Jane Barry's Review (Brisbane Courier Mail, 19/03/2011)

Mar 24 2011
Jane Barry's Review (Brisbane Courier Mail, 19/03/2011)

Hoorah! at last we are getting somewhere. This review by Jane Barry appeared in last Saturday's Courier Mail, Brisbane, 19/03/2011. Here is the text.

THERE used to be such a stigma associated with domestic violence that it was rarely talked about.

Barry Dickins Likened to Modern Day Henry Lawson

Mar 21 2011
Barry Dickins Likened to Modern Day Henry Lawson

Graeme Johnstone's Speech for Opening Of Barry Dickins Exhibition

I think it’s really appropriate that we are here today to honor Barry Dickins in an artists’ studio named after the Gecko.
There are 750 gecko species around the world, 91 of which are Australian. And the Aussie gecko loves a good feed, comes out at night, vocalises with a sort of wheezing bark, and has this amazing ability to not only walk up the wall, but go right across the ceiling.
And that’s a pretty accurate description of what happens during a night out on the tiles with Dickins. If you can remember it.

Mother told ' say goodbye to your children.'

Mar 17 2011

This tragic case is in the courts at the moment.

Did Freeman intend to kill his sons as well?

Women can be evil as well

Mar 17 2011

A story in the Press this week that covers similar topics to our book, 'Lover Husband Father Monster'.
In this one the wife plots a murder for her unsuspecting husband who thinks he has a perfect marriage. She is having an affair and three months before the attempt she and her boyfriend even buy a cemetery plot for him. Now that is considerate!

Death by Talking.

Mar 14 2011

The other night we did our first presentation for a service club. Boy, was it a hard stage to play? Talk about a sharp learning curve!
To begin with we fought our way through peak hour traffic, across the bridge and way on the other side of town where we had been engaged to speak about how we wrote the book and then to do some parallel readings from it.

An Irish Blessing

Mar 12 2011

May you always have work for your hands to do
May your pockets hold always a coin or two
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain
May the hand of a friend always be near you
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you
- Irish Blessing

Friendship isn't about who you have known the longest

It's about those who came and never left your side ....

Do we all have the capacity to do evil?

Feb 24 2011
Do we all have the capacity to do evil?

"The evil I am talking about lives in us all. It takes hold of the individual, in private lives, within a family, and then it's the children who suffer most. And then, when conditions are right, in different countries, at different times, a terrible cruelty, a viciousness against life erupts, and everyone is surprised by the depth of hatred within himself. Then it sinks back and waits. It's something in our hearts."(Black Dogs, Ian McEwan, 1992 Pan Books)

And now the hard work begins

Feb 20 2011

It took us nearly eighteen months to write 'Lover Husband Father Monster' but that was just the beginning. If nobody knows about it, then it will fade and die. Because we think it is a good book, we don't want that to happen. That is where promotion comes in - we have to get out there and tell people about it. This week we started.

Who hears the children cry?

Feb 15 2011
Who hears the children cry?

Talking about society's failure to protect abused children ( 'Herald Sun, Tuesday, 15th February,2011') radio talk back king, Neil Mitchell says "there's one horribly convenient fact about abused children: nobody can hear them cry".
Poor Aunty Shirley was shocked when she read the tragic ending to our book and couldn't understand how 'two such nice people like Elsie and Graeme could even imagine such a horrible scenario'.

Ooh La La! Aunty Shirley has read the book!

Feb 11 2011

Today I received a very sweet card from my son-in-law's aunty who received a copy of 'Lover Husband Father Monster' for Christmas. She has just finished reading it and wrote,
"Ooo La La! Elsie and Graeme, your book has kept me quiet for a couple of days. It more than held my interest and I read it in between my usual jobs.
You sure did your homework about Ireland. If I did not know better I would have thought that Ireland was your native country. My only concern was how it could come to such an evil end. It really upset me. I just could not get it out of my mind.