The Goulburn Valley Writers’ Group held an official launch for the 60th issue of its literary magazine Tamba at Shepparton library yesterday.
Tamba provides writers across Australia with the chance to have their work published and the special milestone book edition is almost three times larger than the usual magazine.
GVWG president Robyn Black said Tamba was started by Hugh Oakes and the name ‘‘Tamba’’ was the word for ibis in an Aboriginal language and it was seen as a symbol for the Goulburn Valley.
Tamba has now been running for 25 years and has had challenges, particularly with financing the printing, but it continues to print the creative work of talented writers.
‘‘Tamba gives writers the opportunity to have their work published and shared so they can improve their craft,’’ Ms Black said.
Tamba editor Pat Patt said when she and the editorial committee decided to do a milestone edition they sent out the call to past contributors and were overwhelmed with more than 200 submissions of work.
She said there were many different types of literature in the book, from blank verse, short stories, poems with strict rhyming, sonnets and verse poems.
Ms Patt said it was amazing to see people travel from across Australia to be at the launch, which included several readings from Tamba.
‘‘Many of our contributors from towns such as Bendigo, Melbourne and Albury travelled and it was great to them in person,’’ she said.
‘‘We even had one person travel from Whyalla, South Australia, and a lady from Sydney.’’
An initial 300 editions were printed of the 60th edition.
The book is available from Shepparton library, Marungi St, or through website www.gvwritersgroup.com for $15 to cover printing costs.