The Grieve competition is currently open for the 9th year and we are thrilled our sponsors have returned. We receive entries from all over Australia and we are always pleased to receive feedback from entrants who read the anthologies or have their work published in them… Here’s what they have to say:
Thank you for producing another wonderful, diverse and touching publication for those experiencing grief. I found some of the pieces very moving and it has been good to once more find myself not alone in my pain but in a fellowship of travellers on a journey. I think that is what Grieve does so well, it alleviates the sense of isolation we feel and comforts us when others are able to describe the all too familiar landscape of our own grief.
I love seeing all the different ways people interpret or express grief. On a personal note, the little poem Shadow, Russ Talbot just nailed it for me. I took a sharp intake of breath and felt the impact when it ‘hit’. I think that’s the thing, we all feel it in different ways, but are unified with someone who can put it into the right words…
Reading this wonderful anthology it’s really hit home what a universal, even uniting, thing grief is – I’ve found it very moving. And I relate to so much of it.
At first glance it might seem/feel that an anthology on grief is not the place to find solace in 2020. I don’t know if it is my particular makeup, or my experiences with grief, PTSD and loss which make me feel better when I read about how badly other people have had it. But I feel better when I read this book. I take comfort from the many questions I see raised in the pages; we ask ourselves, could it, should it have been different? What do I do now with these feelings? Some of us, we turn them into words and put them on the page and the pages make a book and hopefully, the words in that book help someone else feel a bit better, or heard, or understood, or less alone in sadness.