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September 30, 2010

Celtic Handfasting ceremony and news of Varuna Fellowship

  

Congratulations to two dear friends and Season of Inspiration writers.

On a glorious Spring day on the Sydney harbour foreshore, I attended the Celtic Handfasting ceremony for Avril Carruthers and Roger Adam Smith in the grounds of Strickland House, Vaucluse; followed by a champagne picnic lunch and croquembouche. I enjoyed delightful company and delish food, as well as witnessing a traditional Celtic hand-fasting. It was such a pleasure to be part of the ceremony and share Avril and Roger’s joy. The pictures tell the story.

 

As well as being the author of Let Go of Your Past and Live, published Allen & Unwin, Avril also writes poetry and fiction and contributed to the Season of Inspiration Peacock Memosaic.

  

  

 Varuna Writing Fellowship 2011

Andrew Y M Kwong who has just been notified that he’s a recipient of a Varuna Writing Fellowship 2011. Andrew has been working on his memoirs of growing up in and eventually escaping Mao’s China. It is a gripping and heart-rending tale that vividly portrays the way the human spirit can flourish even in the worst of times. He’ll now have the opportunity to work intensively on his manuscript in consultation with Varuna’s Creative Director and Creative Team. Well done, Andrew. As well as being one of our Season of Inspiration writers who contributed to the Peacock Memosaic, Andrew has a story “Snake Business” in Fear Factor Terror Incognito, published Picador India and Australia. 

  

Andrew Y M Kwong with David Malouf and Rosie Scott at the Sydney Hughenden launch of 'Fear Factor Terror Incognito'.

 

Andrew on the panel at UTS TFC Fear Factor Terror Incognito event.

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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June 8, 2010

Memosaic, Hypertext Haiku, NSW Writers’ Centre, Writers Connect and More

Season of Inspiration and Memosaic.

I always feel a tinge of sadness as the final week of Season of Inspiration courses come around. This time is no exception. It has been a real joy and inspiration to spend time with our writers.  We’ve had some terrific stories and poems this time around. We’re creating a Hypertext Haiku from the Haiku written during the course. This time, too, we’ll be continuing in the Season of Inspiration alumni space ‘Write On’ to complete our Memosaic.

Plans for the Season of Inspiration Memosaic are progressing with contributions being polished and posted into the course Memosaic forum thread. It is a collaborative project, though Helen and I are overall editors. We are busy creating the Memosaic, including submission guidelines, working on copyright permission and licence, and getting in touch with our Season of Inspiration alumni.

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NSW Writers’ Centre Programs

After the Season of Inspiration course finishes I’ll be appraising manuscripts for the NSW Writers’ Centre Manuscript Service. The NSW Writers’ Centre have also asked me to run a critique group. More details about the critique group are on their website.  The Centre runs a mentorship program which I’ve been asked to join and am now available to mentor selected writers through the NSW Writers’ Centre.

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Editing and mentoring emerging authors and translator

I’m continuing to work with Julia, Shokufeh and Andrew, who are all doing marvellous things. Julia has had her prize-winning poem published, her short story is through to Round 3 of judging for the 2010 Brit Writers’ Awards; and she is nearing completion of the first draft of her full length fiction narrative. Shokufeh has her translation of ‘The Dog and the Long Winter’ edited and ready for publication. She is currently seeking a publisher for her English translation of this best-selling Iranian novel. Meanwhile Shokufeh has already translated chapters for the next novel. Andrew is about to go to Varuna on a writing fellowship. He has spent the past weeks preparing his manuscript of his memoir of growing up in Mao’s China to send to Varuna prior to his residency. Wishing them all the very best with their writing projects.

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Pass It On

For our authors and illustrators of children’s books and those who would like to write and publish books for children and young adults Pass It On is a terrific magazine. A regular up to date resource of information, discussion and opportunities — a must for Children’s book authors and illustrators. Edited by Jackie Hosking.

Pass It On has a facebook page too.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=106770169352958&ref=ts

Pass It On

http://jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com/

Jackie’s tips on her blog are also worth checking out:
http://jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com/about/

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Linda Scott continues her blog of her escape 2 Australia and is now on the NSW Central Coast.

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UTS Alumni Writers Connect

Next Writers Connect is the Winter Edition which will be published in early July. Please send me any contributions, news of achievements, festivals, events, opportunities for this next issue as soon as you can. The deadline is looming.

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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