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South Australian Readers' & Writers' Festival 2013

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This Sunday the main event of The City of Onkaparinga's seventh biennial South Australian Readers' & Writers' Festival opens at the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre.

The Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga, courtesy

Jo Zealand
Jo Zealand, image courtesy SBS
This festival is described as 'a celebration of writing as a valuable form of cultural expression and seeks to remind us all of the simple pleasure of reading'. Well, as if we need reminding! These days books are making even more of a comeback, as e-books and tablets allow us to read any book, anywhere - and with so much South Australian talent on show this month, how could we refuse to buy a few real books as well!

Jo Costello
Jo 'Cosi' Costello, courtes

Andrew 'Cosi' Costello of South Aussie with Cosi fame and performance artist Jo Zealand are your MCs. The proceedings kick off at 10am with the People's Choice Award presentation, featuring six books by new and emerging SA authors, read over 18 months by 32 book groups, with 300 books circulated and over 300 votes cast. Who will win the 2013 People's Choice Award (PCA)?

The shortlisted titles are: Bluegrass Symphony by Lisa L. Hannett, The Blue Roses of Orroroo by Margaret Visciglio, The Hum of Concrete by Anna Solding, Memoirs of a Suburban Girl by Deb Kandelaars, Prohibited Zone by Alastair Sarre and Shoot Me First by Grant Lock. All the authors will be there in person with Sandy Verschoor, Chair of the SA Writers' Centre, to discuss the experiences of writing their first novel and what they are up to now. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and give feedback to the writers.

memoirs of a suburban girl, Deb Kandelaars
Images courtesy of Wakefield Press
Prohibited Zone, Alastair Sarre

The two other panels on that day are Dirty Little Secrets – books authors don't want you to know they read, chaired by Sarah Tooth, Director of the SAWC, with writers David Cornish, Mark Dapin, Nick Earls, Victoria Purman, Tim Sinclair and Ruth Starke, and The Great Debate: That everyone has a book in them…chaired by Tracey Korsten with debaters: Jason Chong, Dave de Vries, Liz Harfull, Kehau Jackson, Peter McFarlane and Michelle Prak.

At 1pm Brisbane author Nick Earls takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the process of novel writing,from the first idea, planning, drafting, editing and cover design, all the way to the final stop on the promotional trail.

Nick Earls
Nick Earls, courtesy Random House

After that, Jude Aquilina and Margaret Merrilees talk about their
new books from Wakefield Press. Jude is the editor of Tadpoles in the Torrens, a collection of poems for younger readers from well-known South Australian children's poets. Margaret is the author of the novel The First Week, which won the Unpublished Manuscript Award at Adelaide Writers' Week.

The First Week
Image courtesy of Radio Adelaide

There are many other literary events taking place this week and next week around the Onkaparinga region, including Poets and Pizza at Coriole Vineyards this Friday, and a workshop with Mark Dapin on applying the techniques of journalism to fiction and the tools of fiction to journalism, this Saturday 2 November, from 2–4.30pm at The Arts Centre. And for children, the Storybook Walk artwork unveiling and Children's Choice Award presentation take place at Thalassa Park, Windebanks Road, Aberfoyle Park at 12 noon on the same day.

For all the events, download a program at the Onkaparinga council website or you can pick up a printed one from the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre.
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Why? meet and talk to famous Australian authors!
When: Sunday 3 november, 10am - 4pm
Phone: (08) 8326 5577
Where: Port Noarlunga Arts Centre, 22 Gawler St, Port Noarlunga SA 5167
Cost: FREE
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