Monthly Archives: March 2017

Skywriters Project Launch at Forbes, Orange and Cowra

Are you a creative writer or dreamt of becoming one? Have you gazed at the night sky with wonder, curiosity and awe? Yes? Then you are ready to become a Skywriter.

The Skywriters Project is part of a larger initiative, the Big Skies Collaboration, a creative coming together of arts practitioners, astronomers and local communities to celebrate millennia of astronomies on the inland plains and share their stories about their own or other people’s relationships with the cosmos in rural, inland NSW from Bathurst to Narrabri, to Forbes, Orange and Cowra.

You are invited to the Skywriters Project launch at:

Forbes Library on Thursday 6th April at 1pm,

Orange City Library on Friday 7th April at 12.30pm

or Cowra Library on Saturday 8th April at 11am.

Join in a series of free workshops with support from professional editors to author works of up to 3,000 words about their own or other people’s (or other beings?) relationships with celestial phenomena. Finished works – fiction, nonfiction, prose or poetry – will be published on the Big Skies Collaboration website, and may also be included in a Skywriters’ anthology to be published in 2019, the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on Earth’s moon. Please RSVP to or call your local Library.

Meet Author Fleur McDonald at Orange

Discover the latest book The Missing Pieces of Us by best selling author Fleur McDonald at Orange City Library on Thursday 30th March at 5.30pm. Three women are searching for a happier future, but finding it may lie in resolving secrets from their pasts….

Meet Fleur at Orange City Library, please RSVP via or call the Library on 6393 8132. This event is supported by Collins Bookshop.

Save the Date: Orange Readers and Writers Festival

Author Mark Morri and crowd at last year’s festival

We are excited to announce the date for the 2017 Readers and Writers Festival at the Hotel Canobolas is Saturday 22 July. This year we are exploring memoir and life stories. We are putting together an interesting mix of speakers to inform, inspire and encourage discussion.

This year’s workshop on Friday 21 July will be about memoir writing with accomplished author Amanda Hampson who will also deliver a session about her latest book The French Perfumer at the Festival. We are delighted that the Orange Regional Arts Foundation is again supporting this event.

Drop the date into your diary.  Follow the latest Festival news via our blog  and facebook page

Greek Cafes and Milk Bars Talk

Jill and Andy Combis at the Greek Cafes talk

Theo and Alma Stathis enjoyed the talk

Sheelagh and John Tancred with Rita Baker at the author talk

Cr Chris Gryllis and Mosha Gryllis with documentary photographer Effy Alexakis and historian Leonard Janiszewski

Historian and author Leonard Janiszewski entertained and informed a huge audience about the transatlantic history of oyster saloons, their development into soda and sundae parlours and cosmopolitan cafes as well as milk bars. Thank you to all who came along.

Jacqueline Harvey Author Talk

Mackenzie, Tillia and Mia


Aislinn and Ruby

Jacqueline and Savannah

Bestselling children’s author Jacqueline Harvey entertained a large audience  at Orange City Library with stories of her school days, teaching career and latest books filled with quirky characters, adventures and evil baddies. She is well known for writing the Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series. The event was supported by Collins Booksellers. Thank you to everyone who came along.