Farewell Ned Kelly: Villain or Hero
Bushranger Ned Kelly is being buried today in Greta, Victoria at the same cemetery where his beloved mother Ellen lies. A private funeral is being held after his body was officially identified in a mass prison grave. Kelly was hanged for murder following a dramatic showdown with police in 1880 at Glenrowan VIC where he wore home-made metal armour. Read more…
Author talk and Writing Workshop
The stars and planets are at the heart of a novel that writer Melanie Joosten will work on during a month-long residency in Orange. Melanie has arrived in Orange and will be guest speaker at Orange City Library on Wednesday 5th December at 5.30pm. Come along to hear about her latest writing project.
Melanie will also present a Writing Good Fiction Workshop on Saturday 8th December from 10.30am – 12.30pm. This workshop will cover the basics of creative writing by asking participants to interrogate the elements of good fiction. How do you create memorable characters? How do you find your writing voice? How do you create narrative tension? How can setting convey emotion? What do you do with a piece of writing that’s just not working? What use is an unreliable narrator? How do you find something to write about? How can reading help you write?
Please call the Library on 6393 8132 to book your place at these events. Writing Australia, a consortium of the state and territory writers’ centres, has developed this new regional residency scheme, titled ‘Places’, to support the writing of new Australian works.
Peter FitzSimons at Orange City Library
Meet Peter FitzSimons at Orange City Library, 147 Byng, Street, Orange on Wednesday 21 November at 12.30pm. You are most welcome to bring your lunch to enjoy in the Library. He will talk about his latest book Eureka the Unfinished Revolution. Please call the Library on 6393 8132 to book your place.
David Hill at Orange City Library
It was a packed room of rapt listeners that came out yesterday to see David Hill talking about his new book The Great Race: The Race between the English and the French to Complete the Map of Australia.
David kept his audience spellbound with the sad but fascinating story of the meeting of Englishman Matthew Flinders and Frenchman Nicolas Baudin who were on separate and unknown to each other, quests to chart the unexplored coast of Australia.
David also kept his audience fascinated with many interesting historical facts from his books The Great Race, 1788 and The Gold Rush and with anecdotes and stories of his own life. And the question most listeners wanted to know at the end of David’s talk, what will his next book be about? We will all be waiting to find out.
The Great Race
Popular author David Hill will be at Orange City Library talking about his new book The Great Race: The Race between the English and the French to Complete the Map of Australia on Wednesday 24 October from 12 noon for a 12.30pm start. Guests are most welcome to bring their own lunch. Please book your place by calling the Library on 6393 8132 or Collins Booksellers on 6369 1333.