The Readers and Writers Forum at Katoomba is fast approaching – have you got your ticket yet? We had the opportunity to speak to some of the forum speakers, you can check out the podcasts below:
Blue Mountains City Library and Varuna the National Writers House are partnering to bring you the Readers & Writers Forum.
Aimed at aspiring authors and readers who love to support local talent, this event will showcase the work of upcoming and established local authors, and provide insight and useful techniques for developing a book from start to finish.
In addition to panel sessions on a wide range of genres, and workshops on writing and editing, there will be a marketplace in the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre foyer where authors will be selling and signing copies of their work, giving readers an opportunity to meet with them and ask questions.
Sessions will run from 10am until 3.30pm, with a break for lunch from 12.30pm until 1.30pm.
LUNCH at the CULTURAL CENTRE CAFÉ is available by pre-booking.
[Must be ordered and paid for by 13th October at any Library branch | $20 per person]
In our latest podcast episode, we are joined by Natalie Muller, Editor-in-residence for 2014 at the Blue Mountains City Library. Click here to listen to it online.
Passionate about bringing authors and readers together, Natalie is interested in bringing new voices to the reading public, and exploring the possibilities of e-books. She also offers a reading service, providing authors with a critical assessment of their manuscript, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.
She will be visiting our library branches and making herself available to discuss reading, writing, what it is like to be a writer and how to improve your writing. The remaining 2014 dates for this free service are: Saturday 9th August at Katoomba Library, Saturday 13thSeptember at Blaxland Library, Saturday 11th October at Springwood Library and Saturday 8th November at Blaxland Library.
For more information and to book your space, please contact your local Blue Mountains library branch. Find out more about Natalie and her services via her website at: www.nataliemuller.weebly.com
Also, submissions are now open for the first edition of The Wild Goose, a literary e-journal Natalie is starting, focusing on new Australian writing. The theme of the first edition will be ‘Summer’ – please feel free to interpret this however you like. Submissions of essays, short stories, memoir, poetry and visual material will be accepted. Please have your work submitted before November 1st to be considered for the launch issue. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our latest podcast episode features Susan E. Boyer, author of more than twenty books in the educational field. ‘People in Australia’s Past – their stories, their achievements’ was her first book on Australian history and reflects her interest and passion on the topic. Susan is a presenter, researcher and teacher. She is also a highly respected author in the area of English language teaching. Click here to listen to the podcast episode online.
Susan’s latest book, Across Great Divides: True stories of life at Sydney Cove, brings to life the diverse experiences of people living in the precarious circumstance of Australia’s first penal colony. Visit Birrong Books here for more information.
Blaxland Library hosts an author talk by Susan Boyer on: Saturday 24th May 2014, at 2pm. The library is situated at 33 Hope St., Blaxland NSW. Please join us for this free event.
Thanks to everyone who came along to hear Walter Mason on Saturday 16 November, 2013 at Katoomba Library. And special thanks to Walter for coming along and providing such an entertaining and insightful talk! Comments we received from audience members included:
•“A witty and profound speaker with unique insights into Cambodia. Great.”
•“Loved it! Ask him back…”
•“Very entertaining, and enlightening.”
•“Terrific – he is such a lovely person.”
If you missed it, we have some good news for you:
a) You can listen to the interview we recorded with Walter on our podcast, Listeners in the Mist.
b) We will definitely be getting Walter back to share with us again when he launches his next book.
c) We have some other amazing events coming up which you can still get to!
Starting with Jason Foster, author of The Dark Man: Australia’s First Serial Killer. Jason will be at Blaxland Library on Saturday 23 November, 2013 from 2pm.
The following week we have Poetry Under the Stars, at Katoomba Library on Friday 29 November, 2013 from 6pm. Be serenaded by choral group Canon Fodder, Christine Wheeler & Friends, and Neil Sagewood. And entertained by some of the best Blue Mountains poets, including Miles Merrill, Steven Herrick, Emma Brazil, Greg North, Sandy Holmes, Tez Mak, Jade Oldfield, and Craig Billingham.
In December, we will be holding a book launch for local author Coral Jocic at Katoomba Library. Come along on Saturday 7 December, 2013 at 2pm to hear about Coral’s book, A Journey Into Womanhood – a fictional coming-of-age story set in 1950s Australia.
42 is the ‘Answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything’, at least according to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!
With this in mind, author Walter Mason was our delightful podcast guest this week – Walter is a travel writer, with a keen interest in spirituality, and a background in the bookselling and publishing industry. He is the author of Destination Saigon, and more recently of Destination Cambodia. Click here to listen online, or check out ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in iTunes to find all epsiodes of our podcast.
Walter is coming to Katoomba Library on Saturday November 16, at 2pm to give a FREE Author Talk! Make sure you secure a seat by booking at any library branch, or by ringing (02) 4780 5750.
Before her author talk at Blaxland Library last week, local journalist, author and speaker Domini Stuart joined us as a guest on our latest podcast episode. Domini spoke to us about her recent book Poor Me! How I stuffed by getting into debt so you don’t have to. Click here to take a listen online, or search for ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in the iTunes store to download our podcast for free.
Poor Me! is a helpful guide for people of all ages who are finding themselves with spiralling debts, and it is also a cautionary tale for young adults looking at getting a credit card, buying their first car or needing to rein in their spending.