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How Good is The Australian Women Writers Challenge?

18 Apr

How good is The Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012?

Firstly, I have to say thanks to the organisers, Elizabeth Lhuede and Shelleyrae, as well as those tireless helpers like Brenda who have helped me so much in putting my books on the Challenge pages.

For the Challenge itself, it’s turned into a journey of discovery. Reviews posted by Shelleyrae and others have whetted my appetite for many enthralling volumes that would have otherwise escaped my notice. Likewise, my awareness of many outstanding  Australian women authors has skyrocketed!

In my own small way, I’m trying to promote the Challenge, both for the benefit of our writers and the community. What marvelous benefits could flow, if   greater enthusiasm for the written word could be aroused?

Spread the word: The Australian Women Writers Challenge is wonderful!

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‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ is Here!

17 Apr

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Our sixth volume of Short Stories, entitled ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’, is set to find its way onto bookshelves. Written by myself, Margaret Lynette Sharp, like all the others, this book is edited by my husband  Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Set in contemporary Australia, this volume differs from the other collections of Short Stories that I have written in a couple of ways.

The first thing you’ll notice is the difference in setting out, which is aimed at making the stories even easier to read.

The second difference lies in the length and structure of the first and last stories. Each is relatively lengthy, and spans a number of years, giving greater depth to the tales.

The third difference  is that there is no link between the first and last stories: the signature of the ‘Life and Love in Australia’ series.  However, I’m hoping the quality of the work makes up for any disappointment by readers on this score.

As an Australian author, I’m proud to say that this book is listed by the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012, and is also mentioned on the ‘Friends of the National Year of reading 2012’ page.

Just released on April 11 this year, why not be amongst the first in the world to discover this new addition to Australian contemporary literature?

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Published Today: ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’

11 Apr

We’ve done it again; unleashed our new baby into the literary world. ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ has been released.

This being our sixth effort, I guess we’re beginning to feel like old hands at it, yet I’d be lying if I said the thrill is diminishing. There it is, a real book, for better or for worse: the culmination of thought, education, effort, emotion and life experience.

‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ differs a little from our set of four volumes of ‘Life and Love in Australia’ by virtue of its relatively  lengthy, unrelated, first and last stories.

In addition, I feel that it is overall a little more serious than the earlier collections. Whether this is a plus or a minus, I don’t quite know.

Written by myself, and edited by my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M., this volume is a true family effort, since my husband’s daughter Sandra  also helped in the setting-up for publication.

Quite by accident, it’s been released on the hundredth anniversary of the departure of the ill-fated Titanic.  I can only hope that it, too, isn’t destined for disaster.

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The Challenge Gains Momentum

20 Mar

The Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012 is moving ahead, with several hundred reviews; many vibrant with enthusiasm!

Booksellers are getting on board with easily recognized promotions. Surely the public awareness of us is being significantly heightened.

Concurrent with the National Year of Reading 2012, let’s hope the Challenge reveals some great new talent!

I’ve Joined!

3 Mar

It’s been on my mind for weeks, even months. The Australian Women Writers Challenge!

And now, I’ve joined!

My first post: a piece about me and my books: received a particularly warm reception from a lovely fellow woman writer named Brenda. Positive feedback: balm to the soul!

What’s it all about?

Well, the Challenge aims to highlight and review works by contemporary Australian female writers, with the hope of recognizing and advancing both those new and established.

As a new writer, I’m thrilled at this marvelous initiative, held concurrently with the National Year of Reading 2012.