The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-27T01:31:15Z MCA Cafe's new Algerian Menu Inspired by Kader Attia Exhibition 2017-04-27T01:31:15Z mca-cafe-s-new-algerian-menu-inspired-by-kader-attia-exhibition Until 30 July, the newly refurbished Café at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will fuse modern Australian and Algerian flavours with a new menu inspired by the works of French Algerian artist Kader Attia, currently on display in the Level 1 galleries.  In his first solo exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, Attia explores ideas of cultural exchange and the complex relationship between non-Western cultures and Europe, after decolonisation, through his art. The survey, curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent, encompasses over a decade of the artist’s practice, focusing on major installations that are contextualised by video and sculptural works. The special menu created by Executive Chef Keith Higginson of Fresh Catering and culinary team at MCA Cafe aims to extend the museum experience, offering patrons a sensory connection to the exhibition through food through a mix of classic and contemporary dishes such as: Lamb Kefta with Fennel, Mint, Feta & Pomegranate Salad ($18) Merguez Sausage Rice Balls, Capsicum, Saffron & Almond Cream ($16) Vegetable Tagine, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Preserved Lemon, Dates & Flat Bread ($26) Grilled Chicken Brochettes, Ras el Hanout & Tabbouleh Salad ($28) The menu will feature at the MCA Cafe until 30 July 2017. Open 7 days a week with late night Wednesdays, the Cafe is fully licensed and features an all day dining menu. ABOUT THE MCA CAFE The rooftop MCA Cafe is located on level four of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and offers breathtaking panoramic views across Sydney Harbour. Open to the public as well as museum visitors, the cafe has an indoor and outdoor area with a contemporary atmosphere in which to enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea, or simply to drop in for a drink or coffee. Open 7 days a week and evenings on Wednesday. MCA Cafe at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Level 4, 140 George Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000 Open 10am–4pm (9pm on Wednesdays) www.mca.com.au/visit/mca-cafe-sculpture-terrace Worlds Largest Secondary School Culture Brand Launches In Australia 2018 2017-04-21T22:32:19Z worlds-largest-secondary-school-culture-brand-launches-in-australia-2018 22 April 2017. 9:00 am AEDT  Fomuda Pty Ltd are proud to be the marketing company associated with Polyfest Australia.  The Polyfest brand was established in New Zealand in 1976 and is the largest cultural festival of its kind, attracting over 100,000 spectators over a 4 day period.  ASB Polyfest based in Auckland initially started in 1976 the hall of a local High School.  Each year it increased in size, and more stages were added as the categories grew with popularity.  The most recent being the addition of the Asian category.  As Polyfest continued to grow, the capacity of over 9000 performers could not be managed by a single school.  Various stages are set up at Host schools for each category leading up to the finals.  The Polyfest finals now take place at the Manukau Velodrome which was designed for the 1990 Commonwealth Games.  This is a more suitable venue as over 100,000 spectators attend this remarkable event annually. Polyfest Australia will be held in NSW in February 2018 and an estimated turnout of more than 20,000 spectators are expected.  For continuity purposes, Polyfest Australia will showcase its inaugural event in the same venue as Pacfest 2017, until such time as crowd capacity demands a change. Sy Lagaaia, CEO of Fomuda Pty Ltd said “Polyfest is synonymous with multiculturalism, and in Auckland, the City with the largest contingency of Pacific Islanders in the world, everyone knows the name Polyfest, and everyone respects the high standard of excellence the brand represents.  In NSW we have a few festivals, and they have served us in the past, however the Polyfest brand is here now, and it will no doubt be the preference that serious performing arts students will choose.  Fun will still be on the cards, but the goal posts have shifted, professional judges will be in attendance, New Zealand and the World will be watching, and every performer must now step up their game.” Invitations are being crafted to invite all eligible schools in the New South Wales area. We will also be keeping an eye on multicultural festivals in other states, and may invite the best of the best to showcase at Polyfest Australia 2018 as special guests.  This will be an exciting surprise for all those participating. Polyfest Australia will strive to uphold the positive messages the brand has always delivered since its inception 42 years ago, and that is harmony and unity within the school communities and the general public.  In the past, Indigenous people have lost their culture and language, and Polyfest prides itself on being the single biggest community venture where the culture, dance, and song are learned, and are once again brought to life. Polyfest sponsorship in New Zealand is sought after by many Corporate and Government institutions.  Polyfest sponsors include 1 major banking institution, 5 Radio stations, 4 major community groups, 7 nationwide Universities and Technical colleges, 4 Government Departments, Auckland Airport, Auckland City Council and the New Zealand Fire Service. Polyfest Australia are inviting Corporate and Government sponsorship to come forward and offer expressions of interest.  Please email info@polyfest.com.au Queen Victoria Market - Clients are now walking the whole market looking for us to purchase their personalised Gift 2017-04-19T06:40:52Z queen-victoria-market-clients-are-now-walking-the-whole-market-looking-for-us-to-purchase-their-personalised-gift Every week I have a person walking the market for us and are so happy when they find us! We are loving it at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne Victoria Australia.  The market attracts many tourists and locals also. I am finding on a weekly basis I have people come up to me and are saying they are so glad they have found us!  They have been walking the market and were getting stressed as they couldn't find us! They have their photo with them and they then select their piece to create their own personalised gift for their loved ones. We also still get amazed at how many people have never seen photo engraving before.  They spend lots of time at our stand looking at each piece and admiring them.  We never get sick of hearing the WOW's as people stop and look at the all the pieces.  I always recommend our clients touch and feel the goods so they understand how it works. We are a permanent casual at the Queen Victoria Market trading on a Saturday and Sunday, but we are not in the same location every week.  We move locations, and this causes stress for some of our clients.  They go and look for us where they originally saw us and we may not be there.  Hence they then walk the whole market and find us, and are extremely grateful and happy when they get to us.  I also recommend calling us on 0415278817 or checking out our facebook page as we always post our location on the day.  our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/MemoryKeepSakes20/ We are also listed on the Queen Victoria Market website http://www.qvm.com.au/?post_type=shops-and-stalls&p=13763 As Mothers Day is fast approaching many mums have everything so many children are looking for a unique gifts for Mothers Day. Children of all ages spend much time picking their perfect photo.  We recently did a photo of a wedding that had taken place in the 1950's.  It came up beautifully and some lucky mum is getting that as her unique mothers day gift.  Her daughter assures me she will love it, just as she did when she first saw a photo of the piece.   Many daughters are searching for their "Special Photo" to have Made into a forever keepsake to give their mum as a unique Mothers day gift.   To find out more information, please contact us on 0415278817. Enjoy your week! Australia Launch Of The World’s Largest Secondary School Cultural Brand Polyfest 2017-04-18T13:44:59Z australia-launch-of-the-world-s-largest-secondary-school-cultural-brand-polyfest NEWS PROVIDED BY FOMUDA Pty Ltd  April 15th, 2017, 09:47pm AEDT SHARE THIS ARTICLE   SYDNEY, April. 15, 2017  FOMUDA Pty Ltd www.fomuda.com.au, today announced the official launch of Polyfest Australia in 2018. Polyfest was originated from NZ some 42 years ago, from humble beginnings the brand is now the world’s largest Secondary School cultural festival of its kind. The purpose of Polyfest arose from the vision of students, to demonstrate a student's pride in their cultural identity and heritage, and to bring together many different schools, as well as the different cultures. It gives Secondary School students the opportunity to express themselves through cultural performances and it also gives them the experience of performing to a large audience, and achieve standards of excellence. Polyfest provides a traditional cultural dance experience for the Indigenous and Pacific Island community as well as the general public, increasing public awareness of culturally based dance art forms. This allows people throughout Australia to celebrate diversity as different races, nationalities, religions and sexes come together to honour the event, encouraging social interactions. It also enhances all stakeholders' experience and objectives. Engaging with stakeholders helps ensure potential problems are being addressed, or changes communicated and understood. For these reasons, it is important for corporate companies to find ways and means of engaging with all their stakeholders through events like Polyfest Australia. It promotes cultural awareness and understanding as it brings the pride and passion of the Indigenous people and Pacific Island communities to life. Sy Lagaaia, CEO, Fomuda Pty Ltd., said, "I am personally excited by this opportunity in launching such a strong NZ brand in Australia and working closely with the current events management group from New Zealand to ensure the launch of Polyfest Australia is a huge success”. With the shared synergies we acknowledge the commitment by Fomuda combining the celebration of cultures, creativity and education as the driving force of ‘Polyfest Australia’ says Theresa Howard, Events Director of the ASB Polyfest. About Fomuda From creative concepts to logistical execution, we produce seamless and exciting programs for high schools and the multicultural community delivering real results. Our dedicated, in-house Fomuda marketing team makes Fomuda Events Management an ideal partner to bring your brand and your concept to life. Our industry market knowledge of consumer behaviour, the environment of an experience and how best to create memorable interactions allow us to craft dynamic, engaging high school and multicultural programs for our clients. From initial concepts, to the myriad of details required for a successful event, we take great pride in getting the job done, and done right. Our hands-on approach ensures that the messaging consumers will receive is in line with the brand and the core values of our clients. We are invested in our clients’ success and are committed from conceptualization through post program proof of performance, with all the bells and whistles included in between. For expressions of interest in sponsorship, please email info@polyfest.com.au Photo credit to PCC 36th ANNUAL NEWCASTLE POETRY PRIZE NOW OPEN 2017-04-11T10:05:16Z 36th-annual-newcastle-poetry-prize-now-open FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 4 April 2017 The 36th Newcastle Poetry Prize has opened for entries. Hunter Writers Centre invites any Australian poet (living here or overseas) to submit a poem up to 200 lines. The competition will close on 30 June 2017. The Newcastle Poetry Prize is one of the most prestigious in the country with a total prize pool over $22,000. First prize is $15,000 – for one poem. Second prize is $5000, third prize is $1000. There are also awards given to a poet who resides in the Hunter Region (the Local Award), and The Harri Jones Memorial Prize award ($250) for the best poem by a poet under the age of 35. History here: http://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/history-of-the-prize.html  The Newcastle Poetry Prize is unique among Australian poetry prizes for producing an accompanying anthology that provides a rare opportunity for poets to be published outside of the literary journals and internet magazines.  The Newcastle Poetry Prize has been coordinated by the Hunter Writers Centre since 2002 and is proudly sponsored by the University of Newcastle, which provides the prize money. Past winners have included John Watson, Brook Emery, Dorothy Hewett, Anthony Lawrence, David Musgrave, Patricia Sykes and Mark Tredinnick. The 2017 competition will be judged by Professor Kevin Brophy and Eileen Chong. Kevin Brophy is the author of fifteen books of poetry, fiction, and essays. His latest books are Misericordia (2016) and This is What Gives Us Time (2016). Eileen Chong’s books are Burning Rice (2012), Peony (2014) and Painting Red Orchids (2016). Her work has been shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award, the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, the Peter Porter Poetry Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize, and most recently, for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Hunter Writers Centre is a leading writers centre in Australia now offering three major contests with more than $35,000 in prize monies. Full entry details can be found on our website: http://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/newcastle-poetry-prize.html     Measuring the social impact of the arts made easier in Queensland 2017-04-11T07:19:47Z measuring-the-social-impact-of-the-arts-made-easier-in-queensland Following two successful pilots that saw 28 arts and cultural organisations trial the platform, the Queensland government has approved Culture Counts as their preferred supplier of cultural evaluation services.   Evaluating impact with Culture Counts   While data collection can be challenging, the pilots have found that the Culture Counts platform captures, analyses and reports public and peer feedback in a simple and cost-effective way. In addition to assessing the impact and value of arts experiences, the Culture Counts platform is designed to evaluate any activity that has an intrinsic impact for individuals and the community. This includes widespread use by local governments to capture the impact of investments in infrastructure, place activation, libraries and community programs.   The opportunity   All Queensland arts organisations are now able to utilise Culture Counts impact evaluation and reporting services at a discounted rate.   Organisations funded by Arts Queensland are able to access a further subsidy through the Arts Acumen initiative to support their use of Culture Counts, recognising that public and peer feedback is critical to ongoing artistic and business development.   State and local governments can access the Culture Counts platform and more comprehensive social, cultural and economic impact assessment services without going to tender.    Experiences by organisations involved in the pilot   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) used Culture Counts as part of the Arts Queensland 2016 pilot. Vanessa Gillian, General Manager of CIAF reflects on their experience.   Being able to see how we perceive ourselves versus how our peers see us, was intriguing and exciting with the chance to see that what CIAF delivers was above and beyond most expectations of peers. Distinctiveness, a core element for CIAF, was questioned on a number of levels with varying results – again providing a healthy review during our debrief process. Surveying the audience’s artistic experience and their feedback will potentially strengthen arts networks in Queensland and nationally.   Pat Swell, CEO Access Arts’ shares their experience using the Culture Counts platform as part of the Arts Queensland trial.   The Festival this June aimed to fill a gap in Queensland’s cultural infrastructure, a bold new departure for a small organisation like ours. The Culture Counts report would be a fundamental tool for us to identify how we performed and map next steps.   People who attended the festival were also asked eight Culture Counts ‘dimension’ questions about artistic quality. These related to captivation, rigour, relevance, meaning, challenge, imagination and distinctiveness. 97% of people agreed or strongly agreed that the Festival was absorbing and thought-provoking (captivation and challenge).   We now have great data to mine and apply.  I’m pleased Access Arts has been part of the Culture Counts pilot as it has given us hard evidence, rigorous results and impartial validation as we embark on this process of deciding our next directions.   Further information   For more information about this opportunity contact Madonna Townsley, Policy Manager, Strategic Policy and Partnerships Arts Queensland on 07 3034 4023 or Georgia Moore, Director Culture Counts on 03 9654 5575. Not all Sydney students start their holidays today! 2017-04-07T05:08:16Z not-all-sydney-students-start-their-holidays-today The young choristers from St Andrew’s Cathedral School have another week of rehearsals ahead of them as they prepare for their biggest performance of the year. On the evening of Friday 14 April 2017, the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir - the oldest continuous musical institution in Australia - will sing Handel's Messiah in their only fundraising concert for the year. The world-famous choir of 19 boys and 18 men, the youngest aged just seven, are joined by a fantastic team of international soloists; Sarah Toth: Soprano (Germany), Sally-Anne Russell: Mezzo (Australia), Christopher Watson: Tenor (UK) and Paul Goodwin-Groen: Bass (USA). George Frideric Handel's beautiful score, best known for the uplifting Hallelujah Chorus, will be brought to life under the guidance of Director of Music Ross Cobb, expertly conducting the voices and The Ancient Academy of St Andrew’s – a small baroque period-instrument orchestra.“For some of the boys, it will be the first time they have encountered this music, for others, it is a firm favourite from our expansive repertoire,” said Mr Cobb. If you are in the city this week – perhaps stop by and join in one of the Cathedral’s regular Evensongs, or perhaps the special outdoor service on Thursday lunchtime: Monday 10 April – 5:15pm Evensong featuring Thursday 13 April – 12:30pm Outdoor service in the square Thursday 13 April – 5:15pm Evensong in the Cathedral Sunday 16 April – 10:30am Easter Sunday Service with full choir The only performance which is a ticketed event is the fundraising concert on Good Friday: Friday 14 April – 7pm Handel’s Messiah (Ticketed concert) Tickets, from $12-$70, sell out fast, and can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/PHTC Limited tickets will be available from the Cathedral box-office on Good Friday from 10:45-11:15am, and then again from 4:00pm until sold out! The concert commences at 7:00pm and runs for approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, with a 15-minute interval of freshly buttered Easter buns served by the families of the choirboys in the adjacent Chapter House.     Contact Hair Services Artistic Director Heads to Italy 2017-04-06T09:41:04Z contact-hair-services-artistic-director-heads-to-italy Renato De Felice, Artistic Director and Head Educator of Emsibeth in Australia, has headed back to Italy to join Emsibeth’s international team for a three-day closed door event to expose the company's latest designs and new products. Contact Hair Services, exclusive importers of the Italian made professional hair care range Emsibeth, have also sent their new colourist Claire Mason to Italy with Renato to participate in the international event. “Our main aim is to give a unique opportunity to the professionals of our craft and build a strong artistic and educational bond with Italy Emsibeth Cosmetics," said Renato, as he left Australia's shores. "We have just formed and launched our new EMSIBETH ARTISTIC TEAM AUSTRALIA and have completed our first collection photo shoot in Perth. "Our new 2017 EDUCATION catalogue is out now and offers courses to all professionals of the craft and all levels.” Renato and the team will be back in Australia to present their new collection DREAM 2017 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 9 April. Tickets are selling fast and seats are limited. Visit www.contacthairservices for more details.   Empowering Third World Artisans With Careful Consumption and Thoughtful Design 2017-04-05T11:02:14Z empowering-third-world-artisans-with-careful-consumption-and-thoughtful-design Thoughtful Design and Careful Consumption In the highly competitive world of design, is there really room to foster artistic appreciation and support empowerment? Tarsha Burn thinks there is. The powerhouse behind the Organic Bed Threads brand, Tarsha says the empowerment of third-world artisans is as important as using certified organic cotton. Organic Bed Threads supports chemical-free, certified organic cotton plantations in the Rajasthan region of India. It’s here that the company employs a team of hand embroiderers, master wood block printers, and tailors to produce truly artisan bed linen. It’s handmade, socially responsible, ethically sourced, and free trade. These talented craftspeople interpret Tarsha’s designs using handmade artisan techniques. Tailors, spinners, weavers, dye colour masters, hand and machine embroiderers, screen printers, wood block carvers, and a master wood block printer hail from a long line of artisans. Tarsha’s socially motivated determination had shown her that ‘ethical’ and ‘organic’ are often NOT. So she asked her manufacturer to undertake the rigorous process of gaining accreditation of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). “Organic Bed Threads is a socially responsible company that ensures the farming process is certified organic and that the manufacturing practices are safe fair,” says Tarsha. “The biggest challenge now is to educate consumers that not only are certified organic cotton products more durable and luxurious, but that being fair trade and ethically produced is worth supporting.” End of Release… For further information on the life of a textile designer, sustainable practices or organic products, hi-res images, and interview opportunities please contact… Tarsha Burn on 0401 525 201 or tarsha@organicbedthreads.com. Organic Bed Threads is Australian owned and operated. Bed linen is available in Single, Queen, and King sizes in a variety of unique and handmade designs. About Organic Bed Threads Organic bed linen where every thread of the production story counts. Organic bed linen - from seed to shelf, the Organic Bed Threads range is stunningly beautiful, made from certified organic cotton and ethically produced to fair trade standards. Organic Bed Threads is good for the planet, good for business and great for you. Stunning, handmade artisan organic bed linen Our sleep is a vital part of our daily and health cycle. It's so important that we rest well. We spend one third of our life sleeping. Our quality of rejuvenation impacts our whole day. We want to be cocooned in stunning duvet, doona covers. Especially exquisite hand-made, artisan bed linen that we can admire when we wake up and for how it was created. Only a pinkie toe print on the planet Designer Tarsha Burn has created Organic Bed Threads range of organic bed linen to work with fair trade and sustainable business practices. From seed to shelf, Organic Bed Threads leaves only a pinkie toe, not a whole footprint, on the planet. With eye-catching designs, Organic Bed Threads gives you the bedroom beauty you've been looking for. And peace inside yourself, knowing that you're not feeding the voracious sweatshop culture machine that keeps less educated and skilled people poor, overworked and exploited. JUNKEE GOES AFTER GEN Z WITH PUNKEE 2017-04-04T23:43:35Z junkee-goes-after-gen-z-with-punkee Sydney, April 5, 2017: Leading youth publisher Junkee Media today announced the launch of new title, Punkee, aimed at the Gen Z audience. The launch, revealed during the publisher’s annual Upfronts at the Eternity Playhouse Theatre in Sydney, was prompted by its annual research project – one of the largest longitudinal studies on young people in Australia – which specifically focused on looking at the differences between Gen Z and Gen Y Australians which showed there was a large gap in the market for a strong new digital Gen Z title. Punkee, which launches in May, is headed up by Managing Editor Tom Pitney. Pitney joined Junkee Media last year when it purchased TheVine where he was owner and publisher. Under Pitney’s stewardship, TheVine generated 11 million organic video views on social media over a six-month period, with the video recaps of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette among the most popular pieces of content. “I’m excited to be able to scale up the video content that our audience already loves and take it to the next level under the Punkee banner,” Pitney said. “Over the past 18 months we’ve tested a whole range of ideas to understand what Gen Zs want to share and consume on social media. With these learnings, Junkee’s expertise and the growing base already behind us, we’re in a great position to introduce and grow a culture around Punkee.” Junkee Media CEO Neil Ackland said the launch of Punkee continued the publisher’s track record of innovating in youth publishing. “We look at Punkee as Junkee’s cheekier, younger sister,” Ackland said. “As Millennials move into the 20s and 30s a gap has opened up to talk to the next generation in a unique and authentic way, just as Junkee does for Millennials. It’s up to us as leaders in youth publishing to keep innovating to stay ahead of the curve.” In addition to an online platform, the Punkee brand and content will be amplified in digital out of home environments via oOh!media’s extensive screen portfolio. Also announced at today’s Upfronts were significant changes to Junkee Media’s flagship title Junkee. Effective from today, Junkee will have three new dedicated sections each with their own social communities: Politics Junkee, Music Junkee and Video Junkee. Junkee Media Publisher Tim Duggan said the new sections are driven by the audience’s interest in the key pillars and expanding the hero brand, Junkee. “We can see clearly from our research and audience engagement that these are three of the fastest growing content areas for us to go deeper on,” Duggan said. Politics Junkee will be led by News & Politics Editor Osman Faruqi and build on Junkee’s reputation for funny and smart political news for young Australians. Music Junkee is a new section headed up by Editor Katie Cunningham. “Music Junkee reflects the current world,” says Duggan, “where music is celebrated in all of its forms and someone might be into Drake and Beyonce, Diplo and Taylor Swift and that’s totally ok. There are no genre boundaries anymore and Music Junkee will reflect that.” The final announcement is Video Junkee, a section where lovers of video content can read, discuss and watch the latest in online screen content. Expanding on this concept, Junkee is also launching a new major event Video Junkee 2017, a two-day festival in Sydney celebrating creativity in video content that will take over Carriageworks from 28 to 30 July. Video Junkee is presented in partnership with Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Video Junkee 2017 is a festival for creators and lovers of video content that will celebrate short- and long-form video on digital screens. Video Junkee 2017 will bring together industry and consumers to celebrate, discover and foster creativity, talent and innovation in Australian video, encompassing SVOD, social, live streaming, TV, film and branded entertainment.  Former Tropfest Festival and Development Manger Henry Kalaf has joined Junkee Media as Executive Producer of Video Junkee. For more information on Junkee Media, visit www.junkeemedia.com   blOOturtle PUBLISHING ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH MELBOURNE AUTHOR 2017-04-04T21:11:12Z blooturtle-publishing-announces-distribution-agreement-with-melbourne-author Sydney 5 April, 2017 — the crew at children’s book company blOOturtle Publishing are excited to announce the signing of a global distribution agreement with Australian author Michael Winn. blOO has added Michael to our catalogue as part of our commitment to assist authors share their works globally. Having already self-published his first children’s story Peter the Perfect Peacock, Michael has signed an agreement with blOO that will see his work join our catalogue for upcoming global book shows as well as become part of our global distribution program. “We are excited to have Michael join our self-published program with such a fantastic story,” says Nicola Ganaye, Creative Officer of blOO. “Peter the Perfect Peacock has a great message that highlights being true to one’s self is a beautiful thing; something we could all take lessons from. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to assist a self-published author such as Michael reach global markets.” Mr Winn has degrees in both journalism and primary school teaching, and has worked for It Gets Better Australia to raise awareness and promote hope for members of the LGBTIQ+ community who suffer with mental health issues. “I am so excited to become a member of the blOO family,” says Michael Winn “The way they support and nurture up-and-coming writers isn’t often seen today, especially the way they allow me to maintain my independence as a self-publisher.” Peter the Perfect Peacock is currently available through the the book shop at blOOturtle.com. blOOturtle only began its journey in late 2016, with the release of Ogie Saves Christmas, now sold out until next year’s print run, but we have big plans for 2017. It is our goal to add 8 to 10 new titles to our catalogue this calendar year. Our blOO crew is currently working our way through a number of submissions with hopes of more announcements coming soon. For more information on blOO visit our website, www.blOOturtle.com or contact us at books@blooturtle.com . About blOO blOOturtle publishing is a niche book company that produces and assists self-published authors of children’s books. In addition to producing our own publishing catalogue, blOO also assists you in “doing it yourself” with a variety of author support packages. Our criteria is simple, if there is a fantastic bedtime, nap time, kid time story to be shared, we want to know about it. So visit our website to learn more about our services and publishing programs. ACS Releases New Course- Script Writing Course out now 2017-04-03T00:34:44Z acs-releases-new-course-script-writing-course-out-now ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new 100- hour course aimed at helping students improve their script writing skills. Our Script Writing course can be helpful for a variety of professions and enhancing writing skills by teaching students how to construct well-planned and well written scripts for a variety of audiences. Scriptwriting is a specialist form of writing that focuses on producing content for performance. Scripts are essential to developing video and audio content for a variety of audiences. In this course, you'll learn how to develop characters for fiction and non-fiction purposes, how to write tight dialogue, how to develop well-rounded characters, and the principles of scriptwriting for online markets. You'll also learn how to get started with your own business producing scripts for yourself and others. Scripts are essential to developing: - television shows - films/ cinema - teaching in a classroom or online environment - training - radio plays - podcasts - advertising Students can enrol into our course at any time and courses are self paced with tutor support available when needed. For more information on the Script Writing course, please visit our website: http://www.acs.edu.au/courses/script-writing-713.aspx   Bringing Great Storytelling™ to Western Sydney 2017-03-22T02:31:05Z bringing-great-storytelling-to-western-sydney Sydney Story Factory (SSF) has announced it will open a brand new creative writing centre for young people in Parramatta in May 2018, with the support of Pantera Press as a foundational partner. SSF specialises in building the writing skills and confidence of marginalised young people aged 7 to 17, particularly those who are Indigenous or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Since 2012, SSF has worked with more than 9,000 children and teenagers all over NSW. In 2016, 25% of students were from Western Sydney. The organisation’s expansion into Parramatta will be led by Dr Cath Keenan, the 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero. “We are delighted to be partnering with Pantera Press which, like us, has a passion for uncovering new Australian stories,” says Keenan. The partnership between Sydney Story Factory and Pantera Press represents a natural synergy between two organisations committed to effecting positive social impact and promoting Australian writing culture in its many forms. As a young, boutique publishing house, Pantera Press actively nurtures its growing stable of talented Australian storytellers and is continually looking for new ways to foster a love of reading and close the literacy gap in Australia. The new partnership with Sydney Story Factory is just one part of an ongoing company focus, which seeks to ignite the spark of creativity in all young Australians. "We are an organisation built with social purpose. Partnering with the Sydney Story Factory is our next step in contributing to Australian culture," comments Pantera Press CEO and Co-founder, Alison Green, who was recently named one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and The Australian Financial Review. “We couldn't be more excited to support such an incredible organisation and help launch the new Sydney Story Factory in Parramatta.” Green is the visionary and the force behind Pantera Press, which seeks to invest in all aspects of Australian writing culture. Alison Green is available for interview and comment. Chinaclay Clovelly 2017-03-22T01:56:05Z chinaclay-clovelly Chinaclay – The home of handmade Australian ceramics and bespoke flowers  Sydney, NSW Chinaclay is a dedicated space for handmade Australian ceramics and bespoke floristry in Sydney’s beachside suburb, Clovelly. Relaunched in July 2016, Chinaclay offers a wide range of locally produced ceramics, as well as bespoke floral arrangements.  Operating as both a ceramics gallery and full service floral studio, Chinaclay is one of a kind. Owner, Celia Crawford, has worked across all facets of floristry for over a decade. Whether on weddings, private events or instore, Celia has amassed a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail and nuance.  Chinaclay supports and celebrates the notion of an artist’s indelible sensibility in the work they produce. No two pieces are identical, whether floral or ceramic. Please come and visit this unique venture.  Contact: Celia Crawford  27 Burnie Street Clovelly NSW 2031  P: 02 96653238  M: 0404 447 971  E: info@chinaclay.com.au  I: www.chinaclay.com.au Celebrating Women Writers 2017-03-08T07:46:13Z celebrating-women-writers Award-winning Pantera Press author Sulari Gentill will be officially launching the 2017 Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival line-up next Friday, 17 March, at the Women’s Club, Sydney. Sulari is delighted to be introducing Stella Prize shortlisted author Emily Maguire and unveiling the line-up for this year’s festival, held from 15–16 September 2017 with the theme Women Writing Women: Valuing the Voices of Women.  “We are thrilled to be associated with this young festival, alongside other great supporters of the next generation of storytellers, including the Stella Prize and the St Albans Writers’ Festival”, said Alison Green, the inspirational CEO behind Pantera Press, and one of the 2016 Australian Financial Review & Westpac 100 Women of Influence. Interview Opportunities – Sydney                             Sulari Gentill, Alison Green and RSWWF director Dr Wendy Michaels are available for live and pre-recorded interviews. Please note that as Sulari is coming to Sydney specifically for the program launch, live and face-to-face interview opportunities with her are limited to Thursday 16 March (after 3pm) and Friday 17 March (before 11am). Phone or email-based interviews can be arranged in the lead-up to the event. Sulari then heads back to her home in the Snowy Mountains for the Jugiong Writers' Festival on 18 March to discuss Connection to People and Place on another all-female writers line-up, speaking alongside Di Morrissey, Margareta Osborn and Sonya Heaney (moderator). Sulari Gentill writes the ongoing, award-winning historical crime series, the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries and a fantasy adventure series based on a retelling of classic myths – The Hero Trilogy – which is currently part of an ongoing global research project.  To find out more about Sulari, please click here.