Warm Winter Words 2012
Share the warm winter magic of these writers and their work
in the Krambruk Room at the Apollo Bay Hotel
Sunday 29th July 2012, 1.30pm
This year's Warm Winter Words welcomes three exceptional writers. Each one exploring different and compelling experiences while bringing fresh perspectives and ideas to universal themes of humanity, exile and what it means to belong to a place or culture.
Vogel Award winner Belinda Castles' new novel Emil and Hannah looks at the caprices of war-time Europe as families are torn in two with the stroke of a Home Office pen. Based on the lives of the author's own family, this powerful love story explores the devastation facing star-crossed lovers of different European extractions in the shadow of Hitler's ruthless rise to power. Belinda is well-known for her two other novels The River Baptists and Falling Woman.
In Anguli Ma: A Gothic Tale, writer and perfomer Chi Vu brings an ancient, macabre Buddhist folk tale to life in Melbourne's western suburbs. In the midst of the nineteen eighties, a fractious household of shattered Vietnamese refugee families struggle to piece together some semblance of a life while all about them a gruesome legend of revenge, murder and redemption is gaining terrifying new life at the local abattoir. Chi has worked as an artist, theatre maker & performer, writer, artistic director, lecturer and artist-in-residence. Her plays have had professional productions in Melbourne and Sydney, her short stories are widely published.
Paddy O'Reilly, the multi-award winning screenwriter and novelist has written a bold, colourful take on life in an outback Aussie town. The Fine Colour of Rust also features an abattoir and a good many other unlikely tourist attractions that all come into their own when corruption and the closure of the local school spur Loretta Boskovic, a self proclaimed old scrag, into hilarious and inspiring action. Paddy O'Reilly could teach us all a thing or two about putting the fun back into fighting for things that really matter!
Paddy's short stories have been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies. Her debut novel, The Factory, was broadcast in fifteen episodes as the ABC Radio National Book Reading during 2009.