Book launch!

We’re delighted to tell you that Stories from the Clarence Valley, 2021 – Look Up will soon be here. This totally homegrown book features outstanding entries from the Long Way Home Writing Competition 2021. We’re launching the book on Tuesday 7 December in the river garden at the Ulmarra Hotel, River St Ulmarra, at 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome (you do need a double vaccination to get in).

You might like to have dinner following the launch – if so, please book a table soon, so we can all use the rear part of the hotel in case of rain. The hotel’s phone number is 66 445 305. Mention you’re part of the Long Way Home book launch.

We can’t wait to show you this remarkable book and to honour everyone who helped create it.

Copies will be on sale on the night for $20.00. Books will be available after 7 December at the Grafton Book Warehouse, South Grafton News and Gifts, The Nook in Yamba, and at the Grafton Twilight Farmers Market in December.

The Long Way Home thanks Community Bank South Grafton and Big River Timbers for their support this year. We are a small non-profit collective, working for love of writing. We deeply appreciate our sponsors.

Results of the 2021 Long Way Home Competition

It’s always difficult to choose winners. We swam through a wonderful sea of stories. But here are the finest entries from the 2021 Long Way Home competition. Congratulations!

Open section winner

Kathryn Goldie, for ‘North’ ($100 cash prize).

High School section winner

Kiera Banfield, Year 7, Grafton High School for ‘Look Up’ ($70 book voucher).

Primary School section winner

Lucy Smith, Year 5, Gulmarrad Public School, for ‘Look Up’ ($50 book voucher).

Primary School section highly commended

Theo Symons, Year 3, Grafton Public School, for ‘Figtree Avenue’ ($20 book voucher).

Cedriarna Daley, Year 2, Baryulgil Public School, for ‘Look Up’ ($20 book voucher).

Grace Jeffery, Year 6, Yamba Public School, for ‘Look Up Little Magpie’ ($20 book voucher).

Stories From The Clarence Valley 2021 – Look Up will be published in late November, with all of the shortlisted stories. Authors, you will receive a free copy, and we’ll contact you with details of the book launch. Keep your eye on The Long Way Home’s website and facebook page.  Copies will be on sale at the launch, as well as Grafton Book Warehouse, South Grafton News and Gifts, and The Nook in Yamba.

Thanks to South Grafton Community Bank, Big River Timbers and Grafton Book Warehouse for helping The Long Way Home this year. A huge thanks to everyone who wrote a story, and thanks to anyone who encouraged someone to write. You enrich the world. Don’t forget to look up.

The Long Way Home Team

Long Way Home writers on writing

Stephanie Haines, Tommy Welham, Jackie Samms and Nadia Smith in conversation with Claire Aman at Grafton Library

Stories from the Clarence Valley, 2020 – Land/marks. This totally homegrown book features outstanding entries from the Long Way Home Writing Competition 2020. The best part about this project is seeing the writers (and their friends and family) finding their story in the book and seeing their name in print. Congratulations to you all! For those who are new to this project, it’s run 100% by volunteers. It’s a love project to encourage and celebrate storytelling in the Clarence Valley. Proceeds from the book pay for a new book to be published the following year. Thanks for all your support!