KSP Writers’ Centre hosts spooky stories night

Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre director Shannon Coyle. Picture: David Baylis d483298
Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre director Shannon Coyle. Picture: David Baylis d483298

BE prepared to be spooked when the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre in Greenmount hosts its hair-raising ghost story competition and spooky stories awards night.
The heritage-listed property is rumoured to be haunted by the ghosts of its former owners, author Katharine Susannah Prichard (died 1969) and Gallipoli hero Hugo Throssell (died 1933) who both passed away at the property on Old York Road.
Centre chairperson Tabetha Beggs said Alice Pung, bestselling author of Unpolished Gem and former writer-in-residence at the centre, heard steady footsteps walking up and down the polished wooden floorboards of the house during her stay. To calm her fears, Alice turned on the radio and slept with it on until morning.
Ms Beggs said the centre’s history and its eerie old building surrounds provided the ideal setting for ghostly winter readings.
“The ghost story competition was first launched in 2016 and we were taken aback by the huge community turnout in the first year and it continues to be popular,” she said.
The competition is free to enter and each year has a loose theme. The theme for 2018 is ‘night’ and the deadline is – naturally – Friday, July 13.
Young writers aged between eight and 13 looking for help writing their ghost stories can book into KSP’s spooky-edition school holiday Press Club on July 12 and 13. Costs apply.
Competition winners will be announced as part of KSP’s annual Spooky Stories Night fundraiser on August 25.
To book, visit www.kspwriterscentre.com