‘Alien Shores’ launched by Julian Burnside QC

‘Alien Shores’ launched by Julian Burnside QC

Susanne Gervay, Arnold Zable and Julian Burnside  QC, launch of Alien Shores at Reading Bookstore CarltonMy friends piled into Readings Bookstore for the launch of ALIEN SHORES  – authors Jen McVeity, Hazel Edwards, Meredith Costain, Paul Collins, Rose Inserra, illustrator Marjory Gardner. Love them.

Julian Burnside QC gave a moving speech to launch ‘Alien Shores’ edited by Sharon Rundle and Meenakshi Bharat.  I felt overwhelmed by Julian’s description of a refugee who converted to Christianity and would have been stoned brutally if forced back to Iran.

Arnold Zable read a segment from his story in ‘Alien Shores’.

Sharon Rundle and I spoke on ABC Radio National with the insightful Michael Cathcart about ‘Alien Shores’.

Michael Cathcart also talked about my personal story in ‘Ships in the Field’ illustrated by Anna Pigantaro and how that related to ‘Alien Shores’.

Hazel Edwards and Meenakshi Bharat at launch of Alien Shores

Author Rose Inserra, illustrator Marjory Gardner, Highlighting Writing Director jen mcVeity

Anna Pignataro and Susanne Gervay's 'Ships's in the Field', National Year of Reading

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.


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