More than $5000 on offer in new Sutherland Shire Literary Competition

Literary competition launched: Councillors Michael Forshaw (left), Tom Croucher and Barry Collier and Kellie Wilson (community engagement) in Sutherland Shire Library. Picture: John Veage

A new literary competition to be held annually in Sutherland Shire aims to encourage local talent and show the area is rich in more than just sporting prowess, beaches and bushland.

Sutherland Shire Council has launched the competition, which will carry a first prize of $1000, plus $500 and $350 for second and third places, in each of the three categories – traditional (rhyming) poetry, free verse poetry and short stories. 

The council hopes to attract entries from poets and short story writers around Australia.

Continue at: St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

There’s going to be a Hunter S. Thompson TV series – NME

MGM Television has announced that it will be producing a television series based on the late Hunter S. Thompson’s life.The show will be called ‘Fear and Loathing’, after the writer’s 1971 novel, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’.

Full Story: There’s going to be a Hunter S. Thompson TV series – NME

Catch up on Hunter’s work for yourself at Amazon

 

Cambridge University moves to ‘decolonise’ English literature curriculum | London Evening Standard

I think it’s rather appalling that it takes a “movement” to have these writers included, I would have thought they were long ago.  Great writing is great writing – no matter the ethnicity / religion of the author.  Still, I’m glad to see the change is finally happening.

Students have campaigned to 'decolonise' the university

The University of Cambridge’s English faculty is taking steps to “decolonise” the curriculum in response to a student campaign.

Full Story: Cambridge University moves to ‘decolonise’ English literature curriculum | London Evening Standard

Jason Reynolds on ‘Long Way Down’ and how he became a writer – The Washington Post

All of which asks the question Reynolds posed to his young audience: “How is it that a kid like me, a kid who grew up reading no books, eventually became a man who writes books for y’all?”

The tale of Reynolds’s transformation from a non-reader living on the edge in Oxon Hill, Md., to a literary celebrity is the kind of relatable story he wished he’d read when he was a kid. “It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” he said in an interview in the District, where he lives part-time.

Full Story: Jason Reynolds on ‘Long Way Down’ and how he became a writer – The Washington Post

Illustrating a better world: ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ invokes youth voices

What if you had a magic pencil with the power to create anything you wanted? What would you draw? What would you erase?

As a child Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate, dreamed for such a pencil, one to draw a real soccer ball for her brothers or beautiful dresses for her mother. One to draw a more peaceful world, an equal place for boys and girls.

Full Story: Illustrating a better world: ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ invokes youth voices

High-schooler putting more books in kids’ hands

This is one of my favorite recent stories I’ve found.  A teenager who brings her young enthusiasm and hard work ethic (that “get it done”) mentality along with fresh out-of-the-box thinking.  So nice to see this and more organizations need to encourage the youth to get involved and offer solutions.  They are smarter, more energetic and more compassionate than many assume.

What a wonderful story.

“I was shocked,” said Vaher, an avid reader since an early age, who often visited the library with her mom to catch up on summer reading as a child. “But most kids, their parents are working throughout the summer and so they don’t have the chance to go to a summer reading program.

”Vaher visited the Stowe Family YMCA in Belmont and — in coordination with its director, Susan Mosk — learned some 300 kids regularly attend the branch’s afterschool and summer activity programs. While the branch has a large playroom with TV and video games, Vaher noticed it only had a small bookshelf and lacked a comfortable reading environment for kids.

That’s when she envisioned her opportunity to bring that option directly to kids at the YMCA.

Full Story : High-schooler putting more books in kids’ hands

Harry Potter Kindle In Motion books feature magical MOVING pictures: WATCH this preview

This is my favorite story of the day so far! I love the thought of this – moving picture in e-books, some of them interactive! How cool is that? Imagine what you can do with children’s and Young Adult literature. I hope this really catches on and it’s no surprise that J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” would be the story to bring this forward to the masses. Can’t wait to get my copy!

Full article about the new Kindle versions available at Express UK

93-year-old grandfather is now a children’s book author – Story | WNYW

Bernie Ditchik, 93, is still driving, playing tennis, sculpting, and, perhaps his most impressive feat, starting a new chapter in his life as an author.

The father of three and grandpa of five served in the Navy during World War II and later went on to run a costume jewelry business. Penning books was never part of his plan. Then he retired and his family suggested he write down the creative bedtime stories he had always come up with in his head.

Full Story: 93-year-old grandfather is now a children’s book author – Story | WNYW