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Hadley’s Hotel, Oct 23, 6pm: Seasonal Poets

Anne Kellas
20.10.17 4:51 am

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Seasonal Poets

Jane Williams
Orysia Dawydiak (from
Prince Edward Island
Canada)
Anne Kellas

Seasonal Poets: The Spring Reading
Monday 23rd October, 6–8pm
Hadley’s Hotel, 34 Murray Street, Hobart
Waged $15
TWC members and unwaged $10

Light supper included

Supported by the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and Hadley’s Hotel

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Hobart Bookshop: A special event for your diaries ...

Hobart Bookshop
18.10.17 1:30 pm

A special event for your diaries ...   

The Hobart Bookshop, in conjunction with Astrolabe Booksellers and Kookaburra Books, is excited to invite you to a special second-hand book fair, where you’ll find thousands of treats and treasures. We’ll be reluctantly letting go of all sorts of things we’ve been hanging on to for years, so get excited. Bring your best bargain-hunting spectacles and book-carrying bags, because you won’t be leaving empty-handed, even if you think you’re only coming for a look!
 
Where: Battery Point Community Hall, 52 Hampden Road, Battery Point
When:  9am until 4.30pm, Saturday October 28th

And a reminder about our upcoming launches ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Pete Hay, of Ross Brownscombe’s new book, In Search of Space: Journeys in Wild Places.

Wild places are everywhere: distinctive, idiosyncratic, unique. And rare. Unfortunately, in Australia, opportunities for reading imaginative, lyrical, non fiction prose – nature writing – that explores the poetry and magic of wild places are also rare. In Search Of Space: Journeys In Wild Places attempts to rectify that. In the great nature writing tradition of Peter Matthiessen, Barry Lopez and Edward Abbey, these essays are part travelogue, part memoir, sometimes provocative, always lyrical and engaging.

In Search Of Space: Journeys in Wild Places is a collection of essays that were published in various magazines - most notably Wilderness News, the magazine of The Wilderness Society. Ross Brownscombe writes of journeys he has made, often accompanied by his wife and children, to wild places in the Blue Mountains, central Australia, southwest Tasmania. He and his family raft down a remote river in Alaska and get closer to wildness than any of them had bargained for. Brownscombe’s vivid, searching essays are encounters with landscape, ideas, self and family that show why we need wild places as part of our being.

In Search Of Space will be launched by poet and author Pete Hay. Pete and Ross will be joined by Peter Grant, co-founder of the Tasmanian Wildcare Nature Writing Prize, for a short Q&A panel discussion on nature writing in Australia.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When:  5.30pm, Wednesday October 25th

Free event, all welcome. 
 
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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch of the second book in LF McDermott’s Garth Trilogy, Perseverance.

Garth is an historical trilogy: 3 novels based upon the lives of 5 generations of the Garth and Bellett families. It begins with four convicts, three transported on the First Fleet and one on the Second, from England to Port Jackson, then to Norfolk Island and later to Tasmania and beyond. The tale of the Garths and Belletts provides an insight into the lives of pioneers in early post 1788 Australia and the growth of a nation.  You will experience with them their fears, anticipation, joy and sadness as they discover what makes them who they are.

To read more about LF McDermott and the Garth series, please visit the website.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday November 9th

Free event, all welcome. 

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New book shares how to lose weight without losing your mind

Finch Publishing. First published October 6
10.10.17 5:50 am

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The world is full of fitness and diet advice, yet unless you are a professional sportsperson or fitness model, most of this advice is either unachievable or unstainable. Writer and psychologist Michele Connolly however, shares how to lose weight without losing your mind, in the new book ‘How to be Thin in a World of Chocolate’.

Michele Connolly knows what it is like to deprive yourself of the food you love, and feel guilty every time you indulge. She’s been there and done that. She knows how you can be distracted from the pleasure of dinner with loved ones because you’re obsessed with what you should and shouldn’t eat. She knows what it is like to feel constantly unhappy in your clothes, in and out of them. Most of all she knows that feeling miserable about your weight is like a constant shadow over your life.

How to be Thin in a World of Chocolate (Finch Publishing $19.95) shares tips to lose weight while at the same time keep, or even increase, your sense of pleasure in life. Not to mention your sanity. Using simple and practical strategies Connolly helps you work out ways you can enjoy your treats, make exercise happen without thinking, avoid self-sabotage and focus your mind on the job at hand without rigorous discipline and willpower. This is the ultimate

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Another Keeper from Lian

Paula Xiberras
07.10.17 12:43 pm

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When we chatted recently Lian Tanner told me that when she wrote her first trilogy ‘The Keepers’ she realised how her job as young adult author had great obligations. In ‘The Keepers’  the heroes of the museum are thieves. As she handed her manuscript over to the publicist Lian considered it wasn’t okay for characters to thieve just because they wanted something. That is why Lian allowed her older female character in the novel to speak her own wise words in saying it wasn’t noble to steal just because you wanted something.

Just as in the example, Lian says writing young adult fiction makes you confront what you believe as you set down a set of adventures or scenerios for an impressionable audience.
Our conversation concerns Lian’s new book ‘The Rogues’ the first instalment in her new trilogy’ Accidental Heroes’. The novel is set in the same world as ‘The Keepers’ but a ‘different’ part of that world.

Young adult fiction teaches young people to question authority figures and come to the realisation they are not always right. In the case of our heroine Duckling, her grandfather is more than a bit of a rogue himself. Having spent most of her time with her grandfather Duckling has not formed interactions with people her own age that is until she encounters Plummell, the first‘honest and open’ person she meets.

The fantasy genre may seem to permit the impossible but as Lian tells me even in fantasy, magic has limits. Lian says if it didn’t it would be like one of her own reading experiences, of a book which featured a ship at sea during a storm and a wizard on board that manages to stop the storm. To Lian this was a bit of a cop out because if magic ‘had no limits there would be no real danger’ as magic could mend and make everything right.

A serious impediment to having the mindset to write fantasy and any fiction for that matter is growing up or at least losing the childlike curiosity and imagination we are all born with.  Lian says as a child her love of books was obsessive and in grade 5 or 6 she knew she wanted to be a writer and announced this intention to her mother. At the time a book about the overland telegraph was on her radar but this has yet to be realised!

The fact that Lian became so resolute in late primary school about being a writer demonstrates that these are very important years for playful imagining before the rigours of high school take over. If you lose the curiosity of childhood, sometimes you need to unlearn what you have been taught. If however you retain the child like ability to remove yourself from routine,  you will be like the poet that Lian notes put a note on his door, which said ‘poet at work…. taking an afternoon nap!’

Lian is a strong believer in harnessing your creativity because everyone has it even though it has been encouraged to be packed away in most of us. Lian says one of the saddest things ever said to her was from a woman who said she had not a creative bone in her body. Of course she did but perhaps life had divested her of it.
                                                                                         
Lian Tanner’s new book The Rogues, the first part in the new trilogy ‘Accidental Heroes’ will be launched at the Hobart Linc this coming Saturday 7 October 2017 from
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

You can register at the following link

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lian-tanner-book-launch-hobart-linc-tickets-38134578551

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Fullers, Petrarch’s: On the Ossie launch

Lucinda Sharp Director, FORTY SOUTH PUBLISHING Pty Ltd
06.10.17 2:28 pm

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Hobart Linc: Accidental Heroes launch

Paula Xiberras
06.10.17 5:24 am

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Lian Tanner’s new book Accidental Heroes will be launched at the Hobart Linc this coming Saturday 7 October 2017 from

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

You can register at the following link

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lian-tanner-book-launch-hobart-linc-tickets-38134578551

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Hobart Bookshop: In Search of Space: Journeys in Wild Places. Launch by Pete Hay

Hobart Bookshop
05.10.17 1:07 pm

A launch to look out for ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Pete Hay, of Ross Brownscombe’s new book, In Search of Space: Journeys in Wild Places.

Wild places are everywhere: distinctive, idiosyncratic, unique. And rare. Unfortunately, in Australia, opportunities for reading imaginative, lyrical, non fiction prose – nature writing – that explores the poetry and magic of wild places are also rare. In Search Of Space: Journeys In Wild Places attempts to rectify that. In the great nature writing tradition of Peter Matthiessen, Barry Lopez and Edward Abbey, these essays are part travelogue, part memoir, sometimes provocative, always lyrical and engaging.

In Search Of Space: Journeys in Wild Places is a collection of essays that were published in various magazines - most notably Wilderness News, the magazine of The Wilderness Society. Ross Brownscombe writes of journeys he has made, often accompanied by his wife and children, to wild places in the Blue Mountains, central Australia, southwest Tasmania. He and his family raft down a remote river in Alaska and get closer to wildness than any of them had bargained for. Brownscombe’s vivid, searching essays are encounters with landscape, ideas, self and family that show why we need wild places as part of our being.

In Search Of Space will be launched by poet and author Pete Hay. Pete and Ross will be joined by Peter Grant, co-founder of the Tasmanian Wildcare Nature Writing Prize, for a short Q&A panel discussion on nature writing in Australia.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When:  5.30pm, Wednesday October 25th

Free event, all welcome. 

And planning ahead, for next month ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch of the second book in LF McDermott’s Garth Trilogy, Perseverance.

Garth is an historical trilogy: 3 novels based upon the lives of 5 generations of the Garth and Bellett families. It begins with four convicts, three transported on the First Fleet and one on the Second, from England to Port Jackson, then to Norfolk Island and later to Tasmania and beyond. The tale of the Garths and Belletts provides an insight into the lives of pioneers in early post 1788 Australia and the growth of a nation.  You will experience with them their fears, anticipation, joy and sadness as they discover what makes them who they are.

To read more about LF McDermott and the Garth series, please visit the website: https://www.lfmcdermottauthor.com/
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday November 9th

Free event, all welcome. 

But don’t forget our launches this week ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Sir Guy Green, of Brian Harrison-Lever’s new book, Transported.

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.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When:  5.30pm, Thursday October 5th

Free event, all welcome. 
 
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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to a launch of Claire Higgins’s new book, Asylum by Boat.

In the late 1970s, 2000 Vietnamese arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing persecution. Their arrival presented a challenge to politicians, but the way the Fraser government handled it, and the resettlement of tens of thousands more Indochinese refugees, marked a turning point in Australia’s immigration history. Turn-backs and detention were proposed, and rejected.
 
Claire Higgins’ important book recounts these extraordinary events. It is driven by the question of how we moved from a humanitarian approach to policies of mandatory detention, including on remote islands and boat turn-backs. Like now, the politicians of the time wanted to control entry. Unlike now, they also wanted to respect Australia’s obligations under international law. Strikingly, it also shows the extent to which the attitudes and statements of politicians and policymakers can shape the mood of the country, for better and worse.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Friday October 6th

Free event, all welcome. 

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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!
 
Where: The State Library of Tasmania (Murray Street)
When: 11am, Saturday October 7th

Happy reading,
The Hobart Bookshop team. 

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Tasmanian Writers Centre: October events and programs

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
05.10.17 7:42 am

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre HERE

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Gunners Arms: Book launch invite

Lesley Synge
04.10.17 5:00 am

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Wal Stubbings (1913-2014) was born on the West Coast. He worked on the wharves of Strahan, Hobart and Brisbane. Militant workers like him were demonised and accused of wrecking the country. So what was it like to be a wharfie? Especially one who visited the USSR, was under surveillance by ASIO, became a world champion Masters Athlete in retirement, and survived to the ripe old age of 101?

‘deserves to sit alongside A Fortunate Life’ Qld Journal of Labour History

Launched by writer and stirrer Joy Elizabeth

Thursday 19th October 5.30-6.30pm
Bar on the Left
Gunners Arms 23 Lawrence St, Launceston

~ Come celebrate the life of a worker who dedicated himself to making a better world ~

Signed copies on sale for $30

Join Joy and co-author Lesley Synge for dinner afterwards.

How to RSVP? Leave Joy a msg. Phone: 6326 2414

Available Hobart Bookshop and as ebook Amazon on Kindle.

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Black Inc Books: December releases ...

Black Inc. Books
02.10.17 9:19 am

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Black Inc Books: Writers on Writers

Black Inc. Books
28.09.17 3:20 pm

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Fullers Bookshop: Fullers Fortnightly

Fullers Bookshop
28.09.17 10:05 am

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A CRYING IN THE WIND
by Elizabeth Fleetwood
Friday 29th September, 5.30pm
“A big saga tracing its people through two centuries of Island life … fascinating, and well-informed by in-depth historical research” – Henry Reynolds.
Elizabeth Fleetwood has written a novel that spans 200 years and four families telling a story of genocide, invasion, displacement, transportation and the ghosts of the past. An essential story, from voices not often heard. Join Elizabeth for the launch of A Crying in the Wind at Fullers Bookshop.

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Black Inc.: New releases

Black Inc. Books
27.09.17 6:13 pm

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Australian Foreign Affairs
The Big Picture: Towards an Independent Foreign Policy
Edited by Jonathan Pearlman
•In this inaugural issue, Australia’s top thinkers address the most significant foreign affairs dynamics affecting the nation.
•Contributors include: Paul Keating; Allan Gyngell, one of the country’s most experienced foreign affairs experts; Linda Jakobson, one of the world’s leading China watchers; journalist and political commentator George Megalogenis.
•The Big Picture is a timely exploration of Australia’s position in the world today.

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Hobart Bookshop: Launch of Transported ...

Hobart Bookshop
26.09.17 1:18 pm

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Sir Guy Green, of Brian Harrison-Lever’s new book, Transported.

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.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When:  5.30pm, Thursday October 5th

Free event, all welcome. 
 
And other stories of transportation ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to a launch of Claire Higgins’s new book, Asylum by Boat.

In the late 1970s, 2000 Vietnamese arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing persecution. Their arrival presented a challenge to politicians, but the way the Fraser government handled it, and the resettlement of tens of thousands more Indochinese refugees, marked a turning point in Australia’s immigration history. Turn-backs and detention were proposed, and rejected.
 
Claire Higgins’ important book recounts these extraordinary events. It is driven by the question of how we moved from a humanitarian approach to policies of mandatory detention, including on remote islands and boat turn-backs. Like now, the politicians of the time wanted to control entry. Unlike now, they also wanted to respect Australia’s obligations under international law. Strikingly, it also shows the extent to which the attitudes and statements of politicians and policymakers can shape the mood of the country, for better and worse.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Friday October 6th

Free event, all welcome. 

And don’t forget ... 

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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!
 
Where: The State Library of Tasmania (Murray Street)
When: 11am, Saturday October 7th

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Black Inc Books: Dr Elizabeth Finkel explores the bad science of medical marijuana

Black Inc. Books
25.09.17 10:30 am

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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.
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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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