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Blue in the Red House

Editors help writing be the best version of itself

Author Sarah Madden was complimentary about the editorial process for Blue in the Red House  when interviewed by Jessica Gately for the latest issue of Underground Writer’s zine Roots (issue 25, page 8). She said ‘it made the book flow better, read better, and ultimately be the best version of itself it could be’. We may be a little biased, but we agree that Aidan’s editing was thoughtful, encouraging and supportive – just what every author hopes for.

Sarah’s novella was our first experimental non-fiction title – which is the only genre for which we are currently open to submissions.

Two titles launched into the world

Obiter ended the year doing what we love most, sending two new books into the world!

We raised a glass of congratulations to Sarah Madden in Melbourne last Tuesday evening at the launch of her debut novella Blue in the Red House. And we learned, finally, where the name for Sarah’s protagonist, Ms De Beer originated. We had been trying to conjure metaphors of diamonds but, no, the name is simply a fun nod to a certain amber brew of which Sarah is quite fond!

It was a pleasure to work with Writers Victoria to celebrate Sarah and her work and we thank them for their hospitality and generosity.

Pic left: Sarah Madden, a former Write-ability Fellow at Writers Victoria in conversation with writer and
director Fiona Tuomy, who was also Write-ability’s founding Mentor-in-Residence.

We would also like to thank Katherine Bode, our series editor for ‘To Be Continued’, and Imelda Whelehan, who selected the stories for the latest title in the series and wrote the introduction, and Martin Willis who read excerpts from the book at its launch. It has been a pleasure to work with them on Christmas Eve in a Gum Tree and Other Lost Australian Christmas Stories.

Last Monday in Canberra, Marnie Hughes-Warrington did the book proud in her launch speech in which she pointed out that despite the heat and disastrous weather events in Australian Christmas stories they all do end up being about love: love between sweethearts, love between parents and children, love lost, love earned, love that endures time and place.

Pic right: Professor Imelda Whelehan and Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington.

 

Raise a glass to our debut author

If you are in Melbourne on 11 December, please join us for the launch of debut author Sarah Madden’s magic realist memoir Blue in the Red House. We are very excited to mark this special occasion with Writers Victoria, where Sarah was a Write-ability Fellow. Sarah will be in conversation with writer and director Fiona Tuomy, who was also Write-ability’s founding Mentor-in-Residence. And there will be champagne of course! RSVP at the Writers Victoria website.

If you can’t join us Blue in the Red Houseis out now and available through the Obiter online store.

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