Wyndham library to host writers this May

By Our Reporter

Victoria’s international award-winning author John Marsden will discuss his lifelong love of reading, which rescued him from boredom and launched him into a writing career

Wyndham City Council is welcoming some of our favourite authors to speak at the city’s libraries next month.

Learning City portfolio holder, Cr Josh Gilligan, said hosting such iconic Australian authors in Wyndham helped to inspire budding writers.

“We have so many talented writers in our community that just need that extra burst of confidence to complete their work or perhaps some tips on how to get a book published,” Cr Gilligan said. “Listening to these authors’ stories is guaranteed to inspire and encourage creativity in our city.”

The talks are also a great social outlet and an opportunity to meet and greet your favourite authors in the flesh, he said.

Among the list of authors who will speak is Victoria’s international award-winning author John Marsden, who will discuss how his lifelong love of reading, which rescued him from boredom and launched him into a writing career.

“He will also discuss his work with the audience and perhaps ignite a creative spark in you,” Cr Gilligan said.

Also on the list is Adam Courtenay who will entertain audiences with the amazing, but little-known, tale from his book The Ship That Never Was, which recounts the escape of convict James Porter from the colony at Port Arthur in 1823.

Depicting more recent history, author and westside local, Enza Gandolfo, will speak about her new book, The Bridge, which paints the story of the collapse of the West Gate Bridge in 1970 which injured 18 and killed 35 construction workers, making it the worst industrial disaster in Australian history.

John Marsden will be at Manor Lakes Library Friday 17 May from 7pm to 8pm. Adam Courtenay will entertain attendees at Werribee Library Watton Street Thursday 2 May from 7pm to 8pm and Enzo Gandolfo will inspire at the Plaza Library Thursday 9 May from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Bookings are required for all talks by visiting www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/libraries or calling 8734 2600.



Entries for the Wyndham Writing Awards (previously Words of Wyndham) open Wednesday 1 May and close on Sunday 30 June.

To prepare for the awards, Wyndham City Council is offering two free workshops at the Plaza Library: one on creative writing with Vikki Petraitis from 10.30am to 1.30pm on 11 May and another on graphic short story writing with Bernard Caleo at 10.30am to 1.30pm on 18 May.

Booking for both workshops is essential. Book via the Library Event Calendar at www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/libraries; To enter the awards visit: https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/writingawards


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