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Hey! Go visit George at Mentone Public Library!

We are pleased to share the exciting news that Old Mentonian George Ivanoff, our Patron MGRA (Mentone Grammar Reading Ambassador), will be speaking at Mentone Public Library on December 14th 2013.

Be sure to RSVP – details in the flyer below.



Poetry and Prose Showcase

Congratulations must go to the group of Mentone Grammar student writers who gave up a beautiful Saturday morning to hone their craft.

Mentone Library – a lovely little community spot in Florence Street – invited our students to share an original piece of work after they were stunned by the poetic skills of our own Oscar O’NeillPugh of Year 11 who joined them for a poetry morning earlier this year.  Oscar set the challenge, and many others students from the school lined up to read their own pieces and receive feedback from children’s author Dr. Virginia Lowe.

Greenways was well represented. Tessa Petrie was a real stand out as she gave a stunning performance of a spoken word poem without notes. She followed this up with yet another original poem.  Caitlin Shepherd read a section of one of her novels, and Dr. Lowe remarked how exceptional it was that she captured the voice of a child character so well.  Dr. Lowe says this is difficult even for adult writers.  Louise Solomonides also read a section of a novel she is writing, and Dr. Lowe remarked that Louise’s working process – where she writes short and intriguing scenes as she thinks of them and then collates them into a wider story – is how many author’s work.  Louise’s extract, about ‘storytellers’ was beautiful, as was the poem she offered the audience as well.  Robert McIntyre made all of our spines chill with his science fiction story – a finely crafted example of this genre.  And finally Gail D’Souza showed her wonderful ability to look at life with fresh eyes, reading aloud from her memoir.  I enjoyed the “laugh out loud” moments Gail presented.

Dr. Lowe was most impressed with our students and has offered to remain in contact with them.

It was a wonderful morning, and I was so proud of all of our student writers. It is a difficult thing to read your own work in front of an audience and to invite them to give feedback.  Each of the students rose to the challenge and wowed the audience.

Ms Lauren Cook

Robert McIntyre

Robert McIntyre

Louise Solomonides

Louise Solomonides

Gail D'Souza

Gail D’Souza

Showcase of MG students at Mentone Public Library

Be sure to RSVP to this event by contacting Sue at Mentone Library: 9853 5648 or mentonepubliclibrary@gmail.com

Mentone Grammar at Mentone Public Library Promo Flyer – Sat 12 10 2013 (4)

MPL Flyer

Unweathered Words

Dear: Valued Patrons, VIPs and Friends

of Mentone Public Library,

We are very proud to present our Spring Season of;

Unweathered Words: 

A Community Writing Group Showcase.

This Coming Season Mentone Public Library Brings you;

Spring Into Wordplay with 

The Mordialloc Writers Group

Featured Local Author  Shirley Randles 

and Local Illustrator-Writer Lois Jessop


“Recipes for a Poem”

· 11am-12.15pm: The Mordialloc Writers Group will be sharing excerpts from

their published anthologies and new works.

· 12.30-1.30pm: Author Shirley Randles and Illustrator-Writer Lois Jessop

will be dishing up literary soul food and irresistible illustrations to match as their collaborative book makes its debut in the City of Kingston.

Time and Date:

11am – 12.15pm: Mordialloc Writers Group

12.30-1.30pm: “Recipes for a Poem” Book Launch

 Saturday 7th September 2013

RSVP Date: Thursday, 5th September 2013

 Venue: Mentone Public Library

Address: Rear of the CAB Building

Opposite Australia Post,

36 Florence Street,

Mentone. VIC 3194

MEL REF: 86 K6