At we’re slowly directing our talents towards guiding and aiding those in their creative pursuits (whatever they may be). Writersmerge has already been bubbling away with activity over the last couple of years as we’ve plodded away at our own personal projects and goals, so to further inspire and motivate that work we have come up with the Anthology Project.
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The scheduled upgrade (24 July) is now complete, so if you're reading this news item...welcome back to the site, misfits!
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.
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Isobelle Carmody 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!
Black Cat Books Rosie Borella Supanova Swancon State Library of Qld Speakers Ink Qld Writers Centre Brisbane Gold Coast Gold Coast Supanova Northbridge
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 Cloud Road Kingdom of the Lost Aurealis Awards
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.
Greylands Greylands film Tara Morice
Isobelle will be flying back to Australia for a short while after wrapping up her New Zealand tour, and will be the guest author at the Children's and Young Adults' Literature Festival, Booked In!, on Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th at venues around Armidale and Uralla, NSW.
Booked In Festival Armidale Childrens and Young Adults Literature Festival
Many of you may have already seen this campaign floating around the interwebs, but if not - here it is:
A number of authors, including Isobelle Carmody, Sean Williams, Sophie Masson, Michael Pryor and Marianne De Pierres to name a few, are taking part in an interactive storytelling project currently being crowdfunded on pozible by writer Emily Craven.
Choose Your Own Adventure Crowdfunding
Isobelle will be back in Australia briefly during July, after which she's flying over to NZ for her first tour of New Zealand's north and south islands. Details of each of her appearances are below, and we'll add to this list as more appearances are confirmed.
Apollo Bay Library Auckland Central City Library Wellington Central Library Upper Riccarton Library Dunedin City Library South Christchurch Library Storylines Festival New Zealand Apollo Bay Auckland Wellington Christchurch Dunedin
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