News and Events


This site was launched on 6th July 2020 by video conference. At launch date, this site contained 23 stories, 14 radio plays and 16 poems, a total of 53 works written by 23 different authors. All radio plays have audio files of the play recorded as well as written scripts. The site was updated in April 2021 to include a new prize-winning work by Geoffrey Dobbs called ‘Blood and Bone’. At long last, we have started to add instructional material on writing on our Writing Resources page. The first such article is by Cheryl Threadgold on ‘Writing and Producing Radio Plays’. A new page called ‘Word of the Month’ has been established, and four pieces on the word ‘Elegance’ have been published by Vicki Endrody, Sandra Stirling and Sue Hardiman.

updated 13 April 2021

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About Bayside U3A Writers Group Radio Plays

Former professional radio presenter Terri Adams OAM pioneered the radio play genre in the Bayside and Kingston areas at community radio station 88.3 Southern FM. The  completed plays were presented in her weekly Kaleidoscope radio program. Retired ABC technician Raymond Simms still skilfully assists with editing the recordings and adding music and sound effects.

In 2013, Terri Adams and I co-tutored the first How to Write Radio Plays course when Bayside U3A commenced. We were fortunate that a splendid small group of writers joined our course and four of these core members still attend the Writers Group sessions today: Jan Storey, Colleen Dewis, Norah Dempster and Joy Meekings. Together with radio play writers such as Geraldine Colson, Juliet Charles and Sandra Sterling, these talented playwrights have produced some first-class radio plays.

In 2020, Bayside U3A Writers Group members Helen Graham and John Maddick have achieved writing their first radio plays. These plays have been workshopped by the group and will be recorded, when possible, featuring local actors.

Radio plays written by the Bayside U3A Writers Group are presented on the third Tuesday morning of each month on Pauline O’Brien’s ‘Community Capers’ program on 88.3 Southern FM, and each playwright attends the studio for the broadcast.

As well as broadcasting the radio plays monthly on 88.3 Southern FM, Bayside U3A radio plays have also been presented as live performances at U3A events, at two special Radio Theatre events at Beaumaris Theatre with cabaret-style seated audiences, and a Seniors’ Week Festival at Federation Square, Melbourne in 2019 [contributed by Cheryl Threadgold]

published 9 April 2021

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The Historic Black Rock House in the suburb of Black Rock, Melbourne (image by Malcolm Threadgold)