Books

Poet Invites Readers into Her Beautifully Messy Mixed-Up World

Aurora House Publishing. First published November 3
18.12.17 1:56 pm

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“It takes a very strong woman to remain gentle!” – Rosalie Fayad (Lady R.F) 

The Edge of My World by Rosalie Fayad (Lady R.F) is a collection of poems and proses showcasing an instinctive freestyle art-form of poetry that caters to everyone, covering themes such as Love, Life, Anxiety, Inspiration, Determination, and Self-Worth.
 
As someone who has suffered from anxiety and PTSD for most of her life, Rosalie has based many of her poems on the crippling ailment, allowing readers experiencing similar situations to see they are not alone and that there’ll be plenty of sun-shiny days ahead. Rosalie holds nothing back in her poems, allowing readers to feel every raw emotion – good or bad – inviting them into her beautifully messy mixed-up world.
 
The Edge of My World is a wonderful collection of poems where there is something for everyone – Love Poetry for the romantics, Motivational Poetry for the despondent, and so much more. All readers need to do to take this journey is pack their heart. 

The Edge of My World is published by Aurora House. RRP AUD$59.95. ISBN: 9780995395350
Available in all main online bookstores, including Amazon and Kindle.

 
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About the Author

Rosalie Fayad (aka Lady R.F) has been writing since she learnt the alphabet and phonics — keeping her first journal at the very young and tender age of six, and continuing to do so to this present day. Writing has always been the only way she was able to express herself with any clarity. Poetry to Rosalie is mused instinctively: never forced, thought-out, or planned — never taught or learnt. She is an absolute lover of words. She sees and understands the world in metaphors — she then paints you pictures of her world using words… beautiful, beautiful words!

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A Real Convict Ancestor

Sue Waterworth*
16.12.17 5:48 pm

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Readers apparently revel in stories of appalling and harrowing lives, so transportation of convicts to Tasmania is always a popular topic.

And that means authors are constantly on the lookout to discover new ways to tell old tales. But since there are already so many stories available, it’s no easy task.
Tasmanian author Sue Cox offers a unique viewpoint that’s both personal and local, in her first novel, Banished beyond the seas. 

She’s woven her story from her abiding love of Tasmanian landscape, and a fictionalised account of her great, great, great grandmother’s life.

Detail that’s factual and precise

Calling all lovers of the ins and outs of everything!  Prepare to be delighted, Clearly, Sue researched and rummaged around in every corner of who-knows-what history archives, to unearth scads of intriguing detail about furniture, fashions and food. 

It’s specific and accurate, and sketches in a credible backdrop for the characters, and the everyday events that made up their lives. A potted social history.

“The entry hall was absolutely elegant.  The parquetry floor shone from the light coming in through windows on each side of the door that were etched with Scottish thistles and heather. The walls were hung with large family portraits in lavishly gilded frames.  There was a tall beautifully carved coatrack for coats, hats, umbrellas and boots, and across the hall from it stood a richly carved oak settle.  Large lamps with ornate lampshades decorated with flowers and leaves sat on the dresser”

What’s it about?

Here’s a tale about courage, resolve and endurance, and it’s supported by a solid and authentic sense of place. The characters would recognize the landscape without a moment of doubt. And so too will many current readers.

The protagonist is Jeannie, a gutsy and determined young Scottish woman, who got herself transported like so many others, for a crime she didn’t even commit.

She struggles with her grim life, and clutches onto her deep-rooted love of family that includes the people brought to her by circumstances, just as much as her own kin.

At the start of each chapter, there’s an appealing short teaser, just enough to give a glimpse of what’s ahead. The super short chapters keep the plot moving along, and make it an easy read.

When a reader comes face to face with unpleasant episodes in history like this one, he’s made to confront all sorts of distressing emotions. But luckily for us, the author infused plenty of poignant and funny moments into the story to neatly balance things out.

In Banished beyond the seas, we get a look at history from a slightly different perspective: a bygone era we’d maybe prefer to forget. 

But at the same time, it makes crystal clear, how we come to have had such tough, hardy and steadfast women in Tasmania; forebears who can only be described as inspiring role models.

Banished beyond the seas $29.95
Author: Sue Cox
Publisher: Forty South Publishing
Available at bookstores or
http://www.tasmaniabeyondtheseas.com

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Wilderness and the human soul ...

Communion Arts Journal
15.12.17 8:48 am

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What do wild places mean for the human soul? What of our nature is unlocked when we return to the rhythms of the natural world? How has this changed over time? How are we reshaping this relationship now?

(The following is a lightly-edited transcript of ‘Wilderness and the Human Soul’, a featured session of the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival,, 15th September 2017, Hobart - with Bob Brown, James Dryburgh, Heather Rose and Pete Hay and accompanying performances by singers Jodi Haines, Judith Reid and Kartanya Maynard).

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Kim’s capsicum candy and other recipes

Paula Xiberras
15.12.17 4:00 am

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Kim McCosker, the inspiring author of the four ingredient cook books and more, has been inspired again, this time by her role as fur mum to a dog, guinea pig and goldfish, to write a cook book that provides easy, nutritious and importantly economical meals for pets.

Kim’s new book, ‘Pet Cookbook’, boasts over 60 recipes for a variety of animals including, dogs, birds and guinea pigs.

As well as recipes, the book is also filled with informative facts about our animal friends and includes a reflection on ‘pecking order’ which tells us a lot about the intelligence of hens who display commitment to a hierarchy or pecking order in the farmyard as they access their food!

Another little known fact is that guinea pigs are lack vitamin C so must obtain the vitamin from food such as capsicum which due to its sweetness can even be labelled   capsicum candy!

The recipes themselves have names that make you smile like mutt-loaf and watermelon pup-sicles, the latter which literally make both humans and dogs salivate!

Some of the economical tips discussed in the book include using chicken breasts and oats, which are easily available to almost everyone, to create chicken jerky an inexpensive alternative to shop brought beef jerky.

Kim says the great thing about preparing your pets food is you know exactly what ingredients are included, so if there is an adverse reaction the culprit can be easily cornered.

Allergies are not the only challenge for pets, even more worrying are toxic foods. These include raisins, chocolate, onions and cooked chicken, the latter because it is prone to splintering.

Important to remember too, is the fact that the teeth of pets like dogs and guinea pigs never stop growing and so need to chew products like bones to file those teeth down. Kim also recommends for the complete teeth cleaning process, parsley to freshen pet’s’ breath.

Oh, and there will be a lot more inspiring pet food preparation ahead for Kim as she tells me she is soon to become a grandparent to her pregnant guinea pig.

Kim McCosker’s ‘Pet Cookbook’ is out now published by Simon & Schuster.

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Lark Whisky Bar, December 14, 5pm: Launch of Tasmanian Whisky, The Devil’s Share ... THIS ARVO ...

Bernard Lloyd, Taroona, Tasmania. First published December 4
14.12.17 6:30 am

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Reviewed! There Be Dragons

Sue Waterworth
13.12.17 8:26 am

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Funny things books! Some of us like some of them, some of the time. But There be dragons might be an exception. It fits into a lot of categories and will appeal to lots of people….in fact, anyone who’s ever been a child.

Not a children’s book; don’t even let them near it, or they’ll get ideas, and learn very uncool things about their parents they don’t need to know.

Prepare to be dropped right back into childhood, especially if you’re ‘a certain age’. Heather Donaldson offers a palpable essence of childhood that works, no matter what your generation.

But they’re personal stories too. And they’ll make you laugh out loud. She writes in a simple child’s voice with an adult commenting over her shoulder.

Doesn’t matter that you lived somewhere else and your friends had different names; you’ll recognize them – the Danny Crawfords of this world are like universal archetypes!

It’s a social history too.  Backyard incinerators, dad plucking the rooster for Christmas, or groups of kids going off to play in the park don’t exist much anymore, but were the stuff of endless adventures, not to say misadventures.

Don’t miss this one; buy a stack of them, and you’ll have pretty much sorted your Christmas shopping.

There be dragons $14.95
Author: Heather Donaldson
Self published
Available at bookstores or
http://www.therebedragons.com

Heather’s well known for having started the Power of Humour groups in Tasmania a few years back, and she’s written a number of other books:

• Stop Suicide
• Grow Old Disgracefully
• Gambling: Know When To Walk Away
• When Someone You Loves Has Cancer
• Drugs – High Hopes and Sudden Silences

Heather’s website ...

https://therebedragonsintasmania.com/

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Hobart Bookshop: Launch of Wish You Were Here. TONIGHT: Sold

Hobart Bookshop
07.12.17 10:26 am

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Another new launch announced for December ... 

You are invited to the launch of Sheridan Jobbins’s book, Wish You Were Here.

Why do some of the most difficult times in life also turn out to be the most hilarious?

In Wish You Were Here Sheridan is 35 and should be happily married with a child on the way, living the fabulous life of a successful screenwriter in Sydney. Instead, she’s just smashed all her favourite china on the kitchen floor, shut the door on her marriage and is driving a hot red Chevy hell for leather across the USA.

Hopelessly unprepared and heartbroken, she sets out on the road trip of a lifetime determined to find herself. Ironically she finds love instead. But not before a whole bunch of crazy adventures and wrong turns along the way . .
‘Raw, hilarious and wise, this wild ride will have you crying with laughter.’
~ AMANDA KELLER

‘Entertaining, colourful, thought-provoking, and life-affirming, this authentic rom-com road trip will appeal to the broken-hearted and to those looking for stories of travel and love.’

~ BOOKS AND PUBLISHING

Born in Melbourne, Sheridan Jobbins is a third generation Australian film maker. She kickstarted her career as one of the original celebrity chefs on Cooking with Sheri, earning a Guinness World Record as the youngest host of her own show at the age of nine. She was a director of the film company Latent Image Productions which produced the award-winning film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Since 2000 she has co-written screenplays with director Stephan Elliott for Disney, Warner Bros, Working Title, Hopscotch and Ealing Studios. Wish You Were Here is her first book. You can read more about the book if you visit the website for its publisher, Affirm Press.

Free event, all welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Saturday December 16, from 5.30pm

... and don’t forget tonight’s launch ... 

You are invited to the launch of Blair Denholm’s book, Sold.

The Gold Coast swelters in record temperatures, and car salesman Gary Braswell’s feeling hot under the collar. His sales are at rock bottom, and he’s up to his neck in debt to loan shark Jocko Mackenzie. If the loan’s not repaid, there’s more than Gary’s kneecaps at stake – his long-suffering wife’s also in peril.

When Gary turns his skills to real estate sales, he’s soon embroiled in the murky world of money laundering. Things get even hotter when the federal police start sniffing around. With Jocko on his tail, Gary concocts a scam of unimaginable scale and audacity. But hard-drinking, cocaine-snorting Gary is incapable of planning ahead. So, can he pull it off?

Hilarious and dark, Sold is noir reading at its best – a whirlpool of sex, drugs, and real estate.

Blair Denholm is a freelance writer, editor and translator who has lived and worked in New York, Moscow, Munich, Abu Dhabi and Australia. For further information, visit his website.

Free event, all welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday December 7, from 5.30pm

... and also ... 

You are invited to the launch of Fernanda Alves’ book, Maternity: A Sweet Conflict.

How many women do not dream of having a child? How many of them could not imagine dressing that delicate little body, and covering it with love and care? What they often fail to recognise is that this dream is almost always accompanied by great questions. To solve them, we are going to count on the experience of someone who has gone through the ups and downs of pregnancy and postpartum, proving with her tips that, despite being a sweet conflict, maternity can be wonderful!

Fernanda Alves Breen is a Business Administrator with an MBA in Marketing Administration. In this book, this first-time mother portrays pregnancy and postpartum difficulties from the woman’s point of view. Member of the Brazilian NGO, Amigas Do Peito (a breastfeeding association in Brazil), she addresses issues ranging from the planning to have a child to the difficult choice of whom to leave the child with upon return to work.

Free event, all welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday December 14th, from 5.30pm

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The Rich Greenie, Financial Strategies for Living Well While Saving the Planet by Stuart Barry

Rachel Edwards
07.12.17 6:43 am

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Cover of the new book

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Stuart Barry

Get ahead financially AND live an ethical life.

The Rich Greenie is a unique combination of financial strategies for a better quality of life and techniques to lower an individual’s impact on the planet. It tells the reader how to create real change, both personal and universal, and how to get rich doing it.

“Consumers can exercise real power, arguably much more effectively than protesting or voting, through using their money to change the world,” said author Stuart Barry.

“ These techniques can have significant personal financial and happiness benefits, so are a win-win for both the planet and personal outcomes,” he said, adding that his goal “is to make a contribution to solving the problems facing the planet”.

This book occupies a unique space, bridging personal money management with green living.

It provides clear tools, in accessible language for a general audience to grow wealth while still saving the planet and it includes successful case studies. It contains practical advice on how to make beneficial financial change for you and your family.

The book is aimed at general readership and especially at those of us who choose to live a life that is both wiser for ourselves – and for this unique green planet.

Stuart Barry walks the talk. He is a lifetime environmentalist and philanthropist and an experienced and professional financial advisor. He has worked internationally in global financial markets and is one of the few financial advisors around Australia to be certified by the Responsible Investing Association of Australasia for his ethical expertise. He is the owner of Tas Ethical, a successful Tasmanian business specialising in ethical and green investments.

He is a sought after public speaker and President of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Treasurer for the South Hobart Sustainable Community, Board member for disability employer Tas Tex and also a Commissioner on the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission.

The Rich Greenie is his first book.

RRP $32.95

Rachel Edwards
On Her Selection: (selected secondhand books) http://onherselection.bigcartel.com/
Blog:http://paigelovesbooks.blogspot.com.au/
Transportation Press: https://transportationpress.net/
T: @paigelovesbooks

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Hobart Bookshop: Launch of Maternity: A Sweet Conflict

Hobart Bookshop
05.12.17 5:41 pm

A new launch for your diaries ... 

You are invited to the launch of Fernanda Alves’ new book, Maternity: A Sweet Conflict.

How many women do not dream of having a child? How many of them could not imagine dressing that delicate little body, and covering it with love and care? What they often fail to recognise is that this dream is almost always accompanied by great questions. To solve them, we are going to count on the experience of someone who has gone through the ups and downs of pregnancy and postpartum, proving with her tips that, despite being a sweet conflict, maternity can be wonderful!

Fernanda Alves Breen is a Business Administrator with an MBA in Marketing Administration. In this book, this first-time mother portrays pregnancy and postpartum difficulties from the woman’s point of view. A member of the Brazilian NGO Amigas Do Peito (a breastfeeding association in Brazil), she addresses issues ranging from the planning to have a child to the difficult choice of whom to leave the child with upon return to work.

Free event, all welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday December 14th, from 5.30pm

... and don’t forget about this week’s launch ... 

You are invited to the launch of Blair Denholm’s book, Sold.

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The Gold Coast swelters in record temperatures, and car salesman Gary Braswell’s feeling hot under the collar. His sales are at rock bottom, and he’s up to his neck in debt to loan shark Jocko Mackenzie. If the loan’s not repaid, there’s more than Gary’s kneecaps at stake – his long-suffering wife’s also in peril.

When Gary turns his skills to real estate sales, he’s soon embroiled in the murky world of money laundering. Things get even hotter when the federal police start sniffing around. With Jocko on his tail, Gary concocts a scam of unimaginable scale and audacity. But hard-drinking, cocaine-snorting Gary is incapable of planning ahead. So, can he pull it off?

Hilarious and dark, Sold is noir reading at its best – a whirlpool of sex, drugs, and real estate.

Blair Denholm is a freelance writer, editor and translator who has lived and worked in New York, Moscow, Munich, Abu Dhabi and Australia. For further information, visit his website.

Free event, all welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday December 7, from 5.30pm

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Tasmanian Writers Centre: December Events & Programs

Tasmanian Writers Centre
04.12.17 7:39 pm

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Answering the Caul to save lives

Paula Xiberras
02.12.17 5:34 am

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‘You never forget a love that is true but it can live in your memory’.  So are the mysterious musings of our heroine Isla in Fiona McIntosh’s new novel ‘The Tea Gardens’.

Once again Fiona provides an underlying theme for her novel and this time it is tea but unlike previous books with the themes of perfume and chocolate the tea is filtered feather like throughout the novel an integral part of her protagonist’s story.  Her protagonist Isla is ‘a splendid character ‘says Fiona, when we caught up for a chat recently.

Isla when we meet her, is a confident woman, a skilled medical professional but as her story unfolds she is made aware of the complexities and ambiguities of medicine in general.

You might be excused reading the blurb, that the book is essentially about the work of doctors and midwives in India and indeed the book is about the health of woman as well as an examination of faith within medicine. It is also about Isa’s promise to honour her mother’s work. Isla’s mother died while saving lives in India but to do so she must make a compromise, to her father who doesn’t want Isla to suffer the same fate as her mother and to her fiancée, Jove, who agrees to her wishes for a six months working in India before settling into married life with him.

At the juncture of Isla and Jove’s meeting to affirm their agreement tea makes it’s first notable presence as the two partake of a beverage in the tea rooms before she leaves for India.  This infusion of the healing substance continues to meet with us at various points in the novel.

In England, Isla notes, tea is metaphorically the cure of all ills, as it brings people together but in India tea literally cures. On her arrival Isla is introduced to the main varieties and properties of tea, culminating in her own use of tea to help heal fellow doctor Saxon Vickery, when he becomes ill.

Of her hero Jove, Fiona says she has ‘never created such a gentle, fair, calm, strong empathic and sympathetic male character’. While there is no human villain in this book, instead the real villain is the social conditions, the social conditions, poverty, religious and cultural divides that impact lives and the delivery of health services.

This book is not only infused with the aroma of tea and its healing powers but also the remarkable cultural knowledge that Fiona has infused her characters which is then juxtaposed with the reality tha t medical knowledge may not be enough when dealing with cultural sensitivities.

The novel’s ’symbolism, like the tea tempts repetition. The apex of the novel when Isla ascends the Himalayas, reaches the literal and metaphorical heights in her experience of love. The beautiful picture, on the inside cover of the novel taken by Fiona herself is a haunting image of the rooms of a man who saw medicine and healing as more than a physical process but a holistic one that encompassed the properties of tea and of an original bedside manner,

This novel with complexity on so many levels reminds us that life is complex, but enriched by stopping to taste the tea.

This is one of Fiona’s best yet, a masterpiece reminding us we could all use that medical miracle, the caul, to protect us from drowning in the tears of life.

The Tea Gardens is out now published by Penguin/Random House.

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A review of One Flew Over the Kookaburra’s Nest ...

Review by Maggie Maguire
28.11.17 6:51 am

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ANATOMY OF A WHISTLEBLOWER

In the foreword to Tasmanian whistleblower Kevin Moylan’s autobiography One Flew Over the Kookaburra’s Nest former secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation Jill Iliffe credits the former nurse with being the “catalyst for the development of the Australian Nursing Federation policy on whistleblowing”.

Given the importance of whistleblowing in sectors dealing with the vulnerable this is quite an achievement for a mental health nurse from Spencer Psychiatric Clinic, Wynyard.  Moylan outlines his whistleblowing journey in this recent publication.

Historically the book is informative on previous methods of treating the mentally ill in the 1970s including group psychotherapy and the administration of “truth” drugs to penetrate ego-defences for psychotherapeutic purposes.  These practices were eventually dropped after the Townsville Ward 10B Royal Commission.

In the case of Ward 10B in the 1970s and 80s, diagnoses were not made because of the therapeutic ideology in the ward. This led to serious abuse and a subsequent Commission of Inquiry investigated 23 deaths.

In many ways it is a shame that the psychotherapeutic approach (apart from the truth drugs) has been so seriously impacted by the Ward 10B findings and Moylan makes quite a good argument for a return in the case studies of former patients he has included in the book. Sometimes the mental health sector throws the baby out with the bathwater.

Another important historical aspect of Moylan’s book is his chapter on Royal Derwent hospital.  Called by Moylan the “geographical cure” he describes incidents when he had to transport patients from Wynyard to New Norfolk.

Having worked in Royal Derwent one Christmas holiday in the 1970s I can support the statements that the hospital was a hell-hole.  Disabled children were admitted routinely to Royal Derwent including a huge number of children with Downs Syndrome who complained bitterly about the boring nature of the peg packing tasks they were given. Children of above average intelligence with spina bifida were given no education or occupational therapy. Intersex children were given no stimulation either physical or mental and were treated like curiosities. Elderly people with Alzheimers were sleeping in large dormitories with people with serious mental illnesses.

Moylan’s description of Royal Derwent is mainly centred on Ward 7 the ward (or rather jail) for the criminally insane and he describes how patients from the Spencer Clinic who displayed anti social behaviour were sent to this ward. It is important when considering mental health in Tasmania that we contemplate the truly awful conditions that patients were subjected to in the 1970s and 1980s so that we can make sure that mass institutionalisation does not occur again.

One Flew Over the Kookaburra’s Nest is also valuable for those concerned with the safety of nurses and those faced with the prospect of being a whistleblower.  Moylan was attacked by a patient in 1994 and tried to alert authorities to security and administrative problems at Spencer Clinic. His remaining story is about his battle for compensation and desire to improve the safety of staff and patients at the hospital.

During his fight Moylan lost his home, his acreage and his beloved horses and at various times was homeless and jobless so his story might be a cautionary tale for those considering whistleblowing in Tasmania.

One Flew Over the Kookaburra’s Nest, Fraser Island Publishing

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Winners of the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes

Will Hodgman, Premier
27.11.17 7:51 pm

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Says Adam: ‘So thrilled to have won the University of Tasmania Prize as part of the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Awards for my manuscript Brodsky Dies. Thanks to all involved in this necessary prize. Here’s a pic of me and Her Majesty.’

The winners of the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced today at Government House in Hobart.

The Premier Will Hodgman said the Tasmanian Government was proud to provide $40,000 to the awards and congratulated the winners for their outstanding work.

Literary talent is clearly flourishing in Tasmania, and our state is proving to be a great source of inspiration for our creative best.

I congratulate all winners of the awards, particularly winner of the Tasmanian Book Prize, Rebe Taylor.

The Premier’s Literary Prizes are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate writing in and about the place we call home.

The prizes were judged by an independent panel from the literary sector, chaired by Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart.

The Tasmania Book Prize for the best book with Tasmanian content in any genre - $25,000
• Winner: Into the Heart of Tasmania by Rebe Taylor, published by Melbourne University Publishing.

The Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship - $5,000
• Winner: Erin Hortle

The Margaret Scott Prize for best book by a Tasmanian writer - $5 000
• Winner: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose, published by Allen & Unwin.

The University of Tasmania Prize for the best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian Writer - $5 000
• Winner: Brodsky Dies by Adam Ouston

There were almost 1 000 votes cast in the Premier’s Literary Prizes People’s Choice Awards with the public voting for:

The University of Tasmania Prize People’s Choice Award
• Winner: A Guide to Bushwalking in Tasmania, 25 Short Walks by Ben Walter

The Margaret Scott Prize People’s Choice Award
• Winner: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose, published by Allen & Unwin.

Tasmania Book Prize People’s Choice Award
• Losing Streak: How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry by James Boyce, published by Black Inc,

A media kit including author biographies, synopses and judges’ comments is available on request.

For more about the Premier’s Literary Prizes visithttp://tasmanianartsguide.com.au/plp/

The Tasmanian Government delivers the prizes through Arts Tasmania with the support of the University of Tasmania and private philanthropists.

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Hobart Bookshop: Blair Denholm’s book, Sold.

Hobart Bookshop
22.11.17 3:53 pm

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Coming up in December ... 

You are invited to the launch of Blair Denholm’s book, Sold.

The Gold Coast swelters in record temperatures, and car salesman Gary Braswell’s feeling hot under the collar. His sales are at rock bottom, and he’s up to his neck in debt to loan shark Jocko Mackenzie. If the loan’s not repaid, there’s more than Gary’s kneecaps at stake – his long-suffering wife’s also in peril.

When Gary turns his skills to real estate sales, he’s soon embroiled in the murky world of money laundering. Things get even hotter when the federal police start sniffing around. With Jocko on his tail, Gary concocts a scam of unimaginable scale and audacity. But hard-drinking, cocaine-snorting Gary is incapable of planning ahead. So, can he pull it off?

Hilarious and dark, Sold is noir reading at its best – a whirlpool of sex, drugs, and real estate.

Blair Denholm is a freelance writer, editor and translator who has lived and worked in New York, Moscow, Munich, Abu Dhabi and Australia. For further information, visit his website.
Free event, all welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday December 7, from 5.30pm
 

... and don’t forget about tomorrow night’s launch ... 

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You are invited to the launch, by Megan Weston, of Irene Cowell’s new book, Rainbow Island: Tapestry of Time, published by Forty South Publishing.

Gabi opens his inheritance and is plunged into a fantastical chaotic world – the world of the Hidden. He travels through time; history collides with mythology. He means to protect his family but the heroic exploits of the Hidden face an irreconcilable threat to Rainbow Island.

In 2009, at the time when the stark reminder of mortality presented itself to Irene Cowell, and complications with friendships and family appeared insurmountable, traumatic memories surfaced and became intertwined with the local history of Bruny Island. Irene’s imagination was seized by a powerful image, the Empress of Time. The landscape of a story emerged, peopled with a cast of characters, their lives caught within the machinations of the Empress and her Daughter. The need to write about this interplay of characters became so necessary that she began to write its story. It is a fantasy, but steeped in the colours of reality. The locality: Rainbow Island – the story: Tapestry of Time.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday November 23, from 5.30pm

... and next week ... 

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You are invited to the launch, by Don Knowler, of Robyn Mathison’s new chapbook, Still Bravely Singing, published by Ginninderra Press.

We’re delighted to launch another of Robyn Mathison’s collections, and this delicate gathering of images and moments will fulfil readers just as much as her previous collection, To Be Eaten by Mice (2009).
Robyn Mathison was born in Narranderra, NSW, in 1938, and has lived in Hobart since 1975. She has written poetry, stories, and reviews, and has been published in journals and anthologies in Australia, the UK, and Japan. She has been secretary of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Hobart) for more than 20 years and has co-edited three anthologies of Tasmanian writing and a collection of reminiscences of Gwen Harwood. She is a Life Member of the FAW, the Tasmanian Writers Centre, and the Society of Women Writers.
 
Free event, all welcome.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday November 30, from 5.30pm

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TV Producer Bites Back at Bullies!

Sarah Vogler, Aurora House
22.11.17 3:34 pm

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Publication Date: 23 October 2017
          Title: Louboutins, Lattes & Live TV        
        Author: Miriam Sawan  

Former TV producer Miriam Sawan is creating a storm with her debut novel, Louboutins, Lattes & Live TV, which is set to be featured in Cosmopolitan’s January issue, and has received an endorsement from leading lifestyle and news commentator Shelly Horton: “So one of the girls I mentor, the absolutely fabulous @miriameryan, has written a novel based behind the scenes of a morning TV show. It’s smart, funny and has an important message. So stop reading this and hurry up and buy it.”

Miriam Sawan is a former television producer who is biting back at bullies. Her debut novel Louboutins, Lattes & Live TV takes readers to the dark side of television, where the impressionable young are toyed and tampered with for Klarissa Maree-Francis’s gain.
 
THE PROTAGONIST
Anna-Simone is a savvy television producer desperate to find her place in lifestyle television. The colour. The madness and the manic deadlines form the perfect harmony of creative chaos she knows she can tackle. She thinks she has found her big break when she’s offered a job at Sky-High—the top-rated television network in the country.
 
THE PLOT
She arrives a bubbly, young, go-getter but soon realises her boss, Klarissa, is Satan in stilettoes. Well-heeled, well-spoken and a subscriber to the mean-girls group in media, Klarissa will make Anna-Simone question her very existence. But she won’t go down without a fight.
 
See what happens when two alpha females go head to head. When women sell their souls for a promotion. Where the price of success costs you your sanity. Where the ultimate lows lead to creative highs. And where out of the darkness, unlikely heroes emerge.
 
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Miriam Sawan, above, is a former television producer turned media advisor who has worked for some of Australia’s biggest television networks. As a journalist, she always wanted her stories to mean something, and found purpose when she moved to a law firm that works on high profile social justice issues. In her new role as media advisor, she was suddenly exposed to many horrific accounts of workplace bullying and was fuelled to write a novel that would resonate with people’s office experiences globally. While she can’t tell client stories, writing Louboutins, Lattes & Live TV is her way to “empower young people in the workplace to stand up for themselves and nip nastiness in the bud.” As for any bullies who read her book, she hopes they’ll learn “to reflect and change old behaviours to stop themselves from the inevitable hurt they cause.” 

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There Be Dragons ... in Tasmania

Heather Donaldson*
21.11.17 5:51 am

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17 stories in book. This is part of one …

Extract ...

… Children are easily frightened, more often by fantasy and fear itself than reality. Bellarine was real, however, and the fear a generation of children had of her, justified or not, was very real indeed.

She was a legend. From one child to another passed the tales of terror that fed our fertile minds. We were warned often enough. “No one, but no one, goes near Bellarine’s after the sun goes down.”
But each child needs to learn life’s lessons alone, and in their own way.

This is the story of one of my earliest memories of her. I had gone to the corner shop several streets away with my big brother and his friends. We were straggling home in twos and threes, with me at the end of the straggle, about to sink my tingling teeth into a twopenny icy pole, when one of the big boys up front turned to speak to the rest of us. His eyes fixed in horror at something just beyond my right shoulder.

“Bellarine!” he screamed and they all stampeded off around the corner and left me utterly alone.

I remember a frantic feeling of fear and foreboding in that endless second before adrenaline reached my feet for flight. Something unknown and awful was very close behind me. Icy pole flung to the wind, I bellowed home into my mother’s worried arms at the gateway, speechless and hysterical.

Such was the power of Bellarine.

Later I remember my mother chastising my brother and his friends for being “unkind to that poor old migrant lady”, but children have no sense of sympathy or understanding of adult loneliness or the hurt that builds barriers of bitterness and barricades of bluff. Fear is their only reality.

We children knew that, in that large handbag she took everywhere, she carried a knife and a snake. We knew everything about her – and nothing. She was dark. She was different. She was danger. She always wore black – black from her thick lace-up shoes, long dress and coat, to the thin black shawl she wrapped around her head.

She spoke no English. The sight of children seemed to trigger some dark paranoia hidden deep inside her. She would screech and shake her stick at us and charge like a raging rhino. She who sometimes hobbled was capable of great speed and surprising strength.

She hated children and dogs, and the dogs were just as afraid of her as we were. When we ran, they ran. To my knowledge she never actually beat a child but many a dog felt the end of her stick across his retreating rump.

Over the years we developed a relationship with Bellarine rather like a herd of gazelle to a lurking lioness. She was the dark thread that criss-crossed the fabric of our lives and wove a pattern of fear that remains indelible to this day. She was a threatening shadow lurking in the corners of our collective childhood. We were always aware of her, always alert, always prepared to panic.

The words “Bellarine is coming!” could clear the street in seconds, no matter who was winning at hopscotch or marbles, or whose precious taw or cat’s eye was left abandoned on the roadway. Not until she was a tiny figure in the distance would the bravest of us re-emerge from hiding.

Such was the power of Bellarine.

Childhood is coloured by characters and punctuated by exciting episodes of encounter and escape. Once a ball landed on her roof and bonk-bonk-bonked down onto her front steps. From within the house awful yells in some strange language sent us scattering.

Another time a ball crashed against her front door and to our horror the door opened just a crack and a long, skinny arm emerged with a claw-like hand to engulf the ball and drag it inside. I had nightmares about that long, skinny arm for weeks …

*Heather Donaldson is the author of There Be Dragons ...

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Nunn better for Novel knowledge

Paula Xiberras
19.11.17 3:40 am

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I recently chatted with bestselling author Judy Nunn about her new novel ‘Sanctuary’.

Judy has strong affiliations with Tasmania and might be deemed an ‘adopted’ Tasmanian with her husband author/actor Bruce Venable, a native Tasmanian. The couple frequently make family visits to the state.

Judy latest novel focuses on the very topical subject of asylum seekers and in doing gives us an example of art imitating life because, as Judy tells me, when writing her book about 9 asylum seekers coming ashore on an island in Western Australia. In 2015, a real boat of Sri Lankan asylum seekers did indeed come ashore on a Western Australian island. This event for Judy was validation that what she had written about was plausible.

There were slight variations in the non – fiction account and its similar fictionalised one. In Judy’s story the asylum seekers arrive at a deserted island abandoned at the time by its seasonal cray fishers.  The cray fishers have left an hospitable environment behind them to support the asylum seeker, in this way the little village in Judy’s words ‘is a microcosm of Australia and the world.’

Among the group are Doctor Rassen , his nurse wife, a young child Hamid, a student Massoud and a beautiful mystery woman, Jalila.

There is compassion shown for the plight of the asylum seekers, aided by the fact they are fully developed as people but Judy doesn’t push any political stance or ‘lecture’. The facts are presented to the reader to arrive at their own conclusion. The weighty issues of the groups plight is balanced with a love story developing between Jilila and Paul, one of the port residents, as a healing of the asylum seekers and their acceptance by members of the island population takes place.

Sanctuary is out now published by Penguin/Random House.

Judy is visiting Tasmania and can be seen:

  20 Nov An afternoon with Judy Nunn at Hobart LINC
  20 Nov An evening with Judy Nunn at Kingston LINC
  21 Nov An afternoon with Judy Nunn in Devonport
  21 Nov An evening with Judy Nunn in Launceston

Bookings can be made here: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/sanctuary-9780143783855/events

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Black Inc.:January 2018 new releases

Black Inc. Books
17.11.17 4:46 pm

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Hobart Bookshop: Sill Bravely Singing, launched by Don Knowler ...

Hobart Bookshop
16.11.17 10:14 am

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For poetry lovers ... 

You are invited to the launch, by Don Knowler, of Robyn Mathison’s new chapbook, Still Bravely Singing, published by Ginninderra Press.

We’re delighted to launch another of Robyn Mathison’s collections, and this delicate gathering of images and moments will fulfil readers just as much as her previous collection, To Be Eaten by Mice (2009).

Robyn Mathison was born in Narranderra, NSW, in 1938, and has lived in Hobart since 1975. She has written poetry, stories, and reviews, and has been published in journals and anthologies in Australia, the UK, and Japan. She has been secretary of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Hobart) for more than 20 years and has co-edited three anthologies of Tasmanian writing and a collection of reminiscences of Gwen Harwood. She is a Life Member of the FAW, the Tasmanian Writers Centre, and the Society of Women Writers.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday November 30th

Free event, all welcome. 

And don’t forget about this launch next week ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Megan Weston, of Irene Cowell’s new book, Rainbow Island: Tapestry of Time, published by Forty South Publishing.

Gabi opens his inheritance and is plunged into a fantastical chaotic world – the world of the Hidden. He travels through time; history collides with mythology. He means to protect his family but the heroic exploits of the Hidden face an irreconcilable threat to Rainbow Island.

In 2009, at the time when the stark reminder of mortality presented itself to Irene Cowell, and complications with friendships and family appeared insurmountable, traumatic memories surfaced and became intertwined with the local history of Bruny Island. Irene’s imagination was seized by a powerful image, the Empress of Time. The landscape of a story emerged, peopled with a cast of characters, their lives caught within the machinations of the Empress and her Daughter. The need to write about this interplay of characters became so necessary that she began to write its story. It is a fantasy, but steeped in the colours of reality. The locality: Rainbow Island – the story: Tapestry of Time.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday November 23rd

Free event, all welcome. 

Happy reading,
The Hobart Bookshop team. 

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Transportation Press: Are you our new web editor?

Transportation Press
09.11.17 5:22 am

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People’s Choice Awards – 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes ...

TasmanianArtsGuide.com.au
06.11.17 6:33 am

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The People’s Choice Awards are your chance to win the 20 longlisted books and score an invitation to the gala announcement of the winners at Government House, Hobart.The Premier’s Literary Prizes are the Tasmanian State Government’s biennial literary awards, supported by the University of Tasmania and private philanthropists. They celebrate the richness of the Tasmanian literary sector and acknowledge the particular influence that Tasmania has on written work.

To inform your vote click on the links below to read extracts, download a pdf with all the extracts and author biographies here or get down to your local bookshop to buy the books.

One lucky reader who votes in the People’s Choice Awards will win all twenty longlisted books and score an invitation to the gala announcement of the winners at Government House on Monday, 27 November 2017.

Vote by clicking on your favourite shortlisted work in each of the prize categories and confirm your vote at the bottom of the page.

Voting closes 11:59 pm on Wednesday, 22 November 2017.

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New book unlocks key to relationships using cooking and conversation

Better Energy
06.11.17 6:14 am

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Determined not to allow the stress of life to impact on their relationship, authors and couple of over 13 years, Ross Holland and Melissa Horton, are sharing the recipe to their success in the new book Lust at First Bite.

More than just a delicious and fun cookbook, Lust at First Bite combines food and drinks with fun ideas of romance, conversation and intimacy. Taking couples on a journey of romance and desire it will guide you along a path to open communication, connection, respect and intimacy.

Lust at First Bite contains 12 tantalising chapters, each unique in both its food and approach to love and seduction - some gently intimate, and others quite naughty.

Whether you have been married for 30 years, lovers for one or two, or are just beginning to date, this book will tempt your taste buds and ignite the hunger in your relationship. Lust at First Bite is the perfect gift for both yourself and your loved one.

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Cleeven - ing to Crime

Paula Xiberras
06.11.17 6:06 am

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I recently spoke to Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera Stanhope novels, the latest and eighth in the series being ‘The Seagull’. The novel details crime in a close community of family connections. A central focus of which is the former nightclub ‘the Seagull’.

Ann is no stranger to Australia having attended a writer’s festival in Adelaide but she has not as yet visited Tasmania. Her husband, a natural historian is knowledgeable of Tasmania and is keen to visit.

Speaking on the popularity of the crime/thriller genre Ann tells me she believes one of the reasons is the fact that ‘the world can be a confusing place’ and the crime and thriller novel provides in most cases an ending where things are ‘put right ‘and ‘have a resolution’ where order is restored.

Ann is very happy with the screen adaptations of her work that are examples of good script writing and create a sense of place. She is also glad she has been able to create a heroine in Vera Stanhope that does not fit the Hollywood cliché of ‘a tall, willowy, young woman’ but instead is a woman, not so willowy and ‘ of a certain age’. Ann says Vera’s low maintenance, no nonsense approach fits in well with the type of women who were the ones who rolled up their sleeves, and filled the jobs of men folk when they went to war.

Peppered throughout ‘The Seagull; is the charming dialect of the Shetland with a ‘bairn’ here and there.

Ann’s writing is inspired by the variety of careers she has worked in from the public library to bird observation and sometime something as simple as a train journey can put us on the track to creativity. .

‘The Seagull’ is out now published by Pan Macmillan.

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Author Richard Flanagan angry after being disinvited to speak at Perth Writers Festival event

ABC
02.11.17 7:26 am

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Flanagan’s acceptance speech at the 2014 Booker ...

Man Booker Prize winning author Richard Flanagan said he was mystified by a decision by the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) to disinvite him to a speaking engagement in the city.

Mr Flanagan, who has recently published his first book since winning the Man Booker Prize in 2014, said he was invited to Perth for a festival umbrella event to be held this week, but the invitation was withdrawn.

He said he was at a loss to explain the reasoning behind the decision.

“Who knows, but in all my time I have never experienced something like that,” he said.

“That you would be invited and then you would be disinvited, and it was suggested that there isn’t an audience for people like me.

“But my experience here in Western Australia is that this per capita is the greatest literary culture in Australia.

“It’s got more writers, more achievements and when I’ve been to your writers’ festival it’s extraordinary [the] audiences, they’re very engaged, informed readers so it seems to me that’s a strange, new type of hostility when you’ve got the top-funded arts body in your state no longer wanting to have writers come and speak to West Australians …

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Hobart Bookshop: New launches announced ...

The Hobart Bookshop
31.10.17 11:30 am

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch of tof Ray Glickman’s new book, Frenzship.

Imagine a world where people no longer choose their friends. Two school friends, different in every respect, drift apart in search of themselves. One flits from dodgy deal to get-rich-quick scheme while the other fights for freedom and justice. The psychosocial media app, frenzship, takes the world by storm, revolutionising the very meaning of friendship and propelling the old friends onto a collision course. Is frenzship the reinvention of true friendship and meaningful relationships for the information age or a dangerous cult bending the minds of the young and impressionable?The friends’ schoolboy pact is invoked. Will their friendship transcend the conflict? Does a mate come running no matter what?

Ray Glickman was shortlisted for the 2016 WA Premier’s Award for his debut book, Reality.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Wednesday November 15th

Free event, all welcome. 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Megan Weston, of Irene Cowell’s new book, Rainbow Island: Tapestry of Time, published by Forty South Publishing.

Gabi opens his inheritance and is plunged into a fantastical chaotic world – the world of the Hidden. He travels through time; history collides with mythology. He means to protect his family but the heroic exploits of the Hidden face an irreconcilable threat to Rainbow Island.

In 2009, at the time when the stark reminder of mortality presented itself to Irene Cowell, and complications with friendships and family appeared insurmountable, traumatic memories surfaced and became intertwined with the local history of Bruny Island. Irene’s imagination was seized by a powerful image, the Empress of Time. The landscape of a story emerged, peopled with a cast of characters, their lives caught within the machinations of the Empress and her Daughter. The need to write about this interplay of characters became so necessary that she began to write its story. It is a fantasy, but steeped in the colours of reality. The locality: Rainbow Island – the story: Tapestry of Time.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday November 23rd

Free event, all welcome. 
 
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And don’t forget ... 

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

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

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

Free event, all welcome. 

Happy reading,

The Hobart Bookshop

22 Salamanca Square
Hobart, Tas 7000
Australia

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Richard Flanagan: The corrosion of truth in these strange times is terrifying

Richard Flanagan, Guardian
31.10.17 10:07 am

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Lies have become alternative facts and truth irrelevant in the face of power, while we all give up our privacy

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Murky Waters – the Science of Shark Attacks

Brian Johnson
31.10.17 6:10 am

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Blake Chapman

Sharks. The word alone has the potential to invoke fear and anxiety in a way that few other things can. They are also one of the most polarising and politicised species to roam our planet. Sharks, much like religion and politics, are a topic best avoided around the dinner table.

Yet this is precisely the subject that Marine Biologist, Blake Chapman, wades into in a new publication from CSIRO Publishing entitled Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear. Having completed her PhD degree in shark neuroscience, ecology and reproduction, and worked at a large public aquarium, she is remarkably qualified to analyse the ‘phenomenon’ of shark attacks.

The ultimate goal of the book is to dispel the myths surrounding sharks and educate and inform the public on the realities and rarities of shark attacks. However the fact remains that human lives are lost to sharks every year, while others experience debilitating injuries and mental trauma. To provide a better understanding of people affected by these tragic events, first-hand accounts of shark attack survivors and those who have been affected by shark attacks are woven throughout the book. These true stories describe the deep and polarising psychological impacts of shark attacks and are reflective of the wide-ranging views of the general public.

For many of us of a certain generation, our opinions on sharks were formed by the movie Jaws. A box-office hit upon its release in 1975, this piece of cinematic history is perhaps one of the most devastating to sharks in terms of stigma, fear and public perception. Sharks became “scary monsters” with a “vendetta” against humans. And it is not just Hollywood that perpetuates this myth. Shark attacks are major news events and media on sharks is often skewed towards the risk they pose to humans. It’s rarely reported that Australians are at far greater risk of drowning in our oceans, than being attacked by a shark.

Thankfully the ‘Jaws Generation’ also stimulated interest and research into these fascinating species, creating a better understanding of sharks overall. Indeed we humans owe a great deal to sharks – they have significantly advanced our lives in fields such as medicine, engineering, tourism and ecology.

“I don’t mind what opinions people come away with at the end of this book” explains Dr Chapman, “as long as they are based on fact not fiction, on science not emotion. There are many reasons why we need to conserve the sharks in our oceans. The dilemma of protecting human life at the expense of another animal will always be debated, but it is up to us to learn to coexist with sharks, and not the other way around.”

“Knowledge is and always will be power… This book is a wonderful example of the power that comes through knowledge. My experience is a testament to the fact that when we better understand our emotional responses to sharks and take personal responsibility for our choices, we not only help to lower the odds of shark attack even further but also gain a richer appreciation for the world we live in.” -
Paul de Gelder – Navy diver, shark attack survivor, author and motivational speaker From the Foreword of Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear

SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION

From Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear by Blake Chapman

• Dolphins in the water do not indicate the absence of sharks – dolphins and sharks sometimes feed together and some sharks feed on dolphins.

• It is acknowledged that shark bites are increasing in frequency globally; a trend that is due to a range of different factors. Arguably, the most relevant factor is the global increase in human recreational water usage. Yet shark attack fatalities have decreased dramatically over the last decade.

• Australia has the greatest amount of shark diversity, including around 180 species of sharks.

• The human fear of sharks is likely a remnant of our early ancestor’s interactions with predators. It is largely a subconscious response.

• Mosquitoes, humans, and dogs are responsible for more deaths than sharks.

• If you are attacked by a shark, do your best to remain calm, fight back and get out of the water. If you are a first responder to a shark bite victim, do whatever you can to stop the bleeding, contact emergency services, and ensure the victim gets medical attention.

About the Author:

Blake Chapman is an Adjunct Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, School of Biological Sciences. She grew up with a love for and fascination with the ocean, but her interest in sharks was piqued when an episode of Shark Week caught her attention. Blake completed postgraduate research on shark neuroscience, development and ecology and has worked in aquatic animal health and husbandry. She now focuses on science communication and her continuing goal is to help educate the public on sharks and shark attacks to better protect both sharks and the humans that choose to share their incredible environment.

Available from all good bookstores or order online at: http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7680

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Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2018_ENTRIES NOW OPEN

Lucinda Sharp Director, FORTY SOUTH PUBLISHING Pty Ltd
26.10.17 3:06 pm

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The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2018 - ENTRIES NOW OPEN

Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand, the prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme.

The competition is run by Forty South Publishing, the largest book publisher in Tasmania and publisher of Tasmania 40° South magazine.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and publication in Tasmania 40°South. A selection of the best entries will be published in Forty South Short Story Anthology 2018.

Entry forms and terms can be downloaded from http://www.fortysouth.com.au

Entries close February 18, 2018

 

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Black Inc. Books: Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Black Inc. Books
25.10.17 9:26 am

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New children’s book celebrating the intriguing world of the sloth.

True to life books
22.10.17 2:26 pm

Professional wildlife photographer Jan Latta is passionate about educating the younger generation about the importance of wildlife conservation. She has just released the latest edition to her true-to-life education series with the book “Sleepy the Sloth”

After 5 years researching the life of sloths Jan flew to Costa Rice to photograph these unique mammals in their natural habitat. Sleepy the Sloth (True to life books RRP$15.00)  is a collection of 48 photographs alongside a simple narrative, informing children about these remarkable creatures and highlighting the threat to their existence.

Containing maps, interesting facts and fun activities, this book will have children of all ages falling in love with the adorable world of sloths.

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