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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. You might enjoy my books - The Dagger of Dresnia, the first book of the Talismans Trilogy, is available at all good online book shops. Book two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. Book three, The Seer of Syland, is in preparation. I trained in piano and singing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. I also trained in dance (Scully-Borovansky, WAAPA) and drama (NIDA). Since 1987 I have been writing reviews of performances in all genres for a variety of publications, including Music Maker, ArtsWest, Dance Australia, The Australian and others. Now semi-retired, I still write occasionally for the ArtsHub website, and I still teach dance at Trinity School for Seniors, an outreach program of the Uniting Church in Perth.

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The first novel of my trilogy, The Talismans, is available as an e-book from Smashwords, Amazon and other online sellers. I do have paperbacks of The Dagger of Dresnia at the low price of $AU25 including postage within Australia. I also have a short story, 'La Belle Dame', in print - see Mythic Resonance below. Book two of the trilogy, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. The best way to contact me is via Facebook!

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The first two books of The Talismans trilogy were published by Satalyte Publications, which, sadly, has gone out of business. Book one, The Dagger of Dresnia, is up on the usual bookselling web sites as an e-book, and I have a few hard copies to sell to those who prefer Real Paper. Book Two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available soon. The easiest way to contact me is via Facebook.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Of prose and cons

Well, it's been three weeks since I said I would write about the Conflux convention in Canberra, and since then I've been to another one, the Crimescene con in Perth. Both were great little cons.

At Conflux my friend Helen Venn and I shared a room in the hotel (Rydges, Capital Hill) so we were able to be there for the evening program as well as the daytime one. All the panels we were on went well, and the performances of Laura E. Goodin's radio play Useless Questions were very well received.  Here's a pic of the cast & director, courtesy of Cat Sparks and Rob Hood.

L.to R. are Cat Sparks,Nicole Murphy, Laura E. Goodin, David McDonald, Stephen Ormsby and yours truly. We were, of course, utterly brilliant  There were nice comments about the panels we were involved with, especially the one on reviewing - in fact, all the panels were good and there were excellent writing workshops as well.

A nice bonus: my son Kurt, who lives in Canberra, took Helen and me on a day tour when the con was over. The best part was the amazing view from Mount Ainslie (right, photo courtesy http://www.tripadvisor.com.au ).

Then on 10 October I had a lovely day at the Crimescene Convention at Rydges hotel in Perth. Great talks and panels with Lyn and Lee Battersby, Stephen Dedman, Alisa Krasnostein, Tehani Croft Wessely, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Glenda Larke Noramly. Caught up with Davina Marjory Watson and others that I rarely see. I bought the first book of Tansy's crime series, written under her new Livia Day brand. How good is my karma? Cons two weekends running!

No more cons now until next Easter, when it's Swancon time again. Can't wait!

And in the prose department, The Cloak of Challiver is out with an editor colleague for final checking before submission. See the guy in the pinkred T-shirt in the photo above? He's Stephen Ormsby of Satalyte Publishing, and he's the one who has to like The Cloak of Challiver or it will never see light of day. Fingers crossed!

2 comments:

Jo said...

I'm sure he will like it. Never been to a con. Guess I never will now. Knew Glenda was going to be at the crime one.

Satima Flavell said...

Never too late to start, Jo!

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