Helen Whitehead and I are pleased to announce the official launch of the
Season of Inspiration
Please click on the tales in the Eyes of the Peacock tail.
Diamond Valley Oxfam, Montsalvat and ELTHAMbookshop
With Nillumbik Shire Council
Present The 6th Annual World Matters 2010 Writers – Disturbing the Peace
Dates: October 27 & 30-31
Venue: Montsalvat, Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham
An International and Regional Programme featuring: Fear Factor Terror Incognito Indo-Australian Authors’ Anthology Panel, chaired by Sharon Rundle, with excerpts of short stories from a unique Indo–Australian collaboration, which includes David Malouf, Salman Rushdie, Kiran Nagarkar and Yasmine Gooneratne; followed by an in-depth discussion, by authors Susanne Gervay, Devika Brendon, Jeremy Fisher and Meenakshi Bharat from Delhi, of the issues raised; Titi Amaral and Jude Conway’s audio visual narrative of East Timor Women’s brave stories of resistance and survival from the anthology Step by Step, this is Supported by East Timor Women Australia and an Exhibition and sales of East Timor textiles in the Resident Artist’s Gallery; and Ouyang Yu, The English Class, Roger Averill, Keeping Faith, Jane Carswell Under the Huang Jia Tree: Two Journeys in China through story and memoir, transit lounge us across cultures of China, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Fear Factor Terror Incognito. Stories from India and Australia
There is so much more to World Matters 2010 Writers – Disturbing the Peace, for bookings and the full exciting programme at magical Montsalvat: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~nrgp/index_files/events.html
Please pass the word wherever you can, here are some additional websites:
Do put the World Matters Festival on your calendar it promises to be an exciting and stimulating programme.
Sydney launch of Fear Factor Terror Incognito with Rosie Scott, Sharon Rundle, David Malouf, Sujata Sankranti, Meenakshi Bharat and Andrew Y M Kwong
for the latest on her wonderful new book
“a story that highlights the challenges that face children when their mothers are diagnosed with cancer.
Always Jack uses humour and warmth to break down the taboos surrounding cancer and encourage parents, teachers and children to discuss the subject openly.”
which has been endorsed by
the Cancer Council NSW
by Room to Read, Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Life Education, The Children’s Hospital Westmead, and The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
And by me.
Well done, Susanne.
The Season of Inspiration Alumni Forum ‘Writing On’ is a lively discussion forum at the moment with past and present Season of Inspiration writers re-connecting to discuss and critique their work. We’re also in the process of creating a Peacock Memosaic of Season of Inspiration stories and poems for publication. More later.
NSW Children’s Book Council of Australia Conference
Today, 18 June, Andy Griffiths and Kristin Gill addressed the NSW CBCA Conference at the Menzies Hotel, Sydney.
National Literacy Ambassador
Children’s book author, Deb Abela has recently been appointed as the National Literacy Ambassador. Deb Abela’s very popular books include Max Remy Superspy, the Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series and The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen (all highly recommended in my family). Deb was recently interviewed on ABC Sydney Radio.
National Literacy and Numeracy Week
The Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, has confirmed 29 August to 4 September as the dates for National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) in 2010.
Susanne Gervay with book "Butterflies" at the British Council SCWBI launch in New Delhi, India
writes to say: “I am very proud that my new book ‘Always Jack’ has been endorsed by the
National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Council.”
See the book trailer for this popular international best-seller at
Abdul also writes: “Please find an article I have published on National Times; a leading online opinion section of Sydney Morning Herald, The age, Canberra Times, WAtoday and Brisbane Times. If you like please make any comments or burning issues you want to raise. Regards, Hekmat.”
Dr Andrew Y M Kwong
Dr Andrew Y M Kwong with Dr Meenakshi Bharat and Sujata Sankranti at the launch of Fear Factor Terror Incognito at The Hughenden, Sydney, Australia
is off to Varuna for a week to work intensively on his memoir manuscript. It is a gripping narrative that shows human nature at its worst and its best; and how the human spirit can rise from the depths with courage to overcome innumerable hurdles and fears to become an inspiration for others. Andrew has a story “Snake Business” in Fear Factor Terror Incognito; he has had stories published in several journals.
Writing Tip for Today
The Winter Solstice is approaching for the Southern Hemisphere. Think of the stories you read that entertained you and kept you enthralled on a long, cold winter’s night. Write about these stories: what was it that made the stories memorable and gripping? How did the author achieve this? Think about the traditions of the Winter Solstice, the seasons and the cycle of life. Then begin writing your own story to entertain on a Winter’s night. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere and about to celebrate the Summer Solstice, write about what that means to you instead.
Celebrating the Winter Solstice
Today I’m highlighting the achievements of Australian authors
Julia Mackay Koelen and Christopher Chen, as well as translator Shokufeh Kavani.
Huge congratulations to Shokufeh Kavani who is one of the receipients of Edna Ryan Awards this year and received her award at a ceremony on Friday 14 May 2010 . For the flyer and further information about the Edna Ryan Awards: http://www.womenlawyersnsw.org.au/mailman/pdf/201004/2010EDNAsAward.pdf
Shokufeh is an artist and literary translator who has translated “The Long Dog and The Winter” from Farsi into English. Shokufeh Kavani has translated a book by Anita Heiss from English to Farsi: “Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937″.
The translated version by Shokufeh Kavani has been published by Morvarid Publishers, 2009, Tehran, Iran. Article in Persian Mirror:
Shokufeh Kavani, winner of Edna Ryan Award 2010
Julia Mackay-Koelan, one of our regular Season of Inspiration writers has just had a poem published in Western Australia in “An Alphabetical Amulet” edited by Andrew Taylor and published by the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre in Perth, Western Australia. This morning Julia was informed that she is through to Round 3 of judging for the Brit Writers’ Awards Unpublished 2010. Considering there were over 21,000 at the beginning, Julia has done extremely well. There is now an intensive period of judging by high profile judges, who have a very difficult job on their hands as the quality is so high. The finalists should be decided by the start of June 2010.
The Brit Writers Award is a very lucrative annual writing prize worth keeping in mind for next year too. You can register or join their Facebook page for a reminder about the Brit Writers’ Award.
Julia also told me about the following and I wondered if anyone would like to help – also on the Brit Writers website.
“We’re doing a lot to make creative writing cool for young people through our schools programmes across the country. In fact we have over 300,000 children involved now from member schools. Now, a team of pupils at one of our member schools, the Grace Academy in Coventry, are (as their BWA project) trying to break a world record by capturing the largest number of written ‘life wishes’ in 100-150 words.
We’re facilitating this via our website and I would be extremely grateful if you would click on the link below and add your life wish. The whole project It will only take a couple of minutes and as they’re so close to reaching their target, you could help them smash it.” http://www.britwriters.co.uk/worldrecord.html
If you would like to contribute to breaking this World Record, you can go to the website and add your life wish.
Christopher Chen has just returned from the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Sinagpore,. You can read about the Festival and Chris’s impressions; and keep up with the latest in the children’s book world at Chris Chen’s Blog. Christopher Chen recently won the 2009 Lady Cutler Award for Children’s literature. This is awarded by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (NSW Branch) for Services to Children’s Literature. Chris has a website at http://www.chrischeng.com/
Congratulations and very best wishes to all these award winning authors.
Today’s Writing Tip
Join an organisation or two so that you can network to find out about the latest literary competitions and opportunities. Keep entering competitions, submitting your work to publications. It takes persistence as well as talent to be a published author.