New Work for Elsie 'Around the Kitchen Table'

Dec 11 2012
New Work for Elsie 'Around the Kitchen Table'

Elsie has just released a collection of short stories accompanied by verse on a variety of topics but mostly to do with human frailty and mortality. It is called 'Around the Kitchen Table and is available on Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/Around-the-Kitchen-Table-ebook/dp/B00AEIZPAI
Here is one example about an Irish football player who relocated to Australia to play the national game but who died tragically young.

Jim

Reviews are Excellent

Nov 27 2012

Australian iconic singer & songwriter Normie Rowe will be Mark Copolov’s special guest, ‘live in the studio’ on Purple Haze, 8-10pm Wednesday 14th November. Normie will be talking about his upcoming stage show ’Normie The Musical’, which charts the highly successful 1960’s experience of Australia’s first ‘King Of Pop’, Normie Rowe!

Normie will also be talking about some of his classic hits, which include : It Ain’t Necessarily So, Que Sera Sera, Shakin’ All Over, Ooh La La & It’s Not Easy, amongst others.

Congratulations Graeme on Premier of 'Normie'

Nov 25 2012
Congratulations Graeme on Premier of 'Normie'

A very nervous Graeme and family attended the World Premier of Normie The Musical at The McComas Theatre, Scotch College on Friday night.
Fortunately it was fantastic and his worries were unfounded, a Triumph for all involved. A great show . Congratulations!

Simon Parris review
http://simonparrismaninchair.com/2012/11/24/normie-the-musical-review/

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Nov 21 2012

I have just finished reading two of your books. Lover Husband Father Monster and Our Little Town. I enjoyed reading them both although must admit to approaching the final pages of Lover Husband Father Monster with trepidation as I had an inkling of what was to come. However continued on and found it was so well done it was not the trauma - to me- as I thought it might be.
Loved reading 'Our Little Town' as it was a real trip down memory lane. We still see Turtle as you can imagine.

How Much do Our Councils Owe Local Authors?

Nov 9 2012

An interesting question in the light of the fact that I alerted Bayside Council Library to the fact that I have recently launched a new novel. Perhaps they may like to buy a few copies and put them on the shelf? After all, I am a longtime resident of over forty years, all of which time I have been paying my council rates. Did they support local authors at all?
“Oh yes, that is part of our mission statement. Local authors are important. Let me see, are you listed in the ‘Libraries Register’? I see, you have written two more books, we have one of them.”

'Normie' soon to premier in Melbourne

Oct 30 2012
'Normie' soon to premier in Melbourne

Normie, an exciting new musical charting the highly successful and controversial 1960s experiences of Australia’s first King of Pop, will have its world premiere in Melbourne on November 23.

Launch of Ma's Garden Well Attended

Oct 30 2012
Launch of Ma's Garden Well Attended

This is a back to front photo of the old Printing Office in the Main Street of Trafalgar

On a beautiful late spring day the view of the Latrobe Valley was stunning as we gathered to give birth to 'Ma's Garden' the new novel that is set in this lovely place.
Here is a sampling of some of the emails I have received from people who came. We all had a wonderful afternoon.

Jessica Chambers interviews Elsie for Latrobe Valley Express

Oct 2 2012
Jessica Chambers interviews Elsie for Latrobe Valley Express

http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/365497/delving-into-history... Jessica Chambers spent time talking with Elsie last week. Here is her story. "Family history discovered in an old wardrobe inspired Elsie Johnstone to write a novel based in Trafalgar. Mrs Johnstone's recently released 'Ma's Garden', which is set in 1902 and revolves around Ethel and Christopher Johnstone - her husband Graeme's paternal grandparents, and the newspaper Christopher began.

Book Launch 14th October, 2012

Sep 12 2012
Book Launch 14th October, 2012

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Elsie (Allen) Johnstone was born in Lakes Entrance and educated in Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale and Melbourne. She was a primary school teacher and special education specialist for thirty years until she left teaching to write, initially in the family business ‘The Wordsmith’s Shop, in Mentone a unique establishment that boasted ‘anything you want written we will write’ to a wide range of both corporate and private clients. Later, her first book Our Little Town, Growing Up in Lakes Entrance was published in 2009.

The Journey So Far

Aug 17 2012
The Journey So Far

Now my family has grown and my teaching years are over, I write. I love it.
Like many writers my first experience was to compile and publish my own family’s story. The old people were still alive, I had recently retired and it seemed a good time to do it.