2020 Sign on Day

U3A 2020 Sign on Day will be Tuesday 4 Feb 2020 from 10am -12 noon at the Hervey Bay RSL



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WHALE TALES 874 x 1240

Winners of the 2019 Whale Tales Writing Competition

1st prize Daniel Wright - Torquay  for his story Lines in the Sand  

2nd prize Julie Duke - Howard for her story Changes

Highly Commended: Anne Hammond - Torquay for her story Blind Date


Sue Phelps -  Hervey Bay for her story Neighbours:
Theresa Lane - Kawungan for her story An Early Morning Walk

 Whale Tales Creative Writing Competition is open to writers living on the Fraser Coast and members of any U3A in Queensland.




Trudy Graham - Judge Bio 2019

During her writing life, Trudy has seen many of her short stories, book reviews, articles and some trudy‘accidental’ poems published. Since retiring to the Sunshine Coast last year, she has been concentrating on writing her memoirs. Cardboard Feet was released in 2017, and A Gypsy at Heart in July this year. She is currently working on her third volume, Around the Next Bend.

In the twenty-five years before her retirement, Trudy was involved in the writing industry in many ways. In the early nineties, while undertaking a BA in English Studies with a Minor in Writing. She established a writing group and lobbied to have the home of Edith Cowan, recreated on the Joondalup campus of the Edith Cowan University, to be used as a writers’ centre. The Peter Cowan Writers Centre is now a thriving centre in Perth, and an annual literary award was setup to honour her work in its establishment. The award is shared with the late Julie Lewis, fellow writer, a friend of the late Peter Cowan, and a great supporter of Trudy’s work. A further honour, the Faculty of Arts Medal, was awarded to Trudy on her graduation from Edith Cowan University in 1995.

For many years, Trudy, a member of the Society of Editors and worked as an independent editor. She learned the craft of bookbinding and conducted writing workshops. With three fellow writers, Trudy formed a small, niche publishing company to see deserving books make it into print. When she relocated to Murphy’s Creek, Queensland in 2000, Trudy joined U3A in Toowoomba, serving on their committee and tutoring computer classes for some years. Although she now lives on the Sunshine Coast, she continues to produce the U3A Toowoomba quarterly newsletter and annual course book.

Trudy has judged many writing competitions over the years, she enjoys reading and loves learning about people and their lives from the narratives they create, they be non-fiction or fiction. Some will say that fiction is a lie, but Trudy agrees with Richard Flanagan, who said,
…’ fiction is not a lie, but a truth, a fundamental and necessary truth, that we need as much as we need food’. 19 July 2018



Next Meeting Date: 

  • Friday 13th December:   9.30am
    Venue:  Hervey Bay Public Library


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President: Lyn Quince
Vice-President: Peter Wells
Secretary: Christine Henderson
Treasurer: Helen Preston

Committee Members:
Madeleine Clarke
Joan Allen
Joan Swire
Merv Kendall

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