Hobart Bookshop, Tuesday September 27, 5.30pm: Municipal Magnificence

Hobart Bookshop
25.09.16 1:37 pm


Book Launch: Municipal Magnificence

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Tuesday September 27th

We are delighted to host the launch of the new book Municipal Magnificence, by Peter Freeman with Brendan Lennard and Kathryn Evans.

The book is published by the Hobart City Council and is filled with rich historical information, photographs, illustrations, maps, and details celebrating the Hobart Town Hall.

The completion of the Hobart Town Hall in 1866 marked a significant achievement for the newly established City Council. The building represented a proud landmark in the life of the fledgling Council, housing the council chambers, public library, police offices and courtroom together with other important municipal functions. The new edifice also provided a much needed home for broader community activities and events. The sesquicentenary of the completion of the Town Hall provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge the progress and achievements of the past one hundred and fifty years. The anniversary also allows us to honour the contributions made by so many people over the years to our beautiful city. This publication proudly documents the rich and varied history of the Town Hall and its place in the life of the City of Hobart. This book celebrates the ‘home’ of municipal government in Tasmania’s capital city and commemorates its significant role in community and municipal activities over the years.

Peter Freeman is an architect, historian and illustrator, based on the south coast of NSW, who has always had close family links with Tasmania. Peter has been the author / compiler / illustrator of fourteen publications about architectural history and conservation, local history and biography, and was shortlisted in 2014 for the NSW Premier’s History Award for his publication The Wallpapered Manse. His most recent publication was an illustrated history of Domain House in the Queens Domain.

Brendan Lennard is the City of Hobart’s senior cultural heritage officer. He has a particular interest in the musical heritage of the Town Hall and its grand concert organ. He was a member of the Hobart Choral and Philharmonic Society in the 1970s and has attended hundreds of Town Hall concerts and recitals over the years.

Dr Kathryn Evans is a Hobart based historian with a special interest in researching and documenting Tasmania’s historic heritage and the stories connected with that heritage. She has been involved in a wide range of research and interpretative projects, publications and displays on significant Tasmanian historic sites and buildings.

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Mann-aging Flying

Paula Xiberras
20.09.16 6:11 am


I recently spoke to Vanessa Mann author of ‘Junior Flyer logbook’, Vanessa and her family are frequent flyers to the mainland (Vanessa’s original home until she met a Hobart boy!) for business and to visit family.

Vanessa was frustrated that there wasn’t a resource available for her children, who have already made trips to Japan and Vanuatu, to gain the most from their flying experience.  Seeing a need in the market for a travel diary, the ‘Junior Flyer logbook’ was born. It also aims to inform children with a little aeronautical history, some fun facts and encourage them to record the details of their trip so they can look back with appreciation in the future and continue their love of travel.

The log book encourages young flyers to record their seat number, the reason for travel, where they are headed and most perhaps most importantly and exciting for youngsters the movies they saw and meal(s) they ate.

There’s also information essential for all future pilots, a labelled diagram of parts of a plane, an amazing altitude chart for kids to be in awe over and interesting trivia on how air traffic controllers can tell the difference between planes from Hobart in Australia and Hobart in Oklahoma.

There are a plethora of air travel related facts to quiz fellow junior travellers over such as the fact that the highest airport in the world is in Tibet, while Don Muang airport in Thailand has a golf course between landing strips, that the Queen does not possess a passport and most interesting Australians can learn to fly at age fifteen even though they can’t drive a car for a year or more later!

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Tasmanian Writers’ Centre: From the page to the stage this month ...

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Black Inc and Nero: December New Releases

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Radio host and funnyman Andy Lee releases his debut children’s picture book

Andy Lee
07.09.16 6:55 pm

Radio icon and all round funnyman, Andy Lee, has released his first children’s picture book, Do Not Open This Book (Lake Press $19.95). Written as a surprise for his sister and her husband to celebrate the 1st birthday of their son, George, the book was originally meant to only have one copy printed.

Featuring superb illustrations from Heath McKenzie, Do Not Open This Book is a hilarious read that follows the story of a character who asks the reader not to turn the page… or something terrible will happen. This guy will do anything for readers not to open this book - threats, bribes, reverse psychology – you name it! Young readers will love doing everything they’re asked not to, as McKenzie’s illustrations keep the fun going.

Published by Lake Press, Do Not Open This Book is now available at all good book stores and online retailers.

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New book shares the stories of shipwreck survivors and convict escapees

Scott Eathorne.Quikmark Media
05.09.16 4:31 pm

New book shares the stories of shipwreck survivors and convict escapees who were taken in by Indigenous communities

Between the 1790’s to the 1870’s, many shipwreck survivors and convict escapees managed to survive after being taken in by Australia’s Indigenous communities.  In the forthcoming book, Living with the Locals (NLA Publishing $44.99, 1 November 2016), co-authors John Maynard and Victoria Hoskins share the compelling true stories of thirteen men, women and children who were taken in by the Indigenous people of the Torres Strait islands and eastern Australia, and lived in their communities for up to 30 years.

Many were given Indigenous names and assimilated into an Indigenous way of life—several marrying and learning the language—and, for the most part, both mourned the white people’s return to European life, with many whites standing up for Indigenous mistreatment, and advocating for conciliation and land rights. The book covers well-known stories, such as convict William Buckley, and shipwreck survivor Eliza Fraser, and also the lesser known, such as convict escapees James Davis and David Bracefell, shipwreck survivor Barbara Thompson and marooned French cabin boy Narcisse Pelletier. Readers gain an insight into life in Indigenous communities—the burial rituals, food gathering and hunting techniques, retributive justice, law and punishment, marriage practice, body decorations and beliefs and worship.

With the events relayed from an Aboriginal point of view, Living with the Locals provides a fascinating insight into the early encounters between Indigenous people and the white people who became part of their families.

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Black Inc. Nero: September new releases

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02.09.16 2:30 pm


Here are the September new releases from Black Inc. and Nero. Click on each book cover below for more information.

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Nauru files ‘an extraordinary trove of short stories’, says Richard Flanagan

Lucy Clark, Guardian
02.09.16 6:43 am

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The Man Booker prize-winning author Richard Flanagan has called the Nauru files “an extraordinary trove of anonymous short stories” that will continue to be read long after his own work.

In a powerful and provocative keynote address delivered at the Melbourne writers festival, Flanagan said he had planned to speak about writers such as Márquez, Baldwin, Carver, Chekhov, Kafka, Tolstoy and Conrad – but then he read the Nauru files.

“It was the most moving Australian writing I had read for some time,” he said. “This writing has woken me from a slumber too long. It has panicked me. The stories are very short, what might be called in another context flash fiction. Except they are true stories.

“I suspect they will continue to be read in coming decades and even centuries when the works of myself and my colleagues are long forgotten.

“And when people read these stories – so admirable in their brevity, so controlled in their emotion, so artful in their artlessness; their use, for example, of the term NAME REDACTED instead of a character’s actual name to better show what is happening to a stranger is not an individual act, but a universal crime.”

In his speech, titled Does Writing Matter?, he said readers of the future would be led to question what sort of people were the Australians of our time. He then read out nine of the 2,116 incident reports that make up the Nauru files.

The reports he read included allegations of asylum seekers detained on Nauru attempting suicide by drinking bleach and insect repellent, of sexual harassment, rape, assault, and the sexual abuse of children.

The final report he read was about a young woman sewing her lips together and guards laughing at her.

Flanagan continued: “Everything has been done to dehumanise asylum seekers. Their names and their stories are kept from us. They live in a zoo of cruelty. Their lives are stripped of meaning. And they confront this tyranny – our Australian tyranny – with the only thing not taken from them, their bodies. In their meaningless world, in acts seemingly futile and doomed, they assert the fact that their lives still have meaning.

“In the last year what Australian writer has written as eloquently of what Australia has become as asylum seekers have with petrol and flame, with needle and thread? What Australian writer has so clearly exposed the truth of who we are?”

Flanagan, who won the Booker in 2014 for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, said a “nation-sized spit hood” was being pulled over Australians and that there was only one real explanation of why the Australian government did what it did: because it could.

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New fiction book highlights the importance and universal nature of family and culture

Kay Bell
30.08.16 1:42 pm


Ella’s Secret Family Recipes RRP$25.00

Synopsis: A recipe book is an odd thing to give to someone who doesn’t cook, so when blogger and aspiring novelist, Kat Bower, is bequeathed a book of secret family recipes by her recently deceased mother, she is puzzled. It turns out that the book brings her more than she could have imagined. Along with the recipes, Kat discovers and learns about the lives of the remarkable women who contributed to it – stories that transcend centuries, cultures and countries.

Written by Kay Bell (The Lornesleigh Legacy), Ella’s Secret Family Recipes is a delicious read that highlights the importance and universal nature of family and culture.

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Town Hall, 6pm, September 6: Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens by Robert Forster

Adam Ousten, Fullers Bookshop. Firt published August 24
30.08.16 4:28 am


Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens by Robert Forster Book Launch and In-Conversation with Tim Cox at Hobart Town Hall, 6pm Tuesday September 6

Robert Forster met Grant McLennan at the University of Queensland in the mid-1970s; two undergrads with a shared passion for music, film, poetry and pop-culture. Soon they formed The Go-Betweens whose bohemian pop music full of literary allusions and local references stood out amidst the exploding local punk rock scene.

‘The truest and strangest poet of our generation’ Nick Cave

Over the next decade, and with the addition of other members, they recorded nine studio albums and toured the world, playing alongside bands such as The Birthday Party, Orange Juice, The Triffids, The Smiths and REM. By the time these two ambitious but rock-star-wrecked handsome men sacked their own band in 1989, their unique contribution to the Australian music scene had sparked comparisons with Lennon/McCartney and delivered songs that have gone on to become part of our cultural musical lexicon: ‘Cattle and Cane’, ‘Spring Rain’, and ‘Streets of Your Town’.

Thirty years after they first met, and ten years after Grant’s tragic passing, Robert Forster has written a deeply personal reflection on his life-long friendship and collaboration with Grant McLennan; covering the background stories to some of their most well-known songs; adventures in London, Glasgow, Europe, the US – and Brisbane; and dealing for the first time with the devastating personal consequences of their band’s break-up.

Tickets on sale at Fullers Bookshop:

1 x ticket: $20
1 x ticket + 1 x book: $49.95
(Grant & I RRP: $35)

Robert will be in conversation with Tim Cox and playing songs at Hobart Town Hall, Tuesday September 6, 6pm. Tickets from Fullers Bookshop

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Miles Franklin Award won by debut novel about a big Australian challenge

Stephen A. Russell The New Daily
28.08.16 10:17 am

Pic: AS Patric byTransit Lounge

Brutal and yet beautiful. Readings’ St Kilda bookseller A.S Patric’s haunting debut novel Black Rock White City scooped Australia’s premier literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award, at Friday’s opening of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

A haunting evocation of the lives left behind by new arrivals to Australia when civil war shatters their home country, Black Rock White City is a strange and unusual novel that grapples with the major moral dilemma of our time: the refugee crisis. It mesmerises with its emotional complexity and then leaves you bereft once the final page is turned.

Set in Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs, Jovan and Suzana’s marriage is collapsing, haunted by their sacrifices as Serbian refugees, including the loss of their young children in a war-torn tragedy that hangs heavy over all.

While their lives are a mess, she cleans house and he cleans the local hospital.

But strange things are afoot as the mysterious Dr Graffito leaves a macabre message scrawled on the hospital walls that Jovan, once a poet, must scour from existence.

Black Rock White City is much harder to remove from your mind. Rich with complicated characters, it’s a tale of heartfelt family drama, of class, of multiculturalism and also a dark and twisted thriller of sorts.

Patric’s poetic manipulation of language sings, deftly switching from a melancholic beauty found in all the small things, to horror and back again in a heartbeat. Christos Tsiolkas, author of Barracuda and The Slap, dubs it, “bold, mature and compassionate,” on the cover, and it’s well deserved praise …

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Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize: Winner Announced ...

Stephanie Eslake Marketing and Communications Tasmanian Writers Centre
27.08.16 2:00 pm


The Tasmanian Writers Centre, Wildcare Inc and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service are delighted to announce the winner of the Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize 2016.

Harriet Riley from New York receives first place with her essay Endlings: On Love and Extinction.

The writer and climate specialist will be awarded $5000 and will have her story published in Island. She journeys to the Southern Hemisphere this month to take part in award readings at the Freycinet Centenary Festival (AUGUST 26-28), and will then undertake a two-week residency at Mount Field National Park.

The judges for this award are environmental poet and academic Pete Hay, and former Island poetry editor and poet Sarah Day. Sarah will read from her work along with the winner and two of the runners-up and Peter Grant at a special reading session at the festival. 

“This has been an exceptional and enjoyable award to judge because of the extraordinarily high standard of its entries,” Sarah Day said.

“It has been a privilege to be in the good company of those who relate to their defined parts of the world with such eloquence and affection, knowledge and regard.”

Runners-up in the Nature Writing Prize include Sue Castrique from New South Wales, Tasmanian writer Nicole Gill, and Queensland writer Raoul Slater. With an exceptional standard of storytelling, the judges chose to cite a longlist, in which fellow Tasmanian writer Michael Blake is also featured. Read the full list below.

The Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize aims to use the written word to send an important message about the value of our natural environment, and has been offered biannually since 2002 by Tasmania’s largest environmental volunteer organisation Wildcare Inc.

The Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize winners are:

Endlings: On Love and Extinction by Harriet Riley (NY, USA)

1. On the Edge of Gumbramorra Swamp by Sue Castrique (NSW)
2. Selling the Farm by Nicole Gill (Tas)
3. Measuring Love on the Bathroom Scales by Raoul Slater (Qld)

•    Geography of the Self by Catherine Mauk (ACT)
•    A Failure of Gods by Daniel Fallon (Qld)
•    Firecracker on Fins by Eibhlín Scanlon (WA)
•    The Hill by Michael Blake (Tas)
•    The Man and the Mountain by Alison Thompson (NSW)
•    The Mushroom Orchard by Raoul Slater (Qld)
•    Citizen Science in the Earth-breathing Zones by Tracy Fantin (Qld)

Harriet Riley is active in sharing her voice as a climate specialist and has an impressive background in international relations and climate change. She has worked with not-for-profits including the United Nations and Oxfam, was a consultant for an Emmy award-winning series about climate change (Years of Living Dangerously), and has appeared as a guest speaker at Kofi Annan’s Global Humanitarian Forum and the Australian National Science Festival.

Harriet’s writing history is equally remarkable, and with a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University she has been published in The Australian, The Guardian, and The Diplomat. Harriet is currently working on a TV crime drama, which is under production across the United States and Scandinavia.

The Tasmanian Writers Centre gives its heartfelt thanks to the following for their involvement in the prize:

•    Wildcare Tasmania and its co-chair Andrew Smith
•    Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service
•    Peter Grant and Sam Cuff
•    The Freycinet Experience Walk, Joan Masterman
•    In Graphic Detail designer Julie Hawkins
•    Island magazine
•    Final Judges Sarah Day and Pete Hay
•    All writers who participated in the prize

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Beautiful Failures review: Lucy Clark’s look at problems in our education system

Fairfax, Review by Anne Susskind
25.08.16 2:00 pm


… Clark’s heartfelt plea – “Abolish private schools, get rid of selective schools, stop streaming and segregating gifted and talented kids. Tolerance, compassion, equality, ethical thinking are the things to shoot for, also inclusivity, mostly inclusivity” …

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Moonah Arts Centre: Hidden Stories

Ruth Dawkins, Tasmanian Writers' Centre. First published August 11
23.08.16 12:53 pm


To coincide with Indigenous Literacy Day 2016, which takes place on 7th September, The Tasmanian Writers Centre is working with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and the Tasmanian branch of Children’s Book Council of Australia to run two days of events at Moonah Arts Centre titled Hidden Stories.

An evening event will take place on Wednesday 7th September from 6pm – 8.30pm with the theme of “Broadening the conversation”. This will be followed by a full afternoon of events on Sunday 11th September from 1pm – 5pm focusing on the theme “Celebrating the stories”.

Some of the most respected Aboriginal writers and speakers from Tasmania and beyond have agreed to participate in an exciting program that will include storytelling, dance, song, discussion and film.

Highlights on Wednesday 7th September include:

• Madalena Andersen-Ward to sing people in

• Set-the-scene stories from Auntie Vicki Green, an elder from Flinders Island

• A keynote speech from academic and writer Greg Lehman: Telling True Stories on Country

• A screening of Jim Everett’s Blood of Life film ( producer Troy Melville)

• Dr Margaret Bromley and Professor Maggie Walter in conversation

Highlights on Sunday 11th September include:

• Craig Everett and his dance troupe performing a welcome dance

• NSW Premier’s Literary Award winner Bruce Pascoe in conversation with Greg Lehman about his award winning book Dark Emu

• Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder Patsy Cameron on the magic of children’s stories

• Bruce Pascoe and animator Tony Thorne in conversation

• Jim Everett discussing Knowledge Maintenance

• An emerging writers panel discussion

Tickets for each event will be $10. All profits will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

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FLANAGAN at the Melbourne Writers Festival

Jason Steger, Fairfax. First published August 2
22.08.16 11:00 am

*Pic: by Matt Newton,

P.J. Harvey tops the bill for this year’s bumper Melbourne Writers Festival

One of English musician P.J. Harvey’s best-known albums is Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. But when she appears at next month’s Melbourne Writers Festival, the stories she tells will be in the form of poetry she wrote to accompany the photographs of Irish photojournalist Seamus Murphy, with whom she collaborated on The Hollow of the Hand, about their travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington DC.

Harvey’s appearance is something of a coup for festival director Lisa Dempster, who unveiled this year’s literary beanfeast, her fourth, on Wednesday. It is Harvey’s only appearance in Australia. “The whole presentation of the poetry and the photos and a discussion afterwards will be one of the nights of the year,” Dempster said.

Other guests include British travel writer and novelist Geoff Dyer, Man Booker winners (Tasmanian) Richard Flanagan and Yann Martel, Irish novelist Eimear McBride, American novelists Angela Flournoy, Justin Cronin and Lev Grossman, American science writer Steve Silberman, British comedian, novelist and memoirist Alexei Sayle, human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Australian writers Helen Garner, Anna Funder, Elizabeth Harrower and Charlotte Wood, and Indonesian public intellectual Goenawan Mohamad.

There will be readings, panels, conversations, lectures – including the first public one by Flanagan in his capacity as the inaugural Boisbouvier Professor of Australian literature at the University of Melbourne – and book launches.

The theme of this year’s festival, which has more than 350 events, is identity, a topic that Dempster says is important to everyone. “Particularly with everything that’s going on with our political environment. Australia is really questioning who we are as a nation and who we want to be. And one of the things that leads into that is who we are as people, in our communities, in our families and in our country. So it seemed like the perfect time time to delve into that.”

The festival begins on August 26 with the presentation of Australia’s most significant literary prize, the Miles Franklin ...

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Fullers Bookshop, 7pm, Wed, August 17: How Far Can You Go? by John Maclean

Adam Ousten, Fullers Bookshop
12.08.16 4:16 pm


How Far Can You Go? by John Maclean Book Launch at Fullers Bookshop, 7pm Wednesday August 17.

Walking on the beach and holding hands is a simple dream taken for granted by most. But when elite athlete John Maclean was struck down by a truck while training for a triathlon at the age of 22, this dream became impossible. John survived, but was left paraplegic – catastrophic for a life so full of promise. He insisted that he’d walk again, but it became clear John would need to shift his focus, and take his beloved father’s words to heart: ‘How far can you go?’

‘If you look up mental toughness in the dictionary you’ll find a picture of John Maclean’ - Steve Waugh AO

With fierce tenacity, determination, and the love of family and friends, John became one of the most accomplished wheelchair athletes in the world, and the first paraplegic to swim the English Channel. He also competed in the Sydney Olympics wheelchair demonstration race and in two Paralympic Games in two different disciplines, winning a silver medal for rowing in Beijing. But John still longed to walk, hand in hand, on the beach with his wife and their young son.

It wasn’t until he discovered a radical therapy that John was able to reach his full potential by retraining his mind and body to unlock new neural responses . . . and stand, walk, and fulfill his dream. How Far Can You Go? is John Maclean’s amazing story, and his quest to walk again after 25 years in a wheelchair.

John will be speaking about his journey to recovery at Fullers Bookshop, 7pm Wednesday August 17

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Fullers Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday August 11: The Last Wild Trout

Fullers Bookshop
08.08.16 6:09 pm


The Last Wild Trout by Greg French book launch at Fullers Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday August 11
In The Last Wild Trout, Tasmanian fishing expert, Greg French, explores the last truly great and most coveted trout fisheries left on the planet. Roaming the final frontiers of trout fishing, Greg visits twenty locations including Tasmania, New Zealand, Iceland, the British Isles, Mongolia, Slovenia, British Columbia, Wyoming, California, Nevada and Hokkaido.

Each chapter deals with a unique species or subspecies of wild trout, and tells a compelling human narrative set against a backdrop of conservation. Photo sections and taxonomy notes complete the picture in this fascinating book. Reflecting on the complexity of humanity’s interactions with pristine natural environments and threatened fisheries,

The Last Wild Trout is a reminder from one of the world’s best fishing writers of the beauty and importance of nature in all of our lives. 

Greg French Bio:

Greg French is one of Australia’s best-known fishing identities. He writes regularly for prestigious journals such as FlyLife, and his comprehensive guidebook Trout Waters of Tasmania is considered indispensable. Greg has also written three works of literary prose – Frog Call, Artificial and Menagerie of False Truths – and worked with Nick Reygaert on the fly-fishing documentaries Hatch, Predator and Leviathan. His last book — The Imperiled Cutthroat — was published by Patagonia Books in 2016. 

Greg will be speaking about his new book at Fullers Bookshop. 5.30pm Thursday August 11

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INVITATION, 5pm August 20, Hadleys: Help Forty South celebrate 20 years ...

Lucinda Sharp Director, FORTY SOUTH PUBLISHING Pty Ltd
05.08.16 12:33 pm


... with a panel discussion moderated by Chris Wisbey and featuring Chris Champion, Editor, and some of our regular writers.

There will also be refreshments and the launch of the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2016. 

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We hope to see you at Hadleys on the 20th of August.

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Date Saturday, August 20, 2016, 5.00pm (Panel presentation)   

6.00pm (book launch) Hadleys Orient Hotel, 34 Murray St, hobart


5.00-5.45 Panel discussion.  Writing for Tasmania 40°South moderated by Chris Wisbey, host of Weekends on ABC radio, Tasmania

Panel members are Chris Champion (editor) and writers Niholas Brodie, Carol Freeman, Clarissa Horwood and Mike Kerr.

5.45-6.00 break for refreshments 6.00-6.45


Forty South Short Story anthology 2016 to be launched by Chris Gallagher, Director of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre.

With readings from finalists, Andrea McMahon and Helen Wyatt. Other finalists Karenlee Thompson (Qld), Keren Keenan and Roger Vickery (Vic) will be attending.

Ben Smith Noble, winner of the 2015 young Tasmanian Writers’ Prize junior section, will read from his winning story.

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Hobart Bookshop, Thursday August 18, 5.30pm: Pete Hay’s Physick ...

Hobart Bookshop
03.08.16 4:38 pm


Please join us as Dr James Boyce—multi-award-winning author whose books include Born Bad (2014), 1835 (2011) and Van Diemen’s Land (2008)—launches Physick: Catharsis and ‘The Natural Things’, the latest work by Pete Hay.

Pete Hay is a poet, essayist, environmentalist, and academic, having taught geography, politics and philosophy at the University of Tasmania. His previous publications include Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought (social theory), Vandiemonian Essays (personal essays), and Silently On The Tide (poems), along with innumerable essays, book chapters, articles and reviews.

Physick is a poetry collection representing ‘10 years of thought and scribble’ and will be available for signing at the launch.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday August 18, from 5.30pm

Free event, all welcome. 

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Outside your comfort zone, with Anne Kellas

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
03.08.16 4:28 pm


A prelude to the Tasmanian Poetry Festival (30 Sept-2 Oct)

Saturday 24 September 2:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Location: Launceston ( venue TBC)
Fees:  $85 (Tasmanian Writers Centre members $55)


A poet must constantly look for new ways to explore and engage with poetry, in order to develop and grow. This masterclass is designed to encourage the more experienced poet to step outside their comfort zone and go into the unknown, uncomfortable edge of their creativity. To go on this journey, you will need to bring along a poem in progress (and, if possible, an early draft ). This half day masterclass will include some opportunities for feedback.

Anne Kellas is a writer, editor, and mentor to poets. Anne’s passion is teaching poetry, which she has done in Hobart for the past 25 years. In 2014 and 2015 she lectured in poetry at the University of Tasmania. Her most recent collection is The White Room Poems (Walleah Press, 2015).

Reviewed by Geoff Page
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This masterclass is organised by The Tasmanian Writers Centre: HERE

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Black Inc. Nero: August new releases

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02.08.16 4:43 pm


Here are the August new releases from Black Inc. and Nero.

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A snowy August in our writing community

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
02.08.16 4:34 pm


Wild gusts of wind, glorious snow and bracing temperatures have us all feeling deeply connected to our environment this month. Our August program fittingly celebrates the natural world, so come join us in the festivities.

In Hobart’s Hadleys Orient Hotel, the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2016 will be held on Saturday 20 April. A discussion panel and the announcement of the 2016 winning Young Writers Prize will be hosted by Chris Wisbey of ABC Radio.

At Freycinet, the winner of the Tasmanian Wildcare Nature Writing Prize will be announced. It’s scheduled for Saturday afternoon on August 27, alongside the National Park centenary celebrations. All our winners and runners-up will be there, some hailing from as far as New York, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania. Why not join us for an afternoon of readings in the beautiful setting of Coles Bay?

In Launceston, six young writers will take their positions around the city to draw inspiration from their urban and natural environments. The next Young Writers in the City program will have a finale at the Junction Festival in September.

More information on these and other events will follow - and stay tuned for the announcement of the Erica Bell Mentorship Program on September 1, and for the exciting new Hidden Stories Program for Indigenous Literacy Day from September 7-11 at the Moonah Arts Centre.

Stay warm - there’s always room for you to escape the weather and cuddle up with a book in our library.

From the TWC team x

Indigenous Literacy Day: Hidden Stories

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Something ‘Fishy’ about Nick’s fabulous footy cards

Paula Xiberras
28.07.16 6:26 am


• TT has giveaway copies of ‘Nick’s fabulous footy cards’. As usual, First in, Best dressed!

Last week I spoke to author Greg Fish about his book ‘Nick’s fabulous footy cards’.  Greg tells me he loves Tasmania especially Cradle Mountain and beautiful Strahan saying Tasmania is very ‘picturesque’ but unfortunately he doesn’t get here that often.

‘Nick’s fabulous footy card’s’ has been five years in the writing and was initially prompted by a visit to the beach and his musing on writing something in the vein of Roald Dahl. Later when he was between jobs, Greg set down to the task of writing.

Nick was able to ‘pinch’, in the nicest possible way, his protagonist from his sister because the character of Nick in the book is named for his own nephew. Greg also thanks his nephew for naming the footy team in the book the ‘Whoppas’.  Greg thinks this ‘genius’ idea for the name of the football team is because of Nick’s liking of McDonalds!

The book centres on the story of Nick, an up and coming player who is set back in his football career by an accident. After recovery Nick finds frustratingly that he no longer possesses the skills he once had and he is struggling on the football field. Greg hopes to encourage young people in football and any other areas of work or sport that you can overcome setbacks like injury which may mean adapting to the new circumstances.

Nick visits his shop owner uncle, who attempts to help Nick with the aid of a little bit of magic. He gives Nick a strange set of footy cards and album and tells him to put the cards in the album and leave it open in his bedroom when he goes to sleep.

What happens next is a mixture of Lilliputian proportions.  The ‘magic’ works and Nick goes on to get some coaching tips from some professional footballers on how to adapt his play and once again be successful. There is of course the mandatory character, in this case, the aptly named footballer ‘Doolittle’, that is there to feed Nick’s insecurities and encourage his lack of confidence.

Greg does say that the metaphorical larger than life characters in the novel, ironically opposed to their ‘small’ physiques were inspired by the ‘superhero’ players such as Buddy Franklin, Dermot Brereton and Johnny ‘the rat’ Platten of the Hawthorn football team who lent themselves to cartoon/super heroics.

Some of the hints the players give Nick to improve his game are to use his body imaginatively to manoeuvre the ball and there are lessons on the very important but basic aspect of ‘reading the game’.

The ultimate message of the book is that we must hold on to our dreams and despite setbacks they may still be realised with confidence, persistence and if necessary adapting and taking an alternative approach.

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Kakadu, Crocodiles, Copters, Kane and Able in Ellie’s Environmental Expose!

Paula Xiberras
21.07.16 7:53 am


A while ago I spoke to Annie Seaton, author of a new brand of rural fiction. Her latest novel ‘Kakadu Sunset’ features heroine Ellie Porter, a helicopter pilot who discovers something not quite right is going on in beautiful Kakadu. Ellie has suffered the loss of her family farm and even worse the loss of her beloved father to suicide.

In her work Ellie is assigned a co-pilot, Kane who, although a difficult man to get on with at times (as he too suffers from trauma of another kind, that of a returned soldier), is also as sweet as cane sugar and for all her good intentions Ellie cannot resist!

As well as being at the heart a romance, the novel tackles some of the difficult issues of rural living such as suicide and the environmental challenges of procedures like fracking that threaten to destroy the functioning and beauty of a place like Kakadu.

Annie recalls from the early age she was destined to be a writer, she recalls as a four year old at the local library in Brisbane falling in love with books, her favourites being Enid Blyton and Mary Grant Bruce.

Annie even wrote her first book at 11 years old. She continued to write short stories in her adult life but career, marriage, family and children intervened. Anne is now returning to writing and in the burgeoning area of rural fiction

As to why people are being drawn to rural fiction Annie believes ‘it is a nostalgic return to the real Australia and all its defining characteristics includes the larrikinism, the bush and characters that are icons of Australia’.

Kakadu Sunset is out now published by Pan Macmillan Australia

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Black Inc and Nero: Happy Father’s Day

Black Inc. and Nero
20.07.16 3:29 pm


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Lane Offers Us Another Chance

Paula Xiberras
18.07.16 8:01 am


Recently I had a chat with prolific author Karly Lane about her latest book ‘Second Chance Town’. The novel is the story of Lucy, living in a rural town raising a teenage daughter and finding herself attracted to the town’s new resident pub renovator and outsider Hugh Thompson.

While attempting to protect her daughter from the town’s prevailing drug problems in Lucy must navigate a relationship with Hugh, he of the secret past , heavy tattoos and preference for motorcycles which sees him viewed as part of the addiction to different ways that is threatening the town.

But the novel is called ‘Second Chance Town’ and for both Lucy and Hugh their second chance involves their taking a chance on each other.

The novel brilliantly sketches small town life and realistic characters including the portrayal of a gay couple.

Karly tells me in her early days of writing when her children were little she would both write at night, and during the day move her desk near the children’s play area so she could keep an eye on them. Now with the children at school Karly has those precious hours available for her writing but there is always the occasional need for last minute edits that can stretch into the night. With such prolificacy Karly tells me she is “thinking all the time”.

Karly is often surprised when readers see a different vision of places she has drawn in her books and Karly’s characters often make a big as impact on her as they do on her readers. She tells me when she drives past a certain area that she employed as the scene of an accident in her novel “Burnt’ she often has to remind herself it was indeed fiction, not a real accident.

Second Chance Town is out now published by Allen and Unwin

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Black Inc. Nero: October new releases

Black Inc, Nero
14.07.16 11:25 am


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Rose Vintage, Nunn better!

Paula Xiberras
08.07.16 5:16 am


Kayte Nunn is yet to make the journey to Tasmania although she assures me it is high on her list especially Wine Glass Bay, Cradle Mountain and the docks.

Kayte Nunn is an English girl who has made Australia home for the last twenty years. A magazine and book editor Kayte has now turned to writing her first novel ‘Rose Vintage’.

There is some ambiguity in the title that follows Rose’s work bringing both a crop to vintage at an Australian vineyard and reaching her own maturation after a failed relationship.

The book is divided into sections including; ones titled ‘pruning’, ‘first bud’, ‘blossom’ and ‘vintage’.  These sections mapping the development of plants parallels the development of the love relationship in the book. For example, we have the beginning period which signals the end of an old relationship for the main protagonist, Rose, as she is’’ pruning’ or clearing away the old to bring in the new. The chapter ‘first bud’ with the beginning of a new relationship in the shape of the Kalkari Vineyard’s owner Mark who brings with him his own ‘blossoms’ in his two children as well a bit of an unexpected noxious exotic, in the form of his former wife Isabella, that threatens to stall the growth of the relationship as Rose and Mark work to achieve their own ‘vintage’.

Kayte tells me her desire to write came to her while she was attending boarding school as an 11 year old. The school library held a copy of ‘The Darling Buds of May’ which inspired her with its sense of community not unlike that which we see in Rose Vintage.

‘Rose Vintage’ is out now published by Nero.

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