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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 1, 2010

Season of Inspiration and Book Reviews

The Season of Inspiration Online Writing Course

is in full swing with a great group of writers sharing stories, comments and experiences. It is always fascinating to read the varied responses to the activities and to meet new writers as well as re-connect with writers who have been with us for previous Seasons of Inspiration. It is stimulating and a lot of fun as well as some serious discussion and writing.

Reviews have come in for Fear Factor Terror Incognito

and we hear more may be forthcoming. Here are some snippets from the reviews so far:

“… 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.”

In Short: Fiction. Weekend Spectrum: Books. The Sydney Morning Herald 29 April

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.”

Age, The (Melbourne, Australia) – Saturday, March 27, 2010.  Author: Reviewer Lorien Kaye.


“As well as the depression and angst you might expect, there are also flashes of satire, shifts in perspective, some science fiction, and possibly even some optimism that we will get through it all. Hopefully readers will finish the book with fresh insights.” Jonathan Marshall, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University Technology Sydney.

UTS: Newsroom –  U:Read it

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Edited by Meenakshi Bharat & Sharon Rundle

Picador Pan Macmillan Australia

this collection is significant. It deals with fear and terrorism, but

also the fear of fear. And this is timely …”

Review by Hazel Edwards in Buzz Words and PIO online newsletters; ABC Books Online.

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It is a collaborative effort to understand whether the artist responds to these violent times any differently than the layman. The answer, the editors argue, is in the affirmative.”

The Telegraph, Calcutta, India Friday, December 25 , 2009

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‘”Australians and Indians know very little about each other,” Picaodr India has launched an Indo-Australian anthology on terrorism… iconic writers from both nations…diplomacy at work?’

Whisper Words, Neha Tara Mehta. Mail Today, New Delhi 13 Dec 2009

Talking of Rushdie, I find myself sharing space with him in an interesting new anthology edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle. Fear Factor: Terror Incognito contains a number of stories and some extracts from novels that set out to explore the aura of fear pervading the world today.”

Tabish Khair

The Reading Room

The Mint Lounge, Wall Street Journal Fri, Jan 1 2010

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Apart from recording the accounts of victims, relatives of victims and witnesses of terrorist acts, the collection has stories written from the perspective of terrorists themselves. These include Kiran Nagarkar’s ‘God’s Little Soldier’ (an extract), a wonderfully written story; David Malouf’s ‘Child’s Play’, a kind of poetic and introspective account by a terrorist; and Devika Brendon’s Packing Heat, a chilling story about a suicide bomber . . . the social pertinence of the book is significant and some of the stories are beautifully written.”

First City (Monthly), New Delhi January 2010

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Sujata’s short story ‘’An Eye for an Eye’’ is an excerpt from her forthcoming novel ‘’In the Shadow of Legends’’. Regarding the theme of her novel, Sujata said that an act of terror did not end with the act. Its consequences go beyond the act. She said that her story was about the consequences of terrorism.”

Express News Service First Published : 29 Nov 2009 02:32:29 AM IST


Twistntales

http://twistntales.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-exciting-books-message-sent-to.html

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Fear Factor Terror Incognito is available in all good book shops and online bookstores. It is also available from Roundtablewriting.com

and Picador Australia

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April 2, 2010

Gosford Preview, UTS Tfc Anthology Panel & Sydney Book launch

Photos from:

The Preview of Fear Factor Terror Incognito at the East Gosford Regional Gallery on Friday March 19. *****************************************************************************************************************

An intelligent and informed debate during the University of Technology Sydney Transforming Cultures Research Centre Writers’ Anthology Panel at the  UTS  Gallery on March 17. Chair, Devleena Ghost; Panellists: Andrew Y M Kwong, Rosie Scott, Sujata Sankranti, Meenakshi Bharat, Susanne Gervay. Event organised by UTS  TfC and Sharon Rundle.

With a passionate and intelligent speech, Melina Marchetta launches Fear Factor Terror Incognito at The Hughenden. Reliable sources say that nearly 200 people attended. Contributing authors spent a long time signing copies of the book. It was fantastic to see so many of the authors there, willing to sign books and chat to people who came along to the launch. Books and Beyond made very good sales on the day. The Hughenden was full to bursting, with many people arriving early and having lunch as well but all went smoothly for a stylish and exciting event.   I enjoyed catching up will lots of people there.

Thanks to everyone who helped to organise this fabulous book launch.

March 22, 2010

Successful launches of Fear Factor Terror Incognito

It has been a non-stop tour of Sydney, the NSW Central Coast, the Watagan Mountains and Hunter Valley for co-editor Meenakshi Bharat and author Sujata Sankranti. They spoke at the University of Technology Sydney Writers’ Anthology Panel, the NSW Writers’ Centre History Festival ‘Writing the Past’, the Gosford Preview of the book Fear Factor Terror Incognito, and the Sydney launch. Photos and more details will be posted shortly, in the meantime you can visit Susanne’s blog at http://www.sgervay.com/blog/

As well as the official functions and events, Meenakshi, Sujata and I visited the Australian Reptile Park at Somersby on the NSW Central Coast; The Entrance to see the pelicans being fed; The Hunter Valley wineries; Terrigal beach and The Skillion; Bondi Beach; and other Eastern Suburbs beaches as well as South Head. We went to Circular Quay where we enjoyed the relaxed festive atmosphere with buskers and artists, visited the Opera House and took a trip on the Manly ferry.

The visit to the Australian Reptile Park was definitely a highlight of their visit. The media were there to record their response and to promote the book in the Central Coast Express Advocate. We took some terrific photos which I’ll add later on.

An excellent discussion ensued at the UTS TfC Writers’ Anthology Panel, chaired by Devleena Ghosh.

Sharon and Mabel Lee at UTS TfC Writers' Anthology Panel event.

The Preview was also a highlight with the authors signing books and reading from their stories as the book was launched by Professor Sturmberg.

The Sydney launch at The Hughenden was a great success with the room overflowing with people, Susanne Gervay was a witty and entertaining MC who soon had our audience relaxed. See Dr Cathy Kezelman’s blog

Melina Marchetta spoke eloquently and passionately about the topic of terrorism and the anthology “Fear Factor Terror Incognito”. She commented on the different stories included in the book and recommended that the book should be on the Higher School Certificate texts list.

Launch of Fear Factor Terror Incognito at The Hughenden Hotel in Sydney

The launch was attended by over 120 people. Authors at the launch included David Malouf, Susanne Gervay, Andrew Y M Kwong, Devika Brendon, Rosie Scott, Denise Leith, Sujata Sankranti, Meenakshi Bharat; Editors Meenakshi and Sharon Rundle. The book was launched by Melina Marchetta.

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: sharonrundle@roundtablewriting.com

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 sharonrundle@roundtablewriting.com

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. Transforming.Cultures@uts.edu.au
http://www.transforming.cultures.uts.edu.au/
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. http://www.nswwriterscentre.org.au/html/s13_shopping/view_product.asp?keyword=writingthepast

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”

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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.

February 21, 2010

Fear Factor Terror Incognito – Book Preview and Launch

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.

author Sujata Sankranti with her book 'The Warp and the Weft'

Meenakshi Bharat Co-editor of Fear Factor Terror Incognito, Picador India & Picador Australia

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.

FEAR FACTOR PRESS RELEASE

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 Bharat

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

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.


January 31, 2010

Delhi and Goa

It hasn’t been easy to update this blog while travelling around India.

However,  Susanne Gervay has been clever enough to update her blog while in India, so for the latest go to
http://www.sgervay.com/blog/

More later…

September 10, 2008

Authors and writers meet and mix at the UTS Writers’ Network Lunch

Filed under: University of Technology Sydney Alumni Writers' Network — roundtablewriting @ 10:36 pm

Authors and writers meet and mix at the

UTS Alumni Writers’ Network September Social Lunch

One of the best things about being a writer, editor and reader, is meeting other writers, editors and readers. Book launches and signings; conferences, writers’ lunches, writers’ festivals and so on. As co-ordinator of the University of Technology Sydney Alumni Writers’ Network, I’ve spent the past few weeks organising a UTS Alumni Writers’ Network Social Lunch which was held on Saturday 6th September.

After braving pouring rain and the cold, blustery wind, it was a pleasure to walk into the cosy atmosphere of The Hughenden Hotel in Woollahra, Sydney. The room was perfect and welcoming. Our social lunch began with a welcome and morning tea or coffee. Jeremy Fisher, author and Executive Director of the Australian Society of Authors and a Writers’ Network member, was guest speaker. Jeremy spoke eloquently on the topic of ‘Being a Professional Writer’. He reminded us about the business of writing, which is every bit as important as writing itself; why it’s necessary and how to go about equipping yourself with the relevant knowledge that you need to conduct your writing as a business. He told us about the ASA and its work as the peak body for writers. Jeremy then took questions from a number of people before concluding his very informative address to our members.

During a break we enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by network member Susanne and her staff at The Hughenden, as we chatted and got to know each other better. It was great to put faces to names and ‘to swap notes’, as Pamela Mawbey commented.

Following lunch, I spoke about the Writers’ Network and what we offer. I also encouraged everyone to visit our e-community regularly and join in or start discussion threads, word games, threads for critiquing work, sharing achievements and asking questions.

Then several of our network members read from their work or spoke about their writing and areas of interest to writers.

Before we knew it, it was time to wrap up our social lunch meeting and venture out into the dreary weather again. All in all it was a very enjoyable day and I hope we can organise another Writer’s Network social lunch early next year.

The Writers Network Social Lunch was supported by the UTS Alumni Office; Susanne Gervay and staff at The Hughenden Hotel in Woollahra; Jeremy Fisher, Australian Society of Authors, guest speaker.

Dr Jeremy Fisher writes about our social lunch in his blog at Jeremy Fisher’s Blog

Sharon.

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