Books

ABC of Gardening

Shawn Donahue
30.10.14 6:23 pm

David Murphy’s book ‘Organic Growing with Worms’ is out and available!
 
Reviewed by Dr. Peter Ellyard and Peter Cundall, this book is described as ‘amazing and inspiring’. aimed at any person involved with soil fertility.  The book now tells even more clearly and simply how to boost soil fertility, using worms, assets of organic waste on your property and common sense.  This book takes us on a voyage of discovery and reads like an exciting novel.  This is the best book on worms ever written. 

Now revised and updated with 6 books in one.

An Australian farmer who has followed this book writes of doubling his carrying capacity in a few years and at the same time eliminating all fertiliser purchases.

Yours for $42.00 including GST and delivery. 

Any questions, please email the Author at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Petrarch’s Saturday, Hobart Bookshop Nov 7: Doomed Battalion. Hobart Bookshop launches

Peter Henning. Hobart Bookshop
30.10.14 3:54 am

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There will be a book signing of Doomed Battalion at Petrarch’s , 89 Brisbane Street, Launceston, from 11 am Saturday 1 November.

And at Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square, Hobart, from 11 am, Friday 7 November.

Details about the book ...

DOOMED BATTALION
Mateship and Leadership in War and Captivity
The Australian 2/40 Battalion 1940-45
by Peter Henning

Doomed Battalion is the story of the men of the 2/40 Battalion – mainly Tasmanians – and its associated army units, sent to garrison an airfield in Dutch Timor immediately after the Japanese entered the Second World War. Assigned a hopeless military task within a misguided strategy, they were captured a week after the fall of Singapore in February1942.

They were then scattered in prison camps across east Asia, including Java, Sumatra, Singapore, Burma, Thailand, Japan and other places. Their experiences are in general a microcosm of those of Australian prisoners of the Japanese between 1942 and 1945.

This revised and enlarged edition of the book first published in 1995 maintains but extends the combination of documentary material, veteran interviews, diaries and letters, using new information from both public and private sources.

Doomed Battalion explores the complexities of the prisoner of war experience, the nature of the men’s relationships with each other, with their officers, with other Australians and with prisoners of other nationalities in conditions of extreme hardship and the continuous struggle for survival.

The focus is on individuals and their responses to the realities of their circumstances, a focus which demonstrates various and diverse views about the operation of mateship at its most fundamental level and the vexed question of who exercised leadership.

Doomed Battalion is also one of the few accounts about Australian troops in Japanese prison camps which examines in depth the impact of their experiences on their post-war lives.

A penetrating, sensitive and deeply human story of Australians in war and captivity.

Also to be launched at Hobart Bookshop:

Simon Cubit and Nic Haygarth’s
Historic Tasmanian Mountain Huts

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When: Saturday Nov 8th, 3.30pm
Where: The Hobart Bookshop

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Raymond Arnold launches
Brett Martin’s new book
Marion

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When: Tuesday Nov 11th, 5.30pm
Where: The Hobart Bookshop

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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http://www.hobartbookshop.com.au

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Polly, a Polished Player

Paula Xiberras
29.10.14 5:48 am

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I chatted recently to Steve Hawke author of ‘Polly Farmer: A Biography’. Steve, now living in Perth, has a connection with Tassie having lived here for a year in the late 70’s on his travels around Australia. Steve remembers Deloraine as very beautiful. Footballer Polly Farmer himself had a connection to our state with his wife Marlene being a Tassie girl who met Polly on her own travels around Australia.

Steve says it may be lost in the mists of time how Graham Farmer got his nickname of ‘Polly’. The general thought is that he was named Polly as in the parrot because of his chatty nature. It’s Graham’s middle name Vivian that is telling of the man. Vivian meaning ‘full of life’, which undeniably Polly was both in football and other accomplishments.

Steve believes that Polly Farmer is arguably the greatest footballer the game has known, not just because of his talent as a player, although that in itself would make him worthy of sitting with the greats, but because of his all-round abilities in the game, both on and off the field.

In the three football teams he played for, East Perth, Geelong and West Perth, Polly was the telling factor in those teams achieving their triumphs.

Polly’s longevity in the game was also a factor in his fame, but it was the fact he changed the game of football in his pioneering use of the handball that stands Polly apart. Polly would practise this to perfection as he sat in his car and passed the ball through the car window.

The history of the handball was as a defensive move but Polly proved it could too, be an offensive part of play.Polly’s philosophy was to get the ball in a ‘better position;’’ Today this tactic and technique is a vital part of play but Polly trademarked it.

Steve says Polly gave more than a hundred percent to the game, so much so that he was completely exhausted after a game and was not the kind of man who would concern himself with celebrations and drinks post match. He was, an extremely private man who gave so much to the game that away from it he preferred to spend time with his family. Another first from Polly was that he was one of the first footballers to treat football as a profession before in the modern game, it was acknowledged as one.

Polly Farmer is out now published by Slattery Media Group.

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In the Palm-er of Her Hand

Paula Xiberras
24.10.14 4:46 pm

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In the palm-er of her hand, is what many fans of Fiona Palmer would say the rural romance writer achieves.

When I talk to Fiona Palmer she recalls to me her experience of touring Tasmania for a week on ‘a Casey Australian tour’ some years ago and that it was ‘gorgeous’ and she ‘loved it’.  Particularly, for this country girl, it was the ‘greenness’ of the ‘trees and moss’, the waterfalls,  The shot tower and Tassie farms’ that inspired her.

The derivation of the name Fiona is ‘fair’ and ‘Palmer’ means ‘pilgrim’.

It’s fitting then that Fiona’s new book ‘The Sunnyvale Girls’ is a story of three generations of ‘fair’ or ‘beautiful’ women on a pilgrimage. The matriarch Maggie, her daughter the very able Toni and Toni’s daughter Flick are in a sense on an emotional and physical journey or ‘pilgrimage’ to discover the men in their past, present and future.

Fiona has carefully crafted an historical tale in her fiction. Maggie tells us the story of Italian prisoners of war who came to work on the family farm when she was a young girl. The story of their work is historically accurate and detailed, describing their accommodation into the new community, their gruelling work schedule and ‘the rabbit and roo stew’ they sampled. The character of Giulio was in fact based on a real person. Ironically demonstrating just what a small world it is, Fiona had heard that Guilio had worked on a neighbouring farm. In her historical pilgrimage Fiona went to Italy where she met Guilio’s two daughters and while she was in Italy, Fiona with her farmer instinct ever present took back important knowledge of the deeper farming practices of the Italian farmers.’

Just as in her book of third generational family farmers, Fiona herself is a product of a third generational family, following in her father’s footsteps becoming a speedway driver, a practice she took up as a 16 year old but has since given up on having her own children.

Fiona Palmer’s book ‘The Sunnyvale girls’ is out now published by Penguin.

Purchase the book at the following link ...
http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9781921901454/sunnyvale-girls

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Hobart Bookshop:  Robert Dessaix, What Days Are For

The Hobart Bookshop
22.10.14 6:25 pm

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The Hobart Bookshop presents Robert Dessaix in conversation with Suzy Baldwin, to celebrate the release of What Days Are For.

When: Thursday November 6, 5.30pm
Where: Salamanca Inn, Gladstone Street

All welcome, free event

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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http://www.hobartbookshop.com.au

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GRIFFITH REVIEW 46: FORGOTTEN STORIES – THE NOVELLA PROJECT II

Susan Hornbeck Associate Publisher, Griffith REVIEW
22.10.14 1:06 pm

GRIFFITH REVIEW 46: FORGOTTEN STORIES – THE NOVELLA PROJECT II
edited by Julianne Schultz and Sally Breen, with Aviva Tuffield

Novellas by Cate Kennedy, John Kinsella, Emma Hardman, Megan McGrath and Masako Fukui. Picture essay by Michael Cook.

Until recently, publishing costs and market pressures have contributed to the demise of the novella in print. However, thanks to advances in digital publishing and the rise of social media and e-readers, some industry experts are predicting that this may be the beginning of a ‘golden age’ for novellas.

In 2012 Griffith REVIEW published The Novella Project, re-launching the novella as a literary artform. Two years later, we announced a competition open to all residents and citizens of Australia and New Zealand calling for submissions for The Novella Project II, which explores forgotten stories with an historical dimension. The response was overwhelming from established authors to emerging writers ,resulting in Forgotten Stories, a confronting, moving and provocative collection of new fiction by some of Australia’s best writers.

In Forgotten Stories you will see Australia afresh through the eyes of an Afghan cameleer, the daughter of a Japanese kamikaze, a couple whose goldfield nostalgia is shaken by a grimmer reality, a young girl witness to a past global pandemic, a washed-up whaler on Stradbroke Island and an indigenous prime minister.
Perfect for summer reading.

TALKING POINTS

• The pros and cons of the novella. Ian McEwan, ‘England’s national author’, considers the novella to be the ‘supreme literary form’. He said, ‘If I could write the perfect novella I would die happy.’
• What is the role of historical fiction in undoing preconceived notions about the past? Why is historical fiction so popular?
• Who are the forgotten people in Australia’s tales about its past?
• How digital publishing has profoundly disrupted the economics of publishing as it has functioned for centuries. Possibilities opening up with the advent of digital publishing to revive literary forms like the novella.

http://www.griffithreview.com

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Tasmanian Writers’ Centre: latest news

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
17.10.14 5:09 am

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The ASA Bulletin, October

Australian Society of Authors
16.10.14 8:29 pm

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Congratulations Richard…so well deserved!

Marion Stoneman, Admin & Membership Coordinator Tasmanian Writers' Centre
16.10.14 12:20 pm

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Congratulations Richard… so well deserved!

Posie Graeme-Evans Chair Tasmanian Writers' Centre
16.10.14 2:41 am

Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan became the third Australian to win the much-coveted Man Booker prize for 2014.

After Richard’s book, The Narrow Road to the Deep North made it to the short list of the Booker, all Tasmanian writers, and indeed all Tasmanians, must surely have been holding their collective breath waiting to hear if his new master-work would go the distance. And it did. And he did too, because there he was in London receiving the prize, beaming!

This means so much; for Richard, with the enhanced international recognition this outstanding award will bring to his work, but also for all writers currently working in Tasmania. Now that Richard has put our island on the world’s literary map, the world’s spotlight will turn our way. And that’s doubly exciting.

Warmest congratulations to Richard from all of us at the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre.
 

 

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The Hobart Bookshop: Lian Tanner’s Sunker’s Deep

The Hobart Bookshop
14.10.14 5:52 pm

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The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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http://www.hobartbookshop.com.au

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New children’s picture book, ‘Elephants Have Wings’, promotes peace and social inc

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media W: http://www.quikmarkmedia.com.au
14.10.14 11:50 am

Acclaimed author Susanne Gervay’s new children’s picture book, Elephants Have Wings (Ford Street Publishing, H/B $26.95,) is inspired by the ancient story of the blind men and the elephant and promotes the importance of peace and inclusion to younger readers.

Inspired by Susanne’s journey to India and South East Asia, she returned imbued with the cultures of India and Asia and the parable of the blind men and the elephant with its spiritual traditions in Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Sufism and modern philosophy. As the child of refugees, Susanne wanted to open a discussion about pathways to peace by creating an illustrative text that gave young people positive ways to navigate a world torn by conflict.

Beautifully illustrated by Anna Pignataro, Elephants Have Wings follows the story of two children, riding on the wings of a mystical white elephant, embark on an extraordinary journey to discover the meaning of the parable of the blind men and the elephant, and the humanity in all of us. Endorsed by the esteemed Blake Society and created by the award-winning picture book team of Susanne Gervay AO and Anna Pignataro, Elephants Have Wings is a remarkable book that promotes peace and understanding to young readers.

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Forthcoming fiction release, Navigatio, by acclaimed author Patrick Holland

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media http://www.quikmarkmedia.com.au
13.10.14 5:50 pm

Navigatio (Transit Lounge $29.95) tells the story of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, a sixth century monk and adventurer, and his legendary quest for the Isle of the Blessed via a gauntlet of monsters, devils, angels, prophets and beautiful maidens. Brendan’s battles with the sea and the cosmos bear out what William Faulkner once called ‘the human heart in conflict with itself’. This haunting parable of darkness and light, of temptation and belief, of voice and silence, is told with the utmost economy of words, making it a small masterpiece of compassionate perception.

Brisbane-based Patrick Holland is the award-winning author of The Source of the Sound, The Mary Smokes Boys, Riding the Trains in Japan and The Darkest Little Room.

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Tasmanian Writers’ Centre: Helen Garner in Conversation ... CANCELLED

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
10.10.14 9:10 am

CANCELLATION NOTICE

<b.We are very sorry to let you know that our planned events with Helen Garner on 1 November have been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. </b>

We apologise for any inconvenience. If you have purchased tickets, please contact us on Monday to arrange a refund.

We hope to be able to host an event with Helen Garner in 2015. In the meantime, do keep an eye out for Michael Robotham on 19 November in the Founders Room, and at the end of November workshops with Tony Birch in Hobart and Claire Scobie in Launceston, as well as the launch of our 2015 program in December. 

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Writers’ Centre Event
Helen Garner in Conversation
Sat, 01/11/2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Members $15, Non-members $20
Region:  South
Venue:  Baha’i Centre for Learning, 1 Tasman Highway, Hobart
Book via Eventbrite here. Enquiries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 6224 0029
Book by Date:  Sat, 01/11/2014

Helen Garner; a retrospective
with Sarah Day
Join Tasmanian poet, Sarah Day, who will talk with Helen Garner about her long and distinguished career. Helen will also read from a selection of her work.
Saturday, 1 November, 6pm
Hadleys Hotel, Hobart
Tickets $10/$15 via http://www.tasmanianwriters.org and Eventbrite.

See more at: http://www.tasmanianwriters.org/calendar/helen-garner-conversation#sthash.XXpzWqFt.dpuf

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Leap into Poetry ...

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
06.10.14 1:17 pm

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This Sunday with Carmen Leigh Keates…

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Hobart Bookshop: Wychwood, 3.30pm, Oct 11

The Hobart Bookshop
06.10.14 8:18 am

Please join us at the event below. Free event, all welcome.

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The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804

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New and significant re-interpretations on the battles for Anzac

Sharon Evans, Big Sky Publishing - Marketing & Communications, http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au
03.10.14 8:00 am

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Eminent Australian historian and author, David W. Cameron’s new book, Our Friend the Enemy, A detailed account of Anzac from both sides of the wire (Big Sky Publishing, $34.99) is the first comprehensive history of the Gallipoli campaign at Anzac since Charles Bean’s Official History and provides an unblemished perspective on a logistically and politically fraught event.

“For the first time a detailed account of Anzac is provided, including the perspective from other Commonwealth troops, German and Indian troops and the Turks along with those serving behind the lines in support.  Written as a narrative, it provides an intimate history of the battles for Anzac. It provides a significant synthesis of existing information, and importantly incorporates new and significant re-interpretations on the battles for Anzac, destroying many of the myths surrounding the landing and the failed campaign fought in August to break out from the ‘Anzac Prison’.” – David W. Cameron

Author - David W. Cameron, will donate 25% of royalties of all book sales for “Our Friend the Enemy” to Legacy Australia

Our Friend the Enemy is David W. Cameron’s sixth book on Gallipoli. He lives in Canberra.

View Sample Pages here: http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/uploadimage/ProductSamplePdf/203957e4-065d-4a4a-b503-5796a72b0680.pdf

Extracts here: http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/uploadimage/MediaFile/b09aa929-3e41-4d49-b154-8c6397bfe1f7.pdf

About David Cameron here: http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/David-W—Cameron/1530/authordetail.aspx

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New Work Highlights Our Evolving Knowledge of Tasmania’s Unique Geology

Paul Harriss, Minister for Resources
01.10.14 7:42 pm

A new book seeks to unlock the mysteries of Tasmania’s rich geology and provide a springboard for our next generation of young geologists.

One hundred and twenty-six years after the first text book on Tasmanian geology was published in 1888, I was pleased today to officially launch “The Geological Evolution of Tasmania”.

The new book, edited by Dr Keith Corbett, Professor Patrick Quilty and Dr Clive Calver, summarises what we have learned since Burrett and Martin’s “Geology of Tasmania” was published in 1989.

This is a comprehensive update on Tasmania’s geology, showcasing the new discoveries and many advances in earth sciences over the past 25 years and providing a new insight into our unique place in the world.

Included in this work is the 3D modelling of our State developed by Mineral Resources Tasmania, which is now entering an exciting new age of refinement as it offers potential commercial dividends.

Geology is an exciting science with a long way to go and a lot to offer for Tasmania.

We know our State has some of the most highly mineralised land on the planet and we have every reason for confidence that mining will make just as big a contribution in the future as it has in the past and is in the present.

“The Geological Evolution of Tasmania” will help to inspire a new generation of geologists who will make the next ore discoveries to keep our industry strong.

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Paralympian Ian Simpson pens ‘humorous’ memoir

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media http://www.quikmarkmedia.com.au
01.10.14 6:44 pm

Paralympian Ian Simpson pens ‘humorous’ memoir, details sporting success & hopes to inspire others

A spinal injury at a young age might have killed off a career in stand-up, but it did not temper Ian Simpson’s philosophy of not taking life too seriously.

In Rolling with the Punches (Short Stop Press, November, $24.99), Ian shares his unique life story, from representing Australia in table tennis at the Paralympics and wheelchair rugby at two world championships, to his career as a history teacher and learning designer.

Having spent most of his life in a wheelchair hasn’t been without its challenges, but Ian is living proof that a sense of humour can be one of our greatest assets. Rolling with the Punches is an honest and often very funny memoir from an inspiring man who chooses to make the most of life, no matter the circumstances.

Ian Simpson is now available or interview. He has spent most of his 49 years living in a wheelchair, giving him a different perspective on life to a lot of people. He is a Paralympian and has represented Australia in table tennis and wheelchair rugby.

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Tasmanian Poetry Festival and Carmen Keates

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
30.09.14 5:34 pm

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This weekend the Tasmanian Poetry Festival comes to Launceston, packed with poetry events.

Friday 3 Oct:
6.30 - Words on Water aboard the Tamar Odyssey
8 pm - Friday Night Readings at Hotel Launceston
Saturday 4 Oct:
11 am - Readings at Fullers Bookshop
2 pm - art:WORDS at Sawtooth Gallery
7.30pm - Launceston Poetry Cup at Seaport
Sunday 5 Oct:
1pm - Gunner Read Poems! at the Gunners Arms Hotel
Program and information about participating poets here. 

Leap into Poetry

with Carmen Leigh Keates

Have you ever read a poem that started in one place yet ended up somewhere completely unpredictable and wondered how the poet came up with the idea? You will come away from this workshop with a powerful poem that is true to your own life and individuality.
Carmen is a special guest at this year’s Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and offers this workshop as part of a one-week residency following the Festival. Workshop and booking details here.
When: Sunday, 12 October, 10am-4pm
Where: Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
Cost: $88 for members ($120 non-members)
Carmen will be staying at the Kelly St Cottage for a residency after the Tasmanian Poetry Festival. She will be available to meet local poets for coffee and a chat during the week - contact the TWC office if you’d like to arrange a meeting. 

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Announcing the Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
30.09.14 3:37 pm

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The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is very proud to be associated with this new award, offering $10,000 for an unpublished manuscript by a Tasmanian writer, in memory of Dr Erica Bell.

The Erica Bell Foundation was unveiled today, comprising of Tasmania’s largest annual cash prizes of $10,000 to be awarded to the winners of the Erica Bell Foundation Medical Research Award and the Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award.

Erica Bell Foundation founder and Erica’s husband, Dr Bastian Seidel, said the Foundation was established to celebrate excellence in literature and medical research in Tasmania and to honour the outstanding achievements of Erica Bell, by awarding annual cash prizes to an emerging novelist and an emerging medical researcher.

“The two awards represent the highest annual awards of their kind in Tasmania, with each winner receiving $10,000, each runner-up receiving $1,000, and the second runners-up receiving $500,” Dr Seidel said.

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre Director Chris Gallagher said she was thrilled to support the Erica Bell Foundation in announcing this new annual unpublished manuscript award for Tasmanian writers.

“The Writers’ Centre will oversee the judging process, awarding the prize to the most promising work and the one which will benefit most from this opportunity,’ Ms Gallagher said.

“I am also pleased to announce the judges for the 2014 Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award, Tasmanian writers Lian Tanner and Rohan Wilson.

“I would encourage Tasmania’s writers to be bold and ambitious….we look forward to receiving your manuscript.”

Applications for the Erica Bell Foundation Medical Research Award and the Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award open on 1 October and close on 31 October 2014.

See here for the full press release: http://www.tasmanianwriters.org/news/announcing-erica-bell-foundation-literature-award

Full details on how to enter your manuscript will appear on the foundation’s website - http://ericabellfoundation.org/ - soon.

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Excellence in Tasmania’s creative and academic endeavours to be honoured ...

Lucinda Bray, Font
30.09.14 11:18 am

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... in memory of Dr Erica Bell

Such was the impact the late Dr Erica Bell had on Tasmania’s medical and literary world, her
husband has established a Foundation in her name to celebrate excellence in Tasmanian literature
and medical research.

The Erica Bell Foundation was unveiled today, comprising of Tasmania’s largest annual cash prizes of
$10,000 to be awarded to the winners of the Erica Bell Foundation Medical Research Award and the
Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award.

Erica Bell Foundation founder and Erica’s husband, Dr Bastian Seidel, said the Foundation was
established to celebrate excellence in literature and medical research in Tasmania and to honour the
outstanding achievements of Erica Bell, by awarding annual cash prizes to an emerging novelist and
an emerging medical researcher.

“The two awards represent the highest annual awards of their kind in Tasmania, with each winner
receiving $10,000, each runner-up receiving $1,000, and the second runners-up receiving $500,” Dr
Seidel said.

“I wanted to create the Erica Bell Foundation to both honour and recognise excellence in the two
disciplines in which Erica was both passionate about, and excelled in – that being academia and
literature.

“Erica published over 100 academic research papers and five books during her 10 years at the
University of Tasmania, as well as publishing two historical novels.

“Her first novel, The Voyage of the Shuckenoor, was launched at the 2008 Melbourne Writers
Festival, while her second novel Enzam and the Just Prince was published just one week before her
sudden passing in July 2014.

“Erica also worked at the cutting edge of medical research and was deeply committed to her
academic work and the state of Tasmania. She was working as an Associate Professor at the Wicking
Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania at the time of her passing,
aged 52.

“I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received in establishing the Foundation so soon
after Erica’s passing.

“We have been successful in attracting a highly competent and dedicated governance board and an
incredible list of high profile Tasmanians to sit on the judging panels to select the best and brightest.

“Importantly, the Erica Bell Foundation Medical Research Award is supported in-kind by the
University of Tasmania (Faculty of Health), while the Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award is
supported in-kind by The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre.”

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre Director Chris Gallagher said she was thrilled to support the Erica Bell
Foundation in announcing this new annual unpublished manuscript award for Tasmanian writers.

“The Writers’ Centre will oversee the judging process, awarding the prize to the most promising
work and the one which will benefit most from this opportunity,’ Ms Gallagher said.

“I am also pleased to announce the judges for the 2014 Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award,
Tasmanian writers Lian Tanner and Rohan Wilson.

“The journey to creating an inspiring novel can be so very challenging. It requires you to be very
tenacious, have time, space and inspiration and just the right kind of support. Tasmania offers many
of these things and now there is extra incentive and assistance.

“Just as Hannah Kent benefited from the national unpublished manuscript award for Burial Rites, a
Tasmanian writer has access to the same opportunity. We have many talented writers and this
award will really make a difference.

“I would encourage Tasmania’s writers to be bold and ambitious….we look forward to receiving your
manuscript.”

Applications for the Erica Bell Foundation Medical Research Award and the Erica Bell Foundation
Literature Award open on 1 October and close on 31 October 2014.

For more information about the Erica Bell Foundation or to submit your application please visit
http://www.ericabellfoundation.org or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The inaugural winners of the Erica Bell Foundation awards will be announced at ceremony on to be
held on Hobart on Friday, 5 December 2014.

Download Overview and Fact Sheet:
Erica_Bell_Foundation_overview.pdf
TAS_Erica_Bell_Foundation_launch_FACT_SHEET.pdf

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New ‘Little Rhymes’ children’s picture book

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media W: http://www.quikmarkmedia.com.au
30.09.14 10:58 am

New ‘Little Rhymes’ children’s picture book helps littlies learn about different animals.

In the upcoming children’s picture book, Little Rhymes for Little People (December 2014, $19.99) author John Stewart Westlake has crafted an enchanting collection of rhymes that aim to educate children about the different kinds of animals & other land and sea creatures.

The book, which features beautiful colour illustrations from Sophie Scahill, contains twenty-one illustrated rhymes, each one about a different kind of animal or sea creature. Children will be delighted and amused by the rhymes, and the illustrations create a unique world where they get to learn more about the animals that roam this earth. Suited for readers aged 3-7, Little Rhymes for Little People is the perfect gift for youngsters and families this Christmas.

Author and grandfather of five, John Westlake,  is a retired lawyer based in Sydney. He has always enjoyed language and regards simple rhyming poetry as an excellent and enjoyable way for small children to discover the use of language. For the past two years John has been learning Mandarin, both in Sydney and in China. For a review copy or to speak with John please contact me.

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Excellence in Tasmania’s creative and academic endeavours ...

Lucinda Bray
29.09.14 3:09 pm

... to be honoured in memory of Dr Erica Bell

Such was the impact the late Dr Erica Bell had on Tasmania’s medical and literary world, her husband has
established a Foundation in her name to celebrate excellence in Tasmanian literature and medical research.

The Erica Bell Foundation will be unveiled tomorrow, comprising of Tasmania’s largest annual cash prizes of
$10,000 to be awarded to the winners of the Erica Bell Foundation Medical Research Award and the Erica Bell
Foundation Literature Award.

Erica Bell Foundation founder and Erica’s husband, Dr Bastian Seidel, said the two awards represented the
highest annual awards of their kind in Tasmania, with each winner receiving $10,000, each runner-up receiving
$1,000, and the second runners-up receiving $500.

“Erica published over 100 academic research papers and five books during her 10 years at the University of
Tasmania, as well as publishing two historical novels,” Dr Seidel said.

“Her first novel, The Voyage of the Shuckenoor, was launched at the 2008 Melbourne Writers Festival, while
her second novel Enzam and the Just Prince was published just one week before her sudden passing in July
2014.

“Erica also worked at the cutting edge of medical research and was deeply committed to her academic work
and Tasmania. She was working as an Associate Professor at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education
Centre at the University of Tasmania at the time of her passing, aged 52.”

The Erica Bell Foundation is supported in-kind by the University of Tasmania (Faculty of Health) and the
Tasmanian Writers’ Centre.

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The Softwell Man

Christopher Nagle, writing.com
29.09.14 3:15 am

A vision of a future that anticipates some kind of secular response to the currently collapsing of existential software infrastructure, the social commons and its governance in favour of market forces ...

How could it come to this
that even crunching slippers
on gravelled path seemed loud
and full of fury
reminders
of that last and awful meeting
on floor fifty-two?

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The Suburban Captivity of the Church

Karina Woolrich, Acorn Press
28.09.14 10:27 am

The Suburban Captivity of the Church: Contextualising the Gospel for Post-Christian Australia is the title of a new book launched at Ridley Melbourne on September 22.

It was written by Ridley College Vice Principal, Tim Foster, who suggests that ..

‘Contextualisation is about bringing the gospel into critical engagement with the cultural narratives that shape us, and framing the gospel as an alternative story to live by.’

In launching the book the senior minister of St Jude’s, Carlton, Richard Condie, said ...

‘the book is full of insights, historical facts and astute cultural observations, that makes you kick yourself for not seeing them sooner. I particularly like the section in the very last pages, that push you to do the cultural analysis yourself, with a series of questions for discussion.’

Mr Condie said The Suburban Captivity of the Church is ‘an invaluable tool in working on Mission Action Plan, or church strategy document. This is an important book, because of its contribution to contemporary Australian missiology.’

Copies are available from Koorong Books or direct from the Acorn Press website at http://www.acornpress.net.au

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The Flan Man cleans up in WA

Lindsay Tuffin
24.09.14 11:19 am

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He may not have won the Miles Franklin ( Birds are singing as Evie Wyld wins the Miles Franklin ) but he sure cleaned up at the WA Premier’s Book Awards.

Here’s the report ( HERE ) and here:</b>

22 September 2014 - Winners announced for Premier’s Book Awards

Premier Colin Barnett announced Richard Flanagan as the winner of the Premier’s Prize at the Premier’s Book Awards for his work The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Mount Lawley-based novelist Yvette Walker received the Western Australian Emerging Writers Award for her first book, Letters to the End of Love.

Mr Barnett said 11 of Australia’s top authors and two illustrators were recognised in this year’s awards. The winners will share $130,000 in prize money.

“The Premier’s Book Awards recognise literary excellence and I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners,” he said.

“Literature is an important element of a culturally rich society. Reading and understanding the written word is not only empowering, it can be life changing. These awards help to encourage more West Australians to pick up a book.”

“Each year the awards receive hundreds of entries from authors across Australia and this year was no different. I am thrilled that two of the world’s finest literary talents, Richard Flanagan and Tim Winton, have been recognised in this year’s awards.”

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the inaugural Western Australian Emerging Writers category received 14 entrants, testament to the abundance of talent in the State.

“I would like to congratulate first-time published author, Yvette Walker, who was selected from a strong list of Western Australian writers for her book about love and loss,” Mr Day said.

This year the Western Australian public voted Tim Winton’s Eyrie as their favourite nominated work and winner of the People’s Choice Award sponsored by The West Australian.
Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards - 2014 Category Winners:

Children’s Books (jointly awarded)

Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer (Albany, WA)
Illustrator:  Brian Simmonds (Duncraig, WA)

The Swap by Jan Ormerod (VIC)
Illustrator: Andrew Joyner (SA)
Digital Narrative

AUTHENTIC IN ALL CAPS by Christy Dena (QLD)
Fiction

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (TAS)
Non-fiction

Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir by Kristina Olsson (QLD)
Poetry

Six Different Windows by Paul Hetherington (ACT)
Scripts

The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars by Van Badham (NSW)
Western Australian History Award

Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man by Margaret Simons (VIC)
Western Australian Emerging Writers Award  

Letters to the End of Love by Yvette Walker (Mount Lawley, WA)
Writing for Young Adults  

Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman (NSW)
Premier’s Prize

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (TAS)
People’s Choice Award presented by The West Australian

Eyrie by Tim Winton (WA)
For further information about the 2014 Awards check the website HERE

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The ASA Bulletin, September 2014

Australian Society of Authors
23.09.14 7:18 am

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Launch of Tim Foster’s The Suburban Captivity of the Church ...

Karina Woolrich ACORN PRESS
22.09.14 2:50 pm

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... Contextualising the Gospel for Post-Christian Australia

Launch details: Monday 22 September 2014
5.30 pm
Ridley College
170 The Avenue
Parkville VIC 3052

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Writing book & analytical thinking helped with depression ...

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media W: http://www.quikmarkmedia.com.au
22.09.14 2:44 pm

... says ‘Travesty’ author Hayden Bradford!

When Melbourne man Hayden Bradford was diagnosed with depression in 2009,he was fired by his employer and told by various doctors to exercise his brain as much as possible to help retrain brain cells. And so he took their advice and wrote a novel, Travesty ($24.99, Dennis Jones & Associates), which is finally due for release in November.

Drawing on scenarios that made him laugh as a way to stimulate creativity, Hayden crafted the story of a 55 year old man named Travesty, still living with his parents, who has a sudden accident and gets delivered to Heaven. The ironic thing is, Travesty doesn’t believe in God. Travesty is a light hearted story, which is told with lots of humour. The writing of it has assisted with Hayden’s treatment. 

Working in line with what psychiatrists and neuron-psychologists have told him about retraining brain cells, Hayden has also developed a popular horse racing website based on his ex-military Intelligence analytical skills. This analysis also stimulates brain activity, and has made Hayden sought after for his insight into horse racing. Since the 1st January 2014, he has achieved a 78% return on profit. 

Living with depression is an ongoing battle, but it’s Hayden’s hope that by sharing his own story, others won’t feel alone. His book, Travesty, will be available 1 November at all good book stores and online.

Hayden Bradford is now available for interview. He is an ex-stockman, ex-military man, and ex-corporate man, after being fired when he told his employer he had depression. Hayden is one of many Australians who battle depression, and is now classed as treatment resistant. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children. For more information visit http://www.haydenbradford.com.au

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