Books

Hobart Bookshop: TONIGHT, Bruny Island Bounty. OCT 7: Lian Tanner, The Rogues

Hobart Bookshop
21.09.17 12:07 pm

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For readers young in years or young at heart ...   

You are invited to the launch, with MC Les Winspear, of Lian Tanner’s new children’s novel, Accidental Heroes — the first in her brand new series, The Rogues.

If you’ve been to one of our launches in the past with Lian Tanner (perhaps for one of the novels in her previous series, The Keepers), you’ll know they’re no ordinary events! And if you haven’t been before, you’re in for a treat. As the author herself has been known to say, ‘Expect the unexpected’...

Free event, all welcome. Especially bears (of the stuffed variety please, as sadly the State Library doesn’t have a zoo permit); the fiercer the better!

The first book in the Rogues trilogy, Accidental Heroes tells the story of two children, Duckling and Pummel, who are caught up in a plot to kill the Heir to the Faithful Throne. It’s a vividly exciting fantasy-adventure set in the same world as the best-selling Keepers trilogy, with characters you will love and characters you will loathe.

For more about Lian Tanner and her work (there are even some games related to her books!), you can visit her lovely website.
Where: The State Library of Tasmania (Murray Street)
When: 11am, Saturday October 7th
 
And don’t forget this is happening tonight ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to a launch, by Pete Hay, of Margaret Wallace’s new book, Bruny Island Bounty.

Peek behind the scenery to hidden places and creative lives. Word images and visual images, here, the Island’s own story comes alive through the stories of its people.

Through a rich and beautiful browse, the reader will experience Bruny Island; its unique diversity, distinctive qualities, and the magic it works on people’s lives. The book takes you on a journey around the Island to experience dynamic land, sea and skyscapes, and abundant wildlife with every species of bird endemic to Tasmania. Discover Bruny’s people, products and sense of place — a special blend of natural and human values — and its gourmet food trail.

Free event, all welcome.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday September 21st

Free event, all welcome. 

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Courtship Correspondence

Paula Xiberras
21.09.17 5:58 am

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Sasha Wasley is planning a visit to Tasmania with her family next year, Hopefully that might also result in her doing some promotion for her book Dear Banjo. This latest instalment in the rural fiction arena is a unique and satisfying read.

Sasha’s main protagonists are Willow and Tom, two young idealistic people growing up on farms, both eager, once they are qualified, to introduce sustainable farm methods into their family farms.

The loss of Willow’s mother changes the would be couple’s plans, with Willow fearing to become close to anyone else and so turning away from all that love her. Her plans to study agricultural science remain intact as going away to university means distancing herself from the potential of being hurt again. Feeling rejected Tom Forrest delays his degree, deciding to implement his sustainable methods on the farm anyway.

It really is a case of not seeing the Forrest (Tom) because of the trees (read Willow). Starting out anew at university Willow fails to read any of Tom’s prolific correspondence until she is called home to help run the farm while her father recovers from illness. Finding the letters once again, nostalgia prompts her to read them on her way home. It’s then that she learns the true extent of Tom’s love for her.

That is probably enough information, as I encourage you to read this new entrant in the genre of rural fiction.

Tom and Willow’s attempts to have ethical vegan farming is explained in great detail for the layman or woman! On a lighter note there are some discussions on the drawbacks of the vegan lifestyle particularly vegan cheese.

Sasha does much for revisiting the romance of old fashioned letter writing and hopefully encourages this pastime that has proved to have positive health benefits.

With the success of this book no doubt we will be hearing more from Willow and Tom as well as Willows sisters introduced in this novel.

Dear Banjo is out now published by Penguin Random House.

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Hobart Bookshop: Launch of Transported: Tales of Misfortune & Roguery

Lucinda Sharp Director, FORTY SOUTH PUBLISHING Pty Ltd
20.09.17 4:19 pm

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EVENT: Launch of Transported: Tales of Misfortune & Roguery by Brian Harrison-Lever (Illustrator of Photographs in the Mud and In Flanders Fields)

DATE: Thursday, 5 October 2017

TIME: 5.30pm

To be launched by former Governor, Sir Guy Green, AC, KBE, CVO

Free event with free drinks

Transported: Tales of Misfortune & Roguery

With evocative illustrations and compelling writing, this extraordinary book encapsulates the social context of convict transportation.

The overcrowding of British prisons in the early 1800s was a problem solved, the ruling classes believed, by the transportation of convicts to the colonies, where labour was in short supply. Men, women and children branded “felons” were shipped south, often for crimes that in today’s world would hardly merit a firm reprimand.

Those transported – some unfortunate, some, it must be admitted, rogues – all had lives before their convictions, but we know very little of them. The narratives in Brian Harrison-Lever’s Transported make no pretence of being factual accounts, but are rather an attempt at shedding some light beyond numbers and statistics and briefly bringing to life a cross-section of a community that suffered and survived transportation.

Hope you can make it and please feel free to invite your colleagues, family and friends.

website: http://www.fortysouth.com.au  |  facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fortysouth

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Hobart Bookshop, Sept 20, 5.30pm: Donald Knowler’s The Shy Mountain launched. TODAY ...

Hobart Bookshop, first published August 30
20.09.17 7:00 am

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Charles Wooley, of Don Knowler’s new book, The Shy Mountain, published by Forty South Publishing.

Silent and brooding, the Shy Mountain does not have to speak her name. We know she’s there, watching us, even when she chooses to hide beneath a blanket of low cloud. Although she’s not a mountain of legend like Everest, Kilimanjaro or event Kosciuszko, she has her own claim to fame. Kunanyi/Mount Wellington brings wilderness to the very doorstep of a significant centre of population, and how many mountains can claim to do that?

Some see menace, anger there; others a benign face bathed in early morning sunshine.

As journalist and author Donald Knowler discovers on a mission to record a year in the life of the 1271-metre peak, the Shy Mountain provides an escape from the human pressures of the city, blunting concrete and glass with leaf and bark.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Wednesday September 20th

Free event, all welcome.

Excerpt ...

“Silent and brooding, the Shy Mountain does not have to speak her name. We know she’s there, watching us, even when she chooses to hide beneath a blanket of low cloud. Although she’s not a mountain of legend like Everest, Kilimanjaro or event Kosciuszko, she has her own claim to fame. kunanyi / Mount Wellington brings wilderness to the very doorstep of a significant centre of population, and how many mountains can claim to do that?

Some see menace, anger there; others a benign face bathed in early morning sunshine.

As journalist and author, Donald Knowler, discovers on a mission to record a year in the life of the 1,271-metre peak, the Shy Mountain provides an escape from the human pressures of the city, blunting concrete and glass with leaf and bark.”

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And another exciting launch ... 

The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to a launch, by Pete Hay, of Margaret Wallace’s's new book, Bruny Island Bounty.

Peek behind the scenery to hidden places and creative lives. Word images and visual images, here, the Island’s own story comes alive through the stories of its people.

Through a rich and beautiful browse, the reader will experience Bruny Island; its unique diversity, distinctive qualities, and the magic it works on people’s lives. The book takes you on a journey around the Island to experience dynamic land, sea and skyscapes, and abundant wildlife with every species of bird endemic to Tasmania. Discover Bruny’s people, products and sense of place—a special blend of natural and human values—and its gourmet food trail.

“So, this is my love letter to the Island…

I am blessed to be able to spend most of my days in one of the most wonderful places on this planet. Packed with beauty, diversity and interest.

In creating this work, my aim is to share the experience with others. If it brings joy to your day—that will be my reward!”

- Margaret Lea Wallace

Free event, all welcome.

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Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi: When Australia and Indonesia again go to War

Kerry B. Collison Publisher Sid Harta Publishers
20.09.17 6:00 am

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“In 1961 and one month following the disappearance of Michael C. Rockefeller off the southern coast of what was then known as Dutch Western New Guinea, Indonesia invaded, annexed and commenced the systematic slaughter of indigenous Papuans, to pave the way for a massive wave of transmigrated Javanese. With the meteoric rise of the new powerhouses China and India, Indonesian-occupied West Papua’s wealth of oil, gas and minerals precipitates an international power-play for control over the vast, untapped natural resources.

“Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi” – ‘When Australia and Indonesia again go to War’
Author: Kerry B. Collison
ISBN-10:1-921030-98-4
ISBN-13:978-1-921030-98-7
RRP $24.95
Sid Harta Publishers Melbourne Australia
Print version, eBook and POD available worldwide
Distributed by Dennis Jones & Associates, Bayswater Victoria.

“In 1961 and one month following the disappearance of Michael C. Rockefeller off the southern coast of what was then known as Dutch Western New Guinea, Indonesia invaded, annexed and commenced the systematic slaughter of indigenous Papuans, to pave the way for a massive wave of transmigrated Javanese. With the meteoric rise of the new powerhouses China and India, Indonesian-occupied West Papua’s wealth of oil, gas and minerals precipitates an international power-play for control over the vast, untapped natural resources.

Decades have passed since the twenty-three-year-old Rockefeller disappeared – long presumed dead, when sightings of the heir are widely reported.

Demands for West Papuan independence gains momentum and Australia is again drawn into military conflict with the Indonesian Motherland, “Ibu Pertiwi”.

In Europe, there is growing support for the international community to revisit the flawed 1969 West New Guinea plebiscite. Some member nations of the European Community, including The Netherlands, have suggested that the United Nations might consider reviewing the implementation of the referendum with the purpose of determining whether the process was, in fact, democratic.

And, more recently, driven by anti-Australian sentiment the groundswell has become evident amongst Western Pacific island states which, in concert with their African counterparts such as Zimbabwe, have become increasingly vociferous in their calls for such a U.N. resolution. And, surprisingly, the lead has now been taken up by Ireland.

However, the situation is more than problematic for Australians.

Should the United Nations support a call for a new plebiscite to be held in West Papua, such action would undoubtedly become the genesis of any future confrontation between Australia and Indonesia – fertile ground, indeed, for the growing number of militant religious groups (both Christian and Moslem) that fester throughout the great archipelago that is Indonesia, referred to lovingly as “Ibu Pertiwi”.”

Author Bio: Foreign Correspondent Jakarta and Melbourne for Washington’s “Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy” the journal of the International Strategic Studies Association.
Published titles “Merdeka (Freedom) Square”, “The Timor Man”, “Jakarta”, “The Fifth Season”, “Indonesian Gold”, “Crescent Moon Rising”, “In Search of Recognition”, “The Happy Warrior”, “Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi”.
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Kerry B. Collison
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Author Bio: Foreign Correspondent Jakarta and Melbourne for Washington’s “Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy” the journal of the International Strategic Studies Association.

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Tasmanian Writers Centre: Writers & Readers Festival, Hadleys, Sept 14-17: MASTERCLASSES ...

Chris Gallagher, Director, Tasmanian Writers' Centre
15.09.17 1:13 pm

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Dear Readers and Writers,

The festival kicked off last in style at Theatre Royal, and we were delighted to award the inaugural Tasmanian Aboriginal Emerging Writer’s Award to Adam Thompson. Congratulations to Adam and to all the shortlisted writers, Nathan Griffiths, Lauren Gower and Neika Lehman.

Today Hadley’s is starting to buzz with masterclasses in full swing, and writers arriving by the minute. There are still tickets available for tonight’s fiction sessions.

The Festival box office will be open from 4pm today at Hadley’s, so come along to our welcome drinks and you’ll be able to pick up your last minute session tickets.

I look forward to seeing you over the weekend.

Best wishes,

Chris Gallagher
Director

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre: Tasmanian Writers’ and Readers’ Festival HERE

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TWC: Winner announced for the inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
15.09.17 12:04 am

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The Tasmanian Writers Centre is delighted to announce Launceston-based writer
Adam Thompson as the winner of the inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal
Writers Award (ETAWA).

The award was presented last night at Hobart’s Theatre Royal, at the opening event
of the 2017 Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival and Hidden Stories
program.

Respected Tasmanian Aboriginal writer, puralia meenamatta (Jim Everett),
presented Adam with the award for his short story, Sonny. Adam will receive $1,200
prize money and professional support via membership of the Tasmanian Writers
Centre.

Adam is a pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal) man with a passion for telling stories
about Aboriginal themes and characters. He has worked for the Tasmanian
Aboriginal Centre for 15 years and has a sound knowledge of the Tasmanian
Aboriginal community and the issues that are important to Tasmanian Aboriginal
people. Earlier this year, Adam received a Tasmanian Government Aboriginal Arts
grant to produce a compilation of short stories under the guidance of a mentor. He is
also currently co-writing a short-form comedy series for television.

The Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award is an annual award, open to
Tasmanian Aboriginal writers aged 16 years and older, who are not professional or
established writers, but have had more than one full-length work published by a
third-party publisher or produced by a professional theatre company. Entries to the
award can range from poetry, songs, short fiction, non-fiction (essay,
autobiographical or biographical work), an excerpt from a play, or illustrated
stories.

This year’s entries, which were assessed by judges Bruce Pascoe, Julie Gough and
Jillian Mundy addressed the theme: Reflections on being Aboriginal in Tasmania
today.

The 2017 Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival runs from September 14-
17 at Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart.

For program information and bookings, visit: http://www.taswrf.org

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2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes Shortlists

Will Hodgman, Premier
14.09.17 7:00 pm

The Premier’s Literary Prizes strengthen Tasmania’s reputation as an island of culture, ideas and creativity.

This year’s shortlists demonstrate that not only is literary talent flourishing in Tasmania, but also our State is a source of inspiration for writers.

Shortlist for the Margaret Scott Prize for best book by a Tasmanian writer:

• The White Room Poems by Anne Kellas, published by Walleah Press
• South Pole: Nature and Culture by Elizabeth Leane, published by Reaktion Books
• The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose, published by Allen & Unwin.

Shortlist for the Tasmania Book Prize for the best book with Tasmanian content in any genre:

• Losing Streak: How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry by James Boyce, published by Black Inc.
• Archipelago of Souls by Gregory Day, published by Pan Macmillan Australia
• Physick by Pete Hay, published by Shoestring Press
• Into the Heart of Tasmania by Rebe Taylor, published by Melbourne University Publishing.

Shortlist for the University of Tasmania Prize for the best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian Writer:

• A Son of the Moon by Kerri Guardia
• Two Sets of Books by Ruairi Murphy
• Brodsky Dies by Adam Ouston
• A Guide to Bushwalking in Tasmania, 25 Short Walks by Ben Walter

Shortlist for the Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship:

• Michael Blake
• Erin Hortle
• Sarah Jaeger
• Emily Spratt

Congratulations to all writers shortlisted. Winners will be announced at the end of November.

For more information on the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival (14-17 September) and to vote in the People’s Choice Awards, visit http://www.tasmanianartsguide.com.au/plp

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Tasmanian Writers Centre: Writers & Readers Festival, Hadleys, Sept 14-17. OPENING NIGHT ...

Chris Gallagher, Director, Tasmanian Writers' Centre
14.09.17 12:57 pm

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Dear Readers and Writers,

It’s Opening Night! Over the next few days you will see come to fruition all the hard work the TWC team have invested to bring you this fantastic festival.

AC Grayling arrives in Hobart today and will introduce the festival themes in tonight’s key note. We are very proud that Opening Night will include the presentation of the inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award.

To complete our festival weekend, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service have arranged a fantastic interpretive trip to Mt Field on Monday 18 September…see below for details - we only have six places left.

I hope to see many of you tonight for Opening Night and then over the weekend at Hadley’s Orient Hotel. Tickets are selling fast so book online or you can buy tickets in the box office at Hadley’s anytime over the weekend. Pop in and see us!

Remember it is a festival for everyone!

Best wishes,

Chris Gallagher
Director

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre HERE

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Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation

Dr Susan Hawthorne, Director, Spinifex Press
14.09.17 12:49 pm

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By Renate Klein

Surrogacy is heavily promoted by the stagnating IVF industry which seeks new markets for women over 40, and gay men who believe they have a ‘right’ to their own children and ‘family foundation’. Pro-surrogacy groups in rich countries such as Australia and Western Europe lobby for the shift to commercial surrogacy. Their capitalist neo-liberal argument is that a well-regulated fertility industry would avoid the exploitative practices of poor countries.

Central to the project of cross-border surrogacy is the ideology that legalised commercial surrogacy is a legitimate means to provide infertile couples and gay men with children who share all or part of their genes. Women, without whose bodies this project is not possible are reduced to incubators, to ovens, to suitcases. And the ‘product child’ is a tradable commodity who has never consented to being a ‘take away baby’: removed from their birth mother and given to strangers aka ‘intended parents’. Still, those in favour of this practice of reproductive slavery speak of ‘Fair Trade Surrogacy’ and ‘responsible surrogacy’.

In Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation Renate Klein details her objections to surrogacy by examining the short- and long-term harms done to the so-called surrogate mothers, egg providers and the female partner in a heterosexual commissioning couple. Klein also looks at the rights of children and compares surrogacy to (forced) adoption practices. She concludes that surrogacy, whether so-called altruistic or commercial can never be ethical and outlines forms of resistance to Stop Surrogacy Now.  <www.stopsurrogacynow.com>

Dr Renate Klein is a long-term women’s health researcher and has written extensively on reproductive technologies and feminist theory over the last thirty years. A biologist and social scientist, she was Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne. She is a co-founder of FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering) and an original signatory to Stop Surrogacy Now.

http://www.spinifexpress.com.au

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Tasmanian Writers’ Centre: Tasmanian Writers’ and Readers’ Festival 2017

Chris Gallagher, Director, Tasmanian Writers' Centre
13.09.17 12:45 pm

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Dear Readers and Writers,

One more sleep!

This year’s festival has a wonderful offering for fiction writers and there are just a few places left in Ashley Hay’s master class on Thursday and Alec Patric’s class in Short Fiction on Friday if you get in quickly.

Have a look below to see if there is anything that is going to help you get your manuscript to the next stage.

I can highly recommend the two sessions on at 6pm with Ashley Hay and Ryan O’Neil on Friday night…a great way to get into the festival vibe at Hadley’s beautiful hotel.

Otherwise there are still some tickets for Opening Night…

The best way to book is through taswrf.org: HERE

See you all there

Best wishes,

Chris Gallagher
Director

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Book offers comfort, hope for women undergoing hysterectomy

Carmel Schleger
11.09.17 5:46 pm

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Carmel Schleger announces release of ‘Swept Under the Carpet’

HIGHVALE, Australia – Carmel Schleger marks her publishing debut with the release of “Swept Under the Carpet” (published by Balboa Press AU), a book detailing her experiences through full hysterectomy and the challenges and lessons that she has gained from the journey.

“Swept Under the Carpet” is Schleger’s personal story of being advised that an invasive surgery, a full hysterectomy, was recommended as well as a replacement mesh necessary for her future wellbeing. “My response was of shock, disbelief and emotional overwhelm.” However, she chose to share her experiences of the “distress as well as the unexpected connection I felt” and how she emotionally and physically transformed and healed using the tools she is trained in and also through validating her emotions.

The book is offered to women who have or will in the future be having the same surgery; to their family members who are impacted by their loved one’s trauma; and to the medical fraternity who work in the same field and women’s health organisations who can bring more awareness.

“To the women of the globe it reaches and who can relate to this as well as women’s health organisations who offer a support service, I hope the message that is gained from my book/story is – their feelings and emotions are normal and valid,” Schleger says. “Be reassured that they are not alone and to voice your feelings and emotions and response to the procedure to those involved and seek support. My book offers all of this – comfort, hope and reassurance as well as healing art therapy activities in the book to help.”

“Swept Under the Carpet”
By Carmel Schleger
Softcover | 5 x 8in | 128 pages | ISBN 9781504304320
E-Book | 128 pages | ISBN 9781504304337
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Carmel Schleger is a qualified holistic counsellor, art therapist, social emotional wellbeing (SEWB) counsellor with vast experience working with the disadvantaged and unemployed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as well as counseling emotional challenges related to women’s health issues. She is a mother to two adult sons and currently lives in Samford region outside Brisbane with her partner.

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James Dryburgh and the children’s essay comp ...

Editor
08.09.17 6:23 am

James Dryburgh recently judged a children’s essay competition for the Whitlam Institute.

The competition was from across Tasmania and in public schools.

Tas winners and runners up for each age group are here: http://www.whitlam.org/the_program/what_matters_writing_competition/what_matters_2017

Look out for the yr 5/6 winner with his anti salmon farm piece. http://www.whitlam.org/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/1271666/Year_5-6_Category_Winner_TAS_Maya_Harrington.pdf

Also, the co-national winner was Hobart boy ... a beautiful call to keep nature for future generations: http://www.whitlam.org/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/1271678/Year_11-12_Category_Winner_TAS_Matti_Schwarz.pdf

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Hadleys, Sat, Sept 16: Forty South Short Story Anthology 2017

Lucinda Sharp Director, FORTY SOUTH PUBLISHING Pty Ltd
07.09.17 10:43 am

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Hotel SOHO, 6pm, Sept 7: Launch of Julian Punch’s book, Gay with God

Julian Punch
07.09.17 8:33 am

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YOU ARE INVITED TO THE LAUNCH OF JULIAN PUNCH’S BOOK
“GAY WITH GOD – The Life and Times of a Turbulent Priest” – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
AT HOTEL SOHO, 124 DAVEY STREET, HOBART 6 to 7PM. Drinks and nibbles.

RSVP JULIAN 31/8/17 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Provocative, timely and intensely personal.

Julian Punch entered the Priesthood as a gay man. He received his training in the
same seminary with George Pell. He left the priesthood after much inner conflict to
face bitter resistance to his efforts to bring a better life to the gay community.

He has been arrested on trumped up charges, vilified, had his house burnt down,
received many awards for his human rights efforts in Timor-Leste and is the recipient
of an Order of Australia.

He rejected the church because he believes it is corrupt, out of step with modern
thinking and intolerant in the extreme. He fought off the reactionary National Civic
Council and continuous political and religious interventions into his good works.

Hotel Soho is open for dinner with fabulous meals beginning at just $10.

Download invitation ...

j-punch-invitation.pdf

First published August 15

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Baljit Singh poems ...

Baljit Singh
07.09.17 6:34 am

HERE and HERE

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New book ‘Dear Lindy’ shows how the nation responded to the loss of Azaria Chamberlain

NLA Publishing
06.09.17 6:44 pm

New book ‘Dear Lindy’ shows how the nation responded to the loss of Azaria Chamberlain, and includes personal letters from Lindy’s children.

“This book shows just how far, wide and deep the story of Azaria has gone” - Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton

The Azaria Chamberlain case was one of the most followed and documented murder trials in Australia’s history. As Lindy Chamberlain mourned the death of her baby daughter Azaria, taken by a dingo from a campsite at Uluru in 1980, she was tried and convicted in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. The nation responded with grief, rage, prejudice and remorse to Lindy directly, through thousands of letters.

In the forthcoming book Dear Lindy (NLA Publishing, 1 November, $39.99), author and playwright Alana Valentine provides a selection of letters sent to Lindy throughout her ordeal, as shared in Alana’s play, Letters to Lindy. The public made their own ruling in the case that divided Australia, shown in the hurtful, supportive, accusatory or sympathetic letters received by Lindy. Some of the letters are full of vitriol; some include bizarre theories. More are compassionate, sent by mothers, by people of faith or by those who had suffered similar tragedies. We hear directly from Lindy too, in candid conversations with the author, her foreword and a letter she wrote to her 16-year-old self. Dear Lindy is a fascinating time capsule of 1980s and 1990s Australia, reflecting our changing attitudes to Lindy Chamberlain and how far we’ve come as a nation.

Alana Valentine is an acclaimed playwright and award-winning author. In 2013, she won three Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, including the Major Award and the inaugural David Williamson Award for excellence in writing for the Australian stage. In the same year, she received a Harold White Fellowship to research the Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton collection at the National Library of Australia. This resulted in the 2016 Merrigong Theatre production of Letters to Lindy, touring to Canberra and Sydney, with further touring scheduled nation-wide in 2018. She has also been awarded a Centenary Medal for her work for the Centenary of Federation, an Australian Prime Ministers Centre Fellowship and a Churchill Fellowship. Her plays Parramatta Girls and Soft Revolution are on the New South Wales school syllabus.

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A reply to Chukwuma

Chukwuma Ndububa*
05.09.17 5:36 am

There is no strange thing here, and nothing new
The powerful rich believe, they always do
That their success, from intellect and drive:
Their failures from misfortunes, though they strive.

While poor folk are made poor from lack of sense
and work – so luck is not in evidence
Because some moral failing that they have
Keeps them from the fortune all must crave:

And these, the powerful, the strong and rich
Yet act to drive all others in a ditch
They politicians pay, the laws to bend
Squeeze the workers so their wealth extend -

And where the country’s lack of law permit
They pay their thugs to bully and to hit
To rape and murder, if that is allowed
By folk fickle-born to parents wealth-endowed.

How can we stop such cruelty and sin?
All must try to find the Lord within
I mean, what strength and wisdom that we have
To fight those who corrupt and then deprave.

I won’t say here all rich folk are born bad
It’s how they are brought up that makes me sad
Not seeing the results of what they do
Blind willfully to what is fair and true:

Freedom, Freedom, Freedom is our cry
Eternal watchfulness to evil folk deny
And Truth brought out where under rug was swept
- The poor know Buddha, yes, and Jesus wept.

*Chukwuma Ndububa is a Nigerian poet whose poem ‘Diala’ is advice on surviving oppression.  The Nigerians,  whose national language is English, have a fantastic tradition of poetry including Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka]

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Family events @ the TASMANIAN WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL 2017

Chris Gallagher Director Tasmanian Writers' Centre
04.09.17 7:42 pm

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Dear Readers and Writers

A family-friendly morning of reading, storytelling, drawing, laughter and inspiring learning will be a highlight of this year’s TASMANIAN WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL.

On Sunday September 17, families are invited to join two fun, interactive one-hour sessions, featuring international best selling author, Bradley Trevor Greive, Tasmanian children’s writer Nicole Gill, and Tasmanian children’s author and illustrator, Christina Booth.

For this year’s family program, the Tasmanian Writers Centre is thrilled to be partnering with the Children’s University Tasmania—an international program delivered in Tasmania through the University of Tasmania’s Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment.

The Children’s University offers superior educational experiences outside of school for children aged between seven and 14 years. The program has a strong emphasis on experience as a significant learning tool, acknowledging the value of the range of different learning experiences and environments in which children engage.

Each child attending a school that is registered with the program is issued with a Passport to Learning in which they collect stamps until they graduate from the Children’s University. Certificates are presented at annual graduation ceremonies at UTAS campuses. Children choose the activities they would like to participate in, and the learning activities can occur in a variety of environments—anything from sporting clubs and museums to airports and…writers festivals!

The festival’s Sunday morning family sessions have been designated as a Children’s University Learning Destination. Learning Destinations provide high quality learning activities and experiences with a ‘wow’ factor. The activity offered can be almost anything, as long as it connects with Children’s University learning and has realistic links to a university program.

The TASMANIAN WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL family sessions are designed to include the whole family unit, recognising that parents are a crucial part of their children’s learning and literacy journey. Sharing a love of books and reading from an early age does not just bring educational benefits for children, but is a wonderful opportunity for family bonding and shared joy.

As well as these two sessions there will be free activities for children at the Festival’s Book Nook, including readings on the hour during Saturday and Sunday delivered by Tasmanian children’s authors!

And this week we have another competition for you to enter. You could win a double pass to the State Cinema. Enter the competition on Facebook.

Tasmanian Readers and Writers Festival HERE

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Island celebrates its 150th edition ...

Island Magazine
04.09.17 8:13 am

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The magazine began life as The Tasmanian Review in June 1979 but after only five issues it changed its name to Island magazine reflecting it’s national scope — because Australia is an island too, you know?

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More about Island 150 HERE

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Hobart Bookshop: Kennedy Williams, Jane Williams. THIS WEEK

Hobart Bookshop
03.09.17 1:00 pm

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After a brief little bit of hibernation to warm ourselves up over winter, we’re ready to get back into lots of book launches, so join us for our next one, and keep your eye out for the rest! 

Join us at our next launch ... 
 
The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to a special double book launch for Ian Kennedy Williams’ new short story collection, Leaving the Comfort Zone and Jane Williams’ new poetry collection, Parts of the Main. 

Both collections are published by Ginninderra Press.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5:30pm, Thursday September 7th

Free event, all welcome. 

... and watch out for ... 

The launch, by Charles Wooley of The Shy Mountain, the latest book by Don Knowler.

Published by Forty South Publishing.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Wednesday September 20th

Free event, all welcome. 

Happy reading,

The Hobart Bookshop team.

First published August 22

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Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival: Five books launched ...

Chris Gallagher, Tasmanian Writers' Centre
02.09.17 7:11 am

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Dear Readers and Writers

We are launching five new books at the TASMANIAN WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL this year.

We warmly invite you to come along and celebrate these exciting new books and meet the authors. All five books will be launched in the Leadlight Room at Hadley’s Orient Hotel.

Purchase a copy from Fullers, our Festival Bookshop,and have it signed by the author.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Moonah Arts Centre: Badgers and Porcupines Book launch, Sept 2, 3pm TOMORROW

Moonah Arts Centre
01.09.17 11:00 am

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Badgers and Porcupines is a collection of stories and art from people living with younger onset dementia in Tasmania and it will be launched by the Honourable Elise Archer, Speaker of the House of Assembly at the Moonah Arts Centre on September 2, at 3pm.

This is a free event and open to the public though bookings are required (links below). The event will also feature a reading from client Steve Lamble, from his piece ‘A Day Remembered’ and young writer Lily Stojcevski, who was bought in to interpret the stories recorded over the last year.

Badgers and Porcupines contains stories of love, of cars, of tennis, of being the best nurse possible, of faith, of ducks and art. It is also a book about memory and what it means to live with memory loss. It is also a beautiful book full of art that has been created by the clients as part of the Artist in Residence program.

Younger onset dementia is often described as an invisible condition. It affects people under the age of 65, and sometimes as young as 30. People living with younger onset dementia are often misdiagnosed and struggle to find support in a community that generally associates dementia with old age.

The work has been created through the Artist In Residence program at Alzheimers Tasmania and with the support of Mercury Walch, printers.

To RSVP - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/badgers-and-porcupines-book-launch-tickets-37263764924

First published August 23

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Black Inc Books: November releases ...

Black Inc. Books
31.08.17 8:02 am

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Fullers Bookshop, Wed, Aug 30, 5.30pm: James Dryburgh’s The Balfour Correspondent. THIS ARVO

Fullers Bookshop
30.08.17 9:00 am

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Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival 2017 Weekly Bulletin

Chris Gallagher Director Tasmanian Writers' Centre
28.08.17 5:32 pm

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Dear Readers and Writers

Is social justice important to you? While our upcoming Tasmania Writers and Readers Festival 2017 has plenty to be joyus about there are plenty of big topics also being tackled. Professor AC Grayling is coming to Australia from Oxford University, England and his presentations in Melbourne and Sydney are booked out - our opening night with him as key note speaker is your last chance to see him in Australia! He will be setting the tone of the Festival with an address that explores the future of democracy in world politics.

We are also excited to be announcing the recipient of the inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award (ETAWA) at the opening night prior to Professor AC Grayling’s address.

This Festival will also be bringing down award-winning writer, storyteller, educator, and human rights advocate Arnold Zable and freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker Clementine Ford, as well as presenting a fantastic array of Tasmanian writers, thinkers and activists including plangermairreenner Elder puralia meenamatta (Jim Everett),Antonia Case and Tansy Rayner Roberts to be exploring current and relevant social justice issues.

There are plenty of big discussions ahead that promise to inspire us and get us thinking globally as well as locally. Please share with your networks, and make sure you book your tickets soon - we hope to see you there!

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‘To Prey and to Silence’ book named as finalist in Courier Mail People’s Choice Aw

Joy Aimée, Director of A&A Book Publishing
25.08.17 12:38 pm

... Queensland Book of the Year ...

Joy Aimée, Director of A&A Book Publishing, is delighted to announce that “To Prey and to Silence” by Joan Katherine Isaacs, published by Short Stop Press, an imprint of A&A Book Publishing has today been named as a finalist in the prestigious Courier Mail People’s Choice Awards Queensland Book of the Year.

Ms Aimée, and the entire Team at A&A Book Publishing congratulates Joan on her achievement and once again applauds the courage she and her family have displayed in their long fight to achieve justice. A&A Book Publishing is proud to be the publisher of such an important book. Here’s the official announcement of the finalists and the link to VOTE:
http://qldliteraryawards.org.au/peoples-choice

Synopsis - To Prey and To Silence

At the age of fifteen Joan’s normal and happy life changed irreparably when the chaplain at her school groomed her for his own sexual gratification. Despite the trauma of her teenage years, Joan became a teacher, initially working in primary schools and later focussing on children with special needs and learning difficulties. Silenced by her abuser and later by the Catholic Church through their Towards Healing program, Joan was finally able to speak in 2013 when she gave evidence at the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. To Prey and To Silence is Joan Katherine Isaacs’ powerful account of her battle to be heard.

About the author

Joan Katherine Isaacs is a wife, mother and doting grandmother. Born in 1953 into a Catholic family, Joan is the middle child of migrant parents. Joan became a teacher, initially working in primary schools and later focussing on children with special needs and learning difficulties. In 2013 Joan gave evidence at the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Black Inc Books: September releases ...

Black Inc. Books
22.08.17 3:23 pm

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Invitation to the launch of Mountain Stories ...

Lucinda Sharp Director, FORTY SOUTH PUBLISHING Pty Ltd
22.08.17 3:14 pm

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Tasmanian Writers’ Centre: Happy Book Week ...

Chris Gallagher, Director, Tasmanian Writers' Centre
22.08.17 2:59 pm

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Dear Writers and Readers,

Happy BOOK WEEK! Congratulations to the CBCA Book of the Year 2017 award winners, and Tasmanian author and illustrator Jennifer Cossins for A-Z of Endangered Animals, an Honour Book for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.

We will continue these celebrations at the festival with two special sessions for children and a Book Nook. The family sessions will be on Sunday morning with Bradley Trevor Greive, Nicole Gill and Christina Booth. Two wonderfully interactive sessions with drawing, music and lots of laughter guaranteed. Everyone is invited to dress up as their favourite creature or sheep!

Bookings: http://www.taswrf.org/sessions/world-great-small and
http://www.taswrf.org/sessions/lets-draw-many-sheep

Festival tickets are selling fast and our Masterclass with Bradley Trevor Greive has already BOOKED OUT! If you’re thinking of coming along NOW is the time - we don’t want you to miss out. taswrf.org

Here are three more sessions to whet your appetite - this time we have included our festival guests in action. This week’s festival competition prize has tickets to the State Cinema.

Happy Festival planning!

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