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The Beans were fantastic! Inaugural Open Mic @ Manly Library
to the team at Manly Library for organising this terrific event.
We loved hearing your Foolish 400 entries.
Come Support Manly Library to build a vibrant creative community.
Next Open Mic 26 May
Look out for us at Manly Village markets, in Manly Public School grounds. We have Spill the Beans books to buy and authors to meet. The markets are on the third Saturday of the month and we'll let you know when we are there.
Julie Howard presented a workshop for writers who will tell the settlement stories of Northern Beaches refugees. It will be published later this year.
Would you like to be one of our writers? Or do you have a story to tell about what it was like to arrive in Australia from Germany or Russia or Indonesia or ? If so we want to hear from you.
What did you ask? What advice did they give? Their answers could change your writing practice.
Get the creative juices flowing and send your responses to us by 11 March. Keep checking our website to see whose stories have been published.
Steven Kay is a founder member of Sheffield Authors in the UK, and is working on his 6th novel. He started writing full time after deciding it was preferable to being a Health and Safety inspector. Steve, who admits to a penchant for historical fiction but ‘without kings or queens and bodices, ripped or otherwise’, established his own ‘very small publishing empire' - 1889 - when he indie-published his first book The Evergreen in red and white, about a Victorian Romani footballer.
Michelle Worthington, is an award-winning children's author, screenwriter and international guest speaker on the power of story. A full-time writer based in Brisbane, Michelle credits her three sons for giving her an endless source of inspiration, as well as her wrinkles. Michelle is dedicated to encouraging a strong love of reading and writing in young children and enjoys working with charities that support the vision of empowering youth through education. As a mentor and editor, she helps aspiring authors find pathways to publication and enjoys working as part of a team in projects that are purposeful, innovative and inspirational. You can find out more about her awards, speaker profile and books at www.michelleworthington.com
Vivien Wilson author of 'Ursula' finds her story 'Basil' in the latest 'Beans' book.
Paula Goodyer is a Walkley Award winning journalist and now freelance health writer. Twice winner of the Dietitians Association of Australia Excellence in Nutrition Journalism Award. Author of three non-fiction books - Kids and Drugs (Allen & Unwin 1998), Bodyguard (ABC Books, 2003) and Fit and Firm Forever (Random House, 2009). Her work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Australian House & Garden Magazine, The Healthy Food Guide, Diabetic Living, Sunday Life, Elle and Cleo.are.
Find out how to join the Beans and have your challenge stories or poems printed online and in book format.
Along with Multicultural Services Spill the Beans produced an ebook 'Settlement Stories'. Amazing to meet migrants and refugees from around the world. Click below to read more.
We welcome the opportunity to work with other organisations interested in running Spill the Beans writing workshops.
I found Julie's workshop on Spill the Beans very interesting. She had a relaxed and conversational style and the fact that it was a Zoom meeting didn't seem to inhibit the flow. The exercise was a lot of fun and it was amazing to hear so many different responses to the prompt. Pippa
That was fabulous! You are a great speaker and I really enjoyed the writing. Well done! Lori
Congratulations, Julie on a great session today! It was entertaining and moving to hear other people's responses to the themes. I think we all learnt new things. Helen
Robin Moorhouse was a creative spirit with a sparkling wit and, as she often told us, no love of the cliche! We will treasure our memories of Robin, her writing and art works !
Robin's family have organised 'The Final Fling' at Fox Park Collaroy.
11.00am, 11th January,2023
Put the date in your diary. Saturday 18 February 2023
Chat and buy their amazing books. Members email us if you would like to sell your books at the Market. Put 'Sell my books at the market in the subject line.
At only $5 they are a fabulous read and a wonderful gift.
Did you know members' stories and poems are printed in Spill the Beans Books? Maybe you have a budding author who would love to see their story or poem in print. Buy them a Spill the Beans membership for Christmas. Only $20 p.a or $10 concession. Click the membership tab today.
Always wanted to write? Take a writing challenge in 2023 and read your stories and poems online.