Ink of Light – A Baha’i Writers’ Festival

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The First Australian Bahá’í Writers Festival will be held May 19th, 2018, in Milton, Brisbane.

The Program includes book launches, panels and workshops to explore what kinds of fiction and non fiction Bahá’í authors are writing and could be writing; the value of connecting and networking with authors from all backgrounds, writing for the empowerment of children and youth, and self publishing, as well as some workshops to get people writing and thinking about their own projects.

I will be presenting  ‘Outside the Networking box: case studies in connecting through writing.’

For more details on the full program head to Ink of Light Timetable and Registration

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Bicentenary Event – University of Queensland

Following the Crow Song

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We arrived earlier in the day to set up.   Nine pointed stars, royal blue and gold, found their way around the room.

Tables were covered with cloth.

Food platters  semi prepared.

Flowers were laid out.

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It was raining.  The Jacaranda’s shed their purple flowers  and birds sang in trees.

Everyone worked together in unity to have everything ready for when the guests arrived.

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Some of my photographs were placed in the room for a mini exhibition.

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As people arrived they were met by the usher who offered them a program.

He did not leave his task until everyone was seated.

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A table of information for the event was available. The Youth had helped package the Hidden Words, as well as make the nine pointed stars for the event.

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The Harpist arrived and began to warm up.

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Friends greeted each other.

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Soon the hall was filled and…

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Illumine Byron Bay

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In celebration of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, the Byron Bahá’í community are holding a 2-day exhibition featuring art works inspired by the oneness of humanity, followed by a multicultural concert on the 29th evening at 6pm. The concert will feature wonderful and diverse local musicians and will celebrate Bahá’u’lláh’s appearance in the world 200 years ago, His vision and message of oneness for humanity.

29th October 6pm CONCERT

One of the featured artists at the concert is Tom Francis.

“New Zealand born, Byron Bay residing singer/songwriter Tom Francis has spent much of 2014 performing on street corners and at intimate house concerts. “I’m often asked why I play on the street. For me there’s an honesty and romance to one musician and an instrument. I also enjoy pulling people in when they aren’t expecting it…” It’s this same musical purity and honestly that…

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Helene Safajou

Some of the work to be featured at Illumine this weekend.

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Helene Safajou was born in Ethiopia and raised both in East Africa and France, Helene followed her husband to Australia in 1995 after many years living as a nomad.

After a life in the corporate and teaching world, and seeking relief from postnatal depression, her life as an artist started in 1998.

She does not have any formal training in art. Everything she has learnt has been through self guided learning, weekend workshops and informal online courses, with a large dose of trial and error! In 2009, she studied Graphic Design at Kingscliff TAFE.

She loves using oils, acrylics, inks, collage and hand stitching in her work, which gives her the opportunity to express her family and spiritual heritage.

For her, art is a spiritual practice to connect with the past and the present and most of all a tool for meditation and healing.

Helene is participating in Illumine, Byron…

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