Books

Hobart Bookshop: Lynette Finch’s Fixing Antarctica: Mapping the Frozen South

Hobart Bookshop
18.09.14 5:40 pm

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to celebrate the launch of Lynette Finch’s Fixing Antarctica: Mapping the Frozen South.

When: Thursday October 2, 5.30pm
Where: The Hobart Bookshop

Fixing Antarctica tells the story of Syd Kirkby, an extraordinary modern day explorer who mapped vast tracks of Antarctica. In 1956, in the height of the cold war, Syd joined fourteen scientists who spent fifteen months on an isolated rock outcrop at the edge of the Antarctic plateau. Mawson station was Australia’s first continental station and is now the longest continuously operating settlement inside the Antarctic Circle.

Over the next twenty years Syd Kirkby explored and mapped more unknown regions in the world than any other person in history.

Fixing Antarctica is the first full biography of this important twentieth century explorer. Told through interviews with his contemporaries, personal diaries and the diaries of other Antarctic explorers, this account establishes Kirkby in his rightful place as one of the great polar explorers.

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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The Suburban Captivity of the Church

Karina Woolrich ACORN PRESS
16.09.14 12:36 pm

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The Suburban Captivity of the Church: Contextualising the Gospel for Post-Christian Australia

For far too long, Australian evangelicals have proclaimed a gospel loaded with the cultural baggage of suburbia: personal security, individual salvation and an other-worldly focus. Is this message really a set of timeless truths with universal application? Or have we injected Jesus’ message with our own values?

The Suburban Captivity of the Church calls us to venture beyond the picket fence and engage with the cultural narratives around us, to see how God’s big story meets them with both challenge and hope. Whether we are reaching a new culture, or trying to bring the gospel to our own in a more biblically faithful way, this book will equip us for the task.

Tim Foster has served as an ordained Anglican minister in both suburban and urban contexts. He has also worked as a youth minister and led the Training Division at Anglican Youthworks in Sydney. Tim later founded Youthworks College. His DMin (Fuller Seminary) focused on mission and church in the post-Christendom context.

Tim is currently Vice-Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, where he teaches Practical Ministry and New Testament. He is married to Alison, and they have three children.

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Transportation: islands and cities: London writers announced

Transportation
12.09.14 10:30 am

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Quarterly Essay 55, A Rightful Place

Anna Lensky, http://www.quarterlyessay.com
11.09.14 6:49 am

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Quarterly Essay 55, A Rightful Place
Race, Recognition and a More Complete Commonwealth
Noel Pearson

“We have a committed prime minister, and a committed opposition. We have a
receptive electorate. There will never be a better time. We have no choice but to
address the question. If constitutions deal with fundamental things, our
indigenous heritage is pretty fundamental.”—Professor Greg Craven

“As long as we have a constitution that characterises Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples on the basis of race, it will have deleterious implications
for their citizenship. It must be removed … This is not just a matter of
symbolism. I think this will be a matter of psychology. The day we come to
regard ourselves as people with a distinct heritage, with distinct cultures and
languages but not of a distinct race will be a day of psychological liberation. And
it will also be liberating for those in the wider community …”
—Noel Pearson, A Rightful Place

As the government sets the timeline for us to decide if and how indigenous
Australians will be recognised in the constitution, Noel Pearson makes the case
for fundamental change. With a key report on constitutional recognition due to
government by 29 September, Pearson’s Quarterly Essay shows what
recognition means, and what it could make possible: true equality and a
renewed appreciation of an ancient culture.

In A Rightful Place, Noel Pearson shows how the idea of “race” was embedded
in the constitution, and the distorting effect this has had. Now there is a chance
to change it – if we can agree on a way forward. This is a wide-ranging, eloquent
call for justice, an essay of remarkable power that traverses history and culture.
The nation has unfinished business. After more than two centuries, can a
rightful place be found for the original peoples of the land?

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Noel Pearson is a lawyer and activist and chairman of
the Cape York Partnership. He has published many essays and
newspaper articles, as well as the book Up from the Mission
(2009). His previous Quarterly Essay was the acclaimed Radical
Hope: Education and Equality in Australia.

Quarterly Essay • Also available in ebook

Noel Pearson will deliver a
public lecture on race and
recognition at the
Sydney Opera House on
Thu 11 September at 7:30pm

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A unique and heartbreaking account of five sons who fought in The Great War

Sharon Evans, Big Sky Publishing - Marketing & Communications, http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au
10.09.14 6:32 am

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Allison Marlow Paterson’s new book Anzac Sons, The Story of Five Brothers in the War to End all Wars (Big Sky Publishing, RRP $34.99) provides a heartbreaking account told through over 500 letters, of six brothers, five who fought in WW1, four of whom served in the same company of the 38th battalion. A unique first hand perspective of life on the battlefield and the lives of the family and communities left behind.

Anzac Sons reads like a movie script, six brothers, five go to war, four in the same battalion, one at home to look after farm and family.  Tragedy and loss, stoicism on the battlefield and at home, a mothers heartache, and a young girl who decades later rescues the letters of her great uncles and grandfather from the aging old family home and sets out to tell her family’s story. In doing so captures the essence of a nation faced with shocking carnage on a scale never before encountered.

Written by Australian author Allison Marlow Paterson this is the story of her grandfather and his five brothers, over 500 letters they wrote home from the trenches in World War 1 create the foundation of this Victorian family’s story.  Allison wrote Anzac Sons for her great-grandmother – Sarah Marlow – often mentioned in the boy’s letters, a mother far from her much loved sons, and who it is said died of a broken heart.

This book is not just a family’s story of loss and ‘pushing through’ adversity but also of a time when family and communities where swept with sadness from the loss of so many of their young men and the very real issue of how would they ‘get on’ without them.

Gallipoli may have been where Australian soldiers began their campaign but the Western Front where the long hard push began, battles where thousands of men would die, and the Anzacs soldiers whose bravery, humour and skill was honed under horrific conditions.

Anzac Sons is an engaging, page-turner of a book and the story of how Allison came to right this book is equally fascinating. Written initially to honour her great-grandmother, who died of a ‘broken heart’, it has become so much more. While Anzac Sons is a family history it is also a story of a community with national significance. It is told in the words of the young men and narrated by a family member with the insight and emotion which that brings.

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Friends Meeting House, 2pm Sun 14 Sept: James Boyce in conversation with James Charlton

Bloomsbury Publishing
09.09.14 4:34 am

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Books | What's On

Poet’s Manor

Paula Xiberras
09.09.14 3:52 am

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I am surprised when as we chat, Josephine Pennicott tells me it has been two years since we last spoke in person in Hobart. Josephine gets back to Tasmania at least once a year and is a former Tassie girl (who has also lived in Papua New Guinea) growing up in Oatlands, attending Oatlands Primary and High School and establishing a nursing career in Hobart.

Josephine tells me she loves ‘Beautiful Hobart’,‘the landscape’ and ‘the beautiful purity of air that hits you as soon as you arrive’, not forgetting the ‘pink eyed potatoes’, ‘the definition of the seasons’ and of course ‘MONA’.

Josephine always thought she would make her home in the Tassie bush or country but it didn’t work out that way and she has found herself living in Sydney for 20 years!

Her novel’ Poets Cottage’ was an appropriate title as the name Pennicott means’enclosure’ or’cottage’.  Set in Stanley, the story is ‘dictated’ and revolves around a Gothic house with its image of girls playing outside the house opening the novel with Josephine’s storytelling talent telling us something is wrong with the picture, with the house’s cellar holding sinister secrets of the fate of the two girls’ mother.

Similarly, an image of a young blonde girl running near a lake informed the opening of Josephine’s new novel ‘Currawong Manor’. The two books were inspired by Josephine’s interest in new age cinema and films such as ‘Don’t look Now’ and’ Picnic at Hanging Rock’.
The recurring image of innocence in the young girls is a juxtaposition for the less than innocent activities going on in the novels.

Josephine’s latest novel ‘Currawong Manor’ has the beautiful Blue Mountains landscape as the background rather than the house dominated story of ’ Poet’s Cottage’ and is inspired in part by Josephine’s time as an art student in the Blue Mountains. The book details Australian artistic life with models and mystery!

Josephine’s writing influences are Agatha Christie and Daphne Du Maurier for the crime and mystery content and some Enid Blyton for the very English feel to the time periods she visits cleverly interwoven with mysteries unravelled in the present day.

The opening of ‘Currawong Manor’ with its title referencing the sinister birds that inhabit the manor tells us’the bush keeps its secrets’ and for now it’s probably wise to do just that.

Currawong Manor is out now published by Pan Macmillan.

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What was the best moment of your life?

Diane Caney.
08.09.14 8:45 am

• In his story about swimming with dolphins in the River Derwent ... (read more beneath dolphin pic)

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Photograph Courtesy of Duncan Giblin, Stormboy Photos, http://www.stormboyphotos.com

In his story about swimming with dolphins in the River Derwent, Les Harris says that his time in the water with the wild dolphins stood out as the highlight of his life. His story is incredibly beautiful. In case you missed it, here is Les’s story, Falling for a Pod of Dolphins.

Before he passed away in June 2013, Les asked his family to set up a short-story competition to be awarded to a story about something very dear to his heart - the waters in and around his beloved Tasmania.

Entries opened in May 2014, and were judged by his family ready for a Father’s Day announcement.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Les Harris Short Story Competition, 2014:

First Prize: Ben Walter for his story The Face of the Derwent: Read HERE

Second Prize: Tim Slade for his story Mum’s Morris Major: Read HERE

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Wise Weiss

Paula Xiberras
04.09.14 7:38 am

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Author Rachael Weiss has never been to Tasmania and lists it and Darwin as two places in Australia she is yet to and wants to visit. Rachael says she would love to explore the natural side of Tasmania, including Cradle Mountain. One of the reasons Rachael hasn’t got around to visiting Tasmania is she has been living outside of Australia, including for a time in Prague, the home city of her Father and it is that city that is the subject of Rachael’s memoir ‘The Thing about Prague’.

Familial links to Prague means Rachael has visited that city before but there came a time some years ago when she decided she would relocate to Prague for an extended period to write a book.In spite of familial ties Rachael had no advantages in settling there, for one, she is not being fluent in the language. In fact the process of moving to Prague was disruptive. Rachael arrived there as an immigrant starting from scratch but with no end of material for her writing.

There was no job waiting for her and Rachael stretched herself by taking on numerous and sometimes quirky jobs including becoming an astrology writer and travel writer. Rachael found the astrology writing a lot of fun but soon saw herself on the outer when she actually told people at parties that she well,‘made it all up’.

Another duty Rachael bravely took on was becoming a singer at the local Spanish Synagogue, something she had always desired to do. It was a way of ‘anchoring herself into community life’ where she says it ‘was all hands to the wheel’ and it mattered little that her service renditions were not perfect as most of the attendants were tourists and just grateful to find and be enfolded in the community of the Synagogue. Rachael says there may have been some embarrassing occasions but nobody cared.  Landing on her feet, Rachael revelled in going outside the square to do things she ‘wasn’t ready’ to do. One thing Rachael was ready for was romance and the memoir details her adventures in the amorous (sometimes the scary as well!)

On her travels Rachael did meet fellow Australian author and part time Prague resident, fantasy author, Isabelle Carmody, when both were taking their books to a bookstore.

And the Aussie girls had more in common than imagined because while Isabelle’s books are fantastical, Rachael’s are firmly set in reality, although with her experiences in the magical city of Prague albeit a slightly heightened reality!

Charles Bridge has notches in it that mark the various floods that have visited the city since they began in the eighteenth century some of them of ‘enormity’. Racheal tells me there was a flood proof metre system devised by the communists but when it came to the time to turn the switch, it was discovered it hadn’t been installed. Rachael says this in indicative of how things were delayed under that government system.

Rachael, when I spoke to her, was in Australia on a promotional visit but was soon to return to her new place of residence, Dublin. Just previous to Dublin she had a four year stint in Sheffield. She plans to settle in Dublin for a while and write a book on that city or perhaps one on Sheffield. It is the life of the author, or at least this author, to experience and write in different cities. Rachael plans to stay in Dublin for a while before perhaps, returning to Prague for another visit and finally, to settle back in Australia.

Rachael’s book ‘The Thing about Prague’ is out now, published by Allen & Unwin.

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New historical memoir

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media W: http://www.quikmarkmedia.com.au
04.09.14 7:36 am

New historical memoir traces three generations of a family, from the Russian Revolution in Moscow, WW2 and immigrating to Australia during the 1950’s.

A remarkable biography of historical relevance, Foresight and Perseverance (Short Stop Press, 15 October, H/B $39.99) tells the story of three generations of the Zinoffsky and Parret family, caught in the events of the first half of the 20th Century’s history and politics.

Primarily told through the eyes of a young girl of the third generation and the collective memory of the family, author Sylvia McNeall shares her family’s story in vivid detail, touching on the Russian Revolution in Moscow, displacement during World War ll, and living as refugees. It also provides an insight into this Estonian family immigrating to Australia during the 1950s in search of a safer place to raise their family.

A brave and compelling memoir peppered with humour, Foresight and Perseverance is a must read for those with an interest in world history.

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A Menapausal Mona-ment!

Paula Xiberras
02.09.14 7:23 am

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Some time ago I had the chance to talk to the wonderful Jean Kittson as she was on her way to a book signing for her latest book ‘Still Hot to Me’, an informative and mostly light hearted or should that be ‘heated’ look (’ botox is make up for under the skin’) at menopause.

Jean has strong connections to Tasmania with her ‘best friend in the world’, with whom she travelled the world, eventually set up home in Tasmania for five years and Jean remembers well, her visits to West Hobart during that time.

Jean says she still visits Tasmania at least 2 or 3 times a year and most recently was here in January speaking to Ophthalmologists as part of her role as spokesman for muscular degeneration, an issue close to her heart as her Mum has the condition. Jean is concerned with seeing and vision in a wider sense in that her aim is to help us see and clarify many issues, including in her recent book , helping men and women(to know themselves) and be aware of and how to manage their fertility and menopause .

Jean is keen to visit MONA and with its commitment to representations of bodily functions as Jean and I muse, there might be the opportunity to have a model of the female reproduction system installed there as Jean believes most people, especially women themselves, are ignorant of its appearance and tells me how she herself was surprised to know it is a ‘very vacuum packed area’. Perhaps no surprise there as a lot of women would vouch for ‘packing’ a lot of vacuuming into their lives!

Jean in fact, packs her book with many interesting facts such as ‘oestres’ affecting all parts of the body, even the eyes, evidenced by a symptom of menopause being dry eyes.

Jean’s conclusion is, in spite of all the modern technology and the help with and extensions of fertility it offers, there is ‘still the sobering thought that all are captive’ of this particular ‘biological trap’, that fertility, is ultimately finite and that’ mother nature’ is ‘old fashioned’ and hasn’t really kept up with the liberation of modern women or the advances of modern technology.

‘Still Hot to Me’ is out now, published by Pan Macmillan.

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Hobart Bookshop: A Compulsion to Kill

The Hobart Bookshop
01.09.14 11:56 am

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you
to the launch, by Rob Valentine,
of Robert Cox’s new book

A Compulsion to Kill.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop
When: 5.30pm, Thursday September 18

Free event, all welcome.

A Compulsion to Kill is a dramatic chronological account of 19th-century Tasmanian serial murderers.
Never before revealed in such depth, the story is the culmination of extensive research and adept craftsmanship as it probes the essence of both the crimes and the killers themselves.

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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http://www.hobartbookshop.com.au

What the Publisher says:

Anyone who thinks serial killing began with Jack the Ripper in England in 1888 will be shocked by the revelations in a new book.

Titled A Compulsion to Kill: The Surprising Story of Australia’s Earliest Serial Killers, it records seven cases of serial murder between 1807 and 1862, with a total of 33 victims.

Surprisingly, all the killings took place in sparsely populated Tasmania.

A Compulsion to Kill is the work of Hobart writer Robert Cox, author of two other books of Australian history and three collections of short stories.

“I’d written about a forgotten serial killer, Charles Routley, in a previous book,” Cox said, “and that piqued my curiosity about whether there were others.

“I started to look into it and was astonished at what I discovered— six other instances, all by escaped or former convicts.”

The first of them — and the first in Australia — were carried out in 1807 by little-known runaways named John Brown and Richard Lemon.

They killed three soldiers near Launceston and went on to kill a fellow fugitive and at least one Aborigine.

Better known was Alexander Pearce, the notorious cannibal convict.

He escaped from Macquarie Harbour penal settlement with seven others, but he was the sole survivor of the hazardous 150km trek to freedom.

Two of the escapees died of exhaustion, but all Pearce’s other companions were murdered and eaten.

Later, during a second escape from Macquarie Harbour, he butchered and consumed another runaway.

Emulating Pearce a few years later, a pair of convicts named Edward Broughton and Matthew McAvoy murdered and ate the flesh of three fellow fugitives from Macquarie Harbour.

Their particularly noisome contemporary Thomas Jeffrey (sometimes called Jeffries) was known as “The Monster”.

He was a rapist, sadist, cannibal and baby-killer.

After absconding with three others in December 1825, he was a party to five murders during a 40-day reign of terror.

His victims included of a five-month-old boy.

Shortly before his execution, he also confessed to being involved in a murder in England and two in NSW.

Another slayer of five men was the Irish convict John “Rocky” Whelan, who killed all his victims during a 24-day rampage in 1855.

The final chapter of A Compulsion to Kill is devoted to the Parkmount murders, a still-unsolved triple slaying in northern Tasmania in 1862.

Cox said the crime fascinates him because police twice had the likely killers, John Parker and Robert Sharman, in custody.

They were sent for trial both times but their trials were abandoned for lack of evidence, and no one was ever punished for the killings.

“Really, there was plenty of evidence pointing to their guilt,” Cox said, “especially their conflicting and frequently changing stories about where they were at the time of the murders.

“Better police work would have secured convictions, I think.”

A Compulsion to Kill, published by IP (Interactive Publications) under its Glass House Books imprint, is available in bookshops now.

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Deb Hunt-ing for Love and Non-Fictional Flying

Paula Xiberras
01.09.14 6:46 am

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In Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ his heroine Beatrice says:

‘You have stayed me in a happy hour I was about to protest I loved you and I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest’.

Deb hunt once played Beatrice in her ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ days when she lived in the UK. Deb also played many other Shakespearean heroines, such as Nerissa in ‘Merchant of Venice’ and Portia in ‘Julius Caesar’ before becoming her very own heroine in her own romance. As well as Shakespearean actor Deb has also forged careers as an events manager and as an English language teacher in Spain.

In addition to her busy and diverse work life Deb was hunting for a fantasy love for so long that when real love finally found her she did protest it, but like Beatrice came to realise her heart had nothing else to protest. For Deb it was a happy ending after pursuing an ideal notion of romance she instead was pursued by an ideal man, who won her by persistence.

Some time ago I called the wonderful Deb at her home but was greeted by her charming partner, the ‘love’ in her novel ‘Love in the Outback’.  I had missed Deb because, as she later told me, she was on her way to another appointment and was relaxing on a park bench with her morning cup of coffee when she was hit on the head with a football, completely unruffled she tells me the primary school children were very apologetic. This incident demonstrates Deb’s demeanour, unfazed by such hiccups and her adaptability, the major one being her settling on the other side of the world and in a demanding job with The Flying Doctors but she was inspired by people she met during her work, who had to overcome so much more such as natural disasters to rebuild their lives.

As part of working for The Flying Doctors Deb visited Tasmania and tells me she loves it here, intrigued by MONA, and most recently visiting Tassie to interview a lady farmer in the Meander Valley for a new book on Australian farmers.

Deb’s own book came about by chance when she was pitching a biography she was writing about someone else but after meeting with publishers was encouraged instead to write her own book because it was thought her story would resonate with readers.

Deb once called herself a ‘sinister stalking spinster’, a nod to her pursuit of unrequited love. Deb puts this down to growing up on fairy tales that promised happy ever after and being encouraged to continue to pursue the fairy-tale. Disenchanted with enchantment Deb decided to take up a job opportunity in Australia with The Flying Doctors. Metaphorically the job did some ‘doctoring’ on Deb, she healed and it gave her wings to fly both literally and metaphorically! The subsequent finding of love and relenting to it was the best decision she ever made and now she feels’ happy, settled and blessed’.

A resurgence has overtaken Deb with many ideas for future books including a children’s one that she started many years ago and would like to revisit are burgeoning.  There is also a desire to do a master’s degree in creative writing and make a return to journalism.

Now she and her partner are retired from their Flying Doctors work, Deb is a full time writer and there is time to take that trip to Jervis Bay with her partner and their beloved dog Maggie..

Deb’s book ‘love in the Outback’ is out now published by Pan Macmillan.

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Franchesca S-Mart-inez

Paula Xiberras
30.08.14 6:50 am

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The meaning of the name Francesca is ‘free’ and the Martinez name is derived from ‘Martinus’ which in turn derives from ’Mars’ the god of war, even though Francesca is very much a peace lover, she fights for values she believes in, such as freedom to find fulfilment outside of societies expectations. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to recently talk with this wonderful and talented young woman from her home in Britain.  A freedom from fulfilling societal expectations is very much a trademark of the beautiful Francesca Martinez, stand-up comedian, author and actor.

Although she is English born, Francesca is very multicultural. Francesca’s paternal grandparents are from Spain and there are Swedish links on her mum’s side, ironically, her mum also speaks fluent Spanish! Francesca also has links to Australia and, more importantly to Tasmania, in that her uncle formerly living in Perth has retired to the natural scenery of Hobart with ‘a home’, as Francesca so poetically puts it ‘licking the sea’.

Francesca is indeed no stranger to Australia herself, having completed 3 successive visits in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Francesca tells me she may tour again next year.

A self-confessed sun junky, when I spoke to Francesca she was just back from a sunny, hot two months in Gibraltar to have a ‘lovely’ escape from the British winter.

Francesca’s autobiography ‘what the **** is normal? ‘Discusses being born with Cerebral Palsy and her favoured name for it, ‘wobbly’ and how she is working on a world ‘wobbly revolution’.

Francesca’s is a beautiful autobiography that talks lovingly of family, the food prepared by her grandmother and her love of Spain, a place she hopes to eventually (many years in the future) retire to. Indeed, Francesca says one of the best things for her about the book is celebrating very publically her grandparents to the extent they have become well known like’ movie stars’ and ‘mythic figures’. She is happy to have had the chance to immortalise these very special people in literature.

Francesca’s main job may be comedy but she is also an experienced actor, starting her career in the children’s program Grange Hill. Francesca has never given up acting but ‘doesn’t wait by the phone’. She has on her wish list, a sitcom while she continues her career in stand-up. She says of stand-up although its daunting for some (everyone has talents they are naturally good at) and being a comedian, true to her name meaning ‘gives her a sense of ‘freedom’ she appreciates having no boss and not a’ 9 to 5 job in an office where you are staring at a lap top all day’.

Her parents supported her in pursuing her passion and following her dream, instead of encouraging her to find fulfilment in a job that provided money and security such as becoming a lawyer, which might cause one to ‘burn out in a few years’.

And this is all part of Francesca’s ‘wobbly revolution’, to do away with what society and culture perpetuates as who we should be and what we should want and aspire to. A young man called Dylan helped Francesca realise being confident and feeling beautiful comes from doing positive things and being happy with what you have rather than pine for what you haven’t got.

Francesca says to’ encourage passion’ and appreciate what we have, rather than have an ‘obsession’ over what we perceive we lack. Francesca gets angry about wasting any day with negative thoughts and would’ rather shift the perception’ in ‘gratitude for what we do have’.

Francesca’s book ‘what the **** is normal?’ is out now published by Random House.

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Hobart Bookshop: Leigh Swinbourne’s Away

The Hobart Bookshop
27.08.14 7:59 am

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The Hobart Bookshop and Ginninderra Press
are pleased to invite you to the launch of
Leigh Swinbourne’s

Away and Other Stories.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop
When: 5.30pm, Thursday September 11

All welcome to this free event.

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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http://www.hobartbookshop.com.au

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New fiction book explores the unique relationship between twins

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media W: http://www.quikmarkmedia.com.au
26.08.14 3:13 pm

Shane Willing has an identical twin brother, Barry. But why is it that Barry’s life is not dogged by the same crippling misfortune as his twin’s? Dual Carriageway (Sid Harta, 15 October, $24.95), is a fictional study of the unique relationships between twins – the implicit awareness, the shared chemistry and the peculiar differences.

Separated by distance but sharing similar goals at work and at play, the off-duty hours of the brothers are spiced up in humorous and saucy situations which pepper the novel. But when a twist of fate simultaneously steps into both their lives does it set in motion the possibility of a new start- or is it déjà vu?

Written by Melbourne author John Considine, Dual Carriageway is a fascinating and often very funny exploration of sibling struggles and relationship reversals where all is not what it appears to be.

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Science meets philosophy meets the humanities

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
21.08.14 6:57 am

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THE LARGER CONVERSATION
This Sunday August 24
Science meets philosophy meets the humanities.

GALLERY TEN - 71 Murray St, Hobart. Chaired by UTas Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Jeff Malpas…

Whose City? Sunday 24 August 2pm
Leigh Woolley - Architect
and Brian Risby - Urban Planner and policy advisor
Leigh Woolley is an Architect with over thirty years experience as an architectural and urban design practitioner, author and photographer. He is the recipient of numerous professional design awards across these disciplines.  He is a Churchill Fellow and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture and Design UTAS. He practices from Hobart.

Brian Risby is one of Tasmania’s leading town planners, is the Director of Policy at the Tasmanian Planning Commission but is currently seconded to advise the Government and the Tasmanian Planning Reform Taskforce.  Brian holds a Masters Degree in Town Planning from the University of Tasmania and has many years of experience as a consultant planner and as a policy adviser to the State Government. He has held executive positions at both state and national levels with the Planning Institute of Australia.

Entry $5. TWC Members and full-time students free. Refreshments available

CHILDRENS BOOK WEEK 16-22 August ...

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Lola’s new cousin ... a review

Thomas Connelly http://bogong-moth.blogspot.com/
19.08.14 7:26 am

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Some people find breast feeding confronting, but what happens when the baby gets hungry? She drinks her mum’s milk of course. I went to the Aboriginal Centre in Risdon Cove on National Aboriginal and Islander children’s day, as part of World Breastfeeding Week, to the launch of the children’s book, Lola’s New Cousin, written by Luana Towney.

This book is more than a simple children’s book. Sometimes, a teacher once told me, you will hit a wall, the only way around this wall will be a book. Lola’s New Cousin is such a book, adding to our communal toolkit. In her work with aboriginal mums Luana noticed that the decision to breast feed or not depended on the support, and ideas of those around the expectant mother.

In communities and families where breast feeding was frowned upon, for whatever reason, new mums would be hesitant to breast feed their babies. Conversely when breast feeding was embraced by the local community it was relatively easy for women to chose to attempt to breast feed.

Breast feeding may be natural, but for many women it is not intuitive. Successful breast feeding requires a supportive infrastructure to support the mother and child.

Seeing the general lack of education about breast feeding, in particular the lack of family friendly education, Luana Towney did not sit back discussing the problem, but rather used her formidable skills and experience to create a delightful children’s book.

Visiting her new cousin, Lola a curious preschooler, sees her aunty feed baby. “Lola has a little giggle. She can see how much baby likes her mummy’s milk.” This simple domestic activity is given the power of the written word, making it a strong lesson for the little ones.

The illustrations by Rosemary Mastnak are whimsical and gentle, capturing the warm, snug world of maternal love and nurturing. Well laid out with a readable font this book would be ideal for reading aloud to younger children, as well as entertaining and challenging emerging readers.

This gentle, sweet, slice of domestic life cleverly hides the fact that this book is, in fact, a weapon in the fight for better outcomes for children; subtly showing the crucial link between breastfeeding and newborn survival and health.

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Tansportation Islands and Cities: Tasmanian writers announced

Tansportation Islands and Cities
15.08.14 11:39 am

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The Hobart Bookshop: Launch, by Yvette Watt, of Carol Freeman’s new book, Paper Tiger…

The Hobart Bookshop
14.08.14 6:52 pm

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The Hobart Bookshop and Forty South Publishing are pleased to invite you to the launch, by Yvette Watt, of Carol Freeman’s new book, Paper Tiger: How Pictures Shaped the Thylacine.

When: 5.30pm, Thursday 28th August
Where: The Hobart Bookshop

Free event, all welcome.

Paper Tiger is an exciting new history of the thylacine that takes the reader on a journey behind artists’ brushstrokes and photographers’ lenses into the world of science, printing processes, publishing entrepreneurs, circulating libraries and bounties and reveals how inaccurate published images were ... and how profoundly they affected attitudes toward living thylacines. Written with sensitivity and an eye for detail, Paper Tiger uncovers forgotten drawings and lost photographs from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, telling a story full of mystery and revelations. It demonstrates how pictures and words have a vital influence on a species’ survival. As the rate of extinctions escalates, we are also reminded that sympathetic pictures have the power to provide hope for endangered animals.

Carol Freeman is a writer and Adjunct Researcher at the University of Tasmania, where she was awarded a University Medal in 2000. Her work focuses on representations of extinct and threatened species, ethics in human-animal relations and visualisations of animals in popular culture and wildlife documentaries.

Yvette Watt is a lecturer in painting at the Tasmanian College of the Arts. She has a PhD in fine art, has held numerous solo exhibitions and is the recipient of a number of grants and awards. Her work is held in a many public and private collections including Parliament House, Canberra, Artbank and the Art Gallery of WA. She has an ongoing fascination with the relationships between humans and animals and has been actively involved in animal advocacy since the mid-1980s.

For more information on the book and author, visit Carol Freeman’s website.

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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http://www.hobartbookshop.com.au

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Lark tonight: Forty South Short Story Anthology 2014

Chris Gallagher, Centre Director Tasmanian Writers' Centre http://www.tasmanianwriters.org
13.08.14 5:04 pm

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Whose Mountain, Whose River, Whose City?

Chris Gallagher, Centre Director Tasmanian Writers' Centre http://www.tasmanianwriters.org
13.08.14 3:04 pm

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New YA historical fiction book ‘Resisting the Enemy’

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media W: http://www.quikmarkmedia.com.au
13.08.14 12:24 pm

The first YA novel from author Lorraine Campbell, Resisting the Enemy (Palmer Higgs, October, $24.95) follows the story of twelve year old Valli, from a fresh-faced schoolgirl in Australia, to a young woman living in German Occupied France.

Resisting the Enemy is a thrilling story of conflict, danger and passion, moving from the beaches of Australia, to the boulevards of pre-war Paris, through the German invasion and the dark years of the Occupation. It’s about the enduring bonds of friendship, and one young woman’s fight to resist oppression, no matter what the odds.

Meticulously researched by the author, Resisting the Enemy is the first in a two book series, and suitable for YA readers with an interest in world history.

Melbourne-based Author Lorraine Campbell has worked for decades as a Court Reporter with the Victorian Government Reporting Service, and has studied German and French for a number of years.

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Convict Lives at the George Town Female Factory

Elise Archer, Speaker of the House of Assembly
10.08.14 2:59 pm

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Today I was honoured to launch the fourth in a series of books about Tasmanian convict women, Convict Lives at the George Town Female Factory.

The book is a collection of stories about 31 female convicts who were incarcerated at the George Town Female Factory when the town was the main settlement in the north.

An estimated 14,000 convict women were transported to Van Diemen’s Land from the time of British settlement in 1803 until 1853 when convict transportation ended. 

During that time, five female factories were established across the state to house convict women who were pending assignment, awaiting childbirth or undergoing punishment.

They lived in abhorrent conditions, with poor hygiene, inadequate nutrition, and in overcrowded accommodation.

The George Town Female Factory, which operated between 1822 and 1834, is arguably the lesser known of Tasmania’s five female houses of correction, but this meticulously researched book will help to rectify that.

The 26 authors have done a commendable job capturing Tasmania’s rich convict history and ensuring the stories of our founding mothers are passed on to future generations.

I congratulate the book’s editor, Dr Alison Alexander (above), the Female Convicts Research Centre Inc. and Convict Women’s Press Inc. for this intriguing insight into Tasmania’s colonial heritage.

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Hobart Bookshop: Launch of Michael Tatlow’s new book, Pike’s Pyramid

The Hobart Bookshop
08.08.14 7:05 am

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Please join us at the following event.

Book launch of Michael Tatlow’s new book, Pike’s Pyramid.
The Hobart Bookshop
Thursday August 21, 5.45pm

Free event, all welcome.

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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http://www.hobartbookshop.com.au

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Books | What's On

My Vietnam War captures the danger of Vietnam, the mateship bonded under fire, and ...

Sharon Evans, Big Sky Publishing - Marketing & Communications, http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au
06.08.14 6:45 am

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... the crushing disappointment of returning to a country that despised them

Not all soldiers were lost on the battlefield, some struggled and fought their demons long after the Vietnam war was over, not all won ...

“Dave’s determination that ordinary Australians from all walks of life should understand the trauma of PTSD is not only the mark of true courage, it is a crucial step in our understanding of what is a national issue. We need more Dave Morgan’s and we need to listen to them and care for them — that right at the very least they have well and truly earned.” - Denny Neave, army brat, Vietnam veteran’s son, publisher

My Vietnam War, Scarred Forever by Dave Morgan (Big Sky Publishing, RRP $ 24.99) is a coming of age story about a self confessed ordinary bloke in a war that was anything but ordinary. When author Dave Morgan returned from Vietnam he was changed forever.  He turned 21 in Vietnam and he has lived with the legacy of this war for every year since then: not all soldiers were lost on the battlefield, some struggled and fought their demons long after the war was over - not all won.

As a young Signaller in Vietnam, Dave learnt to ‘survive to fight’ in an environment that varied from the mundane to terrifying.  This is his war, drawn from letters home, his secret diary entries, and the addition of seven powerful short stories from his fellow soldiers. Dave captures the danger these young men experienced in Vietnam, the mateship bonded under fire, and the crushing disappointment of returning to a nation where they were either ignored or vilified. They responded the only way they could: they suppressed the memories and stayed silent. 

The poignant reality is that many veterans felt they were alone, isolated, they struggled for decades before realising their nightmares where shared by others – for some it would be too late – suicide, alcoholism and cancer is a sad companion for many of our veterans. 

My Vietnam War is Dave’s story, but it is one that could be shared by almost 60,000 Australian soldiers. His wish is that current serving soldiers are not left to flounder with their mental war wounds as he and his veteran mates have been.  The post-war battlefield might be far from the war zone but the suffering and deaths post war are equally as sad and far reaching for the veterans, their families and friends.

Royalties from My Vietnam War will be donated to Soldier On, an organisation helping wounded warriors. 

My Vietnam War is Dave Morgan’s second book. His first book Ice Journey (Big Sky Publishing) captured Dave’s time on the ice where he finally came to grips with his PTSD.  Dave lives on the Sunshine Coast, QLD with his wife and continues to seek help for his PTSD.

Dave has moved forward from simply telling his own tale and now actively seeks to share his knowledge of the effects of PTSD with speaking events or veterans young and old and with schools, community groups and the medical profession. He is quietly embarking on an education program that has national potential.

About the Author

Dave Morgan is the real deal – he sincerely wants people to understand PTSD and the potential impact on not just Veterans of wars but also the soldiers current and from recent campaigns who could be dealing with this horrible mental disease.  In July 2014 Dave completed an 8 session research study program on PTSD with the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF), a world first, where researchers studied what triggered his PTSD and his reactions - triggering his fear and nightmares and compounding his own mental pain – in the search for understanding.

Dave is a wonderful bloke who isn’t afraid to say his PTSD made him ‘a bit of a mongrel’ to be around.. but we look at him now and see a hero, and his story really does break your heart for all those Vietnam vets left to feel like they did something wrong.

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Paralympian Sam Bramham’s memoir shows ...

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media W: http://www.quikmarkmedia.com.au
05.08.14 7:20 am

Paralympian Sam Bramham’s memoir shows what mischief Athletes really get up to when the crowds aren’t watching ...

It’s no secret that Paralympic gold medallist Sam Bramham enjoys a good prank. He made international headlines after telling an American journalist his prosthetic leg was chewed off by a kangaroo, and spent a night in jail after he and his mates faked a shark attack on a busy NSW beach. But there’s a lot more to Sam that his reputation as a prankster, including an Order of Australia medal for being an inspiration to Australian youth.

In the upcoming autobiography, Three-Quarter Man (Affirm Press, $29.99), Sam Bramham gives a candid and very funny account of life as an athlete, and lifts the lid in what mischief athletes really get up to when the crowds aren’t watching! From having his leg amputated at five, Sam shares his personal account of the highs and lows of the journey so far – including his current goal to win gold for Australia in the first ever 2016 Paralympic triathlon in Rio. Told with Sam’s unique sense of humour and his ‘never-say-die’ attitude, Three-Quarter Man is an inspiring insight into the mind of one of Australia’s most entertaining elite sportsmen.

Melbourne-based Sam Bramham is now available for interview. Sam won a clutch of swimming medals in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics, and is currently training for the first ever Paralympic triathlon at the Rio Paralympics in 2016. He is an ambassador for Disability Sport and Recreation, Bully Free and Oz Child.

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Postcards from Bruny

The Tasmanian Writers' Centre
04.08.14 4:29 pm

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It’s about all of US

Isla MacGregor
04.08.14 5:00 am

She was her best friend - and found out she was exchanging drugs for sex
He is her father - he cried when she admitted to him she had been pack raped
She is her daughter - but her mother would not tell her how her face got so bruised
He is his old school mate - and could not understand why he was so depressed all the time
She was her neighbour - and was frightened by the screams coming nightly from the house
He was her brother - and was arrested and jailed for beating the man up who tortured her
She was the granddaughter - whose mother had committed suicide after 4 years at the brothel
He was his football team mate - and he hated listening to the bragging about the beatings
She was her sister - who watched her slowly becoming dehumanised
He was the husband - who lost his family and his children after the divorce
She was the wife - who found the phone number in his pocket and rang it
He was her flat mate - who had had helped her to bed so often at night, senseless and in pain
She was her mother - who, not knowing why, watched her daughter became more traumatised by the day
He was the ex fiancée - who regrets the bucks night party at the brothel over the Channel
She was her auntie - who warned her about the overseas work contract she signed before disappearing
He was the son - who listened as men raped his grandmother, mother and sister in the border village
She ................had endured for ten years degradation and violence in prostitution since she was fourteen -
she is a SURVIVOR and she wants you to know…....

“The punters sex trade spin ‘not about us without us’‘
Think again - it is about violence - it’s about all of US”

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Launched in Launi: James Dryburgh’s Essays

Tim Thorne
04.08.14 4:00 am

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Launch Speech, James Dryburgh, Essays from Near and Far (Walleah Press, 2014)

Twenty years ago the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery hosted an exhibition by John Wolseley which explored through the visual arts and botany the relationship between Tasmania and Patagonia.  James Dryburgh has given us a parallel comparison of these two regions of the former Gondwanaland, specifically of Tasmania with Tierra Del Fuego,  but in terms of social history. 

The wars mounted against the indigenous inhabitants, the influence of sealers and whalers, the use of convict labour, even the topography of Hobart and Ushuaia throw up similarities.  But the telling point which James makes, the point which really shafts the this essay, “Austral Reflections”, home to us is the huge difference between the celebration of indigenous culture on Tierra Del Fuego and its lack of visibility here.

I have started my speech with reference to this essay because it exemplifies, not just the geographical range of the collection, but James’s humanitarian concerns and his awareness of how far we have yet to go in order to achieve an equitable and compassionate society.

When I say “we”, I don’t just mean Tasmanians.  Those pieces in the book which are set in El Salvador and Bolivia might seem at a cursory glance to be of little relevance to readers on this cosy island, but they show, among other things, how determined people can be to regain liberty and dignity when those valuables have been ripped away from them.  Through James’s writing we can understand the ties that bind us to the virtual slaves working in the Potosi mines or to the survivors of the US sponsored massacres in Central America.  These ties are further emphasised by, for example, the story of Chico, who fled to Australia as a refugee from the terror in El Salvador and made a successful life in Melbourne, but returned to join the struggle for a better deal for his compatriots, or by “A Tale of Two Mines”, an account of James’s first-hand experiences underground in Potosi and Rosebery.

But the essay which first made me aware of James Dryburgh, the first time I read something of his and was struck sufficiently by it to remember the author’s name, was “Brighton’s Open Hand”, which I first came across in Island magazine a couple of years ago.  I was impressed by the way he took the found metaphor from a piece in the Tasmanian Mail in 1885 of “the Brighton district as an open hand” and built on it so that what was 130 years ago a cute observation on geomorphology became, through his writing, a telling symbol of compassion, woven into a powerful statement about its lack in the policies and strategies of our political leaders.  In fact, as the events laid out in this essay attest, such politicians as Senator Erich Abetz not only lack compassion but see compassion itself as the enemy.

The late great Hunter S Thomson claimed that he was the only journalist to ride with both Richard Nixon and the Hell’s Angels.  James Dryburgh is probably the only journalist to have interviewed both Ingrid Betancourt and Martin Lynch.  The inclusion of both these in the book shows another dimension of his talent.  It is a remarkable achievement to be able to present the experiences and the ideas of these two quite disparate people without intruding his own personality, yet at the same time to use his intelligence and insight so as to shape the interviewing process into a coherent and memorable work.  In a similar vein, he is certainly the only writer to have put two of my heroes, Emily Conolan and Oscar Romero, in adjacent essays, in the same book.  If you don’t know of either of these heroic people, shame on you, but that in itself should be incentive enough to read the book. 

I don’t intend to comment on every piece in the collection, but I can’t finish without assuring you, the prospective readers, that you will be just as captivated by the more personal essays, including the ones on the death of his friend Leon and on the birth of his son Santiago. 

I thoroughly recommend Essays from Near and Far to you.  I congratulate Walleah Press for bringing it out and, of course, James on creating it.  To quote Pete Hay in his Foreword, “These essays bring literature to the service of analysis and commentary.”  They do so because James Dryburgh is not only a man of insight, compassion and initiative but he is a writer with the skills necessary to penetrate into a reader’s heart.  And those skills are rare indeed.  Please don’t just take my word for this. Buy the book and discover it for yourself.  It is with great pleasure that I launch James Dryburgh’s Essays from Near and Far. 

Earlier, Launched in Hobart:  The Night I met Jimbo, Donzo fell UP the stairs ...

• Listen to James interviewed in ABC local radio by Ryk Goddard:
https://m.soundcloud.com/936-abc-hobart/the-silver-that-founded-europe

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