Avon Valley Gazette - - CHRISTMAS 2016 - Justin Bian­chini

SHAN­NON Coyle ad­mits she’s a Christmas tragic.

Peo­ple shouldn’t be sur­prised then to see the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Cen­tre direc­tor wear­ing “tin­sel ear­ings and themed shirts in the lead- up to the big day”.

“I’m not par­tic­u­larly re­li­gious but I love Christmas and the hap­pi­ness it brings,” she said.

With the Green­mount writers’ cen­tre closed from De­cem­ber 19 to Jan­uary 4, its longest serv­ing of­fice man­ager will get a chance to be with her part­ner Phil and their three boys, Jay­den, Jack­son and Joshua.

They will start Christmas Day with presents un­der the tree, crois­sants and fruit, and some cooked ham.

“Then it’s off to lunch with my fam­ily,” Shan­non said.

“I have a Croa­t­ian back­ground so there will be lots of food. There is al­ways too much but that’s how we like it.

“I’ll look for­ward to some prsuta; they’re like lit­tle dough­nut balls with spiced fruit in­side.

“On Box­ing Day we will head to Har­vey to Phil’s fam­ily.”

The break will give Shan­non time to “re­lax and read and “pol­ish” a few of her own short sto­ries.

A twice- pub­lished short story writer – with Indigo jour­nal and in her writers’ cen­tre pub­li­ca­tion, An­thol­ogy D’Amor - Shan­non’s rec­om­mended read­ing over Christmas is:

“I’ve just fin­ished a fan­tas­tic lo­cal writer Rachael Johns’ novel The Pat­ter­son Girls,” she said.

“It would be an ex­cel­lent read over Chrissy.

“And there is A Lit­tle Life by Hanya Yanag­i­hara; that book will stay with me for many years.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d462461

Shan­non Coyle is all set for a tra­di­tional Croa­t­ian Christmas with lots of food.

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