And the winners are
The 2008 Banjo Paterson Writing Award Winners were announced today and they are:
Prose: Margaret Betts from VIC for Exposure, Greg McFarland of Orange for The Tractor, Neridah McMullin from VIC for Bart and the Underground Water Supply.
Open Poetry: Jo Mills from WA for Walyunga,
Jillian Pattinson from VIC for E H Holden and
Pamela Sherpa from Jindabyne for Drought.
Bush Poetry: Ron Stevens of Dubbo for Distant Dialogue.
Children's Writing Awards: Thomas Whitehead, of Orange, for his poem My Favourite Holiday, Eleanor Delaney, of Orange, for her poem Winter and Holly Fredericksen, of Orange, for her short story Bushed.
The Yvonne Zola Encouragement Award goes to Sarah Stackman of Lewis Ponds, for her poetry.
2008 Banjo Writing Awards update
Judging is almost complete for the 2008 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. A total of 214 entries will be judged by a community panel including staff from Central West Libraries and Central West Writers' Centre with most of the entries received in the Prose/Short Story and Open Poetry Sections. The winners will be announced on Monday 16 June and you can read more about it in the Central Western Daily
A Season of Austen
Emma aired on ABC 1 last night as the starter to a season of English novelist Jane Austen's works on Sunday nights at 8.30pm. For fans of British spy drama, Spooks keep an eye out for Rupert Penry-Jones appearing in the upcoming classic Persuasion as the dashing Captain Wentworth, screening on June 8 with Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot. It is a story of second chance featuring a love letter to turn things around. Then it will be Northanger Abbey on June 15 and Mansfield Park on June 22. And for more on Austen tune into The Letters of Jane Austen as part of the Book Show on Radio National weekdays at 10.45am from 2 6 June. The first three episodes are devoted to letters to her sister Cassandra, episode four concentrates on letters to her brother James and in episode five hear her words of advice and affection to her niece Fanny. Austen remains one of the most widely read and popular of English novelists. Her books are noted for biting social commentary that highlights the situation of women in the nineteenth century. What a feast of Austen!
Cooking by the book
Our own Home Cook Hero Orange City Librarian Liz Barry was recently featured in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Living section her culinary skills have not gone unnoticed by staff and volunteers here as well as visiting guests including authors. Liz reckons she could open her own cookbook shop with the collection she has at home. Your local library has plenty of cookbooks to inspire you too. Here is the link to read the article from May 20 and why not try the recipe.
Click here to view recipe.
Jane Austen Society President Susannah Fullerton guest speaker at Orange
Discover more about the life and works of Jane Austen at a talk to be presented by President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, Susannah Fullerton, on Sunday, 1 June from 3pm to 4.30pm at Orange City Library. Susannah is a knowledgeable speaker and has written extensively about the famous British author publishing two books: Jane Austen & Crime and Jane Austen Antipodean Views. Jane Austen & Crime examines the relationship between Georgian crime and the novels of Jane Austen including elopement, duelling, poaching, theft and even murder which all appear in Jane Austen's writings. Guests will be able to ask Susannah questions about Jane Austen, her life and works and refreshments will be served. The event is free but please RSVP to Orange City Library by calling 6393 8132.