Thursday, November 27, 2008
As promised, here are some more photos from our 20th anniversary party and anthology launch. The first five photos are from Maggie.
Musicians brought to us by Lisa Milner.
Please note second from the right, legs and high heels: a very rare sight.
See Sue, we did get a photo of you and your cleavage.
What a great party!
Monday, November 24, 2008
All good parties need alcohol, so Jennifer greeted guests in the foyer of the theatre with a glass of sparkly.
Inside the theatre, there was more alcohol flowing with Roby, Michelle and Elizabeth making sophisticated and gorgeous barmaids.
There was also musical entertainment:
Noel looked all dapper in his white tuxedo and Marilyn had flown all the way from Adelaide for the launch.
Maggie, Gill, Roby and Robbie claim their seats in the front row, waiting for the launch to begin.
Noel & Caz before the launch:
The night included readings from the anthology, and film screenings from Verandah Post Films, a fellow sub-committee of the Bowraville Arts Council. These included Sue McKinley's scripted Dear Old Dad, Carrolline Rhode's scripted Outsided the Square, and a history of the Nambucca Valley Writers Group 'The Fourth Saturday' produced and edited by Lisa Milner.
Noel escorts Robbie down the stairs following the reading of one of her stories from the anthology.
Gill looks as if she's sent a message to the Enterprise asking them to "Beam me up Scotty!" Was the reading that terrifying?
All the members of the Nambucca Valley Writers Group are invited on stage for a special announcement:
And our wonderful President Carrolline Rhodes (Prez Caz) is honoured with a Life Membership.
Gillian Helfgott launches 'The Fourth Saturday'
and is presented with a thank you present from Caz's cute grandson Reece.
Diane in glamorous check-out chick mode, flogging the anthology.
Gill in famous author mode, signing the anthology, watched by Robbie, and a 'fan'.
That's not it all, folks. I have more shots on my camera (hopefully not featuring any more attempted abductions by aliens) and I have some shots taken by Maggie. So stay tuned....
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Lisa Milner (below) has been directing and filming (with Tony above) a documentary about the Nambucca Valley Writers Group and we took the opportunity of ex-Prez, Jennifer Gordon's prescence in Nambucca to film a few final scenes.
The documentary will be screened as part of the launch proceedings.
In other news, my short story Beyond Happily Ever After is now available in the latest edition of Wet Ink magazine. To find out what happened to Cinderella after she married her Prince 'Charming', you can buy a copy of the magazine from Borders or from the Wet Ink website.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I began the day by dropping into the Kids Tent and watched Danny Katz and Mitch Vane in action. Danny read from their new book 'The Little Lunch Games' while Mitch illustrated the story on butcher paper. Kids in the audience were then invited to draw their own characters.
Next I noticed the line-up for a fix, as the caffeine addicts stood patiently waiting to get their morning hit. (I'm a reformed caffeine addict although my poison was Coca-Cola)
I attended a session called First Writes: the Path to Publication. In this session Annette Hughes said 'the hardest thing about memoir is there's no end, you're not dead yet' which is how I felt when I was writing the pizza delivery girl tales - trying to work out where it should end! (these publicaion sessions always get me in because I'm still on that first path).
Afterwards I talked to Lollie Barr, who wrote the young adult novel The Mag Hags. and whose by-line I see every week in the paper.
And I couldn't resist asking Aussie Idol Damien Leith for a photo opportunity as I'm a sucker for an Irish accent.
Morris Gleitzman always draws a crowd and the queue in the background of this photo are his young fans eager for an autograph. Perhaps you don't have to be an Aussie Idol after all?
Next session I attended was 'Talking the Talk: Getting the dialogue right' with Max Barry, Virginia Duigan, Michael Gow and Judy Nunn. Max said 'You are writing a story that is taking place in the mind of the readers' summing up that we need to give our readers space to bring their own experiences to the story.
I bought Max's book Company following the session and told him I was nominated him for Foxy Author of the Week on my friend Natalie's blog. So - of course, had to get a photo with Foxy Max!
Next, I dropped by the kids tents again to see the talented and very young William Kostakis exercising excellent crowd control on the youngsters.
It seems that William has been writing about the same character (Courtney) since 6th grade. That's a long long obsession. You can read the results in his young adult novel Loathing Lola.
The next session was We'll Always Have Paris: celebrity versus literary publishing with the heads of Penguin Australia, Pan MacMillan along with the editor of Wet Ink magazine. I introduced myself to Phillip Edmunds as my story Beyond Happily Ever After will be published in Wet Ink next month.
Back at the cabin after a long and full day, we debated a mystery. How did our cabin key end up on our doormat? Well, it seems that the bush turkey was the culprit.
Saturday night dinner options were difficult and after much searching we ended up with two tables at opposite ends of the balcony at Hogs Breath Cafe. After a group near one vacated, we managed to make it one large table and ended up having an interesting conversation about men. But mostly we were exhausted...ready to retire and prepare for another exciting day at the Byron Bay Writers Festival.