April 2013

Introduction

With the arrival of autumn, our new training and other events for the year are starting to trickle in. An exciting professional development opportunity many of us won't be able to resist is this year's Redact, to be held at Hepburn Springs (springs! spas! Hepburn!), featuring some very interesting topics (see more here) and exceptionally knowledgeable presenters. Redact was held in 2006, 2007 and 2010 to rave reviews, and places are limited (seriously), so if you fancy a weekend in the country with other fine editors and great training, this is your course.

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March Dinner Meeting Report

The subject of immigration has been grabbing more than a fair share of Australian headlines recently so the topic of this month's meeting, the recently published book titled Joyful Strains, is particularly relevant. Edited by Kent MacCarter and Ali Lemer, Joyful Strains is an anthology of 27 memoirs from writers describing their immigration to Australia. Editors Victoria president Trischa Mann interviewed Kent and Ali on their roles in making the book happen.

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Dear Ed ...

I had an epiphany in Bunnings on Easter Sunday that I'd like to share it with you. I'd gone in for some low-tack masking tape, but I couldn't

find any and bought a Spathiphyllum palm instead. I was standing at the cash register wondering just how a quest to buy masking tape had ended up with the purchase of a pot plant when a Rolling Stones song came on over the PA, with a not-yet geriatric Mick Jagger singing, “You can't always get what you want, but if you try some time you might find you get what you need.” Shivers ran down my spine, then a ray of sun shone through the windows directly onto me. Does this mean Bunnings is the new church, given it was Easter and all that? And if Mick Jagger knows what I want, does he also know what I need? And if I dry Spathiphyllum leaves in the oven, can I use them as low-tack masking tape?

Yours,

Charmaine

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Etymology

deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

Curious about the origin of a word or term? Send it to us and we shall go forth and investigate.

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