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June 4, 2011

The Kids and Young Adult Literature festival at the NSW Writers Centre

The Kids and Young Adult Literature festival brings:-
New Work, New Directions, New Opportunities

The best in Australian kids’ and YA authors, playwrights, film script writers , multi platform publishers from HarperCollins and Random house, independent and online publishing, apps  and there’s the chance to pitch your idea.

"Butterflies" Indonesia Cover

Susanne Gervay award winning children’s and young adult author is the Director of the Children’s and YA Literature Festival bringing exciting publishers and creators  up close and personal to you:– keynote with Olympian swimmer, ABC broadcaster and author Lisa Forrest, Monkey Baa Theatre,  ABC TV script writers, best seller series authors Duncan Ball, Jacqueline Harvey, Sophie Masson, Kate Forsyth and more.

Pitch your work to a Publishing Panel.

It’s one of the few times you can talk to authors, publishers, multi media experts, network, meet your writing community and have a drink on the balcony afterwards as the sun sets over Rowen House the home of the NSW Writers Centre.

Date: 25th June 2011
Time: 9.30 am – 5 p.m.
Place: The NSW Writers Centre
Cost: $50 members ($80 non members)
Parking: Freely available
p: 02 9555 9757

Booking essential       

If you need somewhere to stay in Sydney, I recommend The Hughenden at 14 Queen Street Woollahra.

January 9, 2010

New Translations of Books by Australian Authors

New Translations of Australian Books.

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:

si edition of "Who Am I?  The Diary of Nancy Talence Sydney 1937 by Anita Heiss, translated by Shokufeh Kavani

The Diary of Mary Talence Sydney 1937 written by Anita Heiss translated by Shokufeh Kavani


written by Anita Heiss,

English version is published by Scholastic Press (2006) Sydney, Australia

Anita Heiss Blog

Anita’s website



Susanne Gervay’s book “Butterflies”

Susanne Gervay’s book Butterflies which has already been translated and published in Indonesia, is now being translated again. Great news, Susanne.

It is great to see Australian books being translated and published in other countries, too.



Draft a story or poem set in another country or an imaginary or future country. Explore the similarities as well as the differences. Imagine the characters’ daily lives, backgrounds, hopes, dreams, desires, beliefs and aspirations as well as their flaws, quirks, failures and disappointments. What drives and motivates your characters? How does the setting affect the characters? Does it inspire, challenge or defeat them?

Is there conflict between the characters and the landscape; or the characters and the society in which they find themselves? Another story to develop for the New Year.

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