Acclaimed Author Phillip Gwynne talks Australian Rules


adelaide cinematequeAcclaimed author Phillip Gwynne is returning to Adelaide in May for a one off showing of the award-winning film Australian Rules (which he adapted from his novel, Deadly, Unna?).

 As part of the Mercury Cinema’s 2016 ADELAIDE CINÉMATHÈQUE season, Phillip will be introducing the film and doing a Q & A after the showing.

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Details here:

https://mercurycinema.org.au/products/our-films/cinematheque/2016-season-1/australian-rules-off-the-record-with-phillip-gwynne/

Whilst in South Australia he will be visiting primary and secondary schools.

Phillip is best know for Young Adult novels, first making his mark with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Deadly Unna in 1998. Since then Phillip’s books have all received both high acclaim and popularity amongst readers, and he has penned works for all ages. He continues to write young adult novels (Swerve being the most recent), and his adult thriller The Build Up led to an epic thriller series for upper primary students: The Debt. Phillip now has a legion of young fans too, with picture books Yobbos Do Yoga, What’s Wrong Wobbegong? and more.

Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was the literary hit of 1998 winning Children’s Book of the Year and selling over 200,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Award Winning Author Oliver Phommavanh Visits Cabra


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Today we were fortunate enough to be visited by hilarious children’s author Oliver Phommavanh.

“When I was a kid, I used to be a class clown. I just loved making people laugh. Teachers would tell me that I needed to grow up. But I had a better idea. Why don’t I choose a job where I can act like a kid and make jokes for a living!”

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Year 6, 7 and 8 students were treated to an amazing presentation by Oliver.  He had the students in fits of laughter for over an hour relating the story of his family, his schooling and the inspiration for his writing. 8 Gold were lucky enough to spend 2 Blocks with Oliver in his writing workshop.

Oliver is a young Thai-Australian writer for children. He has featured on panels at the Sydney Writers’ Festival among many other appearances at festivals and writing events as well as in blogs. He has worked as a primary school teacher and now spends his time writing and sharing his writing passion with kids and engaging them with humour. He’s also a stand-up comedian and has appeared on national TV and radio as well as a number of well-known comedy venues such as the Comedy Store in Sydney. His first book, Thai-riffic! was published in June 2010 to critical acclaim, followed by Con-nerd in 2011, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite! and Stuff Happens: Ethan. Visit Oliver at his website: http://www.oliverwriter.com

It is always so very special to be able to invite authors to visit Cabra to inspire, entertain and encourage a love of reading and writing in all its forms. Thanks Oliver!

Oliver is published by Penguin Books. To read a Q & A with Oliver click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Win $2500 in the Somerset Celebration of Literature Novella Competition!


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The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth. And there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!

Here’s what the competition entails:

  • Write a novella of between 6,000 and 10,000 words
  • Submit it by 4 December 2015
  • Have it judged by an expert panel
  • Winners from each State will be flown to the Gold Coast to enjoy the Somerset Celebration of Literature in March 2016 and will also receive a cash prize
  • On top of the prize for being a State winner, the National winner also receives a first prize of $2,500, as well as a full editorial report from Penguin Random House (Australia)

The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is proudly sponsored by Bond University and Penguin Random House (Australia).

For more information and details on how to enter, visit our website.

For the poetically inclined the Festival is also running a Poetry Competition, click on the link below for details below:

http://www.somerset.qld.edu.au/celebration-of-literature/competitions/poetry-prize/

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Harper Lee’s novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Divides Opinion


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Sequel, prequel but not equal? The companion novel to Harper Lee’s beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird has hit the shelves in the last month and caused a popular and critical storm. It became the most pre-ordered book in Harper Collins’ history. No surprise given the now elderly author’s only previous novel has sold more than 40 million copies to date.

Set after, but written before the events in To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman follows the story of Jean Louise (Scout) Finch returning home to Maycomb from New York. She is shocked and confused by the changes she finds and the brewing discontent between White and Black amid the Civil Rights protests that swept the country in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Told in the third person this is no “unfinished novel” or even “first draft of Mockingbird” as some have suggested. Rather it stands alone and in some ways outside the orbit of its more famous relative.

I have curated a selection of reviews, background and info about the book below. Some positive, some negative. The only way to really understand any of this of course is to read both books yourself. We have added several copies of “Watchman” to our collection and have multiple “Mockingbirds” for your reading pleasure.

Read a selection of reviews and info below:

wash postBackground to the publishing of Go Set a Watchman.

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Loads more reviews here.

 

Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced


What a great way to welcome you all back to term 2, with the announcement of the CBCA’s shortlist for 2015 Children’s Books of the Year.

Each year the The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) hosts a competition to find the best published books for children of all ages. The Winners and Honour Books are announced and posted on the web site at 12 noon EST on the third Friday in August every year.View this year’s shortlist below:

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Checking out literary prize shortlists is a great way of introducing yourself to new, quality writing that you may not otherwise hear about. For more fantastic shortlists from worldwide literary prizes, click here

View a list of Australian literary prizes here.

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The Footpath Library Epic! Short Story Competition Now Open


Following on from the success of our Epic! Poetry Competition, The Footpath Library has launched the Epic! Short Story Competition for primary and secondary school students.

Students are invited to submit a short story under 300 words focusing the theme of “Home is …”.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in two age categories – Primary Students and High School Students. For each age category the prizes are:
1st prize – Notebook laptop
2nd prize – Camcorder
3rd prize – Digital camera

OPENING & CLOSING DATES
The Competition opens on Day One Term One 2015 and all entries must be submitted by 5pm (AEDST) on Thursday 2 April 2015.  Click 
here to enter.

Website of the Week: A Mighty Girl


a mighty girl headerThis week’s Website of the Week is amightygirl.com. A site devoted to book and movie reviews and author interviews of particular interest to girls. There are some really fantastic lists of books and authors that feature strong female characters and positive role models for girls and young women. Browse the sections below for more strong girl stories both fiction and non-fiction:

Mighty Girls & Women; Fiction;  General Interest;  History/Biography; Personal Development; Social Issues

 

Here’s What We Know About Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’


“Sequel” to To Kill a Mockingbird to be published by Harper Lee!

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News this morning that Harper Lee will publish Go Set a Watchman, a sequel (of sorts) to her beloved 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, was met with thoroughgoing cheer and goodwill. It is certainly an unexpected development: it was long thought that the 88-year-old Lee would never produce another book, much less a continuation (of sorts) of the original story. Here is what we know about Go Set a Watchman so far:

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NaNoWriMo 2014: So You Want to Write a Novel?


nanowrimoOK, now less than a week till National Novel Writing Month kicks off for 2014. NaNoWriMo is a way of offering support and encouragement to start and complete a novel in 30 days.There is even a special website for younger writers keen to take up the challenge.   I will offer $50 book vouchers for anyone who reaches the goal, that’s 50 000 words remember. I’ll also offer 3 prizes for the best effort, best individual chapter and best novel idea.

Australian Author Richard Flanagan Wins 2014 Man Booker Prize.


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The 2014 winner of The Man Booker Prize for Fiction  was announced yesterday. Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan was awarded the prize for his book, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Named after a famous book by the Japanese poet Basho, this is the sixth novel from Richard Flanagan, who is considered by many to be one of Australia’s finest novelists. It centres upon the experiences of surgeon Dorrigo Evans in a Japanese POW camp on the now infamous Thailand-Burma railway. –

Flanagan joins compatriots Thomas Keneally and Peter Carey as the third Australian winner of arguably the world’s most prestigious literary award. Peter Carey, South African born Adelaide resident J.M. Coetzee and Hilary Mantel share the distinction of being the only novelists to have won the award twice. Mantel stands alone as the only author to have won Bookers with consecutive novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.

For more information on the history of The Booker prize click here.

For information on other book awards and literary prizes go here.