Book Launches 2022

June 2022
Venue: Woy Woy Library, cnr Blackwall Rd &, Oval Ave, Woy Woy
Venue: Bar Toto, 83/189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach

Free, RSVPs recommended

Book Launches

For 2022 we are excited to add a new element to Words on the Waves Writers Festival with our local author launches. Emerging and established authors can introduce their publication to a larger audience by launching their books in conjunction with the festival and our audiences get the opportunity to attend some free launch events with authors that they have probably not read before. Particularly developed with local authors and artists in mind, this program is a way for the festival to develop community connections and showcase the talents of the Coast to our local and visiting attendees.

The local launch events are taking place in the venues of some of our Venue Partners: Woy Woy Library and Bar Toto Ettalong.

Please attend as many of these events as you would like and support our Central Coast authors. The books that are being launched are diverse: a short fiction anthology from a wide range of Indian and Australian authors; a Young Adult novel set in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 and the fourth novel from an urban fantasy author; a memoir based around the coup in Fiji and a pair of Australian crime novellas.

The launch events are free, but bookings are essential to ensure we have enough staff and meet venue capacity limits.

Program

Thursday June 2
5:30pm – 7pm

Book Launch: Relatively True

Book Launch: Relatively True

Edited by Sharon Rundle & Meenakshi Bharat

Join us for the launch of Relatively True which contains an exciting collection of short fiction from award-winning authors from the Indian subcontinent and Australia; they have generously contributed their stories on truth, post-truth, and deception. Here’s your chance to see the authors in person, hear them speak about truth and deception, and read from their stories in Relatively True. Contributors in attendance include Sharon Rundle, Sunil Badami, Anne Benjamin, Indranil Bengal Halder  and Andrew Kwong. The event will open and close with a traditional Indian Veena performance.

Join us for a drink when the doors open 5:30pm and the event will get underway at 5:45pm. Woy Woy Library. Books will be available for sale and a signing will take place after the authors have spoken.

RELATIVELY TRUE LAUNCH Thursday
June 2,
5:30pm – 7pm
Woy Woy Library
Cnr Blackwall Rd &, Oval Ave, Woy Woy
Free, RSVP here

Thursday June 9
5:00pm – 6pm

Book Launch: Limitations
Book Launch: Everdark Cursed

Book Launch: Limitations & Everdark Cursed

By Aimee Edwards (Limitations) & Selina Fenech (Everdark Cursed

You are invited to a book launch for two passionate young authors.  We are taking over Bar Toto to launch these two new books and we would love you to join us to hear Aimee and Selina speak about their new works with a cocktail or mocktail in hand.  The doors of Bar Toto will be open at 5pm so that you can purchase a drink and find yourself a comfy lounge to sit in before our authors are introduced at 5:30pm.  Both authors will speak about their new books and the books will be available to purchase and have signed afterwards.

LIMITATIONS & EVERDARK CURSED LAUNCH Thursday June 9,
5:00pm – 6pm
Bar Toto
83/189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
Free, RSVP here

Friday June 10
5:30pm – 7pm

Book Launch: The Harbour Mysteries
Book Launch: Fijian Shadows

Book Launch: The Harbour Mysteries and Fijian Shadows

By Helen Menzies (The Harbour Mysteries) & Valerie Clifford (Fijian Shadows

Our final launch event for Words on the Waves 2022, is for an historical fiction new release and a memoir. Helen Menzies and Valerie Clifford will be introducing their new books at this joint event. We are very privileged to have actor and director, John Bell AO, coming along to launch Helen’s book, The Harbour Mysteries.

Join us for a drink when the doors open 5:30pm and the event will get underway at 5:45pm at Woy Woy Library. Books will be available for sale and a signing will take place after the authors have spoken.

THE HARBOUR MYSTERIES & FIJIAN SHADOWS LAUNCH Friday June 10,
5:30pm – 7pm
Woy Woy Library
Cnr Blackwall Rd &, Oval Ave, Woy Woy
Free, RSVP here

Authors & Editors

Sharon Rundle

Sharon Rundle

Sharon Rundle co-edited five anthologies of stories from Australia and South Asia. Her writing appears in books, anthologies, journals, and magazines. Her contributions to the writing community include encouraging international understanding and discourse and nurturing new writing talent. She has taught at UTS, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Delhi.

Meenakshi Bharat

Meenakshi Bharat

Meenakshi Bharat, published writer, translator, reviewer, and cultural theorist, teaches in the University of Delhi. She has authored and co-edited numerous books, including Relatively True: Stories of Truth, Post-truth, and Deception. She has served as the President of the International Federation of Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM, UNESCO).

Aimee J Edwards

Aimee J Edwards

Aimee J Edwards is the debut author of Limitations. Aimee is an emerging writer with a love for the written word. With influences from Shakespeare to John Green, Aimee is passionate about telling stories that evoke positive social change while focussing on real issues experienced by real people.

Selina A. Fenech

Selina A. Fenech

Selina A. Fenech writes quirky, positive, and powerful tales where love always wins. With laugh out loud moments, epic danger, twists, and unique magical worlds, her stories are perfect for a reader looking for something different. She lives in Australia with her husband and daughter and loves food, gardening, geekery, and all things fantasy. 

Valerie Clifford

Valerie Clifford

Valerie has published professionally in the areas of women’s health, and education. Writing memoir is a new venture and has involved learning; to write in a new genre, to expose her inner thoughts and feelings, and to negotiate with those around her what it is okay, and not okay, to write.

Helen Menzies

Helen Menzies

Tutor, writer (The Harbour Mysteries is book 10), editor, sports journalist (for Rupert Murdoch!), marathon runner/walker, card-carrying feminist, admirer of dogs. Manifesto: Exercise for an hour a day, read a book a week, and above all cultivate a sense of the ridiculous. Somewhat bric a brac but all round, a good egg.

Support our Festival

As a not-for-profit organisation run with a small team of volunteers, contributions of any size go a long way in enriching the creative culture of our community. The Committee includes local Peninsula residents passionate about bringing the arts to the Coast. We are seeking support from the community to help us create a wonderful and inclusive festival.

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