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October 4, 2009

The good news and the bad news

Filed under: Uncategorized — roundtablewriting @ 5:04 am

Congratulations to Gunilla Miranda for a very successful launch of her book ‘From Nobel Prize to Ride-on Mower’ at Gleebooks. It was well attended and Gunilla spent a long time signing copies of her book. She is now off to the Frankfurt Book Fair and to the London Book Fair and New York in 2010. Wishing you every success with your book, Gunilla.

Congratulations to Roanna Gonsalves who completed her MA in Writing at UTS. Her novel was long-listed for the Australian Vogel Literary Awards and is being considered for publication. Roanna is working on her first novel for which she received an Ozco Emerging Writers grant last year. She also received a partial writers grant to attend a residency at Vermont Writers Centre.

More congratulations to Jeremy Fisher on the release of his new book “music from another COUNTRY”, published Fat Frog Books. The book will be launched by Libby Gleeson on 10th October at Taylor Galleries, Summer Hill. Jeremy has just returned from his residency at the Goethe Institute in Germany.

Plans are progressing for the imminent release of the Picador India edition of Fear Factor Terror Incognito and a March 2010 release of a Picador Australia edition.

Arrangements are also progressing for a visit by my co-editor Meenakshi, who is Associate Professor at the University of Delhi where she lectures MA writing students and students studying Indian, English and Australian literary courses. Meenakshi is the author of a numerous books, articles, essays and papers. She has spoken at conferences around the world. Among other appearances in Sydney in March 2010, Meenakshi will give a workshop at the NSW Writers Centre; and will speak at the Australian launch of Fear Factor Terror Incognito.

In contrast to our good news here, the devastation from earthquakes and a tsunami in Samoa and Indonesia is shocking news. The loss of so many people is deeply felt by many. It’s hard to know how they will begin to put together whole villages. Samoa, in particular, is a special place for me. Pictures taken by members of my family only recently show a tropical paradise, a serenity and beauty that is rarely found today, along with smiling friends. I know that the owners of at least one resort spent thirty years building in an environmentally sensitive manner, doing everything by hand without bringing in machinery. News footage over the past few days show that it has all been levelled to the ground. Fortunately all the staff managed to reach safety and survived. It is a different story in the local village which has suffered loss of life, as well as property. It is sobering and shocking to see how a place of such stunning beauty, with such kind and heart-warming people, can be obliterated in such a short time. World Vision and Red Cross have already set up ways for people to donate to help those in Samoa and Indonesia. I hope you will all give help if you can. It will be a huge job to clear away the damage and begin re-building lives and property.

Today’s Writing Tip:

What would you do if your world suddenly changed through an environmental jolt? Try imagining yourself – or one of your invented characters – in such a situation. The protagonist is not another person or persons but the landscape itself.


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