Category Archives: Special

141 Day-long script clinic for a play or musical – Van Badham

Item: A day-long script clinic for a play or musical in development, in London or Sydney.


Brief Bio: Van Badham is the award-winning writer of more than 30 internationally produced plays for stage, music theatre and radio. Her theatre plays have had seasons at the Sydney Opera House, the Wharf studio, the Seymour Centre, the Victorian Arts Centre, Perth’s Blue Room and the Adelaide Festival. She has had plays and musical theatre staged at seven Edinburgh Festivals, in London and on the UK touring circuit, in America, in Iceland, Switzerland, Slovenia, Austria and in Germany. MIT Press in the US published her 2003 Edinburgh hit Camarilla. Her scripts for radio have been broadcast by the BBC World Service, Radio 3 and Radio 4. In 2007, Van’s play The Gabriels became the first Australian play selected for New York’s Summer Play Festival.


260 Children’s/ Felice Arena Mega Pack

ITEM: Specky Magee Audio Pack signed by Felice Arena, includes SEVEN one hour CD’s of ‘Specky Magee’ back to back books (includes the reading of Specky Magee & the Great Footy Contest and Specky Magee & the Season of Champions).


One author signed copy of EACH of the THREE books in the ‘Farticus Maximus’ series by Felice Arena.

DETAILS: Specky Magee is one of the most popular children’s book series in Australia. The books chronicle the life and times of teenager Simon ‘Specky’ Magee, an Aussie Rules football champion in the making. The best-selling series written by Felice and his former school mate and AFL legend, Garry Lyon, has won five Australian Children’s Choice Awards, and has sold close to half a million copies.

Farticus Maximus, fiercest gladiator of all time, has a gut-busting secret weapon — the potent strength of his flatulence. A wickedly funny Roman tale with other equally stinky stories!

BIO: Felice Arena is one of Australia′s best-loved children′s writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning books, including the Boyz Rule and Girlz Rock series as well as Wish, Bravo Billy, Breakaway John, Sally and Dave, a Slug Story, Hey Cat, Farticus Maximus and of course the Specky Mageebooks.

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127 Free Advertising – Bug in a Book

Item: A years free advertising/promotions for a book industry business/publisher or Author/ Illustrator wanting to promote their book/s.


Brief Bio: Website:

Bug in a Book is an Australian/New Zealand literacy website. Supporting Authors, Illustrators and Publishers and promoting our great children’s books to the parent and teacher market.

We believe in the importance of literacy to the development of children and hope to help parents and teachers encourage this wonderful skill in our most important citizens, our children. We aim to bring a variety of quality children’s literature to our subscribers as well as informative and relevant articles to create a positive resource. We hope to affiliate with other like minded organisations to help create this resource, as well as businesses which are of good quality and whose products are of interest to this market.

Bug in a Book is created by Angela Hall (writing and promotions) and Danielle Bagshaw (design and illustrations). Both have a background in child care and early learning, where their passion and joy of children’s books began. Watching the children gain so much from the stories as they are told and retold over and over, and secretly loving the stories themselves. Angela and Danielle developed the website and began their venture into the world of authors, illustrators and publishers. Joined recently by Rachel Mason (creative columnist) who uses her skills with words to share selections of our books with others and make reading fun! Bug in a Book is growing everyday and there is much excitement about where it is headed.

111 A signed copy of a rare hardcover US edition of They Came on Viking Ships – Jackie French

Item: A signed copy of a rare hardcover US edition of They Came on Viking Ships (published there as ‘Rover.’)


Book Information: As a puppy, Snarf is fortuitously rescued by a young girl called Hekja when he is badly injured, their simple but happy lives are changed unrecognisably when their village is raided by Vikings. This work is suitable for children aged 10-14.

Brief Bio: Jackie French is a full-time writer and wombat negotiator who lives near Araluen, NSW. Her previous books, including Hitler’s Daughter and To the Moon and Back, have seen French awarded the CBC Younger Readers award and the Eve Pownall Award among more than 50 other awards in Australia and overseas. In October 2010 she was awarded a NSW Premiers History Award for her novel The Night They Stormed Eureka.

211 Children’s/One on One Workshop: Rosanne Hawke

ITEM: A one on one workshop with children’s and young adult author Rosanne Hawke.

DETAILS: This meeting can be conducted over the phone or in person at a South Australian location  negotiated between Rosanne and the winning bidder.

BIO: Rosanne Hawke has written 16 books for young people; many have been shortlisted or noted in awards. Rosanne has been an aidworker in the Middle East and now she teaches Creative Writing at Tabor Adelaide. Her new book is called Marrying Ameera.

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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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40 A Spot on Book Review/Interview Site Vulpes Libris: Lisa Glass

ITEM: A review of your published book and a follow-up interview to be featured on the Vulpes Libris website. 

DETAILS: Vulpes Libris has had three quarters of a million visits and has been syndicated and linked to by various newspapers around the world. If you win the bidding, Lisa will put your published book on the top of her reading list, review it as fairly as she can and offer you an author interview on the site. All of the reviews and interviews are indexed and remain on the Vulpes Libris site permanently. Examples of Lisa’s reviewing style, articles and interviews can be found here. Lisa looks forward to reading your book!

CV: Lisa Glass studied English at Swansea University, until she eloped to Cyprus with her RAF boyfriend. She went back to Swansea for her MA in Creative Writing, which she passed with distinction. She has worked as a cleaner, a bookseller and a promotional model. She lives on the north Cornish coast where she takes inspiration from the dramatic scenery and drunken tourists. She has two cats, and a sprollie dog. Lisa was recently awarded Arts Council funding for her novel, GOD HATES THIS TOWN. Her novel, Prince Rupert’s Teardrop, was described by Good Housekeeping as: …”a thought-provoking, sublimely-written first novel”. She is a reviewer and co-admin on Vulpes Libris.

Lisa’s website.

Vulpes Libris.

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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.

221 YA Series/The Phoenix Files: Chris Morphew

ITEM: The first three books in Chris Morphew’s YA series, The Phoenix Files: Arrival, Contact and Mutation. All books are signed by the author. Chris has also added illustrations/commentary/notes into the margins. One of a kind!

See Chris talk about his prize here:!

DETAILS: Welcome to Phoenix: a brand new, custom-built town in the middle of nowhere for the employees of the Shackleton Cooperative. When his mum is employed by Shackleton, Luke must leave everything behind to move to Phoenix. But not everything is as it seems – each student has their own laptop and the classrooms are fitted with the most high-tech equipment, but the phone lines and internet have been down for months, and contact with the outside world seems almost impossible.

BIO:25. Sydney, Australia. Author of The Phoenix Files. Writer, reader, primary school teacher, Jesus follower, coffee enthusiast.

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159 Get your name in a romance novel! – Nikki Logan

Item: Harlequin author, NIKKI LOGAN, will use the name of the succesful bidder (or their friend/family if it’s a gift) as hero/heroine in her next romance (modest ‘heat’ level) It’s not every day you get to star in your own romance. (


Brief Bio: Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Western Australia with her long-suffering partner and a menagerie of furred, feathered and scaly mates.
She studied film and theatre at university, and worked for years in advertising and film distribution before finally settling down in the wildlife industry.
Her romance with nature goes way back, and she considers her life charmed, given that she works with wildlife by day and writes fiction by night–the perfect way to combine her two loves.
Nikki believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored in the danger and beauty of wild places. Every romance she writes contains an element of nature, and if readers catch a waft of rich earth of rhte spray of wild ocean between the pages she knows her job is done.
Nikki debuted for Harlequin Enterprises (writing for the Romance line) in February 2010.

133 Setup of a WordPress site – Jeannie Barker

Item: Setup and customisation of a WordPress site (hosting and domain name not included).


Brief Bio: My professional background includes over 10 years in administration / executive assistant roles supporting educational program directors, executive level management, sales and marketing staff.

I have worked in several educational organisations in the marketing and publishing departments and my articles have been published in magazines, newspapers and on the internet.

In 2010 I launched a new business and this site offering my services in the areas I enjoy most: design and web publishing.



134 Day-long playwrighting clinic – Elaine Acworth

Item: A day-long clinic on a performance/theatre script – any stage of development, for an emerging or developing playwright.


Brief Bio: Elaine Acworth studied at the East 15 Acting School in London, where she worked as an actor and a director. Her first play Torched was produced in 1990 by London’s Finborough Theatre. She returned to Australia in 1991, and Composing Venus was the result of her work with the Queensland Theatre Company’s new writing program. Her 1993 play Bod was workshopped at the Australian National Playwright’s Conference.

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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197 Magazine Subscription/Cattle Country: Sally Murphet

ITEM: One twelve month subscription to Cattle Country magazine.

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199 Childrens & YA/Guest Blog Post: Sharon M Johnston

ITEM: Guest Blog post on YAtopia

DETAILS: About YAtopia – We are eight writers passionate about Young Adult literature in all shapes and sizes. Visit the YAtopia website at

CV: YAtopia contributer Sharon M Johnston is a corporate communication manager and a former journalist from Australia who writes in her spare time, which there’s not a lot of when you have two energetic kids and an active husband. When she does get time to write, she’s usually either curled up on the lounge with one of her Himalayan Persians snuggled up next to her or overlooking the water at one of Mackay’s beautiful beaches while her lifeguard husband is on patrol. Sharon is currently querying for her first novel, MISHCA, which reached the Top 5 on the YA writer’s community site Inkpop in June 2010. It was voted as one of the top five projects out of more than 25,000 pieces of work on the site. You can visit her blog here

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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258 Children’s/Magazine Subscription 2 of 2: Alphabet Soup

ITEM: One 12 month subscription to Alphabet Soup magazine valued at $29.80. Includes postage and handling to an Australian address.

DETAILS: Alphabet Soup is a quarterly magazine for children who love books and creative writing. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.

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259 Children’s/Magazine Subscription 1 of 2: Alphabet Soup

ITEM: One 12 month subscription to Alphabet Soup magazine valued at $29.80. Includes postage and handling to an Australian address.

DETAILS: Alphabet Soup is a quarterly magazine for children who love books and creative writing. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.

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273 Goodie Pack: Sleepers Publishers

Item: A package of goodies, includes four books:

The Sleepers Almanac No. 6
The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton
Glissando by David Musgrave
Sold by Brendan Gullifer

Details: Sleepers Publishers will donate a book pack of goodies.

The Sleepers Almanac No. 6

Edited by Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn

The Sleepers Almanac No. 6 is the latest annual collection of short stories from Sleepers, featuring new and emerging authors alongside established authors. Cate Kennedy, Jon Bauer, Kalinda Ashton, Steven Amsterdam – so many, many wonderful words and writers. Make sure you pick up a copy, and if you’re a technophile AND short story enthusiast, we’ve got just the thing for you. The Sleepers App for the iPhone is also here – check it out here.

“Sleepers continues to work a crucial nerve in Australian writing.” – Nam Le

“Supposedly no one buys short story collections, but as the Almanac proves, young writers and writing are still healthy. And they look good, too.” – The Australian

“Sleepers Publishing has been steadily creating a well-deserved buzz around its annual collection of short fiction.” – The Monthly

The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton – release August 2009 (RRP: $24.95)

“Sometimes the only way to manage the daily percolating drip of fear, the corrosive dread of debt and humiliation, is to embrace another sort of terror, to put oneself in danger.”

Alice and Louise are sisters united by a distrant tragedy – the house fire their brother burnt to death in fourteen years ago. Alice teaches dirt-poor students at a state high school that the government wants to close while she pursues a tumultuouse relationship with a married man. Louse, a habitual liar and recovering heroin addict, has been playing ‘the danger game’ since she was a child, and she can’t stop. But when Louise decides to unravel the truth about her twin brother’s death, and seeks out the mother that abandoned them, everything changes.

“Four-and-a-half stars. While big Australian publishers are busy fighting each other with vampires and gangsters, small presses are quietly putting out some of the most impressive literary fiction of recent years. Melbourne-based Sleepers Publishing have uncovered a writer of exceptional skill and poise, whose debut novel is as outstanding an example of a contemporary realist narrative as you’re likely to find. With echoes of Australian literary heavyweights such as Elliot Perlman or Anson Cameron, Ashton’s story deftly explores the psychological damage of unspoken family history… Ashton allows us to understand the extraordinary importance of ordinary lives.”– Bookseller and Publisher

An unflinching examination of familial and communal bonds. It is masterful, poignant, powerful and true. Ashton’s is a remarkable voice and this is a wonderful novel. – Christos Tsiolkas

SOLD by Brendan Gullifer –release April 2009 (RRP: $24.95)

Money. Lust. Real estate. SOLD takes a fly-on-the-wall look at Melbourne’s property industry. Set in the leafy, prosperous inner suburbs, it follows the fortunes and misfortunes of three agents as they jostle, thrive and try to survive. It reveals the routines, the agents’ listing tricks and the subtle intimidation used to motivate staff and prospective vendors at Prender and Prender Real Estate. Failed AFL footballer, Will Pittman, now a junior agent, is looking for redemption. Former Auckland car dealer Harry ‘The Fox’ Osbourne just wants to pay the kids’ school fees. And Dally Love, the smiling assassin, wants it all: money, the girl, and the warm glow that comes from being seen as a good bloke.

“FOUR STARS. Gullifer’s novel exposes a lot of what we suspected might be the level of integrity of the real estate world. This novel reminded me of Richard Beasley’s Hell Has Harbour Views. It’s a fun ride.”– Bookseller and Publisher

“Scary, hilarious and really well written.” – Peter Moon

“If you like your satire funny, clever and extra sharp, you’ll love SOLD.” – Toni Jordan

“This perfect reading opportunity contains f/f characters, elec plot lines, and wall to wall quality writing. Stunning debut, perfect for entertaining.” – Tony Wilson

Glissando by David Musgrave – release April 2010 (RRP: $27.95)

Glissando is something unique: a thoroughly contemporary novel that marriages the intensity and fervour of Patrick White to the displaced cosmopolitan with of Murray Bail and Gerald Murnane.”– James Bradley

When looking back over his life, Archie Fliess has got some understanding to do. So begins his sprawling reflection, from the day the fortunes of two brothers change when they’re taken to be the rightful owners of their granfather’s property in country NSW. Along their journey they’re introduced to an odd collection of family and caretakers, who don’t always have the boys’ best interests at heart. Archie becomes embroiled in the mystery surrounding his grandfather’s life, as their two stories of disappointment and failed ambition unravel.

Glissando travels along many threads with a playful, philosophical voice in a style reminiscent of Sterne’s Tristram Shandy and White’s Voss. It has a burlesque bravado similar to Steve Tolt’s Fraction of the Whole. It’s an Australia classic, a satirical romp of epic proportions.

“…the care (Musgrave) takes in balancing scholarly fastidiousness with a poet’s luminous prose, high comedy with mortal seriousness, results in a work whose refusal of human depth is qualified by the fathomless riches it provides.” – The Weekend Australian




To see their range, visit their website.

CV: Sleepers Publishers info: Based in Melbourne, Victoria, Sleepers was founded by Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn in July 2003. Zoe and Louise are aided and abetted by a team of interns and work experiencers, too many and too valuable to mention, as well as a veritable smorgasbord of mentors and friends, not to mention our long-suffering families. But basically it’s just us. Sleepers’ goals are to:

  • make Australian writing a profitable enterprise for both writers and publishers
  • build a broad desire for and recognition of good writing
  • publish and establish a highly reputed and stable backlist of Australian literary fiction
  • assist writers in their careers, and promote Australia’s literary publishing houses
  • create an interweaving network in which writers can collaborate with artists from other disciplines to redefine the accepted notions of literature

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145 Tarot Reading – Dawn Alice – 1 of 2

Item: A Tarot Reading. This reading can be personal for people within travelling distance to Brisbane or email for far away friends.



Brief Bio: Dawn Alice’s early childhood was different to most other children who only had cats, dogs and birds as pets – Dawn had monkeys, foxes, peacocks and other exotic creatures. Her free- spirit was allowed to bloom in the wide open spaces of her parent’s zoo. Her vivid imagination, charismatic personality and psychic awareness have taken her down many paths that broadened her outlook on life. Exhibiting a wealth of knowledge and wisdom, Dawn Alice is happy to share with all who are willing to learn. Writing LIFE LOVE TAROT seemed to be a natural progression, which stemmed from Dawn Alice’s career as a Tarot Reader, Numerologist, Reiki Master, Crystal Therapist and Workshop Facilitator.

Born in November 1955, Dawn Alice is an effervescent Sagittarius with a passion for life. Her roles as a wife, mother, step-mother and grandmother have precedence over all episodes in her life. Dawn Alice currently resides in Brisbane, Australia.