Poetry

Poetry is one of the oldest forms of recorded literature, with the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh dating back to 2100BC. Songs, poems, rhymes and verse are both universal and powerful, and a part of all our lives.

At Sydney School of Arts & Humanities we are proud to play a role in continuing this ancient human tradition, and welcome examples of verse covering all forms, from diverse themes and cultural backgrounds. We also encourage public performances of poems by our writers.

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Remembering TUTA An Invitation to Participate You are invited to take part in a collection of reminiscences about your involvement in the Trade Union Training Authority (TUTA). TUTA, the Australian Trade Union Training Authority (1975-1996), was a Federal Government funded organisation to train union officials and delegates. It had centres in each State and a residential Clyde Cameron College in Wodonga. Several former staff and friends would like to develop a history of TUTA. Former staff and  participants willing to share information about their TUTA experience are invited to either write a short report or take part in an interview
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How to Submit Memories

How to Submit Memories

How to Submit your Memories Using Word.docx Remembering TUTA
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Moderating Group

Moderating Group

Phil Drew – phildrew1941@gmail.com – 0417 263 957 – Former Director, Clyde Cameron College. Michael Johnston – majkam@bigpond.net.au – 0417 552 337 – Former NSW Director of TUTA.
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Collection To Date

Training Methods Facilities Impact of Training Anecdotes Photos TUTA Films Other
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WWII Letters A SOLDIER’S ODYSSEY

WWII Letters: A Soldier's Odyssey - The Life of Marcus Edwards by Ian Edwards $4.95 This biography of Marcus Edwards is an astonishing chronicle of the life of a soldier on the frontline in WWII. Written by Marcus Edwards’ nephew, Ian Edwards, the work draws largely on the soldier’s correspondence and diary notes from the Second World War in particular. The letters provide revelations about conditions of living in the major war zones of Europe and North Africa. Edwards enlisted as a gunner soon after the declaration of war in 1939, and fought on several fronts in the 2/2 Field Regiment
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THE BOOTS a Souths novel

The Boots

All Mike has to do is get his mate’s lucky boots to the stadium – but when Mike accidentally loses them his day is turned upside down. A sports action adventure set in the world of Rugby League.
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Membership Subscription

Membership of SSOA Sydney School of Arts & Humanities is now offering Membership that includes a range of benefits. Our goal for Membership is to bring together a community of writers, online as well as face-to-face, to provide support and share ideas along the writing journey. If you'd like to join, and enjoy the benefits listed, please sign up via the form below. The cost is currently $37 per annum. We look forward to welcoming new members!
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Test Membership

Membership of SSOA Sydney School of Arts & Humanities is now offering Membership that includes a range of benefits. Our goal for Membership is to bring together a community of writers, online as well as face-to-face, to provide support and share ideas along the writing journey. If you'd like to join, and enjoy the benefits listed, please sign up via the form below. The cost is currently $25 per annum. We look forward to welcoming new members! Benefits of joining SSOA  Value 1 x free Writing Group session Each week we host regular writing groups for all kinds of work, from
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Rossco Robertson

Rossco Robertson works in IT and graphic design, and his first novel, The Boots, is set in the world of Rugby League.
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I Will: A Memoir of Stroke, Renewal and the Power of Song

I Will: A Memoir of Stroke, Renewal and the Power of Song

I Will: A Memoir of Stroke, Renewal and the Power of Song is Jenny Sheldon's account of recovering her life and voice after being left unable to speak following a stroke.
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Jenny Sheldon

A former English teacher, Jenny Sheldon was left unable to speak after suffering a stroke. Her first book, I Will: A Memoir of Stroke, Renewal, is an inspiring account of her recovery.
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Anthology

Anthology

A Call for Short Story Submissions to an Anthology to be published by Sydney School of Arts and Humanities (SSOA) SSOA is a niche (boutique) publishing house and writers’ centre, supported by the City of Sydney. We have a mission to encourage emerging authors, their fictional story-telling, life-writing and poetry. We have undertaken a number of initiatives this year to showcase the talents of local writers, and to provide opportunities to have stories heard, read and published. One of our new ventures is the production of an Anthology of Short Stories to be published and sold on the Sydney School of Arts &
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THE BOOTS a Souths novel

The Boots

All Mike has to do is get his mate’s lucky boots to the stadium – but when Mike accidentally loses them his day is turned upside down. A sports action adventure set in the world of Rugby League.
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Waking the Mind

Waking the Mind

Geetha Waters’ engaging selection of short stories is a reflection on Jiddu Krishnamurti’s impact on her education based on her experiences at a school he founded in South India.
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The Dark Side of The Opera

The Dark Side of The Opera

This Sydney Collection of poetry and pays tribute to a city that has become a second home for Ferdinando Manzo. It describes the city’s soul. Its life. Even its dark side.
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A Taste for Diamonds

A Taste for Diamonds

A Taste for Diamonds is a love story that spans two continents, from London to Buenos Aires, as Harriett and the man she loves face the consequences of getting involved in the international diamond trade.
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Reform of the ALP

Reform of the ALP

A new submission to Open Labor hopes to initiate electorally-popular reforms in the party. A group called 'The Tilters' may have some tips for success.
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The Quiet American

The Quiet American

Christine Williams reviews Graham Green's The Quiet American and considers its relevance to society today.
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Say 'NO' to nuclear war

Say ‘NO’ to nuclear war

The madness of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s stand-off seems to go unchallenged by most of the media. Jennifer Neil observes how there’s rarely any reference to the debilitating effects of nuclear war.
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Helena Ameisen

Helena Ameisen

Helena Ameisen has worked as a speech pathologist as well as in theatre, film and television, and writes of her married life in Alexandria, Egypt.
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Booksellers

Booksellers

SSOA Current Book Catalogue To place your order, please click the below link where you can choose from our current catalogue and indicate the number of books to be delivered, as well as any special delivery instructions. Bookseller Order Form - click here
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John Blackwell

John Blackwell

John Blackwell, based in Morayfield, Queensland, is a social and political commentator who has written a history of Australian Trade Unionism.
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The Sandpit: a true story of non-violence

The Sandpit: a true story of non-violence

Wil Roach shares a heartwarming story from his childhood when disputes over flick card games were resolved by fighting it out in the school sandpit.
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The Force of my Father

The Force of my Father

Catherine Bloor reflects on her father, Don Urquhart, a remarkable scientist who never let his disabilities prevent him from living a full and socially useful life. He had a deep affection for the Australian landscape: the desert; the mountains; the coast; the rainforests. His own writing of his love of the earth is included here.
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The Violet and Bruce Roberts Campaign

The Violet and Bruce Roberts Campaign

Jennifer Neil writes about an extraordinary protest that led to a breakthrough in domestic violence legislation.
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Wil Roach

Wil Roach

Wil Roach is a writer, performer and poet, currently working on memoir on growing up as a child of Caribbean migrants from Trinidad in London.
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Is Brexit a new form of racism?

Is Brexit a new form of racism?

‘We are here because you were there,’ is a simple explanation of race relations in Britain today in the aftermath of its colonial past – and a view held by many descendants of families who suffered under that regime, as Wil Roach writes.
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Impressions

Impressions

TOWARDS A FAIR, SECURE AND EQUITABLE SOCIETY A new submission to Open Labor aims to give back to Labor its essential credo.
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Quendryth Young

Quendryth Young

Australian writer Quendryth Young discovered a passion for haiku in 2004 following a forty-year career as a cytologist.
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A Haiku Workshop

A Haiku Workshop

Comprehensive and succinct guidelines to writing English-language haiku presented by Quendryth Young.
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Stranger

Stranger

A mystery thriller set in Sydney by crime writer Peter A Stankovic, featuring a hero struck with amnesia who must recall his identity while battling master criminals.
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Peter A Stankovic

Peter A Stankovic

Peter A Stankovic started his career as a chartered accountant and is now the author of several crime thrillers set in Sydney.
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ITALIAN CONVERSATION CLASSES

ITALIAN CONVERSATION CLASSES with Ferdinando Manzo – journalist and novelist This informal conversation class is designed for beginners to advanced. The nature and history of the Italian language is just one part of the approach taken for an overall appreciation of the spoken and written word. Emphasis is given to the fun of learning how to interact with locals when you’re on holiday. Plus the basics for getting around on your own and meeting people to add a new dimension to your trip. Popular contemporary songs and movies are incorporated into the classes to encourage discussion, as well as a look
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Newsletter

Subscribe to SSOA's monthly newsletter Sydney School of Arts & Humanities' monthly newsletter brings you the highlights of our recent news and events, as well as exclusive information about writing competitions. It's managed through Mailchimp so you can easily Subscribe or Unsubscribe at any time.  * indicates required   Email Address *   First Name *   Last Name * Over time we'll be featuring exclusive content in our mailout, from writing tips and advice to featured creative writing by our members. You'll also be able to find out about writing competitions and events. So if you'd like to keep in
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What's in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Lawrence Goodstone's collection of short stories featuring snapshots of the human condition, set in Australia, ranging over a number of genres from crime to science fiction.
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An Extraordinary Relationship

An Extraordinary Relationship

Former counsellor Leo Ryan explains how people can bring on the changes needed have a great relationship.
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Lawrence Goodstone

Lawrence Goodstone

Lawrence Goodstone has a background in teaching, adult corrections and immigrant services, and now writes from his home in Bondi Beach
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Leo Ryan

Leo Ryan

Leo Ryan's first book, An Extraordinary Relationship, highlights his conclusions gained from years of counselling.
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Membership

Membership of SSOA Sydney School of Arts & Humanities is now offering Membership that includes a range of benefits. Our goal for Membership is to bring together a community of writers, online as well as face-to-face, to provide support and share ideas along the writing journey. If you'd like to join, and enjoy the benefits listed, please sign up via the form below. The cost is currently $37 per annum. We look forward to welcoming new members! Benefits of joining SSOA  Value 1 x free Writing Group session Each week we host regular writing groups for all kinds of work, from
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Night Road to Life

Night Road to Life

Ferdinando Manzo’s work features themes of the sea and the emotions, particularly the deeply felt joys and melancholies experienced by men.
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Reported Missing

A thrilling debut novel from Sydney author Diane Harding, ‘Reported Missing’ follows a couple’s ordeal as they risk everything to save their daughter and grandchildren from her abusive, even murderous, husband.
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Diane Harding

Diane Harding

Diane Harding is a retired teacher who now writes thrillers from her home in Sydney's Northern Beaches.
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Manuscript submissions

Submit your manuscript Sydney School of Arts & Humanities welcomes manuscript submissions from many different genres. Please fill out the form below and send us either: a short story submission for our anthology, or the first three chapters of your work along with a synopsis, details of its genre, length and stage of completion. We also ask those submitting book manuscripts to include an 'elevator pitch': a one sentence, max 140-character summary of your work. Think of it as the hook or tagline. What's unique about your work? What will grab people's attention? We endeavour to respond to all submissions within 6
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SYDNEY SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES Featured books for sale: Latest updates... Jiddu Krishnamurti by C V Williams Road to Rishi Konda by Geetha Waters Angela's Anorexia by Damian Cooper BURMA MY MOTHER by Sao Khemawadee Mangrai Sachin Tendulkar by Christine Williams  Drenched by the Sun by Syam Sudhakar Sydney School of Arts & Humanities Sydney School of Arts & Humanities (SSOA) is a reading and writing venture aimed at nurturing purpose, pleasure and playfulness in writing, reading and spiritual inquiry. Our purpose is two-fold: 1. To organise writers’ meet ups & conduct creative writing and memoir classes 2. To publish the completed work
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Self discovery

Self discovery

Self Discovery Writing is about sharing: from stories and experiences to information and advice. Self discovery books are not a new phenomenon: there have been people publishing their experiences and advice since the invention of writing. But in recent years they have reached a greater prominence as people seek answers within themselves as they confront the challenges of modern life. If you have personal experience or philosophy to share, or would like to offer meditative works or chart your own journey of self knowledge, Sydney School of Arts & Humanities is always interested in discussing manuscripts and ideas.
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Author platforms

Top 10 Author platforms As a published author, you have a huge opportunity to publicise your work through the internet, reaching and expanding your audience through various author platforms. It’s very important to invest some of your time in this. Readers want to follow their favourite writers and receive updates from them. In turn, they will help publicise your work. There are several sites you must be on, some that you should be on, and others that can also play a useful role. These are the top ten currently recommended by Sydney School of Arts & Humanities. There are of
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Editing

Editing services offered The Sydney School of Arts & Humanities (SSOA) is a boutique publishing house with a suite of optional services leading to and including publishing. We work closely with our community and the City of Sydney. Our office is situated at Millers Point in an historic hall
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Writing Groups

Writing Groups Sydney School of Arts & Humanities hosts several weekly writing groups, where authors share and review one another's writing, and (optionally) take part in a ten-minute writing exercise. Work ranges from memoir and non-fiction to novels, short stories and poetry. Authors are at different stages of writing experience and publication. We have close to 3,000 members of the Sydney Writers' Circle Meet Up who are eligible to attend, whether regularly or on a casual basis. New faces are always welcome. Memoir Currently held on Tuesdays from 10.30am - 12.30pm, the OMG! Memoir Group focuses on people's personal stories and experiences.
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Poetry

Poetry

Poetry Poetry is one of the oldest forms of recorded literature, with the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh dating back to 2100BC. Songs, poems, rhymes and verse are both universal and powerful, and a part of all our lives. At Sydney School of Arts & Humanities we are proud to play a role in continuing this ancient human tradition, and welcome examples of verse covering all forms, from diverse themes and cultural backgrounds. We also encourage public performances of poems by our writers.
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Biography

Biography

Biography Sydney School of Arts & Humanities publishes a range of biography, from writers and thinkers to sporting personalities.
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Fiction

Fiction

Fiction Sydney School of Arts & Humanities is currently expanding its range of fiction, with several new Australian novels due to be published in the near future. We are happy to consider most genres and lengths, from short story collections and novellas to full novels. So if you have a manuscript that you would like to publish, or believe you have written the next great Australian novel, please get in touch!
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Memoir

Memoir

Memoir Sydney School of Arts & Humanities publishes a range of memoir and autobiographical works, some of which are developed through our Memoir Writing Group. If you have a tale to tell, or would like to record your family history for posterity, please get in touch. We also have a Family Stories service for those writing primarily for family and friends.
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Co-working Space

Co-working Space for Journalists and Writers Sydney School of Arts & Humanities offers co-working space and deskspace for creative professionals and academics. We have space available for 1 WEEK to 3 MONTH rentals, as well as hotdesking on an HOURLY basis. It's the perfect set-up, day or night, if you'd like to come to a quiet location with free internet and focus on your work. Unlimited WiFi - bring your own devices Walking distance from Sydney CBD Regular public transport just outside + on-street parking Free showers - ideal for cyclists! Quiet atmosphere in leafy, historic The Rocks Like-minded colleagues Kitchen facilities RATE:
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Syam Sudhakar

Syam Sudhakar

Syam Sudhakar is an award-winning bilingual poet and teacher, based in Kerala, who writes in English and Malayalam.
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Geetha Waters

Geetha Waters

Geetha Walters works at the Krishnamurti Centre at Summer Hill, Sydney, and writes about her childhood in India in the 1960s and 70s.
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Ferdinando Manzo

Ferdinando Manzo

Ferdinando Manzo is a professional journalist, born in Torre del Greco, Naples, who writes fiction and poetry in both Italian and English.
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Sao Khemawadee Mangrai

Sao Khemawadee Mangrai

Sao Khemawadee Mangrai spent her youth in Burma, now known as Myanmar, and Rangoon, and writes of her experiences there.
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Damian Cooper

Damian Cooper

Damian Cooper lives in the Blue Mountains where he works with disadvantaged youth, and has written a memoir of his own childhood.
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Authors

Our Authors Authors published by Sydney School of Arts & Humanities represent a wide range of interests, from human relationships, nature and the environment, to innovative ideas in the study of spirituality, society and politics. Their publications range from memoir, novels and short story to poetry and the essay form. You can find out more about each author on their profile pages linked below.
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Events

Writing Events We regularly hold and participate in other events, from book tours to readings and performances. For authors it's a chance to share their work with an audience, as well as interact with the wider community. Works shared range from memoir and non-fiction to poetry, short stories and novel-excerpts. These are some of the current and past writing events that Sydney School of Arts & Humanities is involved with. You can find more information here as well as on our Facebook page. Some links to previous occasions are listed below. Past writing performances and events:
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Writing Tour – Kerala, South India

Writing tours WRITING IN ELYSIUM A WRITERS WORKSHOP TOUR IN KERALA, SOUTH INDIA October 2017 LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE BOOK NOW FOR 10 DAYS OF WRITING & TRAVEL - $3570 + airfare A small group of lovers of words and writing will explore local Kerala culture, poetry and community in a tour focussed on literature. Guided by an award-winning poet and teacher, developing writers from Australia will have the chance to take part in a unique cultural experience, meeting writers from this ancient culture and language. Elysium means ‘a dwelling place of perfect happiness for the soul’. As travellers in an
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Multimedia

Multimedia available for purchase: Traditionally, literature and poetry has been passed down through oral storytelling, singing and performance. Today, film, television and video technologies offer the possibility of sharing these live performances with a global audience as well as passing them down to future generations. Sydney School of Arts & Humanities is excited to be able to offer multimedia presentations of some of the works of our authors. At the end of a downpour – a Malayalam song by Syam Sudhakar A Malayalam song of stark imagery by poet Syam Sudhakar set to music composed and performed by Uma  A.V. A collaborative project between Sydney School
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Drenched by the Sun

Drenched by the Sun

Syam Sudhakar’s poetry draws on his cultural roots in Kerala as well as the splendour of its natural habitat.
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Books

Books

Books available for purchase:
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Afternoon tea & performance poetry, drama and story

Invitation to afternoon tea & performance poetry, drama and story $10.00 Date & time: 13 September 2015 - 2:00 PM Location: Abraham Mott Hall/Harry Jensen Centre, 17 Argyle Street, Millers Point, 2000 A public performance by our regular meet-up writers reading their original work. Humour, candour, or even a little tragedy - whatever takes your fancy - you'll hear in this performance. Plus scrumptious delicacies for afternoon tea. At the Abraham Mott Hall/Harry Jensen Centre in The Rocks. BOOKING - $10.00 per person Performance Poetry, drama and story | For more information contact the Director, Dr Christine Williams, on 02 8084 4136
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Arco: The Legend of the Blue Vortex

Arco: The Legend of the Blue Vortex

An exciting debut story from writer and poet Ferdinando Manzo, Arco explores man’s battle with the sea in an attempt to seek solace.
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At the end of a downpour – a Malayalam song

A Malayalam song of stark imagery by poet Syam Sudhakar set to music composed and performed by Uma A.V. A collaborative project between Sydney School of Arts & Humanities and Black Dot Creative Lab, India.
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Thank you for your purchase

Dear Buyer, Thank you for your purchase! Thank you for your purchase at Sydney School of Arts & Humanities. Please check your emails to find the download link. Once you click on the link, please "Save As" PDF or EPUB or MOBI. If you have any problems downloading your file(s), please don't hesitate to contact us via the form at the foot of this page. Or you can email us directly at enquiry@ssoa.com.au. We hope that you enjoy your purchase, and we welcome any feedback that you may have.
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Angela's Anorexia: The Story of My Mother

Angela’s Anorexia: The Story of My Mother

A son’s story of the debilitating illness, anorexia nervosa, that his single mother suffered from throughout his childhood.
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The Road to Mandalay Less Travelled

The Road to Mandalay Less Travelled

Ingrid Raj’s thesis provides research on a selection of Anglo-Burmese writing published from the period of British rule in Myanmar (formerly Burma) up until 2007.
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WWII Letters A SOLDIER’S ODYSSEY

WWII Letters: A Soldier's Odyssey - The Life of Marcus Edwards by Ian Edwards $4.95 This biography of Marcus Edwards is an astonishing chronicle of the life of a soldier on the frontline in WWII. Written by Marcus Edwards’ nephew, Ian Edwards, the work draws largely on the soldier’s correspondence and diary notes from the Second World War in particular. The letters provide revelations about conditions of living in the major war zones of Europe and North Africa. Edwards enlisted as a gunner soon after the declaration of war in 1939, and fought on several fronts in the 2/2 Field Regiment
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A Journal of Self Discovery - The small self experiencing the Universal Self

A Journal of Self Discovery – The small self experiencing the Universal Self

Author Dr Christine Williams describes what happens over a period of several months as she undergoes treatment for back pain by a Zen Thai Shiatsu bodywork masseur in an ‘Age of Aquarius’ revelation.
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Jiddu Krishnamurti World Philosopher Revised Edition

Jiddu Krishnamurti World Philosopher Revised Edition

The life of the 20th-century philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti was truly astonishing. As this new updated edition shows, people from all over the world would gather to hear him speak the wisdom of the ages.
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Family Stories

Family Stories Many people, as they travel through life, want to leave a record of their own lives or their ancestors' lives for future generations. They may have no commercial ambition for their work, but solely want to publish a history to preserve family memories. We call these Family Stories. The material used in these works often includes: letters and correspondence diaries records and archives photographs old newspaper clippings Sydney School of Arts & Humanities offers a special service for these family stories. Archive material often contains errors, but these may be part of its historical significance and don't require editing. As such we
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Essays & Theses

Essays & Theses

Essays & Theses Sydney School of Arts & Humanities publishes select articles, essays and university theses. Rather than have bound theses or articles gathering dust on a bookshelf, we publish them to enable authors and Masters and PhD students to share their scholarship with a wider audience. If you have an essay or thesis that you would like considered for publication, please get in contact as we would love to hear from you.
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Road to Rishi Konda

Road to Rishi Konda

Geetha Waters’ stories centre on a girl growing up in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh in the ’60s and ’70s.
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BURMA MY MOTHER – And Why I Had to Leave

BURMA MY MOTHER – And Why I Had to Leave

Sao Khemawadee Mangrai's memoir of living through good times and bad in Burma before an escape to a new life of freedom.
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Slicing the Moon: a Screen book of poems by Syam Sudhakar

Slicing the Moon: a screen book of poems by Syam Sudhakar

Video presentations of seven poems by award-winning South Indian poet, Syam Sudhakar, set against an imaginative backdrop of dance, music and sound effects.
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Christina Stead A Life of Letters - a biography

Christina Stead A Life of Letters – a biography

The first full-length biography of Christina Stead (17 July 1902 – 31 March 1983), an Australian novelist and short-story writer acclaimed for her satirical wit and penetrating psychological characterisations.
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Manufacturing Unions: A Memoir

Manufacturing Unions: A Memoir

John Blackwell’s memoir of manufacturing unions in Australia is an important and insightful account of the history of Australian Trade Unionism.
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Dr Christine Williams: books

Books by Dr Christine Williams Dr Christine Williams has written several books, which include: Christina Stead: A Life of Letters Australian writer Christina Stead has been described as 'one of the few really original people' and the author, Patrick White, considered her a 'novelist of genius'. This biography draws on correspondence, memoirs and interviews with her friends and family, as well as her short stories and novels, to show this gifted writer's extraordinary life. Now available for sale on this website. Green Power A history of the environment movement in Australia told through the lives of conservationists. The book's introduction gives a concise synopsis of
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Krishnamurti in Australia

Krishnamurti in Australia

This book tells the story of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s visits to Australia and New Zealand over a period of 50 years.
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The Sachin Tendulkar Interviews

The Sachin Tendulkar Interviews

Interviews carried out by cricket researcher & writer Dr CV Williams about Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
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Poems of Enlightenment poetry appreciation

Poems of Enlightenment - poetry appreciation With Lynette Simons For thousands of years, poets across the globe have opened doors of personal discovery by shining a light on the darkness within. This poetry appreciation course examines poetry from across centuries and continents.|When: Sundays, 2-5pm Fee: $85 Suggested Reading Roger Housden, Ten Poems to Change Your Life (UK, 2002)|Stephen Mitchell, The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry (New York, 1993) Lynette Simons believes poetry can exert a powerful influence on the ways in which we see the world around us. She has taught ‘Passion Peace and Poetry’ at the Centre for Peace
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Lyrics of Leonard Cohen – appreciation course

'Sundays with Leonard' in honour of a great lyricist ... The Lyrics of Leonard Cohen with Christine Williams Singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen (b. Sep 21, 1934, Westmount, Canada - d. Nov 10, 2016, Los Angeles). He entranced audiences around the globe, with thousands attending his performances in Australia in the years leading up to his death in late 2016. In 2009, while performing in eastern Spain, he collapsed on stage with food poisoning while singing his legendary Bird on a Wire. Still he would continue to perform - a consummate performer and a real trouper. Three days later, on his 75th
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Memoir & Creative Journal

With Christine Williams Share in a session focussed on producing your own personal journal or a memoir narrative celebrating your very own take on life. Each of us has an original view of the world and a special period in life we want to record for posterity. Capture a memory or create a journal of travel, parenting, as a garden diary, or for other family events – your unique record of a time to remember. We explore ideas about: Developing an 'observer' role|Prompting memory & presenting text in an engaging form|Understanding copyright, intellectual property and plagiarism|Blogging - the fun, the fortune
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OMG! Memoir Groups

OMG! Memoir Groups Sydney School of Arts & Humanities is a reading and writing venture aimed at nurturing pleasure and playfulness in writing, reading and spiritual enquiry. Memoir can be a powerful way to express our thoughts and feelings about the world, allowing us to record special periods in our lives that we want to record for posterity. SSOA Director, Dr Christine Williams, draws on the talents of a number of writers and scholars in providing talks, classes, courses and ebooks for world distribution. Our community OMG! memoir groups meet weekly in The Rocks. You're welcome to join us: enquiry@ssoa.com.au
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Book Clubs – Reading Groups

Book Clubs - Reading Groups The School offers a virtual template program for group study. A one-off meeting tool which provides parameters for group cohesion and direction during the full life of a Book Club or Reading Group. With attention given to fiction, non-fiction and genre characteristics, the Sydney School of Arts & Humanities comes to you — introducing your group to the informal reading discussion and analysis program — in your regular meeting places, in Sydney city, suburban and regional areas. Emphasis is placed on enhancing members' involvement within the existing atmosphere of informality of most successful Book Clubs. The package is designed to encourage
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Editing Rates

General editing fees for text assessment* for assessment of manuscripts by Sydney School of Art & Humanities, rates may vary according to the complexity and quality of the writing. Editing fees & assessment of manuscripts (See below for business rates) General editing fees for text assessment*
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Writing coaching

Sydney School of Arts & Humanities offers book coaching and mentoring to authors who are looking for help or guidance with their work.
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Lifecoaching

Lifecoaching Dr Christine Williams has trained with the North American lifecoaching institute Coachville Inc., to make available to Australian clients the latest developments in lifecoaching techniques. Her practice at 15-17 Argyle Place Millers Point, Sydney, is located close to bus and train routes. Clients take on a coaching program over a period of 3 months, with weekly 1-hour appointments designed to offer optimal encouragement and feedback on results. The total cost of the full program is reasonably priced at $960 for 12 weeks – with individual personal coaching rates set at $80 per hour. Whatever your field of interest or career, Christine
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Christine Williams - Sydney School of Arts & Humanities

Christine Williams

Dr Christine Williams is the author of four biographical works and a short story collection. She wrote the first biography of novelist Christina Stead, and has had work published in Australia, the United States, England and India. She has a special interest in memoir, relationships and identity in life-writing, having researched the life of the Indian philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti, for her Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. She also holds a Master of Arts from the University of Sydney. Writing across a range of genres, Dr Williams has won a state History Fellowship and has had a number
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Contact Sydney School of Arts & Humanities Creative Writing Classes

It's easy to find us! Parking is easy enough or a short walk from Redfern station. Just phone us first 0432 289 311. www.ssoa.com.au/ Creative writing classes are held weekly on several afternoons or evenings. Mentoring and group feedback is available on request. Editing services provided. Ebook publication is out specialty, so find out how you can publish your work; all submissions will be assessed and you'll hear back from us about the whole e-publication process from start to glorious finish. Our authors come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. Our first ebooks published have been memoirs: BURMA MY
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Services

Our Services Services offered by Sydney School of Arts & Humanities include editing, coaching and mentoring - as well as writing meet ups, book clubs and reading groups. Co-working: Co-working space, deskspace and hotdesking are available for creative professionals and academics, on a monthly or hourly basis. Editing: We offer assessment of manuscripts as well as editing, for short story and book publication (Novel, Biography, Memoir) as well as poetry. Coaching: Coaching - in many areas of interest or career. With an experienced life coach on site, SSOA can help you define and go on to achieve success in employment, business development, relationship,
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Courses

The Sydney School of Arts & Humanities runs the following regular courses: Italian Conversation Classes: designed for beginners to advanced. Emphasis is given to the fun of learning how to interact with locals when you’re on holiday. Memoir & Creative Journal: share in a session focussed on producing your own personal journal or a memoir narrative celebrating your very own take on life. Poems of Enlightenment:  a course examining poetry from across centuries and continents. The Lyrics of Leonard Cohen: learn more about Leonard Cohen and share your understanding of Hallelujah, Anthem, A Thousand Kisses Deep and other songs. OMG! Memoir Groups: our community OMG! memoir groups
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News Blog

News from SSOA News and updates from Sydney School of Arts & Humanities: the Sydney School of Arts & Humanities blog features recent news and events as well as contributions from writers, both poetry and prose. We welcome your comments. Our blog archive goes back to the founding of the School and you can follow themes via the tags on each post. If you have a writing event that you would like featured, or would like to share your own thoughts on being an author and writing, please get in touch. We welcome guest posts from relevant members of the writing community.
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About us

See details of our writing meet-ups under 'Writing Groups' below ... Video: the SSOA Christmas party - our writers perform. Story written and performed in Auslan signing by Michelle Maguire, and read by Sharon Dean. Sound & videography by Philip de Villiers Sydney School of Arts & Humanities Sydney School of Arts & Humanities (SSOA) is a reading and writing venture aimed at nurturing purpose, pleasure and playfulness in writing, reading and spiritual inquiry. Our purpose is two-fold: 1. To organise writers’ meet ups & conduct creative writing and memoir classes, along with book coaching and author mentoring. 2. To publish the completed
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We organise writers' meet ups and publish creating writing for short story, poetry and memoir.
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