About us

The Long Way Home unearths and publishes Clarence Valley writers of all ages. We are about helping people to discover their voice through storytelling. We want to collect 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.

The Long Way Home is a non-profit collective. Co-directors are Clarence writers Claire Aman, Kathryn Goldie and Ilana Kaplin, partnering with artist Yohanna Dent and printer Liza Bloomer/Yoohoo McPhee. The original 2018 founders were Erin Brady and Claire Aman.

We hold creative writing workshops in the Clarence Valley. 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.

Claire Aman grew up in Melbourne and has lived in the Clarence Valley since 1988, first at Kangaroo Creek and now in Grafton. 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 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.

Kathryn Goldie is a writer and editor whose short plays, monologues and award-winning short films have appeared in more than 80 festivals throughout Australia and internationally. Her prose fiction has appeared in Westerly, Grieve, The Canary Press and Penguin Plays Rough, and in 2021 she won the open section of the Long Way Home competition. Kathryn joined The Long Way Home collective the same year. She lives on Yaegl Country.

Ilana Kaplin comes from a long line of skilled storytellers, and she was a finalist in the 2021 Long Way Home writing competition. She worked in the arts, creative industries and community development for many years. She is now an active co-director of The Long Way Home collective and is excited to be part of an emerging and vibrant artistic community in the Clarence Valley.

To contact us, email cvshortstories@gmail.com

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We appreciate the support of South Grafton Community Bank, a bank that genuinely supports local projects.
We thank the Yugilbar Foundation for their assistance in 2019.