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July 04, 2017

Melissa Black and Pat Patt are eager to launch the 60th issue of Tamba.

Everything from poetry to prose and short stories will feature in the 60th issue of tamba.

Literary magazine tamba was created by the Goulburn Valley Writers’ Group and has been running for 25 years.

The magazine provides writers across Australia with the chance to have their work published and the 60th issue promises to be bigger and better than any before it.

The magazine’s editor Pat Patt said to celebrate the 60th issue of the magazine they planned to hold a special launch at the Shepparton library.

‘‘It’s very exciting, we usually just launch it at the Writers’ Group meeting, so this is new ground for me,’’ she said.

‘‘It is going to be 9mm thick, so it is going to be a bumper issue.’’

Ms Patt said the committee received more than 200 submissions for tamba and was kept busy selecting the best ones for the magazine.

‘‘We probably got started in January and the final selections would’ve been made around the beginning of May,’’ she said.

Ms Patt said the latest issue of tamba would include a range of work from GV Writers’ Group members.

‘‘It’s going to be such a really interesting read, there’s going to be something that will make you laugh, something that will make you think, something that will move you, something that will entertain you,’’ she said.

Among literary magazines in Australia, tamba is rare in that it has been in publication for so long, but does not receive any ongoing financial support from any governmental body.

In the past it has received some grant funding from Greater Shepparton City Council and has been fortunate to have some generous supporters and sponsors.

GV Writers’ Group president Robyn Black said tamba was excellent at showcasing creative writing talent.

‘‘We do hope that all those in the community interested in creative writing will come along and join in the celebration,’’ Ms Black said.

â– The launch of the 60th issue of tamba will be held on Sunday, July 9, at 11am at Shepparton Library, 41 Marungi St, Shepparton.

Bookings are required and can be made by phoning Shepparton Library on 1300374765 by Friday, July7. The magazine will be available to buy for $15 at Collins Booksellers, Shepparton Library and Shepparton Information Centre.

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