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Workshop Hosted by Julie Baythorpe and Gary Ivory will start : 12pm
Meeting Time: 2pm-4pm, arrivals from 1:30pm
Venue: Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue & Ocean Street, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
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Date: 19th November 2016
Time: 2pm-4pm, arrivals from 1:30pm
Venue: Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads
The meeting room is above the library. Free parking in the carpark beside the building.
Members: $5 Visitors: $8 Includes: afternoon tea
Gold Coast Author Wins International Poetry Competition
Published author Livia York from Southport, Gold Coast, Australia, has been recognised once again for her amazing writing talents.
Mrs York who has achieved great success since publishing her first book ‘Rise: The Abused Child of the Phoenix’ in October 2015, has now also turned her hand to writing poetry, for which she is receiving widespread acclaim in the USA, India, Philippines and England thanks to the power of social media.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be an equal winner in an international poetry contest,” Mrs York said.
“I am still pinching myself.”
Mrs York’s poem, titled Ode to the Phoenix – which relates to her book ‘Rise: The Abused Child of the Phoenix’ was selected as the joint winner – along with a poetess from India – of a poetry contest run in Facebook group My World which is run by author and poetess Nitasu Laupp and author and poetess Deborah Langford who is located in the USA.
Mrs York will receive a copy of book Women of Passion as her prize, is receiving worldwide recognition and has seen her book sales spike as a result of the exposure.
“I trust all my friends and readers will recognize the theme of my poem about the Phoenix.
If not, visit my website: www.liviayork.com”, Mrs York said.
Amazingly, Mrs York’s writing career only began in the last three years. Her continued success is an inspiration to all and proof that age has no limit to creativity.
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Author interview video:
‘RISE’ written By Livia York’s friends is the book signature. : https://soundcloud.com/dave-hinds/rise
Livia is also available for interviews and photo opportunities.
Livia York was born in Rome, Italy, migrated to Australia in 1958. She now lives on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland Australia with Glenn, her second husband and soul mate of 43 years.
Livia was bitten by the writing bug late in life, without any training or intention. For the past two years she has been writing her first book (albeit using one finger to type the 140,000+ words) and is both anxious and exhilarated to finally be sharing it with the world.
Mrs York has bared her soul for her book, ‘RISE: The Abused Child of the Phoenix – A True Story’, that provides a very personal account of abuse and the rape she suffered as a teenager – that left her pregnant – just days before moving from Italy to Australia.
Mrs York, a remarkable woman with a desire to ensure that domestic violence – and the cowards who engage in such activity are recognised – has also come up with a quirky concept to help sell her self-published book.
Mrs York offers potential buyers/ readers a packet of tissues for $35 – while the DVD, book and book mark come for “free”.
Mrs York has been blown away with the success of her book and has been working hard to promote it.
“I’ve been doing book presentations/signing directly to the public – appearances have included Gold Coast Italian Festival, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Southport Park Shopping Centre, Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, and REaD Café at Paradise Island Resort. Book Face, Pacific Fair. BIGB Book Burleigh.
In writing her story, Mrs York hopes to inspire anyone trapped in similar circumstances to learn from her experiences, to take courage and free themselves from domestic violence before it’s too late.
About the book:
“Rise” is an achingly true story about a girl who rose from the ashes much like the fabled Phoenix bird.
Equal parts heart wrenching and inspirational, Livia bares her soul to the reader, shedding light on her own experience of domestic violence, recalled from a time when it was even more taboo.
As a baby, in 1943, Mrs York survived one of the biggest bombardments in Rome.
The apartment she shared with her mother, was sliced in two. When her mother arrived at the scene, she was amazed to see that Livia had survived unscathed, wrapped in blankets in the basement.
“It was like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. The Phoenix was my mother and the Phoenix was me.”
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