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

Gary James, who has been running www.classicbands.com 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?”
and
“What kind of reaction has your autobiography, Every Day Of My Life been getting?”
You can read the full interview on www.classicbands.com [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 markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au
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 markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au

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)

ISBN: 
9780648564614

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
markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au.

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 markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au

ISBN: 
9780648327790

‘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 markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com.au

ISBN: 
9780987639004

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 markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com

ISBN: 9780648327721

Going with the flow for the launch of Ocean Hearts ~

With the blooming of Spring we were overjoyed to be able to attend and witness the welcoming of friends, family and the new and previous adoring fans of N Dumindi as she launched her debut collection of poetry Ocean Hearts – Poems of Overflowing which is a soulful, emotionally rich and prose-armed venture into the human condition.

Like breaking waves lapping the shore, sweeping away grains of sand and fragments of shell, Ocean Hearts is both tender and devastating. N Dumindi uses words as a painter uses colour. Her book of prose quivers with passion, pain and sweetness, and claws its way into the softness of your heart. Ocean Hearts is is a rare book of beauty and strength. Let yourself be washed over by its words and emerge renewed and inspired and in awe of what it is to be a human being.

A room full of those waiting on bated breath for N Dumindi to address the room and formally launch ‘Ocean Hearts’

If you haven’t yet soothed your soul with the radiant prose of N Dumindi you can purchase Ocean Hearts you can find copies at all good bookstores and can order directly by contacting markzocchi@brolgapublishing.com

ISBN: 9780648327745

 

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

‘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

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