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Newcastle Writers Festival success

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Fine words draw crowds MOVING: Photographer Gary Ramage and host Dan Cox listen to singer-songwriter Fred Smith.
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MAGNETIC: Actor and author Richard Roxburgh talking at the Civic Theatre. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

WORDSMITH: “Fight Like a Girl” author Clementine Ford speaking at Newcastle Writers Festival. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Diplomat and singer-songwriter Fred Smith. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Photographer and author Gary Ramage on stage with diplomat and singer-songwriter Fred Smith, as they share war stories from Afghanistan. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Photographer Gary Ramage on the Civic Theatre stage. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

“Fight Like a Girl” author Clementine Ford speaking at Newcastle Writers Festival. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

“Fight Like a Girl” author Clementine Ford speaking at Newcastle Writers Festival. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom on stage with actor and author Richard Roxburgh. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A big crowd for the session with Richard Roxburgh at the Civic Theatre. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom on stage with actor and author Richard Roxburgh. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Richard Roxburgh. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

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“It’s been a new experience,” Mr Ramage said of speaking about his work. “I’m not used to being in front of the lens.”

Mr Ramage was on the stagewith diplomat and singer-songwriter Fred Smith, as they exchanged stories of life and death in Afghanistan.“It’s a powerful combination, images and songs,” Mr Smith said.

Actor and author Richard Roxburgh talking at the Civic Theatre. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

There were powerful words from well-known names as well, ranging from Fight Like A Girl author Clementine Ford to former child solider, now lawyer and NSW n of the Year, Deng Adut.

This was the fifth Newcastle Writers Festival, and the 85events attracted about 9000 visitors.

“That is extraordinary,” said festival director and founder Rosemarie Milsom. “The first year in 2013 there were1800, last year 6500. I had hoped we could exceed that by 500 to 600 people.There’s no way I could have envisaged 9000.”

Ms Milsom believed the growth in the festival’s popularity was partly due to the program being “jam-packed with amazing writers”.

“I think the festival’s reputation has grown,” she said. “There’s momentum now.”

“Fight Like a Girl” author Clementine Ford speaking at Newcastle Writers Festival. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The festival’s opening night with cartoonist and writer Michael Leunig attracted about 600, while a Saturday morning session with actor and now author Richard Roxburgh drew a crowd of almost 500. Kate Saint, one of 150festival volunteers, said the film and TV star’s appearance brought “a flood of women” dashing for seats down the front.

This was Ms Saint’s second year as a festival volunteer, and she described the experience as “fabulous”.

“I haven’t been to one session that has bored me at all,” she said, adding her favourite author –“apart from him [Roxburgh]”–had been Sarah Wilson.

Rosemarie Milsom said she believed the writers festival “brings out the best in Newcastle” and confirmed the 2018 eventwould be held between April 6 and 8.

Hunter Valley Steamfest 2017 success

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A trifecta of bad luck: Singer Catherine Britt’s family cancer battle

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Catherine Britt with (far right) her mother-in-law Lee Beverley and (next to Catherine) her mother, Anne Britt. Photo: Simone De PeakIn a blur of radiation and chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, singer Catherine Britt focused on her wedding day as a key goal for making it through.
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Little did Britt know when she proudly walked down the aisle, her mother Anne Britt was keeping a secret from her. She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, too.

“It was unbelievable that we would get such bad luck, to be honest,” the younger Britt recalls.

“She did [hesitate] because of my wedding,” she said. “She knew something was wrong, then kept it from me because of my wedding, then told me straight after, before I went on my honeymoon.”

Mrs Britt said her daughter’s diagnosis had been “terrifying”. Her own breast cancer diagnosis was, of course, similarly alarming but found “very early”.

adly, it wasn’t the last breast cancer shock for the family. Britt’s mother-in-law Lee Beverley, also received a diagnosis of breast cancer after attending a mammogram appointment.

The three women, all now in recovery, are announcing their involvement in The McGrath Foundation’s new “Moments with Mum” campaign which is encouraging women within families to have open conversations about breast health.

They will appear in a candid online video sharing their own stories and urging other women to discuss any health issues with family members.

The women in Britt’s family credit their own conversations for saving each other’s lives.

“My mum was really the reason I went and got checked,” said Catherine Britt. “She told me ‘never leave a lump, go and get checked’.”

“I’m so glad I did because I had a very aggressive cancer,” the singer said. “We got it early enough, thankfully, thanks to my mum telling me to go – it saved my life.

“Then when everyone asked me what can we do, I asked them all to go and get checked – if they’d be putting off a doctor’s appointment or a pap smear or a mammogram … I asked if they would go and get it looked at,” said Catherine Britt.

“Everyone around me respectfully did and my mum and mother-in-law went to their mammograms early and, yeah, both caught very early breast cancers.”

While Anne Britt underwent a lumpectomy after her diagnosis, she said she feels “survivor’s guilt” after seeing Mrs Beverley go through the same arduous radiation and chemotherapy treatment as her daughter.

“It has really knocked Lee around, it knocked Catherine around too,” said Mrs Britt.

Country music singer Britt, now 32 (she was 30 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer), describes undergoing treatment as “a blur” and said telling her parents she had cancer was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done”.

Country music singer Catherine Britt: “It was unbelievable that we would get such bad luck, to be honest.” Photo: Supplied

But she said it was vital for families to talk openly about health issues.

“That’s what this whole thing is about, with The McGrath Foundation, it’s a wonderful thing to raise awareness for, that you should be having conversations with your sister, with your mum, with your aunty, with your grandma, it should be OK and not uncomfortable,” Britt said.

“You should be able to say ‘hey, have you had a health check lately’ or ‘do you know your family history’, those are the kinds of conversations we need to have.”

She said despite her openness with her own mother, some people might not feel as comfortable discussing issues such as lumps in breasts, but they needed to get past any sense of embarrassment.

“My mum saved my life and I got to save hers right back,” Britt said. Despite her own difficulties in facing cancer, the singer said she was now determined to help others.

“I’m now coming up to my two years cancer-free actually, so yeah I’m good,” she said. “There is a sense of ‘thank God, it’s over’ but now I want to focus on other people and stop this happening to somebody else.”

Brekkie BlogSunday, April 9 2017

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DIRECT HIT: Lightning hits a street light in East Devonport. Picture: Supplied. North-West weather:A cold front will slowly cross Tasmania today, with a low expected to develop about the northwest and gradually move over Bass Strait. A cooler southerly flow will develop behind the front, while another low develops to the northeast of Tasmania. This low will move northwards during Monday before drifting over the Tasman Sea, while a ridge of high pressure gradually moves over Tasmania. The associated high will approach from the west on Tuesday before moving over the state, then away to the southeast on Wednesday.
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Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of rain, becoming less likely this evening. The chance of a thunderstorm during the morning and afternoon. Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then increasing to 25 to 35 km/h in the late afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures between 14 and 18.

North-West news:

► The Burnie Challenge has been cancelled due to safety concerns that arose due to bad weather. Read more.

► Power outages are being experienced around Devonport. Read more.

►A dozen cars were caught up in a crash on the second lap of the race at Symmons Plains. Read more.

►A 57-year-old St Helens man drowned on the state’s East Coast on Friday. Read more.

►Autism Awareness Month Fun Day on Saturday helped to build a connect autism community. Read more.

►SPORT:Circular Head fightback to defeat the inaccurate East Devonport. Read more.

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►PORT PIRIE, SA:Hundreds have turned out for the Woodward Park Relay for Life. More here.

►WHYALLA, SA:Shadow AssistantMinister for Manufacturing Nick Champion believes nanotechnology could play a big part in the future of ‘s steel industry, and in particular at the Whyalla Steelworks. More here.

►ESPERANCE, WA:Police have announced the threat to the community has been safely resolved after hours of negotiating. The man was inside a bus acting in an unpredictable manner. More here.

► MANDURAH, WA:The driver of a Toyota Landcruiser was trapped in his vehicle after it rolled for unknown reasons in Lake Clifton. About 6.30pm on Friday night, the four-wheel drivewas travelling north on Forrest Highway whenit rolled north of the Old Coast Road intersection. More here.

►BUNBURY, WA:A beautiful sunny day at Hay Park saw thousands pack out the 2017 LiveLighter Bunbury Show on Saturday. There was something for everyone at the event from showbags, to prizes and an unlimited choice of food vans to fill your stomach. More here.

► KATHERINE, NT:The two detention centreescapees who left Katherine, have been captured.Territory Response Group officers deployed tyre deflation devices (TDD) and deflated one of the tyres. It was enough to eventually immobilise the vehicle and allow an arrest. More here.

►NORTH QLD:A strong line of competitors were drawn to the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust triathlon last weekend.Juniors showed they were just as capable of the challenge as their parents on Friday. More here.

►JIMBOOMBA, QLD:A Warwick man has been charged with match fixing after five harness racing properties were searched, including one at Logan Village. More here.

►ALBURY-WODONGA, NSW/VIC:Jody Martin has been in Holbrook for 17 years, and for not one of those years has she missed the district’s annual race meet. But this year was a bit different to the norm –Mrs Martintook the title of Most Elegant Lady with a Spice Clothing Albury dress. More here.

►WARRNAMBOOL, VIC:There was no shortage of people at Killarney giving their opinions on Saturday to the state government about racehorses training on the nearby Belfast Coastal Reserve. More here.

► BALLARAT, VIC:A father who almost died with his children in a horror single-car crash on Remembrance Drive has spoken out in the hope something is done along the strip before another driver is killed. More here.

►TAMWORTH, NSW: Tragedy has struck at Saturday’s Warialda Cup meeting with the death of popular North West jockey Darren Jones.Tamworth’s Jones was one of three jockeys who came down after a terrible fall in the Warialda Sprint (1100m). More here.

►BENDIGO, VIC:THUNDER and lightning have descended on central Victoria, with patrons at the Nitro Circus at Tom Flood Sports Centre ducking for cover as heavy rain arrives. More here.

►NEWCASTLE, NSW:FORMER ABC radio presenter Carol Duncan has been confirmed asone of at least two fresh faces to run on the Labor ticket in the upcoming September local government elections. More here.

►DUBBO, NSW:If you were lucky enough to purchase or win tickets to this weekend’s Westview Drive-In movie revival in Dubbo this weekend you might have overlooked some important things in all the excitement. More here.

►QUEANBEYAN, NSW: A makeshift flower memorialwas beginning to pile-up on Friday left by a community in shock at the brutal killing of a service station attendee the night before in Queanbeyan. More here.

►TAS:One of the worst crashes in the history of Supercars racing has ended the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint in unbelievable scenes at Symmons Plains Raceway. More here.

►TAS:Corey Baker and Karina Dambergs are not okay with drinking and driving. But they are okay with driving drinks around the state. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS►Stockman Murray Wilkinson hasdeveloped his own secret language of whistles that he uses to direct as many as nine working cattle dogs at the same time. More here.

►Gladys Berejiklian enjoyed an “extremely positive” reception as she joined candidates on the hustings on Saturday morning, but said she expected voters to punish the government for imposing byelections upon them. More here.

►The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service says itis working hard to access national parks and State forests to assess the damage from Tropical Cyclone Debbie and restore public access to camping areas and visitor sites. More here.

►A leader of the once-feared Brothers for Life gang ambitiously boasted of making Sydney his, overseeing a period of intense violence, including five shootings, before his eventual demise. More here.

WORLD NEWS ►With one massive question of war demanding an answer, Malcolm Turnbull found himself reflecting on another moment in time, three quarters of a century ago, when the response of a relative few determined the fate of two nations. More here.

► Hours before the dozens of US air strikes in Syria in response to a chemical attack that killed more than 80 Syrians, Abdul Hamid al-Youssef was mourning the loss of his twin babies, his wife and up to 40 members of his family.More here.

►A man has been arrested after a truck was driven into a crowd on a busy shopping street in Stockholm before crashing into a department store, killing fourpeople, in what the prime minister described as a suspected terrorist attack. More here.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY …0715 – Constantine ended his reign as Catholic Pope.

1770 – Captain James Cook discovered Botany Bay on the n continent.

1926 –Publisher Hugh Hefner was born

1940 – Germany invaded Norway and Denmark.

1955 –ComedianJimmy Tingle was born

1959 – NASA announced the selection of America’s first seven astronauts.

1963 – Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen.

1965 – TheRolling Stonesmade their first live appearance on British TV’s “Ready Steady Go!”

1970 – Paul McCartney quit theBeatles.

1990 –Actress Kristen Stewart was born

2007 – TheiTunes Music Storereached 2.5 billion songs sold.

FACES OF AUSTRALIAHow will your life matter?

These were the words spoken during the opening message attheBendigo Baptist Church on Friday, as hundreds of family and friends farewelleda man who touched the lives of so many.

Owen Vincent Curnow lived a life that mattered. As a father, a husband, a brother, a son, a friend, a colleague.

He was a man widely known throughout the Bendigo and greater central Victorian community andwill be remembered as a remarkable man who led a life well-lived. More here.

Constance Hall announces split from husband on eve of tour

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Constance Hall with her husband Bill. Photo: Facebook / Constance Hall
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Perth mummy blogger Constance Hall has announced she has split from her husband and father of her four children, telling her loyal followers she still “loves him with every inch” but that the pair had come to lead separate lives.

The Fremantle local is in Melbourne with her children as she prepares for her first sold-out UK tour in April.

“Bill isn’t here in Melbourne. We’ve made the decision to go our own ways,” she wrote.

“This decision wasn’t made lightly, obviously he has been the love of my life but we just weren’t making each other happy anymore and have lived separate lives for so long now that it just seemed to fall that way.

“I was once warned that if you make yourselves redundant to each other, you won’t find a reason to stay together. I guess that kind of happened to Bill and I.”

Constance opened up publicly about her and Bill splitting some months ago before they reconciled,sayingshe had felt “shot down” by some of the negative comments she receivedand commenting “how everyone just loves to blame women when there is a divorce”.

“Part of me has held off on sharing this because when I spoke publicly about usconsidering a break up a few months ago I was shot down with comments like “I would leave you too, you overshare every bit of your marriage,” and “I can’t blame him, you clearly don’t take pride in your home or your body,” she wrote.

“Isn’t it interesting how everyone just loves to blame women when there is a divorce?

“Poor innocent men trying to navigate through the evil calculations of manipulative women.

“She cheated cos she’s a sl-t, he cheated coz she never f—ed him, he worked too much coz she had an expensive life style, she worked too much coz she’s selfish and over ambitious, he drank too much coz she nagged all the time, she drank too much coz she’s a raging alco, she lied and claimed that the poor guy bashed her.”

“What if nobody is to blame? What if two people are just happier apart?”

The 33-year-old was ‘s highest selling author last year, selling a staggering 150,000 copies of her book, Like a Queen online.

The mother-of-fouronly had a couple of thousand Facebook followers in late 2015, when she wrote a hilarious and uncomfortablepost about parental sexon her blogThe Not So Secret Life of Us.

Since then the heavily tattooed ‘rock mum’has been thrust kicking and screaming into the international spotlight and now has more than one million fans, which she dubs “Queens”.

She thanked her ‘queens’ in her post on Friday, saying she appreciated the hugs from people on the street.

“You guys have reminded the that the world is full of beauty, I share my journey because its mine to share and anyone who judges me for it can join a long line of haters waiting for me to give a f—,” she said.

First appeared on WA Today.