Memoir Club for Readers & Writers

The RLI would like to invite ALL avid readers and writers to attend The Memoir Club for Readers & Writers that convenes in the                          Norm Hoffman Memorial Hall of The Randwick Literary Institute from 6pm until 9pm, on the last Tuesday of each month 
PLEASE RSVP if you'd like to attend: 
ROSADA WILL BE PROVIDING SUPPER AGAIN, PLEASE BOOK YOUR MEAL DIRECTLY WITH HER: $15 for a plate of delicious vegetarian food (gluten-free option available if you let Rosada know). Text or phone Rosada on 0450 907 422. Please book by 26 September to give Rosada ample preparation time!

HELP SETTING & CLEARING UP: Could we please have a couple of volunteers to be in charge of setting up before and clearing up after the event? We’ll be there to set up by 5.30pm and should have everything cleared up by 9pm. Please email Barbara if you can help: Much appreciated!

A very belated Happy Year of the Goat (or Sheep) to you all! Hope it’s bringing you all good things! Here is some news and information about coming literary and writing events:

WRITINGWORKS NEWS: Memoir Club in April; New Memoir/Fiction Masterclasses starting 16 May; and more!

Memoir Club resumes on 28 April 2015: I’m happy to announce that there’s now a new Memoir Club Organising Committee which will help share the task of getting our meetings up and running this year. Thank you all who’ve volunteered to help out so far! The programming is underway - more on this very soon. Our new year of events, classes and readings will begin with Barbara Brooks in conversation with Moya Costello about her new book, Harriet Chandler, a work of fictional biography that teases and extends the life writing genre. (Chandler first appeared as a minor character in Murray Bail’s 1987 novel Holden’s Performance.) Do come along to celebrate autumn and the resumption of the Memoir Club at our home, The Randwick Literary Institute, 60 Clovelly Road in Randwick, with this fascinating take on history, politics, biography and fiction. 

Memoir, Fiction and Travel Writing Masterclasses with Beth Yahp, starting 16 May 2015: Places are still available for writers seeking to work intensively on your writing project for six half-day workshops running fortnightly over 3 months. The dates are: 16 & 30 May, 13 & 27 June, 18 July and 1 August 2015, 1.30 - 6.30pm, and the workshops will be held in Bronte or Randwick. These are small group workshops, with numbers limited to six participants. Please email me if you’re interested, and for more info, see:

Sydney Ideas: Reading Australian Literature 2015 series: Charlotte Wood on Shirley Hazzard’s Transit of Venus, University of Sydney, 31 March 2015: "I was a latecomer to The Transit of Venus, with my first reading of it just a few years ago. But as soon as I began it I knew this would be a novel I could return to for the rest my life, each time finding a new experience within its pages. I’m delighted at this opportunity to immerse myself once more in Hazzard’s intricate, witty, breathtakingly confident, thoroughly Australian masterpiece.” This is a free event. For more information on RSVP and venue, see:

Fabulous Monster: A New Storytelling Venue in Glebe: This has been started by one of my ex-students and looks promising: Tuesday 7 April, 8pm, at Mr Falcon’s, 93 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. $5 entry. Stories, chairs, wine. Here is the link for the Facebook page:

2015 Jolley Prize for a short story, closing 1 May 2015: Presented by the Australian Book Review, entries must be a single-authored short story of between 2000 and 5000 words, written in English. For more information, guidelines and a link to the entry form, see:

Good luck, happy reading, listening and writing - and see you at the next Memoir Club meeting on the last Tuesday of April!



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