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December 6, 2011

Ships in the Field

by Susanne Gervay and illustrated by Anna Pignataro

Ships in the Field — whatever can it mean?

Find out when you read the latest book by Susanne Gervay, award-winning author of the popular I Am Jack series and books for Young Adult readers.  Ships in the Field is a heart-warming story with a subtle but significant sub-text that children are part of the journey of war, migration, loss and healing. Susanne writes with a light hand, warmth and humour to make this important story appealing to young readers.  Glorious evocative water colour illustrations by Anna Pignataro bring the story to life. I have had the privilege of reading a sample copy and was enchanted by the moving story and water colour illustrations. Highly recommended. Watch out for its release in February 2012.

Illustration by Anna Pignataro from Susanne Gervay's 'Ships in the Field' (c)

 Multi-award winning Susanne Gervay is recognised for her writing on social justice endorsed by Room to Read, Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Life Education. Her best-selling books include her Jack books – I Am Jack, Super Jack & Always Jack and young adult novel Butterflies.

Winner of the Crichton Award in 1998, Anna Pignataro has created over forty books for children. Shortlisted by the CBCA and YABBA, many of her books are Notables. The best-selling Always, Together and Princess and Fairy are published in eleven countries and enjoyed in seven languages. Check Anna’s website for a peek at some of her stunning illustrations.

Susanne and Anna are part of that immigrant and refugee story. Susanne’s parents were post-war Hungarian refugees who migrated to Australia. Anna’s parents were post-war Italian refugees who migrated to Australia.

 Ships in the Field

ISBN: 9781921665233

Publication date: February 2012

Extent: 32 pages

Format: Portrait hardback

Price: AUD$26.95

Category: Picture book

Age guide: 7+

Enquiries:

Ford Street Publishing Pty Ltd

2 Ford Street, Clifton Hill, VIC 3068, Australia Phone: +61 (3) 9481 1120 Fax: +61 (3) 9481 1123

Email: info@fordstreetpublishing.com Web: www.fordstreetpublishing.com

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.

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