ACT Writers Centre

Happy Bid-mas: Writerly Silent Auction


Join us at our Christmas celebration and 2016 awards announcement, Thursday 15 December (book your ticket here). Enjoy a glass of wine from Eden Road Wines and place a bid on the night—you could take something (or a few somethings) home for yourself or a writerly loved one!

Thanks to some wonderful industry folk, here is the line-up of items available on the night:

#1: The Lifted Brow One-Year Print Subscription

The Lifted Brow is a not-for-profit literary publishing organisation from Australia that publishes magazines and books for both Australian and global readership, as well as producing events, running prizes, and more. Its flagship publication is a quarterly print magazine/journal, also called The Lifted Brow, which is read all around the world.

#2: Southerly Journal One-Year Digital Subscription

Southerly is one of Australia’s oldest continuous literary journals. The journal of the English Association, Sydney, it was launched in 1939 with works by authors such as AD Hope and Kylie Tennant. It was, from the outset, dedicated to publishing new Australian literature of the highest standard, and of providing a link between the academy and the garret. Southerly continues to publish the best in new fiction and poetry, reviews and criticism, from and about Australian and New Zealand authors.

Southerly is published three times a year, both in print and digitally, and is complemented by a free online section, the Long Paddock. Our entire backlist is available online through the Inform it Literature and Culture Collection. Our blog provides commentary and bibliophilic musings from a different writer each month. We are open for submissions all year round.

#3: Kindling Anthology Series Book Pack, Writer’s Edit

Kindling is a collection of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and writing advice for emerging wordsmiths. It showcases the work of some incredible up-and-coming talent as well as offers advice from more established writers.

#4: Local Books Christmas Packages

Package A: Literary Fiction

Package B: Genre Fiction

Package C: Nonfiction

Package D: Children’s

Package E: Poetry

#5: Kill Your Darlings One-Year Digital Membership

Founded in Melbourne by Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent in 2010, Kill Your Darlings (KYD) is one of Australia’s most lively cultural publications and websites. KYD embraces both high- and low-brow culture, and publishes commentary, essays, fiction, interviews and reviews online and in a quarterly paperback edition. Contributors include established and celebrated literary identities to new and emerging talent, such as Benjamin Law, Clementine Ford, Jane Caro, Ron Rash, Antony Loewenstein, Chris Womersley, Rebecca Shaw, Gideon Haigh, Krissy Kneen, Amy Espeseth and Maria Turmarkin.

In addition to championing Australian voices in print and online, KYD also produces a regular podcast, provides professional writing services such as workshops and manuscript assessments and hosts literary events to foster engagement and discussion between writers and readers.

#6: Pilot: A Diary for Writers

Pilot 2017 is bursting with features! Stay motivated and productive with weekly advice, tips and book recommendations from more than fifty inspiring authors including Benjamin Law, Anna Funder and Inga Simpson. PLUS there’s 150 competitions, festivals and awards, a years’ worth of writing prompts and tons of industry info. Value $29.95.

Find Pilot at  on Facebook & Instagram

#7: Busybird Publishing’s Australian Writer’s Companion 2017 

Busybird Publishing is a boutique micropublisher based in the heart of Montmorency, Victoria, whose mission statement is to tell a good story. They publish a handful of our own titles yearly. Their nonfiction books usually have an altruistic outcome, where a portion of proceeds will go to a certain cause. They’re always working on something.

#8: Lavender Art Studios $100 voucher towards any class or art supplies

Lavender Art Studios, located on the 1st Floor, 42 Townshend St Phillip offers children’s/adult art classes, specialised art workshops and the other art related services; such as, a discounted art materials shop, discounted custom and ready – made frames, high country art retreats and holiday art workshops. The highly recommended art programs have been in operation for 17 years and gently nurture the creative spirit and imagination of every student. Expertly delivered art workshops, tailored to meet aspirational endeavours and skills development are held in a relaxed, resourceful environment. Defined by numerous educative, fun and explorative themes; workshop forums allow all participating artists to produce culturally enriched artistic creations. For further information regarding Lavender Art Studios visit and/or phone 62926339.

#9: Character Naming, Jack Heath Novel

This is your chance to name a character after yourself in a Jack Heath novel!

#10: Jack Heath Book Pack

Jack Heath is the pen name of an internationally bestselling author, born in 1985. He wrote The Cut Out, 400 Minutes Of Danger and sixteen other action-packed thrillers for young people, which have been shortlisted for multiple awards and published in several languages. His books have sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide. For more information about Jack and his books, click here.

  • Third Transmission by Jack Heath
  • Money Run by Jack Heath
  • Replica by Jack Heath
  • Scream: The Human Flytrap by Jack Heath
  • Scream: The Haunted Book by Jack Heath
  • Scream: The Squid Slayer by Jack Heath
  • Countdown to Danger: Bullet Train Disaster by Jack Heath
  • Countdown to Danger: Shockwave by Jack Heath
  • The Cut Out by Jack Heath
  • The Fail Safe by Jack Heath
  • 300 Minutes of Danger by Jack Heath
  • 400 Minutes of Danger by Jack Heath
  • Ink Inc. by Jack Heath

#11: Bounding Books Journal

Bounding Books is a bookbinding and restoration studio, creating new books and repairing old ones. Nellie Anderson started bookbinding in 1998 and her books have been exhibited in book guild and private bookbinding exhibitions throughout Australia. She has also dabbled in jewellery making and design, bespoke shoe making, and graphic design – though bookbinding has remained her constant passion. In 2013 Nellie began studying at The American Academy of Bookbinding in Colorado, where she is currently enrolled in a diploma for fine bookbinding. For the past two years Nellie has been working for The National Library of Australia as part of the preservation team. This work offered her a great opportunity to extend her conservation skills and allowed her to work on many unique and interesting projects.

With her newly established binding studio, Nellie is working on a retail range of hand-bound books and journals, using traditional binding techniques with modern chic designs. Bounding Books offers bespoke bookbinding services for new works as well as preservation and restoration services for old books. Nellie’s previous experience working in mass book production companies along with cultural heritage institutions allows her to offer a variety of services delivered with a whole lot of passion and care. Workshops, exhibitions and collaborative projects are future visions that she is looking forward to developing.

#12: Happiness Jar Workshop with Samantha Tidy (for young or old!)

Are you looking for something a bit different to present to your Year 5/6 primary students? Maybe even an alternative idea for a teenager’s birthday party? It’s time to remind your young people that they are each unique, wonderful and totally cool being exactly who they are! Engage them in a Happiness workshop, with author of The Happiness Jar, Samantha Tidy.

In this 45 – 60 minute workshop (depending on your lesson length or class size), Samantha will work with your students to cultivate happiness and learn how to keep it.

Using academic research on the five precursors to happiness, Samantha will lead your students in reflecting on what exactly happiness is. She will guide them in learning to recognise what experiences already exist in their lives that have led to their happiness today. Students will then do a small creative writing activity, and start recording their own happy moments for their own happiness jar (the school provides this or the student brings along a glass or plastic jar for this activity).

#13: Gift Voucher from Erica’s Aesthetic, Kingston

For any beauty product/service. Value $30.

#14: Bottle of Moet Chandon 750ml

Value $65


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