No signs of slowing down

Anna talking with students at the University of Adelaide
Anna talking with students at the University of Adelaide

The MidnightSun authors have been very busy over the last couple of months. Anna was invited to talk to students and staff at The University of Adelaide in September.

She decided to talk about her writing, her PhD experience and her publishing venture in equal measure.

A couple of weeks later, Anna was invited to talk to Arts and Education students at Lincoln College about careers opportunities. It was a great night which generated some interesting questions and discussion.

Next stop was Flinders University for a talk about ‘Writers and Their Worlds’.

Anna with Steve Evans at 'Writers and Their Worlds'
Anna with Steve Evans at ‘Writers and Their Worlds’

Anna chose to speak about her Swedish background and show photos of the many places that have inspired her writing.

Anna with Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood
Anna with Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood

In October, Zanesh and Anna were invited to the Town Hall to celebrate the Feast Festival turning sixteen. It was a lovely evening, were they were treated to delicious finger foods and were rubbing shoulders with the Feast director Kerry Ireland as well as lord major Stephen Yarwood, who gratefully received copies of The Hum of Concrete and Pangamonium.

 

At very short notice, Anna was asked to step in and run a workshop at The University of Adelaide. Considering the situation, it went very well indeed with smiles all around, both from participants and Anna.

Anna Solding and Zanesh Catkin at the Feast Festival
Anna Solding and Zanesh Catkin at the Feast Festival

Next was the major Feast event. As we had no idea what to expect, we were happy that the tent wasn’t completely empty. It would have been nice to see a few more unfamiliar faces in the crowd but at the same time it can sometimes be easier to talk to an audience that knows the work. Thank you so much to all the readers who came along!

Part of our supportive audience
Part of our supportive audience

 

 

We got the impression that those who attended had a good time and perhaps even learned a thing or two.

 

Anna had been asked to run a workshop at the SA Writers’ Centre in November and the theme she chose was ‘Polished to Perfection’. After three hours of intense work shopping, everyone came away brimming with knowledge and ideas for how to improve their manuscripts. Using both her experience as a writer and as a publisher, Anna managed to touch on topics such as the synopsis, the blurb and how to fine-tune your manuscript by looking at essential elements such as character, plot, viewpoint, style and theme. For those who missed out: there might very well be more workshops next year, so keep an eye on our website for details.

We are also very excited to announce that Zanesh’s Pangamonium has been favourably reviewed by one of the top reviewers on Amazon. Read the entire review here. ‘This book is all wonderful fun…this is a superb Gulliver’s Travels for our time!’ Grady Harp. Couldn’t agree more!

Work with Kim Lock’s Peace, Love and Khaki Socks is also in full swing. The Adelaide launch date will be Friday 26 April 2013. As MidnightSun Publishing likes to party, we’ll drink, dance and be merry from 7pm at the SA Writers’ Centre. You are invited!

 

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