*THE NED KELLY AWARDS
The shortlists for the 15th Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing have been announced. The Ned Kelly Awards honour the past year’s best Australian crime writing. The Ned Kelly Awards have been promoting and encouraging crime writing since 1995.
The Ned Kelly Awards will be awarded at a free event on Friday, the 3rd of September, at the Melbourne Writers' Festival, 7pm at the Festival Club at ACMI.
• Crooks Like Us by Peter Doyle
• Pitcairn: Paradise Lost by Kathy Marks
• Medical Murder by Robert M. Kaplan
Best First Fiction
• Document Z by Andrew Croome
• King of the Cross by Mark Dapin
• Death and the Running Patterer by Robin Adair
• The Black Russian by Lenny Bartulin
• Bleed For Me by Michael Robotham
• Wyatt by Gary Disher
SD Harvey Short Story
• 'The Fountain of Justice' by Lucy Sussex
• 'Leaving the Fountainhead' by Zane Lovitt
• 'The Travertine Fountain' by Robert Goodman
Lifetime Achievement Award
• Peter Doyle (to be awarded by Shane Maloney)
For more information http://www.mwf.com.au/
*LIKE BEING A WIFE - Catherine Harris
September 1st is the official publishing date for Catherine Harris’s short story collection, Like Being A Wife.
Like Being A Wife is a collection of stories around the themes of commitment, family, friendships, work, love and loss. Catherine’s writes with humour and insight.
The official launch of Like Being A Wife will take place at Readings Hawthorn, 701 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn on Thursday 9th September at 6.30pm.
Like Being A Wife was shortlisted for the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for an unpublished manuscript.
Available now at all good bookshops
*INDIGENOUS LITERACY DAY
Indigenous Literacy Day to be celebrated Wednesday 1st of September.
The day aims to help raise funds to increase literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions.
*BALLARAT WRITERS FESTIVALBallarat Writers Festival. Coming up this weekend. 3–4 September.
*POST YOUR ART
The Macedon Ranges Shire Council is running a competition. To enter, write up to 25 words or less on a postcard or submit an illustration on a postcard.
The theme is “Coming Home”. Entries close 13th September.
For further details and the application form www.takeapeek.com.au
"My Father's Daughter"- Sheila Fitzpatrick
Sheila Fitzpatrick's memoir "My Father's Daughter" tells of the relationship between Russian History academic Sheila and her Left-wing 'difficult' Dad, Brian, a well-known figure in Victorian post-WWII and after Victorian politics. A good [if at times wordy]read, particularly for those interested in this period.
Maria Tumarkin’s memoir; "Otherland - a journey with my daughter", tells of the journey back to the Ukraine from where Maria and her family migrated to Melbourne as a teenager twenty years ago. This is a lively journal-like book with loads of new insights into recent Russian history [especially post-Kruschev] as well as soulful stories of departures and reunions. She is very accurate in depicting the developing
relationship with her daughter, Billie. Very rewarding reading.
This Weeks Poem:
"The Capitals"- Les Murray
This week we brought you some great tracks from the following Australian Artists:
-'Paper Airoplanes' by Little Scout from their album 'Different In The Distance'
-'Today' by Princess One Point Five fro their album 'What Doesn't Kill You'
-'One Of You For Me' by Holly Throsby which was recorded live at sydney Venue 'The Basement'
Next weeks show will be a 'John Marsden Special' to coincide with the release of the movie "Tomorrow When The War Began". We will be joined by all our regulars as well as guest reviewer Kate Speakman.