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25 March 2015

News and events

The Last Candles of the NightSouth Asian rights sale for
The Last Candles of the Night

Indian publisher Speaking Tiger has acquired the South Asian rights to publish The Last Candles of the Night, written by Ian Bedford and published by Lacuna in 2014. South Asia is defined as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal.

Speaking Tiger will also publish one of Ian's earlier novels, A View from the Bund (Rain Bazaar, 2008).

Ian learned of the rights sales shortly before his death earlier this month (see also item below), realising his long-held dream of being published in India.

Cycle of Learning wheels into action

Anne Fitzpatrick's humorous and inspiring story about her fund-raising cycle around Australia is now out. To celebrate, we've extended the pre-release sale for orders placed via our website into April. 40% of royalties earned on all sales of this book will be donated to community development projects.

The Cycle of Learning project aimed to provide opportunities for students to engage with social justice, cycling as adventure, the concept of education as a path to changing their world. To this end, the Cycle of Learning website contains resources for schools and for book clubs. You can also follow what's happening on the Cycle of Learning Facebook page.

Book launches: Adelaide and Albury

Special guest Paul Madden, Chief Executive of The Wyatt Trust, will launch Cycle of Learning on Sunday 12 April in Adelaide, South Australia. The event will be MC'd by Dr Samantha Schulz, Lecturer at Flinders University. More information.

The Albury Library Museum will also be hosting a book launch on Sunday 3 May. Contact Anne Fitzpatrick via the Cycle of Learning Facebook page for more information.

Louise KatzMeet the author: Louise Katz

Louise Katz is a speculative fiction writer and winner of two Aurealis Awards. She has travelled widely and has been employed in too many and varied jobs to recall, from early days in bars and restaurants, sales or fruit-picking, to working as a museum educator, a visual artist, and a high-school teacher. Louise currently lectures in academic writing at the University of Sydney.

Louise's latest work The Orchid Nursery is a dystopian novel that will be published by Lacuna in 2015. For the full list of Louise's publications, see our website.

Vale Ian Bedford

The memorial service for Ian Bedford, held at Glebe Town Hall on Wednesday 18 March, was attended by around 300 of Ian's family, friends, colleagues and students. The many eulogies spoke of Ian's compassion, generosity, scholarly erudition and life-long writing habits. Ian's wife Kalpana spoke of the manuscripts and stories Ian was still working on, that will sadly remain unfinished. The author Frank Moorhouse, who launched Ian's third novel The Resemblance, lamented Ian's lack of recognition from the literary establishment, noting the complexity of Ian's stories, and suggested that, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ian's work may await discovery long after his passing.

New release

Cycle of LearningCycle of Learning

by Anne Fitzpatrick

“I crashed to the ground, landing sandwiched between the bitumen and the bike I was somehow expecting to ride solo and unsupported around Australia. I couldn’t even ride it to work without embedding bitumen into my knees and grating strips of skin from my forearms. What was I thinking?”

After backpacking around Asia, Anne Fitzpatrick spent three months volunteering in rural India. Inspired by the program, she returned to Australia determined to raise funds for the education of young people in Kodaikanal, by cycling solo around Australia — despite having no experience of either long-distance cycling or fundraising.

Cycle of Learning is Anne’s story about her journey and the people she met across urban and rural Australia — at Australian schools and community groups where she arranged to speak, among the fellow cyclists she found on the road, and the family, friends and total strangers who assisted her.

It is also the story of the people in India involved in the education program for which she was raising funds, as children when she first met them and as young adults when she returns nearly ten years later.

Published 18 March 2015
Paperback (ISBN 9781922198181) and Ebook (ISBN 9781922198198)

More information

40% of royalties earned on all sales of this book will be donated to community development projects.


Praise for ...

Effective Writing 2nd edn

by Elizabeth Manning Murphy, with Hilary Cadman

The second edition is a welcome addition to adjusting our English skills to accommodate the ever-changing technology. …
    This book would suit a range of people – from the English language learner who needs to improve his/her language skills, especially the writing skills, to the journalist/creative writing student, whose target audience is the wider public. It is also useful for teachers, trainers or business people who might want to check or reinforce their knowledge of grammar and writing in general and to make sure that they are using the right language to get their message across in order to get an accurate response. It is designed to be used as a self-study book or as a classroom text or as an addition to the set text. As a self-study book it is extremely user-friendly. The pages are set out with explanations, examples and practice exercises. I can recommend this book to anyone who wants to communicate effectively

Kathleen McKenzie, President Commercial Education Society of Australia (CESA), CESA Members' Newsletter 2015

See more reviews on our website.

Also, the next item contains information about workshops run by both authors.

Courses and workshops

NSW Writers’ Centre course

From Manuscript to Publication

This course run over six Saturday afternoons in June and July 2015 takes a practical, hands-on approach to getting your manuscript — and yourself — ready for the world of publishing. Presented by Linda Nix. Course info:

Write | Edit | Index workshops

The following workshops are being run on 6 May 2015 in Canberra as part of the Write | Edit | Index conference.

Decoding XML: A Practical Guide for Editors

Full-day workshop presented by Lacuna publisher and editor Linda Nix.

Grammar in a Nutshell

Full-day workshop presented by Elizabeth Manning Murphy, author of Effective Writing 2nd edn.

Introduction to EndNote

Half-day workshop presented by Hilary Cadman, co-author of Effective Writing 2nd edn.

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