'Ma's Garden' now available on Amazon

Aug 1 2012
'Ma's Garden' now available on Amazon

Here is a short synopsis of the story.
In the year 1902, Christopher and Ethel Johnstone left the city with their young family to open a country newspaper and printing office.
Ma’s Garden is a gentle tale about the first year of their new life, the people they meet, their tribulations and celebrations. This is the story of the essence of a small town, which was not so different then as it is today.

Bad day at Black Rock ...

Jul 11 2012
Bad day at Black Rock ...

REVIEW: BAYSIDE 2012 LITERARY FESTIVAL.
SESSION: BOOK MARKET, BLACK ROCK HOUSE.
“Writers with books come along and sell your wares!” exhorted the Festival program. “Readers come and select from a range of new and second-hand books!”

Making and selling a story

Jul 9 2012
Making and selling a story

REVIEW: BAYSIDE 2012 LITERARY FESTIVAL.
SESSIONS: FELLOWSHIP OF AUSTRALIAN WRITERS. “WHAT MAKES A GOOD STORY?” E. J. MCLAUGHLIN.
“MARKETING YOURSELF.” NIKKI TELLER.

How is the ‘backstory’ of your Great Australian Novel coming along? The backstory is the concept that perhaps does not immediately come to mind when planning a book, particularly for the inexperienced author. But it was the first issue E. J. McLaughlin raised in her presentation on “What Makes A Good Story?”

Murky depths of the criminal mind

Jul 2 2012
Murky depths of the criminal mind

REVIEW: 2012 BAYSIDE LITERARY FESTIVAL
SESSION: “INSIDE THE MINDS OF CRIME”

Chooks, foot fetishes and wild boys

Jun 29 2012
Chooks, foot fetishes and wild boys

REVIEW: 2012 BAYSIDE LITERARY FESTIVAL
SESSION: BAYSIDE POETRY GROUP

The chook that won itself in a raffle.
Cinderella revisited, with the Prince being not so much a dashing romantic, rather a bit of a weirdo with a foot fetish.
Not forgetting the mature age person’s understanding of the word “Wikileaks.” Incontinence …

'Shadow' allegory of Cat's life

Jun 27 2012
'Shadow' allegory of Cat's life

REVIEW: “MOONSHADOW”
WORDS AND MUSIC: CAT STEVENS
PRINCESS THEATRE, MELBOURNE, UNTIL SEPTEMBER.

The hallmark of Cat Steven’s stellar singer/songwriter career was the maturity he displayed in writing about the yin and the yang of family values. While the majority of his peers were talking about love, he was railing about how “from the moment I could talk, I was ordered to listen.” These themes provide the foundation for “Moonshadow”, an allegory for his own journey through a disrupted childhood, amazing career, public burnout and personal search for peace via a new lifestyle.

Sandy, a literary rarity

Jun 25 2012
Sandy, a literary rarity

2012 BAYSIDE LITERARY FESTIVAL
SESSION: “IN SEARCH OF THE SECRET TO ETERNAL YOUTH.”
AUTHOR: A. J. (SANDY) MACKINNON

Sandy Mackinnon is a luminous literary rarity – an engaging, funny writer who is also an engaging, funny raconteur.
The actor in him, plus the teacher and the adventurous Aussie tinged with English eccentricity and Scots savvy, all combine to light up the stage when he talks about his book, “The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow”.

Rotterdam - great first album

Jun 15 2012
Rotterdam - great first album

We had the good fortune to attend the launch of a new album on June 15. It’s by a band called “Rotterdam” and being wordsmiths we were drawn by one of the songs called “The ‘ings.” It’s a tribute to that element of grammar known as the “present continuous.” That is, words that end in “ing”, such as hugging and squeezing, dancing and romancing. It’s a rare song indeed, featuring the words “past participles” in the lyrics!

Another Successful Short Story for Elsie

May 18 2012
Another Successful Short Story for Elsie

Elsie's tale 'The Archbishop's Wife' has been awarded an Honorary Mention in the recently announced StringyBark Twisted Story Competition. It will be published, along with the other successful entries in a new compilation "Tainted Innocence" 

There is a discount of 25% for this month only for eBooks who quote this NE93P

Normie, The Musical

May 11 2012
Normie, The Musical

The cast is being assembled for 'Normie,' The Musical by Graeme Johnstone (words) and Peter Sullivan (music). It is set to premiere in Melbourne for a season commencing November 23rd.
A new young director, Simon Eales is bursting onto the scene. This will be his first major musical.
Musical Director is David Wisken, also young and at the cutting edge of theatre.