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August 27, 2010

Indigenous Literacy Day, Authors’ News and Young Writers’ Festival


Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 1 September 2010

Everyone is invited to participate in the fourth Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD), Wednesday 1 September 2010.

 Indigenous Literacy Day aims to help raise funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions.  Please give your support to help raise funds to buy books and literacy resources for these communities. For more information:


Chris Cheng - picture from website

Christopher Chen

Australian children’s author Christopher Cheng was announced Member of the Year by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (, at its 39th Summer Conference held in Los Angeles, on August 1st. Christopher is the first Australian to win this prestigious award.







Susanne with her book "Butterflies" at the British Council Delhi SCWBI Launch.

Susanne Gervay

is off  to Kiribati on Monday for a week with Patrick Dodson the father of Indigenous Reconcilation and others on an official mission to speak to the President, Australian High Commission, see the schools and some of the islands. Susanne’s  role is to look at literacy and how they’d like assistance as well as the impact of climate change.  Read Susanne’s Blog for more…


National Young Writers Festival – 30 September – 4th October 2010
The annual National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), held over the NSW Labour Day Holiday, is the country’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in new and traditional forms including zines, comics, blogging, screenwriting, poetry, spoken word, hip hop, journalism, autobiography, comedy, song writing and prose. NYWF presents ‘writing’ in its broadest sense through panels, discussions, workshops, launches, performances and readings. NYWF gives young writers a place to present their work and share ideas, to learn about the industry in which they write and to meet with like-minded people in a friendly festival atmosphere. More at


Pile O Books

You’ve all got one. A pile of books next to the bed, desk, armchair, etc.  that are your intendeds – those books you plan to read this week, month, year or just soon. I have three different piles. The first is for work (I’m an editor for a book publisher) and contains mostly loose manuscript pages of those texts I should be reading. The second is for pleasure and my general edification – it is enormous and sits on my bedroom floor. The third is a subset of that – those books I really want to read as soon as I can, just as soon as I have the time and get through those titles in pile one.

 Pile o’ Books started in 2009 with the aim of reading and blogging on a book a week. In 2010 the challenge is to read one book related to each letter of the alphabet in consecutive order. Just to mix things up a bit.



Women on Writing (WOW!)
WOW! hosts a writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Open to all styles of writing but check the website first if you are serious about winning:



Creating a Blogging Persona

Try creating a Blog Persona —- what are their characteristics and style? Draft a Blog post on a particular topic writing in your created persona. Of course, a persona needn’t be confined to a blog —- a persona and pseudonym can be used to write a column (Dear Writer), narrate a novel (The Time Traveller’s Wife), memoirs (Memoirs of Many in One; Poppy), journals and diaries (Diary of Adrian Mole; Bridget Jones).

Practice writing daily in character. Who is this character? What is their take on the world? What do they have to say?





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