UQP sells 'The Geography of Friendship' to UK

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has sold UK and Irish rights to Sally Piper's The Geography of Friendship and 2014 debut novel Grace's Table to Legend Press, in a two-book deal.

Legend Press commissioning editor Lauren Parsons acquired both novels direct from UQP. Both will be published in the UK market in 2019.

'Sally's writing is masterful. Her characters unravel spectacularly. We can't wait for readers here to experience Sally's work,' Parsons told Books+Publishing.

UQP publishing director and acting-CEO Madonna Duffy said she is 'delighted' to see Piper's work recognised in the British market and 'thrilled that Legend Press have committed to her writing through a two-book deal.'

'To have Australian-based books published on home ground is exciting enough, but to have UK publisher Legend Press tell me they can't wait to share them with readers there took that excitement to a whole new level,' Piper told Books+Publishing. 'With every Australian title sold into another territory, the growing appeal and reach of Australian stories - our stories - is confirmed, which is a win for all Australian writers and our publishing industry.'

- Rights and Acquisitions News, Books+Publishing, 4 July 2018

Book launch: The Geography of Friendship

Join Kristina Olsson (Boy, Lost) who will launch Sally Piper's second novel The Geography of Friendship (UQP) at Avid Reader Bookshop.

When three young women set off on a hike through the wilderness they are anticipating the adventure of a lifetime. Over the next five days, as they face up to the challenging terrain, it soon becomes clear they are not alone and the freedom they feel quickly turns to fear. Only when it is too late for them to turn back do they fully appreciate the danger they are in. As their friendship is tested, each girl makes an irrevocable choice; the legacy of which haunts them for years to come.

Now in their forties, Samantha, Lisa and Nicole are estranged, but decide to revisit their original hike in an attempt to salvage what they lost. As geography and history collide, they are forced to come to terms with the differences that have grown between them and the true value of friendship.

Date: 6 July 2018

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End, QLD 4101

This is a free event but you will need to register your attendance here.

 

Festival: Maleny Celebration of Books

Festival guest ABC Radio’s Kate Evans loves nothing better than chatting with people about books. Join her in conversation with three leading Australian authors. Multi-award winning writerTrent Dalton will talk about his debut literary fiction novel, Boy Swallows Universe. He will be joined by 2018 Stella Prize shortlisted author Mirandi Riwoe discussing her award-winning novella The Fish Girl and Sally Piper will talk about her second novel The Geography of Friendship.

Date: 15 July 2018

Time: 10.30am – 11.45am (Doors open at 10.00am for morning tea, event commences at 10.30am)

Venue: Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street, Maleny

Tickets: $18 (including morning tea). A small booking fee for online bookings applies.

Bookings in person can be made at Rosetta Books, 30 Maple Street, Maleny or by phone on 5435 2134.

Seminar: Novel Writing - Toning a saggy middle

Novels often stall in the middle section as writers either dry up with ideas or the plot or depth of characterisation has not been sufficient to sustain the story. This Queensland Writers Centre seminar will assist participants to identify causes of a saggy middle and discover ways of overcoming it so that their story finds new narrative energy.

Sally will be delivering this 1.5 hour seminar at Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane City, QLD

Date: 8 July 2018

Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

This is a free seminar but to register your attendance, please contact Brisbane Square Library on 3403 4166.

Mentoring

Sally will be mentoring for the Queensland Writers Centre on their Writer's Surgery mentor program throughout 2018. She will be available to consult on literary fiction, general fiction, short fiction and preparing submission packages for awards and opportunities. For more information or to make a booking, please visit the QWC website.

Seminar: Synopsis writing

A well written synopsis can help convince a potential publisher to read your book. Learn what a good synopsis should contain, what it shouldn't, and how to make it engaging and informative in this Queensland Writers Centre workshop. Bookings essential.

Sally will be delivering this 1.5 hour seminar at West End Library, 178-180 Boundary Street, West End, QLD

Date: Thursday 19 April 2018

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm

This is a free seminar but to reserve your place, please contact West End Library on 3403 8620.

Workshop: Making the Shortlist with Sally Piper and Cass Moriarty

This one-day workshop assists participants to ensure their manuscript is structurally at its best for submission to publishers, competitions and awards. Participative workshopping includes practical exercises, group work and discussions based around the following subjects: identifying the central question or theme of a novel and its main and secondary characters; tips for discerning a novel’s strengths and weaknesses and interrogating the plot’s external and emotional arc; submission and formatting guidelines; expectations of judges and publishers; and networking opportunities.

Venue: Queensland Writers Centre

Address: Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD

Date: 10 March 2018

Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm

For more information or to book for this workshop, please visit the QWC website.

Seminar: Networking for Authors

Writing can be a solitary pursuit, but there is much to be said for having a strong network around you. This seminar covers building relationships with your peers and connecting with various writing groups, communities and organisations.

Sally will be delivering this 1.5 hour seminar at Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane City, QLD

Date: 18 February 2018

Time: 10:30am - 12MD

This is a free seminar but to register your attendance, please contact Brisbane Square Library on 3403 4166.