Episode 53: Illustrator/Author Cheryl Orsini

May 15, 2015

Cheryl Orsini was a guest at Katoomba Storytime on Wed 13th June. She read from her new storybook 'Caravan Fran' and brought a fun caravan activity for the children to play with afterwards. In this podcast, Cheryl is interviewed by Naomi about her favorite illustrators, creative career path and more. See more of Cheryl's work at www.cherylorsini.com.au and www.cherylorsiniillustration.blogspot.com.au. You can also follow her on Instagram @cherylorsini #caravanfran

Upcoming events include:

May 17th, 2015: Caravan Fran Launch @ Bondi Pavilion, High Tide Room. Sunday May 17th from 1:30pm - 3pm. Come and see vintage caravan, book reading, music, badge making, cupcakes and much more! 

May 24th, 2015: Sydney Writers Festival, Family Day.


Episode 52: Editor, Author and Proofreader Jennifer Mosher

October 10, 2014


Today John is joined by Jennifer Mosher, who is an Editor, Author and Proofreader. After a 30 year history in accounting, Jenny swapped numbers for words in 2005 and now enjoys the pleasure of helping people bring their message to an audience through editing, proofreading, formatting and advisory services.

Jenny is also the author of the children’s stories Who Caught the Yawn? And Where Did the Sneeze Go? as well as the ebook Simple Rules for Effective Business Communication.

Check out her website here: http://www.jennifermoshereditor.com


Episode 51: Author Margaret Rose Stringer

October 7, 2014



Today we are joined by author Margaret Rose Stringer. Margaret Rose has had extensive experience in radio and television. Her memoir, And then Like my Dreams, published by Fremantle Press, is the story of her life with her husband Charles ‘Chic’ Stringer set against the backdrop of the entertainment industry.

To find out more about Margaret Rose’s book, ‘And then like my dreams: A Memoir’, head to: www.margaretrosestringer.com. Also be sure to check out her blog on this site.  

Please note that this podcast episode was recorded via Skype, and unfortunately has some distortion and volume inconsistency.


Episode 50: Creative Writing Instructor Keith Whelan

September 25, 2014



Keith Whelan runs workshops at Public Libraries on writing, ranging from Beginners Instruction in Creative Writing, to Travel Writing, to Writing for Children Keith will be a guest speaker at the Readers and Writers Forum at Katoomba Library on October 25th, 2014. The event will run all day (from 10am – 3.30pm), with panels on The Writing Process, Children’s Literature, Memoir & Biography, Historical Fiction & Non-Fiction, Editing, and Self Publishing.




Episode 49: Author Gabriella Kovac

September 24, 2014


Author Gabriella Kovac will be featured at the Readers and Writers Forum at Katoomba Library on October 25th, 2014. The event will run all day (from 10am – 3.30pm), with panels on The Writing Process, Children’s Literature, Memoir & Biography, Historical Fiction & Non-Fiction, Editing, and Self Publishing. Plus, there will be pre-paid workshops available on Creative Writing and/or Editing for $15 per person, per workshop.
You can find out more about her writing and work at www.gabriellakovac.com. On her site you can buy the book Georgina, Holocaust Survivor Stories, and you can also download a chapter free, to get a taste.


Episode 48: Yoga Tales with Kate Phillips

September 21, 2014
Yoga Teacher Kate Phillips talks about ‘Yoga Tales’, her creative and empowering classes for children, using stories movement, song, and of course ...YOGA! Tuesday mornings during school term at Springwood Library.
Visit Kate’s website to find out more about her, at: awakenedheartyoga.com.au.


Episode 47: Editor Natalie Muller

July 25, 2014


Today we are joined by Natalie Muller, Editor-in-residence for 2014 at the Blue Mountains City Library. Passionate about bringing authors and readers together, Natalie is interested in bringing new voices to the reading public, and exploring the possibilities of e-books. She also offers a reading service, providing authors with a critical assessment of their manuscript, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.

She will be visiting our library branches and making herself available to discuss reading, writing, what it is like to be a writer and how to improve your writing. The remaining 2014 dates for this free service are: Saturday 9th August at Katoomba Library, Saturday 13th September at Blaxland Library, Saturday 11th October at Springwood Library and Saturday 8th November at Blaxland Library.

For more information and to book your space, please contact your local Blue Mountains library branch. Find out more about Natalie and her services via her website at: www.nataliemuller.weebly.com 

Also, submissions are now open for the first edition of The Wild Goose, a literary e-journal Natalie is starting, focusing on new Australian writing. The theme of the first edition will be 'Summer' - please feel free to interpret this however you like. Submissions of essays, short stories, memoir, poetry and visual material will be accepted. Please have your work submitted before November 1st to be considered for the launch issue. Send your submissions to thewildgoose@optusnet.com.au 




Episode 46: Author Susan Boyer

May 8, 2014



Today we are joined by author Susan E. Boyer, who will be talking at Blaxland Library in May about her book, Across Great Divides: True stories of life at Sydney CoveSusan is the author of more than twenty books in the educational field. ‘People in Australia’s Past – their stories, their achievements’ was her first book on Australian history and reflects her interest and passion on the topic. Susan is a presenter, researcher and teacher. She is also a highly respected author in the area of English language teaching.

Susan’s book, Across Great Divides: True stories of life at Sydney Cove, brings to life the diverse experiences of people living in the precarious circumstance of Australia's first penal colony. Visit Birrong Books here for more information. 

Blaxland Library hosts an author talk by Susan Boyer on: Saturday 24th May 2014, at 2pm. The library is situated at 33 Hope St., Blaxland NSW. Please join us for this free event. 


Episode 45: Rebekah Cooper

April 22, 2014

Today John is joined by Rebekah Cooper, a trainee at the library, to talk about her favourite books and what it's like to work in a library. 


Episode 44: Author Sharon Cross

March 7, 2014


Local author Sharon Cross joined us at Springwood Library to discuss her book, 'Emu Plains to Bathurst: The Great Inns and Hotels'. 

This book is dedicated to the past and present hotels that run along the western road to Bathurst. Released to coincide with the Bicentenary of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains, this local history is sure to be of interest.