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22 March 2013
Spotlight member of the day was Yvonne Sweeney
|March Spotlight speaker Yvonne Sweeney spoke of her love for the Argonauts radio program and her involvement in the International Toastmistresses organization. She completed a BA and learned aspects of publishing. Though she enjoys writing, she thinks she might lack the drive, tenacity and endurance to be published. Ita Buttrose once returned a submission with the comment, ‘Everyone loved it; I’m the problem.’|
Launch of Meryl Brown Tobin's "Puzzle Fun" Series and "Puzzle Australia"
Puzzle Fun Series:
Fun Years 1-2
Fun Years 3-4
Fun Years 5-6
Meryl Brown Tobin’s
latest books, her Puzzle Fun book series workbooks for primary school
pupils, Puzzle Fun Years 1-2, Puzzle Fun Years 3-4 and Puzzle Fun
Years5-6, and Puzzle Australia, a new and updated edition of Puzzle
Round Australia, a black line masters book with an Australiana theme for
upper primary and lower secondary school pupils, were launched at the March
meeting of the Society of Women Writers Victoria at Ross House, Melbourne.
MC, an SWWVic member
and long-time friend of the author, Rebecca Maxwell welcomed guests including
Wendy Eldridge, Sales Manager for Five Senses Education; Derek and Jarrod Tobin,
Meryl’s son and grandson from Sydney.
teacher consultant on the book, Faye Smith, Yasmine Parker, Graphic Designer and
Editor, and Stuart Matthew who designed the covers were unable to be present.
Meryl’s daughter launched the books. Her
children had trialled the Puzzle Fun series which is directly related to
the basics of schools’ curricula. By the time the books
were finished, the editor who had suggested Meryl write them in 1996 had moved
on and the books were not published at that time. Some years later when Meryl
offered them to Five Senses Education, publisher Roger Furness offered her a
contract for the series and for a fourth book, Puzzle Australia. After
Meryl updated and revamped the books, Yasmine Parker illustrated them with clip
art, choosing lively and colourful pictures to appeal to pupils.
presentation can be viewed here.
After the launch
Meryl gave a talk on A Puzzling Career, showing and talking about her
first four small puzzle books and six blackline masters books of educational
puzzles. Sold through Ashton
Scholastic book clubs, the four puzzle books sold mainly in Australia and New
Zealand but the first one was also sold in Canada. In total, almost 300,000
copies were sold.
representative and Sales Manager, Wendy Eldridge gave a talk on her role in
promoting and marketing Meryl’s books and spoke about Five Senses Education
generally – how it operates, the sorts of books it publishes and is
currently looking for. A
writer herself, she said, ‘I am obsessed with genealogy and I met Roger when
he published my first book on genealogy.’
Wendy Eldridge then
answered questions from the audience.
The Launch was
followed with a launch party and Puzzle-Making Workshop with Meryl.
All books are
available from Meryl at email@example.com;
from Wendy Eldridge on 0411539182;
or Five Senses Education, ph (02) 9838 9265, fax (02) 9838 8982, firstname.lastname@example.org
RRP for each book is
Michele (Meryl's daughter who conducted the launch) and Meryl (Photo: Hartley Tobin)
Aster Creo (former SWWV member and co-editor of the SWWV anthology Climb the Mountain. (Photo: Hartley Tobin)
Meryl, Rebecca Maxwell (MC) and Wendy Eldridge, Sales Manager, Five Senses Education (Photo: Hartley Tobin)
Meryl with her family, husband Hartley, son Derek, Derek's son Jarrod, Meryl and her daughter Michele. Unfortunately, Meryl's elder son Michael was unable to be present. (Photo: Naine Sankey)
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Hazel Edwards presented her
Here is Hazel's introductory statement:
'Writing Competition' Entries.
any writing competition is always a challenge, but these are some of the
criteria which were applied to the entries in one competition:
Hazel, Linda and Blaise with a bouquet from Meryl's garden
In Shirley's absence, Linda chaired the meeting and Blaise read the winnning story.