Archive for August, 2010

Another book launch

Last Sunday my wife and I attended the second launch of Rosanne Hawke’s latest novel Marrying Ameera. This time the launch was in Rosanne’s home town of Kapunda in the lower north of South Australia. I wrote a review of this wonderful book here.

The launch was held in one of the local art galleries and the highlight of the afternoon for the crowd of over 200 family and friends was a 45 minute performance by Bollywood style dancer Reshman and four belly dancers. Another personal highlight was when one of the belly dancers invited me to join her! I’ve never done that before!

After the launch Rosanne was kept busy signing copies of her novel for admiring family and friends.

Author website:

  • Rosanne Hawke: read more about Rosanne and her books on her web site.
Bollywood dancer at launch of Marrying Ameera

Bollywood dancer at launch of Marrying Ameera

Belly dancers at launch of Marrying Ameera

Belly dancers at launch of Marrying Ameera

Rosanne Hawke signing copies of "Marrying Ameera"

Rosanne Hawke signing copies of "Marrying Ameera"

Rosanne Hawke talking to fans at the launch of "Marrying Ameera"

Rosanne Hawke talking to fans at the launch of "Marrying Ameera"

Children’s Book of the Year winners 2010

The Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced the winners of this year’s Book of the Year awards.

For the full list of both the winning books and the honour books click here.

Permit me a few moments of dreaming: I hope one day my name will be listed in these awards.

Okay – dream over – back to editing my novel so that someday I can be in the running.

Good writing.

The Word Writers Fair, Adelaide, 2010

The Word Writers Fair

The Word Writers Fair

I should have promoted this sooner.

Never mind – there’s still time for South Australian writers to attend the first Word Writers Fair in Adelaide tomorrow, 21st August 2010. (Just make sure you vote in the federal elections first!)

This special event is free. All you have to do is rock up at Tabor Adelaide, 181 Goodwood Road, Millswood. There’s plenty of free parking on-site too.

Tabor is where I am doing my Master of Arts in Creative Writing so I know some of the speakers and can highly recommend them. Registration is from 8:30am and the programme kicks off at 9am and goes until 5pm.

It should be a great day with plenty of useful input from the speakers. There will be a bookshop too, selling books written by some of the speakers. You can get them signed on the spot.

For more information, including a programme guide click here.

Good writing – and see you there.

A good writing day

I’m having a good writing day.

1500 words so far – and the day is only half over!

The last few days (and weeks) have been frustrating. Health issues, appointments, responsibilities outside of my writing life and life in general have all conspired to limit the amount of progress I’ve made recently, especially with my work in progress, a novel for children.

Today I’ve managed to get a few things taken off my list. I’ve done some essential reading, replied to some urgent emails, responded to comments here and on my other blogs and written¬† long entry in my journal. All good progress.

The writing life is like that. Some days it feels like you can write forever, all the words flow easily and you feel on top of the world – well, your little bit of the world anyway. Then there are those awful days when the wings fall off, you come crashing down to another reality and it’s so hard to take off again. Sigh. Bit like life in general, actually.

I must get back to my novel now.

Good writing.

Walking is an essential writing exercise

I came across an excellent article recently and thought I’d better share it with my readers. It seems that many writers are also walkers. They use taking a walk as an essential part of the writing process. I’ve been advocating this from time to time on this site, especially in those times when you seem not to be making progress with a piece of writing.

The article “On walking and writing” is well worth reading.

Then go out and take a walk.

I would – but I’m writing this post late at night!

Good writing – and walking.