Festival of Independent Writers and Publishers – news

Less than a month now to the inaugural Festival of Independent Writers and Publishers to be held at the Robina Community Centre on the Gold Coast on 29 October 2011. Short story competition entries have closed and we have received entries from all over Australia as well as from overseas. We hope you got your entry in on time. Good luck to all the participants. Your entries are with our three independent judges.
Our exciting line-up for the festival is growing with renowned poets Caroline Glen, Duncan Richardson and Frances Bolton taking part in Poets in Paradise chaired by Angelika Heurich. Be sure not to miss it.
If you’re a history buff or simply enjoy a good yarn, the session Bringing History to Life should be right up your street. See our line-up of authors listed below and check out our website: http://www.indieauthorsfestival.com.
Caroline Glen has published six poetry books, the latest being Fraser Island Dingo. For eight years she co-ordinated the Gold Coast Writers’ Poetry Group. In 2004 she was shortlisted for the Newcastle Prize. In 2005 she attended the first Florida Poetry Festival. In the same year she won a scholarship to a poetry seminar in New York. Her work has been published in Australian and American magazines. Currently, she is poetry editor for Federation of Australian Writers Queensland.

Duncan Richardson has published poetry and prose in magazines and books since 1982, including work for children, here and overseas. He has published three poetry books with a fourth due out this year. He is co-editor for the haiku magazine paperwasp and has edited poetry for Scope and stylus. His verse play “The Grammar of Deception” was produced and broadcast by ABC radio in 2008 and he is currently working on a children’s novel set in World War Two.

Frances Bolton is a poet and philosophy major, who loves to use words as an artist would use a brush – whether it be to untangle mysteries of nature, modern living or of the modern mind. Her work has been referred to as containing a seam of dark humour. She lives in Springbrook, where she not only enjoys her creative expression but also her family. Her work is inspired by her individual slant on life, and philosophies flow from her reaction to the present as deeply as from her past. Her background as a long-term educator and cancer survivor add to her present reality of mother, grandmother and of her involvement in the local community.

Pamela Lamb migrated to Australia in 1969 and, after living in Darwin, settled in Ipswich in 1974. She has three children and two grandchildren and lives happily with her black Labrador, Louie. She works at the University of Queensland managing a research centre on the Ipswich campus. Pamela has been writing for twenty years and has been publishing her own novels since 2002. She sells her books at a local market where she has established a loyal readership who can read a great deal faster than she can write!

In another life, Martin Line (MSc, PhD, Otago) taught microbiology at the University of Tasmania. Now retired, he writes for pleasure. His first self-published book, A Diary With a Difference, is a historical fiction set in the borderland of Wales and England in the 17th century, a time when people believed in witchcraft. It was also a time when preaching the faith of Rome was a heinous crime.
Martin is a member of the Historical Novel Society (UK), Gold Coast Writers and ‘Writers in the Ruff’.

Terry Spring’s articles have appeared in national and local papers. Her first book, ‘Rainbows End ‘, was published in 2003, and a second, ‘Twenty-Two Truly Twisted Tales’, in 2006. Some of the short stories from the second book have won prizes and five have been aired on ABC radio. Yet another became a short movie, which she wrote, produced and submitted to the 2007 Sydney Tropfest. Passionate about history, she has written an ebook offering time-saving tips found when researching family trees. Her latest book, ‘Transported’, was launched at the reunion of the descendants of the book’s subject, Dusty Bob, and is based on a true rags-to-riches story – an English convict lad who landed in Sydney Town, Australia in 1825 shortly after settlement.
Owen Clement comes from a mixed ancestry and has lived on four continents. Born in 1928, he grew up in Kharagpur, a railway town in West Bengal. He and his family left India in 1946 and moved to England in March and then onto Canada in October that same year. He and his wife came to Australia in 1959 and apart from four years in Papua/New Guinea they have lived here ever since. Occupations include tailor, warehouseman, retailer, airline agent, photographer and finally owning a small business before retiring.
His seven grandchildren prompted him to write his memoir.

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