Talk: Why Storytellers Need to Study Myths and Legends

Bendigo Writers Council presents a talk by Dr Ian Irvine (Hobson) –
The Gods Abandon Olympus (for Hollywood): Why Storytellers Need to Study Myths and Legends

Science tells us that the gods, goddesses and magical creatures of old no longer exist. In this talk, Dr Irvine argues that such an obituary is premature – at least in the realm of modern story-telling. He will suggest that the deities of old are alive and well in a range of popular – as well as literary – ‘story arcs’ with their accompanying ‘story beats’. Psychologist Carl Jung renamed them ‘archetypes’ and poets, storytellers, artists and musicians are as dependent upon them as ever for inspiration, ‘honeyed words’ and story structure.

Ian Irvine is a published fiction writer, poet/lyricist and transmedia writer with many years experience teaching in the creative arts. He currently teaches at the Bendigo Kangan Institute and Victoria University. One of his favourite subjects to teach is Myths and Symbols for Writers. The unit covers world mythologies as well as Jungian and Transpersonal psychological systems. With partner Dr. Sue King-Smith he recently founded The Zoetics Institute – an organisation promoting the benefits of creative activities to individuals and groups.

When: Monday 13th October 7-9pm

Where: Best Building, 23 St Andrews Avenue, Bendigo, Victoria


An Evening at the New Northern with Lauren Wambach

Come and dine with Word Mine members and friends and listen to Lauren Wambach, food blogger turned writer and reviewer. Come to eat, or come later to hear Lauren speak. At the end of the night try your hand at writing a review (optional).

Lauren Wambach presents the popular Footscray Food Blog as well as contributing to the Age, Time Out and Broadsheet. She also runs food tours. Her passion is the western suburbs of Melbourne and the edible multicultural delights they cradle, from Afghan kebabs cooked over charcoal, to rich red Ethiopian stews.

Lauren Wambach

Where: New Northern, Barker St. Castlemaine

When: Wednesday 19th March, 7pm (to eat with Lauren) or 8pm to hear her speak

Cost: Pay for your meal, or if you come at 8 buy a drink from the bar

Enquiries: Ann 5472 2647

Talk: Australian Children’s Literature

Bottersnikes and other Lost Things

An entertaining interactive talk by Juliet O’Conor, from the State Library of Victoria, about the history of illustrated Australian children’s books for those interested in children’s books and children’s reading. Juliet’s presentation will offer a glimpse into the rich diversity that this collection has to offer.

All very welcome!

Cost: $5 /$2 members. If you aren’t a member yet come and join on the night ($12.50 for the remainder of the year).

When: 8pm-9pm Wed 16th Oct.

Where: Castlemaine Word Mine: Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts), Castlemaine.