Writers members Savitri Tait, of Tamborine Mountain, Robyn Dobbs, of Kooralbyn, and Ailsa Rolley, of Beaudesert, with (back) Michael Burgess, of South Maclean, Toni Risson, of Ipswich, Gary Moloney, of Palen Creek, and Di Morris, of Broadbeach. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia
CREATIVES: Scenic Rim Writers members Savitri Tait, of Tamborine Mountain, Robyn Dobbs, of Kooralbyn, and Ailsa Rolley, of Beaudesert, with (back) Michael Burgess, of South Maclean, Toni Risson, of Ipswich, Gary Moloney, of Palen Creek, and Di Morris, of Broadbeach. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

SCENIC Rim Writers are preparing to launch a new book as they reach the final stages of editing before it is sent to the printers.

The Word on the Street is a collection of stories on streets, roads and places in the Scenic Rim which has taken about two years to research, write and collaborate between writers and community members.

The book will be launched in conjunction with The CommonWealth art exhibition at The Centre Beaudesert on April 6 from 6.30pm.

Scenic Rim Writers’ authors and community contributors have written stories about Palen Creek, Beaudesert streets and Harrisville’s filmmaker Charles Chauvel.

Group member Toni Risson said the project was a big learning experience for everyone.

“We are a lot more skilled now than what we were when we started,” she said.

We’re all used to writing but editing, getting down to the nitty gritty details, and the publishing process was new to us.”

Group members brainstorming. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

Group members brainstorming. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

Scenic Rim Writers member Ailsa Rolley said they were overcoming the challenge of editing together as a group.

“We all thought we were finished once we wrote our stories but it was really only the beginning,” she said.

Group member Di Morris said there were various types of writing styles from non-fiction to memoirs and fictional tales.

“One story is about Laura Court which was named after a race horse,” she said.

“One of our members Michael Burgess, who is from England, wrote a story about his learning of the Scenic Rim through the experience of his parents inviting him to Lamington (National Park).”

Ms Morris said writing about local people, places and experiences was a great way of connecting the community.

“Writing the book was about coming together as a group with the sole purpose of celebrating the Scenic Rim,” she said.