About us

The Long Way Home is about helping people in the Clarence Valley to discover their voice through creative writing. We want to unearth brave, authentic stories that respond to life in the Clarence Valley – through a prism of voices, ages, cultures and landscapes.

People often tell us they have a story. Or they used to write. Or they’d love to start. The Long Way Home is for all those people.

We hold creative writing workshops in Grafton and Yamba. Each year we run the Long Way Home writing competition, with categories for primary and high school students and adults. Each year we publish a collection of the best entries from the competition. All our storytellers, young and old, have a link to the Clarence Valley, on the North Coast of New South Wales. Together their stories reflect life on a land where stories have flowed down the Clarence River for thousands of years.

The Long Way Home is a non-profit collective. Co-directors are Clarence writers Erin Brady, Claire Aman and artist Yohanna Dent. Partnering with local organisations where we can, we produce books that belong in the world of contemporary Australian writing.

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Erin Brady and Claire Aman

Erin Brady has worked as a journalist in New Zealand and Australia in television, documentary, film and print. In recent years she’s dabbled in freelance communications for Clarence Valley Council, Clarence Regional Library, Sunshine Sugar and SCHOOLSOX.COM. She counts herself lucky to have forged a fluid career by telling stories. Erin’s home is in Yaegl Country, nestled in the Yuraygir National Park, beside Lake Wooloweyah. She lives there with her husband, two daughters, a cat, two chickens and a rabbit. A few years ago Erin discovered fantasy fiction. Since then she’s only ever truly happy reading novels that sparkle with magic. Sometimes she writes.

Claire Aman grew up in Melbourne and has lived in the Clarence Valley since 1988, first at Kangaroo Creek and now in Grafton with her husband. She worked as a forklift driver, roadhouse cook, barmaid and lots of other jobs before finding work as an environmental planner, but has always written on the side. Untrained in writing, she finds imaginative freedom and inspiration in the bird-fanciers, bridge-jumpers, uninvited guests, motorcyclists and sailors of the Clarence Valley and beyond. Her short story collection Bird Country was shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award and the 2018 Colin Roderick Award.  It only took 20 years to write.

To contact us, email cvshortstories@gmail.com

You can find us on Facebook. Or write to us at PO Box 604, Yamba, 2464.