Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Books

Hobart Bookshop: Renovating Madness …

Join us at our upcoming launches …

 

We are excited to host the launch, by Margaret Reynolds, of Karen Knight and Liz McQuilkin’s new book, Renovating Madness, published by Walleah Press.

‘The history of the treatment of mental illness is a story of neglect and ignorance, resilience and rebellion, and, in the nineteenth and much of the twentieth century, outright cruelty.

There is much to be learnt from that history. This poignant and provocative collection is a maverick biography of an institution established in New Norfolk in Tasmania in 1827, finally closing in 2001. The poems, narratives, reflections, records past and present collude to create powerful reminders of forgotten or forsaken lives and the impetus to treat mental illness with compassion and open-mindedness.’ – Sarah Day.

‘What is the shape of madness? Is it a signature element within a Tasmanian imaginary? Read this book and you will have your answer. Here are poems that shed an uncompromising light on that other and less known island shame, the institution I grew up calling ‘the loony bin’. Here are poems brave and scintillating, poems edged in frost, raw poems that take not one backward step, poems that showcase the literary verve of two of the island’s most original and accomplished talents. Knight and McQuilkin have given us a book about ‘the bruising shout of power’. It demands to be read.’ – Pete Hay.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square

When: Wednesday December 12th, 5.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Emma McEwin back to Hobart to launch her new book, The Many Lives of Douglas Mawson, published by Australian Scholarly Press. The book will be launched by Associate Professor Elle Leane, author and Antarctic scholar.

A national hero, Douglas Mawson is famous as an Antarctic explorer who narrowly escaped death on the ice. Many books have been written about him. Artefacts from his expeditions are on public display and Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison in the Australian Antarctic Territory have been preserved as a heritage site. His exploits are known to us, and yet he is enigmatic and cloaked in controversy.

In this book, Emma McEwin, Mawson’s great-granddaughter, reflects on her forebear’s public and private persona. Inspired by letters and portraits and other material traces of his legacy, she writes intimately about his effect on generations of his family and the making and unmaking of myths about him.
“What do things tell us about a person? This is the question that set me off in search of my great-grandfather. I knew that there was more I wanted to find out about him, not only as an explorer, but as a husband, father, scientist and academic, and about the lives of those who knew him, in particular, his wife Paquita and his daughters, Pat and Jessica. Fortunately, Mawson was a great hoarder of all kinds of things, from letters to books to scientific specimens, all of which reveal something, either about the kind of person he was or about how he is remembered.”
This is a free event and all are welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square

When: Thursday December 13th, 5.30pm

And don’t forget, this week …
We are very excited about Bob Brown and Paul Thomas‘ forthcoming book, Green Nomads: Wild Places. In celebration of the release, we are very pleased to host an evening with Bob and Paul at the Dechaineaux Theatre. The authors will present a slideshow and an informal talk, and will be available for book signings — and of course the books will be available for sale on the night!

The perfect companion to their previous book together, Green Nomads (which recorded their first 19 000 kilometre journey inland through eastern Australia), Green Nomads: Wild Places continues to remind us how extraordinary and diverse is our natural world.This is a free event and all are welcome.

Where: The Dechaineaux Theatre, Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street Hobart
When: Friday November 30th, at 6pm

We wish you a merry and book-filled festive season, and look forward to seeing you again for more launches, events and literature in 2019!
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