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Welcome to Obernewtyn.netObernewtyn.net is home to all the latest news, discussion, and information about Isobelle Carmody and her writing. Taking its name from Isobelle Carmody's most popular series, The Obernewtyn Chronicles, Obernewtyn.net welcomes all as a fun community to discuss anything Isobelle Carmody related and much, much more.
Check regularly for any updates on The Red Queen, the final book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles, and Darkbane, the completion of the Legendsong trilogy, as well as other new releases from Isobelle Carmody.
Obernewtyn has been a Popular Penguin since 2010 but now it's not only popular but PINK!
$1 from each sale of each special pink-edition copies of Obernewtyn goes towards the McGrath Foundation. The Foundation is committed to getting more Breast Care Nurses in communities around the country, and to increase breast cancer awareness.
Other books in the Pink Penguin collection include Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Obernewtyn most certainly is among good literary company. So go ahead and support a good cause while picking up a new edition of the book that started it all.
You can get your hands on this shiny new edition at the end of April 2014, via Penguin's website or from any good bookstore.
Isobelle is back in Australia for 2014, and she's got a couple of Australian (and International) appearances lined up for the year already.
We'll add more to this list as soon as appearances are confirmed so you can get planning and book tickets to Isobelle's seminars and workshops!
DONE Sunday, 23 February
Isobelle Carmody and Rosie Borella in conversation
Location: Black Cat Books, 179 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane 4064 QLD [map]
Cost: Free, but RSVP is essential
More information/book: Black Cat Books event page, email email@example.com, or phone 3367 8777.
CANCELLED Monday, 10 March - Friday, 21 March
Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival 2014 - Festival for the young and the young at heart
Isobelle will be doing a few talks, and a few in-school workshops. Download the full programme.
Cost: HKD$60 per person
More information: Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival 2014 website.
Friday, 4 April - Sunday 6 April
Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Gold Coast
Location: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, 2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach QLD 4218 [map]
Cost: variety of ticket prices available, please see Supanova: Which ticket?.
More information: An Array of Amazing Authors Announced for April 2014 @ Supanova.
Thursday, 17 April - Monday 21 April
Swancon 39 - Conjuration - Western Australia's annual Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF&F) Literary Convention.
Location: Ibis Styles Hotel, 15 Robinson Ave, Northbridge WA [map]
Schedule to be confirmed
More information: Swancon 39 - Conjuration website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, 9 May
Words At Work - Enhancing confidence, creativity and communication
The Story Road: Where it can lead and what treasures might be found along the way (Keynote address)
Location: Auditorium One (and adjoining Qld Terrace 2nd floor), State Library of Queensland, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD [map]
Cost: $195 incl. GST
More information: SpeakersInk website, or book via the Words at Work booking form.
Sunday, 18 May
Masterclass: Trip the Light Fantastic: writing fantasy fiction
Fantasy is often beyond the norm of fiction, a mix of w orld building, reinterpreting myth and legend, character archetypes that propel narrative and reflect culture shifts and shocks. Whether you’re injecting this reality with a dose of magic or starting your world from scratch, Isobelle Carmody will be on hand to take you through the steps of writing compelling fantasy fiction.
Participants must submit a sample of their work before the course date for feedback from the tutor.
Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Location: QWC Offices, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Brisbane QLD [map]
Cost: Full price: $210, Concession: $189, QWC members: $160, QWC member concessions: $144
More information: Qld Writers Centre event page.
Great news - Isobelle's second Kingdom of the Lost book, The Cloud Road is one of the finalists in the running for the Aurealis Award for Best Children's Book of 2013!
The Aurealis Awards are Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards. The ceremony, where the winners will be announced, will take place on the 5th April 2014 at the Australian National University in Canberra.
The complete list of finalists in the Best Children's Book category are as follows:
Kingdom of the Lost, book 2: Cloud Road by Isobelle Carmody (Penguin Group Australia)
Refuge by Jackie French (Harper Collins)
Song for a scarlet runner by Julie Hunt (Allen & Unwin)
The four seasons of Lucy McKenzie by Kirsty Murray (Allen & Unwin)
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (Hachette Australia)
Ice Breaker: The Hidden 1 by Lian Tanner (Allen & Unwin)
And the complete list of finalists for all categories can be found here.
Isobelle has just confirmed that her 1997 novel (republished in 2012) Greylands is being turned into a film!
Greylands is the haunting and exquisitely rendered story of Jack and his little sister, Ellen, as they struggle to cope with their father's despair in the bleak time after their mother's death. One night Jack enters the greylands – a world where there is no colour, no noise, no laughter – a place that only the wounded can enter.
As reported in The Age today (10 October):
Isobelle Carmody is adapting her novel Greylands, about a boy struggling to come to terms with his mother's death who enters into a mysterious world of storytelling. Editor Luke Doolan, who directed the short film Miracle Fish, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best live action short in 2010, will make his feature directing debut.
And then Isobelle added (via Facebook):
The article does not mention Tara Morice who is the producer and the moving force behind the project. She read it to her daughter when she was young, and from what I understand, her daughter suggested it. Tara came to me and it was one of those moments when you know a really important thing is happening. It was she who talked me into writing the screenplay.
That's right - Isobelle's writing the screenplay!
The crew thus far for Greylands is:
Producer: Tara Morice
Executive Producer: Martin Fabinyi
Writer: Isobelle Carmody
Director: Luke Doolan
Congratulations Isobelle - we all can't wait to see Greylands on the silver screen!
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