Katherine E. Seppings

Art, Photography, Writing

The Story of Rod Wells Book Launch

Top: Katherine Seppings, Lynette Silver AM, Tim Bowden AM, Pamela Wells (Photo by Lt-Col Anthony Lias)
Bottom: Katherine Seppings, Pamela Wells (Photo by Kaye Watson)
Lynette Silver AM (military advisor), Katherine Seppings (publisher), Tim Bowden AM (book launcher)


A fantastic launch of The Tiger has Many Lives: The Story of Rod Wells by Pamela Wells at Victory Hall, Tatura, Vic; released on Anzac Day. It was an honour to edit, design and publish (Sevenpens) this biography of a POW survivor and to have worked with military advisor Lynette Silver AM.

From an early age in the Goulburn Valley, Rod Wells had a passion for wireless technology. He served in Malaya and Singapore as an officer with 8 Division Signals. As a prisoner of war in Borneo’s Sandakan, he used his ingenuity and skill to build a wireless radio and a transmitter virtually from scratch. Arrested by the Kempeitai, Rod was subjected to brutal torture before being tried and sent to the notorious Outram Road Gaol. After the war Rod became a world expert in electronics and neuclonics.

The story of Rod Wells is a remarkable tale of determination, endurance and survival in WW2. As one of the few first-hand accounts of POW life in Borneo’s Sandakan Camp and the equally infamous Outram Road Gaol in Singapore, this book will be a valuable addition to the nation’s military heritage.
Lynette Silver AM, military historian

Available for purchase here.

Book launched by Tim Bowden AM, Victory Hall, Tatura. (Photo by Kaye Watson)
Author, Pamela Wells. (Photo by Katherine Seppings)

Brickworks Gallery Historical Show

The 40th Anniversary of the first exhibition held at ‘The Bricky’ is being celebrated with a ‘Historical Show’ at the Castlemaine Brickworks Gallery this December.
It was an honour and a joy to curate it.
Of the twenty artists selected from Castlemaine Artists Co-Op/Inc (1980-1992) – painters, printmakers, photographers, potters, sculptors – many are recognised nationally and internationally.
Castlemaine Artists Co-Operative was a group of 30 artists and craftspeople who came to the district in the 1960s and 70s. They held their shows at the old brickworks in 1981, 82 and 83. In 1986, with more artists in the area, the group became Castlemaine Artists Incorporated. In 1992 the group folded and merged into the fledgling Castlemaine Fringe.
I am recording, archiving and writing the History of Castlemaine Arts (1960-90).

To view and purchase work of the artists in the Brickworks Gallery Historical Show you can click on the following names: Michael-Francis Cartwright, Paul Cavell, Tony Cook, Graeme Dawes, Juliana Hilton, Anne Langdon, Bruno Leepin, Kenneth Killeen, Paul E Mason, Shona Nunan, Valerie Restarick, Jim Rowe, Katherine Seppings, Barry Singleton, Vicky Taylor, Diane Thompson, Leslie Thornton

Characters of Castlemaine – Willesee report 1986

The ‘Willesee’ (Ch 9) report on Katherine Seppings’ black and white photographic exhibition ‘Characters of Castlemaine’ held at the Wallace Bros Gallery, Castlemaine, 1986. The images captured 53 local characters of the region at that time.

Poetry Highlights 2019

Words in Winter, Newstead (photo by Michelle Leber)
Dan Poets Anthology launch, Dan O’Connell Hotel (photo by Maya Rose)

Spent a lovely afternoon of poetry in August, featuring at Words in Winter with Michelle Leber, Robbie Coburn and Ken Smeaton in the Blackbird Cafe, Newstead.

I was one of 19 poets included in the beautiful Dan Poets Anthology of poetry and works of art from Firestation Print Studio, to celebrate Melbourne’s longest running weekly poetry venue – The Dan.

The Sky Falls Down

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Honoured to have a poem in The Sky Falls Down, a compelling collection of eighty-nine writers, including Behrous Boochani, Deb Westbury, Janet Galbraith, Pete Hay … traversing their particular territory of loss and bringing back travellers’ tales. ‘Their skilfully crafted accounts are insightful, inspiring, amusing, heart-breaking, resilient and, above all, damn good reading.’
“This beautiful collection of writings explores the landscape of loss. You’ll find yourself reaching for particular pieces that somehow articulate how you’re feeling, even before you’ve found words to express it yourself.” – Petrea King

Maya Rose – ‘See You Again’ Music Video

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Read Article and Watch Video Here

Great article in Clipped TV including an interview with my daughter Maya Rose and the premiere of the music video of her debut single ‘See You Again’!
Very proud of Maya Rose, and this video I co-directed with her, bringing in my experience of working on music videos in London in the 80s and 90s.
Excellent filming by Aidan Fryer!

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Behind the scenes photos by Katherine Seppings

Opinion Article in The Big Smoke

The removal of Palestine by Google Maps

Katherine Seppings

1018316866-640x360Read here: https://thebigsmoke.com.au/2018/11/29/removal-palestine-google-maps/

I am really pleased to have been invited to write this opinion piece for The Big Smoke on why Palestine is not on Google Maps and the journey that Palestine has been forced to make into non-existence by Israel’s existence. (Published 29 Nov 2018)

Very informative history and for me an introduction into the part played by map makers and services like Google Maps with their biases, making them complicit in political struggles for borders and land, and erasing nations like Palestine from their maps – and all that implies. Great article and much to think about.’ Di Dell

The Illustrator Book Launch

A successful launch of The Illustrator by Jill Barclay at the Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine.
The Illustrator, which I edited, designed and published with Sevenpens, is available for purchase from https://jillbarclaybooks.

The Illustrator is based on Jill Barclay’s real grandmother, a woman who just disappears. All her life Eileen is sure of one thing – her love of drawing and the desire to be a commercial artist. In the 1920s, Eileen’s talents are well recognised in the Goulburn Valley where she is a farmer’s daughter, but this is a place and time when women can only be wives, mothers and homemakers. A woman choosing a career over her husband and baby is unheard of.

‘Written with an acute eye for the period and a sympathy for the distressing choices a woman might be forced to make The Illustrator offers an alternative history for being female and not ordinary in the first half of last century.’   Helen Elliott

Time and place are brilliantly evoked in Jill Barclay’sThe Illustrator, which opens in rural Victoria and moves on to Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. The novel traces the unpredictable life journey of a young woman who resists conventional expectations. Deftly shaped and written with imaginative power, this haunting novel confronts us with the mystery of a self-driven personality.’   Brenda Niall

Jill Barclay’s The Illustrator demonstrates such richness of imagination, the writing is evocative and full of charm, and the story crackles with unforgettable moments – I was immediately transported.’    Louise Swinn

The Illustrator could well reflect Miles Franklin’s character Sybylla Melvyn who turns her back on an offer of a marriage in order to travel and write.‘ Dianne Demspey

 

Sevenpens Publishing

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Sevenpens is the name of a publishing service I have created for authors submitting manuscripts to traditional publishers or choosing to self-publish books.

If you’ve written a novel, memoir, poetry collection, or work of non-fiction and want to get it published, Sevenpens Publishing services offers authors advice on how to submit a manuscript, making sure your work is in the best possible shape before you take it to agents or publishers, and can assist in any or all of the steps required to self-publish your book to the same high standards as a major publishing company.

Since the 1970s, I have worked in publishing and promotions as an illustrator, designer, photographer, writer, editor, and distributor, in Australia, London and New York. I understand the time and effort writers put into their work and have all the skills and experience to bring out the best in your book, in today’s global market.

Check out Sevenpens website here.

Arts Open 2018

Me and my exhibition at Arts Open, Old Castlemaine Gaol. Photo by Calum McClure

More than 100 artists of Castlemaine and district are exhibiting their work and opening their studios. My photographs can be seen at the Old Castlemaine Gaol.
Labour Day weekend 10-12 March and 17-18 March 2016.