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June 17, 2011

UTS 25th Anthology and Queen’s Birthday Honours awards

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) 25th Anthology Celebration.

Angelo Loukakis and John Dale

The Chancellery was full of warmth from the large crowd attending the celebration of 25 years of anthologies of stories by UTS writers.

Such luminaries as Rachel Ward, Beth Yahp, Susanne Gervay, Angelo Loukakis mingled with other well known, established and emerging writers, as well as academics and alumni staff.

We learnt the history of the UTS writing courses and anthologies which have showcased the early work of writers including Mireille Juchau, Bernard Cohen, David Astle and Mark Dapin

We were treated to a lively performance of  “Mollycoddled” by Georgie Symons, one of the pieces included in the anthology, which added to the buzz in the room.

John Dale introduced Nichola Garvey and me to the writers in the room, so that those who hadn’t already found us could talk to us about joining the UTS Alumni Writers’ Network and Facebook page. Nichola and I are delighted at the response with a huge rise in membership.

I caught up with Ross Milbourne, Vice-Chancellor, and Angel Lin took this photo of us with Susanne Gervay.

UTS Vice Chanceller, Ross Milbourne, Susanne Gervay and Sharon Rundle

Well done to the organisers, Jane Miller, Liz Wood, Angel Lin and all at the Alumni office.

The life you chose and that chose you the 25th UTS anthology of stories can be purchased at all good bookstores, including Gleebooks and the UTS Co-op Bookshop, for $26.99.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011

Also celebrating are Susanne Gervay and Peter FitzSimons who were honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011.

Susanne  received a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia. Susanne Gervay was appointed an OAM for service to children’s literature, and to professional organisations.   More on Susanne’s Blog

Peter FitzSimons has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia  ”for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations”.

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I was a friend of Peter’s mother, Helen, who was herself an OAM and I’m positive she would have been very proud of him. I wish she could be here to see him with his AM.

Congratulations, well done and well deserved to two of the most generous and hard working authors I know.

(photos at UTS supplied by Susanne Gervay)

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