From her garret somewhere on the Bass Coast, Emma writes for WeekendNotes, travel publications, and plumbing websites of note. Read more at, www.clippings.me/emmawoodward or follow me on Instagram, @wordsfromawoodward
Published July 15th 2021
The Mornington Peninsula showcases writing, art, and nature
The first issue of PENinsula was released at the end of 2020, and submissions are now open for issue two.
Penned by people with a deep connection to the Mornington Peninsula's landscapes, these aren't touristy tales of beach towels and summer skies. Eucalypts are a favourite theme, as are birds. The authors write of the seasons shaping them and the places that they call home. Both writers and photographers seem to eschew summery brilliance for the cold sea-winds of a pandemic winter.
Produced in a year marred by disease and isolation, it is a journal tinged with sadness. The stories are bitter-sweet. They are about holding onto small things, finding everyday magic and wonder, and opening our eyes with a new awareness of place.
Many of these stories celebrate or mourn a lost childhood in a lost place. Some stories are elegies for shrinking wild places, and others rejoice in what remains. These are stories of nature under threat, yet holding on with absolute tenacity. This is a picture of nature made all the more precious through its fragility and resilience.
Information and submission guidelines for issue two can be found on the PENinsula website. Submissions close 15 August 2021, at midnight for written pieces, and 31 August 2021, at midnight for photography.
I am looking forward to the second edition as we thoroughly enjoyed edition one. It was an interesting and eclectic mix leaving you with the desire to explore this wonderful part of our state. A brilliant creation by two passionate women.