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.
2018 is promising to be a very productive writing year for me, with two wonderful residencies now confirmed. First up, I’m delighted to be receiving a Varuna Residency Fellowship to complete my first historical fiction, The Fourteenth Wife.
In this refreshing alternative to the Wikiplace, I challenge you not to laugh at the photo captions (with or without laundry baskets, and/or sharpie pens). Author Robin Elizabeth’s Write or Wrong blog (Uninspiration for the uninspired) is as entertaining as it is genre-defying. She assures me that the Promising Azra self-scribble (inspired by the book’s cover) that her three-year-old son undertook, has now all but faded away.
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.
That got your attention, didn’t it? No, this is not the title of the sequel. I’m not telling where she goes yet… But I am delighted that there is buzz around Azra in various bookshops in New Zealand, and I dropped in for a signing at the fabulous Women’s Bookshop in Auckland. Every shelf is purple!