Virginia has entered a number of competitions including, Raspberry & Vine, Tom Howard and the ‘One Book Many Brisbane’s’ for which her works were highly commended on a number of occasions.
Published works in the Brisbane State High School Year book, Brisbane Courier Mail, ‘Me’ magazine, Albert & Logan News, Sea Spray, and the Official Journal of the Air Sea Rescue Association of Qld.
In 2016 Virginia published her first book, Flash Fiction Volume 1. Her eagerly awaited second book, Flash Fiction Volume 2, was published in late 2017.
Virginia is currently a member of Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre, The Brisbane Writers Centre, The Society of Women Writers, The Fellowship of Australian Writers Qld and a The Alliance of Independent Authors.
Secrets of the Cathars & Mysteries of the Magdalene Tour June 2015 October 2014 and a friend mentions a book, ‘The Book of Love.’ This book is an ancient tome hidden somewhere in a small Tuscan village, a gospel according to Jesus Christ. History and reading, my two loves…I jump on the Internet and […]
Sabi Sands Game Reserve Flying from Cape Town we arrived in Skukuza Airport at 12:30 pm. Skukuza is in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger Park. We were staying at Dulini Lodge www.dulini.com for the next four days. Skukuza airport was recently reopened after extensive renovations. With beautiful timber floors and ceiling, the terminal is a […]
Thank you Tony. Africa is its own story. I told it as we experienced it...amazingCommented on Our African Sojourn: Sabi Sands.
Lightning flashed, zigzagging across clouded skies. Seconds later thunder cracked and sizzled. The house trembled. I sat on the verandah watching the storm’s approach…a glass of red in my hand. The rain arrived, hammering the corrugated iron roof. Water rushed from the gutters and flowed down the garden paths. I stayed there all night, unable […]
Come away, O human child To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand. WB Yeats I heard running…a door open…a door slam; slam so hard my small wooden home shook. I waited…silence…an eerie deathly silence. I walked towards […]
‘Good advice is like a tight glove; it fits some circumstances and it does not fit others.’ ‘Israel? Do you have a death wish?’ I tried explaining. ‘My story must be authentic…have feeling, be believable. It’s a writer’s golden rule.’ She didn’t get it. She offered advice, wanted or unwanted. ‘My advice, stay at […]
‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’ They shared a park bench. He smiled…said hello…silence. He searched his pockets…found some coins, slid up the bench. ‘Is this enough for a smile?’ Three gold coins lay in his palm. She looked up, her lips pulled tight ready to spew forth a litany of […]
‘When I toss pebbles in a puddle, she throws boulders in the ocean!’ I say I visited Rome. She says, ‘I met with the Pope.’ I say…we stayed in Florence…near Rialto Bridge. She says, I stayed in a villa with a chef, housekeeper, views across the Tuscan hills. I ask, ‘What do you know […]
Outside a kookaburra laughed heartily. Today was her day. She recalled his proposal. Sweet and beautiful…they were meant for each other. Her dress hung on the door…lace and satin…her dream dress. She spent the morning perfecting her makeup. Finished, she felt that special glow of all brides. Time to dress…something new…la perla underwear, something blue…a […]
She emptied her mind, holding only thoughts of him. This was their place, their secret forest. In life their connection was strong. His spirit was born to mystery…his soul receptive to the unknown. The essence of his life was to live, love and dream. She hoped to capture that essence…to reach his dreams. There […]
Flowers lay scattered across the lawn. The tulips face up, mouths open, like fish out of water. Inside the church, silence reined. The bridegroom reached for the maid of honour. Facing the congregation, he said, ‘True love can never be found where it does not truly exist, nor can it be hidden where it truly […]
We were the animals in the zoo, locked in, forbidden to roam free. This was their home…once a thriving mining community now a 21st century Ghost town. From the tour bus we watched a mother and her children traverse the lush green park. She stopped…others joined her. They turned and looked our way. Like a […]
Her colour and her beauty left me breathless. She was passionate, an artist, a poet, a sculptor. People came to see and hear her…to experience a night a day a week and bathe in her strength, her fearlessness and her spirit. At the birth of the Renaissance she was infused with intention, emotion and knowledge. […]