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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2010
Home of artist and writer Norman Lindsay until his death in 1969, this sandstone cottage and extensive grounds is now a gallery run by the National Trust, displaying the artist's watercolours, oils, etchings, ship models, sculpture and Magic Pudding characters. A café in an idyllic setting as well as a gift shop is open every day offering limited edition watercolour and facsimile etching prints and collectable gifts. 14 Norman Lindsay Cres, Faulconbridge NSW 2776 Telephone (02) 4751 1067 Facsimile (02) 4751 5845 www.normanlindsay.com.au THE NORMAN LINDSAY GALLERY A travelling mountain songbird by Jennifer Puckeridge winter 2010 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 31 As lovely as a bird's song, it was another sound of the Blue Mountains which was heard in Vancouver during the last Winter Olympics. Leura resident and singer Carly Champion had the opportunity of a lifetime when she was invited to sing our national anthem for the Australian team at their official dinner. Carly has been singing and entertaining since she was 12. She admitted to being "a little nervous, but mostly excited" at the prospect of singing before Australia's athletic elite. "I was just so happy to be part of such an exciting event and to have been given the opportunity was amazing." At just 22, Carly's experience under the spotlight has taken her from performing at seven School Spectaculars right up to a chance to sing on Broadway as part of a scholarship run through NSW public schools, preparing talented young people for careers in the entertainment industry. The highlight of her career so far, however, has to be singing for her country in Canada, particularly when the athletes cheered her on as she hit that last note of the anthem. "They were all shouting and cheering," she said. Carly in turn, experienced a sense of pride as she watched the athletes enter the stadium for the Opening Ceremony. "It was definitely a highlight, the atmosphere was amazing. It really brought a tear to the eye, sitting with a bunch of other Aussies cheering our athletes on." Back home in the Blue Mountains, Carly is continuing with her budding entertainment career while also representing our region in tourism. Carly works in our Visitor Information Centres inspiring visitors to experience the best our region has to offer, just as she inspired our Aussie sportsmen and women with her spectacular voice. Presented by international journalist, author and founder of the nationally acclaimed 'So You Want to be a Writer?' © correspondence course, Ann Beveridge, the workshops are designed for begin- ning, emerging and developing writers. After a lifetime of writing and editing, Ann says it is fulfilling to give something back through teaching. "There's an incredible amount of undiscovered talent out there and it gives me great joy to set new writers on the path to realising the dream." Everglades' manager Scott Pollock says: "Over the past few years, Everglades has held numerous art related workshops which have all been successful. I think this is because the property itself can be such an inspiration. It's great seeing people tapping into the gardens on a creative level. Everglades is far more than just a beautiful place; it's quite mystical with lots of history and amazing stories." These motivational one day Winter Writers' Workshops will be held on Tuesday June 1st and Saturday June 5th. Cost includes entry fee to Everglades, lunch, refreshments and manuscript assessment of previous work (up to 1,000 words). Student and pensioner concessions are available. For bookings and more information call 4784 1938 or visit www.everglades.org.au The Write Stuff As writers flock to the Blue Mountains for inspiration, Everglades Historic House and Garden in Leura is the latest venue to host a series of writers' workshops.