As Anni Webster-Wright (previously Anni Webster/Dr. Ann Webster-Wright), I write non-fiction: narrative essays, prose poetry and performance pieces. I draw on Eastern and Western philosophy to explore how people make meaning from their life experiences.
2021: ‘Understanding Leopards,’ an essay on Purpose published in the New Philosopher magazine.
2021: Tryptich of poems, ‘Women’s Voices,’ published in Rabbit Non-Fiction Poetry Journal.
2021: Varuna Mick Dark Flagship Fellowship awarded for my book “The Texture of Time.’
The Texture of Time, my hybrid memoir, weaves together women’s history, philosophy, and the notion of daring to dream – at any age. It was selected as a finalist in the 2017 Hard Copy Development program, based in Canberra.
For the past four years, from 2017 to 2020, I’ve been one of 10 international finalists in the New Philosopher award, writing on topics of communication, power, family, time and death, in everyday life.In 2019, an essay from the book was published in Bjelke Blues, edited by Edwina Shaw. In 2017, another essay from the book won first prize in the Society of Women Writers’ national non-fiction competition. Titled An Appetite for Awe, the essay considers how cultural stories affect our experience of place. I’ve had essays published on topics ranging from Hope to Peace, Authenticity to Mindfulness, in Griffith Review, the Ethics Centre, and Literature in North Queensland.
As a knock-kneed nerdy philosopher, I learnt to dance when I turned sixty – a lifetime dream of mine. I joined WaW Dance, a creative ensemble of mature-aged women performing innovative responses to issues facing women. We have performed at QPAC with Expressions Dance Company, and the Judith Wright Centre with Vulcana Women’s Circus. WaW and Vulcana’s performance, ‘As if No-one is Watching,’ at Brisbane’s Powerhouse, drew on my poem ‘There comes a time’.
As well as dancing and writing, I’m passionate about supporting younger women, especially those struggling with domestic abuse or workplace inequities in all their forms. I’m also engaged in facilitating mature-aged women making a transition between their professional career and a meaningful, active life beyond traditional work. With friends, we are developing a network of ageing activists.