Gary James’ chats with the one and only Beeb Birtles (singer/songwriter and iconic musician)

Gary James, who has been running since 2000, a well-known website, which has had over 28 Million Visitors since its launch on the turn of the century, had a lovely interview with Beeb Birtles at the start of 2021. Beeb Birtles is a Dutch-Australian powerhouse musician, singer and songwriter and guitarist, his passion for music has led him to creating and being a part of internationally renowned, celebrated and iconic bands such as Zoot, Mississippi, Little River Band (which was inducted to the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2004) and Birtles, Shorrock and Goble, not to mention his own solo work (including his album ‘Driven By Dreams‘).

In 2017 Brolga Publishing had the pleasure and honour of working closely with Beeb Birtles to release his memoir, Every Day of My Life which has been touted as ‘the remarkable tale of how Beeb Birtles conquered the music world – and then lost the band he’d help form.’ and goes in-depth from his own recollections of his childhood coming to Australia as a Dutch child who had little to no English skills in the 1970s and how music was in immediate formative passion for him. This one-of-a-kind memoir tells of how he came to have the stage name of ‘Beeb Birtles’ and never-before told stories of the behind the scenes being a part of and touring, becoming an immutable pop icon of the gold-age of music alongside Darryl Cotton and Rick Springfield. Little River Band was the first Australian band that broke into the then-elusive American market and go on to have Sleeper Catcher (Little River Band’s fourth studio album) become certified gold (the first Australian album to do so, though not their last, as their sixth studio album Time Exposure would go on to be certified gold as well).

To read the full interview between Gary James and Beeb Birtles and find out the answers to questions like,
“You produced your first solo album, “Driven By Dreams” for the company, but who else did you produce?”
“What kind of reaction has your autobiography, Every Day Of My Life been getting?”
You can read the full interview on [here]

Beeb Birtles’ memoir Every Day of My Life
is available in all good bookstores
and online via
Booktopia [link]
Amazon [link]
Dymocks [link]
If you have press or publicity interest in this raw, honest and fascinating memoir you can email our Company Director, Mark Zocchi on
ISBN: 9781925367973

Take Heart! ‘Calm Through Chaos’ has launched!

Tracy Busse launched her debut memoir Calm Through Chaos in the stunning Canterbury International Hotel to an amazing amount of heartwarming support and a packed house to come to celebrate a powerhouse author with a unique voice and an imperative message to send and communicate via her book and personal experience. Calm Through Chaos is the result of Tracy Busse’s impressive drive to document and tell her life-altering personal story which started with her having a serious cardiac event at home, thankfully where her husband was able to summon immediate emergency help upon finding that she was found unresponsive – this ultimately saved Tracy’s life after the event was triggered by a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

Waiting audience ready for the launch to officially begin

Reaching out to the CEO and founder of Hearts4Heart, Tanya Hall, Tracy Busse earned an impressive review before the books were even on shelves and was featured in the Herald Sun as well with Tanya Hall speaking about being a cardiac patient and the need to not take your heart health for granted.

Tanya Hall, CEO and Founder of Hearts4Heart on her review of Calm through Chaos;

Thank you so much for the honour of reading your book. It truly is such a
gift and I simply couldn’t put it down. It is so difficult to condense all the
events and emotions that we experience on our journey and then what is
required to manage a chronic disease as well as living a fulfilled life. You
have articulated that beautifully.  I love how you manage to capture all of it
in such a gentle way and then give practical advice on what to do and
things that you can easily refer back to … I have to say, I am finding it
difficult to find words to capture the brilliance in this book.

If you haven’t yet gotten your copy of of Calm Through Chaos, which is an invaluable title for those who are a cardiac surivor or know/love someone who is, this debut title can be found in all good bookstores or by contacting Mark Zocchi on

If you want to support Hearts4Heart we invite you to check out their website, their Facebook and you can donate to their cause HERE (Donations $2 or more are tax deductible)


Douglas Grant’s life, war history and curious Scottish burr explored in new and latest release from John Ramsland!

John Ramsland is a veteran non-fiction writer, specializing in subjects varying from historical accounts of Aboriginal peoples’ lives, Australian childhood, WW1, beach culture of Australia and colonial/post colonial child-saving actions. To date he has 24 books [including popular titles such as Remembering Aboriginal Heroes – Struggle, Identity and the Media (2006), Venturing into No Man’s Land – the charmed life of Joseph Maxwell VC (2012) and Flying into Danger – the story of Paul Brickhill RAAF (2017)], over 100 papers, articles, book chapters and reviews under his belt. More recently John Ramsland has honed his writing skills to bring to bookshelves the stories and lived experiences of men at war – of which his latest release features the life and tales of Douglas Grant, explored with incredible attention to detail, historical accuracy, careful annotation and vibrant references in The Legacy of Douglas Grant – A Notable Aborigine in War and Peace.This exciting new title was launched surrounded by friends, family and established audience in the heart of Newcastle, NSW this week.

John Ramsland, author, left.

If you are interested in picking up a copy of The Legacy of Douglas Grant – A Notable Aborigine in War and Peace you can find this in all good bookshops or by contacting Mark Zocchi on

If you are interested in any of John Ramsland’s earlier catalogue select titles may still be available in store, if not you are welcome to contact Mark Zocchi on the above email and we’ll see about organising a title for you.

ISBN: 9780987639080 

‘Amelia and Me’ pounces into bookshops!

When Ani Peters was just on the verge of her life changing in ways one can hardly predict – the end of a marriage and the going forward as a single parent a very special tabby came into her life and made sure that come what may she knew she was never alone. In her book, Amelia and Me, Ani Peters recounts the ups, downs, laughter, perseverance and unique experiences in her life from the moment of meeting Amelia – including heartbreak, loss, parenthood, coming to the realisation of identity and the discovery of self self-worth. Amelia and Me perfectly details the fortunate chance to share her life with a special companion who is described as a love of her life, the impressive Amelia, a sassy tabby attitude who was a faithful friend to Ani Peters for just shy of 24 years.

Surrounded by loved ones, fans and those who celebrate Ani Peters incredible journey and life, plus of course those who love Amelia directly or through the people who knew her Ani Peters officially launched this heartfelt title with Amelia in mind and memorialized with a framed photo and a candle that will never go out, much like how the myriad of ways that never fade of how a beloved pet can fundamentally change our lives for the better.

If you haven’t yet gotten your copy of a book perfect for curling up and reading with your own beloved pet you can find Amelia and Me in all good bookstores or by contacting Mark Zocchi on


Founder/CEO of Hearts4Heart reviews ‘Calm Through Chaos’

Calm Through Chaos, by first-time author Tracy Busse who is a heart patient advocate following her life-changing experience, is a forthcoming release to hit shelves this coming October and already it’s getting positive advance reviews for its sincere and heartfelt telling of Tracy Busse’s experiences following the night she is found unresponsive, learning later her heart had stopped due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition. In her debut book she tells of how she recovered emotionally and physically, including practical skills that are accessible to us all and enable us to live a richer and more vibrant life filled with joy, creativity, compassion and resilience.

Tanya Hall, CEO and Founder of Hearts4Heart, gave the below review,

Thank you so much for the honour of reading your book. It truly is such a gift and I simply couldn’t put it down. It is so difficult to condense all the events and emotions that we experience on our journey and then what is required to manage a chronic disease as well as living a fulfilled life. You have articulated that beautifully.  I love how you manage to capture all of it in such a gentle way and then give practical advice on what to do and things that you can easily refer back to … I have to say, I am finding it difficult to find words to capture the brilliance in this book.

A ’must have’ book for anyone dealing with a medical condition, (especially heart related) or for anyone wanting to live the best life they can live. It is such a gift! It offers practical, simple tools that can make a huge difference in your life. A book to be savoured.

Hearts4Heart was founded in 2011 and is a National Organisation that focuses on supporting, educating and advocating for Australians living with heart disease – since its foundation it has become an expert voice in the field of patient education and support for people experiencing heart disease and arrhythmia. Hearts4Heart is the only cardiac patient advocacy group actively involved in market access discussions with the Australian Government and Tanya Hall has received the 2012 CALI (Community, Action, Leadership and Inspiration) award and was a finalist for the Body and Soul Woman of the Year in 2013. More recently she won the Medical Technology Association of Australia Outstanding Achievement Award 2015 and the Global Bakken Invitation Award.

To learn more about Hearts4Heart please check out their website, their Facebook and you can donate to their cause HERE (Donations $2 or more are tax deductible)

‘Thursday’s Child’ – a great read for any day of the week!

Freshly released by breakout author Tracey Friday her debut book, Thursday’s Child is already making waves! Having snapped up interest from The Leader’s online publication on the back of its very recent entry to the market and hearts! Read the Leader’s write-up here!

On a very warm afternoon in the heart of Gymea Tracey Friday took centre stage of the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre and to a room filled with friends, family and fans of her work officially launched Thursday’s Child, a beautiful book which details the story of Maggie, a spirited girl who grows up to the not-so-distant booms of air raids, as the story begins in 1941 and follows Maggie from childhood to adulthood as she interacts with the people of her town she comes to call friends, enjoy the surrounding apple orchards and enjoying a life wholly her own. Along the way she learns, as life is want to teach, that not everything is idyllic all the time. Even with the ceasefire being reached in 1945 it becomes apparent war comes in many guises and tragedy is the fastest way to learn this hard truth. She holds true to her convictions, integrity and a four-penny stamp from a far away land she dreams of and pushes on to believe in her dreams and herself.

If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Thursday’s Child you can find this breakout title in all good bookstores or by contacting Mark Zocchi on


You didn’t need an eagle eye to spot the Eaglehawk Girl launch!

The Clyde Hotel is a historic part of Melbourne history; blueprints date this feat of architecture back to as early as 1866 and once again we nestled into the heart of the venue to launch one of our newest outstanding new titles, Eaglehawk Girl by Liz Low.

Eaglehawk Girl is a memoir of a life begun in the former gold-mining town of Eaglehawk in the City of Greater Bendigo and here in the 1950s a young Liz Low grew up. Her childhood was one of seemingly endless adventure and relentless curiosity. In her debut book Liz Low, with precision and honesty, takes us back to see the world through the eyes of a young girl striving for fairness, for freedom and for her voice to be heard.

Dr Jackie Watts enthralling the collected audience

Liz Low speaking to the crowd about the writing process, her influences and the heart of Eaglehawk Girl












Liz Low’s launch was opened and welcomed by her long-time friend, Dr Jackie Watts who spoke to the collective crowd – a mix of friends, family and fans – with heart and joyous stories of a life, and the life of their children, spent with Liz Low and perfectly surmised how Eaglehawk Girl is a must-read in it’s attention to detail, sincere explanation of the experiences of being a child – how the things Liz Low saw, did and threw herself into with the exuberance of youth has gone on to shape her to be the person and mother she is today. Liz Low herself took the stage and captured the attention as she spoke of how she came to write this book and the adventure of reliving a life well lived.

The perks of attending launches – the opportunity to have a personalised signed copy all your own!


If you haven’t snapped up a copy yet, Eaglehawk Girl is available at all good bookstores and can also be ordered directly by contacting

ISBN: 9780648327721

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 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:

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


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 –, 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
ISBN: 9781925367256