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July 2012

To celebrate 15 years of Harry Potter, Bloomsbury is giving away special edition copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as well as boxed sets and audio boxed sets. To enter, write in no more than 50 words why you love Harry Potter, and post your letter in the special postbox provided in your local bookshop. Entries close 31 July. You do have to put your date of birth on your entry form but there doesn’t seem to be an age limit. (

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is hosting Game Masters, a world premiere exhibition charting the history of video games and their talented developers including local talent, from 28 June–28 October 2012. Features 125+ playable games. Federation Square, Melbourne. The exhibition also includes a sideline in classic SF films. (

Narnia, a stage presentation based on C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, is playing 23 June–18 August 2012 at the Brisbane Arts Theatre. Tickets $16, book online, suitable for all ages. (

Writers, Alison Goodman, author of EON and EONA, the bestselling and award-winning fantasy duology, will be running weekend masterclasses on the first two pages and narrative structure, at the Queensland Writers Centre in the State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane, July 21 or July 22. (

And then, writers, you can practice your newfound skills: submissions close 30 September 2012 for the new Fablecroft anthology, tentatively titled One Small Step: an anthology of discoveries. Must be speculative fiction stories between 2,000 and 12,000 words that in some way address the idea of discoveries, new beginnings, or literal or figurative “small steps”. (

Jason Nahrung will be appearing on a panel about Australian dark fantasy fiction at Brisbane’s Logan North Library’s SF Month with Kirstyn McDermott and Angela Slatter on Saturday August 11, and at Noosa Library at 1pm on Tuesday August 14 to talk about Salvage (see below). See for more information.

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