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Louise Katz at Speculative Fiction Festival 2015
Louise Katz, author of The Orchid Nursery (forthcoming 2015) and multiple Aurealis Award-winner, is among the panellists at the Speculative Fiction Festival 2015 on Saturday 18 July at the NSW Writers' Centre.
Festival director Cat Sparks describes The Orchid Nursery as “a chilling tale of a dystopian future” (see New Releases below). Louise is among a select group of authors, editors, publishers and academics sharing insights and discussing aspects of all the genre of speculative fiction has to offer.
Other panellists include Garth Nix, Kate Forsyth, Bruce McCabe, James Bradley, Isobelle Carmody, among many others. Lacuna publisher and editor Linda Nix will also be attending the festival. More information.
Evy Novy at Sydney Jewish Writers Festival 2015
Eva Novy has been invited to participate in the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival 2015, to be held on 29 and 30 August. The SJWF features writers from around Australia and overseas who identify as Jewish or who write on Jewish themes. Eva's debut novel, Darling, impossible! (published October 2014) is set among the Hungarian community in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Eva will be appearing on Sunday 30 August in a session provisionally titled “Schmoozing in the Eastern Suburbs”. More information.
“Rarely an idle moment” for “gutsy” Anne Fitzpatrick
Those who have read Anne Fitzpatrick's book Cycle of Learning might be forgiven for thinking “gutsy” refers to the results of her dairy addiction and carb loading while cycling around Australia. Rather, this is how the reviewer in the Weekend Australian describes Anne's commitment to her cause:
Anne Fitzpatrick speaking at the Adelaide launch of Cycle of Learning
In 2001, Adelaide-born backpacker decided to take a break from the roads of deepest Asia and volunteer at an education initiative in the Kodaikanal Hills of southern India. Returning home, she undertook to raise funds to help that region’s disadvantaged people by cycling around Australia, addressing schools and community groups and raising awareness. This book chronicles that ride, from February, 2005 to June, 2006. Each chapter gives distance and time travelled and money donated, and there is rarely an idle moment, but plenty of good cheer. The gutsy author’s commitment hasn’t ended with the book, with 40 per cent of her royalties to go to aid projects.
— The Weekend Australian, 30 May 2015
April and May were indeed rarely idle for Anne, with book events in Adelaide (above and below), Albury and Melbourne, school visits and radio interviews to promote the Cycle of Learning project.
Anne signing books at the Adelaide launch of Cycle of Learning