Goldie Alexander

Goldie Alexander

Victoria

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Interstate

Goldie’s 87 books and prizewinning short stories appear both in Australia and internationally. Her ability to bring both the past and other worlds to light, touches the hearts of both adults and children. She writes in almost every genre and has won many awards for her novels and short stories.Goldie’s 87 books and prizewinning short stories appear both in Australia and internationally. Her ability to bring both the past and other worlds to light, touches the hearts of both adults and children. She writes in almost every genre and has won many awards for her novels and short stories.

Recent books for older children include The Youngest Cameleer - how Moslem Cameleers helped find Uluru, My Holocaust Story: Hanna, now printed in Canada and the sci fi Cybertricks which won a 2016 Notable.

Her most recent novels for young adults include That Stranger Next Door and In Hades: a verse novel short listed in 2015 for an Aurealis Award.  Just published is the SHAKESPEARE NOW! TRILOGY, 3 novels that use contemporary plots and young protagonists. These include Gap Year Nanny (Macbeth set in the present), The Trytth Chronicles (The Tempest as science fantasy) and Changing History? (Romeo and Juliet set in 1928 Berlin).

She speaks in schools, tertiary and community centres, festivals and also run classes in creative and memoir writing for adults as “Mentoring Your Memoir”. Her website is www.goldiealexander.com

SHAKESPEARE NOW!

Students are often flummoxed, and as a result, locked out from Shakespeare’s wonderful language, to the point that plot, character and poetry became lost in the need to translate. If you have ever wondered how to make the bard’s plays relevant, why not start them on 3 contemporary ‘takes’?

These YA novels include:

  • Gap Year Nanny (‘Macbeth’-  set in present day Australia)
  • The Trytth Chronicles (‘The Tempest’ - as science fantasy)
  • Changing History (‘Romeo and Juliet’ - set 1928 Berlin)

Goldie will discuss the challenge of creating stories that will help young readers realise that certain plots and themes remain timeless by using settings, characters and dialogue similar to their own experience, thus making these plays relevant to their present understanding.

INTRODUCTION TO WRITING MEMOIR

As a professional author/facilitator, Goldie knows people have wonderful life-stories to relate, yet find it hard to get started. Though they may tell their stories, collate bits of the past, when it comes to setting it all down, they are not sure how to begin, much less how to continue.

These workshops will give lots of tips and advice Goldie knows that, if carefully followed, actually work. She will demonstrate ways of setting oneself up, overcoming procrastination, tackling research and beginnings, creating convincing characters- often yourself, coping with controversial issues and publishing; all the stuff a novice writer needs to know.

WRITING HISTORY

Goldie’s talks and workshops include the need for careful research and how to go about it. How to create convincing characters and plots by the situations the characters find themselves in. And how best to use the research in such a way that it doesn’t intrude into the story. These talks and workshops give lots of tips and advice Goldie knows that, if carefully followed, work very well.

She has written 8 historical fictions for young readers. They include:

  • My Australian Story: Surviving Sydney Cove, (First Fleet, 1790)  now in its 12th edition
  • Mavis Road Medley (Melbourne, 1933)
  • The Youngest Cameleer (discovery of Uluru,  1873).
  • Gallipoli Medals (WW1)
  • Body and Soul: Lilbet’s Romance (Melbourne 1938)
  • That Stranger Next Door (Melbourne 1954)
  • My Holocaust Story: Hanna (Warsaw Ghetto 1939), and the recently published,
  • Changing History? ( Berlin 1928)

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