Orange Readers and Writers Festival
**Please note this event has been postponed. The current NSW Health Regulations and lockdown have impacted on the event. A new date will be announced as soon as possible***
Snuggling up beside the fire with a good book is one of winter’s pleasures. We hope to inspire your reading with our incredible guest authors at this year’s Festival.
Saturday 31 July
248 Summer Street, Orange
Tickets $95 (Early Bird $75 – ends June 30)
Enjoy a lively program of non-fiction and fiction authors with
- Robert Tickner – former Minister Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Affairs
- Petronella McGovern – crime author
- Michael Brissenden – ABC journalist
- Helen Ennis – photography curator
- Todd Alexander – entertaining tree-changer
Proudly supported by Collins Booksellers, Orange
Care for your collections and family heritage with Kay Soderlund
Friday 30 July
248 Summer Street, Orange
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 Entrepreneur Julie Ankers
Join us for our author talk with the dynamic Julie Ankers. In her latest book Bold, Brave & (bloody) Brilliant, she has writers offering insights into their lives and what keeps them motivated. This is 3rd book in her a trilogy on life for the 50+ years. Meet Julie at Orange City Library on Friday 23 April at 1pm.
Or come along to Julie’s workshop – Your Life by Design. Evaluate the life you had pre-COVID and then redefine and design the life you want!! It is free and there are limited places. The Workshop will be held in the West Room, next door to Orange City Library on Friday 23 April 9.30am – 11.30am.
Meg Keneally Author Visit
You are invited to meet bestselling author Meg Keneally when she visits Cowra Library Tuesday 30 March at 10am and Orange City Library at 1pm to talk about her latest historical fiction book The Wreck.
“All Sarah ever wanted was a better life …” From the bestselling author of Fled comes a moving tale of revolution, treachery and courage.
Meg Keneally has always been fascinated by the ocean and history, in particular maritime history and archaeology. She is the co-author with Tom Keneally of The Monserrat Series of historical mysteries. Come along and hear Meg talk about her latest book The Wreck and the writing process. Please book you place online or by calling the library you wish to attend. See you there!
Banjo Paterson Writing Awards: Call for Entries
Entries are now open for the annual Banjo Paterson Writing Awards – Short Story, Contemporary Poetry and Children’s Awards. A major change this year is that entrants will be able to email their entries or post by the due date, Friday 23 April 2021.
Well-known author Kim Kelly will be the Short Story judge this year. Kim is also a book editor and has spent her professional life nurturing and discovering talented writers of all kinds.
The Awards are supported The Central Western Daily and ABC Central West. There are generous prizes to be won and all the details can be found on the entry forms. Good luck!