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Published June 7th 2013
Meet these literary celebrities
The Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation is sponsoring a number of very interesting literary events in the coming months. If you live in the SouthEastern suburbs, it is definitely a good idea to browse their website and register for the events which are free of cost. Four of the following are meet and greet events with Australian authors, whereas one is a writing competition for the very young and the not so young children. All these events have one thing in common: the objective to inspire the love of reading and promote literacy.
1. Michael Robotham Meet the internationally acclaimed suspense and crime writer Michael Robotham, whose books have won him many awards and accolades in Australia and worldwide. His books include "Say you're Sorry", "Bleed for me", "The Wreckage", etc. Born and raised in Australia, Michael now lives in Sydney. He will be presenting his talk at the Cranbourne Community Theatre on Saturday, 15 June at 2pm. Details and register here.
Helene is actually a Check and Training Pilot with Qantaslink who flies throughout regional Australia, however she has been writing romantic suspense novels and won multiple awards for her books, which include "Wings of Fear", "Shattered Sky", "Burning Lies" and "Half Moon Bay". She lives in Northern Queensland, but is coming to the Endeavour Hills Library on Thursday 20th June at 7pm to spend an evening with us. Details and register here.
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3. Ann Fogarty This is a meet and greet opportunity with a real life survivor and hero who has captured her personal accounts of Ash Wednesday, a horrific day that occurred in February 1983, in her memoir called "Forged with Flames". Ann sustained severe burns to 85% of her body, as she tried to save her daughter from the overwhelming flames. She will share her story at the Narre Warren Library on Tuesday 25th June at 7pm. Details and register here.
Meet a survivor and a hero: Ann Fogarty
4. Andy Griffiths One of Australia's most well-reknowned authors of children's books, Andy Griffiths is coming to Pakenham Hall on Saturday 20th July at 10:30am. He has been writing for almost two decades now, won multiple awards and been on various best-selling lists. He is passionate about inspiring others to read books (especially children). His "Just" series have been adapted for television called "What's with Andy?". Details and register here.
Inspiring people around Australia to read: Andy Griffiths
5. 2013 Young Writers Short Story and Poetry Competition: If your young star at home has the talent of putting pen to paper and writing prose and/or poetry, the Friends of the Doveton Library, Inc. is sponsoring a competition to encourage youth participation. There are two age categories: 8-11 and 12-15. The closing date for entering this contest is 20th September. There are cash prizes to be won.
Writing competition for youngsters
As a final thought, no matter where you live, visiting your local libraries will open a whole new world for you as they are a source of great knowledge and resources. You will discover many interesting events and activities that are taking place in your locality. Happy reading.