Tales From Outside the Flags … The Launching of ‘Undertow’

Saturday, 10th May saw the launch of Undertow: Gold Coast Anthology. With the byline “Tales From Outside the Flags,” the anthology is a collection of stories inspired by photographs from ‘Picture Gold Coast’, a compilation managed by the Gold Coast City Council’s Local Studies Library.

My story Coralesque, about a surfer who becomes horrifyingly one with the sea, shares the table of contents with some wonderful local and interstate talent; all representing the Gold Coast with their unique vision and creative slant.

I was interviewed about my Gold Coast connection, and what I hoped to convey with ‘Coralesque.’ If you’re interested, you can read it here: http://pranawriters.com/meet-gold-coast-anthology-authors-rebecca-fraser/

The full Table of Contents:

  • Betsy Roberts  No Lime Ice-Cream
  • Rebecca Fraser Coralesque
  • Paul Garrety Last Day at Elephant Rock
  • Tom Betts The Lions in Autumn
  • David Stringer Three Wishes
  • Di Morris The Clearing
  • Kathleen Bleakley Frangipanisundertow cover
  • Britt Melville That Girl No More
  • Elli Housden Snapper Rocks
  • Janis Hanley Pulped Fiction
  • S. Elliot Brandis Empty Calories
  • Penner Choinski In the End
  • S. G. Larner Paradise Drowned
  • J.S. Choinski Deliver Me
  • Jane Downing Duck
  • Jocelyn Hawes Dear Sam
  • Kay Gibb War Bride
  • Tara Calaby Breath
  • Thoraiya Dyer Jumpinpin
  • Nicola Tierney The Ghosts of our Ancestors

The Launch itself was beautifully executed. It was fabulous to see such a healthy turn out of author’s family and friends, readers and writers, and those simply interested in Gold Coast heritage.

Undertow Authors

Rob Molhoek MP for Southport opened the launch as the guest of honour. I was very pleased when he confessed that my story had kept him awake at night! (You’re welcome, Rob).

Cake was cut (see picture below – I’ve never seen a cake quite like it); speeches were made, raffles were drawn, authors mingled, and books were signed. All in all it was an afternoon of celebrations. My one regret … I forgot to eat a piece of cake!

The 'Undertow' launch cake

The ‘Undertow’ launch cake

The Gold Coast Anthology: Undertow was a collaborative project by Prana Writers made possible by the assistance of a Regional Arts Development Fund grant, jointly funded by Gold Coast City Council and Arts Queensland. If you would like to know more about the book’s journey, head on over to the Prana Writers website.

The Anthology is available via the Prana Writers website, or through Amazon, here: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-Coast-Anthology-Undertow-outside/dp/1936884100

Until next time, happy writing, happy reading and, of course, happy days 🙂


About Rebecca Fraser

Rebecca Fraser is an award-winning Australian author, with a solid career of writing with influence across a variety of mediums. To provide her muse with life’s essentials she content writes for the corporate world; however her true passion lies in storytelling. Say g'day on Twitter and Instagram @becksmuse
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