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Reading & Writing

Children's Book Week 2008 Fuel Your Mind

The saying goes “seven days without reading makes one weak” so why not Fuel Your Mind with winners of the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards. Winners of the Book Awards will be announced on the eve of Book Week, held from 16 to 22 August. Come into Orange City Library to see a display of the winning books or join in with the special Book Week storytimes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11am. Book Week is the longest running children's festival in Australia, celebrating its 63rd birthday this year. Picture books (please note some are for older readers) nominated this year are: The Peasant Prince by Anne Spudvilas and Li Cunxin; The Island by Armin Greder; You and Me: Our Place by Dee Huxley and Leonie Norrington; Ziba Came on a Boat by Robert Ingpen and Liz Lofthouse; Requiem for a Beast by Matt Ottley; and Dust by Colin Thompson and 13 other illustrators. The other categories are Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood and Eve Pownall Award. Visit the website cbca.org.au to view the Children's Book Council of Australia Shortlist for your next children's book to read and see if you can predict the winner.

Give peace a chance with Poetry

The Annual Peace Poetry Competition, held in conjunction with World Peace Day and sponsored by the Cowra Guardian is calling for entries but be quick  entries close on Friday 15 August. Winners will be notified by phone and invited to read their poems at the World Peace Day Ceremony on Tuesday 23 September. There are sections for Primary and Secondary School Students where entry is free and for the Open Section entry is $6. Winning poems will be added to the collection which is housed in special folders at the Cowra Library. A Book of Peace Poems has been printed, containing all prize winners for the first 10 years of the competition and is available from the World Peace Bell Association committee. Works must be on the theme of Peace. For entry forms, rules and further information call 6342 2975 or PO Box 910 Cowra or visit Cowra Library.

A lunch of crime with Books Alive 2008 Ambassador Michael Robotham

Crime writer fans are invited to lunch with best-selling Australian crime writer Michael Robotham, author of The Suspect and Night Ferry, and fellow crime writer Leah Giarratano author of Voodoo Doll. Michael has been named ambassador for Books Alive 2008 and will be in Orange:
Monday 28 July, 12.30pm to 2.30pm at Mary Jane's Restaurant in Kelly's Rugby Hotel, Lords Place, Orange.
Tickets $35 per person for a two course lunch. Please book and purchase your ticket at Orange City Library
Ph: 6393 8132.
Michael Robotham is a former journalist and ghostwriter turned crime writer. His new short novel Bombproof is the Books Alive 2008 feature title and will be given away free with the purchase of any of the 50 Books Alive recommended reads, including Voodoo Doll by Leah Giarratano.

Writing Workshop with Deb Westbury

Inspirational poet and educator Deb Westbury hosts a writing workshop at Orange in July:
For beginner writers:
Writing from the Senses
The best writing is generous. To show readers what you saw, felt, touched, tasted and smelled is to enable them to enter into your original experience. To simply 'tell' them leaves your readers on the outside of your experience. It is not generous or interesting.
Saturday 5 July, 10am to 1pm in the West Room, Orange Regional Gallery, Byng Street, Orange.

The cost for the workshop is $35.

To book your place, please call the Central West Writers' Centre on 6393 8125.

Deb has been a familiar and respected voice in Australia poetry since her work was first published in 1975. Her poetry has since been widely anthologised, including the Oxford Anthology of Women's Verse. She teaches courses in creative writing at university and high schools and now resides in the Blue Mountains. Her latest work is The View From Here.

* Please note the previously promoted poetry workshop: Making Metaphor has been postponed.

Author Mike Keenan to visit Orange

Central West Libraries, Central West Writer's Centre and Angus & Robertson present an author talk by Mike Keenan at Orange City Library on Friday 4 July at 6.30pm. Mike's first book, The Horses Too Are Gone, only told a small part of his personal story. Now, through his memoir The Shadows of Horses about growing up on the family property, Myall Plains, and later running it, he explores many aspects of the Australian bush and its way of life. Along the way he tells some terrific bush yarns as well as hair-raising anecdotes from his years on the bush racing circuit. Ultimately it is about his passion for – and despair over – life on the land, but he also speaks for every farmer who is doing it tough. Call Orange City Library on 6393 8132 to let us know you are coming along.