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October 29, 2012

Week-end Book Review: Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro

Ships in the Field

Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro launch “Ships in the Field”.

A sensitive and intelligent review of Susanne Gervay’s picture book ‘Ships in the Field‘. It will make an excellent Christmas present for children.

Week-end Book Review by Marjorie Coughlan: Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro.

Alien Shores

Alien Shores, Brass Monkey Books. Short stories.

 

is going to reprint. Congratulations to all involved. Please pass the word to your book clubs, Good Reads, blogsnetworks, newsrooms, FaceBook and on your websites.

Alien Shores would also make a welcome Diwali, Christmas or end-0f-year present. Order ‘Ships in the Field’ and ‘Alien Shores’ from your  book shop or online.

Coop Bookshop Blog review of Alien Shores by Manisha Amin

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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December 28, 2009

Rain, reflection and reviews

Compliments of the Season to you

I hope you have enjoyed the holiday season and your celebrations whether Yuletide and Solstice; Christmas and Boxing Day; Hanukkah; Ashura or combinations of the different seasonal events.

We have even had the gift of rain that has washed and replenished this parched land. Listening to the sound of rain on the roof was bliss.

Clean the women’s library, London

My Christmas and Boxing Day were peaceful and shared with friends and family, some through the magic of technology. We were fortunate enough to enjoy lovely food and thoughtful gifts. It was low-key due to the many demands on time and energy throughout the year but relaxed and cheerful. Thanks to all who sent cards, e-cards, calendars, letters and gifts which are all very much appreciated.

Another of the unexpected pleasant surprises over the holiday season has been reading the reviews of the Indo-Aus anthology “Fear Factor Terror Incognito”. For the authors and readers as well as others who may be interested, here they are:

Fear Factor Terror Incognito Reviews

Dainik Jagran

CITYPLUS

JagranCityPlus Central Delhi

December 28 2009

City buzz

Book explains fear factor of terrorism

Addressing the dread of living with unpredictable peril, constant fear and terrorism, Oxford Bookstore  and Picador India hosted last week the launch of the book ‘Fear Factor: Terror Incognito’, a cross-cultural anthology of stories by Indian and Australian authors. The book was launched by Joginder Paul, renowned Urdu writer. It was followed by a panel discussion on escalating terrorism all over the world, in which poet and academician Sukrita Paul Kumar and renowned theatre personality Renu Chopra participated, among others.

The book is edited by Meenakshi Bharat, professor of Venkateshwara College and author of many literary works. “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.

http://www.jagrancityplus.com/storydetail.aspx?cityid=10&articleid=19045&editionid=117&catgid=6


The Telegraph

Calcutta India

Friday, December 25 , 2009

Paperback Pickings

Walk on the Wild Side

Fear Factor: Terror Incognito (Picador, Rs 295) edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle brings together stories from two different lands to explore the theme of terrorism. This anthology of short stories also serves another latent purpose. 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. An artist — whether an author, a painter or poet, located in India or abroad — often attempts to examine the complex factors that have led men and women to inflict terrible retributions on society. Fear Factor includes contributions by Salman Rushdie (“For Kashmir, for Paradise” taken from Shalimar the Clown), Kiran Nagarkar (“In search of Essar” from God’s Little Soldier) as well as a kitschy story by Gulzar in which a Muslim man, hounded by the fear of death in riot-torn Mumbai, ends up killing a fellow Muslim on a local train.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1091225/jsp/opinion/story_11904171.jsp

http://www.telegraphindia.com/section/frontpage/index.jsp


Whisper Words by Neha Tara Mehta in New Delhi India mentions "Fear Factor Terror Incognito".

World Wide News

Whisper Words

by Neha Tara Mehta in New Delhi


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Expressbuzz

Monday, December 14, 2009 2:01 PM IST

Indian Express

‘Malayalam media keeps dignity’

Express News Service

First Published : 29 Nov 2009 02:32:29 AM IST

Last Updated :

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Malayalam media has a character of its own and it keeps a certain level of dignity amongst the vernacular media in the country, said Sujata Sankranti, writer and lecturer in English at the Delhi University. She was addressing a meet-the-press programme organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club …

Sujata’s short story ‘’An Eye for an Eye’’ [published in ‘Fear Factor Terror Incognito’] 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 [in the anthology] was about the consequences of terrorism.

She also read out from her work and said that she was happy to present the story … Sujata had won first prize for her story ‘’The Wrap and the Weft’’ (sic) in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 1998.

Comments

Fear Factor-Terror Incognito is an important cross cultural anthology with India and Australia with respected editors Meenakshi Bharat from India and Sharon Rundle from Australia. Meenakshi and Sharon meet many challenges to get this cutting edge anthology published. It is a major achievement to be published in India, Australia and UK by Picador. The stories explore terrorism as it impacts on us all through narrative fiction and includes the wonderful writing of Sujata, Booker Prizes winners to emerging authors with new voices. It was a brave venture that crosses the oceans to unite our region in the commonality of us all, as we face this threat. I was privileged to write my story ‘Days of Thailand’ that sits besides some of the world’s great Indian and Australian authors. Susanne Gervay www.sgervay.com

http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=%E2%80%98Malayalam+media+keeps+dignity%E2%80%99&artid=JiTNt5yu9Bw=

DELHI EVENTS

“Fear Factor: Terror Incognito” a collection of stories, book launch & discussion

http://bit.ly/7r6ktS

When:

12/10/2009 6:30pm-8pm India Standard Time
(12/11/2009 12am local)

Event Details : Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi in association with Picador India is hosting the launch of ‘Fear Factor: Terror Incognito’, a collection of stories to instil humanity, wisdom and ward off fear, written by famous writers like Gulzar, Salman Rushdie, Thomas Keneally to name a few.  Edited by Meenakshi Bharat, Professor of Venkateshwara College, New Delhi and Sharon Rundle, author, the book will be release by eminent Urdu writer Joginder Paul, followed by a panel discussion with famous poet and academician Sukrita Paul Kumar and renowned theatre personality Renu Chopra.

About the book: ‘Fear Factor: Terror Incognito’ is a collection of stories meant as a call for humanity and sanity in response to the fear mongering that goes on today. And, actually, it’s a very firmly light and cheeky collection with a great perspective and sense of humour.

http://www.delhievents.com/2009/12/factor-terror-incognito-collection-of.html

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Today’s Writing Tip

Now that the tension and excitement leading up to the festivities is over and we have a brief respite before ringing in the New Year, it’s time to reflect and draft a piece of writing to work on through the year. Then you’ll have a story, poem, play or article ready to submit by next September for the 2010 Festive Season.

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