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.
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
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.
‘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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s books are always such a joy to work on, with colourful pages and simple valuable lessons about life communicated in any myriad of ways. Recently we had the pleasure to publish and attend the launch of Mr Crocodile’s Cooking Class, written by Dianne Ellis and illustrated by Janet Davies.
The day was filled with friendly faces, activities for the kids and wonderful speeches by the author and Brolga Publishing’s Company Director, Mark Zocchi.
If you haven’t snapped up this amazing children’s book as yet, there’s still time before Christmas/the Holiday Season Mr Crocodile’s Cooking Class is available in all good bookstores and can be ordered directly by contacting Mark Zocchi – email@example.com
DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE BAD NEWS?
News rooms everywhere ask this question constantly, but there are good news stories out there. Stories that highlight the resilience and ingenuity of people, examples of kindness and compassion we show to each other, the determination to overcome hardship and the creative way people improve their lives. Mal Walden, the much loved former Melbourne newsreader who has been involved with journalism and the media for over six decades, presents his latest book – a collection of Good News! Jam packed with stories of survival, invention, compassion and decent human kindness.
If you want to come along and celebrate the launch of this ingenuous new book, Good News! from the author of the wildly popular The News Man (Brolga Publishing, 2016) you are welcome to attend! Please note, we ask that you RSVP so we can keep track of attendance numbers.
Date: Wednesday, 6th of December 2017.
Venue: The Racecourse Hotel – 895 Dandenong Rd, Malvern East.
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
RSVP: Elly Cridland firstname.lastname@example.org
Finger food provided & drinks available for purchase over the bar.
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!
Zoot, Mississippi, Little River Band, Birtles Shorrock Goble … do any of these famous groups ring a bell – does it take you to a place of fond memories of the unforgettable hair, outfits and music and an unforgettable era for Australian music? Do you know what these all have in common? The enormously talented and famous Beeb Birtles of course!
We’re so grateful to have been able to work with Beeb to publish his memoir Every Day of My Life and now we’re super excited to pass on the excellent news – Eastland and Chadstone Dymocks stores (November 17th and 18th respectively) will be having Beeb Birtles himself in for a book signing! We very much encourage coming down, meeting a piece of music history and getting a book (or two) signed! Christmas is just around the corner and this is a must-have book for any music enthusiast!
Meet Beeb Birtles at Dymocks Eastland
Date: Friday, November 17th 2017
Venue: Dymocks Eastland, Eastland Shopping Centre, Shop 1136, 171-175 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood VIC 3134
www.dymocks.com.au | Beeb Birtles at Eastland – Friday, November 17 2017.
Meet Beeb Birtles at Dymocks Chadstone
Date: Saturday, November 18th 2017
Venue: Dymocks Chadstone, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road Chadstone Vic 3148
www.dymocks.com.au | Beeb Birtles at Chadstone – Saturday, November 18 2017.
Every Day of My Life ISBN: 9781925367973
We were very honoured to attend and be a part of the launch of one of the most highly-anticipated titles released this year – Fabulous Phil by Matt Watson – at the stunning Bella Union venue in Carlton on August 28th 2017. The launch was graced with the football hero and icon himself, Phil Carman; he spoke candidly and told tales and adventures from his youth, career and life after to a packed house.
Many books were sold and signed – with Phil Carman having a lovely chat with everyone who approached him and proceeds from door sales going towards the MND Foundation (Motor Neurone Disease Foundation Australia)
If you haven’t nabbed your ripper copy of Fabulous Phil yet it is available at all good bookstores and can be ordered directly by contacting email@example.com
If you would like to donate to the register to purchase the 2018 Big Freeze Beanie and/or donate/support the MND foundation you can follow this link https://curemnd.org.au and score a point for a more research and better lives for Australians battling MND.
Fabulous Phil ISBN: 9781925367850
On Friday, July 7th 2017, we had the pleasure of attending the launch of Hidden World Inside Story of the Soul in the gorgeous One Space HQ, which is situated in idyllic Bondi Junction in Sydney. The packed house, interspersed with attendees donning masks to fit the launches’ theme of masquerade, were treated to a lovely night listening to talented artists accompanying the author and his book’s launch.
Photo credit: Tom Jones (www.mrtomjones.com)
Photo credit: Tom Jones (www.mrtomjones.com)
Dr. Kaushik Ram; author of Hidden World Inside Story of the Soul – who amongst other accomplishments is a world-leading and renowned neuroscientist who intends to teach us about the human subconscious and how to naturally invigorate our subconscious potential has over a 17 years’ experience in the academic field since graduating from University of Sydney with a PHD in Neuroscience and now had written his first book; which mixes poetry and science in a powerful tour de force with aim to guide readers to self-reflect and reassemble the pieces of what we thought we know about ourselves and world around us.
Artist: Vanessa Forbes | Photo credit: Tom Jones (www.mrtomjones.com)
Artist: Olivia Rosebery | Photo credit: Tom Jones (www.mrtomjones.com)
Hidden World Inside Story of the Soul is out now and available at all good bookstores and though Dr. Kaushik Ram’s website you can also order a signed copy (for a limited time!) http://drkaushikram.com/product/pre-order/
Photo credit: Tom Jones (www.mrtomjones.com)
Ros Ben-Moshe launched her amazing book, Laughing at cancer this past weekend in Melbourne to a large room of guests all enraptured to hear her speak about not only her book but her work with being a health and wellness practitioner and the life of being a laughter yogi. Her book, Laughing at cancer is a unique book as most books about cancer are Q&A’s, outline the latest scientific research advances, are written from a “what to expect” orientation, or in some instances are from a comedic perspective on someone’s personal experience. This book, whilst infused with humour, hope and inspiration also includes some scientific evidence, making the content factually rigorous and is available in all good bookstores now
Not to stop there, as Ros is never one to slow down on her path to bringing about smiles, information and support around the dialogue we have about ill-health and the practice of health and wellness, she also appeared on Channel 31’s The Shtick which is a showcase of community events, information and entertainment for the Jewish and non-Jewish community. If you didn’t have the opportunity to watch The Shtick when it first aired it is available on Youtube: Ros Ben-Moshe’s appearance on The Shtick – June 14th, 2017