President’s Report – March 2013

Hi everyone.

My goodness, the year is flying. March already. This year has certainly started with a bang, with some rather memorable experiences over the past few weeks.

I was fortunate enough to have some dear friends visit from California. Having not seen them face to face for fifteen years, their physical presence was made even more unforgettable when they took me to Dreamworld to walk with the tigers. To feel the muscles and energy of a 200kg animal tensing as she crouched into pouncing position under threat, made overcoming all types of adversity seem possible.

A second personal experience comes from having grandbabies who are Japanese-Australian and being able to share in some wonderful, ancient, traditions. This week ‘little girls day’, Hana Matsuri, is celebrated by all girls, their mothers and aunties across Japan, and is a lovely opportunity for my girls to try on their new kimonos.

A third experience is that I’ve been going through my accumulated ‘stuff’ in a major cleanout, and I’m having great difficulty parting with many of my books. I had the same problem when I had to let go of my library of 3,500 books in moving here from Tasmania, but they were mainly professional books and I did find them a good home. The ones I have left now all have memories attached to them, therein lies the problem in letting them go. No doubt many, if not all, of you also have books which are precious to you. I’d like to invite all of you to bring your favourite, or most precious book, or books, along to the next GCWA meeting for a small activity I’d like to share. Be assured our books will not be harmed in this process.

Below are some links you may find interesting or useful. Don’t forget to check the GCWA website to see the new updated version if you’ve not done so already. I’ll look forward to seeing you all at the March meeting.

Favourite Quote this month

So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters. Virginia Woolf

Don’t forget

The Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2013 Closing date for entries is 31 March 2013. Details at: www.stringybarkstories.net Entries for Finch Memoir Prize ’14 open 1 July & close 20 August. www.finch.com.au/node/9

Bits and Pieces: Some links for you

The changing face of libraries. http://ow.ly/i9wAQ

A fascinating profile of New York City’s next great poet who’s only 12 years old. http://ow.ly/i2OiF

A self-publishing success story: www.randomhouse.com.au/blog/my-selfpublishingsuccess-story-1515.aspx

What is it like publishing a short story collection?: www.zenashapter.com/blog/?p=5588

Insider advice from bestselling authors and industry experts in Publishing Talk Magazine: http://bit.ly/ptmagazine

What Agents Really Want www.publishingtalk.eu/web/what-agents-really-want/

A great interview of a famous author today www.clancytucker.blogspot.com.au (via Darryl Greer)

Why abandon “criticism as we know it and start sitting down with audiences” at readings? Lattter excludes former? http://jacket2.org/article/bookhistory-and-poetry-reading

A bookstore tour of England velvetescape.com/2013/02/bookstore-tour-of-england/

Cheers, Julie

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