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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9
The pen is mightier than the laptop
Alison Lewis writes her novels in by hand in an age of laptops and digital dictation.
Photo: Matt Bedford
In an age of laptop computers and
digital dictation, a Weston Creek
author is winding back the clock.
Alison Lewis has written four
novels using pen and paper; one was a
a hand-wringing 600 pages that filled
five A4 notebooks.
The four novels, a combination of
romance and thriller, were published
by Serenity Press and Sidharta
Lewis explanation for preferring
long-hand was simple -- she writes
"When I type something I stop and
think too much about the grammar,
"That disturbs the flow when I m
It works better when I m sitting
there writing things down by hand."
For those accustomed to typing on
their device of choice, handwriting
anything longer than a shopping list is
a gruelling task.
Not least due to the general decay of
handwriting, which meant interpreting
what you ve written can be a lesson in
For Lewis, who laments the
deterioration of handwriting, elegantly
formed words keep barrelling out of
Armed with notebooks and a steady
supply of pens, the novels continue to
"Needless to say once I ve finished
it you have to edit it all, she said.
I ve got a friend who has typed up
all my manuscripts for me, she said.
Meanwhile, each Monday evening,
she leads a small group of writers who
jot down short stories by hand.
"It s a most enjoyable evening,
"We have been meeting like this for
a number of years now. It s lovely to
see how a group of strangers, who are
drawn together by the love of writing,
have become friends now.
"There are so many exceptional
writers in the Canberra area and I ve
had the privilege of meeting a lot of
them, Lewis said.
but to close up
Civic live music venue Smith s
Alternative closed its doors last week
for financial reasons, the owners
blaming fierce public service cuts for
Smith s shut up shop last despit the
venue having gigs and events booked
up until at least March 28 according
to its website.
Owner Domenic Mico said recent
public service cuts had stopped his
Since the Abbott government cut
all its public servants, [business] has
been dropping, dropping and
dropping until it has reached a point
[when] I said, Ah well, that s it.
He said the venue s financial
problems did not pop up overnight
and they had persevered as long as
possible in the current climate.
We have been able to maintain
things for quite a long time but we
can t do it any longer. The money has
just run out, Mr Mico said. I just
didn t have deep enough pockets.
$25,000 BUYS VALUABLE
SHADE FOR STUDENTS
Campbell High School s new
$25,000 shade sail has been unveiled.
The school was awarded a Cancer
Council grant last year and has
implemented SunSmart programs for
its students. The money for the new
structure comes from the Shade for
Secondary Schools Grant Program.
The shade sail was installed earlier
this month and the school will hold
an official opening event on Friday.
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