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Only Connect authors at Sydney launch

    

Sharon reading at IASA Cultural Programme, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.


Sharon and Meenakshi interviewed by SBS Hindi Radio at The Hughenden.    

    

Sharon at AILIF, State Library NSW.

    

Sharon and Meenakshi


Conference at JNU    

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Sharon with "Fear Factor Terror Incognito" authors Sujata Sankranti, Jaspreet Singh, co-editor Meenakshi Bharat and author Susanne Gervay in New Delhi


 University of Delhi


Sharon at British Council, New Delhi, India

Sharon giving paper and digital storytelling presentation at IASA Goa 2010 Conference



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Follow me on Academia.edu Sharon has completed her doctoral research which examined fiction by South Asian-Australian authors published in Australia at the University of Technology Sydney.

Sharon is Chair of the University of Technology Sydney Writers' Alumni

She has served on the Board of Directors and Management Committee of the NSW Writers' Centre

In January 2014, Sharon presented a paper 'Kalpana Downunder' as a panellist at the Indian Association for the Study of Australia Biennial 2014 Conference in Trivandrum, Kerala, India;

Sharon chaired a panel Women in Power at the Indian Association for the Study of Australia Biennial 2014 Conference in Trivandrum, Kerala, India;

She was invited to read her story 'Ariel's Song' at the Indian Association for the Study of Australia Biennial 2014 Conference Cultural Programme sponsored by Kerala Tourism at the Mascot Hotel in Trivandrum, Kerala, India;

Presented paper 'Multiplicity of Voices' at Gondwanalandings: Voices of the Emerging Indian Diaspora in Australia (2013 Australia India Institute Flagship Event) at the University of Melbourne and State Library of Victoria.

In September 2012, Sharon presented a paper as a panellist on the Editors and Publishers Panel at the Australia-India Literatures International; at the State Library of NSW,
where she had the great pleasure of meeting, listening to and chatting with some of the finest writers from Australia and the Indian subcontinent. More at Sharon's Blog.

Sharon chaired the Fear Factor Terror Incognito Panel at Eltham Bookshop Literature Festival "World Matters" - Writers Disturbing The Peace on October 30 and 31, 2010, held at the magical Montsalvat. Co-editor Meenakshi Bharat flew from New Delhi to be on the panel, while Devika Brendon, Susanne Gervay and Sharon travelled there from Sydney.

RUPA PUBLISHING - THE HOUSE OF BEST SELLERS
brings you the Indian Edition of ONLY CONNECT: Stories about Technology and Us from Australia and the Indian subcontinent. Released August, 2014.


More, including latest reviews at Trust Me, I'm a Storyteller

In April 2014, Sharon and co-editor Meenakshi Bharat launched Only Connect: Short fiction about Technology and Us
Published by Brass Monkey Books, Australia.

A third volume of stories from Australia and the Indian subcontinent.

In May 2012, Sharon and co-editor Meenakshi Bharat launched Alien Shores: Tales of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Published by Brass Monkey Books, .

A second volume of stories from Australia and the Indian subcontinent.


Awards include

  • University of Technology Sydney, Vice-Chancellor's 2014 Postgraduate Conference Travel Grant.
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) 2012, University of Technology Sydney.
  • University of Technology, Sydney, Alumni Award for Excellence, 2010.
  • UTS Faculty of Education Sydney Mechanics School of Arts medallion and prize for superior academic studies and adult education practice.
  • Commonwealth Travel Grant 2010 through the Australia-India Council which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Grant 2010.
  • Commonwealth Travel Grant 2009 through the Australia-India Council which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • Central Coast Community Award for fifteen years' service to the Learning Community 2008.
  • Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi Silver Medal.
  • Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Short Story Prize


  • Books Include

    Co-edited, with Dr Meenakshi Bharat, a third volume of stories from Australia and the Indian Subcontinent - Only Connect: Short fiction about technology and us, published by Brass Monkey Books Australia (April, 2014). Published by RUPA PUBLISHING - THE HOUSE OF BEST SELLERS , August 2014.

    Alien Shores: tales of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
    Published 2012 by Brass Monkey Books.

    A second volume of stories from Australia and the Indian subcontinent. For more go to Publications

    "Fear Factor, Terror Incognito" published by Picador India in October 2009 and Picador Australia in March 2010. For more go to Publications.

    Round Table Magic [2002] and Round Table Writing [1998].

    Changes & Chances, the first twenty years of the Central Coast Women's Health Centre (published NSW Dept of Health, 1997).

    Mountain and Valley Echo, a collection of interviews and researched articles on the Mangrove Mountain Districts and its people was published in 1994 by the Wyong Historical Society & Museum with assistance from Wyong Council.
    The Newcastle University Library, Mountain and Valley Echo

    Publications

    Sharon and Meenakshi published an essay Tackling the Topic of Terrorism  in Southerly Journal: 70.3 ~ India India Issue, University of Sydney (May 2011).


    Sharon's latest short story, Fugue for Guinea Pigs appears in RUPA PUBLISHING - THE HOUSE OF BEST SELLERS
    Indian Edition of ONLY CONNECT: Stories about Technology and Us from Australia and the Indian subcontinent.

    Ariel's Song in Alien Shores, edited Bharat & Rundle, published
    Brass Monkey Books (2012) in Australia.
    .

    Cherryulla appears in Encounters Modern Australian Short Stories, edited by Barry Oakley, published Five Mile Press
    .

    Strutting Our Stuff in Desert In Bloom
    ~ Contemporary Indian Women's Fiction in English  [hardcover, Pencraft International, India. 2004]
    "A corroborative critical role is performed by the dynamic perceptions of Australian Sharon Rundle, the 1998 Commonwealth short story regional award winner, who analyses what it means to be a woman writer; the responsibilities and the problems that come with it ... In this context, she praises Sujata Sankranti and her
      'The Warp and the Weft and Other Stories'
    for 'her valuable contribution to international literature with her sensitive storytelling.'"
    Meenakshi Bharat,
    from the Introduction to Desert in Bloom
    www.pencraftinternational.com


    Desert in Bloom
     reviewed in The Hindu


    'The Myth of Women Writers'
    Samyukta, January 2005. Vol. V No. 1. pp.342-346.
    Published by Women's Initiatives, Thiruvananthapuram, India.

    Her work has been published in Australia and overseas, in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, anthologies, e-zines and CDs; and has been reviewed in metropolitan newspapers. Most recently The Indian Herald, August 18, 2012 & September 26, 2012. She has written regular columns and articles for independent rural newspapers for twenty years. More at Publications

    Reviews and Media

    Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Only Connect: Short fiction about Technology and Us' in the Sydney Morning Herald, 'Spectrum Books', 'In Short Fiction'. May 30, 2014.

    Meenakshi and Sharon were interviewed about Only Connect: Stories about Technology and Us, on SBS Hindi Radio by Kumud Merani. April 2014.

    Sydney Morning Herald review of 'Only Connect', June 7-8, 2014.

    In 2012, Sharon and Susanne Gervay were interviewed by Michael Cathcart on ABC RN Books and Arts Daily.

    Meenakshi and Sharon were interviewed on SBS Hindi Radio by Devaki Monani.

    Alien Shores, tales of refugees and asylum seekers is being positively reviewed in the Australia media. 'Alien Shores' Review

    'Alien Shores' Southerly Journal Review

    Conferences, Seminars, Panels, Book Tours and Book Launches

    Alien Shores: Tales of Refugees and Asylum Seekers was successfully launched in May 2012, in Sydney by the Consul-General of India, Sydney, Mr Amit Dasbupta; in Melbourne by Julian Burnside QC; on the NSW Central Coast by Deb O'Neill MP; and at the Gloucester Writers' Festival. Details and photos at
    Trust Me, I'm a Storyteller

    In May, 2012, Sharon organised the co-editor and author tour for Meenakshi Bharat and contributing authors to Alien Shores. Sharon and Meenakshi spoke at launch of Alien Shores.

    Meenakshi Bharat presented a paper at the Sydney University Scenes of Reading: World Literatures Symposium in May 2012.

    They were also guests of honour at private dinners and literary readings. Meenakshi and Sharon visited the Sydney Opera House for a performance of Under Milk Wood.

    Sharon chaired the Fear Factor Terror Incognito Panel at Eltham Bookshop Literature Festival "World Matters" - Writers Disturbing The Peace on October 30 and 31, 2010, held at the magical Montsalvat. Co-editor Meenakshi Bharat flew from New Delhi to be on the panel, while Devika Brendon, Susanne Gervay and Sharon travelled there from Sydney. Eltham Bookshop Literature Festival "World Matters" - Writers Disturbing The Peace Program in pdf .

    Asia Pacific Writing Partnership - Eltham World Matters Writers Disturbing the Peace.

    In March, 2010, Sharon organised seminars and panels, including:
    Meenakshi Bharat at the NSW Writers Centre "Writing the Past" History Literature Festival.

    Sharon organised a The UTS TransForming Cultures Fear Factor Terror Incognito Authors' Anthology Panel in March, 2010 with Devleena Ghosh, Chair; Andrew Y M Kwong, Meenakshi Bharat, Sujata Sankranti, Rosie Scott and Susanne Gervay, Speakers.
    Fear Factor Terror Incognito UTS TFC Flyer.

    Indo-Australian Collaboration Poster Presentation at the UTS Teaching and Learning Forum in November, 2009.

    In March, 2010, Sharon organised a tour of Sydney and the NSW Central Coast for co-editor Meenakshi Bharat and author Sujata Sankranti. Sharon and Meenakshi spoke at the launch of the Picador Australia edition of Fear Factor Terror Incognito at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel in Woollahra on 21 March 2010. Susanne Gervay was MC. The anthology was launched by Melina Marchetta. A Preview of the book was held at the Gosford Regional Gallery on the NSW Central Coast on March 19, organised and hosted by Dr Andrew Y M Kwong. Meenakshi, Sujata and Susanne Gervay read from their stories in the anthology; Andrew Y M Kwong and Sharon also attended. Sharon read from David Malouf's "Child's Play".

    While in India in January 2010, Sharon chaired two sessions and gave a paper with digital storytelling at the Indian Association for Studies in Australia (IASA) Goa 2010 Conference. Sharon was supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-India Council which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    The assistance of AIC travel grants to attend the 2010 IASA Goa Conference is acknowledged and appreciated. Sharon is also grateful for the assistance of the Copyright Agency Limited in the form of a Cultural Fund award from their Creative Industries' Career Fund.

    She was invited to read her short stories at a literary afternoon in New Delhi.


    Also in India in January 2010, Sharon joined Meenakshi and contributing authors Sujata Sankranti and Susanne Gervay for the launch of "Fear Factor, Terror Incognito" at the IASA Goa Conference. The Australian authors, including Sharon, were supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-India Council which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The assistance of AIC travel grants to attend the 2010 IASA Goa Conference is acknowledged and appreciated. Sharon is also grateful for the assistance of the Copyright Agency Limited in the form of a Cultural Fund award from their Creative Industries' Career Fund.

    Sharon visited the University of Delhi, the British Council in New Delhi for the launch of the Indian chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); and a literary event with local authors, including friends and colleagues Sujata Sankranti, Susanne Gervay and Meenakshi where she met author Jaspreet Singh. She was invited to read her short stories at this literary afternoon in New Delhi.

    Sharon spent January 2009 in Delhi, India. She met Meenakshi's M.A. students at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, where she read her story Cherryulla as well as facilitating a writing workshop for the students. Sharon was presented with flowers, a hand-crafted folder and a silver medal.

    Sharon addressed a gathering at Jawaharlal Nehru University, reading from her own works and speaking about Global English in contemporary Indian and Australian Fiction. Meenakshi read a brief extract from the anthology, "Fear Factor, Terror Incognito".

    These activities were supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-India Council which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Sharon discussed literature with local authors and academics; and attended rooftop readings by local poets, story writers and novelists, where she was invited to read her story The Price Tag.

    She also met the publisher of Fear Factor, Terror Incognito at Picador India where her photo is now on the lobby wall.

    Membership

    Chair of
    UTS Writers' Alumni


    NSW Writers Centre

    2011-2012 Board of Directors and Management Committee

    Professional member of Society of Editors NSW

    Full member of the Institute of Professional Editors

    Writing Fellow Fellowship of Australian Writers

    Life Member Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA).

    Founding Member
    A P Writers: The Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators Association.


    Member

    Copyright Agency Ltd.

    Member of Australian Society of Authors



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