I am humbled and grateful to have been a part of this project. It would not have been possible without the kindness and support of so many people.
Thank you Sue Sommerlad and Margaret Smeaton for your excellent proofreading and sparkly eyes. Thank you Leslie Robinson for the beautiful layout and book design. Thank you to Russell Dorries for author photos and the gorgeous cover shot.
Thank you to everybody who brought cake, especially Mary O’Brien Kingman, who made me the most amazing birthday cake. Thank you Ellen Trewin for power juice when I had no power left. Thank you Alene Ivey and Sarah Jean for editorial and design support, as well as helping order the stories – it has been so much fun working and playing with you. And Robbie Kirk – dear Robbie – thank you for all your hard work and brilliance in the editorial, design, publication and production processes. I am so grateful for all your generosity, support, kindness and friendship.
I would also like to thank the Macleay Island Progress Association and the Lamb Island Residents Association for giving us places to come together and write. Elaine Seeto for her kindness and intelligence and great heart; Councilor Paul Bishop and the RADF committee for the grant that made this project possible and Mayor Karen Williams for helping us celebrate the launch of the Water Stories book.
And finally, thank you, from my heart to yours, to the writers for trusting me with your stories. My wild, brave and lovely friends, I feel honoured and humbled to have been able to share the journey with you.
Editor and producer
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Redland City Council to support local Arts and Culture in Regional Queensland