Elizabeth Gilbert Returns to Oz!

Elizabeth Gilbert Returns to Oz!

lizgilbertWe’re excited to announce that bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert will be in Australia and New Zealand in February and March 2016.

In her latest book Big Magic, the Eat Pray Love author shares her personal, uplifting perspective on the elusive nature of creativity. On her tour, Gilbert will discuss embracing curiosity, finding your passion and how to face the world with courage not fear.  With Annie Proulx and Oprah numbered among more than 10 million fans, Elizabeth Gilbert has been a voice of inspiration for over a decade, and has enchanted readers with essays, novels, stories and memoir. She now applies her charm and pragmatism to one of the great human questions – how to live a creative life.

Dates are as follows:

Thursday 18 February, 19.30
Hobart, AU – Theatre Royal
Elizabeth Gilbert, in conversation with Heather Rose
More info & tickets: https://www.theatreroyal.com.au/content/elizabeth-gilbert

Thursday 25 February, 18.30
Brisbane, AU – Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University
Brisbane Writers Festival presents an evening with Elizabeth Gilbert
More info & tickets: http://bwf.org.au/events/big-magic/

Saturday 27 February, 19.30
Auckland, NZ – Bruce Mason Centre
The Magic of Elizabeth Gilbert
More info & tickets: http://aucklandlive.co.nz/elizabethgilbert.aspx

Friday 4 March, 20.15 
Sydney, AU – Seymour Centre
Elizabeth Gilbert: Unearthing Creativity
In Conversation event with Rebecca Huntley
More info & tickets: http://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/elizabeth-gilbert-unearthing-creativity/

  

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        Publisher details

        Big Magic
        Author
        Elizabeth Gilbert
        Publisher
        Bloomsbury
        Genre
        Self Improvement
        Released
        23 September, 2015

        Synopsis

        Why We Love It:

        She’s one of the most famous living writers but at one time Elizabeth Gilbert was like any other aspiring author: insecure, full of doubts, fearful – and with a drawer full of rejection letters. On the face of it, Big Magic is a self-help manual for creative types but it’s much more than this; it’s an honest memoir of the writing life, brimming with wise advice for would-be writers or artists of any kind.

        Gilbert draws on her personal experience and that of friends, family and other writers, to give us a glimpse into the life of a full-time writer and the bumpy road to get there. While some of her language hints at the mystical, with frequent references to the universe, much of the advice is sensible, practical and down-to-earth.

        According to Gilbert, being a successful writer is not about what school you went to, your contacts, or about noble aspirations and suffering in the attic – it’s more about hard work, coping with rejection and being totally committed to the craft. At the same time she knocks many myths about being an artist on the head. You don’t have to give up your day job – in fact you shouldn’t give up your day job, says Gilbert. And she rejects the age-old depictions of long-suffering artists; you don’t have to suffer to be an artist – in fact it’s okay to enjoy it!

        Gilbert is of course best known for her 2006 international bestselling memoir Eat Pray Love, but it’s worth remembering that before EPL, Gilbert had published numerous critically acclaimed books, essays and magazine articles.

        The acceptance of her article Pilgrims by the prestigious US magazine Esquire was her first big break and this forms one of the book’s most interesting – and inspiring – anecdotes. Before publication Gilbert was asked to slash the piece by a third. She initially baulked and many less pragmatic writers would have been too precious to cut their work – Gilbert did it anyway and the rest is history.

        Big Magic is a great read for anyone wanting to pursue a creative life, whether as a writer or painter or landscape gardener, but given her own background the emphasis is on writing. She offers real insight into how we can all free ourselves from the constraints that hold us back – from our fear of rejection and ridicule, to striving for perfection and our obsession with what people think of us.

        Big Magic offers genuine and warm advice and is told with humility – Gilbert speaks of the runaway success of Eat Pray Love as if she simply lucked out. If we had to sum up Elizabeth Gilbert's advice in a few words it would be this… Get on with it. So go on then, what are you waiting for?

        Elizabeth Gilbert
        About the author

        Elizabeth Gilbert

        Elizabeth Gilbert is the acclaimed author of five books of fiction and non-fiction. She is most well known for her 2006 bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, which has sold over ten million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Julia Roberts. Her short story collection Pilgrims was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award, her novel Stern Men was a New York Times Notable Book and The Last American Man was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent work, Committed, was a Number One New York Times bestseller. Elizabeth Gilbert lives in New Jersey.

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