Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fyn Harrison 2 (Small)

River Words Poetry Competition Winners

Congratulations to all those wordsmiths who entered the inaugural River Words Poetry Competition as part of the Kalari River Arts Festival held on the weekend. The winning entries are now on display at Forbes Library. The winners are:

Category Primary School Winners – the prize of  $100 each:

Forbes Kindergarten student Fyn Harrison (pictured above) – The Big Carp and Orange Year 6 student Jeremy Elliott – Little Sally in the Valley

Category Secondary School – Winner – the prize of $100:

Bathurst Year 7 student Georgia Butt – Harvest Time

Highly Commended: Bathurst Year 7 student Felix McClymont – The Crystal River and Bathurst Year 8 student Matthew Vance – River Loss

Category Adult – the prize of $100:

Keith Rawsthorne, of Forbes – Kalari- My River (pictured below)

Highly Commended to Lee Reynolds, of Forbes – The Lachlan River (pictured below).

Keith Rawsthorne and Lee Reynolds 2 (Small)

Author Andrew Tink to visit Orange

Meet Author Andrew Tink at Wentworth Mine

Author Andrew Tink to visit Lucknow

This year marks the bicentenary of the first crossing of the Blue Mountains by explorers Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. We invite you to come along to a special event. Meet author Andrew Tink when he talks about his book William Charles Wentworth: Australia’s greatest native son at historic Wentworth Mine, Lucknow on Sunday 3rd November at 3pm. The mine opens at 2.30pm and entry to the mine is $2 for adults.  Please call the Library on 6393 8132 to let us know you are coming along to assit with seating and catering.

Andrew Tink was shadow attorney-general and shadow leader of the House in the New South Wales Parliament until March 2006. Since stepping back from politics Andrew has concentrated on two of his great passions: writing and history. His book William Charles Wentworth is the first comprehensive biography of Wentworth.

Wentworth built up a property empire and his pastoral vision included purchasing land at Lucknow in the 1830s. This was where the Wentworth Mine shaft and poppet head, along with the rest of the Lucknow gold mining field, was later established. An explorer, a master political manipulator, a barrister, a newspaper proprietor and a physical giant of a man who was afraid of nothing and no one, William Charles Wentworth was in every sense Australia’s founding father. His story is the story of colonial Australia. See you there!




Dvd Stack (Small)

More Time to Watch Your DVDs

A round of applause for our Library patrons who suggested this idea. Woo Hoo!  We have extended the borrowing time for DVDs from one week to two. So you have more time to enjoy the things you want to watch.

Call into any of our branches and have a look at our selection of DVDs which includes something for everyone. Whether you are interested in Westerns, Thrillers, Action, Romance, History, Documentaries or Children’s shows, you will find something to watch from the library – for two weeks! Enjoy!



Jemima age 4 with her grandmother Janice Buttriss (Small)

Celebrating Grandparents at Storytime

We are celebrating National Grandparents Day  (Sunday 27 October) with preschoolers inviting their Grandparents along to Storytime this week.  Grandparents are custodians of the values, stories and histories of our families and our communities. Share memories and family traditions and more importantly – create new ones by spending the day with your grandparents! There are still some places available for our our Grandparents Storytime on Thursday afternoon at 2pm.  Please call the Library on 6393 8132 to book your place.


HSC English Ext 2: Nail Your Concept Seminar at NSW Writers' Centre - Free places on offer

The NSW Writers’ Centre has 5 free places for public school students from Orange.  Please contact the Program Officer Portia Lindsay on  02 9555 9757.

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso  When: Saturday 26 October, 10am – 4pm  Cost: $55

This one-day seminar takes a practical look at creativity: how do writers generate their ideas? It is designed to assist students to find, explore, clarify and commit to the concepts that will drive their Major Work.   The ‘germinal idea’ is the foundation of an original text, so it’s worth devoting time to getting it right. We will look at how to fish in the pool of ideas: what role does curiosity, research and ‘beginners’ mind’ play in generating inspiration? How do you grow and store ideas? Which idea is ‘best’ and how to commit to a story-path? How do you translate the ‘theory-inspired’ broad concepts from your English studies into ‘event-driven’ ideas that will work on the page?   We will consider how to make the most of your Process Journal, the strengths and weaknesses of various writing temperaments, the ten elements that must be included in a rough plan and the role of practical aids like the step-outline and the story-board in refining the germinal idea.   By the end of the seminar, students will have a clearer, practical and more succinct concept of what they will write for their Major Work.   Students should come prepared to do experimental writing. A firm idea of your Major Work is not essential but an open mind is highly recommended.