Written by Janet West
Janet West was born into a theatrical family in Sydney in 1935. She has published works such as Innings of Grace, Daughters of Freedom: A History of Women in the Australian Church (awarded NSW Prize by the Society of Women Writers of NSW and Christian Book of the Year by an Adelaide panel), Centenary History of Gilbulla (a commissioned history) and Georgiana (an acclaimed play which has since been shortlisted as a screenplay by Hopscotch Films and the NSW Film and Television Office). She has completed her doctoral studies on the history of Australian women in the Church, the first time this degree has ever been awarded to a woman by the Australian College of Theology. She has produced a further two plays and two books of poetry (Poems 2005 and Poems 2012) Individual poems have appeared in books and magazines and the latest Crimson Boronia – an Anthology of Poems is the latest of her published works.