KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Katie Little - It’s A Long Way To The Top! - Writing & Staying Sane in the Digital Age
Katie M Little is a writer, comedian and stage mother. Her first book, 'Catch A Falling Star – A Story About Growing Up with Jeanne Little’ was an instant success, a quirky, laugh-out-loud memoir reliving her 80s childhood behind the scenes of TV, which also shares openly the impact on her family of losing her iconic mother to Alzheimer’s.
Katie will be talking about the precarious mental balancing act of living in the Anthropocene and the next to impossible ambition to be a published writer in the digital age.
MEMBER SPEAKER - Ramah Juta - One Woman’s Journey
Ramah was born and brought up in apartheid South Africa. She studied medicine in India and worked at a hospital in Durban. Raham finally settled in Sydney where I had a solo G.P. practice. Her grandchildren’s curiosity and questions led her to put pen to paper. ‘One Women’s Journey’ is the story of a woman’s resilience and ability to adapt to varied situations in different countries. Childhood in one country is followed by family life in another.
The final destination is the ‘lucky’ country
WORKSHOP PRESENTER - Susanne Gervay - The Power of Dialogue
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.’ -- William Butler Yeats
Dialogue is a core way to write story that resonates with the reader. It is a way to create voice, character, advance story, hold emotional content. It contains the spirit of the story. While it shadows daily dialogue, it has a greater purpose than mimicking every day speech. In this hands-on workshop, we explore the power of dialogue to communicate story.
You'll find Susanne planting 3000 mangroves in Kiribati; in Istanbul sharing her I Am Jack books and NO Bullying; in remote indigenous communities sharing story with elders and children; invited to speak at World Burn Conference in New York on her novel Butterflies; in Goa at the Indian Association for the Study of Australia Conference about the Indian-Australian anthologies which feature her short stories along with David Malouf and Sir Salman Rushdie.
Awarded the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award by the International Literacy Association, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award with an Order of Australia, Susanne Gervay is recognized for her award winning short stories and youth literature. www.sgervay.com
Literary Luncheon: Cancellations must be received no later than 10 am on the Monday prior to the event. Cancellation after this deadline will require payment in full.
Workshop Pre-Payment: If you are unable to attend on the day, a credit will be held for future use.
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