The Alan Marshall Award 2016 has come and gone, yay! to being the winner of the Open section, with my story, Under the Skin of Things. A 2 day writing retreat, at wonderful Montsalvat, with the winner of the Local section and the Highly commended in each category. Myf Jones, as judge, was the retreat facilitator. We were treated to some inspirational exercises, discussions, wanderings in the grounds of Montsalvat, copious amounts of food and plenty of time to write. A busy couple of days followed where I couldn’t exactly write, but I’ve brought the momentum with me and I’m waiting for the time and space tomorrow to continue what I started there at Montsalvat. Great to be in the company of these wonderful women: Myf Jones, Michelle Wright, Catherine Padmore and Glenys Osborne. And best of luck to Myf in the Miles Franklin.