The Brisbane Omega Writers Book Fair is on again March 16th at Hills Church in Everton Hills. There will be author tables with a wide range of books, readings, workshops, showbags, prizes, and more.
Workshops include Healing Histories by Anne Hamilton and Writing Life Stories by Ruth Bonetti.
There is something for everyone:
- If you are a reader (or have family members, including children, who love books), you can browse the range of books available, and enjoy the readings and other presentations.
- If you are a writer or aspire to write – why not book into Ruth Bonetti’s workshop on Writing Life Stories.
- If you would like to delve deeper – book the Healing Histories workshop with Anne Hamilton.
- If you have published books (as an author, publisher, illustrator) why not book a table to showcase your books and other creative work.
Time: 10am-2:30pm Saturday 16th March at
Venue: Hills Church, 79 Queens Road, Everton Hills.
Attendance to the Fair is free (gold coin donation welcome). Workshops are $15 each.
For more information or to book Display Table, or a Workshop or a salad lunch for an unbeatable price – please register at https://www.trybooking.com/BAEZQ on or before Wednesday 15th March.
Please note: Discounts are available for members of Omega Writers and check the Omega Promotions FB page, the mail out or ask Judy Rogers for the codes.
10.00 – 10:15 am Doors open and welcome by MC.
10.15 am Workshop 1: Healing Histories with Anne Hamilton (in separate room)
11.45-12:30 pm Workshop 2: Writing Life Stories with Ruth Bonetti (in separate room).
Auditorium remains open during workshops to peruse books, chat with authors, make purchases, listen to readings (in the café area) throughout the day.
Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 noon (either pre-ordered by 13 March, or there are several cafes within a few minutes’ drive of the venue.)
1.30 pm Announcement of Scavenger Prize (Door prizes throughout).
2.30 pm Book fair closes
Workshop 1 Healing Histories by Anne Hamilton
In Healing Histories, Anne will examine the obstacles that block Christians from entering into God’s calling for their lives and ways to embrace God’s full blessings. Her session today is about rejection and how to overcome it. It particularly focuses on the spiritual aspects of rejection. Join Anne on Facebook at facebook.com/anne.hamilton.7355
Anne Hamilton was a mathematics teacher for thirty years until she became the editor of Australia’s most widely read daily devotional, The Word for Today. She is the author of over 20 books—ranging from children’s picture books to highly awarded YA fantasy and prize-winning devotional theology. Before her first book was accepted for publication, Anne experienced decades of rejection.
Workshop 2: Writing Life Stories by Ruth Bonetti
Have you thought to write your own or another’s life story? Where to start? What to include—or not!
Have you lost your way among the archives and birth registers and stalled? Do you feel daunted?
Do it now, before stories and insights are lost to dementia and coffins!
In her workshop, Writing Life Stories, Ruth Bonetti will help you start or to release your log jams. She draws on her experience of mining archival family letters, memories and newspapers to publish two memoir-biographies of her Finnish ancestors; Burn My Letters and From Midnight Sun to Southern Cross. Ruth is now researching a new epic family emigration story with a fascinating historical background.
Secure your place before it’s too late. Register for Writing Life Stories on the Omega Writers website.
ABOUT RUTH BONETTI
Ruth grew up in the arid Queensland outback, intrigued by the strange-accented relatives she met on holidays near Byron Bay, in areas developed by her power-house grandfather W. A. Back.
Ruth’s career in classical music became a passport to the world.
Destiny led her to live in Sweden, directly across the Gulf of Bothnia from Granddad’s birthplace in Finland. There relatives gifted her with parish records and archival letters which they helped her translate from Swedish dialect. They helped her research his story, and that of the black-sheep brother who in 1899 fled with Russians in pursuit to Suez. Blessed with this information, she published the saga as two books: Midnight Sun to Southern Cross and Burn My Letters, which won the 2017 Omega Writers’ Caleb Award for Nonfiction.
Ruth presented “Writing Life Stories” at her birth town, Hughenden, and “Finding My Voice—Empowering Yours” at Kingaroy Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network Conference in Kingaroy.
A webinar is on her website as well as her CWA “Ruth” magazine feature article.