Daily Archives: August 14, 2010

Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA)- ARE YOU A JANEITE?


      If you would like to meet other Austen enthusiasts, the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) is for you. 

      JASNA is dedicated to the study, appreciating, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius.  Our 400+ members are readers of all ages and background who admire her novels, and most participate in the local activities of JASNA’S regional groups across North America. 

      The Southern Arizona Region of JASNA meets monthly to share many pleasures: discussing Austen’s novels and other works; listening to lectures, panels, and performances illuminating her writing, life, and era; toasting her on her birthday (December 16), and much more. 

      We welcome new members who are reading their first Austen novel and those who have re-read her books many times.  You don’t need to be an Austen expert to feel at home in JASNA, though you may become on as you attend our meetings!

      To learn more about JASNA, its publications, conferences, regional groups, and friendly members, visit our web site at www.jasna.org or call 1-899-836-3911.

      To learn more about the JASNA- Southern Arizona Region and its activities, go to www.jasnasaz.org

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Miriam Gallagher Playwright- Irish Woman Playwright for Chicago Festival

Website of awardwinning playwright Miriam Gallagher: http://www.miriamgallagher.ie

Art Events & Theatre Events

Irish Woman Playwright for Chicago Festival

Co. Dublin, Ireland — 1st June. 2010

Miriam Gallagher’s new play, ‘Nasturtiums and Cherry Buns’ opened in Chicago on May 28th 2010. The production is by Nightblue Theater who previously performed the US Premiere of her play ‘Fancy Footwork.’ Recently this play was performed at New York International Fringe Festival. Miriam Gallagher is an awardwinning playwright, novelist & screenwriter. Her work, staged and screened in Ireland, London, Paris, New York, Canada, South Africa & Australia, is profiled in Irish Women Writers: An A-Z Guide (2006, Greenwood Press, CT, USA). Theatrical/Musical Interludes celebrating Irish composers (Carolan; Field; Wallace; Balfe) were performed at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, on Rté Radio and at festivals here & abroad. ‘Green Rain’, celebrating Joan Trimble, the Enniskillen born composer is being premiered this year. Books are: Fancy Footwork (13 Plays) Kalahari Blues (3 Plays) ‘The Gold of Tradaree’ (3 Plays) ‘Song for Salamander’ (a novel) ‘Pusakis at Paros’ (short stories) and ‘Let’s Help Our Children Talk ‘(non fiction). Commissions include ‘The Gold of Tradaree’ (first play awarded under the Per Cent for Art Scheme) and ‘Kalahari Blues’ (Galloglass Theatre) Recent prizewinning plays: ‘Doracha Mór and the Ghaoth Dobhair Sailors’ (Ireland) and ‘The Parting Glass’ (USA). Miriam received Arts Council and European Script Fund awards for ‘Girls in Silk Kimonos’ (feature length screenplay celebrating the Gore Booth sisters). Her film ‘Gypsies’ screened at New York’s Lincoln Center and San Francisco’s Plaza Cinemas & was broadcast by Rté. Website: http://www.miriamgallagher.ie.

Enniskillen Arts Festival

Thursday 30th September – Sunday 3rd October 2010

Green Rain

A theatrical/musical entertainment celebrating pianist and composer Joan Trimble by Miriam Gallagher

Enniskillen Arts Festival Event

This evocative and nostalgic insight into the early life and influences of Enniskillen born Joan Trimble (1915-2000) conjures up her colourful background; her progress from precocious musical childhood to her famed two-piano partnership with her sister, Valerie, and her success as a composer, and later as proprietor of the family-owned Impartial Reporter newspaper. Family, friends and key influencers are vividly recalled in award-winning playwright Miriam Gallagher’s lively script and woven throughout with some of Joan’s best loved two-piano music, performed by Una Hunt and Danusia Oslizlok. Una, who is one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has toured extensively in Europe and the USA, has been an indefatigable champion of Joan Trimble’s music and played a leading role in returning it to prominence in the Irish music scene.

The evening will conclude with light refreshments and a glass of wine, with proceeds from the evening being donated to Horizon West Children’s Hospice.

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Sydney Writers’ Centre- WET INK Short Story Prize Winner will receive $3,000

Wet Ink Short Story Prize
Wet Ink is one of Australia’s premier literary magazines. They are committed to seeking out and publishing the best in new Australian writing. Their annual short story writing competition is on again and this is a chance to see your story published in this great magazine – and win some cash!

First prize will be awarded to the best story of no more than 5,000 words. The winner will receive $3,000, one year’s subscription to Wet Ink, and publication in the March 2011 edition. Two highly commended entries will receive $100, a year’s subscription, and will also be published in the March issue. Entry fee is $15 for one story or $25 for two. You have until Tuesday 31 August 2010 to enter.

Download an entry form and more information here.

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