One of the most brilliant (and controversial) Australian footballers of all time, Phil Carman, took some time out of his busy schedule to stop by Chelsea library and have a chat with ABCs Paul Kennedy about his book – Fabulous Phil (Brolga Publishing, 2017) – and his awe-inspiring career spanning across the late 70s and into the 80s through SANFL’s Norwood and then into VFLs Collingwood, Melbourne, Essendon, and North Melbourne to discuss what he’s up since his retirement from playing and coaching in 2001.
Paul Kennedy (left) and Phil Carman (right) @ Chelsea Library
We always appreciate finding our authors’ books in bookstores and awed that we often seen the books and the hard work of the authors being appreciated, turned over in the hands of to-be readers – we’ve recently become aware that Good News!by Mal Walden (Australia’s longest serving news presenter and author of The News Man – Sixty Years of Television) is pride of place in the front window of the award-winning Readings Bookshop located in Carlton, Victoria.
If you haven’t snapped up your copy of Mal Walden’s latest book, it is available at all good bookshops or can be ordered directly by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org ISBN: 9781925367928
Nova 100 (100.3 FM)’s Chrissie, Sam and Browny invited the impressive Mal Walden, Australia’s longest-serving television news presenter and author of The News Man (Brolga Publishing, 2016) to come into the studio to talk about his latest book, Good News (Brolga Publishing, 2017) and to discuss how news as we know it is effected by the 24-Hour news cycle.
Mal Walden ready to tell the Good News
Left to Right: Sam Pang, Chrissie Swan, Mal Walden and Jonathan Brown
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 JanetDavies. 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
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, Mississippiand 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
At 2pm tomorrow Beeb Birtles will be speaking to Sydney’s Ray Burgess on 2NBC (90.1 NBC FM) from 2pm onwards. 2NBC (90.1 NBC FM) is a proud local community radio station which broadcasts out of the beautiful Peakhurst, Sydney. Beeb Birtles and Ray Burgess are long time friends so it promises to be a interesting interview for sure! And if you’re not a Sydney local, have no fear! You can tune in live following this link: 2NBC (90.1 NBC FM) live via Tunein.com
Beeb Birtles’ stunning memoir, Every Day of My Life is available in all good bookstores and if you’re interested in supporting community radio you can always check out 2NBC (90.1 NBC FM)‘s website at www.2nbc.com.au
Zoot, Mississippi, LittleRiverBand, BirtlesShorrockGoble … 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 Lifeand 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!
The widely lauded and acclaimed laughter wellness expert, Ros Ben-Moshe (author of the very popular Laughing at cancer book– Brolga Publishing, 2017) will be visiting the below Australian cities to present, talk and revitalise audiences in the way they speak about, think and approach ill-health, as well as attend local interviews that you can tune into. Ros Ben-Moshe is a leading expert in her field and her book, Laughing at cancer is infused with humour, hope and inspiration and features scientific evidence to ascertain the content is factually rigorous. If you would like to attend the speaking events/listen in to her latest interviews the dates are as follows:
Free public event Brisbane Square Library (community meeting room) Wednesday 4 October 4-5pm
ABC Radio interview Brisbane Friday 6 October @10.30am
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.