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August 2, 2014

Only Connect: Short fiction about Technology and Us, Rupa Publications India Edition

Rupa – The House of Best sellers in India

releases

Only Connect: short fiction about Technology and Us

Congratulations to all of our authors!

 Cover courtesy Rupa
Cover design and photography by Pallavi Agarwala

 

ONLY CONNECT!: SHORT FICTION ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND US

FROM THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT AND AUSTRALIA

 

by Editors: Meenakshi Bharat & Sharon Rundle

SHARON and Meenakshi in Khazuraho 4(2)

Endorsement on back cover by Tabish Khair.

“We live in a world where battles are fought in cyberspace, relationships are forged through voice-over-IP, and declarations of love are made through speedy text messages. Pertinently then, the stories in Only Connect weigh the deep impact of technology on our lives, relationships, and the ways in which we perceive each other and ourselves.

While Meenakshi Bharat’s ‘B Wid U Soon’ shows how, despite the distance between them, technology helps a couple share the birth of their baby, Janhavi Acharekar’s ‘Sneha, 25’ highlights the hoax of digital ties as a young girl is conned by a cyber-lover. The sinister face of technology is alarmingly demonstrated by Malik Sajad’s graphic tale, ‘Facebooked’, Chandani Lokugé’s ‘Trial by Media’, and Kiran Nagarkar’s ‘The Race for Arms’. Technology changes the language we speak, as dramatized in Neelum Saran Gour’s ‘A Software Sonata’. It colours our perception of lived experience, as shown by Sharon Rundle in ‘Fugue for Guinea Pigs’. And, in fact, technology even irrevocably changes the way we connect with art as Yasmine Gooneratne describes in ‘Barry Meets His Muse’. 

A collection of twenty riveting stories, Only Connect traces this brave new world we have come to inherit.”

Janhavi Acharekar, Manisha Jolie Amin, Sunil Badami, Meenakshi Bharat, Devika Brendon, Susanne Gervay, Roanna Gonsalves, Yasmine Gooneratne, Anita Heiss, Bem Le Hunte, Anu Kumar, Chandani Lokugé, Julia Mackay-Koelen, Sophie Masson, Kiran Nagarkar, Felicity Pulman, Sharon Rundle, Malik Sajad, Sujata Sankranti, Neelum Saran Gourr, Annie Zaidi

Meenakshi Bharat, University of Delhi, is a writer, translator, reviewer and critic. Some of her published books are: The Ultimate Colony: The Child in Postcolonial Fiction; Rushdie the Novelist; and two volumes of Indo-Australian short fiction entitled Fear Factor: Terror Incognito and Alien Shores: Tales of Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

Sharon Rundle is Chair of the University of Technology Sydney Writers’ Alumni; has served on the Board of Directors of the NSW Writers’ Centre; and is a founding member of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators. She coedited Alien Shores and Fear Factor.

http://www.rupapublications.co.in/books/only-connect-short-fiction-about-technology-and-us-indian-subcontinent-and-australia

“Only Connect!” Reviews in:

My City Book Reviews, New Delhi, Saturday Nov 1, 2014

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Indian Link

Sydney Morning Herald

Journal of Postcolonial Writing

UTS Newsroom review of Only Connect,

Sunday Guardian Indian Edition

Telegraph India

Two Circles

Between The Lines Book Review

A mention of “Only Connect!” in The Hindu 

and Business Standard

Sydney Launch of “Only Connect!” was covered by Paul McKenzie at the Indian Telegraph, May 2014, Page 36.

Australian edition of Only Connect: Short fiction about Technology and Us  (April, 2014) by Brass Monkey Books

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 Our previous anthologies are: Alien Shores

Alien Shores launch with slide show.

and Fear Factor Terror Incognito

http://roundtablewriting.com/FFREVIEWS.htm

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April 22, 2014

Only Connect: Short fiction about Technology and Us

Only Connect: Short fiction about Technology and Us from Australia and the Indian Subcontinent

has just been released and is in book shops now!

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Thank you to all our authors from Australia and the Indian subcontinent who have contributed to this exciting volume of stories that include crime, mystery, murder, deceit, missed connections, relationships, romance and humour. Truly a wide range of responses to our theme of ‘technology and us’.

 

Published by Brass Monkey Books and available from book shops including Dymocks Melbourne, Readings, Dymocks Erina Fair Central Coast, UTS Co op Bookshop and  Lesley McKay Woollahra (who provided books for the launch), among others.

 Kerry Goldsworthy reviews Only Connect in the Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum Books, In Short Fiction page.

Salma Shah reviews Only Connect in Indian Link, June 2014.

The launch held at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel in Woollahra on March 31

It was lovely to see so many of our authors at the launch. Thanks to Felicity Pulman, Julia Mackay-Koelen, Bem Le Hunte, Manisha Jolie Amin, Devika Brendon, Susanne Gervay, Roanna Gonsalves and our publisher Kabita Dhara at Brass Monkey Books for joining us in celebrating the release of our book of stories. Many thanks to our authors from the Subcontinent who sent best wishes and promises to be at the launch in spirit if not in body.

My sincere and heartfelt thanks to Co-Editor, Meenakshi Bharat, who is the better half of our editing partnership and who longed to be with us in person but this time it was not to be. Meenakshi now has all the photos and a sound recording from the launch.

 

Authors Only Connect launch

Sunil Badami, author and ABC radio presenter, bon vivant, raconteur, flaneur, did us the great honour of launching the book with a rousing and humorous speech that had us all spellbound. Sunil generously read from the stories of our contributing authors as he spoke about the significance of Only Connect. Sunil’s story ‘Leftovers’ is one of the highlights of the volume. While it may be unusual for one of the contributing authors to launch the book, we really could think of no-one better than Sunil.

 

Sharon Sunil Kabita

Sharon with Sunil Badami and Kabita Dhara

After enjoying Sunil’s speech and toasting to the success of Only Connect: short fiction about Technology and Us, we continued to party and celebrate its release. I know I had a marvellous time chatting to the authors, publisher and guests.

View Launch of Only Connect Short fiction about Technology and Us at the Hughenden Hotel
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My heartfelt thanks to all at the Hughenden Hotel for sponsoring the launch and thanks especially to Jamie and to Ryan Power who gave so generously of their time to set it all up; and to Deidre Stein who designed the poster, invitations and champagne vouchers for our launch. All the Hughenden staff went out of their way to take care of guests who attended the launch and those who stayed at the hotel for the weekend. We all noticed and appreciated it. And last but not least thanks to Vincent’s Bar and Restaurant for providing the champagne and for welcoming our guests who booked for lunch.

 

SBS Hindi Kumud Merani interviews Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle about Only Connect: Short Fiction about Technology and Us.

For more information, please see the Brass Monkey Books Press Release:

Only Connect Press_Release with booksellers

October 20, 2010

World Matters ~ Writers Disturbing the Peace

 

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, edited by Sharon Rundle and Meenakshi Bharat, which includes David Malouf, Salman Rushdie, Kiran NagarkarTabish Khair, Neelum Saran Gour,  Janhavi Acharekar, Temsula AoThomas Keneally Andrew Y M Kwong, Rosie Scott,   Meera KantSujata Sankranti, Guy Scotton, Jaspreet Singh, Denise Leith, Gulzar, and Yasmine Gooneratne.

 Readings will be followed by an in-depth discussion, by authors Susanne Gervay, Devika Brendon, Jeremy Fisher and Meenakshi Bharat from Delhi of the issues raised. Book signings will follow the panel discussion and questions.

We invite you to join us.

Susanne Gervay says: please say hello to Sharon, Meenakshi and me at the Festival

Fear Factor Terror Incognito ~ Stories from India and Australia
 

 Also on the Programme: 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.

There is so much more to World Matters 2010 Writers – Disturbing the Peace, for bookings and the full exciting programme at magical Montsalvat

 Books and CDs will be available for sale and signing. A 10% discount for purchase of 5 books or more. Reading the books beforehand will ensure a lively and informed discussion during Q and A.

 Prepaid bookings for World Matters are essential at

ELTHAMbookshop@bigpond.com

970 Main Road, Eltham

Phone +61 3 9439 8700

 October 27

Here on Earth: A Sustainable Future with Tim Flannery $10.00

 October 30 – 31

Festival Pass: $45.00 ( Does not include Tim Flannery event) Early Bird Bookings: $35.00 (bookings by October 20th)

Students: $25.00 Each session: $7.00 (unless otherwise stated)

 October 31

6.30pm – 7.30pm Duende Concert with Joe Chindamo: $15.00

 The Meeting Pool at Montsalvat offers the World Matters audience a very special menu to sustain you through the two days.

Bookings for breakfast, lunch and dinner must be made with Andrew Proctor by October 27th at 9431 2681

catering@montsalvat.com.au.

Join us for an exciting and stimulating weekend of literary brilliance! 

Book now  for the World Matters Festival, details on the websites and programme.

Please pass the word wherever you can, here are some additional websites:

Montsalvat: a Weekend of Literary Brilliance

the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership

World Matters ~ Writers Disturbing the Peace Full Programme (pdf)

ABC The Big Diary

 

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 26, 2010

Festivals, Train Trips and Trailers

Critique Group and Manuscript Appraisals

at the NSW Writers’ Centre

I’ll be running a Critique Group – Hands-on Fiction in the NSW Writers’ Centre Library from 25th September.

I’ll also be appraising manuscripts on September 11 at the NSW Writers’ Centre. For bookings please visit the NSW Writers’ Centre Manuscript Service website.

Please see: Sharon Rundle


Eltham Bookshop Literature Festival – “World Matters”

Writers Disturbing The Peace – October 30 and 31, 2010

I’ve been invited to organise and chair a Fear Factor Terror Incognito Authors’ Anthology Panel for the  Eltham Bookshop Literature Festival “World Matters” – Writers Disturbing The Peace .  My co-editor Meenakshi Bharat is planning to be there from New Delhi, as well as Devika Brendon, Jeremy Fisher and Susanne Gervay. The Eltham Bookshop Literature Festival will be held on October 30 and 31. Program will be released shortly.


Fear Factor Terror Incognito

Fear Factor Terror Incognito Review in Indian Link

– Books – Linking Australia with India

Tales of terror: An Aust-Indian collaboration

“CHITRA SUDARSHAN reviews a compilation of short stories on terrorism in its myriad and sometimes surprising forms.”

“Indian Link is the most prominent voice of the Indian subcontinent community in Australia. As the leading newspaper, the Indian Link has set new standards in journalism and production. It reaches thousands of homes and has become an integral part of lives of people from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Nepal and Bangladesh. Growing in its scope and influence, the Indian Link is now more than the voice of the community. It is a vehicle for change and a voyage of discovery. Thanks to its rich and varied editorial content, the Indian Link has a big and loyal reader base that includes educated professionals, housewives, senior citizens and the young Australian born Indians. In a recent report by CAB (Circulation Audit Board) the Indian link was by far the leader in the market.” Indian Link


Watch the Exciting NEW Trailer for Grimsdon!

Grimdson, published Random House Australia

The link to Deborah Abela’s site is:

http://deborahabela.com/deborahabela.com/Grimsdon_Preview.html

The Youtube URL is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K2nVRYdb64

Deborah Abela,

National Literacy Ambassador

Author of Max Remy Superspy shortlisted KOALA & YABBA Awards 2010

Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series

The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen


Shortlisted Best Children’s Book Aurealis Awards 2010

Children’s Book Council Notable Book 2010 www.deborahabela.com



Valerie Khoo at The Sydney Writers’ Centre

Sends a message to say: “Just thought I’d let you know that we’ve changed our phone number. It’s now: (02) 9929 0088

We’ve actually moved a few hundred metres so now we take up about half the ground floor of 55 Lavender Street in Milsons Point. The Centre is growing!”

To join the mailing list, please contact Valerie Khoo on valerie@spindriftmedia.com.au or phone:

(02) 9929 0088.  For a full list of courses available and other news from the Centre, please go to: www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au.



Sounds like Fun! An Exciting Day Writing on Trains

WRITING ON TRAINS Day Trip:

Sunday Oct 10, 8.30 am – 6.15 pm

Sydney to Robertson on the Southern Highlander Steam Train

Travel premier class on this charming 1930’s Heritage Express, to the annual Spring Fair in historic hill town of Robertson, nestled on the edge of the Southern Highlands.

Revisit the excitement of train travel from your own or a character’s past. Writing workshops (including exercises, sharing craft tips, reading and discussion), will take place on the train as we journey there and back in old world comfort. Use the day to write a short story, travel piece, section of a memoir, develop a character, or simply collect atmosphere and detail. Bring existing writing to read if you wish and spend a delightful day in the company of other writers. Morning and afternoon tea will be served. Café lunch at Robertson.

Cost: $295 includes Premier Class Seat in compartment, morning and afternoon tea, complimentary glass of wine served to your seat. Exclusions  lunch, extra buffet car snacks.

For more information visit www.heritageexpress.com.au

Booking: required ASAP. Deposit of $155 required on booking, full amount payable no later than Aug 26.

For all bookings and information contact Jan: jnana@ozemail.com.au

0415921303, 95577491, www.writersjourney.com.au

About Your Writer’s Journey Guide

Jan Cornall is a writer/ performer who teaches writing at universities, community colleges and writers’ centres in Australia and the Asia Pacific.



Today’s Writing Tip

Catch a train, boat or plane and write your journey–try to capture the atmosphere, the rhythms, the space, the company, the conversations–keep a journal and paste in ephemera and images as well as text. You’ll have a terrific resource for your writing.

June 22, 2010

UTS students headline journalism award nominations – University of Technology, Sydney

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UTS students headline journalism award nominations – University of Technology, Sydney

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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.

January 1, 2010

Pre Order your copy of Fear Factor Terror Incognito


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Fear Factor Terror Incognito

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For Pre-orders and special offers!

You can pre-order your Picador Australia copies of

Fear Factor Terror Incognito

an Indo-Aus collection of stories at:

Abbey’s Bookshop

Fishpond

Angus & Robertson

http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/by/bharat/394265/

QBD

Collins Books Featured Book

Co-op Bookshop

From the Picador Australia (Pan Macmillan) webpage: “A unique collaboration between Australia and India, the stories represent these writers’ protests against the phenomenon of modern terror. They do not offer solutions. Instead, they lead readers along the hidden paths of an unfamiliar psychology to make their own discoveries.

A joint publication with Picador UK and Picador India, Fear Factor: Terror Incognito is essential reading for anyone interested the global phenomenon of terror.”

From jagrancityplus:

It is an attempt to ward off fear and restore humanity by reminding the readers about mankind, unity, peace and harmony. It motivates them to uphold humanitarian values and light the fire of anti-terrorism, thereby making the planet safe for the entire human race,” Meenakshi Bharat said. The articles have been contributed by famous 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 YM Kwong, Devika Brendon, Gulzar, Meera Kant, Guy Scotton, Sujata Sankranti, Kiran Nargarkar, Temsula Ao, Jaspreet Singh and Janhavi Acharekar; with a foreword by Yasmine Gooneratne. They do not offer solutions; instead they lead readers along hidden paths to make their own discoveries

And …

We made the Wall St Journal! There is news about Rushdie + a mention of the anthology in Tabish Khair’s column in MINT at:

http://www.livemint.com/2010/01/01221827/The-Bollywood-novel.html?h=B

MONTHLY LITERARY COLUMN by Tabish Khair in MINT (Mumbai) & The Wall Street Journal.

Also First City (Monthly) New Delhi

“Fear Factor Terror Incognito” review First City Monthly New Delhi

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Reserve your copy of Fear Factor Terror Incognito today by pre-ordering at any of the above bookstores online or in-store.

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