Today we did our final preparations for the Ten Penners visit to Broadbeach Independent Primary School visit tomorrow, 22nd Aug.
We’ll be there early to start Book Week for the students in Grades 4 and 5.
With a fined tuned our Power Point presentation. We should wow our young audience!
Again there will be a colouring comp for the kids to win two copies of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales.
Gold Coast Writers Meeting Today will be treated to the expertise of Robyn Lee Burrows speaking about research.
I had to go hunting for my book reviews of her works. I found that despite loosing all my data twice with computer break downs, Drop Box and the old fashioned paper copies came to the rescue. I have copies of my reviews of ‘When Hope Is Strong’, ‘Tea Tree Passage’, ‘Where the River Ends’ and ‘Song From the Heart’.
For those who are able to join me at Fradgely Hall in Burleigh Heads, opposite the Bowls Club this afternoon. 1.30 arrival for 2 pm start.
I’ll give you a taste of her books with excerpts of the reviews I wrote.
In ‘Tea Tree Passage’, Robyn has masterfully told a sad yet intriguing tale. It takes the reader through two World Wars and the Great Depression. Depicting how these monumental events affected the lives of one family. Robyn writes drawing from factual information with skill she creates a world the reader becomes submerged in an era and place.
The depth of the characters in ‘Song from the Heart’ is so real the reader feels that they are people you know and love. The country town life at the early part of the century is vibrant and alive.
‘When Hope Is Strong’ – At the outset this book shows the daily struggles and choices people made to forge a living in an untamed land. Pioneer Australian women made friendships that become real and personal. I enjoyed the way Bridie, Maddie and Kitty saw their world. Bridie, with her visionary outlook. Maddie, who sunk into sullen resignation of her world turned upside down. Kitty, with her youthful excitement for the future, yearning to escape the drudgery of the world she’d come to know.
‘Where The River Ends’ is another example of Robyn’s evocative work. The image of a bustling Adelaide city in 1889. To the vast expanse of station life at Wirra Downs, near Bourke, in New South Wales is vivid. You could close your eyes and you’d be there. The best accolade I can give this book is simply that I couldn’t put it down once I’d started it.
So if you can, join me in appreciating the talent and generous knowledge shared by this talented lady.
Saturday 23rd July, at Southport Yacht Club, members and guests enjoyed the sunshine and stimulating company of guest authors and keynote speaker Madonna King.
The guest authors were Elaine Ouston, Karen Tyrrell, Dimity Powell, Angela Sunde and Brett Alegre-Wood.
The meal was delicious and the everyone enjoyed the day.
Terrific raffle and door prizes were drawn.
Books were signed and sold by the authors. It was a successful day all round.
Madonna spoke about her interviews and writing both memoirs of Ian Frazer and Joe Hockey.
Today is the July meeting of The Ten Penners and it promises to be a busy meeting.
We are planning another school visit. In August and we are going to:
Broadbeach State School is an independent public school for the beginning of Book Week.
As a sub group of Gold Coast Writers we are going to be attending both the next monthly meeting at Fradgley Hall in Burleigh on the 16th July, and the GCW Literary Luncheon on the 23rd July.
Looking back at past GCW Festivals we’ve had a great time while continuing to learn our writing craft.
The Little Hidden Oasis, shop 9, 361 Robina Parkway, Robina
Gold Coast, QLD have my books on sale!
Yay, go Kyle and her lovely Chai Latte!
Dual Visions and Fan-tas-tic-al Tales are available at $20. Grab a cuppa and a copy of my books while you’re there!
Support a local business and local authors while you sup!
The Ten Penners meeting today may be a washout! The rain is teeming and the news says to stay off the roads. Oh no! I don’t think I can survive without my monthly dose of Ten Penners magic!
Just to prove there are many members of this wonderful group here are a couple of pictures of Kate and her family, mum, sisters and daughters.
Then our co-ordinator and guru of the group Marion Martineer with her talented daughter.