Monthly Archives: March 2014

Sophie signing books

Local is Lovely Book Launch


Sophie signing books

Jan in conversation with Sophie

Jan in conversation with Sophie

Figs with Quark and Venison Salami

Figs with Quark and Venison Salami

Libby, Fem and Kathy enjoyed the launch

Libby, Fem and Kathy enjoyed the launch

A crowd of 100 people including food producers, foodies, friends and family helped Sophie Hansen launch her book of recipes and producer interviews called Local is Lovely at Orange City Library.

Central West Libraries Manager Jan Richards hosted a conversation with author Sophie. They talked about how the book came about, her favourite season, Danish connections, her farm kitchen, her blog or the same name Local is Lovely, staple recipes and tips for entertaining. They also took questions from the audience and the book was launched to large rounds of applause. Sophie was presented with flowers from her publisher Hachette and the event was supported by Collins Booksellers, Orange.



Meet author Fleur McDonald

Meet bestselling author Fleur McDonald

Meet author Fleur McDonald

Fleur McDonald is one of Australia’s leading female rural literature authors, with her books becoming bestsellers almost as quickly as they hit the shelves. She has also been touted as one of Australia’s favourite storytellers. With sales well over 130,000 copies she is one of the highest-selling authors in Australia’s ever-popular rural romance genre.

Inspiration strikes her at the strangest of times. Usually it comes while she’s working on the 8000 acre farm she owns and runs with her husband in south-east of Western Australia or in the earliest hours of the morning.

Fleur snatches precious writing moments whenever she can … in the cab of her farm ute, between runs on the chaser bin, or during a lull in cattle work. Come along and find out how she became one of our bestselling rural literature authors. Fleur will be our guest at Orange City Library on Tuesday 1st April at 5.30pm. Please RSVP by calling the Library on 6393 8132. This is a free event.

Stella Prize

Check Out the Stella Prize Shortlist

We love awards – guessing who might win and possibly discovering  your next great read. The Stella Prize is $50,000 cash to celebrate Australian women’s contribution to literature.  And for the first time the other five shortlisted authors will also receive prize money of $2000, courtesy of the Nelson Meers Foundation. The Stella Prize is open to works of both fiction and nonfiction with the winner to be announced on Tuesday 29 April.

The 2014 Stella Prize shortlist is (drumroll please):

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Picador)

Night Games by Anna Krien (Black Inc)

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Penguin)

Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir by Kristina Olsson (UQP)

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright (Giramondo)

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright (Text Publishing)


Book your spot for this workshop

Places Available: Photographic Storytelling Workshop


Book your spot for this workshop

Learn skills in visual storytelling using photography during this two-part workshop series. Participants will create a collaborative photo story about a local community event and learn how to publish their images on the ABC Open website

Workshop Part 1: Discover the art of documentary photography

Saturday 5 April, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Orange City Library (Local Studies Room)

Workshop Part 2: Photographing on location

Saturday 12 April, 9:00am – 12:30pm

Orange Region Farmers Market* (Meet outside Orange Regional Gallery)

*Gold coin donation for door entry into this event – proceeds to Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak. Market event moves to Orange Showground in wet weather.

Limited places. Bookings essential:

Luke Wong ABC Central West. Phone: 6393 2542 – Mob: 0409 595 348

Open to all skill levels. Bring your digital camera. Participants must be able to attend both workshops.  Participants under 18 years old will be required to bring along a parent or guardian.

News words to be added for first time in 9 years!

Looking for New Words for Scrabble Dictionary...

News words to be added for first time in 9 years!

Okay – we are helping the spread the the word – so to speak. Calling all scrabble players to make your suggestions for new words to enter  “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.” It is to be updated for the first time in nine years! So we’re thinking…”ew”, or “twerk” or “LOL” or “chillax”….(worth a try – it uses an x!).

Games company Hasbro have announced the call for suggestions and you can nominate your favourite words via the Hasbro Game Night Facebook Page, and suggestions would be accepted until March 28. What words would you add?