To return to Australia now, plans are underway for the Gosford Preview and Sydney Launch of Fear Factor Terror Incognito, due for release on March 1.
Co-editor, Meenakshi Bharat and contributing author, Sujata Sankranti will be here for the week during which the book will be launched. Susanne Gervay, Andrew Y M Kwong, Carol Mara and I are looking forward to showing them Sydney, the NSW Central Coast and the Hunter. I believe everyone is looking forward to the book Preview and Launch.
The Sydney launch at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel promises to be a stellar night with distinguished guests , almost all the authors, as well as members of Australian-Indian associations planning to attend. Award winning author, Melina Marchetta will launch the book.
The Gosford Preview at the Gosford Regional Gallery is shaping up to be another exciting night with authors, local identities, members of the Australian-Indian communities, medics from the medical community, media, local organisations and more. Professor Sturmberg, A/Prof of General Practice at Monash University and The University of Newcastle, will launch the book at the Gosford Preview.
Invitations and a Press release have been sent out by Picador Australia to both these events.
An article in the Commonwealth Foundation Journal features Meenakshi, Sujata and me. Read the online version of Short Story competition winners forge international links.
For more information on the Commonwealth Short Story Competition
Fear Factor Terror Incognito is also mentioned in a news item on the Asian Australian Studies Research Network website.
Meenakshi and Sujata will be keynote speakers at the University of Technology Sydney, TransForming Culture Research Centre & Round Table Writing Anthology Panel, where they will discuss terrorism as it affects our day to day life and in relation to the newly released book Fear Factor Terror Incognito. Invited panellists are contributing authors: Meenakshi Bharat, Sujata Sankranti, Rosie Scott, Susanne Gervay, Andrew Y M Kwong and Tom Keneally. Chair is Devleena Ghosh.
The Anthology Panel will be held on Monday 15th March – 6pm for refreshments – 6:30 – 7:30 pm Anthology Panel at the UTS Gallery. UTS TFC will send out invitations for the Anthology Panel shortly.
For more information contact: Transforming Cultures at Transforming.Cultures@uts.edu.au
Meenakshi Bharat is an Indian translator, reviewer and critic. Her special interests include children’s literature, women’s fiction and English studies – areas which she has researched extensively. Her published books are The Ultimate Colony (2003), Desert in Bloom: Indian Women Writers of Fiction in English (2004), Filming The Line of Control and the recently published Salman Rushdie the Novelist, and an annotated edition of George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss. She was recently keynote speaker at the Modern Languages Association (MLA) in San Francisco. Currently she is engaged in translating a volume of Hindi short stories. She is also preparing a volume of short fiction for publication. She is Associate Professor at Department of English Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
Sujata Sankranti is author of The Warp and The Weft and has recently completed her novel In the Shadow of Legends. Sujata was overall winner of a Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is retired Associate Professor at Department of English Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. She is currently working on a new novel. She edits a Youth Journal. Sujata is of the Mavelikara Royal Family, all of whom are famous in one or another field of life. Recent media report about Sujata.
It will be a real rare treat to have Meenakshi and Sujata with us for a few days and it is shaping up to be an exciting and fun time.
Today’s Writing Tip
Polish a short short story suitable for the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Your story should be around 600 words or 4:30 mins long.
The story should be written for broadcast on radio, so make sure it is auditory – read it aloud and tape it. Sound is the most important feature when writing for radio – the narrative voice and tone needs to be just right, the prose must have a pleasing rhythm when read.
It is a challenge to write a story contained in 600 words or less but a great joy when it works. Winning a Commonwealth Short Story Prize is a huge honour, achievement and a great buzz.