I’m thrilled to have been invited to run my ‘Memoir Made Simple’ workshop at Berkelouw Books in Mona Vale!
Berkelouw are booksellers in the true sense of the word with a long and amazing history in the book industry. They realised long ago that it’s not good enough to sit around filing your nails and waiting for people to come and buy books. They work hard to connect with readers and to share the glorious world of books and reading.
I have a special affection for Berkelouws as I had my first book launch (The Olive Sisters) at Berkelouw Books in Leichhardt. Bryce Courtenay did the honours and De Bortoli Wines sponsored the wine – resulting in a wonderful party of over a hundred friends, family and supporters. Good times.
Back to the matter at hand! I’ll be running a 6 week ‘Memoir Made Simple’ workshop starting October 7th on Tuesdays 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Berkelouw Books Mona Vale.
Registration details HERE
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Things have been very quiet on the workshop front this year as I have been off on a completely different sort of adventure. For every writer there are times to write (much as we try to avoid those!) and times when you need get off the keyboard and get out and experience the world – and this has been my year.
My odyssey began in late April when I set off from St Jean in France to walk 800 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela. I found the experience both exhausting and reviving in so many different ways. Physically exhausting (in the best possible way) but creatively reviving.
You can follow my footsteps and share the experience HERE
Once, Only the Swallows Were Free by Gabrielle Gouch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Beautifully written, I found this memoir both compelling and moving. A real insight into the daily hardships of living under a communist regime. It seemed that refuge in Israel would be a relief but the harsh conditions of that new country made it almost worse that the life they had fled.
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I am thrilled to have a signed copy of this beautiful memoir ‘Granny-bird’s Memories’ by Christine Rutherford – hot off the press.! Christine attended a workshop I ran locally in 2009 and then joined my 12 Chapters in 12 Month Programme.
We had a few locals in the programme and started to meet once a month for coffee. Christine formed a friendship with several other memoir writers and is the fourth member of this group to finish and publish her book, along with Francis, Rose & Margaret.
It is so incredibly rewarding to know that I have helped these hard-working women to achieve their dreams to tell their life stories and leave a legacy but also that my workshops have been the catalyst for new friendships that have endured to this day.
We had our Xmas lunch get-together yesterday, Christine’s books had arrived at 5.30pm the night before – so that really was the icing on the cake. Congratulations Christine!