You didn’t have to leave Melbourne to Meet Japan!

In the heart of South Melbourne on the bright, winter’s Thursday afternoon of August 23rd 2018 Made in Japan – a direct-connection supply store that specialises in ceramics, tableware and house items made by small family-run businesses – was filled to the brim with an excited crowd; which included off-the-street interested persons, family, friends, old work colleagues, all gathered to launch the unique and one-of-a-kind book by first-time author John Urquhart, Meet Japan.

With audience packed close and microphone at the ready to reach the furthest-back John Urquhart opened the launch with a snippet of koto, shakuhachi and bagpipes from a well-loved CD of the Tokyo Piping Society, of which John had help form and then later lead. With heart and laughs he introduced the crowd to what inspired and drove the creation and writing of Meet Japan, the rich history and personal adventure of his then young-family moving to Japan in the 1970s as per John’s work with Borthwick’s and Sons to introduce beef to the Japanese diet – but their adventure was to be more than just work-centric and instead is chronicled in Meet Japan what was to be a once-in-a-lifetime introduction to Japan by John and his wife Lois, with their young children, as Gaijin (foreigners) long before tourism and travel was common from English-speaking nations to Japan. Invited to speak and formally launch the book was an old friend and currently Austrade’s Assistant General Manager Catherine Taylor.

Author John Urquhart and Brolga Publishing’s Company Director Mark Zocchi share the stage as the launch speeches were about to begin

John Urquhart and Catherine Taylor (Austrade’s Assistant General Manager) share a smile and a laugh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to purchase your own copy of the book (or two? With Christmas right around the corner why not give the gift of a great story?) you can purchase directly from the author on his website’s store or by emailing markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au and not to mention Meet Japan is available in all good bookstores now!

To keep up and find out more about Meet Japan you can check out the website: www.meetjapan.com.au

Made in Japan’s packed store floor moments before the audience was to gather and witness the launch for ‘Meet Japan’

John Urquhart addressing the crowd, featuring pride-of-place John’s late-wife (and co-author in spirit) Lois’ beautiful hand-painted screen of Lake Nojiri

We would love to also thank Jack and the staff of Made In Japan for being so accommodating in having us come in and launch a fantastic book in such an authentic and interesting venue. If you haven’t yet, do visit any one of their locations:
South Melbourne 1-7 Wynyard Street South Melbourne
Mornington 30 Watt Road Mornington
Queen Victoria Market Container 11, Stringbean Alley Melbourne

ISBN: 9780648242673

Meet Japan, Meet John Urquhart on ABC Radio Western Victoria!

Not even on shelves yet and already on the waves, John Urquhart will be sitting down tomorrow morning with the bright and bubbly Jo Printz from 10am tomorrow on ABC Western Victoria 91.7FM (Program: Mornings with Jo Printz) to chat about his outstanding memoir, Meet Japan.

Meet Japan is his first book and explores the heart and culture of Japan through a selection of letters written between 1974 – 85, written by John and his late wife Lois after their young family was assigned to live in Japan in the 1970s for John’s work with Borthwick and Sons to market meat – which until then had never been part of the local diet. Meet Japan does not centre on John’s work however, it goes so much deeper with sincerity, heart and respect to share and recount the beauty of Japan, the local customs and to tell the story of how two people and their young family came to experience Japan all their own.

If you would like to tune in but cannot pick up this signal/prefer to listen digitally their interview will be streamed live on Radio ABC Western Vic Live

Blurb:

Fancy a haircut next to a lady having her face shaved?
What about a young lady escorting a family through a bath-house full of naked old men?
Or shopping at the green grocer’s, with the basket-style till dangling from the ceiling?

Welcome to living in Japan where unexpected joys and revelations are just around the next corner. Inspired by a selection of letters written between 1974-85, Meet Japan is a journey of enlightenment as seen through the eyes of John and Lois Urquhart. Their Japan was in the mountains, valleys, villages, back streets and everyday hustle and bustle of ordinary people. Meet Japan gives an insight into the country’s deeply spiritual relationship with nature, its beauty, the evolution of its ‘food life’ and culture, and explores the soul of this fascinating country.

To experience Meet Japan for yourself you’re in luck as it launches later this month!
To follow ABC Western Victoria, please check out their Facebook, Website or their Live Streaming Services.

ISBN: 9780648242673

Dr Ian Gawler and the battle of Willpower

“For many of us, the conditioning of past experiences, the conditioning stored in our memory as images, limits the capacity of our mind. For many of us, to actively work on training our mind and reprogramming our mind is therefore a key step in freeing us from past limitations and opening us to future possibilities. Clearly, it is the mind that changes everything…” – Excerpt from The Mind that Changes Everything, written by Dr Ian Gawler (first printed in 2011 by Brolga Publishing)

The invaluable writings of Dr Ian Gawler in The Mind that Changes Everything are based on modern research and current studies and it’s aim is to inspire, energise and inform one’s own mind’s potential. He is an authority on how this can be achieved with his many qualifications and the real-world application of his own practices during his remarkable recovery from cancer several years ago.

If you would like to learn more you can follow Dr Ian Gawler on his website – www.gawler.org, where you can then read his latest blog and all previous blog posts.

His next presentations are:
Medicine of the Mind
Date: Friday 24th August
Time: 6.45 – 9.30pm
Further details/Booking

Health, Healing and Wellbeing – Seeking to use the Power of the Mind
Date: Saturday 25th August
Time: 1.30 – 4.30pm
Further Details/Booking

You can purchase The Mind that Changed Everything from all good bookstores or order directly by contacting markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au
ISBN: 9781925367256

Mal Walden author talk @ Nunawading Library – August 8th, 2018.

On a brisk August Wednesday afternoon to a packed library in the heart of the South Eastern Suburb of Nunawading, Mal Walden was the focus of captivated audience as he spoke of his 60 year career as Australia’s longest-serving news presenter, his experiences in radio and television journalism and two current titles, The News Man (Brolga Publishing, 2016) and Good News! (Brolga Publishing, 2017).

 

If you would like to keep up with Whitehorse Manningham Libraries, jump on their website or follow them on Facebook.

ISBNs:
The News Man: 9781925367492
Good News: 9781925367928

Meet G. J. Maher, author of Moon Over the Mediterranean!

If you’re in the area of or surrounds of Forster, New South Wales you are in for a treat!
G. J. Maher, author of Moon Over the Mediterranean is going to be giving an author talk at Forster Library on August 20, 2018!

Moon Over the Mediterranean has been a phenomenal hit with copies being loved and read all over Australia and Europe – it tells the fascinating story of Alexander, a conscientious objector in 1960s Holland. He embarks on a lifetime adventure, travelling the hippie trail through Greece, India, Nepal, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and beyond. Keeping his sketch pad at hand he always has a good book to enjoy and engages in deep philosophical discussions with fellow travellers, as well as falling in and out of love along the way. As he matures, Alexander becomes more involved with the world around him, helping displaced persons, building clinics, schools and rehabilitation centres, assisting children who have been abducted as child soldiers and abused in horrifying ways. Finally, he embarks on several monumental projects where he attempts to change the way people think towards bigotry and asylum seekers. Moon over the Mediterranean is a feel-good book despite the difficult issues it confronts. It tells the story of one man’s struggle to make the world a better place and live a compassionate life.

Event Details:  Monday, August 20 2018
10:30am – 11:30am

Location:          Forster Library
4-12 Breese Parade
Forster, NSW 2428

Follow this link to book:
Eventbrite.com.au | G. J. Maher – Moon Over the Mediterranean

ISBN: 9781925367898

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

‘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