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Members’ Books

Selection of Members’ Books

At Port Writers, we celebrate our members’ achievements, whether they’ve written their first line, their first book, or a new book.

Here is a sample of works available to please everyone. Purchase details are noted with each publication.


An Abandoned Town.
Three Young Police Officers Left Behind.
With a Killer.

An exciting and gripping new crime story by our member, John Byrnes. “Taut, compelling and visceral, John Byrnes’ Headland announces a major new voice in Australian crime fiction.”

The small beachside town of Gloster is on the edge of disaster. After constant rain, floodwaters are rising fast.Detective Constable Craig Watson, exiled to Gloster from Sydney, is a young man with a damaged past and an uncertain future.Constables Ellie Cameron and Larissa Brookes are young women struggling to show their worth as police officers under a misogynistic sergeant. The drowning town holds a secret that someone is prepared to murder for, and as the floodwaters cut Gloster off from the world the three young police officers begin to understand that it’s not just them left stranded. Somewhere out there in the floodwaters is a killer. And he needs them dead.

Buy it from Booktopia here

The Loaded Doggerel 2

John Walker

After publishing “The Loaded Doggerel” John Walker continued writing, joining up with Port Writers Inc. John wins prizes from time to time for his attempts to put stories into verse – or worse! John’s latest book of poetry follows his life with over 70 humorous poems from the “mewling, puking” stage all the way to his current stage of dotage.

$20/copy or $22 posted. 

Living Lines Are Never Straight

Barbara Orlowska-Westwood’s latest publication. Cover by joorart.com.

If you love poetry then you’ll enjoy this collection.

Barbara partners her pen with delightful artwork to appeal to the senses.

In Barbara’s typical lyrical form she creates beauty from words and her engagement with the world around her.

These are poems of very thoughtful observation. Glimpses of the natural world…” – Brian Edwards

Barbara is an accomplished and published poet.

Books available for $20 from BookPod Publishing (ISBN 978-0-6489700-0-2).

Saving Hollow Woods

Wendy Haynes’ latest book for 8-12 year-olds.

Why is there a door in a tree trunk?

Twelve-year-old orphans Gertrude and Tristan find themselves on a train heading for the countryside to live on a farm where they discover a hidden door deep in the woods – life on the farm soon takes a twist. Once through the door, they find themselves in Hollow Woods the land of the Elves. Strange things start to happen which threaten the very existence of Hollow Woods. Can Gertrude and Tristan help save Hollow Woods from the Evil High Elf Folmar?

Join Gertrude and Tristan and unusual friends on a journey of new beginnings, discovery, believing anything is possible, 

Available from Wendy Haynes admin@inprintpublishing.com.au

Hayden’s Bedtime

Written by Wendy Haynes: Illustrated by Brett Curzon

For children aged three to six years.

Hayden begs his dad to check not just under his bed but behind his door, inside his cupboard and in his drawer to allay his fears about the legendary ‘monster under the bed’.

Available from Wendy Haynes admin@inprintpublishing.com.au

The Loaded Doggerel

John Walker, with Illustrations by Monica Conaghan

John Walker migrated to Australia in 1973 as one of the last of the Ten Pound Poms. Never very interested in “proper” English poetry, he came to enjoy the ‘improper’ style of Aussie bush ballads. The supposedly impossible challenge to rhyme with ‘orange’ led to a four-verse “poem” – his first – with, perhaps, a typically Aussie disregard for the usual norms of rhyme.

“The Loaded Doggerel” is his first book of poetry, published in 2014 with over 50 poems, some of which won a prize at the Cooma “Festival of Poetry”. The poems deal with issues like becoming and being Australian, science and philosophy, politics and society, sport and recreation, together with observations on music and rhyme itself.

Available at https://www.echobooks.com.au/poetry/the-loaded-doggerel/