Blue Mountains News

Blue Mountains Student’s Book Now Stocked at Library

Source: Blue Mountains City Council
Archived 12 Oct 2019 - Posted: 13 Aug 2019
Oliver Smuhar with Blue Mountains Mayor Cr Mark Greenhill.
Blue Mountains student Oliver Smuhar is a young writer with big ambitions. His first book, The Gifts of Life, has now made it onto the shelves of Blue Mountains Library, while the 18-year-old has already penned his second novel and is working on a third.

Oliver, from Blaxland, wrote The Gifts of Life while studying for his HSC at St Columba’s Catholic College, Springwood, finding at least one hour each night to write after his homework.

“It was difficult at times, but I never once thought of writing as a chore or as a type of study,” said Oliver. “It's—for me—more of a leisure I enjoy, like watching Netflix in my free time.”

The dedication paid off, with the book published last year and available to purchase from local bookshops, The Turning Page in Springwood and Blue Dragon Books, Glenbrook, as well as online.

Now The Gifts of Life can be borrowed from Blue Mountains Library, after Oliver, contacted Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill for a university project. Cr Greenhill offered to help the young writer with promotion of his book.

“As a City of the Arts Council, we love to see local writers succeeding,” said Cr Greenhill. “And students like Oliver are an inspiration to other young people in the Blue Mountains.”

Oliver said: “When a librarian replies with the good news of my book being ordered and accepted for their shelves, it really makes me want to continue what I am doing and improve my craft, write better stories and market more to the world around me.

“My debut is really a story about identity and what it is that makes people individuals,” he said.

“Although set in a world that is a complete modern fantasy, where animals talk, cities are built on giants’ backs and where everyone has a unique ability or power, I really wrote this Young Adult’s epic—and am continuing it—to create a world where people can lose themselves and learn important contemporary morals, like that it’s okay to be weird!”

Oliver, now a Communications student at the University of Technology Sydney, is currently writing a sequel to The Gifts of Life. He is also seeking a traditional publisher for his second completed novel, Cold Hands. He describes this book as “a more down to earth Australian drama that takes place here in the Mountains”.

 
Lady Luck Festival Lady Luck Festival Lady Luck Festival Lady Luck Festival

Recent News

Emu Trekkers, Fairmont Resort and Spa Blue Mountains Shines at 2019 NSW Tourism Awards
Emu Trekkers, Fairmont Resort and Spa Blue Mountains Shines at 2019 NSW Tourism Awards
Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard...
A New Level of Decadence Arrives at Jenolan Caves
A New Level of Decadence Arrives at Jenolan Caves
Pamper yourself with High Tea at Jenolan Caves House.
Secuirty at Sir Henry Parkes' Grave Site
Secuirty at Sir Henry Parkes' Grave Site
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, has...
Manus McGuire (Ireland) with Ben Stephenson in Concert
Manus McGuire (Ireland) with Ben Stephenson in Concert
Manus McGuire is an acclaimed Irish fiddle player whose exceptional musical...
New Report Puts Spotlight on Opportunities for Local Young People
New Report Puts Spotlight on Opportunities for Local Young People
Local young people transitioning from school to the workforce and beyond...

What's New

Summer Ready Special
Summer Ready Special
Ubika Day Spa at Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains Revitalising body exfoliation, express pedicure leaving toes sandal ready for summer + bergamot scalp cocoon - only $169
Explore the Blue Mountains by 4WD
Explore the Blue Mountains by 4WD
Simmo's Offroad Tours 4WD Tag a Long Tour, Sunday 15th December, Graded "easy" - suitable for 4WD or AWD vehicles.
Kill the Boss... nicely of course!
Kill the Boss... nicely of course!
Entertainment Blue Mountains Your office Xmas party could be killer fun if the Boss was dispensed with. Murder Mystery Parties are a Scream! Book Now
December Weekends NOW available!
December Weekends NOW available!
Seclusions Relax before the Christmas madness in a spa log cabin or lounging by our pool. Call 6355 6300 direct for details.
Summer sale now on!
Summer sale now on!
Kilbeggan Cottage Book before Christmas to stay any time at Kilbeggan Cottage and enjoy 25% the usual rates. Yay!
Also in this Section

Have You Visited

Announcement
Explore the Blue Mountains by 4WD4WD Tag a Long Tour, Sunday 15th December, Graded "easy" - suitable for 4WD or AWD vehicles.View Simmo's Offroad Tours »