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THE discipline of writing has
always come easily for Tayla
Kershaw, Star journalist and
presenter at this October’s
Coal Creek Literary Festival.
The festival is on Sunday, October 9
Still in her early twenties, Tayla has
already had one book, a young adult fan-
tasy published, with its sequel to follow
“It’s always just something that’s
come naturally,” Tayla said about the
discipline of writing.
“When I was eight I was really en-
couraged by teachers in primary school,”
adding she always had a note book with
her and spent her lunchtimes at school
Growing up on a dairy farm at Glen
Alvie and having cousins who lived next
door gave Tayla plenty of space to roam
when she was growing up.
“My inspiration has always come from living on a
farm and the scenery it offers and also living so close
to coastal areas”, Tayla said. “Naturally, I wanted to be
a fantasy writer”.
It was a motor bike ride with her brother and the
discovery of a cow’s skeleton in the back paddock of
the farm that allowed her to gel ideas she’d already had
about the characters depicted in Alliance.
The novel follows a 17 year old girl’s
quest for redemption after a mistake she
makes drives a wedge between the peo-
ple in her village.
The Harry Potter books were a big
influence on her, as was the John Mars-
den When the War Began series.
“One of the comments I have re-
ceived from people who have read my
book was that I had very strong female
characters in it,” Tayla said.
“The hero, the villain, the leader of
the army are all females, but I had a lot of
male characters to back them up.”
Tayla started submitting the manu-
script to her first novel in 2012, and after
a few knock backs was accepted by Sata-
lyte Publishing, a South Gippsland based
Between the manuscript being submit-
ted and the final product there were quite
a few changes made, the main one being
“It was a bit short. My publisher gave me six months
to write a bit more, to expand on things, and then he
went through it and edited it himself,” Tayla said.
Her editor and publisher is Stephen Ormsby.
“I had a sellout at my launch. That was in 2014 at
the Wonthaggi Library. I began writing Alliance when
I was 17 and finished it a few months after turning 18,”
Tayla is just one of numerous interesting presenters
at this year’s Coal Creek Literary Festival.
The Good Life Your LOCAL guide to
Art and Entertainment
RENOWNED artist Emily Koenders is
holding a special spring art exhibition,
Wings, from September 3 to 25, open daily
from 11am to 5pm.
Spring is a stunning time at this magnificent hilltop
The beautiful gardens come alive in this season and the
traditional fountains and many varieties of birds are all part
of the special experience for visitors
Breathtaking panoramic views stretching to Wilsons
Promontory wrap around the gallery.
Emily’s professional career had its genesis at the ten-
der age of 14, when she sold her first painting and won an
award at a renowned Melbourne exhibition. In the 19 years
since, the evidence of her credentials can be found in her
being invited to judge art shows, and also being the feature
artist on numerous occasions.
She has won a wealth of awards, including the Royal
Melbourne Art Exhibition, and Rotary clubs of Alexandra,
Bendigo, Box Hill, Chirnside Park and Victor Harbour.
Being granted an art scholarship at the latter exhibition
only served to further enhance her status.
Emily’s art has been purchased by the former chairman
of the National Gallery of Australia for his private collec-
tion and some of her paintings have been snapped up by
savvy European buyers.
In her early years, Emily travelled to Europe, and stood
in awe at the art works of the great Dutch masters, especial-
ly Vincent van Gogh’s, and visited various locations where
he had lived and painted during his short, but profoundly
This trip served to further fuel her passion for the arts,
and provided the impetus for a successful career that has
spanned nearly two decades.
Little did she realise, that, 12 years later (in 2006),
the extraordinary revelation about her late ancestor would
come to light, that she is the great, great, great, great niece
of the legendary Vincent van Gogh.
This revelation has enhanced the prestige and value of
Emily’s beautiful artworks, and although her style is quite
different to his, it has proved yet again the old adage that
genes don’t lie.
Another parallel with Vincent is her immense love
and appreciation of nature. It is well documented he made
many field trips to collect reference material for painting.
Emily has spent countless hours in nature, studying the
most meticulous details of the intriguing world of ornithol-
ogy, and is fascinated by every speckle, fleck and splash of
colour adorning birdlife.
Emily’s works are reflective of a life dedicated to the
study of the striking beauty of nature in all its glorious fac-
She has marvelled at the intricate detail in the feathers
of a superb fairy wren dancing amongst the grasses, and
has stood in awe whilst observing a pair of wedge-tailed
eagles riding the thermals overhead at her South Gippsland
She has also been deeply moved by personal encoun-
ters with some big cats, visiting a family of cheetahs, and
stroking and bottle-feeding an adolescent Sumatran tiger.
Emily’s style showcases her wonderful capacity to uti-
lise light and form to create unique effects, with her works
being executed in several mediums ranging from gouache,
and oils, to pencil and pastel.
She seeks to elicit an emotional response from the
viewer, by the use of colour, atmosphere, behaviour, mood
and the freshness of ideas.
Emily invites you to come on a journey with her, and
participate in the drama of her beautifully realistic depic-
tions of the wonders of the created world, from the tiniest
of birds to the largest of land animals.
Emily Koenders Art Gallery is at 230 Ruby-Fairbank
Road, Fairbank, located 10 minutes north of Leongatha.
Please feel free to phone with any queries to 0421 339 575.
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Art takes flight
Come and enjoy: artist Emily Koenders in-
vites visitors to her latest exhibition, Wings,
at her Fairbank gallery this September.
Fantasy writer: author
and journalist Tayla
Kershaw brings female
characters to the fore in
her fantasy novel.
Young writer to explore
journey at Literary Festival
WRITERS are being urged to enter
competitions being held as part of the
Coal Creek Literary Festival.
The Bert van Bedaf Memorial Award offers a
$500 prize and a trophy for the winning short story
of 500 words.
The Open Poetry Prize carries a $200 prize for a
poem in free or rhyming verse of no more than 20
Both prizes are open to all ages and entries closed
Monday, October 3.
Entry forms can be found on the Literary Festival
Entry fees are $15 for the Bert van Bedaf Memo-
rial Award and $10 for the Open Poetry Prize.
Calling all festival writers
Teens to star in school spectacular
TWO South Gippsland students will ap-
pear in the Victorian State School Spec-
Wonthaggi Secondary College’s (WSC) Nick Law-
son will take centre stage as a principal vocalist and
Louis Wheeler, a Year 12 student at South Gippsland
Secondary College, is an audio assistant for the event.
Nick joins the list of talented singers who have rep-
resented WSC as a principal vocalist – including Jayde
Gray, Mitchell Sanders and Cassi de Lacy-Vawdon.
This year the show is entitled The Elements. The
theme is combined with a concoction of pop and stage
A lot of hard work and dedication has gone into be-
ing a principal vocalist, including seven hour rehearsals
in Melbourne on Saturdays and Sundays for most of the
“It has been a great experience to work with profes-
sionals. My family has been very supportive during the
rehearsals,” Nick said.
Many people may recognise Nick from his first star-
ring role in Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s (WTG) Oliver
in 2010. He also played Archie in WTG’s production 13
and had the lead role in Peter Pan at WSC.
“I used to do a bit of singing at home but after Oliver
I really got into music and decided to give it a go. I have
lessons with Kirk (Skinner) and I was encouraged by my
family to be in the spectacular,” he said
The spectacular has taught Nick about stage pres-
ence, vocal techniques, and dance skills.
“I look forward to being on the massive stage. It’s a
lot different to being in a stage show,” he said.
“I’ve enjoyed working with people from all over Vic-
toria who have lots of different talents. I haven’t done a lot
of dancing before and learning how to work the camera is
a different experience but it has been very exciting.”
This is Louis’ second spectacular.
“I have been able to apply the things I have learnt into
my own music,” he said.
“I produce and record my own music so everything
I’ve learned has been incredibly valuable.”
Louis has been interested in music since he was nine.
“Last year was my first contact with the industry and
it’s helped me further my knowledge. It’s great to see how
things happen in the outside world,” he said.
“This is the sort of opportunity that needs to be pushed
and talked about more because it is absolutely fantastic to
Louis would like to pursue his talent by going to the
Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) to study interactive
Being involved in the spectacular has helped him im-
prove the music he records and produces, which he will
later present to VCA in a portfolio.
The spectacular will be held before an audience of
10,000 on September 10 at Hisense Arena, Melbourne.
Nick Lawson was se-
lected to be a principal
vocalist in the Victori-
an State School Spec-
tacular on September
10 at Hisense Arena in
Year 12 student Louis
Wheeler in his ele-
ment during a Victori-
an State School Spec-
It will also be televised on Channel 7 on a date to be
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