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June 7, 2011

Season of Inspiration Online Writing Course

What could be more comfy and fun than staying inside on a cold winter day or night and logging on to a stimulating and interactive writing course?

A nine week fully online course that is not a lonely self-study course but a lively forum for debate and developing your current project or starting a new one.

 The course provides writing tuition, journal prompts, stimulating activities, live chats and regular feedback from tutors and peers. An active busy forum ensures plenty of interaction between our writers. Each writer is given a private space for their writing journal. Writers join us from around the globe.

 When the course is completed, our writers are invited to join the Season of Inspiration alumni, at no further cost, to keep in touch and let us all know their achievements as well as when they need some extra encouragement and support.

Sharon Rundle and Helen Whitehead are pleased to confirm that the next Season of Inspiration Online Writing course will start in June 2011 with our trademark supportive, friendly, online writing community and all-new inspiration!

http://seasonofinspiration.eventbrite.com/

This entirely online writing course, takes up about 4-5 hours per week for 9 weeks.  Join in with our supportive learning community at any time to suit yourself.  Start any time in the week 20-26th June 2011.

Yet again we will be dipping into a variety of sources of inspiration, from nature to music to landscape. From poetry to fantasy to autobiography to food, there’ll be formats, genres and topics to experiment with. We aim to provide inspiration for writing that’ll keep you going for months if not years. We offer support, exercises and creative bolstering. Come whether you’re bursting with ideas to try out or whether you want to rediscover your creativity. Designed so that you can work at your own level (whether you’re starting out as a writer or seeking inspiration for your next publication) with the support and encouragement of a writing community and two tutors. This is the online equivalent of a writers’ workshop, not a lonely self-study course. Students are welcome from anywhere in the world (the course is run in English).

The Peacock Mosaic

Peacock Mosaic

 

 

Once upon a time there was a Season of Inspiration online writing course. Then there was another one, and another, all led by co-tutors Sharon Rundle and Helen Whitehead. Inspired by the excellent quality of writing time after time by the participants in the Season of Inspiration online writing courses, we have put together a collection of pieces written by members from all Season of Inspiration courses. Our writers are a variety of ages, nationalities and occupations, and have lived in many different and inspiring places around the world.

Our theme is Memories from around the world. Many of these pieces are autobiography, some are fictionalised, fiction based on real experience, or poetry.

Please dive in and enjoy the varied writing. There is no cost for this.

http://memosaic.net/

Season of Inspiration Alumni

Sujata Sankranti

We are thrilled to announce that Sujata Sankranti, who joined us for a Season of Inspiration, has just released her novel ‘In the Shadow of Legends’ published by Rupa India.

I had the privilege of reading the manuscript and this novel is a great read. Meenakshi Bharat and I are proud to have first published an extract from ‘In the Shadow of Legends’  titled ‘An Eye for an Eye’  in our Indo-Australian anthology, ‘Fear Factor Terror Incognito.

Sujata’s novel follows her collection of short stories “The Warp and the Weft” (Shristi, India) the title story of which won the overall Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Sujata, Meenakshi and I were recently featured in the ‘Commonwealth Foundation Journal

Andrew Y M Kwong

More exciting news that Andrew has just been notified that his memoir of his childhood during the Cultural Revolution in China “Snake Business” has been short-listed for the Penguin/Varuna Scholarship for 2011!

This is a gripping story of cruelty, violence, famine, survival, love and optimism told from the point of view of a young boy.

Andrew has also published several short stories.

Avril Carruthers

Congratulations to Avril who released her latest book “Freedom From Toxic Relationships published by Allen & Unwin and launched in May.

Avril’s book shows you how to recognise the manipulative or sweetly corrosive partner, the family dynamics that make Christmas and other get-togethers hell, the nightmare boss. And learn what you can do to leave these painful, destructive patterns behind.

Julia McKay Koelen

Has won competitions and has had her poems and stories published with the latest in the Peter Cowan Writers Centre anthology ‘Amulet’.

Read what they have to say about the Season of Inspiration Online Writing course.

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April 17, 2011

New books to put on your reading list

New books:

We’re all set for some great reading  judging by the latest releases by friends and colleagues.  Congratulations to you all and I hope they all prove to be best sellers. Here’s a selection of fiction, non-fiction for adults and a children’s book:


Freedom from Toxic Relationships

Avril Carruthers

Available from May 2nd, 2011 in all good bookshops. Published by Allen & Unwin.

Avril is a Transpersonal psychotherapist  with over twenty years’ experience. She also reviews films. Avril is a regular Season of Inspiration writer and all at SOI send our congratulations to Avril on the publication of her latest book.


Good friend and colleague, Susanne Gervay has a picture book for children to add to her extensive list of books and stories, including her story ‘Days of Thailand’ in Fear Factor Terror Incognito.

Ships in the Field

by Susanne Gervay and illustrated by Anna Pignataro

In a unique collaboration, award-winning author Susanne Gervay and award-winning illustrator Anna Pignataro have created a moving and significant picture book, Ships in the Field. It crosses boundaries in a universal recognition that children are part of the journey of war, migration, loss and healing. Through warmth, humour, pathos and story within story, it breaks the silence engaging children, families and community. Susanne’s parents were post war Hungarian refugees who migrated to Australia. Anna’s parents were post war Italian refugees who migrated to Australia. They are a part of the many immigrant and refugee stories that make up Australia.

www.fordstreetpublishing.com

ISBN: 978-1-876462-87-1

Publication date: October 2011

Price: AUD$26.95

Age guide: 7+


Nichola Garvey, UTS Alumna and current editor of UTS “Writers Connect”, has just released her biography of Alan Tripp.

Beating the Odds, Nichola Garvey

 

Beating the Odds: Alan Tripp’s rise from illegal SP bookmaker to gambling kingpin

by Nichola Garvey

Alan Tripp, a man some call a genius and others call a criminal, became the world’s most successful private bookmaker. He was Australia’s most convicted SP bookmaker and was the prime target of gaming and vice squads around the country in the 1980s. Yet he would eventually sell his businesses for hundreds of millions of dollars. This is his story.

Starting-price bookies, although illegal, were long a feature of Australian life, giving punters the opportunity to have a bet away from the track. But with the rise of the TAB, police were ordered to stamp out all other off-course bookmaking in order to protect the state governments’ monopoly.

 Alan Tripp, the biggest SP bookie in Australia, was their number-one target. His punting clientele ranged from the high society of Sydney to the underbelly of Melbourne, and included Prime Minister Bob Hawke, media baron Kerry Packer, gangsters Lewis Moran and Alphonse Gangitano, and underworld figure Mick Gatto — as well as many leading trainers and jockeys of the day. Tripp’s life quickly became a rollercoaster of high-stakes gambling, with the dual threats of bankruptcy and prison never far behind.

 In a fearless and thrilling narrative, Nichola Garvey recounts the drama and intrigue of the life of Alan Tripp, the billion-dollar bookie who beat the odds.

www.harpercollins.com.au

ISBN: 9780732290979

Publication date: March 2011

RRP: AUD$35


Forthcoming:

In the Shadow of Legends

My dear friend and colleague in Delhi, India, Sujata Sankranti is about to release her latest book ‘In the Shadow of Legends’, published by Rupa, Delhi, India.

Sujata has joined us in a previous Season of Inspiration forum too. She is the author of “The Warp and the Weft”, Shristi, India. Sujata was overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 1998. Her story ‘An Eye for an Eye’ appeared in Fear Factor Terror Incognito, Pan Macmillan Picador India and Picador Australia.

February 21, 2011

Season of Inspiration ~ Writers’ Centre ~ Picture Book ~ Flash Film

Season of Inspiration online writing course

The next season will run from June 21 – August 23, 2011.

Helen Whitehead and I will again be running the course in our private Season of Inspiration online course space

We are taking enquiries now and bookings on the website.


NSW Writers’ Centre at Rozelle on Saturday 26th February

I’m looking forward to a day meeting authors  and discussing how to develop their manuscripts further towards publication.

The day was booked out some time ago but another is scheduled for Saturday 23rd July though you may need to book early. For more information go to The NSW Writers’ Centre website.


Ships in the Field

Susanne Gervay never ceases to amaze me with her creativity. Her latest is a children’s picture book Ships in the Fieldwhich she is currently editing for forthcoming publication by Ford St in October this year. She is thrilled that Anna Pignataro is illustrator. Susanne’s “Jack” books are such gems, fast paced prose that leaps off the page, endearing quirky characters and language that is vigorous, vivid yet accessible to young readers. The black & white illustrations by Cathy Wilcox capture the whimsy and the quirkiness beautifully.


Storytelling

The Hughenden Hotel has bi-monthly Storytelling over Devonshire Tea for those who want to tell stories and those who enjoy listening. I’ve been along myself and it’s a very entertaining way to spend an afternoon.

Storytelling and other events at The Hughenden


Can you write 250 words of fiction that would make a great 60 seconds of film?

Bridport’s Film Festival Flash Film

Closes: 20 March 2011. Turn short stories into film. 250 words of fiction. 60 seconds of film. Flash Film is your chance to go from Page to Screen, with your own film adaptation. Download Guidelines for entering this exciting competition. Bridport Film Festival runs from 13 – 17 April 2011.

September 30, 2010

Celtic Handfasting ceremony and news of Varuna Fellowship

  

Congratulations to two dear friends and Season of Inspiration writers.

On a glorious Spring day on the Sydney harbour foreshore, I attended the Celtic Handfasting ceremony for Avril Carruthers and Roger Adam Smith in the grounds of Strickland House, Vaucluse; followed by a champagne picnic lunch and croquembouche. I enjoyed delightful company and delish food, as well as witnessing a traditional Celtic hand-fasting. It was such a pleasure to be part of the ceremony and share Avril and Roger’s joy. The pictures tell the story.

 

As well as being the author of Let Go of Your Past and Live, published Allen & Unwin, Avril also writes poetry and fiction and contributed to the Season of Inspiration Peacock Memosaic.

  

  

 Varuna Writing Fellowship 2011

Andrew Y M Kwong who has just been notified that he’s a recipient of a Varuna Writing Fellowship 2011. Andrew has been working on his memoirs of growing up in and eventually escaping Mao’s China. It is a gripping and heart-rending tale that vividly portrays the way the human spirit can flourish even in the worst of times. He’ll now have the opportunity to work intensively on his manuscript in consultation with Varuna’s Creative Director and Creative Team. Well done, Andrew. As well as being one of our Season of Inspiration writers who contributed to the Peacock Memosaic, Andrew has a story “Snake Business” in Fear Factor Terror Incognito, published Picador India and Australia. 

  

Andrew Y M Kwong with David Malouf and Rosie Scott at the Sydney Hughenden launch of 'Fear Factor Terror Incognito'.

 

Andrew on the panel at UTS TFC Fear Factor Terror Incognito event.

September 26, 2010

Season of Inspiration Peacock Memosaic & World Matters

 

Helen Whitehead and I are pleased to announce the official launch of the

 Season of Inspiration

 Peacock Memosaic.

 

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:

http://www.montsalvat.com.au/News/BOOKFESTIVALAweekendofliterarybrilliance.aspx

http://apwriters.org/general/world-matters-2010-writers-disturbing-the-peace-near-melbourne-australia/

http://home.vicnet.net.au/~nrgp/index_files/WM2010_Programme.pdf

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

 

 

Do also visit Susanne Gervay’s Blog

for the latest on her wonderful new book

Always Jack

 

“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.

 

  

   

  

 

July 14, 2010

Hippotamus Party, Zoo E-Books, Journal Prompts, Flooded Worlds and introducing our National Literacy Ambassador.

The Hippopotamus Celebrates 30 Years with a Birthday Party!

Hazel Edwards is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’ with the release of  ‘Hooray! There’s a Hoppopotamus on Our Roof Having a Birthday Party’, illustrated by Deborah Niland and published Penguin (RRP $24.95). The latest Hippopotamus book had a very favourable review in The Sun-Herald on June 27. It is warm and funny with delightful illustrations to appeal to ages three and up.

Hooray! There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Having a Birthday Party!

Author: Hazel Edwards. Illustrator Deborah Niland.
Publisher:
Published by Penguin. 1 March 2010.
Imprint:
Viking
ISBN:
9780670072637
Format:
Hardback, 32 pages
RRP:
$24.95

http://www.penguin.com.au/contributors/hazel-edwards

Hazel Edwards  – www.hazeledwards.com

ASA Medal 2009
Nanjing-Aust Cultural Exchange Author

On Sunday July 4th the Event Management students of Victoria University organised a major Hippo Birthday party event at the SLV Experimedia, as well as a hippo exhibition contest for the libraries and schools.

Take a look at  the forthcoming hippo Pocket Bonfire film

For more about ‘Hooray! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Having a Birthday Party: http://www.hazeledwards.com/books/hippo/hippo-birthday-party.htm


Australian National Literacy Ambassador for 2010.

Deborah Abela with her book 'Max Remy Super Spy'

Deborah Abela is the Australian National Literacy Ambassador for 2010. Sharon Rundle interviewed Deborah about her forthcoming duties and the release of her latest bookGrimsdonfor 8 – 12 year old readers. Grimsdon, published by Random House Australia will be out in August.

Deborah is enthusiastic about her role as National Literacy Ambassador and has made an advertisement with National Numeracy Ambassador, Simon Pampena that will go to air in late August. She ‘can’t wait to get out and about talking about kids’ books and how important it is to create a nation of kids who love books!’ She says, ‘Books help create empathy and awareness as well as adding a voice to what kids themselves care about and want to know more about.’

Deborah has been writing for kids for seventeen years—ten as a novelist. Her very successful Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series and The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen have captured the imaginations of her young readers.

Her latest novel ‘Grimsdon’ is her most action-packed and swashbuckling to date! It is very much driven by the kids who face living in a flooded world caused by adults ignoring the warnings of climate peril. ‘There have been a few post-apocalyptic films and stories in the last few years and even though my characters face a world that has changed, there is still a lot to be hopeful about, including the fact that these courageous kids will be our future,’ Deborah says. ‘Grimsdon is the first book I have written, though, where the kids are not only on their own but the adults who are around are out to get them and use them for their own gains. This book then has called on my characters to be at their most creative, inventive and resourceful for their own survival.’

Articles based on the interview with Deborah will appear in the UTS Writers Connect E-Journal and other publications (more details later).

Watch out for the reviews of Grimsdon, the book will be released in August.

Grimdson, published Random House Australia

Deborah Abela has a terrific interactive website at www.deborahabela.com where young readers, parents and teachers can find out more about her books. There are also competitions, YouTube videos and writing tips. She loves to hear from her readers whether the comments are ‘good or bad’. Their comments are important to her and she answers every email they send to her.

She’ll also be listing all the places she’ll be visiting on her website under ‘Coming Events’.

Deborah sent the following details:

National Literacy and Numeracy Week

When: 29 August to 4 September leading up to International Literacy Day on 8 September.

Aim: National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) is an Australian Government initiative. NLNW aims to recognise and celebrate the achievements of parents, teachers, principals, and members of the wider community who are making a difference to the development of literacy and numeracy skills in our nation’s children.

showcase the hard work school communities are undertaking to improve literacy and numeracy skills

recognise the outstanding results being achieved by Australians everyday

raise community awareness of the importance of literacy and numeracy skills for all Australian students and for the prosperity of the nation, and

build on national initiatives to improve literacy and numeracy standards among young Australians.

Theme: Learning for Living.

Who are the Ambassadors: Literacy: Deborah Abela and Maths: Simon Pampena

The role of the Literacy and Numeracy Ambassadors:

Lots of talking to kids and parents about books, reading, maths and how important they are for our daily lives but also how fun they can be. As the Literacy Ambassador, Deborah will be attending a special launch on August 30 to officially open the festivities. The rest of the week, Deb will be attending a series of schools, conducting author talks and writing workshops and chatting to the media about literacy: ie how much fun reading and books are! Deborah will be taking her role well outside the bounds of NLNW….as she has been doing for over ten years now, she will be doing all she can to get kids excited about books and stories at schools, festivals and conferences all over Australia. 

Why are Literacy and Numeracy skills important?

Literacy and numeracy skills are fundamental life skills that enable students to progress in school, further study, training and work. The promotion of strong literacy and numeracy skills in young people assists in countering educational and social disadvantage, and is critically important to Australia’s future prosperity and position in the world.

When did NLNW begin?

Initiated in 1999, NLNW began as National Literacy Week targeted at primary schools. It has since been extended to reach secondary school students. A numeracy element was added in 2001, resulting in the Week becoming known as National Literacy and Numeracy Week.

http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/NationalLiteracyandNumeracyWeek/Pages/default.aspx

For the role:

http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/NationalLiteracyandNumeracyWeek/Pages/2010NationalAmbassadors.aspx


News from Christopher Chen

who writes to say: ‘okay folks … just HAD to share this with you!!!  … Check out the following link to see the new ebook!!!

http://chrischengauthor.blogspot.com/2010/06/monkey-businness-promo-trailer.html

who’s a happy animal now!

And there are more coming! See the new Zoo you later! ebook and app.

I will write up a post about creating the eBook shortly.

And the article might be about the Prime Minster of Australia but look at her bookshelves!

http://chrischengauthor.blogspot.com/

or http://tinyurl.com/29glo8s

Cheers, Chris.

the blog: http://chrischengauthor.blogspot.com ***new

Chris’s website: www.chrischeng.com
SCBWI Australia & NZ: www.scbwiaustralia.org
New Aussie kids books: http://newkidsbooksinoz.blogspot.com


Helen Whitehead

Congrats to my friend and colleague on her new full time appointment as Learning Support Development Officer at the University of Nottingham—well done, Helen.

You can follow Helen on twitter and on her Blog where you’ll find regular journal prompts.

http://dailyjournallingprompts.blogspot.com/

Helen and I are currently working on the Season of Inspiration Peacock Memosaic of stories and poems.

June 18, 2010

Writing On through the Winter Solstice

Writing On

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.

http://www.indigenousliteracyproject.org.au/Events/EventDetail.aspx?ID=5

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.

The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen hits America!

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.

Author News

Susanne Gervay

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

http://www.sgervay.com/jackbooks.php


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Abdul Hekmat has published an opinion article in The Australian newspaper about the Hazaras demonstration in which thousands took part last Sunday. He has sent a link to his article at:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/hazaras-cry-from-the-heart/story-e6frg6zo-1225873734262

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.”

http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/politics/hardline-policy-on-asylum-seekers-wont-work-20100610-xzgv.html

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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.


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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.

http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/cms/astro/cosmos/*/Solstice

Celebrating the Winter Solstice

June 8, 2010

Memosaic, Hypertext Haiku, NSW Writers’ Centre, Writers Connect and More

Season of Inspiration and Memosaic.

I always feel a tinge of sadness as the final week of Season of Inspiration courses come around. This time is no exception. It has been a real joy and inspiration to spend time with our writers.  We’ve had some terrific stories and poems this time around. We’re creating a Hypertext Haiku from the Haiku written during the course. This time, too, we’ll be continuing in the Season of Inspiration alumni space ‘Write On’ to complete our Memosaic.

Plans for the Season of Inspiration Memosaic are progressing with contributions being polished and posted into the course Memosaic forum thread. It is a collaborative project, though Helen and I are overall editors. We are busy creating the Memosaic, including submission guidelines, working on copyright permission and licence, and getting in touch with our Season of Inspiration alumni.

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NSW Writers’ Centre Programs

After the Season of Inspiration course finishes I’ll be appraising manuscripts for the NSW Writers’ Centre Manuscript Service. The NSW Writers’ Centre have also asked me to run a critique group. More details about the critique group are on their website.  The Centre runs a mentorship program which I’ve been asked to join and am now available to mentor selected writers through the NSW Writers’ Centre.

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Editing and mentoring emerging authors and translator

I’m continuing to work with Julia, Shokufeh and Andrew, who are all doing marvellous things. Julia has had her prize-winning poem published, her short story is through to Round 3 of judging for the 2010 Brit Writers’ Awards; and she is nearing completion of the first draft of her full length fiction narrative. Shokufeh has her translation of ‘The Dog and the Long Winter’ edited and ready for publication. She is currently seeking a publisher for her English translation of this best-selling Iranian novel. Meanwhile Shokufeh has already translated chapters for the next novel. Andrew is about to go to Varuna on a writing fellowship. He has spent the past weeks preparing his manuscript of his memoir of growing up in Mao’s China to send to Varuna prior to his residency. Wishing them all the very best with their writing projects.

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Pass It On

For our authors and illustrators of children’s books and those who would like to write and publish books for children and young adults Pass It On is a terrific magazine. A regular up to date resource of information, discussion and opportunities — a must for Children’s book authors and illustrators. Edited by Jackie Hosking.

Pass It On has a facebook page too.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=106770169352958&ref=ts

Pass It On

http://jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com/

Jackie’s tips on her blog are also worth checking out:
http://jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com/about/

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Linda Scott continues her blog of her escape 2 Australia and is now on the NSW Central Coast.

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UTS Alumni Writers Connect

Next Writers Connect is the Winter Edition which will be published in early July. Please send me any contributions, news of achievements, festivals, events, opportunities for this next issue as soon as you can. The deadline is looming.

May 29, 2010

Memosaic in the Making and More Reviews

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Memosaic


At Season of Inspiration we are putting together a Memosaic of our writers’ work.

A collection of inspired pieces from our SOI writers past and present to  be published electronically.

Helen and I are assisting our SOI writers’ to revise, edit and polish their stories and poems for our Memosaic.

Helen Whitehead is designing the visual interface for the web, from ideas put forward and discussed by our Season of Inspiration writers.

I’m very excited about this project and am looking forward to launching our Season of Inspiration Memosaic in September.

I’ve been involved in similar projects before and contributed to the

trAce Decade Quilt.

For those who are new to this type of New Media collaboration –– other excellent examples include:

The Noon Quilts

What people see out of their window at Noon – Contributions from around the globe.

Quilt 1

Quilt 2

And

Migrating Memories

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More reviews for Fear Factor Terror Incognito


have appeared in various print and online publications.

Commonwealth Foundation website:

1998 winner Sharon Rundle was introduced to the editor Dr Meenakshi Bharat by another former winner Sujata Sankranti from Delhi, and together they have edited an anthology of well-known and emerging writers from Australia and the Indian subcontinent. Entitled “Fear Factor, Terror Incognito”, it was released at the end of July 2009  by Picador India; and in October by Picador Australia. Sujata has also published a book of her short stories, ‘The Warp and the Weft’.

Commonwealth Foundation Journal article

Short Story competition winners forge international links

29 January 2010

Sharon Rundle and Sujata Sankranti corresponded for over a decade before meeting in Dehli last year, highlighting how the Short Story competition encourages people-to-people links around the Commonwealth.

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Asian-Australian Studies

NEW BOOK – Fear Factor edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle

[17.02.2010]

FEAR FACTOR: TERROR INCOGNITO
edited by MEENAKSHI BHARAT AND SHARON RUNDLE

Fear Factor: Terror Incognito is a collection of 20 unforgettable stories by well-known and emerging authors from Australia and the Indian subcontinent including David Malouf, Salman Rushdie, Neelum Saran Gour, Tom Keneally, Rosie Scott, Jeremy Fisher, Susanne Gervay, Tabish Khair, Denise Leith, Andrew Y M Kwong, Devika Brendon, Gulzar, Meera Kant, Guy Scotton, Sujata Sankranti, Kiran Nargarkar, Temsula Ao, Jaspreet Singh, Janhavi Acharekar and Meenakshi Bharat; with a foreword by Yasmine Gooneratne.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

In Short: Fiction. Weekend Spectrum: Books.

“… a kind of two-nation project that seems timely …  Nagarkar’s brilliant tale of a man out to murder Rushdie being immediately followed, to devastating effect, by Rushdie’s contribution. Other standout pieces are by David Malouf, Rosie Scott, Denise Leith and Neelum Saran Gour.”

29 April 2010

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Age, The (Melbourne, Australia)

STORIES

Three big names — Salman Rushdie, David Malouf and Thomas Keneally — are deservedly here by virtue of republished material, but there are plenty of stories from lesser-known writers from both India and Australia, many of which have been written specially for this book… Preceding Salman Rushdie’s contribution is Kiran Nagarkar’s darkly amusing In Search of Essar about a man determined to carry out the fatwa on Rushdie.”

Saturday, March 27, 2010. Author: Reviewer Lorien Kaye

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The Launceston Examiner (Tasmania)

Unsettling collection of short stories

24 Apr 10 | FEAR FACTOR (Terror Incognito) Edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle (Picador, $25) ELEMENTS of revenge, betrayal, racial violence, even black humour surface in this collection of short stories by authors selected from Indian

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UTS U:Readit (print version pdf)

And UTS U:Readit online

UTS Postgraduate News

UTS Alumni Writers Connect Autumn Issue, April 2010.

UTS Transforming Cultures Research Centre Writers’ Anthology Panel

Indo-Australian Literary Collaboration

UTS Poster Presentation Event

Sharon Rundle, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

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Today’s Writing Tip

Write a review of a book you have recently read. You can contribute to Book Review Magazines, Book Review Blogs and other online reviews such as ABC Bookshop Online and many others. You can start your own Book Review Blog.

Check the Magazine or Website Guidelines for the preferred word count, style and type of publications reviewed. Most have a link for ‘submitting’ reviews with their Guidelines and Address for submissions. Try writing a review this week.

May 16, 2010

Congratulating Prize Winning Authors and translator

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.

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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.

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