Pelican Smile

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
When Penny Leighton's father dies a huge hole is left in her heart, and it is a hole she has fallen into deeply. She becomes preoccupied with the need to know where his remains have been scattered. Desperate to set her father's haunting spirit free she, instead, discovers how to set herself free—to forgive More
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Words: 1,100
Language: Australian English
ISBN: 9781310529276
About Wendy Beach

Wendy Beach lives in Perth, Western Australia. She studied writing at Edith Cowan University. Several of her short stories are published in the Green Egg and the Dark Eclipse Magazine. Her poetry has been published in The Westerly, Creatrix and the Uneven Floor. Her works have won and placed in the Talus Prize (2014, 2015, 2016) and she was shortlisted in the William Todhunter Literary Award. She has also co-authored the published children's book, 'The Belmonsters' (2016). In her spare time, Wendy tends her organic vegetable patch and assorted fruit trees. She also enjoys painting impressionist landscapes and attending poetry events.


- Sea Widow's Sonnet published in the Creatrix Anthology 2 (paperback)
- How to be a poet (poem) published in Creatrix #38 I.M. of Caroline Sambridge.
- Three untitled ekphrastic poems published in the Creative Connections Anthology 2017 (paperback)
- Two poems, Pedestal and The Peacock, published in Creatrix #37
- Designed the poster for WAPI's Poetry on a Plate event
- Women of disharmony (poem) published online at The Uneven Floor
- Featured poet at the Perth Poetry Club
- Featured poet at the Vic Park Arts Centre, Sonnet no Soup event
- Organised funding and assisted with WAPI's Vic Park Slam (funding, poster design, photography and blogging)
- Organised the Poets in Harmony event, Harmony Day with WAPI and the City of Belmont (photography, blogging, stall running)


- Sonnet For A Native Girl, 1974, published in the WA Shakespeare Club Anthology as part of the Shakespeare 400 global event.
- Sea Widow's Sonnet published in the Creatrix Poetry & Haiku Journal #35
- Sea Widow's Sonnet displayed as a poster in building 5 at Edith Cowan University and reproduced in the Writing section of the Graduate Show catalogue.
- The Adventures of the Belmonsters, a Community Children's Book (Co-operative authorship) focusing on Belmont History and Monsters published in November (Softcover)
- Became the Submissions Manager for the Creatrix Poetry & Haiku Journal, Committee Member for WA Poets Inc. in September
- Sea Widow's Sonnet Highly Commended (second place) in the Talus Literary Prize in October
- Lessons in Enjambment published The Westerly Literary Magazine (online New Creative Edition)
- The Witch Who Ate Autumn, novel completed (in editing process)
- Pelican Smile has been picked up by Barnes and Noble online in eBook format.
- An Alien in an Alien Land has been picked up by Collins Booksellers (Australia) in eBook format


- Completed the novel;The Night Jasmine (unpublished; Commended in the T.A.G. Hungerford Award, 2016)
- Sonnet For A Native Girl, 1974, Commended in the ECU Talus Prize for the Poem
- Lessons in Enjambment (poem) showcased at the ECU graduation ceremony


- An Alien in an Alien Land (short story - horror) published in issue 35 of Dark Eclipse eZine
- Pelican Smile (short story) published on Smashwords and is translated into Russian
- The Visitor, Winner of the ECU Talus Prize for best short story (literary)
- The Visitor (short story) is translated into Russian
- Brushstrokes (long, Australian story), Shortlisted in the William Todhunter Literary Award
- Suggested to the Ruth Faulkner Library to open a community writing group - established in 2015 (current)

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Review by: David Neilson on Aug. 27, 2016 :
When Wendy Beach offers an apparent twist-in-the-tale story - “Pelican Smile” opens with a woman scouring obituary notices - we can be pretty sure that something far subtler than that will ensue. Indeed, there is a twist in this story of a woman waiting for her mother-in-law to pass on, but the twist is based on a generous, moving, and satisfying irony. The story combines a simple and compelling narrative, told with admirable economy, with a real turn for the telling phrase, for instance the pelican “risen from the wet sand to carry away her father’s life force in its sagging bill.” A brief and rewarding story.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jacob Mossberg on Aug. 26, 2015 :
Wendy Beach knows how to write a good story. Her depictions are for the lack of a better word excellent! She makes the pictures she creates with her words come alive in vivid color, and it's accompanied with a profound statement on how life should be viewed. She is gifted.

5 stars easy
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Review by: ruckeme on May 25, 2014 :
For Penny Leighton, there exists no greater joy in life than to execute her father's dying wish. There is just one problem: Penny's stepmother - Rhonda. Seen through the eyes of Penny, we journey through the emotional tide of her father's death - his re-entrance into the living - and the final release of his spirit into the afterlife. What I enjoy most about "The Pelican" is the depth of Beach's storytelling. She pens this coming of age story with elements reminiscent of a J.K.Rowling novel: poignant, introspective, innocence, and masterful literary style.
(review of free book)

Review by: tony parsons on March 31, 2014 :
Penny Leighton read the Wests obituary column quite religiously. Rhonda (72) her mother was getting up in age. Penny was not invited to her father’s funeral. Rhonda died but Penny did not attend the funeral. She went to her step-mothers house to get her dads urn.
Cool book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written family type short story (book). It was very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios & a great set of unique characters. A very easy rating of 5 stars for this short story (book).
Thank you for the free short story (book)
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
(review of free book)

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