The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, February 23: The Swagman and the Parson

Hobart Bookshop
08.02.17 2:37 pm


The Hobart Bookshop

Join us at our next launch ... 

In our first book launch for 2017, Stephen Matthews (of Ginninderra Press) and poet Robyn Mathison will launch the latest book by Jen Gibson and her father Russell Gibson, The Swagman and the Parson.

“This book contains two complementary stories written by two generations of the one family. It spans three centuries - from the 1860s to the present day, 2016. The swagman, Sully, and Russ Gibson, parson, were both born in the nineteenth century, though several decades apart. New South Wales was then a colonial state of Great Britain. The tale of the swagman was penned in the 1970s by my father.

A child of my parents’ older age, I was not born when the events of the swagman’s tale unfolded. Nor was I familiar with south and western New South Wales, where many of the incidents took place. The second half of this book is partly a narrative of my journey to those places. It also incorporates my parents’ oral memories recorded on tape in the early 1980s.” ~ Jen Gibson

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square

When: Thursday February 23, from 5.30pm

Free event, all welcome. 

... and this is also coming up soon ... 
In March we’ll be launching a new book by James Boyce (University Associate in Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Tasmania).

Andrew Wilkie MP will launch Boyce’s new work, Losing Streak: How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry (Black Inc. publications), at the Republic Bar and Cafe in North Hobart.

Keep your eyes out for details in our next launch email.

More information about Losing Streak can be found at the Black Inc website. 

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New book explores the evolution of Australian sport, defence & corporate uniforms ...

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media
08.02.17 12:44 pm

...the fashion & their role in shaping Australian society

Over the centuries, uniforms have played an important part in Australian history, from the landing on Gallipoli to the High Court decision on the Mabo case. They’ve made soldiers and firefighters braver; humiliated convicts; empowered sporting heroes; both liberated and shackled women; and made corporates fashionable.

In the new book Badge, Boot, Button: The Story of Australian Uniforms (NLA Publishing, $44.99), historian Craig Wilcox provides a fascinating look at the various civilian, corporate, sporting and defence uniforms worn in Australia from 1788 through to today, and how their evolution mirrored a changing nation.

Wilcox examines all aspects of the various uniforms—what they look like, the materials they’re made from, how they’ve changed and what they reveal about Australians and our history. Covering more than 200 years, Badge, Boot, Button examines the uniforms worn by people from all walks of life, including:

• convicts, servants and military men and women
• sporting teams, school students, scouts, police and nurses
• transport workers, emergency service workers and corporate employees
• flight attendants, the legal community, and vice-regal and ecclesiastical men and women

Richly illustrated with photographs, drawings, postcards and pages from magazines, Badge, Boot, Button provides a fascinating insight into the role uniforms play in defining and strengthening ties in Australian society.

Additional Information
• A unique insight into Australia’s social history told through centuries of uniform changes
• Includes uniforms unique to Australia: the slouch hat that became the emblem of Australian fighting men and women; the red-and-yellow caps and shirts of volunteer surf life savers; and the Qantas staff ‘wardrobe’ that made corporate livery fashionable

Craig Wilcox is a historian who lives and writes in Sydney. He has worked at the Australian War Memorial and had fellowships at the National Museum of Australia and the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies in London. His previous books include A Kind of Victory: Captain Charles Cox and His Australian Cavalrymen, published in 2014, and Red Coat Dreaming: How Colonial Australia Embraced the British Army, published in 2009.


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Black Inc & Nero: May new books ...

Black Inc. and Nero
07.02.17 3:23 pm


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Tasmanian Writers’ Centre: Young Writers in the City of Glenorchy ...

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
06.02.17 10:23 am


The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and the Glenorchy City Council invite applications from young Tasmanian writers, primarily from the Glenorchy municipality.

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A Writer’s Journey: Creative non-fiction and the art of the essay with James Dryburgh

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
31.01.17 12:28 pm

James in South America ...

Date and time: 23rd July 2017 All Day

If you enjoyed A Novel Journey in 2015 or 2016, or if you’re looking to expand your knowledge with a focus on the area of non-fiction writing, our 2017 program is for you. A Writer’s Journey will bring leading writers and editors together to teach you everything from writing memoirs to research methods.

A Writer’s Journey: Creative non-fiction and the art of the essay with James Dryburgh

Got something to say, a story that should be told or a conversation to start?

An essay can be poetic, beautiful and can leave the mind of the reader ablaze. It is one of the simplest forms of written communication and one of the best ways to air important ideas and share experiences and people with the wider world. A good essay yearns to expose truths and to heighten them such that they affect people. In this, the essay can be important and powerful.

During our day we will:

consider interview-based, issue-based and experience/event-based essays;
examine structure, style and spark;
explore the uncovering of different angles on a story to get the most out of it and to satisfy different publications;
look at pitching to editors and how and where to get published;
leave the class room from some observation to find the little details, images, metaphors, juxtapositions, that can make an essay resonate; and
contemplate why it is important that you write and why you absolutely can.

“If I read but do not write, I am in debt to the world.” Mauricio Chavez, El Salvador

James Dryburgh <i> has been published in a number of publications including Smith Journal, New Internationalist, Wild Magazine, Island Magazine, Tasmania 40 South, amongst others. James writes provocative essays about important things. His first book is Essays from Near and Far (Walleah Press, 2014).

“Informative, dramatic, thought-provoking, immersed in questions of history, perspective and values, and thoroughly human” - Kevin Brophy

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Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity

Perri Palmieri Publicist Melbourne University Publishing
31.01.17 3:58 am


A Search for Human Antiquity
By Rebe Taylor

In 1908 Ernest Westlake packed a tent, a bicycle and forty tins of food and sailed to Tasmania. On mountains, beaches and in sheep paddocks he collected over 13,000 Aboriginal stone tools.

Westlake believed he had found the remnants of an extinct race whose culture was akin to the most ancient Stone Age Europeans. But Westlake encountered living Indigenous communities and unwittingly documented what he could not perceive: an Aboriginal people with a complex culture and a deep past.

Dr Rebe Taylor is a historian specialising in Tasmanian anthropology and archaeology. She first encountered Tasmanian Aboriginal history on a beach on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, hearing stories about the women who had been taken there by sealers. She has been trying to understand the history of Tasmanian Aboriginal diaspora, loss, rediscovery and endurance ever since.

‘Into the Heart of Tasmania is a powerful and gripping detective story about Tasmania’s deep and recent past and why it matters today.’ —TOM GRIFFITHS

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What on Earth is a Gummshoe?

Erica Gore
29.01.17 6:15 am


GUMMSHOES – Mission #1: The Nobbled Numbskull by E. J. Gore

Author and primary school teacher EJ Gore’s own mission to equip young people with strategies for social inclusion, dealing with bullies and standing up for the ‘right’ thing, is a generous one that works. The characters recognise and build on their own strengths in a way that opens up possibilities for young readers’ own lives. These skills touch on the ideas of being a good friend, harnessing resilience and solving problems. Gore’s gentle, humour-laden writing style reveals a thorough knowledge of her readership and what will have them entertained.
BuzzWords Books

Midway Point, Australia 2017:  Author Erica (E. J.) Gore has published the latest book in her collection of mysteries for young readers, “Gummshoes – Mission#1: The Nobbled Numbskull”.

In thirty-plus years as a primary school teacher, Ms Gore became passionate about the importance of reading. She used narrative as the base of her lesson planning and wove the teaching of thinking skills through each unit of work.

‘Teaching children how to think is just as important as teaching them facts.’

Ms Gore has been writing junior fiction for the past five years with her Taya Bayliss mystery series now available in libraries and independent bookstores.  ‘My stories are about real kids who have problems to solve. They have no magic powers. Their own quick wits and observation skills are their weapons.’

Frankie Gumm (aka ‘Bubble’) and Oliver Mollison are sixth graders who have known the pain of bullying throughout their school lives. Over the years, they have developed strategies to deal with the likes of Jon (Nits) Nittleson, the school’s star athlete and chief bully.

In “Gummshoes – Mission#1: The Nobbled Numbskull”, the boys set out to investigate why the school s top athlete has been prevented from playing in the soccer league matches for three weeks in a row and, at the same time, help a younger student build confidence and resilience.

Get those kids reading. Get them thinking. Get them into Gummshoes.

Gummshoes – Mission#1: The Nobbled Numbskull is available online at  and from

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2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year, Rosalie Martin and Island magazine celebrate ...

Kate Harrison, Island Operations / Marketing Manager
25.01.17 6:50 am


... two years of partnership bringing together literacy and literature ...

Rosalie Martin, speech pathologist and literacy advocate, and Island magazine, one of Australia’s leading literature journals are celebrating their two-year partnership by bringing out a special - and free - collection of seven essays, written by individuals who have successfully come through an adult literacy program implemented or championed by Martin’s charity organisation, Chatter Matters Tasmania.

The founding speech pathologist of Chatter Matters Tasmania – a charity building awareness and skill in human communication – Rosalie Martin has been honoured by being named the 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year, and is now a National Finalist for the title of 2017 Australian of the Year (to be announced tonight - 25 January 2017).
Helping adults crack the code of reading, Rosalie has developed a unique approach to literacy. For three years, she has visited Tasmania’s Risdon Prison as a volunteer to deliver ‘Just Sentences’, a pilot project that is achieving astounding results. With specialist knowledge in the acquisition of language, and in the processing and production of speech sounds, Rosalie is able to uncover hidden literacy problems and tackle them head on. It is a program she has extended beyond prison to a wider community of learners.
As a result, many of the people in her program have learned to read and write in a matter of months, and Rosalie is showing how many lives can be transformed.
In 2015, Rosalie Martin partnered with Island magazine, to provide a space where the newly literate could speak, in their own words, to the broader community who so often take their own literacy for granted. This ongoing partnership was founded on the understanding that literacy and literature are both essential for the activation of citizenship in a democracy.
As Martin says in her introduction to this collection of essays: ‘Across the series of seven Chatter Matters essays published in Island, the hoped-for outcomes for learners and readers have emerged. And now I find further benefit. I have been asking the new learners I work with to read the Island essays to me, or I read them aloud to them. I sit across the table from men and women, the authenticating feel and fragrance of the fine literary magazine between us, and see eyes well and throats choke as they read or listen. For in honest language, their own hidden pain is gently spoken. And the same soft syllables carry inspiration for who they are and what can be.’
Chatter Matters and Island magazine now invite you to share in this inspiring partnership by downloading the collection of essays ...

For more information:

Rosalie Martin, Chatter Matters
0418 390 449
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Twitter: @chattertas / Facebook: @chattermatterstasmania

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PO Box 4703

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Hobart, TAS 7000

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‘Old Growth’, the powerful new collection of stories from author John Kinsella

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media,
24.01.17 12:05 pm

In the luminous book of new stories, Old Growth (Transit Lounge $29.95), John Kinsella drops us seamlessly into the worlds of men, women and children at pivotal moments in their lives. In the title story, a husband who has lost his wife plans to destroy the old-growth bush she loved and escape to the city, with alarming consequences. Elsewhere, racism at a small town supermarket is resisted through friendship; in an act of kindness a frightening stranger turns up in a family’s woodshed; a home-made telephone transmits a dark truth; a theatre director is seduced into the world of an obsessive rabbit trapper; and two sisters find their lives thrown out of kilter by a charismatic junkie. This is a book of city and country, of challenge and threat, of sobriety and loss of control, but also of hope and beauty.

John Kinsella’s most recent volumes of poetry are The Vision of Error: A Sextet of Activist Poems (Five Islands Press, 2013) and Sack (Freemantle Press and Picador, UK 2014). His collection, Jam Tree Gully (WW Norton, 2012), won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Poetry. Tide, a collection of stories, was published by Transit Lounge in 2013. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and Professor of Sustainability and Literature at Curtin University.

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Rockliff to launch pro-marriage equality book by former Abbott advisor

Rodney Croome, just.equal
19.01.17 6:50 pm

Tasmanian Deputy Premier, Jeremy Rockliff, will launch a new book arguing for same-sex marriage from a conservative perspective this evening in Hobart.

The book, titled “Faith, Love and Australia: the conservative case for same-sex marriage”, is by Paul Ritchie, who was a speech writer and advisor to Tony Abbott when Mr Abbott was Prime Minister.

The launch will be at 5.30pm at Fullers Bookshop in Collins Street, Hobart.

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Black Inc & Nero: February new books ...

Black Inc. and Nero
19.01.17 8:04 am


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Black Inc & Nero: What would Buddha do?

Black Inc. and Nero
18.01.17 1:37 pm


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Black Inc and Nero: April 2017 new releases

Black Inc. and Nero
17.01.17 10:20 am


We’re excited to announce the April 2017 new releases from Black Inc. and Nero ...

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Black Inc and Nero: January 2017 new releases

Black Inc. and Nero
12.01.17 11:17 am


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Peter Corris calls time on the iconic fictional detective Cliff Hardy

Sunraysia Daily
06.01.17 5:21 am

Publisher Allen and Unwin’s publicity shot of Peter Corris. Shane Maloney appreciates Corris, HERE

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Promising Future

Paula Xiberras
23.12.16 5:33 am


‘I recently spoke to Helen Thurloe, author of the novel ‘Promising Azra’ and she told me about how she has a good friend who moved to Tasmania for the beautiful natural environment. Helen herself is a regular visitor and tells me that she loves MONA.

From the world of art to science and the story of Azra. The title ‘Promising Azra’ has a double meaning, it refers to the promising of someone, as in marriage, and at the same time the title refers to a person of promise, in this case young Azra a promising scientist. These two types of ‘promising’ clash and we are left to wonder if the promising of marriage will prevent Azra from achieving her other ambition of attending university and becoming a scientist.

Azra the protagonist of the novel is caught in the difficult situation of wanting to please her parents by accepting an arranged marriage when she is not ready at this stage of her life and also fulfilling her academic potential.

Azra comes from a Pakistani background but Helen says the novel attempts to demonstrate that arranged marriages can occur in many different cultures from the Hasidic Jewish communities of New York to Hindu families around the world, to European families.

Helen has created a novel of complexity that makes us realise the untenable position Azra is in. Although she is smart and rational, indicated by her pursuit of science, none of these capabilities can help when dealing with emotive family traditions. Azra is caught between choosing to go against family wishes and by doing so possibly lose connection with her family short term or accepting their desires and so subjugating her own.

A feature of the novel is Helen’s inclusion of chemistry terms as chapter titles which although unintentional give the reader the chance to link them with Azra’s emotional journey as her own chemical balance is undone by her emotional state.

For instance the chemical term ‘denature’ which means ‘to deprive something of its natural character or properties so that it acts differently’.  We see Azra deprived of her natural character and having to act differently in her familial interactions.

Books like ‘Promising Azra’ help shed light on the complexity of these emotive issues and a starting point for discussion between parents and children.

‘Promising Azra’ by Helen Thurloe is out now published by Allen and Unwin.

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Black Inc and Nero: March 2017 new releases

Black Inc. and Nero
21.12.16 12:25 pm


We’re excited to announce the March 2017 new releases from Black Inc. and Nero. Click on the image below to download our catalogue.

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Merry Christmas from the Tasmanian Writers Centre team

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
20.12.16 2:12 pm


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Irish Author reigns in Australia

Paula Xiberras
19.12.16 7:43 am


This year I had the pleasure of talking to author Adrian McKinty about his book ‘Rain Dogs’ and his career as a crime writer.

Adrian, who resides in Melbourne, loves Hobart which he describes as ‘absolutely gorgeous’ and its waterside ‘reminiscent of a Scottish port’. It is not unknown for Adrian to take a flight to Tassie to escape Melbourne’s heatwave.

I ask Adrian what drew him to becoming a crime writer and he tells me perhaps the catalyst was the reading material in his ‘rather old school’ in Ireland that was ‘bloody boring’ concentrating on very serious fiction such as Tom Hardy, Thackeray and Trollope. Adrian says there were only so many descriptions of ‘Hardy heaths in autumn’ that he could stand! Adrian went searching for more interesting reading material and it was at the library he was seduced by crime writing in the form of a Raymond Chandler novel with its exciting storyline, not to mention its racy cover of a woman in a sexy dress and a detective in a fedora.

Adrian’s latest novel ‘Rain Dogs’ is ‘a locked room murder mystery’ about a young woman who falls from the top of the 8000 year old Carrickfergus castle.

‘Rain dog’ is a term coined by Tom Waits on his album of the same name.
A rain dog is literally one caught in the rain which has washed away the dogs trail home.

Carrickfergus is the home of his detective Duffy but is also the part of Ireland where Adrian himself lived. Adrian says he chose the castle as his setting for this novel as Duffy had lived nearby for seven years and the castle had never been utilised in a storyline.

Adrian explains that having grown in a time when fiction was the reserve of the upper classes he likes to populate his books with working class characters.

Even though Adrian has carved a place in crime fiction he is not averse to trying other genres, and as a confessed fan of Highlander wouldn’t mind trying romantic fiction.

Rain dogs is out now published by Allen and Unwin.

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Tasmanian Writers Centre launches inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program

Kirsty Madden, Twitch Coordinator
16.12.16 7:53 pm

Kate Elphingstone

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program.

Kate Elphinstone, Skye Cusack, Jane Beeke, Lauren Hay, and Kyle Perry are immersing themselves in the northern coastal city of Devonport to craft experimental essays based on their summer experiences.

Twitch Co-ordinator Kirsty Madden, who is facilitating the residency, says it is a terrific opportunity for Tasmania’s young writers to get paid while building their craft.

“Writers from our previous Hobart and Launceston residencies have given feedback that it is really validating to be recognised as writers, to build their craft and their confidence, and to be recognised by their local communities as emerging writers,” Ms Madden says. “Taking the time to write in specific locations is a great opportunity to be informed and inspired to create new stories about local places.” The writers are spending two to three hours per day for up to 10 days in venues including the Spirit of Tasmania, Devonport Regional Gallery, Rooke St Mall, Sea FM, and Bass Strait Maritime Museum. The gallery’s Education and Public Programs Officer Dianne Sheehan is excited to host the residents in Devonport’s iconic locations during the summer, and to “congratulate these writers on being awarded such an amazing opportunity”. “As a regional gallery, we support all art forms across our extensive calendar of public programs,” Ms Sheehan says. “Our partnership with the Tasmanian Writers Centre for the Young Writers in the City residency program is an inspiring instalment, and one we are particularly passionate about as we continue to support emerging Tasmanian artists.” Writers will each receive $300 for their residency, in which they will write an essay, non-fiction, or fiction piece of between 1500-2500 words, or 20-50 lines of poetry. The pieces will be published on the Tasmanian Writers Centre Website, and presented in a free public readings session at the Devonport Regional Gallery as part of the Tidal Festival on January 23.

The residency is facilitated by the Tasmanian Writers Centre in conjunction with the Devonport City Council, and with a grant from Tasmanian Regional Arts.

Learn more about the venues and keep up to date on the program on our website:

Meet the Devonport Young Writers in the City …
Kate Elphinstone Residency: Devonport Regional Gallery
Kate Elphinstone is a Tasmanian-born writer. A graduate of the University of Tasmania with degrees in Arts and Law, Kate works in communications to fund her addiction to independent magazines and an ever-growing collection of books. Her writing can be found in the Word Players Anthology.

Skye Cusack
Residency: Rooke St Mall
Skye Cusack is 18 going on 30. In her short but ambitious life, she is chasing careers in the areas of administration, dentistry, aged care, acting and writing (it is because of this that Skye has never seen iconic movies Pulp Fiction and The Matrix). Skye enjoys reading and writing all forms of literature, but contemporary pieces are her favourite.

Jane Beeke
Residency: Bass Strait Maritime Museum
Jane Beeke spent her childhood in rural and remote communities across Tasmania, Western Australia and New South Wales, before moving to Sydney to study Archaeology. Jane still lives in Sydney with her husband Alex and daughter Emmeline. She works as a museum guide and enjoys telling stories about the past.

Kyle Perry
Residency: Spirit of Tasmania
Kyle is a recent graduate of the Australian College of Applied Psychology. He is also a wannabe novelist, currently seeking an agent. He recently acquired a new car, and no matter what button you press on the radio it just keeps turning the volume up.

Lauren Hay
Residency: Sea FM
Lauren Hay has completed her first year of study in professional and creative writing at university. She started writing on the North West Coast as a hobby when she was 10 years old. Lauren is a competitive poet but also enjoys short- and long-form writing

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Spin in the Antipodes ...

Skyhorse Publishing
09.12.16 1:29 pm


TT Writer Don Maisch (and Jody Warren) have articles in this publication ...

Chapter 16. Spin in the Antipodes
Don Maisch

Chapter 20. The Precautionary Principle—Cancer, Beluga Whales, and the Tasmanian Devils
Jody Warren

An Examination of Corporate Manipulation and Vested Interest in Public Health
Edited by Martin J. Walker
Foreword by David O. Carpenter, M.D.

Who is winning the battle over public health?

The fight between corporate profit and public health has resulted in unnecessary disease and even death. Corporate Ties That Bind (Skyhorse hardcover, 2/7/17, $35.00) clearly shows how conflicts of interest, lies, distortion of facts, and the corruption of scientists affect our exposure to toxins and radiation—and the quality of our lives.

From a wide range of writers, here are groundbreaking pieces on:

 The basis of bad science
 Industrial influences on cancer epidemiology
 Secret ties in asbestos
 Hiding environmental issues
 Downplaying radiation risk
 And much more

Whether you’re concerned about how corporations have distorted the health impacts of their products or how their financial interests affect our well-being, Corporate Ties That Bind is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of public health.

A Scholarly and International Look at How Corporations Are Influencing Public Health

In the twenty-first century, corporations have worked their way into government, and, as they grow more powerful, arguments about their involvement with public health have become increasingly black and white. With corporations at the center of public health and environmental issues, everything chemical or technological is good, and everything natural is bad; scientists who are funded by corporations are right, and those who are independent are invariably wrong. Common ground between the two sides in these arguments is diminishing.

Corporate Ties That Bind is a collection of essays written by influential academic scholars, activists, and epidemiologists from around the world who scrutinize the corporate reasoning, false science, and trickery of those who present the scientific messages of organizations that attack and censure independent voices. It shows how we are bombarded with opposing messages, as producers fight to make big profits and those concerned with health try to warn society of impending toxic dangers.

This book addresses how the growth of corporatism is destroying liberal democracy and personal choice. There is a battle taking place between profitability and public health, and this book provides a detailed and scholarly intervention.

Martin J. Walker is a British activist, investigator, and writer. Since 1990, he has focused on lobby groups and the influence of multinational corporations on medicine, medical research, and public health. Walker contributed to Lennart Hardell’s paper, Secret Ties to Industry and Conflicting Interests in Cancer Research, which appeared in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and led to Walker, Hardell, and the late Bo Walhjalt producing this book.

Corporate Ties That Bind: An Examination of Corporate Manipulation and Vested Interest in Public Health
Edited by Martin J. Walker
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an e-book | On Sale: February 7, 2017
ISBN 978-1-5107-1188-4 | $35.00

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New historical teen novel in 2017

09.12.16 6:51 am



It’s not easy being a teenage boy growing up in the tough neighbourhood of Glebe in the 1930s.

It’s even harder when your dream is to become an aviator, your parents are dead against it, and your girlfriend’s father is the School Principal.

But Joe has even bigger challenges he must face and obstacles to overcome if he wants to achieve his dream.

He has a plan and won’t let anyone stand in his way.

 Well-researched, coming-of-age novel, rich in historic detail
 Compelling mix of humour and drama
 Resilient and likeable main character
 Themes – adolescence, the Depression, survival, loss, family, friendship, adventure, work, gambling, truth and responsibility
 Australian Curriculum appropriate – Secondary English and History
 Teachers’ notes will be available

PUBLISHED: 2 April 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9953865-0-1
CATEGORY: Young Adult Fiction
AGES: 12+
RRP: $18.99
FORMAT / PAGES / SIZE: Pbk / 247pp / 198 x 128 mm
DISTRIBUTOR: Dennis Jones & Associates PHONE: (03) 97629100

Michelle Morgan is the author of Racing the Moon, published by Allen & Unwin in 2014 and released in the UK and US in 2015. Michelle has also written short plays that have been performed in festivals around Australia. She previously worked as a librarian, teacher and researcher, and is now writing full-time.


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A Better Way To Live

Paul Arnott Chair Acorn Press Ltd
04.12.16 3:14 pm

Graham Hooper’s new book A Better Way To Live shares his love of the Old Testament books of Psalms and Proverbs

At the book’s launch in Melbourne on Friday night he said Proverbs and Psalms as two books that “have been a great inspiration to me because they show us the power and love and justice of God and call for our reponse.”

Graham Hooper, a former senior executive with a global infrastructure company which has taken him to over 20 countries around the world, believes that together Proverbs and Psalms still have power to speak to 21st century people, even though they were written 2500 years ago.

Speaking at the launch he said, “Proverbs and Psalms portray a beautiful picture of a better way to live. Better than the bleak emptiness of secular matarialism and better than formal religion, because the Christian faith, as revealed in the Bible, is about the reality of the almighty God who reaches out in grace to lost people.”

The Executive Director of the London Insitute for Contemporrary Christianity, Mark Greene, says, “Energetic, refreshing, rich in wisdom and compelling in application, Graham Hooper’s book displays a joyous ability to zoom into the heart of a proverb or psalm, zoom out to connect it to the wider witness of the Bible, and then pan across the centuries to our twenty-first century context and explore its implications for discipleship and mission with acuity and compassion, historic and contemporary examples, and his own wide-ranging life experience.”

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The books we loved: Australian writers nominate their favourite reads of 2016

04.12.16 7:19 am

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New Twitch Co-ordinator and Devonport Young Writers in the City Announced!

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
01.12.16 4:59 pm

Finishing up a successful year with the Tasmanian Writers Centre as Twitch Co-ordinator, Claire McCarthy is venturing over the seas to Canada where she will embark on new creative journeys. Claire has brought our local young writers together for learning and for fun with our Twitch Tuesdays, Young Writers in the City programs, Hot Desk, and workshops with the Youth Arts and Recreation Centre. We give an enormous thanks to Claire, and wish her luck on her year ahead!

We are thrilled to see another talented woman joining the team as our new Twitch Co-ordinator. Kirsty Madden is looking forward to supporting emerging Tasmanian writers grow their craft, and to build professional development opportunities for young writers. She plans to expand the program further to young people from diverse backgrounds and in regional Tasmania. Kirsty’s own background is in human rights advocacy and policy development, working locally, interstate and overseas for NGOs and government and recently returned from London studying an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy. She is studying Indonesian at the University of Tasmania, helps out on her family’s oyster farm and is an emerging visual artist creating her first graphic novel. We welcome Kirsty!

Kirsty commences her role as we announce the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City! This residency program, which follows on from our Hobart and Launceston programs, will see young writers each receive $300 as they explore the city of Devonport and its surrounds to produce experimental writing based on their experiences. You’ll have the opportunity to hear the residents read their work at the Tidal Festival during the summer. So a big congratulations to Jane Beeke, Kate Elphinstone, Skye Cusack, and Kyle Perry!

We will continue to keep you updated about our program for young writers, and in the meantime you might like to check out the following reading and writing events happening in the state this month. It’s also our final This Writing Month of the year, as we close over Christmas from December 21- January 9. Check back in for your next newsletter on February 1!

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Fullers: The Abels – New Edition to be launched in Hobart

Fullers Bookshop
30.11.16 1:54 pm


Hotly anticipated among bushwalkers, a completely revised edition of The Abels, Volume One, the classic guide to climbing Tasmanian mountains, will be launched at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart on December 15th.

More than 150 mountains qualify for Abel status. The first volume covers half of these peaks, including such classics as Cradle Mountain, Stacks Bluff and Collins Bonnet. It was originally published in 1994, but has long been out of print, and copies have been selling for high prices through second-hand dealers.

The new volume includes revised track notes, improved maps and a superb range of photographs, and has grown substantially, from 120 to 352 pages. The book has been edited by Bill Wilkinson, assisted by a large team of volunteers.

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Chandler Continues Craft of Crime

Paula Xiberras
30.11.16 5:33 am


Tania Chandler loves Tasmania and tells me when we chat, that last year, she spent a week in Hobart, which is one of her favourite places as well as Launceston and time at Cradle Mountain. Tania also mentions how she enjoys the journey on the Spirit of Tasmania.

Talking of spirits, many critics agree that Tania perhaps, is channelling the crime writing prowess of her namesake Raymond Chandler, in her gritty crime novels

Tania says her novels have been classified as ‘domestic noir’ but she prefers the title a friend suggested ‘dirty realism’.

I recently spoke to Tania Chandler about her new book ‘Dead in the Water’. The book is a sequel to ‘Please don’t leave me here’ and continues the story of Brigitte, her detective husband and their twins, as well as her teenage daughter from a previous marriage.

Brigitte is trying to keep order both in her home town and her home, she is feeling pressure on her marriage with the return to town of an old beau who chillingly has written an art imitates life novel. Full of twists until the near end when a red herring seamlessly swims into the murky water.

Tania tells me she was always writing from her teen years but was side tracked by work! Tania completed a writing course and gave herself permission to write. An interesting piece of trivia is that Tania has also been an actor and this has informed her writing that is demonstrated in her novels with there authentic dialogue and potential for filming.

Tania Chandler’s ‘Dead in the Water’ is out now published by Scribe Publications.

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Ode to a coffee cup ... I broke ...

Cameron Hindrum*
26.11.16 7:53 am

This morning in the staff room at work I accidentally broke someone’s coffee mug. To fess up, and make an offer of amends, I wrote what appears below. I’m reproducing it here because, actually, I quite like it. Enjoy ...

Today, accidentally, at the end of recess
The number of staff mugs became one less
As the force of gravity by weight increases
Someone’s mug is now in pieces;
The slightest contact with my forearm
Has done someone’s coffee receptacle harm.
If yours featured a heart filled with red, and
‘I love my Mum’ in black emblazoned
Please let me know, and I’ll happily face it:
I’d be only too happy to replace it.
It may not be exactly the same
And I know that this is a terrible shame
But contact me, if this person is you
And soon you’ll be drinking coffee anew
And I promise to take so much more care
Having determined that coffee mugs don’t float in the air.

*Cameron Hindrum</b> is a teacher ... and poet

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Fullers, Tuesday 6th December, 5:30pm: Dr Michael Powell book launch, Musquito

Lindsay Tuffin*
26.11.16 6:19 am


Dr Michael Powell is no stranger to controversy. The Tasmanian Times was the first to take up what became a national controversy when then Bass parliamentarian Andrew Nikolic tried to have Michael disciplined by the University because he criticised Nikolic in a letter to the Examiner. The University obliged by refusing to renew Michael’s teaching contract.

It is appropriate then that now Michael has published a book on the Aboriginal resistance figure Musquito who fought on the NSW frontier and then in Tasmania. He was captured and hanged in Hobart in 1825.

Again Michael has entered controversy with a fresh view of Aboriginal resistance both in NSW and Tasmania. In Sydney he provides new revelations on the importance of American Indian foods in sustaining resistance but also the importance of disease in muting resistance.

He reveals new research that indicates genetic vulnerability to disease in Aboriginal people, a highly contentious argument, but one that means the decimation of Sydney Aborigines was far greater than the record indicates and makes more remarkable the level of resistance on the Sydney frontier. He poses a serious re-examination of this aspect of contact history.

He also strongly suggests that Aboriginal resistance both in NSW and Tasmania was as much religious and apocalyptic as it was simple warfare and draws on the North American experience to illustrate the comparison.

In Tasmania Michael details the demographics to show that Musquito was able to muster formidable Aboriginal mobs to concentrate attacks on white settlement and waged a brutal terror campaign that made him notorious. While Musquito was able to forge a pan-Aboriginal alliance against white intrusion and was of catalytic importance in precipitating the Black War, he was really an historical accident of time and place.

Michael demonstrates that it was the demographic explosive of white settlement, not just disease or violence that really caused the collapse of Tasmanian Aboriginal society and allowed the charismatic Musquito to assume such a formidable organisational role. The capture of Musquito led to an Aboriginal delegation to parley a peace but as always the British misunderstood and missed an historical opportunity.

While a powerful figure Musquito does not take away from the astonishing war of Tasmanian resistance that lasted from his death to the final capitulation of the Tasmanians to exile and white control. Michael Powell has written a fascinating new insight into this period of Tasmanian history that breaks new ground in understanding. 

This book will be launched by Prof Henry Reynolds at Fullers Bookshop Hobart on Tuesday 6th December at 5:30.

*Lindsay Tuffin <i>has been a journo for nearly five decades, mainly in Aus (and mainly in Tassie), and Pomland ...

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Ruth Myor’s new memoir, When the Lights Go Out, resonates ...

Paul Arnott Chair Acorn Press Ltd
24.11.16 3:12 pm

... with passion for people and for God.

Ruth left Australia in 1960 to serve the Somali people as a midwife for almost three decades. She also worked in a village in Ethiopia and in radio ministry in Kenya. During this time government decisions, coups, communist takeovers, natural disasters, sudden deaths and other misfortunes disrupted plans and brought about unexpected changes in Ruth’s life.

In this moving memoir Ruth Myors describes, in an intensely personal way, how these experiences have shaped her and shown her that God is faithful and that even during the darkest periods, God’s light shows the way ahead.

Following her return to Australian in 1977 Ruth Myors pioneered the use of psychological assessment for missionaries in Australia, overcoming initial suspicion from the mission leaders with her professionalism, integrity, warmth, spiritual depth and wit.

Former Director of the School of Cross Cultural Mission at the Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Bruce Dipple, describes When the Lights Go Out as “a book about culture, about gospel communication, about dealing with change and, above all, about the adequacy of God in all of life. It is a book that will cause you to smile, to reflect, to be amazed, to be encouraged.”

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