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March 4, 2010

Book News and Events

With the visit by Meenakshi and Sujata rapidly approaching, plans are being finalised and excitement is rising.
Fear Factor Terror Incognito webpage at Picador Australia
Andrew Y M Kwong has organised a Preview of the anthology Fear Factor Terror Incognito
released this week by Picador Australia. Editors, Sharon Rundle and Meenakshi Bharat will be there, authors attending include Andrew Y M Kwong, Susanne Gervay and Sujata Sankranti. Books will be available to buy at the Preview. To book:

Our sincere thanks to Andrew and our sponsor, and the Gosford Regional Gallery.

Susanne Gervay has organised the Sydney launch at The Hughenden Hotel. Acceptances are already flowing in. Books and Beyond will be selling copies of the anthology at the launch. To reserve your place for this event, please email

Cornelia is finalising arrangements for the University of Technology Sydney TransForming Cultures Research Centre Anthology Panel on March 15th at 6pm in the UTS Gallery, where Meenakshi and Sujata will be keynote speakers.
This event is free and refreshments will be served. All welcome – RSVPs to the TransForming Cultures Research Centre essential for catering, so please make sure you let us know if you plan to attend.
Invitations and notices to this event will be sent out later this week. The Coop Bookshop will have the anthology for sale at this event. To reserve your place for this event.
The NSW Writers’ Centre has invited Meenakshi to share her knowledge of writing for the media at “Getting Right The News Story” on Saturday 20th March, at which Sujata, Andrew and I will attend. To book for this event.
Meenakshi will speak about writing biographies at the NSW Writers’ Centre History Festival ‘Writing the Past’.

Gleebooks will be at the event with copies of Fear Factor Terror Incognito.
To book for this event.

Rosanna Jones, our proof-reader for the anthology, and I are taking Meenakshi and Sujata to the Australian Reptile Park
to see some Australian wildlife. Pictures and comments will be posted after the event. The Central Coast media will cover this event.
My thanks to Andrew and Sheree Kwong, also to Carol and Peter Mara who have all extended their hospitality to Meenakshi and Sujata while they are visiting Australia. Meenakshi and Sujata will be staying at The Hughenden Hotel while in Sydney.
“The visit to Australia by Meenakshi Bharat is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-India Council which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade”.

Today’s Writing Tip

“Finding a corner of your own experience”
As Jessica Anderson said in her interview in “Making Stories – How Ten Australian Novels Were Written”

Sometimes you write a whole episode, and it isn’t till years later that you realise that that episode, or that character, originated in something you yourself did or saw, but thought you had forgotten.

Think about a person, place or object from your own experience, begin writing with this in mind and see where your writing takes you. The object of this exercise is not to remember the actual experience as such but to use it as a trigger to create an ‘episode or that character’ from such an experience.


1 Comment »

  1. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience a cross Indian-Australian event

    Comment by Susanne Gervay — March 4, 2010 @ 5:56 am | Reply

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