Mr Crocodile’s Cooking Class Book Reading @ Fuller’s Bookshop, Hobart.

On Saturday 7th of July the littlest locals around Hobart, Tasmania were lucky enough to have a treat as Dianne Ellis, author of Mr Crocodile’s Cooking Class stopped by the fantastic Fuller’s Bookshop. In conjunction with the much-loved venue they hosted an afternoon filled with crocodile-themed crafts and not least Dianne Ellis read her book aloud to the captivated audience – afterwards a few signed copies went home with parents so their kids can continue to devour the beautiful illustrations by Janet Davies and heartfelt story of the important of practice at home alongside Mr Crocodile!

Fuller’s Bookshop – Hobart, Tasmania

Dianne Ellis (author) and copies of Mr Crocodile’s Cooking Class

Dianne Ellis and the kids enjoying some crocodile crafts

Dianne Ellis and some proud little artists

A captive audience for Mr Crocodile’s Cooking capers, read by none other than the author herself! What a lovely opportunity brought to life by Fuller’s Bookshop and Dianne Ellis

If you haven’t yet gobbled up Mr Crocodile’s Cooking Class you can find copies at all good bookstores and can order directly by contacting markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com

ISBN: 9780648150817

Daily Telegraph celebrates ‘How to Love the Sh*t out of Life’!

Sometimes one needs to sit back, relax and enjoy the smaller things in life … and if sometimes you find this seemingly easier-said-than-done then do we have some solid advice for you! First-time author Sally-Anne Hurley has written the breakout How to Love the Sh*t out of Life and we and the Daily Telegraph – Macarthur Chronicle recommend nabbing this title which is available from tomorrow!

Follow this link to read the fantastic article by the Daily Telegraph – Macarthur Chronicle, posted July 6: Daily Telegraph – Macarthur Chronicle | How to Love the Sh*t Out of Life: Leumeah author Sally-Anne Hurley shares her tips

How to Love the Sh*t out of Life was inspired by the desire to create and sustain a positive outlook to take with you through life. Using anecdotes and tales from her and the lives of the people in her life Sally-Anne Hurley provides insightful, often funny examples of how she has practised the strategies she preaches in the book.

ISBN: 9780648242642

As well as being available in all good bookstores you can also directly order a copy of this title by emailing markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au

Serpent Song in the running for The Davitt Award!

In years past noticing a lack of support for women crime writers the amazing Sisters in Crime Australia launched the Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women and we’re super excited to have our own Toni Grant and her book Serpent Song in the running this year!

The Davitt Awards – named in honour of Ellen Davitt, author of Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud in 1865 are presented annually by the Sisters in Crime Australia association. The Davitt Awards has been giving women crime writers, both fiction and non-fiction, adult and young adult fiction, a platform to celebrate their hard work on some truly phenomenal books since establishing in 2001 to mark 10 year anniversary of the organisation. Some of the past winners have included; Three-Pronged Dagger (Kelly Greenwood), Frantic (Katherine Howell) and Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty – now adapted to TV with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgård and Adam Scott in the all-star cast amongst others)

The shortlist for the Davitt Awards is set to be announced in coming days and we’re cheering for Toni and Serpent Song!

If you haven’t read Toni’s edge-of-your-seat crime, romance and adventure-packed Serpent series it’s never not a good time to spoil yourself! You can purchase a copy of Serpent Song or it’s follow-up Serpent Sting they are available at all good bookstores and can also be ordered by contacting markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au directly.

Serpent Song ISBN:
9781925367805

Serpent Sting ISBN:
9780648242659

 

 

 

 

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

‘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

Moon Over the Mediterranean @ Cobargo Folk Festival and globetrotting!

Since its launch Moon Over the Mediterranean has traveled the world – much like the full-hearted conscientious objector Alexander of which Moon Over the Mediterranean follows from 1960s Holland as he embarks on a lifetime adventure, travelling the hippie trail through Greece, India, Nepal, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and beyond – and into the hands of new readers and supporters which have been so kind as to share photos of them and/or their copies of this touching adventure.

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Location: Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Germany

Location: Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland.  Note: The lion is a sculpture for the Swiss soldiers who fought for the French king in 1792

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland. Note: The bridge is the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) of Luzern, it’s the symbol of the city. It was built in the 14th century and in the 17th century about 100 paintings were added. Unfortunately in the night from 17th till 18th of August, 1993 the central part of the bridge was destroyed by a fire. The bridge was rebuilt, but 80% of the paintings had been lost forever

Geof (GJ Maher) also attended Cobargo Folk Festival where he sold and had book signings for Moon Over the Mediterranean. At this same festival he met and shared chilli wine with the incredibly talented Eric Bogle (The famous singer-songwriter, known notably for his songs ‘No Man’s Land‘ and ‘And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda‘), met the Aboriginal Elder of the Yuin Region, Ossie Cruze, and also had a good chat with the local poet and storyteller who goes by the name of ‘Campbell’.

Geof [GJ Maher] at his stand – Cobargo Folk Festival

Geof [GJ Maher] (left) Eric Bogle (right)

Ossie Cruze Aboriginal Elder of the Yuin region (centre) Geof [GJ Maher] and his supportive wife, Barbara

Local poet and storyteller ‘Campbell’ with his copy of Moon Over the Mediterranean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet of the captivating Moon over the Mediterranean you can find this title at all good bookstores, online and by directly contacting markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au

ISBN: 9781925367898

Merimbula eclipsed by Moon over the Mediterranean’s launch!

On the 22nd of November 2017 the enthralling book by author GJ Maher Moon Over the Mediterranean was launched to high praise and excitement in picturesque Merimbula – located on Australia’s East coast in Southern New South Wales known for its beaches, popular whale watching spots, boardwalks and nature parks – with the launch itself taking place to a packed house at Booktique Bookshop & Café. Surrounded by support and eager to-be readers GJ Maher spoke of the process and inspiration of writing Moon Over the Mediterranean complete with an author meet & greet and book singing – with many copies sold and signed on the day.

Author GJ Maher and a copy of Moon Over the Mediterranean

Eager fans in line to meet GJ Maher and have their copies of Moon Over the Mediterranean signed

GJ Maher and a very happy reader with a newly signed copy of Moon Over the Mediterranean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Brolga Publishing we’re very proud of the hard work of GJ Maher and very pleased to have worked with him on publishing his book with us so we could see Moon Over the Mediterranean on the shelves and in hands all over the globe.

If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet you can find this title at all good bookstores, online and by directly contacting markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au

ISBN: 9781925367898

 

Help is on it’s Way! ‘Every Day of My Life’ has launched!

Over the last few months we have had the pleasure of working with Beeb Birtles – of Zoot, Frieze, Mississippi and Little River Band (to name a few) fame – on his memoir Every Day of My Life and on the 14th of November 2017 to a packed house filled with friends and fans alike we had the pleasure of launching this outstanding and superlative book with the author himself, who had flown in from the US for this launch and a few book signings and interviews all over Australia.

At the idyllic Racecourse Hotel in the heart of Malvern East Beeb mingled with crowds, making everyone feel welcome and accompanying his speech gave a spirited and lively Q&A where many laughs were had and memories shared.

If you aren’t aware of what Every Day of My Life is about, it’s the remarkable tale of how Beeb Birtles conquered the music world – and then lost the band he had helped form. Gerard Bertlekamp arrived in Australia in the 1970s, a Dutch boy with no English. Within a short space of time he developed his love of music and adopted the stage name of Beeb Birtles. Beeb became part of the pop sensation of the 1970s, Zoot, along with Darryl Cotton and Rick Springfield. Beeb then went on to become one of the founding members of Little River Band (LRB), which was the first Australian band to break into the elusive American market and have a gold album in the US. Their hits include: ‘Reminiscing’, ‘Help is On its Way’, ‘Lonesome Loser’, ‘Curiosity (killed the cat)’, ‘Happy Anniversary’, ‘Lady,’ ‘It’s a Long Way There’ and ‘Every Day of My Life’.

Every Day of My Life
is Beeb’s story: raw, honest and a fascinating insight into the music world and one man’s love of music.

Every Day of My Life is available in all good bookstores now and is an invaluable must-have for anyone who loves Australian music history – and with Christmas right around the corner it would also make a perfect gift too!
ISBN: 9781925367973