Member profiles

Geoffrey Dobbs

Migrated to Australia in 1969 from England where he had worked for several years in bookselling. In Australia he worked in academic and law publishing for over thirty years. Since retiring from full-time work in 2005 he has written poetry and short stories. In 2008 his poem ‘The Climber’ won the Bayside Literary Festival Residents Poetry Prize and another poem, ‘Mulka’s Cave’, was awarded the prize in 2013. In 2010 his short story ‘Blood and Bone’ was the overall winner of the Bayside Literary Festival Writers Prize. His short story ‘One Day’ was awarded second prize in the Eaglehawk Dahlia Arts Festival. His poems have appeared in the anthology ‘Coastlines: Poems from Bayside’ (2010) and his work has also been published by Moving Galleries and Australian Poetry Collaboration.



Robert (RJ) King

Robert King is the author of many published non-fiction articles and papers and four self-published fictional works: Selected Works; The Wheeler Sign; Another Winter’s Tale and Sylvia Rose: An Australian  Story . Robert co-comperes a radio program called ‘Yesterday Once More’ on community radio station Joy FM – the only gay radio station in Australia and is a volunteer for Tourism Melbourne. His latest venture is to write a short play: The Silver Fox.

Patricia Poppenbeek
Is a writer and freelance editor. She likes to write both creative nonfiction and fiction in several styles. She has had three short romances published in the Romance Writers of Australia annual anthology, Little Gems: ‘Turquoise the cat’ (2009); ‘Segue to Sapphire’ (2013), which also came 

second; and ‘Catch of the Day’ (2014). One of her two current WIPs, Lady of Roncesvalles, a YA fantasy, was short-listed for the 2009 STALI award by the Romance Writers of Australia and long-listed for the 2010 Hachette Livre competition. 

A tall (though short) story called ‘Young Kev’ was published in Tirra Lirra and a vignette titled ‘Tango Lesson, Painted’ was published in the online journal, Tango Australis, in 2012. She won the 2006 Australasian Short Story Award for a literary fantasy called ‘You’, and came second in the 2007 Albury-Wodonga competition with ‘Glass Walls’, a literary short story. She has had articles and reviews printed in Overland, Australasian Science and The Express.

Patsy founded the Cartridge Family Writers in 2007, and it won the Fellowship of Australian Writers 2007 anthology award with an anthology that included three of her stories. In 2014 the Cartridge Family won a grant from the City of Melbourne to publish 'Melbourne Subjective: an anthology of contemporary Melbourne writing', which includes three of her works: a piece of creative nonfiction, ‘The Policeman’s Suitcase’; a modernist stream-of-consciousness story, ‘The Crying Woman’; and ‘The Searcher’, an historical short story which might best be classified as anti-romance. She also edited this anthology.

She is a Writer in Residence of the City of Melbourne, a member of Writers Victoria, the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) and the Society of Editors.


Phillip Siggins

Before retiring in 2005, Phillip Siggins was an academic, teacher and university administrator. At Monash he completed an honours degree and teaching qualifications and an M.A in American fiction under the supervision of the biographer Brenda Niall. This led to travel in America on an American Council of Learned Societies scholarship, tutoring in the Monash English Department, and an opportunity to give some lectures in the American literature course.

Later, he followed a career in university administration that occupied the next thirty years, eventually retiring from Monash as secretary to the university’s Council. 

During the 1990s he contributed critical articles to the weekend Herald Sun and book reviews to the Australian Book Review.  Following major surgery on both his brain and his heart in 2007 and 2009 Phillip resolved to write creatively rather than critically. Some early successes (publication of ‘The Morning Aunt’ in the Griffith Review, Summer 2009 and ‘Returned’ in Island, Spring 2010) encouraged him to attempt a collection of short stories and a novel based on a stint as a carer for the elderly in the City of Richmond. In 2013 his short story ‘Yellow Door: 1963’ was short listed (the final nine authors) for the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize and his short story ‘Twilight UFO’ was long listed for the Carmel Bird Prize.

In 2014 he contributed two stories to the Melbourne Subjective anthology (‘No. 96’ and ‘A 

Hundred years of Screams’) published by the Cartridge Family Press. He also co-authored 

the Introduction to Melbourne Subjective with Patricia Poppenbeek, the editor of that 


Loretta Smith

Loretta Smith is a Melbournian born and bred, and she loves a good adventure story. Her bedside table brims with books half devoured and her laptop is filled with short stories, travelogues, songs, ideas for plays and films and a very nearly published memoir. Yes, she is a Gemini.

She has a Bachelor of Education in Creative Arts and is a member of Writers Victoria. Her biography of Alice Anderson was shortlisted for the 2012 Hazel Rowley Fellowship.

Loretta was also credited with providing the photographs of Alice Anderson and her ‘garage girls’ for the television documentary, The Wide Open Road, screened on ABC1 in 2011. Helped by spending the last three years on and off in hospital, Loretta completed the manuscript for publication and A Spanner in the Works: The Extraordinary Story of Alice Anderson and Australia’s First All-Girl Garage was published by Hachette in March 2019 (see the cover of the biography under Events).

Lea Weaver

Lea Weaver has done many sensible things in her life. These include spending a number of years in Dunmoochin raising alfalfa and a child, teaching weaving at the Rudolf Steiner Curative Home, completing her Bachelor of Education in Arts and Crafts from Melbourne University in 1992, being an Artist in Schools at various primary schools, doing time in the Nunawading lockup for refusing to pay parking fines, and teaching Shiatsu at the Port Philip high security men's prison, all of which have informed her writing. When she decided to become a writer she attended Barbara Turner-Vesselago’s Freefall Writing Residential workshops. She had two stories in the Cartridge Family anthology that won the FAW 2007 award. She also had two stories in the Cartridge Family publication of Melbourne Subjective.

Ranee Mischlewski

Ranee Mischlewski was a teacher and librarian for many years in Special Education. She used her 

own poems, songs and stories based on the students’ experiences to produce readers and materials for teaching literacy and numeracy. 

She has written poems and stories for her own enjoyment, had many Letters-to-the-Editor published and won The Age ‘Naked Man Competition’ four times.

Since retirement, she has been a volunteer tutor at AMES, Box Hill helping migrants and refugees learn English.

Terry Hastings

Terry was formerly a secondary English and History teacher in Victorian government schools and later later lectured part-time in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Clayton.  In the mid-1990s her began a new career in educational publishing working as a project manager and senior writer. At the same time he was contracted to various commercial textbook publishers and wrote two prize-winning student texts for a civic issues series.

He is currently teaching German language to a class of adult students at the University of the Third Age.

After years of writing non-fiction, Terry is interested in expanding his writing experience by writing short stories and poetry. He also has a longer work of fiction for young adults in the pipeline and aims to finish it if and when inspiration strikes.

After nine extensive trips to Japan, Terry has developed a strong interest in Japanese literature and all things Japanese. He collects exotic sake bottles and is attempting to develop a serene Japanese-influenced garden where he can think and write.

Greg Every

Greg Every is an Integrated PhD student at Swinburne, currently undertaking a Masters of Research. He holds a BA (Journalism) from RMIT and a Bachelor of Research (Honours) from Swinburne. His awards include a Gold Quill from the International Association of Business Communicators. Greg’s commercial career included Corporate Affairs roles at Coles Myer and directorship of a security and counter-terrorism company undertaking assignments in the Middle East. He is writing his first novel, a crime fiction work set in Melbourne.















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