From the president
By Margaret Trudgeon AE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It’s been a busy month for editors, with the IPEd conference taking place early in May. At the end of the first official day of the conference Editors Victoria held a get-together at the Emerald Peacock, attended by 25 people who braved the cold and wet to get there. We all enjoyed canapés and drinks in the warmth of the bar as we mingled and caught up on everyone’s news and how they were finding the conference sessions. It was a lovely evening and hopefully we will be able to hold more events like this.
I attended most sessions of the conference and was amazed and impressed by the variety of subjects addressed by the speakers. I particularly enjoyed the speaker panels, where I caught up on what is happening in the publishing world and our international counterpart organisations at the moment. There were also some thoughtful presentations on editing trauma-related text, neurodivergence and editing, and inclusive editing. On the final day we got the low-down on AI and how it might affect publishing. I came away feeling re-energised and impressed by all the different things going on out there. By the time you read this I’ll have joined attendees at the 23 May cuppa to share our thoughts on the conference sessions.
Editors Victoria also has a few professional development courses coming up. Following her sold-out course on 30 May, Nadine Davidoff will be running a repeat workshop on “Editing narrative non-fiction” on 6 June. Then, on 27 June there will be the first of two sessions of a “Grammar refresher” course run by Linda Nix.
Meanwhile, we are starting to plan our annual branch meeting (ABM). Our speaker this year will be Rev Glenn Loughrey, a Wiradjuri man who is a priest, an artist and an author. He is going to speak about the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, with some discussion on how editors can approach it in their work in an inclusive and sensitive way. It promises to be an informative and engaging evening. And if anyone out there is interested in joining our committee for the upcoming term, please do get in touch with me.
Finally, in early May our secretary, Charles Houen, one of our esteemed Honorary Life Members and a long-serving committee member of Editors Victoria, had to step down from his position due to ill health. This morning I received word from his daughter that he is recovering very well and has stunned the doctors with his progress. The committee at Editors Victoria wish him all the best for his recovery.
EdVic is pleased to welcome members who have joined or upgraded since our last newsletter.
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We look forward to seeing you at our workshops and events and encourage you to make the most of IPEd’s networks for news and support.