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The Wild Goose literary e-journal

After working as Blue Mountains City Library’s Editor-in-Residence throughout 2014, Natalie Muller is launching an exciting new project:

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The official launch will be held at Katoomba Library on Saturday 13 December, 2014 at 2pm, and everyone is welcome to join us.

The Wild Goose is a Literary e-Journal aimed at bringing new Australian writing, both local and national, to the reading public. It will publish new writers who are beginning their writing careers, alongside more established writers. The first edition will be themed “Summer”. This is a subscription based journal, selling for $25 for an annual subscription. Subscriptions can be purchased on the day.

Afternoon tea will be provided, and bookings are appreciated for catering purposes.

4780 5750

The Wild Goose literary e-journal

After working as Blue Mountains City Library’s Editor-in-Residence throughout 2014, Natalie Muller is launching an exciting new project:

The Wild Goose literary e-journalwild goose newsletter

The official launch will be held at Katoomba Library on Saturday 13 December, 2014 at 2pm, and everyone is welcome to join us.

The Wild Goose is a Literary e-Journal aimed at bringing new Australian writing, both local and national, to the reading public. It will publish new writers who are beginning their writing careers, alongside more established writers. The first edition will be themed “Summer”. This is a subscription based journal, selling for $25 for an annual subscription. Subscriptions can be purchased on the day.

Afternoon tea will be provided, and bookings are appreciated for catering purposes.

4780 5750

Centenary of the Wentworth Falls School of Arts Building

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Please join us at Wentworth Falls Library for a celebration of the Centenary of the School of Arts Building.

Saturday 15 November, 2014. 12 noon until 2pm.

We are taking you back to 1914, with a reading of excerpts from the original opening speech, as recorded in the Blue Mountains Echo, news from the front line, a tour of the beautiful Arts & Crafts style building, and an update on all the exciting things happening at Wentworth Falls Library (including our new BookCrossing station). Plus, we want you to come dressed in your best 1914 style outfit!

Tea and sandwiches will be provided.

This free event is open to everyone, but bookings are appreciated for catering purposes.

Speak to staff at any Library branch or phone 4757 2095

3rd Annual Poetry Under the Stars

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Are you looking for an out of this world experience of a different kind? Then head to Katoomba Library to hear poetry read aloud under the starry canopy of the Blue Mountains’ skies.  Blue Mountains City Library is hosting Poetry Under the Stars on Friday 28 November between 6pm and 8.30pm in the Cultural Centre Courtyard.

This annual event, which is now in its third year, is a fun and inspiring occasion for all ages, so bring the family and friends, a cushion to sit on and a picnic to enjoy. Lay back as night falls and listen as the talented local poets read their original works, and local musicians set the mood.

Poetry Under the Stars is a showcase of exciting local talent, and an essential on the local calendar. The line-up features the quirky humour of Sandy Holmes (also M.C.), cheeky poems by Milton Taylor, contemporary wisdom of Kate Fagan, and new poetry by Elouisa West, Peter Kuypers, and Simon Lenthen. As well as these wonderful featured poets, there will be a host of guest poets performing one or two of their original pieces, providing an eclectic mixture of the hilarious, fun and sophisticated.

There will also be an open mike session where anyone can register to read their own poem (registrations will be taken on the night from 6pm). This year will feature a special kids poetry segment to start the night for poetry’s youngest fans.

In case of wet weather this event will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Katoomba Library and, yes, food and drink are still welcome!

For further information please contact Adrianna Demmocks at BMCC Library on 4780 5750

Poetry Under the Stars 2012 in the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Courtyard

Poetry Under the Stars 2012 in the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Courtyard. Photograph by John Merriman

 

Steven Herrick performing at Poetry Under the Stars 2013

Steven Herrick performing at Poetry Under the Stars 2013

Undaunted: the inspiring true story of an Australian man’s life on the edge

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Hear author Hugh “Obi” O’Brien at Katoomba Library on Saturday 8th November, 2014 at 2pm.

Undaunted, by Hugh ‘Obi’ O’Brien, is an explosive autobiography chronicling Obi’s years spent in the Navy as a Clearance Diver, and then in the elite Tactical Assault Group, the Army’s counterterrorism unit. A highly elite group – failure is in the 80th percentile – TAG (East) is a secretive team of divers and commandos tasked with defending the domestic population from harm post 9-11.

Undaunted is a no holds barred, brutally honest autobiography full of strain and the pushing of mental and physical ability to the absolute limits. Obi opens up about numerous things throughout his time as a diver, and in the TAG (East), including:

  • The physical and mental impact the training and qualifications have on them
  • The tight bonds of brotherhood formed between those training together
  • The tests and tasks set upon them, involving bullets, real mines and explosives
  • His work in private security in the Middle East – he is currently working on his very last private security job in Baghdad, as part of the team tasked with protecting Australian Ambassador Lyndall Sachs.
  • Standout missions, including clearing Lake Burley Griffith ahead of a visit by the President of the United States, flying through Sydney in a Black Hawk Helicopter, and counterterrorism exercises prior to the Commonwealth Games
  • His lifelong battle with those predators of the sea… jellyfish

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be in the most elite of our Armed Forces; the pushing of physical ability to its absolute limits; to cut a hole in a piece of steel underwater; to have your life literally rest in the hands of your colleagues; to have a boat cut out just 100 metres from where over 400 kilograms of explosives are about to detonate or to go face to face with a huge octopus, then Hugh is the man for you. Undaunted is also a reflection on how the demands of such a job affects relationships with the people around you.

Copies of Hugh’s book will be available to purchase on the day courtesy of Megalong Books. It might just be the perfect gift for the difficult-to-buy-for man in your life!

Bookings appreciated | 4780 5750

Poetry Under the Stars

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Join us at Katoomba Library, in the Courtyard of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, for the third annual

Poetry Under the Stars.

Featuring:

* Sandy Holmes (MC)

* Milton Taylor

* Elouisa West

* Simon Lenthen

* Kate Fagan

* Peter Kuypers

Plus loads more Guest Poets!

Bring your own picnic (no alcohol), and cushions or chairs, and settle in for an evening of entertainment. As well as performances by some of the best Blue Mountains poets, there will also be live music during intermission, plus the opportunity to purchase works by your favourite poets. Bring the kids for the special Kids Poetry bracket early in the evening. And, back by popular demand, we will once again be holding an Open Mike session – giving you the opportunity to perform one of your own poems! Registrations open on the night.

We hope you can join us for this free, multi-age event.

See poetry in a new light.

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