Good Reading : May 2016
GOOD READING MAY 2016 9 rooms with fireplaces, and they make for great meeting places for our group.The top floor houses a beautiful reading room with gorgeous ocean views, comfy chairs, lots of books from the loft library, and coffee and tea all day as well as hot spiced wine late in the evening. Breakfast is served as part of our stay in the Tables of Content restaurant, where we usually enjoy a dinner as well.We are walking distance from a number of other restaurants, so we do get out a bit. But mostly our retreat is about writing. We plan our program ahead of time. Although we have several workshops, we also allow plenty of time to write on our own, and critique or dream as we walk on the beach. In the evening, we share some of our work as we drink wine while sitting around the fireplace. The first two years we went on retreat for three days (two nights), but have since added an additional night. I highly recommend that all writing groups consider a retreat as a way of building community and foster ing better writing. Barbara Giles, Florence, Oregon USA PS Although we’d love for you to join us, I’m afraid we can’t invite Baxter, as delightful hotel cats are in residence and they visit us in our rooms. Dear Rowena People often tell me that they can never find the time to read a book. Or they have bought a Kindle and still have no time to read. This shocks me. I grew up in British Malaya in the ’50s, and books and stationery were hard to find in our shops in my home town. My father would place an order weeks ahead in a little bookstore, ordering a children’s book for me and my siblings (there were 11 of us then). I would save all my pocket money of 50 cents and put it aside for a book or colour pencils, which Western children would have taken for granted. My late father taught us to read from the Reader’s Digest and the local English newspaper, The Straits Times. I persevered with my reading, and have now a set goal to become an artist and published writer. I am so glad that my father taught us the simple enjoyment of reading, writing and painting at an early age, when there was no television or computers. It makes me sad that despite – or perhaps because of – modern technology people still can’t find time to read a book! Dona Samson Zappon,Western Sydney YOUR SAY EDITOR & PUBLISHER • Rowena Morcom firstname.lastname@example.org DEPUTY EDITOR • Tim Graham email@example.com EDITORIAL & TEAM ASSISTANT • Angus Dalton firstname.lastname@example.org ONLINE RESOURCES MANAGER MANAGER • Bevan Rigato email@example.com ADVERTISING MANAGER • Beth Parton firstname.lastname@example.org FINANCIAL DIRECTOR • David Morcom ART DIRECTOR • Danielle Cairis WORK/LIFE BALANCE SUPERVISOR Baxter the dog email@example.com PROOFREADER • Russell Thomson, AE ACCOUNTS ENQUIRIES firstname.lastname@example.org SUBSCRIPTIONS email@example.com Good Reading Magazine 14/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW AUSTRALIA 2041 Tel: (61 2) 8090 1051 Fax: (61 2) 9810 2488 goodreadingmagazine.com.au ISSN 1445-2839 Subscription rates Print only 12 months (11 issues) Australia $109.50 I New Zealand A$124.95 International A$205 Online only 12 months (11 issues, single user) $70 Print and online 12 months (11 issues, single user) Aust $133 | NZ A$155 | International A$230 PUBLISHED BY Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd ABN 38 003 750 150 14/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW Australia 2041 goodreadingmagazine.com.au Tel: (61 2) 8090 1051 Copyright ©2016 Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the publisher. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publishers. Liability howsoever arising as a result of the use of, or reliance upon, any advice, representation, statement, advertisement, opinion or conclusion expressed in Good Reading is expressly disclaimed by the publishers and participants in its preparation. PRINTED BY Galloping Press DISTRIBUTED BY Network Distribution Phone 02 9282 8777 Good Reading uses Macquarie Dictionary.