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The greatest pleasures are the most unexpectedly simple

David Wansbrough, writer, philosopher and poet finds, “The greatest pleasures are the most unexpectedly simple” in his review of The Little Green Frog by Jack and Harry Beaumont. Available now from www.greenolivepress.com

 I can still remember the radiant joy felt when reading Alain-Fournier’s Le Grand Meaulnes. It was about discovering something wonderful that was then lost, and for ever after searched for. When I recently read it again; I was disappointed. I couldn’t find something I’d treasured.

But last week I picked up a picture book belonging to my granddaughter, Ivara. I felt I already knew it. A pleasurable feeling suddenly suffused. It was as if I had found something that I didn’t know was lost, perhaps because it taps into a platonic archetype. The Little Green Frog is a children’s book, but, hey, Lev Tolstoy’s wife copied out 10,000 pages of War and Peace by hand around the phrase “the greatest truths are the most simple”.

 We all know Basho’s poem about the frog who went Spash-O. It is profound but it is about detached phenomenon. This picture book is written with an insider’s knowledge.

The author, young Jack Beaumont is a boy, and his brother Harry illustrated it. It is a counting book that starts with: “On Monday the little green frog jumped onto a lily pad.” It progresses with wonderfully reassuring repetition to, “On Saturday the little green frog jumped onto six lily pads.” (I won’t tell you what happened before the final, “and started again. He knew he would make it one day.”) The whole book gives joy … The greatest pleasures are the most unexpectedly simple.

 

Towards the end of 2020 Emma Adair launched her latest book 2068: A Novel via Zoom. Emma invited writers and publishers to join a panel discussion about the book. Caroline Webber, Green Olive Press, joined writers KJ Taylor and Stacy Nottle. You can view the launch video here:

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Friday April 15th

SHORT STORY MASTERCLASS

Join Alice Robinson (Anchor Point, The Glad Shout) for an online interactive workshop to help you hone your short story writing technique. Work your way through embedded exercises as Alice shares with you her tips and methods for creating compelling short stories.
Brought to you by the Society of Women Writers Victoria.

Cost: $15

TICKETS AVAILABLE through www.trybooking.com/BYXMA
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Friday April 1st

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY – 2nd April 2022

THE URBAN ESCAPEES – Susan Ramage. Illustrator Nettie Lodge

A family of possums’ lives and habitat are threatened by urban creep. What will happen to them? Where will they go?

Can Louis save them in time?

An enchanting story of the relationship between a wildlife-loving boy and a Brushtail possum family. ‘The Urban Escapees’ is a powerful story about increasing urbanisation and its impact on the natural world.

Available: www.greenolivepress.com/book/the-urban-escapees/
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INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY – 2nd April 2022

BEN DARK AND THE ROGUE ROBOT RENDEZVOUS – Rob Oliver

13 year old Ben Dark’s life is turned upside down when robots attack his school and try to grab him. He’s further surprised when his friends spring into action to help him escape – onto an orbiting Phloundar space ship – who Ben soon discovers are some of the nastiest beings in the galaxy.
Together, can they save the galaxy?

Available: www.greenolivepress.com/book/ben-dark-and-the-rogue-robot-rendezvous/
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Friday April 1st

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY – 2nd April 2022

BOLOGNAISE DAYS – Fiona Mearon Long

Join Rhys, Tomos and Hunter on an adventure to a mysterious land with a big red rock and funny animals.

What happens when they run out of their favourite food and have to fend for themselves in a land full of strange critters?

Includes Can You See Me? for little ones to find the animals and learn their names.

Available; www.greenolivepress.com/book/bolognese-days/
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Wednesday March 30th

It’s time to send in your writing for the next edition of Sparx! Submissions close 15 June.

Sparx is published annually. Each issue will contain approximately 30,000 words in order for each issue to have uniformity. Any content that does not fit the current issue may be carried over to the next. Winners from SWWVic Margaret Hazzard short story award competition are automatically included. Members are encouraged to submit work that has been previously published or won a competition prize, but this does not guarantee automatic inclusion.

The Sparx editorial committee will choose content based on quality and writers must expect some editorial liaison/editing before publication.

Name: …………………………………………………………………………………………
Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………..
Suburb: ……………………………………………………………………………………….
Postcode: …………………………. State: ………………………………………………
Phone: ……………………………. Mobile: ………………………………………………
Email: ……………………………………………………………………………………………
Title of submission: ………………………………………………………………………
Word count: ………………………………………………………………………………….
Please tick –
Non fiction
Short story
Poetry
Cover image

Guidelines for written submissions:
• open theme
• writer must be a SWWVic member at the time of submission
• stories must be the original work of the entrant
• any quotations appearing in your work must be referenced and the writer must have permission to use them prior to submitting to Sparx
• short stories maximum 2,000 words; there are no genre specifications
• poems maximum of 30 lines
• articles (non-fiction, memoir) maximum of 2000 words
• entries should be submitted as Word files set in 12pt Times New Roman font, at least 1.5 space, on an A4 page with 2.5 cm margins
• entries should be submitted by email
• please use: indents not line breaks for new paragraphs
• single quotation marks
• single space after sentences
• previously published and prize winning entries accepted, however, please ensure that you have permission to submit previously published works
Guidelines for cover image submissions:
• open theme
• images include photographs and illustrations, and may include photographs of sculptures
• images must be supplied as print quality jpeg files set at a minimum of 600dpi
• contributor must be a SWWVic member at the time of submission
• images must be the original work of the entrant
• Sparx is a portrait-orientated publication. Please keep this in mind when choosing a photograph to submit
Email your submissions to: Sparx Receiving Officer,
Paula Wilson paulawilson1@optusnet.com.au
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