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4-6 Nov 2016 SCONE WRITERS FESTIVAL

So maybe you knew that Scone is the horse capital of Australia. It also has people who like books. I’ve been invited up to the Scone Writers Festival where I’ll be talking short stories with Cate Kennedy and Tracie Lark. And maybe riding some horses. But not at the same time. Check out the program here.

 

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21-23 October 2016 INAUGURAL SHORT STORY FESTIVAL, PERTH

Did you know Australia is having its first Short Story Festival in Perth in October? If shorts are your thing, you’ll want to check out the program here. I’ll be reading work and talking on panels in the illustrious company of some of my favourite short story writers (and novelists): Cate Kennedy, Fiona McFarlane, Paddy O’Reilly, Julie Koh, Ryan O’Neill, Ellen Van Neerven, Laurie Steed, Michelle Wright and many more. Apparently there’s author street readings – it’s like busking for people who had their instruments hidden by their parents when they were eleven. Check out the program here.

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27th Sept – 9 Oct 2016 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, BUNDANON TRUST

I’m lucky enough to have been awarded an artist-in-residence spot at Bundanon Trust to work on my short stories. Two weeks of isolated, uninterrupted writing time: what a luxury … what hard work …what will I do to cope with my own inner monologue for that long? Like everything writing-related, it’s conflicted. Check out my blog to see how I survived these harsh conditions:

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28 Aug 2016 – LAUNCH OF SHIBBOLETH AND OTHER STORIES AT GLEBE BOOKS, SYDNEY

What a great afternoon reading at the launch of this collection, meeting the other writers, and getting to know our champion editor, Laurie Steed over dinner at Hannibal’s (fava beans, optional).  The witty and generous Julie Koh, gave a brillliant launch speech which you can read here.

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JUNE 2016 – DIGITAL WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE AT MARGARET RIVER PRESS

See my blog posts for MRP: On Wearing Two Hats, Audience of One, Where do Ideas Come From

MARCH 2016 – MARGARET RIVER PRESS SHORT STORY AWARD

Thank you Margaret River Press for selecting my story “Shibboleth” for the MRP Short Story Award for 2016. Looking forward to the launch of Shibboleth and Other Stories (MRP August 2016).

 

JULY 2015 – THE ITALIANS WINS FICTION CATEGORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL RUBERY AWARD

Honoured to win the fiction prize of the International Rubery Award.

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CONNIE’S TRAVELS

Not long after the release of The Italians, a couple of friends sent me photos of themselves reading my book on overseas holidays. After posting them to Facebook, a bit of frenzy ensued and I started getting snaps from readers holding my book in ever more exotic locations. It turns out Connie is more of a globe-trotter than her creator. Here are just some of the places she’s turned up. I think she’d be pleased, don’t you?

In the Maldives

In the Maldives

Touring Amsterdam

Touring Amsterdam

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Prepping her MBA at Harvard

Prepping her MBA at Harvard

At the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

At the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

In Mauritius

In Mauritius

On the pitch at Emirates Stadium, London

On the pitch at Emirates Stadium, London

 

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More engrossing than Yum Cha in Hong Kong?

 

LATE NIGHT LIBRARY 2014

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I was in some fabulous company on 12 November, when I joined the award-winning slam poet and novelist Omar Musa, thriller novelist, entrepreneur and speaker Bruce McCabe, and the very entertaining memoirist Summer Land at the Haymarket Library, where we read from our books and spoke to other “First Timers” about novel writing. Part of the City of Sydney Late Night Library series, curated by Portia Lindsay and Seizure Magazine www.seizureonline.com.

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Omar Musa reads from Here Come the Dogs

Summer Land reads from Summerlandia

Summer Land reads from Summerlandia

Bruce McCabe reads from Skinjob

Bruce McCabe reads from Skinjob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOOLLAHRA LOCAL WRITERS’ WORD FESTIVAL 2014

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It was a pleasure appearing at the Woollahra Local Writers’ Word Festival on 5th July with the very talented Luke Carmen (An Elegant Young Man) and Christine Paice (The Word Ghost). We read from our  debut novels and talked about the process of being published. Curated by Jen Martin, Woollahra Library

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Luke Carmen, me and Jen Martin at the Local Writers’ Word Festival

 

EMERGING WRITERS FESTIVAL 2014

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I was honoured to be part of the Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne on Sunday 1 June 2014, appearing at the National Writer’s Conference. Edwina Preston, Karen Simpson Nikakis and myself made up a panel discussing, Do You Remember the First Time? It was great to compare notes with fellow debut novelists about the process of publication, the unexpected pleasures and challenges, and how life changes afterwards. The experience differs so much from writer to writer and even, as Karen pointed out, from book to book. We had some great questions from members of the audience, some of whom were just about to embark on their own publication journeys. Love talking writing and publishing!

 

3 JUNE 2014 THE ITALIANS UK LAUNCH

It felt appropriate to go back to Blighty and launch The Italians in the countryside that inspired the setting. And what a sense of completion for me to have the launch hosted by the Oundle Bookshop – the very place where I’d hang out for whole afternoons reading Penguin Classics as a teenager. So pleased the shop is still alive and kicking! Talk about the Royal Treatment. Check out the shop window:

Could anybody miss this launch?

Could anybody miss this launch?

 

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A fellow Inglese-Italiana …

 

And if you’re ever in Oundle, Northamptonshire, make a point of going into the bookshop – it really is a gem.

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3rd APRIL 2014  THE ITALIANS AUSTRALIAN LAUNCH 

Thank you everyone who came to the launch of The Italians in Sydney, especially my beautiful sister and niece who flew in from the UK. I had such a great time. Thank you to Berkelouw Books Mona Vale, for hosting it and to Gillian May, the Manager of the Mona Vale store (and my old boss) for her lovely launch speech. I’m grateful to those of you who kept me plied with champagne at the most appropriate times. It felt slightly odd to be going back to the shop to sell my own book, but I’m happy to say every copy sold, including my own, which I had to replace when stock was replenished! Thanks everyone. Check out the photos.

 

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On the shelves I used to stock!

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Speeches are so much better with champagne.

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Both hands perfectly occupied.

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My fabulous Writing Group – couldn’t have done it without you girls.

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On face-out. Yeah, I likey.

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What a happy coincidence: Mother’s Day.

My beautiful sister and niece flew all the way from London.

My beautiful sister and niece flew all the way from London.

And friends from Hong Kong.

… and friends from Hong Kong …

And New Zealand.

… and New Zealand.

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Berkelouw Books: the shelves are always so distracting.

The end of a great night.

The end of a great night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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