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Grieve 2019 anthology - in alphabetical order by surname
Half-Life Denise  
Abandoned Theatre Carolyn Abbs
The Boy on the Wall Carolyn Abbs
The Window Narelle Absolom
I didn’t mean for you to die Geoffrey Ahern
Sa tiyán ng lupà Ivy Alvarez
Nine, Hillcrest Street Jessica Andreatta
Negative Mass Magdalena Ball
Uphill Triolets Stuart Barnes
The Secret Life of Mum Cindy Bennett
Sunflowers Ingrid Birgden
Interior Castle Ann-Marie Blanchard
Letting Go Trish Bolton
As Well as Can Be Expected Annie Bucknall
Teacher Niko Campbell-Ellis
The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away Tristan Carey
The Telling Steve Coates
Barb Leanne Coleman
Cicada Wings Rico Craig
Pearl Grey Sara Crane
On Being Offered a Last Day Madeleine Dale
Not Dead Yet Max Dibley
Visiting Mum Zoë Disher
On Love Paige Duffy
My bro Janette Ellis
The Sorry Basket Nola Firth
There Let the Waves Lave Ela Fornalska
Incense John Foulcher
Earthing Jane Frank
Rearranging the Paintings After they Return from your Retrospective Jane Frank
Love Hurts Caroline Freedman
Salvage Zenobia Frost
In Tumult Kathryn Fry
You Don’t Die When You Want to Val Gadd
Moving Images Angela Gardner
Grief is love Samantha Geatches
The Whisper Jannette Gibbons
On the Nature of Black Holes Ruth Gilmour
Ready to go Alex Grantham
Before, During, After Sueanne Gregg
Her Name is Sarahjane Rebecca Gubalane
The Ship Elisa Hall
Beautiful Rose B. Hansun
The Hoarders Linda Harding
A Haibun For My Dying Mother Rosemary Harper
No One Told Me That Grief Would Last My Entire Life Claire J. Harris
A Wake for Amy Kerry Harte
Baby Shannon Hayes
Today We Should Have Elanna Herbert
At This End of Times Elanna Herbert
Earth oven Isobel Hodges
Something I lost to the night Cheryl Howard
The Ones From Coles Nalin Jeenmuang
Pomegranate Ella Jeffery
The Letting Go Bea Jones
Gone But Not Forgotten Christeen Kaluaat
12 Weeks, Again Cate Kennedy
Public Grief and Silent Grief Jadie Kew
In That Desperate Hour Kathleen Kituai
The Dance Zana Kobayashi
I am a Little Eye Breaking Shari Kocher
I’m losing my patients Hilton Koppe
Tram 86 Kirsten Krauth
Heelys Elizabeth Kuiper
Hand Hygiene Jeanette Lacey
Beginning of the End Judi Lane
Helpers Kate Littlejohn
The Cartographer Frances Lovell
Epithelial Rose Lucas
Sadness is a Long Tunnel Rose Lucas
When Are We Women Kathryn Lyster
After Words Carmel Macdonald Grahame
Light Carmel Macdonald Grahame
Daughters Sandra Macgregor
Life After Death Heather MacKenzie
Don’t Let it Bring You Down Shaun Maguire
Coda Karen McCrea
Mourning Time Kirstyn McDermott
The Last Conversation Amanda McDonald
Intensive Care Lea McInerney
An Imagination of Blessings Nikki McWatters
Letter to my Mum Dianne Montague
Time Crept By Sophia Moore
Life Lessons Rosalind Moran
My Sister Robyn Moriconi
Blackie Annette Mullumby
Of Love & Physics Anna Murchison
Too Much For Words Fiona Murphy
My Grandmother, searching for words Seetha Nambiar Dodd
Things I Couldn’t Throw into the Skip Kerrie Nelson
The Persistence of the Image Damen O’Brien
The Thieves at the Dam Tric O’Heare
Departure Natasha Parnian
Grief Leanne Pettigrew
Galloway The Poet MJ
The Room Sarah Pye
The River Rachel Ranton
Dreams Hessom Razavi
The Window Across the Way Kristen Roberts
The Red Scarf Janey Runci
What remains Frank Russo
Lather Max Ryan
Now the Other One Sharryn Ryan
The Spare Room Harrison Saich
The Problem of You Aimee Sargent
First day after Pam Schindler
How Not to Kill People (Notes) Cassandra Scott
Agnes and Pa Kylie Shelley
Brain Cancer Ellen Shelley
Father Laura Jan Shore
Vanished Laura Jan Shore
Thirty-one steps before I bury my sister Dan Shushko
Tears and the Sea Julie Sladden
Effie (1900 —1951) Beth Spencer
New Year’s Day Ned Stephenson
You Came Home With Purple Hair Andrew Sutherland
The Coolest Thing Ever Gillian Swain
What Jane will Never Know Heather Thomas
Not Scared of Flying CJ Vallis
Want Jemma van Loenen
Niko Margaret Walker
Foreboding Kim Waters
Afterwards Janeen Webb
Meditation upon the passing of a day Claire Wilson
Dad Emma Young
The Breathing Earth Kimberley Zeneth
Breath Melanie Zolenas-Kennedy
an annual writing project for all Australians 
in honour of Grief Awareness Month (August)

2020 competition opens 14th February
Tuesday August 6th
Our live reading at Newcastle Art Gallery attracted writers from all over NSW.
See comments from writers below

I am forever grateful to Hunter Writers Centre and partners for this valuable work and hope it continues long into the future.

Linda Harding from Bexley - poet and Grieve published writer, from

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share my short story with so many brave and talented people.

Carle Evans, Muswellbrook

I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to share my Grieve story yesterday at the Art Gallery. It was the first time for me to share my journey of grief. I found the whole experience to be uplifting and can now tick this off my bucket list!

Janelle Eckermann

A beautiful event. Very moving. Thank you.

Rebecca Wellard.

Thank you also for giving me the opportunity to read at the Newcastle Art Gallery. It was such an honour to be among such wonderful, courageous individuals.

Rose B Hansun
The Grieve project has been a part of my life since 2015 when I first entered a piece about the death of my four year old son. Each year Grieve has been a catalyst for taking the pain and anguish of my loss and turning it into a creative work which honours my loved one, and gives me a healthy way of expressing my feelings. It is truly redemptive. Reading the works from other writers lets me know I am among a community of those who have suffered and survived. I am not alone. I am forever grateful to Hunter Writers Centre and partners for this valuable work and hope it continues long into the future. 

- Linda Harding, poet and Grieve published writer, from Bexley.
Thursday August 8th 
Newcastle Memorial Park

We gathered for the annual 'Dying to Know Day' in the Hunter

Stories and poems from past Grieve anthologies were read to the audience

We heard from Death Doula, Ruth Boydell. A funeral director and a mortuary specialist explained their work and a lawyer told us all about wills and estates. Is your will up to date? We learnt it is very advisable to avoid further hurt and pain for your loved ones.
History of the Grieve Project
Since 2013, Hunter Writers Centre and our wonderful partner-sponsors have supported this publishing opportunity for first-time and published writers.

Each year, Australians living here and abroad submit poems and stories/personal essays. Approx 120 works are published in the annual anthology.

There is now a dedicated Grieve Project website where people around the world can read the wonderful writings by Australians and buy the books.

The competition opens on Valentine's Day each year and the book is launched in August (Grief Awareness month) via a live broadcast reading online of the top 25 works selected by the judges.

The team of judges come from many fields: grief and loss industries as well as from the literary world.

The prizes are kindly donated by not-for-profit organisations, businesses and individuals.

Would you like to donate a prize in memory of a loved one or colleague? Click here for more information
Articles about Grief and Loss

A special note on Suicide:

Did you know, for every 1 suicide there are 5 suicide attempts?

“People feel they need to have a platform to be able to talk about suicide. Grief associated with suicide can be quite different . . . families often feel quite isolated . . . writing about it can provide a safe space for them to express and externalise their grief rather that can be quite internalised and kept silent.” Jenyfer Locke says. Hear her interview:

Organisations relevant to this topic:


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