Eden and Byron Bay named as NSW’s most passionate towns
Romance writers may soon be heading to Eden, just named the best town in which to set a passionate love scene, in the first week of Writing NSW’s competition launching their new brand.
Eden and Byron Bay came equal first in numbers of nominations but it was Colleen Goth’s words that now stamp Eden as NSW’s best town in which to set a passionate love scene. She wrote in the limited number of characters allowed, “the home of the richest aphrodisiacal oysters on earth and named after the site of humanity’s first recorded love affair”.
Eden, once home to whaling stations, is now known for its beauty both on the coast and inland at Ben Boyd National Park and the state forests that surround the town.
Other excellent nominations offered up passion in destinations which were shortlisted: Lightning Ridge, Broken Hill, Port Kembla, Come by Chance, Yass, Maitland, Coonabarabran, Armidale, Narrabri and Singleton. These include:
Maitland – At this time of year the streets are dusty with autumn leaves, the sky crisp and ice blue, sandstone gargoyles cackle from Victorian-era buildings; even the shadows clinging to their warm human bodies, seem passionate.
Lightning Ridge – Colourful people and beautiful opal can be mined and polished with the passion of desire finding hidden veins of love.
Narrabri – It’s quintessential Australian, hot and dry, fields of wheat, mysterious mountains that make Hanging Rock look so blasé, and the Australia Telescope Compact Array; radio satellites that connect you to the Cosmos, a love story that begins with the red earth and takes you to the stars and beyond, harsh landscape but endless heart.
After 27 years serving the writers of the state, the NSW Writers’ Centre has changed its name to Writing NSW to reflect its expanded scope, including growing digital platforms and the range of programs it offers at its premises in Callan Park, Lilyfield, and elsewhere.