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Women of Spirit Awards – congratulations Dana Lim!

  Each year, for the past ten years, Lifeline Canberra has recognised outstanding women in our community; women who have overcome adversity, given back to the community and inspired others to do the same. The Women of Spirit Awards is one small way to thank these amazing women, and to remind them just how special they are. We are proud to share that Odyssey author Dana Lim (Mother and the Tiger) is a finalist of this award. Congratulations Dana!

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Featured Author: Rebecca Bloomer

What have you been up to since UnEarthed? We haven’t heard any whispers of secret Mars colonisations… Earthly life has been a bit hectic. I’m studying horticulture, which I recently managed to link to my space addiction by doing a presentation on vertical gardens. These could well be the best gardens for space (maximum production using minimal space, I thought it was a great link!). I’m also very down to earth at the moment in that I’ve started my own little ‘homestead’ (can’t really call it a farm because it’s not producing anything for anyone else) and am keeping some...

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Welcome to new author: Laura E. Goodin

American-born writer Laura E. Goodin decided at seven years old to be a writer.  Over the decades, she's worked as a reporter, editor, technical writer, media manager, web-content developer, writing teacher, and freelance writer, but it was only as she entered her 40s that she determined to return to her childhood dream of writing stories that would amaze and entertain.  She was transmuted in the crucible of the 2007 Clarion South Workshop, and went on to gain a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Western Australia.  Her stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Michael Moorcock's New Worlds, Andromeda...

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76-Year-Old Author Maris Morton Releases New Book, The Herb Gardener, to an Enthusiastic Response

Australian independent publishing house Odyssey Books has announced the release of acclaimed 76-year-old author Maris Morton's latest book The Herb Gardener to the excitement of her many fans. It's never too late to follow your dreams. That becomes clear when you take a look at the story of Odyssey Books author, Maris Morton, who's only a few years into her career as an award-winning writer. This is remarkable since Morton is 76 years young, having published her first novel at the age of 71. Morton's latest book The Herb Gardener will be published in paperback on 17 June; the ebook...

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Catching the Barramundi – longlisted for Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2013

A record number of writers have entered this year’s prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Prize. A diverse range of talents from the literary world have entered their work in the 2013 awards, with interest from a wide range of large mainstream publishers and independent presses. Now in its seventh year, it is the only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories and has attracted established names competing alongside relative newcomers for the £5,000 main prize and £1,000 Readers’ Prize. We are proud to announce that Rebecca Burns’ short story collection, Catching the Barramundi, has been longlisted for...

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Vietnam War Memoir shortlisted for 2012 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Canberra-based publisher, Odyssey Books, is celebrating Stanford University Libraries’ announcement of the shortlist for the fifth William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Tales from a Mountain City: A Vietnam War Memoir by Quynh Dao is one of twelve titles shortlisted in the non-fiction category in 2012. The winners will be announced in September. The award is intended to encourage new or emerging writers and honour the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. “Stanford is thrilled once again to honor the literary legacy of William Saroyan by awarding The William Saroyan International Prize for Writing,” said Michael A. Keller,...

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Tales from a Mountain City shortlisted for Asher Literary Award

The Asher Literary Award was offered for the first time in 2005 in collaboration with the Literature Board of the Australia Council. This award has been made possible by a generous bequest from Mrs Helen Waltraud Rosalie Asher. Helen Asher was a writer (she also used the name Helen Ulrich) and published one novel, Tilly’s Fortunes (Penguin, 1986), and some other shorter works of fiction which appeared in various anthologies. Helen Asher was a post-WWII German refugee from fascism. Along with her husband Mervyn, she was deeply committed to the artistic and cultural life of their adoptive country, Australia, and...

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