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Senator John McCain on Twitter

John McCain on Twitter
31.07.14 12:45 pm


I highly recommend Richard Flanagan’s “The Narrow Road To The Deep North” - a remarkable book:

Posted by Senator John McCain on Twitter on 30/07/14 at 08:49 AM

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times:

Richard Flanagan lone Aussie on Booker longlist

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Aussie woman travels to 22 countries to go on 75 blind dates ...

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media
31.07.14 12:24 pm

... writes about cultural differences of dating in new travel memoir

22 countries, 81 days, 294 meals and 75 blind-dates – that’s the itinerary for Bambi Smyth’s international search for love in the new travel memoir, Men on the Menu (The Five Mile Press, $32.95, October 2014).

Not having much luck dating Australian men, Bambi decides it’s time to expand her dating horizon, and sets off on an international journey across the globe to 22 countries across 6 continents. In just 81 days she manages to arrange dates with 75 men aged 21-61, including an Italian prince, a Spanish gigolo, a Russian billionaire, and a priest at the Vatican. She even matches up each date with a dish specific to their culture e.g. “Stefano from Italy was a doppio espresso coffee, because he was hot, dark, steamy, and gave me heart palpitations.”

Combining her three greatest passions – food, travel and men, Bambi shares all of her most intimate travel and dating experiences, providing an insight into the cultural differences of dating and ultimately changing her perception of men – and herself – forever. Hilarious, sincere and addictive reading, Men on the Menu is an inspiring travel memoir for anyone looking to take a chance on love.

Melbourne-based author Bambi Smyth spent her first sixteen years being dragged around the world by her naval officer father and caught the bug for adventure, travelling to over 38 countries, and seeking out-of-the-way destinations. Bambi has had a successful career as an illustrator and children’s book author, and recently turned her attention to more adult themes of Travel, Food, and Men. She currently has no husband, or children, but is thinking of adopting a three-legged dog.

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Essays from Near and Far - Northern Launch

29.07.14 5:09 am


Great poet, great man, Tim Thorne, will be launching James Dryburgh’s Essays from Near and Far in the north at Petrarch’s Bookshop, 89 Brisbane Street, Launceston, Friday 1st August at 6pm. ALL WELCOME!

In Essays from Near and Far, James Dryburgh manages to contextualise and illuminate the human condition. From South America to Tasmania his collection of essays reveal the motivations and beliefs of those who struggle against economic, historical and political injustices. He also succeeds in articulating his own soul and the reasons why he is drawn to the subjects explored. A great collection by an author not afraid to immerse himself and, quite literally, get his hands dirty in pursuit of the essential story in the tradition of the finest literary non-fiction.

John Martinkus, Journalist, Author and Academic.

And if for some sad reason you cannot make it, you can make the book magically arrive in your hands for $20 and free postage, simply by clicking HERE:

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The new novel from acclaimed author Robert Hollingworth

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media W:
28.07.14 1:03 pm

Forthcoming novel follows a young boy orphaned after a bushfire, examines divide between nature and culture .

Orphaned after a bushfire, eleven-year-old Shaun must now go to live with his aunt in the city. Here his world of benign nature meets the urban frontline head on. What can city life teach him, what can he offer the many troubled people he meets there?

The new novel from acclaimed author Robert Hollingworth, The Colour of the Night (Hybrid Publishing, October, $24.95), centres on the increasing divide between nature and culture. During this era of great technological advancement, one question looms large: Do we lose anything if we leave the green world behind? This is a story of polarities: the country and the city; nature and culture; the material and the digital; the spirit and the flesh; lost faith and renewed hope. The Colour of the Night is a tale of compelling human insight.

Robert Hollingworth is a successful and talented visual artist as well as a respected writer. Hollingworth’s literary works include his memoir, Nature Boy, and They Called Me the Wildman: The Prison Diary of Henricke Nelsen, which was shortlisted for the SA Premier’s Literary Awards Fiction prize in 2010 and, since 2009, has been included on both the Victorian and NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge List. Robert Hollingworth’s last work of fiction was Smythe’s Theory of Everything.

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Death in a Garden

Christopher Nagle.
28.07.14 3:56 am


Context ...

Softwell is a life restoration company that rebuilds existential capital and social maintenance infrastructure.

One of its founding fathers has fallen foul of the corporate politics that is taking over and remolding its inspirational and charismatic origins.  He is removed in some disgrace, which not only breaks his heart, but his health and will to live.  Death takes him, but in so doing reveals all that life never understood.  And the new leader will beatify his memory….

‘Death in the Afternoon’ is a poem about ideals, virtue, power, memory, betrayal, death and the fallibility of all things, no matter how well intended and organized.

Life is messy.  Succession and change is inevitable.  Death resolves all.  Read on…

How could it come to this

that even crunching slippers

on gravelled path seemed loud

and full of fury


of that last and awful meeting

on floor fifty-two?

He needed the escape

through the welcome unshut portal

to his shed of kinder things

the reassuring smells

of garden scents

paint and solvents

the orderly and predictable rows

of tools to make and mend

in the quiet limpid light

of innocent afternoons

that filtered through the panes

of fly flecked cobwebbed windows

peeling paint

as mute remains of better days.

And yet in the shadows

of this tin room

was something so oppressive

in its silence,

so accusing

in its demeanor,

that he fidgeted

and couldn’t concentrate

except upon a looming dread

a dark and chilling draft

whose icy malice churned his heart.


He could feel the blood swelling

and pulsing round his temples

bringing on a migraine. 

He tried to massage them

then his nose’s bridge

to relieve the eye strain. 

But with eyes closed

there was no darkness

only harsh fluorescent lighting

in the heavy tabled board room

on the floor below his office

where there’s now a meeting

and water there for drinking

to slake the desert dryness

of his mouth now dehydrating

salty silence in the making

and cracking lips a-grinding

on a face that is composing

for a blow.

Read the full poem here, where you will also find the correct formatting ...

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Griffith Review: The Way We Work

Susan Hornbeck
28.07.14 1:12 am


The Way
We Work
Edited by JULIANNE SCHULTZ • Edition 45
PUBLISHED AUGUST 2014 • RRP $27.99 / NZ $35.00
The way we work has changed profoundly in recent
Australians are now near the top of the list of working
hours in developed countries; a substantial and growing
proportion of people work part-time with multiple
employers – not all by choice; unpaid internships are
the normal entry path for young people; women are
no longer forced to resign when they marry or become
pregnant, but the wage gap remains; manufacturing and
agricultural jobs have given way to working in services,
and now those jobs that don’t actually demand hands on
contact are also moving offshore.
Many welcome the flexibility of the new environment.
For others, though, it represents a deepening of risk and
insecurity. The proletariat is giving way to what has been
called the precariat, a new class who lack the stability and
certainty of regular work or predictable social welfare.
Griffith REVIEW 45: The Way We Work explores the
extraordinary structural changes in work caused by
technology, globalisation, economic theory, the collapse
of the unions and an ageing population.
Featuring essays from Ashley Hay, Gideon Haigh, Mandy
Sayer, Rebecca Huntley, Peter Mares, Josephine Rowe
and more, The Way We Work asks: How does work shape
our values, our citizens, cultures and communities? As
our work changes, how will it change us? How does the
blurring of work and leisure through ‘access anywhere’
technology affect our attitudes to work? How are
older Australians going to find consistent and flexible
work (as the government wants them to do) when age
discrimination is rife? Will flexible work help decrease
the gender gap?
M E D I A R E L E A S E • g r i f f i t h re v i ew. c o m
23 JULY 2014
To request a review copy, or to arrange an
interview with one or more of the contributors,
please contact:
Susan Hornbeck
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Australia is not America, where millions struggle
to make ends meet with inadequate jobs and social
support, or one of those European countries where
unemployment rates have reached well into double
digits and remained there for years, or one of the many
countries where work itself may be life threatening.
But even here work is less secure and less predictable,
forcing us to adapt. We exist in professional landscapes
that didn’t exist fifteen years ago, that are still being
altered and transformed today, and that are probably
all but incomprehensible to our parents’ generation.
One thing remains constant though, work is essential
to economic wellbeing and meaning, so getting it
right is important.
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• More and more Australian pensioners are cultivating
and/or selling illegal drugs to top-up their income, and
ensure regular visitors. MANDY SAYER’s father did
it, and she travels from Nimbin to the Gold Coast to
Sydney to meet other pensioners happily selling and
manufacturing drugs.
• Asylum seekers living in the community in Australia
are denied the right to work. PETER MARES argues
that to deny the right to work is to deny a fundamental
source of human dignity with impacts on physical and
mental health. The human and financial costs of such a
policy could be very great indeed.
• Malaysia is home to one of the largest refugee
populations in the Asia–Pacific. Anthropologist
GERHARD HOFFSTAEDTER discovers that much of
the Malaysian economy is facilitated by the influx of
illegal and undocumented workers who toil with little
or no protection. Work for them is an act of survival.
• Filmmaker ANDREW BELK works in the developing
world creating digital campaigns for child welfare. He
explains what resonates with the audience, Australian
Youth, and moves them to act through the lens of a trip
to Ethiopia.
• HAYLEY KATZEN examines the trade of domestic
workers from Hong Kong to Johannesburg and
differing cultural attitudes towards housecleaning and
a home of one’s own.
• LIZ TEMPLE shines new light on the debate of Australia’s
gendered wage gap and lack of females in executive
positions in a witty, thought-provoking and engaging
essay. Her sharp analysis tackles common myths
head on, while also offering well-argued critiques of
proposed solutions such as gender quotas.
• KRISTI MANSFIELD stresses the importance of female
entrepreneurship to Australia, the potential to go global
and the impact women are already making on the local
innovation and tech start-up culture.
• GILLIAN BOURAS, born of pioneer stock, reflects on
the differences between her own attitudes to work and
that of her mother-in-law, born and raised in rural
Greece where unremitting labour was the only way of
guaranteeing food and shelter.
• In a broad-ranging essay, award-winning author
ASHLEY HAY explores the way species adapt or become
extinct, and looks at jobs that have become extinct. She
draws parallels with the insecurity that climate change
provokes and wonders at our ability to adapt to new
professional landscapes.
• GIDEON HAIGH examines the shift from blue collar
to white collar and service sector jobs and asks: How
does work shape our values, our citizens, cultures and
communities? As our work changes, how will it change
The automotive industry did not simply make cars: it made
lives, by helping its workers build families, towns, suburbs and
networks of relations. – Gideon Haigh
• Freelance writer and editor VIRGINIA LLOYD
‘commutes’ from her bedroom in New York to her
clients in Australia via Skype. Despite the promise of
flexibility, she argues, freelance ‘knowledge economy’
workers are a powerless group, as well as a precarious
• DAVID PEETZ explores the history of work in Australia
and argues that we, as a society, face choices that affect
what we do, the way we work, the nature of work, and
who benefits and who suffers from it. Our choices affect
millions of others.
One person’s flexibility is another person’s insecurity. The
mythology of the ‘portfolio’ career, as if somehow workers like
to be shunted from industry to industry over their lifetime,
hides the fact that workers are treated as more disposable than
before. – David Peetz
• Having too much to do in the home and a lack of
flexibility in the workplace are seen as key obstacles
to mothers maintaining fulfilling careers. And yet
REBECCA HUNTLEY discovers that casual ‘flexible’
jobs are slowly forcing women out of the middle class.
• Improved health and longevity means that more
people are looking for something to fill that 20 years
or so beyond what used to be ‘retirement age’. DARRYL
DYMOCK looks at the reasons people return to work
post-retirement, and discovers the very real problem of
age discrimination.
M E D I A R E L E A S E • g r i f f i t h re v i ew. c o m
‘Griffith REVIEW
is a cornucopia
of excellence’
The Australi an
• In a very funny memoir, DMETRI KAKMI recalls
working at the less-than-glamorous Hoyts Cinemas on
Bourke Street, Melbourne in the mid 1980s.
• We rarely consider the wellbeing and experiences of
doctors. Forced into rushed consultations by Medicare
and waiting room economics, LUCY MAYES’ moving
essay looks at the stress that doctors experience by being
unable to take ‘time to care’, leading to burnout and even
• JULIE JAMES BAILEY reflects on the School of Air
near Alice Springs and the unbalanced education of
Aboriginal children in comparison to isolated white
children. She looks at the lack of appropriate literacy
programs in remote and indigenous communities.
• On the eve of another Australian tour, journalist and
music writer CRAIG McGREGOR recalls his up-down
relationship with Bob Dylan since 1966, and argues he is
the greatest songwriter since Homer.
• As snow blankets the Montreal cityscape outside her
window, JOSEPHINE ROWE explores her ongoing battle
with depression.
• With fiction by GREGORY DAY, PADDY O’REILLY,
• With poetry by JUSTIN CLEMENS and JOHN
• Includes a free e-book When We Were Kings examining
the changing face of journalism featuring PHIL BROWN,
• Online essays by TANVEER AHMED, RACHEL
M E D I A R E L E A S E • g r i f f i t h re v i ew. c o m
JULIANNE SCHULTZ AM FAHA is the founding editor of
Griffith REVIEW, the award-winning literary and public
affairs quarterly journal. Professor Schultz Chairs the
Australian Film Television and Radio School, is a member
of Australia Council for the Arts’ Pool of Peers and was
until recently a non-executive director of the boards of the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Grattan Institute.
Julianne is an acclaimed author, and in 2009 became a
Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism
and the community
To request a review copy, or to arrange an
interview with one or more of the contributors,
please contact:
Susan Hornbeck
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23 JULY 2014
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Launched: The Songs of Jesse Adams

Paul Arnott
25.07.14 2:07 pm


Rock singer. Hard drinker, hard ‘player’. Friend of underworld figures, bikies and gays.

This is the image of an ‘Aussie Jesus’ presented to a capacity crowd who attended the launch of a new book that re-imagines the Jesus story in 1960’s Australia last night at Readings Bookshop in Carltom.  A spokesperson from Readings said it was “the biggest crowd they could remember for a book launch at the store”.

‘The Songs of Jesse Adams’ sets the familiar story into the streets of St.Kilda, Fitzroy and other inner city Melbourne settings. King’s Cross, at the height of its Sixties seediness and where the main character keeps a small flat above a tattoo parlour, also features heavily. The ‘Jesus’ figure, Jesse Adams, wades into controversy, destroying churches, invading Parliament and challenging the ANZAC myth in what develops into a pub brawl.

In launching the book, Tim Costello linked the contemporary Jesus figure to the World AIDS Conference currently underway in Melbourne and ongoing controversy about Australia’s handling of refugees.

“We are in danger of losing sight of the concept of human dignity and what it means to value the life of each human being,’ he said to the standing room only event. ‘This sense of dignity was novel back two thousand years ago when ‘the greatest story’ unfolded and comes through loud and clear in the person of Jesse Adams.”

Author Peter McKinnon, a former business executive and now full-time writer, said that the book was about “ what happens when someone says ‘yes’ to you when all the world is saying ‘no’ ... that what you believe changes things and changes you in the process.”

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Transportation Island: The London Project Launch - Darren Lee writes

Transportation islands and cities
24.07.14 6:43 pm


... and so the London launch happened. Organising a spoken word night has always been an item on my “Writer’s Bucket List”, but so jam-packed and frenetic was the event that days later the achievement had barely sunk in.

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Richard Flanagan lone Aussie on Booker longlist

Jason Steger, Literary Editor, The Age
24.07.14 6:49 am


Richard Flanagan is the sole Australian writer on the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, the first time the prize has been open to writers of any nationality.

Flanagan was listed for his acclaimed novel about prisoners of war on the Burma railway, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Flanagan told Fairfax: ‘‘I am delighted to make the longlist in the year the Booker became the great global prize and I fear I will be easy prey for free drinks for the rest of the week at the Hope & Anchor”.

There were four American novels among the 13 comprising the longlist, but the much fancied Donna Tartt was not among them for her Pulitzer Prize-winning The Goldfinch.

And perennial British favourite Ian McEwan was not included for his new novel, The Children Act.

Read the full story here

What The Man Booker Prizes says about Richard Flanagan

The Booker longlist in full:

Joshua Ferris (US) – To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Richard Flanagan (Australia) – The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Karen Joy Fowler (US) – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Siri Hustvedt (US) – The Blazing World

Howard Jacobson (Britain) – J

Paul Kingsnorth (Britain) – The Wake

David Mitchell (Britain) – The Bone Clocks

Neel Mukherjee (Britain) – The Lives of Others

David Nicholls (Britain) – Us

Joseph O’Neill (Ireland) – The Dog

Richard Powers (US) – Orfeo

Ali Smith (Britain) – How to Be Both

Niall Williams (Ireland) – History of the Rain

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Acorn: The Songs of Jesse Adams

Karina Woolrich ACORN PRESS
24.07.14 6:03 am


Acorn Press Limited –
New Book Information

Title:          The Songs of Jesse Adams
Author:        Peter McKinnon
Edition:        1st edition
Formats:      paperback and eBook
Publication date:      24 July 2014

Launch details:

6.30 pm Thursday 24 July 2014
309 Lygon Street
Carlton VIC 3053
RRP:          $29.95 (paperback)
                $12.99 (eBook; will vary depending on retailer)

Acorn website quick link:


Set in the turmoil of social change and political unrest of Australia during the 1960s, The Songs of Jesse Adams traces the meteoric rise of a boy from the bush – a farmer’s son who breaks away to follow his heart, his dreams and his love of music. But, as Jesse travels with his band and the crowds gather, it becomes clear that something else is afoot. This rock singer captivates and transforms a host of fans who hear his songs and encounter his touch.

Lives are changed in unexpected ways and the enigmatic Jesse becomes a symbol of hope and freedom for those on society’s edge. But not all will celebrate the rising tide of influence of this charismatic figure whose words and actions challenge those in power – the media, the politicians, the church. In one tumultuous week this clash of ideals comes to a head – with profound consequences.

Awash in all the protest and collapse of conservative Australia, the colour and madness that was the sixties, The Songs of Jesse Adams is a tale of conflict, betrayal and tragedy, but ultimately the triumph of love.

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The Hobart Bookshop: Bob Brown, James Boyce, August 7

The Hobart Bookshop
22.07.14 4:24 pm


The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the following events.

Join Bob Brown in The Hobart Bookshop from 11.00am on Thursday 7th August.

This is your chance to purchase a copy of the book, have a chat, and have your book signed.

Free event, all welcome.

Former Senator and Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens, Bob Brown is one of Australia’s most thoughtful and recognised public figures.  This book—the first time that Bob has spoken about his life since his retirement from public life in 2012—illustrates why he remains optimistic about the future. Optimism reflects on the simple things, the moments that are meaningful, and the big questions that have concerned Bob Brown. Inspirational, compassionate and outraged, the stories are rich with metaphor, entertaining and full of warmth. This memoir reveals a complex man with a quick wit, a passion for activism and a joy for life.


The Hobart Bookshop and Black Inc. Publishing present the launch, by Jo Flanagan, of James Boyce’s new book, Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World.

5.30pm, Thursday 7th August.

Free event, all welcome.

‘The purpose of this book is not to defend or condemn the Western creation story, but to challenge the assumption that its influence was ended by science and secularism.’ - James Boyce (author of the award-winning Van Diemen’s Land: A History and 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia)

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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ASA Bulletin: Can’t pay or won’t pay?

Australian Society of Authors
18.07.14 7:51 am


The major, commercial writers’ festivals are not always pulling their weight in the vital matter of remuneration to local authors. Participation in festivals is an important form of work for Australian authors, which we know from reports they perform with dedication and skill. Some smaller organisations do their best by local authors, while others are clearly falling behind.

Here are some figures:

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Hobart Bookshop: Pete Hay, Kathryn Lomer

The Hobart Bookshop
17.07.14 6:15 am


Pete Hay presents an event to celebrate the release of his chapbook Girl Reading Lorca.

Pete Hay is the author of two full-length poetry collections, with a third (Physick) currently in press. His work also includes essays and academic writing on topics ranging from island studies to environmental thought. He considers himself ‘fiercely Tasmanian’, and this collection features poems written ‘as a challenge to himself, to find out whether he is still able to write about other parts of the planet’.

When: 5.30pm, Thursday July 17
Where: The Hobart Bookshop
Free event, all welcome.

The Hobart Bookshop and Walleah Press are pleased to invite you to the launch,  by Kathryn Lomer, of John Hale’s new book Ports of Call.

This collection includes fiction, poetry and memoir, demonstrating Hale’s versatility as a writer.

When: 5.30pm for 6pm, Thursday July 24
Where: The Hobart Bookshop
Free event, all welcome.

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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Cam Klose
16.07.14 1:08 pm



Australia’s only environmental themed award for children’s literature has announced the shortlist for the 2014 award.

The Wilderness Society presents the Environment Award for Children’s Literature; this year awarding prizes in two categories; ‘picture book,’ and ‘young reader’.

For the past 20 years, the award has commemorated the very best environmental literature for kids in Australia.

Previous winners of the award include celebrated Australian writers Tim Winton, Colin Thiele, Paul Jennings, Jeannie Baker and Graeme Base.

This year’s judging panel consists of environmental educators, Children’s Book Council of Australia winner Michael Gerard Bauer, and the children’s book illustrator Ben Wood.

The Wilderness Society are pleased to host this award and believe that promoting a love of nature in children is one of the fundamental elements to building a society that respects and protects our unique landscapes.

Lyndon Schneiders, Wilderness Society National Director, said “We have not inherited this earth from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children,” quoting former Australian Environment Minister Moss Cass in 1974.

“That message remains as true today as then. By recognising that the future protection of nature and our wild places rests in the hands of our children, for 20 years the Wilderness Society has sponsored this important award. As a father of two small children, my commitment to the protection of the natural world has only grown.

“The shortlisted books were selected for their ability to capture children’s imagination and inspire them, while encouraging them to treasure and protect Australia’s unique natural environment.”

The eight shortlisted books are as follows:

Young Readers’ Shortlist:
● Girl v the World: Sophie Bennett Saves the Planet by Meredith Badger (Hardie Grant Egmont)
● Bush Baby Rescue: Juliet Nearly a Vet, Book 4 by Rebecca Johnson Illustrated by Kyla may (Penguin Group Australia)
● The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land and other eco-tales by Anne Morgan Illustrated by Gay McKinnon (Interactive Publications)

Picture book shortlist
● Welcome Home by Christina Booth (Ford Street Publishing)
● The Twelve Days of Christmas Island by Teresa Lagrange (Allen & Unwin)
● Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester (Penguin Group Australia)
● The Curious Explorer’s Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals by Marc Martin (Penguin Group Australia)
● Rainforest Lullaby by Sally Odgers Illustrated by Lisa Stewart (Scholastic Press)

The announcement date of the award is yet to be confirmed.

The writers and illustrators of the eight shortlisted books are:

Girl v The World: Sophie Bennett Saves the Planet
by Meredith Badger (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) winner Meredith Badger, who is based in Germany is nominated this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature for Girl v The World: Sophie Bennett Saves the Planet. Badger’s work with the popular Zac Power series has been recognised with a YABBA (Young Australian Best Book Awards) award. Her eponymous character, Sophie Bennett is known for being a bit quirky in school. She loves animals and the environment but sometimes finds it hard being the one who always speaks up. She feels like she’ll never fit in.

Juliet Nearly a Vet by Rebecca Johnson, illustrated by Kyla May (Penguin)
Robina based part time science teacher, Rebecca Johnson’s Juliet nearly a Vet series has captured the hearts of young Australians. Johnson’s past experience as a wildlife carer gives her fiction a sense of realism and extra insight into the behaviour of our native animals. In Bush Baby Rescue a bushfire has struck and more and more baby animals arrive into Juliet’s mum’s clinic. They may be super adorable, but Juliet and her friends find out how much work it is to take care of bush babies. Illustrator Kyla May (WA)  is the creative director of a team of illustrators, writers, designers and producers under the banner Kyla May Productions. Kyla May Productions writes, develops and illustrates children’s books including the original series ‘Kyla May Miss Behaves’ which is currently being developed into a TV series.

The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land & other Eco-Tales by Anne Morgan and Gay McKinnon (Interactive Publications)
Tasmanian author Anne Morgan has a PhD in Writing. She recently teamed up with former geneticist, glass artist children’s book illustrator Gay McKinnon to create The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land & other eco-tales a delightful collection of organically grown eco-tales. Anne has written 8 childrens books and a collection of poetry. She has worked in diverse roles including as a journalist, a public sector administrator and an actor. Gay is a former geneticist, glass artist as well as an illustrator. She has recently illustrated ‘When I was a girl in Sudan’ and ‘When I was a Boy in Sudan,’ published by Anzoa (Joy) Books, an imprint of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre. Both Anne and Gay are based in Tasmania.

Welcome Home by Christina Booth
Christina Booth is a former teacher, landscape architect who currently lives in the bush just outside of Launceston with ducks, fish and a garden with fruit trees. Christina grew up in Launceston and spent most of her school holidays on the beach near St Helens on Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast. Welcome Home is illustrated and written by Booth and tells the story of a young boy and a whale as she swims into the river harbour seeking safety and a resolution to the violent past relationship between whales and man. This prosaic journey, accompanied with soft sketchy watercolour images, reveals how the past can impact our future.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Island by Teresa Lagrange (Allen & Unwin)
United States based graphic designer and illustrator, Teresa Lagrange illustrated and wrote a uniquely Australian version of the much-loved Christmas carol Twelve Days of Christmas. Her beautifully illustrated The Twelve Days of Christmas Island looks at native birds, plants and other wildlife. Christmas Island is home to hundreds of species of birds, native plants and wildlife, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world. This book is a celebration of the unique birds that live on this wild and remote island. Lagrange, who also illustrated this gorgeous book is based in the United States and has 20 years experience as a graphic designer and illustrator. She has worked for the Portland Museum of Art, University of Southern Maine, and University of Connecticut. Her combination of graphic design and illustration skills lead to unique designs utilising bold, bright colours and shapes.

Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester (Penguin)
One of Australia’s most popular childrens authors, Alison Lester is an Australian Children’s Laureate, and her nominated Kissed by the Moon is also on the 2014 CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Award Shortlist. Alison Lester, who lives in the Victorian countryside is adored by generations of children, many of whom are now adults, reading their favourites to their own children. Her books include Noni the Pony, Imagine and Magic Beach. Kissed by the Moon is part poem, part lullaby and it celebrates a baby’s wonder at our beautiful world.

The Curious Explorer’s Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z by Marc Martin (Penguin)
The Curious Explorer’s Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z is a colourful and beautifully illustrated book of amazing creatures. From armadillo to zebras, chameleons to quetzals, these exotic animals will surprise and delight. No curious explorer should be without Marc Martin’s stunning celebration of strange and beautiful creatures from all over the world. Here is a book of wonder, a unique and breathtaking treasure from one of Australia’s most outstanding new talents.

Melbourne based illustrator Marc Martin has worked for The Australian Centre for the Moving Image and The Australian Financial Review.

Rainforest Lullaby by Sally Odgers, illustrated by Lisa Stewart (Scholastic Press)
Rainforest Lullaby is the companion book to the much-loved Bushland Lullaby also written by Sally Odgers who runs a small manuscript assessment business.  Sally was born in Tasmania, where she still lives and published her first book in 1977.

Both books were also illustrated by Queenslander Lisa Stewart,  who considers her job creating illustrations for children’s books to be a dream come true.

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New book provides insider’s account of life in a major teaching hospital,

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media W:
16.07.14 12:50 pm

New book provides insider’s account of life in a major teaching hospital, explores issues and ethics of life and death

What really happens behind the scenes at a hospital? In Riding a Crocodile (UWA Press, $26.99) Melbourne-based Professor & physician Paul Komesaroff AM that provides a fictionalised account into life in a major teaching hospital.

Told through a chilling detective story that explores issues and ethics of life and death with contemporary relevance, Riding a Crocodile follows a professor who becomes aware of disturbing changes taking place in the hospital. A series of suspicious deaths then throws his world into confusion and he has to confront the dangers that close in around him.

Riding a Crocodile is written by Professor Paul Komesaroff AM, a practising physician and philosopher at Monash University. His work is interdisciplinary: spanning clinical medicine, philosophy and ethical theory, clinical ethics and policy development. Paul’s international reputation in health care ethics and his major impact on the field of clinical ethics in Australia recently saw him become a State Finalist for the 2014 Australian of the Year. Riding a Crocodile is his first novel but he has previously published fourteen books, including Experiments in Love and Death, Objectivity, Troubled Bodies, and Pathways to Reconciliation.

Riding a Crocodile is a topical, thrilling and deeply thought-provoking novel.

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Transportation islands and cities: Submissions are open again

Transportation islands and cities
14.07.14 5:47 pm


Transportation islands and cities is a collection of new stories from Tasmania and London that will be published in late 2014.

Submissions are open again*

At the behest of our London team, we have reopened submissions ...

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‘The Skirmish’ - debut combat novel from SA writer Daniel Springham ...

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media
14.07.14 5:38 pm

... set for Sept release ...

The Skirmish (Bounce Books, $19.99) is an action-packed combat fiction from first time author, Daniel Springham. It follows the adventures of four friends who find themselves in the middle of a struggle between a retired Colonel and an elite militant faction, eager to seize the United States Marine Corps biggest arms shipment to date. Their action-packed journey takes them from the heart of Montana, across the Atlantic ocean, to the arid sands of Kirkuk, Iraq, where more than just a weapon snatch-and-grab is playing out… Perfect for book clubs and Father’s Day gift guides, The Skirmish is an action packed debut available in September. This also marks the first trade release for Melbourne-based publisher, Bounce Books.

Adelaide-based Daniel Springham, a qualified aerospace engineer, is now available for interview. The inspiration for the book came after Daniel’s first paintball skirmish, where he wondered about the potential impact if people used real guns.  In his free time Daniel is a motorcycle restorer, jazz drummer, and modern weapons enthusiast. The Skirmish is his first novel.

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The night I met Jimbo, Donzo fell UP the stairs ...

Lindsay Tuffin
11.07.14 9:15 am


Speech for the launch of Essays from Near and Far

I first met this fine young man during a brief social encounter in the Lark Distillery sometime last decade.

I remember it vividly. I was with Donzo ‘The Birdman Knowler’ and – and, as sub-editors on Mercury newspaper - we were sneaking out for a hit of alcohol at supper break, a tradition of journalism which had fallen on hard times.

Hard times because journalism was becoming so debased that ancient traditions of oiling the profession with ale midway through a shift had become frowned upon; smart young incomers and older up-greasy-pole execs frowned upon beer breath and post-supper-break bravado (which often produced the very best headlines); so much so heaven forbid, that the Mercury workplace was, basically, dry; memos flowing from the MD and the Smart New Editor pronouncing that anyone caught with grog would be disciplined.

(I have to confess at this point to a terrible misdemeanour. In the Smart New Editor’s office frig lay a divine Tassie Riesling. It had been there for months (I know because i occasionally snuck a look). One night, parched, with other post-shift carousers, we re-entered Mercury in search of post-closing time grog. I recalled the wondrous Riesling in the Smart New Editor’s frig.

I thought to myself. Mmm a taste would be nice. It was divine and within seconds it had vanished. What to do? Well, obvious, fill it up with water, put the stellan screwcap back on and place it back in the frig, where true to form it would hopefully go unnoticed .... and it did!

I digress. I will be talking solely about James very shortly, honest!

Once, long ago, newspaper offices were not dry and parched.

Once, two decades ago, supper break – at 9.15pm on the dot – was heralded with the Bong.

Not the bong of youth (and one has to confess occasional later age) but the Bong, Bong, Bong.

Let me explain.

The Bong Bong Bong was issued in thunderous tones on the dot of 9.15pm by the gigantic part-Maori Rocky, an intelligent and creative sub from New Zealand, now long dead ... and greatly missed, as you miss all rich characters.

A little about Rocky ... Rocky was very good at his job. But, what one would term, a character ... and journalism used to be full of them. He was memorable for all sorts of reasons; not least for his institution of the bellowed 9.15pm Bong, Bong, Bong. Such was his love of beer that on Sunday nights – with the pubs closed – he would bring in his van in which he had installed a frig; invited guests would sit in the van in the Hobart City Council carpark and drink ale while listening on Rocky’s stereo to his selection of old gospel music ... it was after-all Sunday ...

Honestly I’ll get to James and his wonderful book, very shortly. Bear with me just a little longer.

Rocky’s Bong Bong Bong preceded a poetry reading from the classics by either me or journalism’s only Honours Graduate in Medieval German Literature Peter Hercus.

Then it was the Hope and Anchor, Maloneys/Montgomerys, The Red Lion (where once the much-loved Guy Parsons threw my book of verse by Gerard Manley Hopkins, brought in for supper-break readings, onto the roaring log fire).

Back to the Lark and the evening I met James. Donzo and I snuck out and installed ourselves in Lark for a quick Moo Brew. And who should I see but friend Paul with a tall young man with a smiling open face. Paul introduced James to Donzo and I ... we aled and chattered and James told me that in his life in Spain and Scotland (from where he had recently returned after several years away) he had become an avid reader, and contributor to, a little website I had started a few years before, Tassie Times.

Thus began our rich association.

But before more about that ... there is another reason the evening was memorable. Such was the richness of the conversation with Paul and James that Donzo and I ran overtime on supper break. There would be much frowning from our Masters on return.

In our haste to resume duty, we scrambled with some speed up the Lark steps; there was an almighty crash and the Donzo lay in a crumpled heap at the bottom of those three or four steps in the middle of Lark.

Never in my life have I seen a man fall up the stairs; I have seen many men – and the occasional woman – fall down the stairs. Donzo fortunately was uninjured and a little flushed we were able, successfully, to resume our shift. There were severe executive frowns ...

Let’s talk solely now about James:

James Dryburgh was born in Scotland in 1981 and moved to Tasmania in 1987. Since 2001, he has lived, worked and studied in Scotland, Spain, Tasmania and Latin America. He now lives in Hobart with his wife Anna and son Santiago.

I said to the Jimbo when he asked me to launch his book ... that I was not the best man to do this; I warned him that I would go off-topic and ramble narcissistically.

The best man to launch this book, I said to James, is Pete Hay, poet and academic.

So as punishment to James for choosing the wrong man I shall quote at length poet and academic, dear Mr Hay, because he best summarises this superb collection of writing,  in his Foreword to this book.

By the way, I am very familiar with much in this book ... as much has first run on over the years ...

In his forward to this wonderful book – dontcha love the cover - Pete writes:

“We live in cruel times, times in which rapacity is configured as a virtue, when endless, anything-goes personal accumulation is valorised, deemed the supreme goal of human endeavour. Greed is good. Compassion is passé. A refuge, this latter, for the weak of mind and the emotionally soft who can’t make it in the ruthless cut and thrust of the roaring market. A value for losers.

The hard-heartedness of our times manifests in contempt for appeals to social and environmental justice. ‘Fairness’, ‘dignity’, ‘sustainability’ are arcane words belonging to a time
past. An abstract economic engine is all that matters now; development uber alles, along with massive private wealth accrual for the small few in whose interest this works, and that is anything but abstract. The most prominent enthusiast of the ascendant hard-heartedness is the Liberal Party of Australia, and we have decisively elected it all over the country. Our new Liberal governments are led by men who feel little need to soften the expression of their shrivelled-up moral code in what they say and what they do.

I live in Australia’s small island state, a land of soaring natural beauty and wonderful knockabout people – yet it is mired within one of the most poisonous political cultures in the ‘democratic’ world. Its public realm is impoverished, its organs of cultural expression marginalised and declining, its mainstream media outlets (with one or two embattled individual exceptions) compliant, complacent, unreflective and unimaginative. The space for critique, for disinterested analysis, for negative feedback – the definitive qualities of democracy its very self – melts away, maintained only by a few people who stoutly insist that these things matter, but whose exclusion from the island’s closely policed avenues of influence renders them mere voices in the wilderness. Sometimes literally.

This is the context in which James Dryburgh lives, works and writes. The results are collected here. They amount to a visceral reminder that justice matters – that, indeed, it is
through our empathetic mergence in the stream of life, human and non-human, that our own species being is realised.

We should all read this book. To do so is to encounter a prose of power and a fearless critical intelligence. This book is what the beautiful island’s incongruously deformed public life so desperately needs. I wish it a deep and fruitful absorption into the hearts and minds of my island’s folk.”

I want to talk, briefly, about an essay which really moved me ... The Nature of Death, about the tragic early death of James’ friend Leon, while kayaking a river in California,

As i read this I remembered a Pink Floyd Song from so long ago: Shine On, You Crazy Diamond, about a loved early inspirational member of the Floyd, Syd Barratt:

The Lyric in my humble opinion is partly about Leon:

“Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.


You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.”

I think James’ summation of his own grief at the death of Leon is beautiful, and powerful:

“Nature is all about life. The very word comes from the Latin <i>nasci (to be born). Yet almost instantly, Leon’s death stirred in me sleeping notions of the natural world. A few long weeks after he disappeared underwater, the river still hadn’t given up his body. I was ill with grief. In the north of Peru - exiled from the solidarity of communal mourning – these words dripped into my diary:

It has been a strange and difficult few weeks dealing with the loss of my oldest friend Leon from afar. We’ve lost a special one, to a river, to nature. Fragile and pensive we made it to Peru, thankful for the warm welcome the country had given us. Another grieving friend, who watched Leon disappear, recommended I seek solace in the natural world. The following night I awoke from a dream in which I was writing the words: ‘Take time to sit with Mother Nature. Let her embrace you, converse with her. Let her family of millions surround you.’

“Many of the greatest times shared were in the midst of the natural world – hiking, mountain-biking, jumping off cliffs into the ocean – so it seemed fitting that my memories of Leon should arrive framed by natural scenes. But it was more than this. Like forest reclaiming a ruined village, my mind had been captured and entangled by nature.

“Then I wondered if, drifting about the Andes, the spirit of Pachamama was influencing me and that perhaps it was really something more specifically human going on. Maybe death and subsequent grief strips us of all we’ve created, all the clothes of progress, and returns us to our most fundamental – an intelligent animal in the wild. Jolted by the raw power of humanity, was it nothing more than a sharp reminder of the complexities of thought and feeling that make us human?”

... ‘within the natural world we find a reality less contaminated, manipulated, deluded – as pure as sadness or joy. Perhaps it is when we converse with nature that our memories are most able to awaken and return to the heart. Memory alive in leaf, stone and water – our story flowing like the river, shaping and shaped by all it touches’.”</i>

James ...

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The Hobart Bookshop: James Dryburgh’s Essays from Near and Far

The Hobart Bookshop. First pub: June 26
10.07.14 9:20 am


The Hobart Bookshop and Walleah Press invite you to the launch, by Lindsay Tuffin, of James Dryburgh’s Essays from Near and Far.

The collection includes a foreword by Pete Hay and artwork by Dane Chisholm.

‘Essays on the fullness of life from a writer who faces its wonder and pain with open eyes, a listening heart and a skilful pen. James Dryburgh’s raw honesty, keen mind and earthy compassion mean that his every journey, whether it be near or far, becomes a gift to us all.’
- James Boyce, author of Van Diemen’s Land

‘In Essays from Near and Far, James Dryburgh manages to contextualise and illuminate the human condition. From South America to Tasmania his collection of essays reveal the motivations and beliefs of those who struggle against economic, historical and political injustices. He also succeeds in articulating his own soul and the reasons why he is drawn to the subjects explored. A great collection by an author not afraid to immerse himself and, quite literally, get his hands dirty in pursuit of the essential story in the tradition of the finest literary non-fiction.’
John Martinkus, Journalist, Author and Academic

When: Thursday July 10, 5:30pm (for 6pm)
Where: The Hobart Bookshop

Free event, all welcome.

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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• Listen to an interview by Ryk Goddard with James Dryburgh on ABC local radio:

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Beyond Contempt

Peter Jukes
10.07.14 8:26 am


THE INSIDE STORY of the Phone Hacking Trial

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TWC Bulletin: Presenting your work to an audience with Lian Tanner

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
08.07.14 3:31 pm


A crucial part of being an author is presenting your work to a live audience. Many people find this daunting. But whether you are reading aloud in the pub, pitching a story to a panel of publishers, or entertaining a hall full of school children, there are skills and strategies that will make the whole thing easier and more effective. Come along and learn how to do your written work justice.

Lian is a children’s author and playwright. Her children’s series The Keepers has sold to great acclaim throughout the world. She has worked as a teacher, a tourist bus driver, a freelance journalist, a juggler, a community arts worker, an editor and a professional actor.

<b>Sunday 13 July, 10am - 4pm
Venue: Meeting Room, Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart


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Flash Fiction - stories you can read in a matter of minutes! Angela Meyer workshop

Kylie Eastley, Tasmanian Writers' Centre
07.07.14 1:53 pm


Acclaimed author, Angela Meyer, is coming to Tasmania in July to celebrate the short, the sharp and the edgy.

Drawing on her recently published collection of flash fiction, Captives, Angela will ask her students to delight in brevity, and to experiment with notions of character, conflict and resolution, and evocation of place and mood, in just a few words.

Angela explains that, “the form has been around for a long time, and is usually less than 1000 words. Kafka, Woolf and Hemingway all have stories that can be read in a matter of minutes.”

Angela describes herself as a Melburnian, a reader, writer, editor, whisky-drinker, Bowie nut, movie-lover, vintage fan, absurdist and aesthete.  Her recent workshop at the Sydney Writers’ Festival sold out and her popularity is bound to attract attention for seasoned and emerging Tasmanian writers.

Brought to Tasmania through the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre for the Tours program, Angela will be teaching in Launceston and Hobart in mid July.

As an editor and literary journalist, Angela is published in: The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Wet Ink, Seizure and The Australian. Her books include: Captives (Inkerman & Blunt) and The Great Unknown (as editor, Spineless Wonders). She has recently completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts through the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney and her blog: comments on books and writing.

Angela will be delivering day workshops in Launceston and Hobart on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July.

To participate in the workshops please contact Marion Stoneman on 6224 0029 or 0418 538 771 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World

Imogen Kandel, Black Inc Books
07.07.14 1:30 pm


Born Bad
Original Sin and the Making of the Western World
James Boyce

A grand history of ideas in the tradition of Alain de Botton’s Religion for
Atheists and Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews.

“The purpose of this book is not to defend or condemn the Western creation story,
but to challenge the assumption that its influence was ended by science and
secularism.” – James Boyce, Born Bad

How much of an influence does original sin have on our every-day lives?

Acclaimed author and historian James Boyce traces the origins and endurance
of original sin - from Adam and Eve, St Augustine and Martin Luther to Adam
Smith, Sigmund Freud and Richard Dawkins.

Original sin is based on the premise that humans are ‘born bad’ and only God’s
grace can bring salvation. Although Christianity is on the wane, Boyce explores
how these religious ideas of morality still underpin our modern society. Even in
these secular times, the creation story still grips our imaginations. If today the
specific doctrine has all but disappeared (even from the churches), what remains
is the distinctive discontent of Western people – the feelings of guilt and
inadequacy associated not with doing wrong, but with being wrong.

Not simply a book on religion, Born Bad is an analysis of western culture, the
modern human condition and our continuous search for the one thing that will
save us from ourselves.


James Boyce is the multi award-winning author of the
bestsellers 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the
Conquest of Australia (2011) and Van Diemen’s Land: A
History (2008). He has a PhD from the University of
Tasmania, where he is an honorary research associate of the
School of Geography and Environmental Studies.

ISBN: 978-1-86395-676-5 • RRP $34.99
August 2014 Release • 256 pages

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One Shot Kills

Sharon Evans, Big Sky Publishing - Marketing & Communications,
07.07.14 6:12 am


One Shot Kills reveals the secretive, complex and often impenetrable world of the military sniper where ‘one-shot kills’ are the key objective.

“Following World War II and Korea,  like their WW I counterparts, few snipers wanted to write about their terrible experiences, remembering in those days, sniping was regarded by even fellow soldiers as unsporting” or ... even worse “almost criminal”.  Attitudes have changed over time, and nowadays that perception has changed, and snipers are now rightly regarded as “force multipliers” who actually reduce the rate of casualties.”

Authors Glenn Wahlert and Russell Linwood’s new book One Shot Kills, A History of Australian Army Sniping (Big Sky Publishing, RRP $19.99) relates true stories from actual snipers who reached the peak of their profession in a deadly art. In an age of precision weapons and unmanned drones, this book is about professional soldiers who can clearly see the men they are about to kill, and witness, first-hand, the consequences of their actions. 

One sniper, discussing his most recent operational experience, observed, “It’s strange what went through my mind while viewing him [the enemy soldier] through my sight. I was very calm, you have to deliberately slow your breathing and your training sort of takes over … and I could see a slight greying at his temples. I thought that he never has to worry about going grey anymore.”

Including interviews from snipers in the Second World War, Korea, Vietnam and more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan this book is for many soldiers the first time their stories have been told.  The authors hope that this a collection of true stories melded with a wealth of research, will not only generate interest but also provide those men who have experience in this field to have the sense of being valued, and perhaps even come forward to tell their own story.

As Wahlert states, “When we were interviewing veteran snipers from past wars, we found these men were so appreciative that someone was interested in their stories after so many years. Most had rarely spoken of their Army experiences, their skills in battle, the risks they had taken, all hidden away from friends and family.”

It has been a long road from the South African veldt where the Australian soldier first encountered the sniper, to the modern battlefield of Afghanistan where today’s Army sniper has shown himself to be among the best trained in the world.

One Shot Kills is the second book in the Australian Army Combat Support Series - AAHU

About the Authors

Lieutenant Colonel Wahlert is a qualified Army marksman and the author of several books and journal articles on topics ranging from military history to high-technology crime.

Lieutenant Colonel Russell Linwood, ASM, a qualified Army marksman and sniper, is a graduate of the Royal Military College and an infantry officer with over forty-years’ experience. As an Officer Instructor at the Australian Army’s Infantry Centre during 1976-77,he was instrumental in resurrecting formal sniper training for the Australian Army after a gap of four decades.

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TWC Bulletin: Winning Pillow Talk Poems unveiled

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
30.06.14 5:29 pm


Join celebrated poet, Gina Mercer, the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and the Festival of Voices in unveiling the five winning PILLOW TALK poems, inspired by the theme, Sweet Voices, Sweet Dreams.  Hear the poems read by the winning poets, enjoy some homemade gluhwein and relax to the music of Ralph Forehead. This is a Festival of Voices event in partnership with the Tasmanian Writers Centre.

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Birds are singing as Evie Wyld wins the Miles Franklin

Jason Steger, Literary Editor, The Age
27.06.14 10:44 am


They say good things come in threes and for London-based Australian writer Evie Wyld that certainly seems to be the case.

On Thursday night she topped off a remarkable few days when she won the Miles Franklin, Australia’s most significant literary prize, worth $60,000 and a fillip to sales here and overseas.

Wyld, whose writing has been likened to a cross between novelists Nicola Barker and Christos Tsiolkas, will be able to keep a track on some of those sales as she runs an independent bookshop in south-east London.

The other writers shortlisted for the Miles were four-times winner Tim Winton (Eyrie), former winner Alexis Wright (The Swan Book), punters’ favourite Richard Flanagan (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), second novelist Cory Taylor (My Beautiful Enemy), and debut novelist Fiona McFarlane (The Night Guest).

All the Birds, Singing has parallel stories set in different times with each chapter alternating between Britain and Australia. The main character, Jake Whyte, is a woman running a farm on a bleak island off the English coast. But something or someone is killing her sheep.

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William Cuffay’s Enduring Gift

Charlotte Crow, History Today
25.06.14 11:10 pm


The only surviving possession known to have belonged to the black Chartist leader, William Cuffay, has been acquired by the Labour History Archive and Study Centre at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. Romantic both in gesture and content, it is a volume of poems by Lord Byron given to Cuffay, the son of a former slave, by his Chartist comrades following his transportation to Hobart, Tasmania, in 1849.

After the famous Kennington rally in April 1848, the Chartists’ third petition demanding improved conditions for the working classes was rejected by Parliament. That August Cuffay and 11 other London activists were arrested and charged with sedition and for ‘levying war’ against the government. At the Old Bailey the 60-year-old tailor, who had supported - though not instigated - the planned uprising demanded ‘a fair trial by a jury of my peers in accord with Magna Carta’. On hearing his sentence to life in the antipodean penal colony he commented: ‘The press has strongly excited the middle class against me; therefore I did not expect anything else except the verdict of guilty, right or wrong’.

The voyage to Tasmania took 103 days and Cuffay arrived on November 29th 1849. During this time his friends in London sent the book to him. Its inscription reads:

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The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre has had a very busy time

Chris Gallagher, Director Tasmanian Writers’ Centre
25.06.14 1:08 pm


Welcome to This Writing Month, with news about our upcoming events and book launches and other writing-related events around the state during the rest of June and July.

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Acorn Press Winter Catalogue

Karina Woolrich ACORN PRESS
24.06.14 9:26 am

Acorn Press Winter Catalogue

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