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2018 Judith Rodriguez Prize Winner

Abigail Eder

The Verandah 34 Editorial team is pleased to announce the winner of the
2018 Judith Rodriguez Prize.
Abigail Elder’s short story, ‘We came here to find our own names’, will be published in Verandah Volume 34, due to be released later in the year.
Abigail Elder is a newly formed Australian who lives by the beach with her partner, her dog and her rocks.
Elder has been previously published in WORDLY Magazine and the Geelong Writers Anthology.
Elder recently graduated from Deakin University and is sitting quietly in a room considering what she will do next.

Congratulations Abigail!

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In Memoriam

Judith Rodriguez

Judith Rodriguez–Dame of the Victorian Writers Centre, stakeholder in PEN International, well-known writer and one of the key mentors of Verandah Journal–sadly passed away in late 2018.

As Judith stated in the Verandah 30 foreword, Verandah was launched through the energies of a group of keen editors/students ‘beneath the shade of the wide verandahs’ of Victoria College that is now ‘receiving all the winds of heaven…to welcome the verse and thoughtfulness of new art and writing’–her wish for Verandah’s future. This is a testament to Judith’s commitment to both Verandah and to new writers and artists.

Judith attended many Verandah launches, board meetings and student event. Her legacy will continue to live on through the Deakin School of Communication and Creative Arts Judith Rodriguez Memorial Prize. Presented annually to third-year creative writing students from the degree she did so much to shape and encourage. She was also an Honorary Fellow who gave lectures and readings, provided mentoring and nurtured the creative community at Deakin. Judith’s influence has spread far and wide across the community at Deakin University and her passing leaves both acknowledgement of her many achievements in life and sadness that we will no longer receive her fine wisdom.

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Hello Verandah 34!

Every new year brings new editors and designers. In 2019, the 34th edition of Verandah will be edited by Melina Bunting, Laura Clark, Jo French, Chantelle Gourlay and Mahima Jacob. Our designers this year are Zoe Mcfarlane, Minh Trung Hoang (Tom) and Tran Dac Nghia (Neil). Our team thanks Verandah 33 for all of their hard work last year as we excitedly get ready for 2019!

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