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 noted with each publication.


Wendy Haynes – Hayden’s Bedtime

Illustrated by Brett Curzon

For children aged three to six years published by Inprint Publishing HB RRP ISBN: 9780987643506

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

Available from Book Face, Port Macquarie and online bookstores.

Rita Spencer – Still Voices

Book Still voices

STILL VOICES is Rita’s first venture into self-publishing and was released in January, 2018.  It tells the story of a family through five generations that locates them firmly within their historical context.  Using the genre of creative non-fiction Rita fills the gaps between known and unknown, puts flesh and blood on the bare bones of the facts and enlivens her characters.

For writers interested in bringing facts to life without compromising the integrity of the facts themselves, it is an invaluable read; a study in how to avoid the ever-threatening stodginess of factual narrative. Whether it’s the interactive author directly addressing ancestors, reflecting with the reader, telling amusing tales of the genealogy search itself or heart-warming personal reactions to her discoveries, this work is engaging and entertaining.  Included are poems and pieces of fiction where facts always lurk.  The creative genre is used to enliven what is a 216 page, academically sound piece of research, all catalogued in fourteen pages of bibliography. Still Voices has also been beautifully produced with full colour throughout and an alluring cover design.

Rita can be contacted on 0428 656 271

Bessie Jennings – Weird and Wonderful

Weird and Wonderful book cover

A marvellous book of verse with B/W illustrations and a cover in colour featuring father emu wearing a ‘MR MUM’ label. Several of the verses – about ‘weird’ Australians – are animals, including the award-winning MYRTLE THE TURTLE – and would appeal to children. Others are about ‘wonderful’ Australians, e.g. award-winning IN THE SLEEPER-CUTTING DAYS  and NAMES ON THE CENOTAPH. Some verses for all ages.

Bessie can be contacted on 6583 5255 or 0419 482 828.

$5/copy or $6 posted.

Gillian Scott – Threads of Time

Dr Gillian Scott was a university lecturer in Biology for many years before deciding to devote more time to Botanical Art after studying with Mary Grierson in the UK in 1975.

In 1991, Gillian was this country’s first winner of the prestigious Gold Medal of the Royal Horticultural Society (UK) and she was accepted as a member of the International Society of Botanical Artists at its foundation in 1986. She is also a Founding Member of The Botanical Art Society of Australia and of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland.

Author of several published non-fiction science books, Gillian has turned to fiction in this debut novel. A good read, it includes crosswords, academic politics, middle-aged parenthood and ESP.

Gillian can be contacted on 02 6583 8693 or [email protected]

Geoff Collins –The Improbable Adventures and Exploits of Mabel Hawkins 2

Geoff Collins BookSaint Peter is at the end of his tether and it’s all because of a dysfunctional trainee angel by the name of Mabel Hawkins. The spirit is not only spectacularly accident prone but cheerfully unrepentant for any of the disasters she creates. A rollicking good read.