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July 3, 2011

ChilOut – Children in detention

News from ChilOut is that the government has just announced the release of 62% of the children into community-based detention. The government is to be congratulated on their more humane stance but that still leaves more than 300 children in locked detention. While I am glad to hear that many children are now in community-based detention, the children not yet released are important too.

I truly feel both the government and the opposition have been losing their way completely with all the hysteria about refugees and asylum seekers. Having been overseas recently (Africa, India and Europe) and having family living overseas, I’ve seen how they cope with far greater numbers there, I am so ashamed at the way we treat refugees here. Surely the hysteria here is partly fuelled by the fact that refugees are locked away so people don’t get to see or meet them and so it is so much easier to portray them as some kind of aliens. Good on Dr Michael Dudley, Rosie Scott, Ngareta Rossell, ChilOut and others for putting so much time and effort into doing something against the odds.

If you feel you can support them please check this out

“Here is not for children” Rosie Scott_10x10_010711

Rosie Scott is one of our award winning and treasured Australian authors and gives her own time and money to supporting refugees and trying to raise the level of consciousness and debate through advocacy, direct action and her writing. She is one of the Australian authors who contributed to ‘Fear Factor Terror Incognito”, a collection of stories from India and Australia published by Picador Australia and Picador India, which I co-edited with Meenakshi Bharat.

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

 

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:

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The Youtube URL is:

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Deborah Abela,

National Literacy Ambassador

Author of Max Remy Superspy shortlisted KOALA & YABBA Awards 2010

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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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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:

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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.

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.


February 5, 2010

Days of Goa and Goan nights.

So many excellent presentations with two or three parallel sessions made it difficult to choose which to attend sometimes at the IASA 2010 conference.

Susanne Gervay chairing session with presenter Thamilarasi P

Susanne chairing session with presenter Jyoti Nandan

I chaired two sessions, the first included Susanne Gervay speaking about ‘Youth Literature: A Global Strategy for Social Justice’; Pam Macintyre’s digital storytelling presentation ‘Advance Australia (Un)Fair? Australian Identity in Award Winning Fiction for Young People’; Reema Sarwal discussing ‘A Cinderella for 21st Century Australia: Reading Tamaika’s Meta-Fictional Journey from The Princess of Shadows to the Queen of Quentaris’. Another presenter was slotted in at short notice and unfortunately had to give a shorter presentation, Purushottama Bilimoria narrated a visual presentation about ‘Desi Performative Arts in Australia: from Lightfoot to Creative Australian-Indian Dance Movements’, with reference to Anna Pavlova and others.

Sharon with Sarany Mukherjee Uni of Calcutta who presented a paper at the conference.

During the second session, Alice Healy presented “History is an Advanced Literary Art’, with reference to Kate Grenville, Inga Clendinnen, Kim Scott and Hazel Brown ; V. Lakshmanan referred to Bryce Courtnay’s The Power of One to discuss racism; Saranya Mukherjee spoke about Lucid Life: Slippery Truth using a re-vision of Malouf’s The Great WorldThe Conversation at Curlow Creek; Virender Pal presented his paper ‘Psychic Disintegration of Ivy: A study of Alexis Wright’s Plains of Paradise’. and



Sharon presents her paper and digital storytelling "Near Pavilions"


My own digital story-telling presentation ‘Near Pavilions’ was chaired by Makarand Paranjape, author of Sacred Australia published here by Cloud of Magellan (Melbourne) and in the National Library of Australia.

Sujata, Susanne, me and Meenakshi in the Garden at the International Centre Goa where we launched "Fear Factor Terror Incognito".

Following that afternoon session we had an al-fresco launch in the Centre gardens of a collection of stories from India and Australia Of Sadhus and Spinners edited by Santosh Sareen, Bruce Bennett, Susan Cowan and Asha Kanwar, which was launched by Richard Nile and the Indo-Aus anthology Fear Factor Terror Incognito. Sujata Sankranti and Susanne Gervay spoke about and read from Fear Factor Terror Incognito. The event was attended by editors, authors, conference delegates, Professors Sareen and Gopal; Australian professors and Dr Lachlan Strahan, Deputy High Commissioner for the Australian High Commission.

Goa Launch of Fear Factor Terror Incognito - Professor Sareen holding up a copy

Susanne Gervay reading from her story 'Days of Thailand' at the launch of Fear Factor Terror Incognito

A lot of copies of Fear Factor Terror Incognito were sold and we signed a great many of them, as well as having our photos taken. Many thanks to all who bought copies and I hope you find it as thought-provoking and as good a read as we do.

Over the five days of the conference we were looked after very well by the organisers and volunteers.


Susanne with Mridusmita Baruah and me.

The organisers provided enormous amounts of Indian and European dishes, as well as tea, coffee and snacks ensuring that we were all well fed. The International Goa Centre accommodation is bright, spacious and comfortable; internet connection is available, though it has to be shared, and the surrounding gardens are well-kept and beautiful. The local sights are well worth exploring. We were treated to a boat ride and cultural programme on the ‘Santa Monica’ which departed from below the Mandovi Bridge in Panjim. We also did our own exploring around Goa and its lovely beaches.

Dressed for the evening in Goa

Beach on Arabian Sea at Goa


The conference concluded with a valedictory address by Alan Mayne and speakers Stephen Muecke, Richard Nile, Satendra Nandan and R Narayan. My thanks to the AIC for a travel grant and CAL for cultural development grant to enable me to attend.

I have become a life member of IASA and am appreciative of the work that they do. The conference was an unforgettable experience. I have taken a lot from it back with me to Australia. Including the anthology which I am enjoying reading and the lovely IASA commerative clock and Certificate.

And so on to Delhi, where our book Fear Factor Terror Incognito is already in most good Indian bookshops, including those in shiny malls and local haunts such as the Khan Markets.

Delhi book shop and Jyoti with a copy of Fear Factor Terror Incognito

Writing Tip for Today
Write about a place that has inspired your wildest dreams. Recently, for me, it has been a visit to Goa and the Arabian Sea. Just the words ‘Arabian Sea’ conjure up Tales of Arabian Nights and memories of reading this book with an introduction by Sir Richard Burton which brought these tales to me many years ago. What do the words ‘Arabian Sea’ conjure up for you? Is there a place equally as magical for you? Transport yourself there on a magic carpet and write a fabulous story.

January 1, 2010

Pre Order your copy of 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:

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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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