2016 ACT WRITING AND PUBLISHING AWARDS
Submissions in categories including the 19th Annual Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award, The June Shenfield Poetry Award, and the ACT Publishing Awards (fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children's books) close on September 7. Entry fees: $10 member, $15 non-member. actwriters.org.au/awards/index.shtml\
PENS AGAINST POVERTY
The Pens Against Poverty school writing competition 2016 is now open to students in grades 3 to 10 with participants invited to write a short story or poem up to 500 words on the theme of "Playing Fair". Winners will be selected by author Jackie French, with a $200 main prize. Entry is free with a deadline of September 19. pensagainstpoverty.org.
August 20: Sea - Poetry with Lizz Murphy from 10.30am to 1pm in E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon explores the theme through writing exercises and discussion with an emphasis on generating ideas and meeting new challenges. eventbrite.com/e/sea-poetry-with-lizz-murphy-tickets-26796683602.
August 21: Award-winning crime writer Candice Fox has teamed up with James Patterson to co-write Never, Never, a thriller set in the Australian outback. Fox and L.J.M. Owen will talk about this new book at Muse Canberra at 3pm. Tickets: $10 includes a drink. musecanberra.com.au.
August 21: A Grammar and Punctuation Primer with Pippa Carron will be held from 10am to 4pm in E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. Cost $105-$195. eventbrite.com/e/grammar-and-punctuation-primer-with-pippa-carron-tickets-26772779103.
August 25: Manning Clark House is featuring two Canberra poets, PS Cotter and Hazel Hall, at 7.30pm.
August 26-28: The inaugural Canberra Writers Festival is on from 9am to 9pm in the foyer of the National Library of Australia with a line-up including British author A.C. Grayling. Ticket prices vary. nla.gov.au.
August 27: Canberra fantasy author Felicity Banks is launching Heart of Brass, her debut print novel, at 10am in the Ferguson Room of the National Library of Australia. The launch will feature tea duels, historical dance displays, and prizes for the best steampunk and/or Australian costumes.
August 30: In an ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, American author Justin Cronin will be in conversation with Colin Steele on Cronin's writing, particularly his epic Passage trilogy, in Manning Clark Lecture Theatre 2, 6pm. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 8415.
August 31: Paul Hetherington's new volume of poetry, Burnt Umber, will be launched by Professor Helen Ennis at 6pm at the National Library Bookshop. Admission free, all welcome.
September 3: At Muse Canberra at 3pm, Fred Smith will be in conversation with Genevieve Jacobs about his new book The Dust of Uruzgan, reflections from two years working as a diplomat, political officer and songwriter on the frontline of Australia's mission in Afghanistan. Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink). musecanberra.com.au
September 4: The ACT Storytellers Guild is presenting September Stories, an afternoon of stories with music by Harrison Whalan at 2.30pm at Kangara Waters Community Centre, 2 Joy Cummings Place Belconnen. Stories are suitable for adults and older children. Cost $15 including refreshments. Contact: Mary on 6254 2349.
September 5: In an ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Indonesian political commentator and writer, Goenawan Mohamad and his translator, Jennifer Lindsay will be in conversation with Emeritus Professor James Fox about Goenawan's new book, In Other Words, a volume of essays from 1968 to 2014 on Indonesian politics and culture, in the Australian Centre on China in the World, Fellows Road, ANU at 6pm. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 8415.
September 6-16: Poetry on the Move is a festival hosted by the University of Canberra, featuring more than 50 poets from Australia and abroad. There are readings, workshops, discussions, films and book launches. Poets in residence are Simon Armitage (Britain) and Tusiata Avia (New Zealand). All events are free but booking is essential: ipsi.org.au.
September 8: Robert Forster's new book Grant and I: inside and outside will be launched at 6pm at the National Portrait Gallery, with Alex Sloan. Tickets $20 per person or $45 for entry and a copy of the book (rrp $35.00). portrait.gov.au.Doors open at 5.00pm Bookings essential. portrait.gov.au.
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