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SCBWI Tasmania are thrilled to announce the first SCBWI Tasmania Professional Day

Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
13.08.18 12:33 pm

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The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Tasmania will present a Professional Day on Saturday 27th October. The event will provide ‘insider’ information about the craft of writing and illustrating children’s and young adult (YA) books. Participants will learn about the kind of manuscripts Australian trade publishers are seeking and have an opportunity to have their manuscript or portfolio assessed by industry professionals.

Participants will hear from industry professionals from interstate including Maryann Ballantyne, Publishing Director at Black Dog Books and Susanne Gervay, author and Regional Advisor for SCBWI East Australia/NZ. They will also meet and hear from fellow creators living and working in Tasmania, including award winning author and illustrator, Christina Booth and acclaimed illustrator Tony Flowers.

Other interstate publishers will be invited if funding is secured.

For anyone who is serious about a career in children’s or young adult publishing, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

The event’s theme is shining a light on kid lit authors and illustrators working in the industry from Tasmania, with the message: YOU CAN DO IT!

The event will be held at the Moonah Arts Centre, beginning at 9.30 am on Sunday 27th October. Online ticket sales begin today, Monday 13th August. Portfolio and manuscript assessments will only be available to registered attendees, and bookings for these will open in September.

 

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Black Inc Books: September New Releases

Black Inc Books
13.08.18 8:47 am

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Black Inc. Books: New releases in November ...

Black Inc. Books
08.08.18 8:32 am

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The Soul Dances in its Cradle

© Niels Hav
07.08.18 6:39 am

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If it is true that the soul
is born old
and grows younger throughout life,
then you and I are both older
and younger than one another.
That kind of fusion is dangerous.

Let’s be honest:  every day
we live with Fate
just like people who live in a delta
overrun by tides.
They are intimate with the moon;
we live on it.

The heart beats freely, the soul
dances in its cradle.

Translated by P.K. Brask & Patrick Friesen
© Niels Hav

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Above is the poem in English. The original in Portuguese is here: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/a-alma-danca-em-seu-berco-niels-hav/

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Fullers Bookshop: Love Your Bookshop Day

Fullers Bookshop
06.08.18 1:40 pm

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Robbie Arnott and Flames ... Pic: Richard Sprent

Award-winning independent bookshop, Fullers, will celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day, a nation-wide celebration of bookshops and their role in the community, on August 11 between 10am-2pm.

A sausage sizzle will be held in front of the shop, with snags being served by acclaimed local author, Robbie Arnott, whose recent book Flames will set the sausages alight. Robbie will be signing copies of his debut novel between 11-11.30am.

Love Your Bookshop Day, previously known as National Bookshop Day, is run by the Australian Booksellers Association on the second Saturday of August each year. Fullers are long established as a cultural centre in Tasmania, with regular author events, the publishing and support of home-grown authors and philanthropy including causes such as the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, the Smith Family and the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation.

The fundraising from this year’s barbecue will be donated to Chatter Matters, a charity dedicated to the literacy challenges of Tasmanians, a state where only 50% of us are functionally literate.

With Fullers having won Metro Bookstore of the Year for two years running, Manager Catherine Schulz earning ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year 2017, and Assistant Manager, Dr Tim Jarvis, taking out the ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year 2018, it has been an exciting time for Fullers and the shop is well and truly putting Hobart on the world stage as leaders of independent bookselling.

Come and celebrate Fullers success with them as they head toward their 100th year of trading in 2020.

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Fullers, Petrarchs: Refining the Edges of Wilderness with Bob Brown - AUG 10th

Fullers Bookshop. Petrarchs Bookshop. First published August 2
05.08.18 7:00 pm

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We’re very pleased to be hosting the launch of “Refining the Definition of Wilderness”, to be launched by Bob Brown, with contributions from Martin Hawes, Grant Dixon and Chris Bell.

Please accept our invitation on behalf of Martin, Grant and Chris to attend and be part of the discussion on the night.

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Refining_Wilderness_INVITE.pdf

Launceston launch at Petrarchs, 6 pm on Friday August 17.

 

 

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Aurora House: Boys Battle Aliens to Make Robots Deliver Virus Cure

Aurora House Publishing
01.08.18 6:05 am

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A toy robot sets off events that catapult two boys into an alien world of werewolf monkeys, flying vampire koalas and their deadliest foe of all, a scorpion-snake spitting acid venom.

The boys, Brad and James, face seemingly impossible odds in their quest to obtain the cure for a mystery virus, and get it back back to Earth in time to save Brad’s mother’s life. 

Fantasy and sci-fi fans will enjoy the suspense of the boys’ adventures and encounters with weird and mind-bending creatures — some friendly, but most not. Younger readers will relate to the action-packed story line and the book’s full-colour pictures portraying alien and human characters.

Author Brad Simons says the success of children’s books such as the Captain Underpants series had motivated him to go back to fantasy stories he had written when he was younger and use these as a starting point for this book. His interest in electronic games also provided inspiration for the book’s exotic cast of creatures as well as ideas for the boys’ escapades.

He always envisioned A Birthday Present from Another Dimension to be the first of a series, and the book’s ending indicates the boys’ adventures are not over yet. A sequel is in the pipeline.

Brad says his love of playing electronic games also inspired him to “invent” a game that mirrors the book. “I was becoming bored with the games that are out there because the themes and challenges no longer interested me, so I decided to create my own,” he explains. The game is designed to be played on a Playstation.

After 10 years in China where has been teaching English, Brad recently returned to Australia.  He has settled at Ipswich, near Brisbane, with this wife and two young daughters.

http://aurorahouse.com.au 

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Aurora Publishing: Author Sheds Light on Dark Secret About Child Abuse

Aurora Publishing
30.07.18 1:43 pm

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Endless beatings, second-degree burns, hypothermia, and unrelenting psychological torture was how Michael Robertson and his twin brother spent their childhood.
Most would assume this abuse was committed by their father, but in fact it was their mother who tortured her sons.

Born into Evil destroys the myth of an unbreakable mother-child bond and details just how a mother was able to get away with abusing her sons and manipulating everyone around her into thinking she was the victim. It sheds light on a dark secret in society: that mothers are just as capable of abusing their children as fathers are, but mothers are rarely convicted of child abuse.

Through use of his DOCS file, Michael not only shows how his mother was able to get away with abusing him and playing the victim, but also how she was able to find enablers within society to assist her in continuing her abuse. By keeping quiet, these enablers allowed Kerilyn to continue on unpunished, exposing Michael and his brother to a life of hell.

Born into Evil will display that the violent actions of one parent against their own children can cause a ripple effect that reaches out and negatively impacts the lives of countless others, and how a child’s life can be destroyed before it has even begun.

Born into Evil is published by Aurora House. RRP AUD$24.95.
ISBN 978-0-9876176-6-8 Available in all main online bookstores, including Amazon and Kindle ebook AUD$9.95.
 
About the Author

Michael Robertson was born into a dysfunctional family and left school at fifteen before returning more than a decade later to complete the HSC and two degrees. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics and used the skills gained from this degree to research his own childhood by obtaining as much information as he could from the Department of Community Services. He used this information to write Born into Evil, so he could shed light on the fact that mothers are just as capable of abusing, and even killing, their children as fathers are.

While Michael and his brother managed to survive their mother’s abuse, many children are not so lucky. He hopes that his book will help people become more aware of signs of child abuse and that a few more children’s lives can be saved. 

http://aurorahouse.com.au

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Horse Merchant

Paula Xiberras
24.07.18 7:42 am

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`I recently chatted to author Jackie Merchant. Jackie has lived in Tasmania for 16 years. Presently, Jackie lives in Harford, Sassafras with her horses, a love of horses extends to her childhood when her parents bought a riding school and how horses proved a cure when she was carsick and would imagine horses galloping by the car, calming her sickness. These childhood experiences have inspired her debut novel ‘The Promise Horse’

The Promise Horse is the story of Harry, a young girl who feels an outsider because of physical attributes of above average height and red hair. Adding to her feelings of isolation is the loss of her sister Sissy to illness which has made family relationships fragile. Harrys mum particularly, has been devastated by Sissy’s loss and is overprotective and uncommunicative to Harry. As Jackie says, Harry’s mum may sometimes do and say ‘monstrous things’ but she is no monster, instead a mother broken by her loss.

Sissy, however, is not lost to Harry, in fact in a demonstration of how love never leaves, she visits Harry as a ghost or spirit that is not as Jackie says in anyway ‘saintly’ or ‘ethereal’ but rather ‘earthy and full of humorous quips of very ‘Sassy’ Sissy advice to Harry.

Some of that advice concerns Billy, a boy who bullies Harry.in the early part of the novel. Harry learns that Billy is himself under the control of a strict father and not really as bad as she thought. Like Harry, Billy loves horses and has, Jackie says’ two good people’ in his life, young Lizzie, who gives a horse to Harry and Jack who helps Harry get her’ horse feet’, literally, in fitting her for a pair of good riding boots.

Harry’s process of mastering how to ride her horse, in small steps, parallels her real life small steps to empowerment.

The Promise Horse is out now published by Walker Books ...

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Tasmanian Writers Centre: Seasonal Poets: The Winter Reading!

Tasmanian Writers Centre
18.07.18 7:16 pm

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Readings by: Liz Winfield, Christiane Conesa-Bostock and Liz McQuilkin
Monday 23rd July, 6–8pm

Hadley’s Hotel, 34 Murray Street, Hobart

Cost:  Waged $15 (cash only at door)
        TWC members and unwaged $10 (cash only at door)

Light supper included

Supported by Hadley’s Hotel

Tasmanian Writers Centre
Phone 62240029
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https://www.taswriters.org/

<b>Tasmanian Writers Centre HERE<b>

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Black Inc. Books: August new releases ...

Black Inc. Books
16.07.18 4:00 pm

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Tamar Valley Writers Festival. NOTE: August 3 event at QVMAG

Anne Layton-Bennett*
12.07.18 2:20 pm

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Image: Memorial Wall, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

As most of you know I’m involved in organising this festival, so excuse the self-interested advertising!

Please spread the word among your own networks so we can ensure this event is a brilliant success for the Tamar Valley, and Tasmania generally.

Also please note the pre-festival event on 3 August at QVMAG, and also in the evening at Scotch Oakburn College.

• Ticketing is now live, so please take advantage of the early bird rates.  When using your member number to obtain your discount, please use the prefix TVWF e.g. TVWF25 (substitute your own member number).

As well as the Peace Festival event, Dr Nelson will be speaking at a TVWF event at QVMAG on August 3rd.  Please see the attached flyer for details and booking information.

Anne Layton-Bennett and Nella Pickup, Program Committee

Anne Layton-Bennett* is Vice President & Program Coordinator of Tamar Valley Writers Festival ... http://www.tamarvalleywritersfestival.com.au , https://www.facebook.com/TamarValleyWritersFestival/

Tamar Valley Writers’ Festival HERE

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The Hobart Bookshop: Paul Pritchard’s The Totem Pole

The Hobart Bookshop
11.07.18 7:55 pm

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Join us at our next launch ...

We are pleased to host the launch, by Jeffrey Blake, of the 20th anniversary edition of Paul Pritchard’s The Totem Pole.

Pritchard’s account of his near-fatal climbing accident in Tasmania twenty years ago, and of his subsequent recovery from his injuries, won both the Boardman/Tasker and the Banff Grand Prize. This new edition includes material edited out of the first edition, plus a collection of new photographs, some of which have never been seen.
 
This is a free event and all are welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Friday July 27th, from 5.30pm

Hobart Bookshop Events HERE

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30 STORIES IN 30 DAYS: Have your story screened at the State Cinema Sept 1

Stories in September
09.07.18 3:49 pm

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Forty South: Please join us at Fullers on Thursday July 19 at 5.30pm

Lucinda Sharp DIRECTOR, Forty South Publishing Pty Ltd. First published July 5
06.07.18 1:51 pm

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A rare and unique publication celebrating the crossover of art and textiles. While on a four-day walk on Maria Island, artist Prue Hutton committed the colours and textures of the landscape to the pages or her art journal. Inspired by this, Sally Ord of Island Imprints created eight handknit designs.

Immerse yourself in the places that inspired Prue’s artwork and then follow the knitting patterns to recreate Sally’s exquisite garments. The story behind each design unfolds through the journey, explaining how it relates to the history, scenery, animals, or bird life of the island.

Internationally celebrated artist, Raymond Arnold, will launch the book. There’ll be a lucky door prize as well as a display of knits featured in the book.

MARIA: VOYAGES IN DESIGN – ART TO KNITS

RSVP: http://www.fullersbookshop.com.au
Please arrive early as seating
may be limited.

THURSDAY 19 JULY, 5.30pm
To be held at Fullers Bookshop
131 Collins St, Hobart
p (03) 6234 3800
BOOK LAUNCH
BY PRUE HUTTON & SALLY ORD

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Aurora House: Bushrangers No Match For Plucky Bunty Bailey

Aurora House Publishing
05.07.18 3:07 pm

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Black Inc. Books: October titles

Black Inc. Books
05.07.18 7:56 am

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Transportation Press: Introducing ...

Transportation Press
04.07.18 11:11 am

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Heather Rose

We are so delighted to have Heather Rose writing the foreword for the next collection.

Heather has the poise and smarts and is an almost perfect foil for the duck paddling we’re doing at the moment, as we appear to coast easily towards publication (final few days to submit folks, see below).

Heather is also the author of seven novels. Her most recent novel, The Museum of Modern Love, won the 2017 Stella Prize, the Christina Stead Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize. Heather writes for children with fellow author Danielle Wood under the pen-name Angelica Banks. Both Heather and Angelica Banks are published internationally. Heather lives by the sea in Tasmania.

Heather joins the esteemed company of Oxford Don and adamantly former Tasmanian Peter Conrad, who wrote the foreword for Islands and Cities, and the Patrick White Award winning novelist and essayist, Amanda Lohrey, whose generous introduction you will find in The Third Script.

The next collection will feature the best new writing from Tasmanian, Indian and Iranian writers. Each of the editors invite some writers, and then we are open for submissions. Kulpreet Yadav, our editor in India,  an established writer himself, as well as the editor of Open Road Review, South Asia’s leading magazine of literature and culture has chosen Jerry Pinto as one of his writers. Jerry lives and works in Bombay-Mumbai-Momoi-Mhamai-Bambai. He is the author of several books, most lately the novels, Em and the Big Hoom and Murder in Mahim. He translates from Marathi and Hindi. Jerry is the winner of Windham-Campbell prize 2016. 

Shokoofeh Azar’s first novel is The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (Wild Dingo Press, 2017). It is an exceptional piece of writing, so contemporary and yet so aware of the long lineage of Persian literature predeeding it. It’s set in Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and uses the lyrical magic realism style of classical Persian storytelling. We are honoured to be publishing a story by Shokoofeh in the next collection, especially as she is a rising star in Iranian literature. Her work brings deep resonances of Iranian tradition into the Western world (this book was first published in English). We can not celebrate this inclusion enough.

There is still time to submit! If you are a writer from Iran, Tasmania or India we are seeking your short stories.

Submissions close on July 8. All the details can be found here: https://transportationpress.net/submissions/

There is still time to donate too. We have partnered with the Australian Cultural Fund to offer tax deductible donations. This campaign closes on July 8. Click here to donate. We are so appreciative of your support, it is what allows us to pay our writers and go to print.

Donate now: https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/international-short-story-collection/

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Fabric of crime in Calico Mountains

Paula Xiberras
01.07.18 7:59 am

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I recently talked to author Sarah Barrie, writer of romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Sarah lives in the NSW Central Coast’s rural area but also has a great love for Tasmania having visited a couple of times, travelling from ‘top to bottom’ with her two children. Places that Sarah’s family particularly enjoyed were Mt Field, Cradle Mountain and New Norfolk.

That love of Tasmania is manifested in her new book ‘Blood Tree River’ which is set in Tasmania’s fictional Calico Mountains.

Sarah’s protagonist Indie is a police officer investigating the disappearance of a number of girls working on the remote Calico Mountain station. Solving the mystery is of particular importance to Indie who saw the results of traumatic crime in her own family and as a police officer wants to prevent anyone going through the pain she endured.

To complicate her investigation Indie is drawn romantically to the part owner of Calico Mountains Logan Atherton, an enigmatic figure and also the prime suspect in the case of the missing girls, who were all in his employ. Sarah has written an original and gripping mystery with a stunning Tasmanian backdrop.

When she’s not writing Sarah is busy in the farmhouse, doing the primary school pick up and working as editor for Australian equestrian magazine while her husband works in the orchard.

Blood Tree River is out now published by Harlequin.

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Secret Sadness

Paula Xiberras
01.07.18 7:55 am

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The Secrets We Keep is a novel by Tasmania’s own Shirley Patton, Shirley developed her love of reading from her parents who were avid readers of the Russian classics. In The Secrets we keep Shirley has written a gem of a classic detailing a time of growth in Australia and in her character’s lives.

It is a novel that depicts a time of seemingly greater freedom and openness in Australia, but ironically also a time where some secrets, the particularly damaging kind were kept close.

The main protagonist Aimee has been damaged by her past, a teenage pregnancy and having to give up her baby for adoption has encouraged Aimee to have a fresh start and relocate to Kalgoorlie to begin a career as a social worker to help those in need as she once was. At the office she begins work with the Steele family, the name is suggestive and indicative of the strength of the family as the wife and mum Kris, watches her husband’s health decline due to hard work as a miner. The couple are also grappling with a secret they are keeping from their daughter. After losing her husband Kris grows in strength as she works to prevent pollution and the loss of others in the mining town.

Meanwhile Aimee is enjoying working with her co -workers Lori and Paddy. Paddy is a former priest that is attracted to Lori, a young woman with the ability to tell the future through tea leaf reading, an ability discovered through her friendship with Agnes, the town psychic.

This novel demonstrates in its colliding storylines that even though sometimes we believe our futures are fixed, in keeping with the enlightened times of the novel and demonstrated through Kris’ crusade, we realise we have the ability to impact on and change our future. For Aimee, who has dealt with traumatic and tortued times she is able to start anew.

Shirley Patton holds a PhD in social work and a masters in creative writing, She utilises her expertise and skill in both, to bring us a well-crafted novel in which we are subtlety led to uncovering its secrets.

The Secrets We Keep is out now published by Harlequin.

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Tim Jarvis, Fullers, wins Young Bookseller of the Year Award

Fullers Bookshop
28.06.18 6:50 pm

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Tim Jarvis at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart Wins 2018 ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year Award

Hobart-based bookseller, Tim Jarvis from Fullers Bookshop, has won the 2018 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year Award. The national award, presented at this year’s 94th ABA Conference held recently in Canberra, celebrates the emerging talent in the bookselling industry, by focusing solely on those under the age of 35.

Jarvis was one of five booksellers from around the country shortlisted for the award.

It’s been a big two years for Fullers. Earlier this year the bookshop won the Metro Australian Bookshop of the Year at the 2018 Leading Edge Books Conference, an award it also won in 2017. Manager Catherine Schulz won the ABA 2017 Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year.

Fullers’ continued popularity within the Australian publishing industry, as well as its iconic status nationwide, is evidence that books are still relevant and important to local and national culture. And the fact that a Tasmanian bookshop is performing at a world-class level is further evidence that Tasmanians are big readers and value the written word.

Fullers Bookshop website: https://www.fullersbookshop.com.au/

Fullers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FullersBookshop/

ABA Conference website: http://www.abaconference.org.au/awards/35-aba-random-house-young-bookseller-of-the-year

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Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize celebrates Tasmania’s most acclaimed poet ...

Kate Harrison, General Manager, Island magazine
27.06.18 2:07 pm

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Sarah Holland-Batt, above, is an award-winning poet, editor, critic and academic. Her most recent book, The Hazards, won the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. She is also the editor of The Best Australian Poems 2016 and 2017, and the Poetry Editor of Island.

Now in its 23rd year, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize celebrates Tasmania’s most acclaimed poet.

First Prize – $2000 + publication in Island magazine and subscriptions to Island, Meanjin, Overland, Griffith Review, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow.

Second Prize – publication in Island magazine and subscriptions to Island, Meanjin, Overland, Griffith Review, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow.

The Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize was established by Island magazine in 1996 and has received generous support from Chris Pearce and Janet Grecian of the Hobart Bookshop since 1999.

The 2018 judges are Sarah Holland-Batt, Lachlan Brown and Maria Takolander. Judge photos and biographies below – click on images to download hi-resolution images.

Entries are due midnight 2 September 2018.

Entry information via the Island magazine website at islandmag.com/gwenharwood2018
 
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A wish is a dream your heart makes and breaks

Paula Xiberras
25.06.18 9:20 am

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Lia Weston has never been to Tasmania but her parents, she tells me rave about it. Lia has something else to thank her parents for raving about and that is a love of reading and writing which contributed to her becoming an author.

Lia’s latest novel challenges readers with the question of what would happen if we could at least in appearances, get exactly what they wanted.

The protagonist of the novel ‘You Wish’ is visual artist Tom Nash but instead of painting conventional portraits or a still life instead these computer images blur the line between imagination and reality.

Tom creates moving lives in more ways than one. Moving in that his creations are three dimensional, moving episodes captured as photo stills and also moving in that they help to redress an emotional imbalance. Think of still having a wedding ’a revenge wedding’ when the bride or groom may have had cold feet and left their partner at the altar or in gaining a Uni degree without the sweat of study, and most moving of all in its poignancy creating an imagined life for a child, when that child is

Of course the delicious possibility of realising ones most impossible dreams has a downside too, explored in the novel. What happens when these intimate images created for a specific purpose and for certain eyes only find themselves shared with others as something shifty is happening at the organisation.

Lia invites us to consider the repercussions of creating artificial lives and the damage it can cause, juxtaposing the creation of imaginary lives is the search for an authentic life by the novel’s characters, such as Tom’s sisters Gen’s desire to be true to herself and Tom’s own search for real as opposed to imaginary love.

‘You Wish’ is out now published by Pan Macmillan.

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Hobart Bookshop: Slipping Through the Cracks. TONIGHT

Hobart Bookshop
20.06.18 7:56 am

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We welcome Lindsay Arnold for the launch of his illustrated adaptation of Ron Roberts’ memoir, Slipping Through the Cracks: Life as a Street kid in 1950s Sydney.

A visual interpretation of a stolen childhood. With over 100 images, Lindsay Arnold has drawn intense scrutiny to the unjust emotional and physical suffering of a sensitive boy trapped in the cruel thrall of a heartless social zeitgeist which prevailed throughout mid 20th century Australia.

No mere moral fable, this is unvarnished social history, and a cautionary tale for future generations.

At the heart of this story is a mystery, an absorbing question regarding what is going on within its setting. A picture reflecting those often ignored years following World War 2, a personal testament rescued from a time rarely referred to or documented: the 1950s, a time when the hangover from war gestated a generation marked by an upsurge of creative talent to define the next decade, the 60s.

It is the story of a young Australian’s struggle to survive the streets of Sydney and the severities of bush life after leaving school at 13 almost entirely illiterate.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Wednesday June 20th, from 5.30pm

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Black Inc Books: September catalogue

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19.06.18 11:11 am

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Sea-ing is believing

Paula Xiberras
17.06.18 6:41 am

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It’s a joy to read a book that contains familiar references to the place you grew up in. and Christine Dibley’s first novel ‘To the sea’ is a perfect melding of the mythos of Ireland’s seas stretching south to the furthermost reaches of Tasmania and the city of Hobart.

Christine is of Irish heritage but now lives in Hobart, with her mum hailing from Mayo in the Irish speaking Gaeltacht region. This provides the perfect basis for a novel mixing myth of both Ireland’s west and modern day Hobart. Irelands west is an area where conventional religion can co-exist to a degree with the belief in the ‘fairy folk’ or ‘good people’ so much so, that it is not unknown for some agricultural lands to be protected lest farming there disturb a fairy fort.

When I chat to Christine she jokes that her interest in Irish and Scandinavian mythology is in no way suggestive of her stalking Hannah Kent whose most recent release also deals with the topic of the good people.

While her novel may contain smattering of the supernatural world Christine tells me that it can co-exist with the known world and Vikings and dragons are not compulsory!

One of the main protagonists of the novel is Hobart police officer Tony Vincent. Tony is assigned the case of missing teenager Zoe Kennett, whose family have reconciled to her unusual disappearance.

Zoe’s mum Eva is confident that her daughter has come to no harm in her disappearance at sea because ‘she swims like a fish’ in spite of the inhospitable freezing nature of the water. Eva and Zoe’s relationship is close as they are the only two in the family who are able to converse in Eva’s native Irish.

In the course of Tony’s investigation, the supernatural enters the story as we learn that Zoe’s family has a curse upon its daughters, which began with Zoe’s female ancestor Ornice from County Mayo. Ornice attempted to drown herself to escape an unhappy marriage but was rescued by the enigmatic Connery who in due course she would marry and so begin the family line that leads to Zoe in modern day Hobart.

A real treat of this novel, especially for Tasmanian, particularly Hobart readers, are the many references to places around Hobart from The Fahan School which Eva attends to St Virgil’s College and St Mary’s College where another of the female line, Gerda studies. There is also the familiar police headquarters on Liverpool Street where Tony is based, to The Royal Hobart Hospital opposite the station where Tony’s one time nursing girlfriend works.

While Hobart readers will enjoy the familiar references they will also be challenged to believe in the impossible, summed up when Ornice asks Connery about his beliefs.
‘Believe in everything’ he replied.

‘To the sea’ is out now published by PanMacmillan.

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Aurora House: Have Go Card, will travel ...

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13.06.18 1:29 pm

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‘Carbon Cascades’ looks beyond carbon farming or biomass energy to offer ...

via Frank Strie
13.06.18 6:02 am

... a bigger and bolder vision for the next phase of human progress

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Black Inc Books: July new releases

Black Inc Books
12.06.18 9:32 am

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Transportation Press: Open for submissions from writers from Tasmania, India and Iran

Transportation Press
12.06.18 9:23 am

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Transportation Press publishes contemporary short stories from Tasmania, and around the world. Our next collection will include writers from Tasmania, Iran and India, and is now open for submissions of short stories of up to 5000 words. There is no theme and we are open to work of all genres including comics. The work must be unpublished and original, and in English. In future editions we hope to be able to publish work in translation.

So, if you are a writer from Tasmania, Iran or India, at any stage of your career, we welcome your contributions before our deadline of July 8, 2018. Send all work as a word attachment with a 50 word bio in the body of the email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Entry fee is $3AUD and must be paid at the time of submission. 
Click here to pay: https://transportationpress.bigcartel.com/product/smoke-microfiction-entry-fee All selected writers will be paid $250 for their work.

This work will be published in late 2018/early 2019, pending dosh, but we’re confident we can raise what we need.

Our editors for this collection are Shirindokht Nourmanesh (Iran), Kulpreet Yadav (India) and Rachel Edwards (Tasmania).

To date we can confirm that work from Booker shortlisted writer Jeet Thayil (Narcopolis) and Stella shortlister, Shokoofeh Azar (The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree) will be included in this collection.

To get a sense of the work we have previously published, our backlist is available for purchase here: https://transportationpress.bigcartel.com/ 

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