Natalie Muller in the Library

Posted on July 25, 2014. Filed under: Books, Writing | Tags: , , , , , |

As you all know, Natalie Muller (Editor-in-residence for 2014 at the Blue Mountains City Library) has been holding her free reading/editing feedback service in our library branches this year. But do you want to find out a bit more about who she is and what she does? Click here to listen to our podcast interview with her, online. It’s a great listen!

Passionate about bringing authors and readers together, Natalie is interested in bringing new voices to the reading public, and exploring the possibilities of e-books. She offers a reading service, providing authors with a critical assessment of their manuscript, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.

She will be visiting our library branches and making herself available to discuss reading, writing, what it is like to be a writer and how to improve your writing. The remaining 2014 dates for this free service are: Saturday 9th August at Katoomba Library, Saturday 13thSeptember at Blaxland Library, Saturday 11th October at Springwood Library and Saturday 8th November at Blaxland Library.

Find out more about Natalie and her services via her website at:

Also, submissions are now open for the first edition of The Wild Goose, a literary e-journal Natalie is starting, focusing on new Australian writing. The theme of the first edition will be ‘Summer’ – please feel free to interpret this however you like. Submissions of essays, short stories, memoir, poetry and visual material will be accepted. Please have your work submitted before November 1st to be considered for the launch issue. Send your submissions to

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Are books dead, and can authors survive?

Posted on August 26, 2011. Filed under: Books | Tags: , , , , |

At the Edinburgh international book festival this weekend, Ewan Morrison set out his bleak vision of a publishing industry in terminal decline.  Morrison thinks that within 25 years paper books will no longer exist and that writing, as a profession, will cease to exist.

Read his argument here.

What do you think?

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News for Aspiring Authors

Posted on August 4, 2011. Filed under: Food for thought | Tags: |

Then this post might interest you.

Publisher Pan Macmillan has announced that authors can now make manuscript submissions electronically every Monday between 10am and 4pm each Monday – ‘Manuscript Monday’. Further Pan Macmillan will no longer accept hard copy submissions from November this year.

Pan Macmillan is interested in commercial fiction and nonfiction, literary fiction and nonfiction, and children’s and young adult books but not scripts, plays, poetry, romance or academic titles.

Authors submitting a manuscript will get an automatic email acknowledgement and will be contacted within a month if the publisher is interested in reading more of the manuscript. Get more information here.

‘Manuscript Monday’ is not the first program like this. Allen & Unwin runs  ‘‘The Friday Pitch’ accepting electronic submissions for adult fiction and nonfiction titles.

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New 2 reference

Posted on September 15, 2010. Filed under: Books, Reference | Tags: , , , |

Style : the essential guide for journalists and professional writers

“Used by more than 120 newspapers and websites and more than 30 magazines, News Limited’s Style explains the grammar, spelling and punctuation rules used by Australia’s premier news-gathering organisation, its writers and its editors” – Revised and updated for the web. One copy in Reference at Springwood (808.027 STY)

Concise Guide to Medicines and Drugs

Updated edition from the Royal Australian College of General Practioners.  Essential quick reference to more than 2000 prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Jargon free and with the latest information.

One copy held in Springwood Reference (615.1 ROY)

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Reading and writing

Posted on August 16, 2010. Filed under: Books, Writing | Tags: , |

In an article in The Guardian, A.L. Kennedy said this about reading and writing :
I always say that writing and readers are misunderstood, because if you glance casually at people who are reading and writing, you may simply see people who appear serious, frozen. But if we happen to glance at people just before they kiss (not in an intrusive or unpleasant way, Best Beloveds) then their expression is the same – oddly solemn, intent. and yet nobody ever suggests that kissing is dull, or pathetic, or a bit of a waste of time. I happen to believe that giving and receiving a kiss operates very much along the same lines as giving and receiving a word – it’s simply that the tiving and receiving are done in different rooms at different times – they are still an attempt to touch, be touched, be recognised, to exist in passion, to be human.”
I just thought it lovely and wanted to share . . .
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New to Ref: music, writing and succulents

Posted on March 30, 2010. Filed under: Books, Reference | Tags: , , , , , , |

The illustrated encyclopedia of musical instruments

The authors explain how early musical inventions were scattered across the globe and how they evolved in various cultures. The structure of the book provides an overview of the history, symbolism, construction and playing technique of each of the instruments discussed. Held at Katoomba and Springwood Reference



A student’s writing guide

This text covers everything a student needs to know about writing essays and papers in the humanities and social sciences. Starting from the common difficulties students face, it gives practical examples of all the stages necessary to produce a good piece of academic work: • interpreting assignment topics • drawing on your own experience and background • reading analytically and taking efficient notes • developing your argument through introductions, middles and conclusions • evaluating and using online resources • understanding the conventions of academic culture • honing your ideas into clear, vigorous English. Held at Katoomba and Springwood Reference

Australian succulent plants

This book covers approximately one hundred species from 40 genera and most are described and illustrated in some detail. There are additional notes on traditional and modern foods, availability, cultivation, conservation and other items of interest. Included are some of the most under-appreciated, diverse, and interesting Australian plants. Many of them are among the most drought or dry tolerant of all plants, though some are not always obviously succulent. Held at Blaxland and Katoomba Reference



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The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas

Posted on December 2, 2009. Filed under: Books, Food for thought, Web sites, Writing | Tags: , , , , |

From 2010, Melbourne will have a new kind of cultural institution, the Wheeler Centre. It is named afetr the Wheelers of Lonely Planet fame. The Centre, and its website, will be dedicated to the discussion and practice of writing and ideas.

Through a year-round programme of talks and lectures, readings and debates, and an evolving site featuring video and live blogging.

Check it out here
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