Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Modern Woman's Anthology

I'm proud to be contributing to The Modern Woman’s Anthology 2010 ... so here is the latest information - including the front cover!

Prominent Australian women pen their musings on womanhood to raise vital funds for mental health

Some of Australia’s most talented, successful and inspiring women have banded together to raise vital funds for and raise awareness of mental health. The Modern Woman's Anthology 2010 is an extraordinary literary project which brings together a unique collection of their stories, musings and memoirs.

Contributing writers include: Olympian Cathy Freeman, Media Commentator and Doctor Dr Cindy Pan and Chairman and Executive Director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation Dr. Gene Sherman to name a few.

All of the female writers vary in age, background and ethnicity and the pieces in the anthology range from a simple anecdote to a more personal story about the loss of a family member – some are touching, some reflective and others are just plain funny.

Each story reveals something about their commonality – womanhood. The theme of The Modern Woman’s Anthology 2010 is universal, Woman in the Modern World.

Story telling comes naturally to contributors like Libby Hathorn (award winning Children's Writer) and Kathryn Eisman (Author and Media Personality). Others, including Cathy Freeman and Kate Leeming (Adventurer), had never written before but have bravely and eloquently tackled the challenge, writing from the heart for a cause which has touched their lives.

The anthology project began when Sydney journalist Leah Greengarten, 28, decided to create a permanent record of the personal stories from the women who had inspired and touched her life.

“The idea came about after spending a week at a writers’ retreat in the Blue Mountains. I was surrounded by amazing woman with fascinating stories. An anthology seemed the perfect place to record them. The project is also very close to my heart as all proceeds go to Black Dog Institute to help assist with their priceless work for mental health,” she said.

The World Health Organisation estimates that depression will be the number one cause of disability in both the developed and developing worlds by 2030.

“Mental Health issues affect up to 25 percent (or one in four) Australian women. We are really excited to be involved in this remarkable literary collaboration. The funds raised will go towards research and supporting those Australians with mental health issues”, said Professor Gordon Parker, Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute.

All proceeds from the sale of The Modern Woman’s Anthology 2010 will be donated to Black Dog Institute.

The Modern Woman’s Anthology 2010 will be launched at Customs House Library on Tuesday 22nd June, 2010 with a welcome speech by Therese Rein, prominent businesswoman and wife of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Modern Woman’s Anthology 2010 RRP: 29.95

For more information please go to: www.themodernwomansanthology.com.au

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