Friday, May 29, 2015

The craft and art of Jane Austen - Jane Austen Society of Australia, Sydney meeting, June 20, 2015, 2:00 pm

People are always unprepared for the size and scope of the Sydney Jane Austen Society meetings.

The Roseville Uniting Church hall is packed with at least 200 people every two months who come for friendship, a fascinating talk on some aspect of Austen, and a truly astounding afternoon tea - all for $4!

All are welcome - you don't need to be a member - but I advise you to come early because it fills right up. A few months ago I got there at 2.05 and I had to sit on the floor!

It really is tremendous fun, and it is so heartening to see literary societies in Sydney do so well. I think that such organisations do a lot to inspire people's creative lives, and I always encourage people to join (the Sydney Dickens Society is also a very well-attended and well-organised group that you should look into).

So the next JASA meeting is on June 20, 2015. It starts at 2 (on the dot!) and goes till 4. As well as a fascinating and in-depth talk there is also a really good book and gift stall offering all kinds of fascinating stuff for the Janeite. And even if you haven't read Austen in a while, why not come along and see for yourself this unexpected cultural phenomenon, lead by literary dynamo Susannah Fullerton (one of my own personal gurus).


 JASA Sydney meeting: The craft and art of Jane Austen
June 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm    | $4.00

Join us at a regular JASA Sydney meeting to hear Ruth Wilson

Date:     June 20
Time:     2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost:     $4.00


    Roseville Uniting Church Hall
    7 Lord Street, Roseville, NSW 2069


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Get Your Poetry Up and Out There - Free literary event in Parramatta, May 2015

It's great to have interesting arts events in Western Sydney, and Felicity Castagna's curated series of literary explorations is fantastic.

I'll be going along to this month's which concentrates on poetry, and I hope to see you there. It's also a part of the Sydney Writers' Festival:

Get Your Poetry Up and Out There

 Thursday, May 21 2015         6:30 PM - 7:30 PM         Free, no bookings
    Parramatta Artists Studios, Level Two, 68 Macquarie St, Parramatta

From taking the traditional route of magazine and book publishing to performing, blogging and YouTubing, this panel gives you all the advice you need to get your poetry out there.

Featuring some of the most innovative and prolific poets and editors in Australia right now: Elizabeth Allen (Vagabond Press), Fiona Wright (Giramondo Publishing), Michelle Cahill (Mascara Literary Review) and Ahmad Al Rady (Bankstown Poetry Slam). Come for a drink, a chat and a listen. BYO your own material for the open mic.

Supported by the University of Western Sydney and Parramatta City Council