The 6th Watermark Literary Muster in October2013 was a memorable event. We celebrated The Nature and Place of Childhood.
We have made the difficult decision to make it our last.
Each Muster has been different, each with its own marvels. The writers and readers who attended were enthusiastic and complimentary. As the organisers, we’ve met wonderful people from whom we’ve learnt much, we’ve thrilled at connections made that may never otherwise have happened, we’ve sat on the edge of our chairs when we weren’t flying by the seat of our pants, we’ve worked hard, we’ve enjoyed each others’ company, we’ve laughed a lot, at times we’ve cried. Please look at our Archives to see the riches we brought to the district and read our November Tidings to read more about the last 10 years.
At the June meeting, we decided that the sixth Muster in October 2013 would be the last; as would the 5th Fellowship held in 2012, and the 2nd Eric Rolls Prize offered in 2012.
It was also resolved at that June meeting that the Watermark Literary Society will continue to operate during 2014 with reduced activity that includes a local competition, such as the 140 character or word challenge, and a Literary Dinner or Luncheon, held as opportunity presents, which will take the form of a Conversation with a Writer. Any activities beyond 2014 will be the subject of wider discussion during that year.
Watermark set out to honour three writers who worked in the Camden Haven from the 1870s until 2007 and we are pleased to have done that. Celebration of Henry Kendall’s sojourn in the district is now in the very capable hands of the Kendall Heritage Society and Kylie Tennant is remembered by occasional events at her writing hut in Crowdy Bay National Park. Eric Rolls is commemorated, appropriately, on the national stage by the biennial Eric Rolls Memorial Lecture at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. The Library has committed to the 2014 Lecture with the date and name of the lecturer yet to be announced.
We send thanks to all the marvellous writers who have graced Watermark events, those who weren’t already dear friends soon became so. We send warm greetings to everyone who has followed us over these years. Watch this space!
Elaine van Kempen
The Watermark Literary Society was formed in 2003 to celebrate the literature of nature and place. Through the biennial Watermark Literary Muster we brought together Australian and overseas writers in the Camden Haven to
The first Muster was held as the Watermark International Nature Writers' Muster in October 2003 in the Camden Haven area (part of the Greater Port Macquarie region) on the NSW Mid North Coast. With the incorporation of the Watermark Literary Society, which is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), the Nature Writers' Muster was renamed as the Watermark Literary Muster. Muster 2005, Muster 2007, Muster 2009, Muster 2011 and Muster 2013 built on the successful format of Muster 2003, bringing together writers and readers with an interest in the literature of nature and place, and maintaining the intimacy and excitement that are stand-out features of all our Musters.
The Watermark Muster was a unique event that welcomed different perspectives but did not provide a forum for advocacy of environmental or other policies.
Alternate Year Program
The Eric Rolls Lecture
Held annually in association with the National Library of Australia since 2012.
The Watermark Fellowship
A biennial Watermark Literary Fellowship for an emerging Australian writer of natural history, nature and place that was offered from 2004 to 2012.
A Biennial prize for prose fiction or nonfiction in the genre of nature writing - 2004 to 2012.
April 1923 - October 2007