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August 27, 2009

Spring, Daffodils and Writing Events

Filed under: Uncategorized — roundtablewriting @ 12:46 am

Spring is (almost) sprung, or it certainly seems that way with the warm sunny weather, it’s time to be out and about enjoying Sydney’s literary events.

Spring also means Daffodils, so remember DaffodilDay on August 28 when the Cancer Council will be raising funds.

Lots of literary events happening at the moment—the Melbourne Writers’ Festival is on; Indigenous Literacy Day Fundraiser and Tribute to Oodgeroo; as well as Jack Thompson reading the short stories of Henry Lawson at the NSW Art Gallery. Recently, Storytelling at The Hughenden; and the Kid’s and YA Adults Writers Festival.

Tribute to Oodgeroo
Indigenous Literacy Day Fundraiser

Host Anita Heiss

Date: Wednesday 2nd September 2009

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Price $10/17

Venue: Gleebooks
49 Glebe Point Road

Phone 96602333

From Anita Heiss:

Oodgeroo was born in 1920 on Stradbroke Island, of the Noonuccal people of the Yuggera group. She was best known for her poetry, although she was also an actress, writer, teacher, artist and a campaigner for Aboriginal rights.

Please join us in this tribute to a wonderful Australian and make this a very special night and successful fundraiser.

Music will be provided by NADEENA DIXON-Wiradjuri/Yuin/Dharug Aboriginal Woman Singer/Songwriter.

Eric Avery, a dance student at NAISDA will also perform along with readings of Oodgeroo’s work by Anita Heiss, Rosie Scott and Debra Adelaide.

On Sept. 2 partaking booksellers and publishers contribute a percentage of ALL sales made on the day to the Indigenous Literacy Project. The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature will be available at a special price and all ticket proceeds go to the project.

For more information about Indigenous Literacy Day go to:


Short story readings by Jack Thompson

Sunday, 30 August 2009,


Entrance court, ground level

The legendary Australian actor Jack Thompson will read some of The Campfire Yarns of Henry Lawson and sign autographed copies of his new CD recording afterwards.

More at:

Storytelling at The Hughenden

On Sunday 16th August I attended the Australian Storytelling Guild, Tellers Teas at The Hughenden in Sydney.

It was an entertaining afternoon spent listening to excellent stories and enjoying a delicious afternoon tea. All the storytellers kept the audience attention and some were very amusing.

Dr Andrew Y M Kwong read his stories Goldfields Biscuits and Wife Picking and First Adieu both of which touched the emotions of the audience. The story of Goldfields Biscuits and Wife Picking gave a whole new insight into how Australia was perceived by the Chinese people–and the great joy and delight that greeted the offerings of Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot Biscuits (which they called Goldfield Biscuits) from the sojourners, Chinese people who were living overseas and who came back to their villages to ‘pick a wife’.

Congratulations to Andrew who has had several short stories published in Medical Observer under the realcases section, his latest is Jumping Puddles.

In July 2009, Andrew’s short story The Door Is Always Open was selected as one of the finalists in the 2009 AMA Writing Competition, and was commended.

Andrew’s short story Snake Business is to be published in the Anthology: Fear Factor Terror Incognito, by Picador India in September 2009.

For more details about the Tellers Teas at The Hughenden:

And please remember this year DaffodilDay is on Friday 28th August, while you can donate to DaffodilDay at any time of the year, during August special merchandise will be on sale to raise funds.

Today’s Writing Tip:

Go out and observe the changing season; the subtle differences in the earth and the sky. The way in which the insects, plants, animals and birds are behaving. Look at the way the light falls at this time of year. Record your observations in your notebook or writing journal. Try a haiku.

Sunlight shines on creek

round sun’s reflection creates

a rainbow halo


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