It was a full house for the Project Futures High Tea in November, with Sydney’s Doltone House chock-to-the-brim with generous hearts. In between dainty cakes and champagne, thousands of dollars were raised to support a Safe House for women and girls escaping forced marriages.
First the bad news. The Project FuturesHigh Tea on 12 November has sold out. Now the good news; it’s been moved to a bigger venue, so get in quick to buy tickets to support the Freedom Partnership Safe House for victims of forced marriage in Sydney.
I’m looking forward to being Guest Speaker for the August Literary Luncheon of the Society of Women Writers NSW, at the State Library of NSW. In Too close to home; or not close enough, I’ll be discussing the research behind the writing of Promising Azra. You don’t need to be a member of the Society of Women Writers to come along – you can find details about booking here.
This website documents the history of a mid-century project home, the Lend Lease Beachcomber. A popular choice for Sydney’s hilly terrain, the Beachcomber was a budget-priced piece of Bauhaus architectural design.
Helen ThurloeBeachcomber Website Wins National Trust Heritage Award
There are many ways to have a wonderful time in Melbourne. The first highlight of my recent visit was a book-chat about forced child marriage with Kathy Landvogt and Yvonne Lay of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand.
A dark Avalon Beach alleyway was the portal to an evening of northern beaches Azra-ness. In conversation with Libby Armstrong of Beachside Bookshop, I talked about what inspired me to write Promising Azra, and also about all the help I received along the way.
It was standing room only at the official launch of Promising Azra at Kinokuniya in Sydney. Dr Eman Sharobeem from SBS kicked things off by explaining the context for the story, as well as her involvement in my initial research. I then acknowledged the assistance of my many readers and helpers, reciting a list of their (mostly helpful) suggestions about chemistry, mixed martial arts, caterpillars, Pakistani food, Islam, roll-call times, and dogs.