American Writers Review 2019

New stories from the Elwood Writers

July 4, 2019 – Margaret McCaffrey

“I am pleased to have two stories included in this Anthology: ‘Yin and Yang’ and ‘The Poultry Farm’. These stand alongside contributions from two other members of Elwood Writers, Barry Lee Thompson and Helen McDonald.”

American Writers Review 2019 (San Fedele Press)

June 29, 2019 – Elwood Writers

While parts of the northern hemisphere are currently experiencing very high temperatures, it’s midwinter here in the lower reaches of the southern hemisphere. This afternoon may not be too cold (16C), but it’s gloomy and wet and windy. Ideal conditions for being bookish. And there’s something especially soothing about finding a book that becomes a friend to accompany you through the long wintry nights.

And we’ve found such a book in the brand new American Writers Review (San Fedele Press). We’ve been excitedly dipping into this year’s edition and stumbling across numerous treasures. The bar was set high with last year’s AWR, and the team have done it again. Prepare to be unexpectedly distracted – this is certainly a book to lose yourself in.

We’re very pleased that three members of Elwood Writers have their work included in this year’s edition. You’ll find memoir from Margaret (The Poultry Farm; Yin and Yang), poetry by Helen (In Retreat; Stark against the Sky), and short fiction from Barry (The Birthday). A trifecta of Elwood Writers!

So whatever the season where you are, get hold of a copy of this book, cancel your plans for the evening, plump up your cushions and put your favourite beverage at your side, take your phone off the hook (we’re old school), and prepare to be delighted and moved for hours on end. There really is something in this pleasingly hefty volume for readers everywhere to enjoy. Open its pages and allow yourself to become lost in the many wonderful stories.

Happy reading, everyone.

By |2019-07-04T11:53:44+00:00July 4th, 2019|Announcement, Elwood Writers, News and Updates, Writing Memoir|4 Comments

About the Author:

Margaret McCaffrey is a Melbourne-based writer whose project looks at the effects of war on her father, who was a prisoner-of-war in Germany during World War II. His death in 1976 prompted her to explore his past and how this might have affected their father-daughter relationship. In 2011 Margaret was awarded a scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, Provincetown, USA to study memoir writing.


  1. Helen McDonald July 4, 2019 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Margaret – two wonderful pieces included in the anthology.

  2. Helen McDonald July 4, 2019 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Margaret – these are two wonderful pieces.

  3. Helen McDonald July 4, 2019 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Margaret. Two wonderful pieces to have included in the anthology.

  4. jenniferlbryce July 5, 2019 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Congratulations, again, Margaret — and to the trifecta of Elwood Writers — what an achievement!

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