‘Serpent Sting’ launches in sublime, sunny Sydney!

Toni Grant‘s way with storytelling; full of heart, intrigue, adventure and edge-of-your-seat excitement is back to dare you to try and convince yourself that this will be the last ‘just one more chapter…’ in the follow-up to 2017’s Serpent Song with the latest in her gripping Serpent Series, Serpent Sting!

In the gorgeous Darling Harbour of Sydney, Australia, Toni Grant launched Serpent Sting while aboard a stunning private boat with glasses of champagne at the ready for her and her guests to toast her hard work. Everyone was keen to soak up the experience of a book launch on a boat and it was even overheard that more than one friend/partner warn the other – “Don’t even think about curling up in the sun and start reading that book yet!”

The author herself, Toni Grant, standing on the private boat and excitedly awaiting her guests

Toni Grant (left) with Kim Grant (Toni’s sister-in-law, right)  who is very excited to have Serpent Song and its next instalment, Serpent Sting!

Copies of Serpent Sting ready to be snapped up after the launch speech by Catherine McKenna, Toni Grant’s best friend of 31 years.

The launch venue boat, in all it’s glory making an entrance to Darling Harbour, Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t gotten your copies of Serpent Song or Serpent Sting don’t fret! They’re available at all good bookstores and also can be ordered direct by contacting markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au.

ISBNs
Serpent Song: 9781925367805
Serpent Sting: 9780648242659

Mal Walden to be on the speakers panel at Bayside Literary Festival – 27 May 2018!

Mal Walden, author of The News Man (Brolga Publishing, 2017) and Good News! (Brolga Publishing, 2018) known most famously for his sixty-year career starting in country Victoria radio and then then shift to television as news anchor for channels 7 and 10 – retiring as one of most well-loved and respected news presenters of our time, will be attending and being a part of the speakers panel at Bayside Literary Festival!

The News Man – 60 Years of Television. ISBN: 9781925367492

Good News! ISBN: 9781925367928

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bayside Literary Festival will be hosted on Sunday, 27th of May 2018 and invites writers and readers to come together for a day of workshops, presentations, guest speakers and discussion panels.Bayside Literary Festival is in partnership with the Highett Neighbourhood House. Enjoy a glass of wine, canapes and the delightful sound of the Bayside Chamber Orchestra whilst mingling with fellow writers and our special guests.

Start time: 10 am – 5 pm

Location: Highett Neighbourhood Community House

Cost: Free. Bookings essential.
www.trybooking.com/347320

Further information: https://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/events/bayside-literary-festival

 

 

G. J. Maher of ‘Moon Over the Mediterranean’ to be interviewed on ABC Gippsland!

There’s no stopping G. J. Maher! When he’s not stopping the public in their tracks with delicious chilli he’s fast gaining a solid fanbase and enthusiastic audience spanning the globe with his amazing, heartfelt and intrepid book Moon Over the Mediterranean!

This coming Wednesday (May 23rd 2018) he will be sitting down with the Bec Symons of ABC Gippsland from 10:10am so tune in! I know we will be!
Bec Symons is known for her avid involvement in the local community and for her passion about bringing remarkable stories of the Gippslanders who have stolen her heart. Her regular panel is 10am – 11am weekdays on 100.7FM or you can tune in live at Radio.abc.net.au and you can check out more about her and her show by following this link: www.abc.net.au: Programs – Gippsland Mornings

If you haven’t yet found out what all the hype is about you can purchase Moon Over the Mediterranean at all good bookstores or by emailing markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au directly.

ISBN: 9781925367898

Ros Ben-Moshe, author of ‘Laughing at cancer’ now an Ambassador of CancerAid App

(Graphic sourced from: CancerAid Facebook – posted May 9th, 2018)

The indomitable Ros Ben-Moshe, author of Laughing at cancer (Brolga Publishing, 2017), La Trobe University Adjunct lecturer, Director and consultant with LaughLife Wellbeing Programs, motivational speaker AND survivor of bowel cancer – a shock diagnosis on her 43rd birthday – is now the newest Ambassador of CancerAid App.
CancerAid – the number one cancer App in the US, UK and Australia, known for securing $500,000 with Shark Tank’s Andrew Banks and Glen Richards in 2017 and is used in 24 countries used by over 10,000 patients and caregivers.
Click here to download the app – avail. via App Store (Apple Iphone) and Google Play (Android)

If you haven’t already got a copy of Laughing at cancer, it is available in all good bookstores and can be ordered directly by emailing markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au.
ISBN: 9781925367843

Brolga Publishing’s Mark Zocchi speaking @ Bayside Literary Festival!

Rejoice! The Bayside Literary Festival is on again! This is a fantastic local support and celebration for writers and readers alike come together for a day filled with workshops, presentations, discussion panels and guest speakers – this year our own Mark Zocchi will be speaking to the audience!

Date: Sunday, May 27, 2018  |  10am – 5pm
Free event. No booking necessary.
Price: Free
Location: 2 Livingston Street, Highett, 3190

Related Links:
Offical Website – Bayside.vic.gov.au
Bayside Literary Festival – Facebook Event
Facebook – Baysidelibraryservice page
Facebook – Highett Neighbourhood Community House

Ros Ben-Moshe of ‘Laughing at cancer’ speaking event @ Melbourne Jewish Book Week

This coming Monday (May 7th, 2018) in Melbourne we’re very happy to announce Ros Ben-Moshe, author of the phenomenal Laughing at cancer (Brolga Publishing, 2017) will be speaking at Melbourne Jewish Book Week at the ‘Mind your Mind‘ event and panel alongside Elise Bialylew and Howard Goldenberg to have a chat and explore their stories, discuss the latest science around mindfulness and how it can transform your life. Definitely a must-attend event if you’re able!
This event is hosted in the Ngargee Room, St Kilda Town Hall at 12:15 pm – 1:15pm.
Though the event is free, please do book so they can register expected attendance: Click here to attend ‘Mind Your Mind’ – With Elise Bialylew and Howard Goldenberg – May 7 12:15pm

‘Whose Life is it Anyway?’ Top of the list, tip of the tongue and talk of the town!

Deborah Thomson’s breakout first book about her personal experiences, meticulously documented through journals, in an abusive situation and the journey to freedom for herself and her children, the amazing Whose Life is it Anyway? (which also features many current resources and excerpts from studies on the phenomena of intimate partner abuse and Australian support information) has rocketed up the list at Fullers Bookshop on their Non-Fiction list, securing No. 1 spot!

 

And not only is her book making waves, it’s also drawing amazing support as well! At one of her recent book signings her excellency governor Kate Warner attended and spoke of Whose Life is it Anyway? saying it was a unique and valuable resource for domestic violence services, after which she and her husband Richard very kindly donated 30 copies of Deborah’s book to Alina Thomas from SHE [www.she.org.au | Support, Help and Empowerment (SHE)] to be distributed to social services across Tasmania. Salvation Army also purchased 5 copies for their women’s refuges.

(Pictured – governor Kate Warner speaking at a book signing of ‘Whose Life is it Anyway?’ to a captivated room with author Deborah Thomson and other speakers)

Unstoppable, Deborah Thomson also attended and spoke at a Candlelight Vigil on Parliament Grounds in Hobart against Domestic Violence, below is the Hobart Mercury Newspaper’s feature.

(We would also like to take this opportunity make some amendments to the newspaper’s article, as Deborah’s surname was mistyped and her experiences that she speaks of in Whose Life is it Anyway? didn’t happen in Queensland as reported – however the rest of the article is fantastic and we and Deborah Thomson appreciate their support of local author’s and survivors of domestic violence)

If you haven’t yet nabbed your copy of Whose Life is it Anyway? you can find this at all good bookshops and can order directly by contacting Mark Zocchi on markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au 
ISBN: 9780648150862

If you or anyone you care about is at risk or would like to reach out for information/support, below are phone numbers you can contact:

000 – If your life is in immediate danger
1800 RESPECT (1800737732) – National Domestic Violence Hotline 24-hour support
131 114 – Lifeline 24-hour support
131 450 – Translating Service
1300 789 978 – Mensline Australia
1800 551 800 – Kids Help Line
1800 880 052 – National Disability Abuse Hotline
1300 364 777 – Relationships Australia support groups

Whose launch is it anyway? Deborah Thomson’s of course!

One cannot minimise for even a moment the strength it takes to leave an abusive situation and the continued unbreakable spirit to tell the story that is sadly far too common – abuse from a domestic partner. Deborah Thomson tells her experiences through journal entries meticulously kept over the years and does this with heart, sincerity, dignity and empathy for her own experiences and for others who face such a shocking reality. Throughout Whose Life is it Anyway? the addition of referenced studies and current and relevant information/resources is absolutely invaluable for literally everyone – for those who experience or have experienced domestic violence/abuse, those who know someone who is at risk of and for anyone to keep an ear and eye out for the hallmark signs of abuse for the safety of themselves and others.

The launch of Whose Life is it Anyway? had the likes of Australian politicians like Steve Martin (an independent Senator for Tasmania) who are invested in the causes and resources for helping victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse, beloved family members who can only be proud of how strong and self-confident she is and the public which surely were intrigued by Deborah’s story that left a little more aware of a crisis that many people face every day and armed with information to help where they can.

[Deborah Thomson signing copies of her book in Burnie, Tasmania]

[Steve Martin, an independent Senator for Tasmania, was in attendance for the launch of Whose ‘Life is it Anyway?’]

[Left to right: Deborah’s partner, her mum, herself and her daughter Kelly – who also incidentally is the artist behind the painting featured on the cover of ‘Whose Life is it Anyway?’]

We were very proud to work with Deborah to bring her book to life, to have her story told and for it to be now available in all good bookshops.
ISBN: 9780648150862

 

If you or anyone you care about is at risk or would like to reach out for information/support, below are phone numbers you can contact:

000 – If your life is in immediate danger
1800 RESPECT (1800737732) – National Domestic Violence Hotline 24-hour support
131 114 – Lifeline 24-hour support
131 450 – Translating Service
1300 789 978 – Mensline Australia
1800 551 800 – Kids Help Line
1800 880 052 – National Disability Abuse Hotline
1300 364 777 – Relationships Australia support groups

 

Beeb Birtles featured in the Geelong Advertiser’s Weekend Extra

Beeb Birtles, famous Dutch-Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist and part of the original Little River Band that rocketed to stardom, international acclaim and many, many awards (plus his own inductions to the ARIA Hall of Fame and SA Music Hall of Fame) has been featured in the Geelong Advertiser’s Weekend Extra and discusses his amazing first book, Every Day of My Life (Brolga Publishing, 2017)

(Journalist credit: Alex Sinnott).

If you haven’t snapped up this amazing title yet, a must-have for all Australian Music fans, you can purchase this at all good bookstores and you can also order Every Day of My Life directly by contacting markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au
ISBN: 9781925367973

Take some Pieces of China home with you courtesy of France McKay’s first book!

In the heart of Carlton and nestled in the beautiful and historic Clyde Hotel their main floor was full to the brim with friendly faces all gathered to celebrate the hard work of Frances McKay in the launch of her book, Pieces of China.

Book summary:
‘Losing a child is like having an elephant on your back. 
A burden so great you don’t think you will be able to bear it.’
In 1994 Frances McKay’s world was tipped upside down with the accidental death of her daughter Helen. Three years later, Frances signed up to teach conversational English to students in China. And so began her ten year tumultuous love affair with China.
In China she found difficulties, frustration, hilarity, friendship, and was touched by the kindness of strangers. Ultimately, Frances realised ‘the elephant’ had become smaller. That over time, healing happens. Pieces of China is a tribute to China, to life, to living and to a daughter named Helen.

What a fantastic evening to launch such a heartfelt book of adventure!
If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, Pieces of China is available at all good bookstores and can be ordered directly by contacting markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au
ISBN: 9780648242611