Category Archives: Experience

246 Piano Recital: Anna Goldsworthy

ITEM DETAILS: One piano recital by concert pianist Anna Goldsworthy. The recital will comprise the music of Anna’s memoir Piano Lessons with some readings from the book, about 70 minutes duration. The recital is for the Melbourne area and requires a grand piano. The exact time and location to be negotiated between Anna and the winning bidder.

BIO: Anna Goldsworthy performs regularly in Australia and internationally as piano soloist and chamber musician. Solo appearances include at the Teatro Colon for the Buenos Aires International Music Festival, for the Orchestra of Colours in Athens, at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Masters Series. Her debut solo CD, Come With Us, was released by ABC Classics in 2008.

Anna currently teaches piano at the University of Melbourne, and is Artist-in-Residence at Janet Clarke Hall. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Best Australian Essays 2007, 2008, and 2009, The Monthly, The Australian, The Australian Book Review and The Australian Literary Review. Her play, Maestro, co-written with her father, Peter Goldsworthy, enjoyed a successful season with the State Theatre of South Australia in 2009. Her musical memoir, Piano Lessons, was released in Australia by Black Inc in October 2009, and will be released in the United States by St Martin’s Press in late 2010.

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220 Have a Character Named After You: Chris Morphew

ITEM: Chris Morphew will name a minor character in an upcoming book after the winning bidder!

DETAILS: If you’re the winning bidder Chris Morphew will use YOUR name in an upcoming book in The Phoenix Files Series.

166 Author Talk/School Visit: Belinda Jeffrey

ITEM: One day writing and illustration workshop in a school.

DETAILS: Belinda Jeffrey lives in Brisbane and is willing to visit a school in her local area.

CV: Belinda Jeffrey lives in Brisbane with her husband and two boys.

Her short story The Hallelujah Roofwas published in the ‘One Book, Many Brisbanes’ campaign in 2007 and she had a poem included in What is Mother Love? published by Penguin, 2008.

Her book Brown Skin Blue was published by UQP in June 2009 and is a powerful tale about a boy’s search for identity set in Australia’s top end.

Belinda wrote Brown Skin Blue after she went on a croc jumping tour in the Northern Territory.

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165 School Visit/Melbourne: Dee White

ITEM: Heroes & Villains Writing Workshop

DETAILS: 50 minute writing workshop for students of any age for a school within an hour’s travel of the Melbourne CBD.

BIO: Dee White is the author of Letters to Leonardo, Hope for HannaA Duel of Words and Harry’s Goldfield Adventure.She’s passionate about encouraging writing, and her blog http://deescribewriting.wordpress.comhas career and writing tips for students. She conducts inspirational workshops for writers of all ages.

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172 Author Visit/Talk: Liz Harfull

ITEM: One fifty minute author presentation, or informal discussion, in the Adelaide metro are or Adelaide Hills, at a time and place to be negotiated between the author and the winning bidder.

DETAILS: Every year hundreds of talented amateurs spend countless hours preparing entries for cookery competitions run as part of some 600 country shows across Australia. These cooks range from stalwarts well known and respected in their local communities for their prize-winning efforts over many years, to talented newcomers using tried and true recipes and techniques handed down from generation to generation.

Some of their stories and recipes have been captured in The Blue Ribbon Cookbook, published by Wakefield Press in September 2008. The book focusses on 50 South Australian shows and their top cooks, capturing their secret tips and the recipes they have used to win those precious first prizes and blue ribbons.

Now in its third print run, the best-seller was named runner-up in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards announced in Paris in July 2009, after competing against 56 finalists from around the world. In April 2010 it was short-listed for the biennial Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards.

Author Liz Harfull is now researching and writing a national version capturing more stories and recipes from across Australia.

CV: Liz Harfull only 10 years old when she decided to become a journalist and writer. At the age of 12 she contributed her first published piece to a book in memory of Robe author Kathleen Bermingham, who was an early mentor; and at 17 she started her cadetship as a journalist at her local newspaper, The Border Watch.

Since then Liz has worked for a range of Australian and overseas publications as a full-time journalist, freelance writer and photographer. She also spent more than 10 years with one of Australia’s leading public relations consultancies, building a national reputation in the rural sector and being awarded a Churchill Fellowship which took her overseas to study better ways to communicate with farmers.

Today she lives and writes from her home in the  beautiful Adelaide Hills. In her spare time Liz volunteers as a committee member of her local historical society, and as president of the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists – the umbrella organisation for the country’s five rural press clubs.

The Blue Ribbon Cookbook was her first book, bringing together her love of country shows, cooking and story-telling.  A keen amateur cook who thinks whipping up afternoon tea for 20 people is a great way to relax at the weekend, she became a prize-winning show cook in her own right while researching the book, winning prizes for her scones and jubilee cake. Her late father helped to set up one of the smallest surviving district shows in Australia – at Mil Lel.

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186 Event Tickets/The Word Writers’ Fairs: Rochelle Manners

ITEM: One ticket to the next World Writers’ Fair (either Perth or Brisbane in 2011) For inspirational writers. Normally $60-$70 per ticket for a day of workshops lunch and so on. (9th April Perth, 12th November Brisbane).

DETAILS: Book launches, meet authors, writing workshops, connecting writers, thats what it is about!

For too long Christian writers (and Australian writers in general) have been writing alone, not connecting and not meeting other writers. We believe we need to connect. Lets join together, explore our writing, and develop our skill.

In a time where Australian writing is being tried, lets not give in! Support the writers who are attending, meet them and learn more yourself!

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31 Dinner For 2, plus Bed and Breakfast at a Heritage Hotel: Susanne Gervay

ITEM: Dinner for two (a two-course dinner: either entre & main, or main & dessert, with a glass of wine) followed by Bed & Breakfast (delicious self-serve).

DETAILS: The award winning Hughenden (circa 1870) is a gracious historic hotel at the gateway to the antiques and art galleries of Woollahra, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

Associated with Australia’s first philosopher, The Hughenden experienced many changes from grand residence to Masonic Hall to Ladies College. In 1993, The Hughenden commenced a programme of extensive restoration, redeveloping it into a beautiful boutique hotel.

Today, The Hughenden, known as Sydney’s premier Art and Literary Hotel, features marble fireplaces, the original grand staircase, Victorian dining rooms, art exhibitions and literary events.

There is a beautiful old bar, arts and antiques and a baby grand in the lounge area. On Thursday nights Courtney Severini sings and plays. There’s a Reading Room with an exhibition of original book illustrations.

Visitors are welcome to experience the warmth, charm and personal service offered by The Hughenden. With 36 Heritage Rooms, 8 self contained Terrace Suites, Pet Friendly Accommodation, Restaurant, Lounge Bar, Meeting, Event and Wedding facilities, The Hughenden has unique offerings for all to experience and enjoy. See their website for further details.

About Susanne Gervay: As well as being an author of YA fiction, Susanne is also…

Co-Regional Adviser of SCBWI Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Australia and New Zealand
Chair of the Sydney Writers and Illustrators Network
On the board of the NSW Writers Centre holding the youth portfolio
Director of the Kids and Young Adult Writers Festival, NSW Writers Centre
Patron of Monkey BAA Theatre for Young People
Ambassador for Room to Read

…and somehow she finds time to work at The Hughenden, too.

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227 Author Visit/Book Group: Kylie Ladd

ITEM DETAILS: Kylie Ladd will visit the winning bidder’s book group in Melbourne to talk about her novel ‘After The Fall’.

BIO:  Kylie Ladd is a freelance writer whose essays and articles have appeared in The Age,Griffith ReviewEtchingsO magazineThe Sydney Morning HeraldGood Medicine,Sydney’s Child, and Readers Digest, amongst others. In 2006 she co-authored Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias (Michelle Anderson Publishing), and in 2008 co-edited Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity (Allen and Unwin). She holds a PhD in neuropsychology and continues to work in public and private practice in this field.

Kylie loves reading, swimming, running, the beach, reading, eating, reading, her PC and reading. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, Craig, and two young children.

After the Fall is her first novel.

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