KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Cindy Broadbent - Writing About Iran: The Afghan Wife
Cindy’s first novel The Afghan Wife, published by Odyssey Books, is both a love story and a thriller.
It’s set against the background of the Revolution in Iran in 1979. The novel reflects Cindy’s abiding interest in the Middle East. She lived in Turkey for two years, speaks Turkish and has been a regular visitor to the region ever since.
A graduate of the University of Sydney, she’s been an English language teacher, free-lance travel writer and tour guide, in both Turkey and Sydney. Her illustrated talk Writing About Iran explores the challenges of writing about a different culture from her own.
SWW Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Society of Women Writers NSW will be held at the Literary Luncheon. Election of Office Bearers and Committee Members will take place
WORKSHOP PRESENTER - Claire Halliday - The Art of Listening
As an experienced interviewer, Claire Halliday knows how important it is to ask the right questions to get the best possible answers.
Claire is a passionate advocate for the art of listening and believes that, although it may be true that everyone really does have a story, it is only strategic interview techniques that help turn those good stories into great ones that actively engage readers.
Claire Halliday’s career as a writer began more than 20 years ago as a regular feature writer for The Sunday Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Since then, she has had more than 1500 articles published in leading newspapers and magazines, including Marie Claire, Australian Women’s Weekly, GQ, Rolling Stone and many more.
As an author, she has had five non-fiction books published and her latest two - Things My Mother Taught Me (2016) and Things My Father Taught Me (2017) are collected interviews with interesting Australians, sharing stories about the impact their relationship with their parents had on their lives