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September 17, 2015

Writers in the Park, Centennial Park, Sydney. Sunday 27th September 10 am

Great new event for book lovers! Kids and adults alike are welcome to the inaugural and free

Writers in the Park logo

 Writers in the Park

at The Residences Centennial Park

on Sunday 27th September, 2015. 10 am start.

Free entry to the Writers in the Park events

Hosted by The Hughenden​ Boutique Hotel and The Residences Centennial Park

A chance to hear and meet authors and illustrators in one of the most scenic spots in Sydney

Fabulous food, fantastic books and great coffee on sale will make the day perfect, check out the links.

Full day program each for adults and for children with authors, illustrators, cartoonists, journalists, publishers, bookseller and books.

Centennial Parklands

Here’s the Program

& The Writers and Illustrators

including Jessica Rowe, Joanne McCarthy, Annabel Morely, Sunil Badami, Libby Hathorn, P M Newton, Deborah Abela, Anne Schofield, Bem Le Hunte, Lisa Heidke, Hazel Edwards, Susanne Gervay,  Susanna Freymark, Graham Rundle, Michael Parker, Philip Wilcox, Joanne Fedler,  Pamela Cook, Helen O’Dare, Robyn Arrowsmith, Maria Katsonis, Shelley Kenisberg, Reverend Gilmore, Rick Raftos, Shona Martyn and  Jane Curry.

Eastside Radio 89.7FM is setting up live podcast. See also: http://eastsidefm.org/writers-in-the-park-festival/

#‎SimonMarnie‬ from 702 ABC Sydney is interviewing Sunil Badami on Sunday morning on ABC702 radio.- listen in.

Susan Wyndam’s column in Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald

Writers in the Park poster

Centennial Parklands – Writers in the Park

Writers in the Park website

Writers in the Park Facebook Page

#‎writepark‬

If you’re travelling to Sydney, why not stay at the Hughenden Hotel, 14 Queen Street Woollahra.

The Hughenden melds heritage with modern conveniences to meet individual needs. From cosy rooms to the Manor Suite, family apartments to pet-friendly rooms – with complimentary breakfast, complimentary wi-fi, guest lounge, dining, concierge services and function rooms.
Located at the crossroads of historic Woollahra and Paddington, and surrounded by designer fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafes, The Hughenden is opposite Centennial Parklands and in close proximity to the SCG, Allianz Stadium, the Entertainment Quarter, with easy access to the city and Bondi Beach.
Or if you’re really feeling like a treat have a look at the Residences Centennial Park.

The Residences Centennial Parkland

The Hughenden on Facebook

The Residences Centennial Park on Facebook

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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.

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.


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