Banjo Paterson Writing Award Winners
Three incredible writers haven made history by becoming the first joint winners in the Short Story Section of the 2021 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards and impressive writing featured in the ABC Radio Children’s Awards. We are pleased to announce the winners:
Short Story: Joint winners: Co-authors Sagamba Muhira and James Page; and Carmel Lillis:
1st Co-authors Sagamba Muhira, Townsville QLD, and James Page, Redcliffe QLD – Out of Africa
And joint winner:
1st Carmel Lillis, Yarraville VIC – Laughing like children
1st Prize, Mark O’Flynn, Katoomba NSW – Interesting times we could all do without
ABC Radio Children’s Awards
1st Lola Stafford, Billywilliga near Bathurst NSW – Story – One Land …Two People
2nd Sybilla Chapman, Bathurst NSW – Poem – Our Underwater Aussie Garden
3rd Luke Favantines, Mt Victoria NSW – Poem – Light and Dark
Congratulations to all who entered the awards and the 2021 winners!!!
Jim Hazelton Born to Fly with Author Mark Nelson
What motivates a pilot to sit in the cockpit of a light aircraft for days, overloaded with fuel, alone over a vast ocean? This is the remarkable story of the late Jim Hazelton, local pioneer Australian aviator by author Mark Nelson.
The first Australian to fly the Pacific solos in a single-engine aircraft in 1964, Jim crossed the Pacific over 200 times, revelling in the hazardous business of ferrying light aircraft.
Renowned for his unique instructing style and flying ability, Jim was respected and admired by all who shared his cockpit. He was a pilot with a rare gift, a man who found himself literally at one with the sky.
The event is supported by Collins Booksellers, Orange and books will be available for purchase at the event.
Join us to launch the book Jim Hazelton Born to Fly on Thursday 3 June at Orange City Library, Byng Street, Orange from 5.30pm – 7pm. Please book your place online via Eventbrite or call 6393 8132.
National Simultaneous Storytime
Central West Libraries members will be treated to an out-of-this-world experience during the 2021 National Simultaneous Storytime at Orange, Cowra, Forbes, Manildra and Molong libraries.
Space and science-themed dress-ups are encouraged for adults and children alike!
NASA astronaut Dr Shannon Walker will present this year’s featured book Give Me Some Space by author and illustrator Philip Bunting from the International Space Station on Wednesday, May 19 at 11am.
The story, about a young girl’s dreams of life in space and completing her mission, will be read simultaneously to more than one million children across Australia and New Zealand. Come along and join the intergalactic fun.
Meet Bestselling Author Kelly Rimmer
Bestselling local author, Kelly Rimmer has recently penned, The Warsaw Orphan. The Warsaw Orphan enthralls readers with authentically woven moral dilemmas, complications and unavoidable truths of war.
It is Kelly’s most meticulously researched, compelling and emotional novel to date. Her family history saw her travel to Poland to research, which Kelly still says is ‘one of the best things she has ever done in her life’. She spent several weeks in Poland and her research had a profound affect on her, inspiring her writing, Kelly says the best fiction always contains threads of the personal.
The event will be supported by Collins Booksellers, Orange and books will be available for purchase and signing on the night.
Enjoy morning tea with Kelly Rimmer at Canowindra’s Montrose House at 71 Gaskill Street, Canowindra on Tuesday 11 May at 10.30am. Please book your place online or call Canowindra Library on 6344 1796.
Meet Kelly Rimmer at Orange City Library on Thursday 13 May at 5.30pm. Please book your place online or call Orange City Library on 6393 8132.
Meet Sci-Fi Author David Stanley
Ironbark Creek by local author David Stanley is set in the near future as COVID-25 races across the world.
It is about Cathy, an Indigenous woman and nurse from Wellington. She and Jack, a stranger, struggle to find a safe place to survive the growing difficulties as the ‘turned’ ravage the local community and the world.
The vaccine, the cure, is thought to have caused the problems humanity now faces.
The book is set in the Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo area and Cathy and Jack go to Ironbark Creek (a small fictional town) to establish a home and build a community that can survive the challenges that face them all as the dead, the ‘turned’, seek to destroy everything.
Meet David Stanley at Orange City Library on Wednesday 5 May at 5.30pm – 7pm. Please book your place. See you there!