samedi 16 avril 2011

Australian Writers Network by Irina Dunn

NETWORK NEWS 16 APRIL 2011 16 April 2011 Soirées Littéraires 3 May — Jacques Brel A conversation between Soirées founder Irina Spinadel and visual artist Benedicte Cruysmans about the famous Belgian singer-songwriter, actor and director Jacques Brel (1929 – 1978). Jacques Brel has touched people across cultures with his songs on universal human themes, as well as sharing with his own compatriots his deep insight into their common origins. Born in Belgium, like Jacques Brel, Benedicte Cruysmans grew up with the music of Jacques Brel, and in this discussion she will reflect on some of his views on aging, belonging, freedom, friendship, and the many other themes explored by Brel in his songs. Time: 6.30pm-10pm, Tuesday 2 May Venue: "La Brasserie", 118-126 Crown Street Darlinghurst, Sydney (Nr William Street) Cost: Supper + Talk $35.00 Regrettably, no complimentary tickets can be issued as prices have been minimised to keep the costs affordable for Soirées guests. RSVP essential, limited spaces Payment: Make cheques to Soirées Littéraires, PO Box 572 Paddington NSW 2021 or deposit $35 in Westpac BSB 032 051 Account 162 874. Phone: (02) 9363 1147 (02) 9363 1147 Email: An Evening with Peter Miller-Robinson "Peter has a superb voice which reveals the influence of Dylan and Cohen but has a resonance and style uniquely its own. If you haven't heard Peter sing, you are in for a wonderful treat that will take you on a musical ride that salutes the great singer-songwriters of our time while presenting interesting original songs." Irina Dunn Peter Miller-Robinson is a songwriter, singer and guitarist whose original music embraces elements of folk, blues and jazz. He also plays mandolin and eight-string ukulele. He is known for rich vocals, dexterous playing and astute, often wry lyrics. Peter has been awarded twice by the Australian Songwriters' Association. Peter is an enthusiastic live performer who plays regularly at festivals, universities, folk clubs and on national and public radio. He has shared the stage with many well-known local and international artists. In 2007 he supported Bo Diddly, Eric Burdon, Rodriguez and Chris Smither at the Basement in Sydney during their Australian tours. In 2009, Peter was invited to tour Ireland by Kingdom Management. A highlight of this trip was playing at the hallowed De Barras Folk Club run by the famous Moore family, Christy, Barry (aka Luka Bloom) and Gavin. The tour was a great success and Peter will be returning to Ireland in June this year. This Pain Quotidian show will be one of his last in Sydney before Peter flies out. Peter is currently completing his second CD, "Amongst Others", before the trip. Peter acknowledges the inspiration of the generation of songwriters he grew up listening to, including Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. There are also the darker influences of Lou Read and John Cale from 60s New York. As well as Peter's own compositions, you can expect to hear fine interpretations of songs like "Dance Me to the End of Love", "Hallelujah", "I Shall Be Released", "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Crazy Love" and even "Perfect Day" . Peter will be accompanied by long-time musical friend, Tim Watts, on double bass. What the critics have said about Peter... "Fine writing" Philip Adams "A compelling story teller" Drum Media "Haunting tales" Sydney Morning Herald Time: 6.30pm-10pm, Monday 16 May Venue: "Le Pain Quotidien" French cafe, 54 Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040 Cost: Supper + Performance $30.00 RSVP essential, limited spaces Payment: Make cheques to Australian Writers Network, PO Box 1600 Auburn NSW 1835 OR deposit $30 in Westpac BSB 032 020 Account 254469 OR pay via Paypal at Make sure you include your last name in your payment and send an email to for your receipt/ticket. Phone: (02) 9646 1101 (02) 9646 1101 Email: Citations of travel guides sought... Richard Auletta is looking for citations of specific travel guides, such as Baedeker, in literary works since 1801. This is an ongoing project (based at the University of Southern Maine) to try to match the role played by the travel guide in the literary work with actual locations "on the ground" at the time that the literary work describes. For example, if a character in a novel used a Baedeker to locate a hotel and a restaurant in 1880s Berlin, the places mentioned could be matched with the edition of Baedeker's Berlin which was current at the time the novel was written. Besides Baedekers, there were many other travel guides which were widely consulted in an earlier pre-internet era, such as Gagliani's Paris, Michelin guides of many lands, Murray's guidebooks of European and world destinations, Black's guides to the British Isles and Europe, Ward Lock's "Red" guides to many British cities and counties, and a host of others. In the Western Hemisphere, there were Appleton Guides, Osgood guides, Ryder's guides and others, covering all of the USA; Terry's guides to Mexico, Cuba and Japan; and many others. In the twentieth century, we had Fodor's guides, Fielding's guides, Frommer's guides and more, leading up to the present-day Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Moon and Rough guides , again, among many others. The only "requirement" is that the travel guide be known by name, and that it played at least an incidental role in the development of the novel (or other literary work). This is an ongoing project that is likely to last a couple of years or more. Please contact Richard Auletta if you know of any such citations, or of any that you may encounter in the future in your literary (and other) wanderings. Caption: Irina Dunn with Les Murray

Gloucester Writers Festival Don't forget that the Gloucester Writers Festival is to be held on the weekend of 30 April-1 May in the Hunter and Mid North Coast region of NSW. Guests include Australia's best-known poet Les Murray, prolific fiction writer Michael Wilding, Phillip Adams' biographer Philip Luker, political commentator Ross Fitzgerald, poet Anthony Lawrence, young adult writer James Roy and crime writer Barry Maitland, among many others. There will be panel session on crime and romance writing, biography and memoir, writing for young adults and graphic novels, there will be a poetry sprint, and writers with completed manuscripts in hand will have the opportunity of making a pitch to a major publisher during the festival. Australian Writers Network Director Irina Dunn will engage poet Les Murray in a discussion about his life and work. See for details of program and how to book. IN OTHER NEWS A word of advice... Does your manuscript need an edit or a professional assessment? When you have completed your manuscript, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, you will, if you are serious about your work, be seeking professional help to take it to the next stage. Forget about the “FF” factor, that is, the friends and family who will inevitably love it and be amazed by your creative brilliance. Instead, you need the dispassionate eye of an experienced reader to advise you on how to improve your manuscript, and you may be wondering whether you should ask for an edit (copy edit, line edit, structural edit) or a manuscript assessment report. My advice is that you initially request a manuscript assessment report which includes feedback on the structure of your manuscript. This is an important consideration in the crucial early stages of revision to ensure that the overall shape of your manuscript is the best possible for your subject and genre. Such an assessment should suggest what you should leave out as well as what to include or change to increase the dramatic tension or draw out the subtleties of your material or give the best coverage of your subject or theme. Only when the structure is set in place should you ask for a thorough, detailed edit. Get the structure wrong and you could be wasting a lot of money on editing material whose structural flaws are obvious to a publisher, and as we know, publishers spend very little or nothing these days on editing manuscripts, especially if they require a lot of work. This is why you should present a word perfect, beautifully structured and well-edited manuscript to publishers. You only get one chance with them and if you present a poorly edited, badly flawed manuscript they may immediately reject all future manuscripts by you without even a glance at the synopsis or first page. Irina Dunn CONTACT THE AUSTRALIAN WRITERS NETWORK IRINA DUNN PO BOX 1600 Auburn NSW 1835 Email: Mobile: +61 2 (0) 403 486 363 More about Irina Dunn :

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