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  1. After the fanfare



    So, I’ve published a book. That’s fantastic news! All those years of slavish labour coming to a glorious culmination – the release. The Drago Tree is my second novel published by Odyssey Books in this auspicious year of 2015. My year! I’ve made it. Crossed that line that feels like the Grand Canyon. There’s the endorsement. There’s the kudos. There’s the fanfare of the press releases, the radio shows, the launches. Fans grab their signed copies. Friends congratulate me on my success. It’s such a high. Then…

    You wait…and nothing happens.

    No Google alerts. Nothing on Goodreads. Or Amazon. You run an eye
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  2. On Gilgamesh by Joan London

    I’m about halfway through Joan London’s Gilgamesh and toying with writing something on Goodreads. Just now I scrolled through the reviews to read what others were saying but stopped when I realised there were over 1,800 of them. I really only have one word to add – bleak.



    And I realise much of the bleakness comes not from the story itself but from an absence of emotional reaction on the part of the main characters, along with a paucity of introspection. As is typical of much Australian writing the feeling in the story is embedded in the action as the main character, Edith, goes through the motions of her difficult life. She
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  3. Kissed by a Deer - a Tibetan Odyssey by Margi Gibb



    Margi Gibb singer/ songwriter / painter and author at Readings Hawthorn for the launch of her book Kissed by a Deer – a Tibetan Odyssey


    ‘It is a story about East and West, a passionate quest for the personal and intellectual truth that only comes through lived experience.

    Gibb’s story gives us amazing places, and wonderful characters, people we come to love and care about despite their failings. In its pages, wisdom searchingly finds its humble roots in the connections of heart, imagination and mind; in the midst of the act of living.'

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  4. Abbott’s barrow of inhumanity

    I realise I have a number of Liberal supporters in my friendship network. I am not Liberal in a political sense, but I understand and respect those who are. If I didn’t, then I couldn’t in the next breath champion social democracy. A pluralistic society includes a wide range of views/beliefs/party affiliations and so on.




    Having said that, I cannot condone our current leadership. Yes, all politicians are apt to be very one-sided, to push their own barrows and in so doing make all the other barrows seem full of falsehoods and bad policies.

    Abbott, however, is beyond the pale.

    And he’s back to his old self.
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  5. Free Novel!!!! Asylum - Part Two

    2.1

    …in which Yvette confronts the squalor of her friend Thomas’ flat…

    Yvette stood in the aisle beside her back-row seat. Behind her the other passengers jostled for a place in the tightly-packed queue. After a ten-hour bus ride, another hour in transit to Tullamarine airport, and a tedious three hour wait for a smooth four-hour flight across the desert guts of Australia, her skin felt dirty and Special and she hankered for somewhere, anywhere, quiet, cool and still.


    Instead, the steward opened the plane’s rear door and Perth greeted Yvette with a gust of hot, dry air. November, and it must have been a hundred degrees.


    The heat was at once exotic and familiar, the heat Yvette ...

    Updated 18th November 2014 at 04:23 AM by Mick Pacholli

    Categories
    Authors and Contributors , isobelblackthorn , Novel Collective , Politics
  6. ASYLUM - a novel in weekly parts

    Not every day an author gives away a whole novel. I had been asked and asked again if I would blog a book-length story and I'm glad I'm doing it. Feedback so far is encouraging. Some readers have formed a reading group to discuss weekly instalments. Start reading the story here and for this week's instalment follow this link. http://isobelblackthorn.wordpress.co...part-one-cont/
    Here's what people are saying:
    ”Asylum has all my favourite elements: politics, social justice, strong women characters, and an unexpected ending. Impeccably written in clear, succinct, yet sophisticated prose, Asylum is a thoroughly enjoyable read.” – Jasmina Brankovich.
    ”Hurry up with instalment two – I am totally hooked and need ...
  7. ASYLUM - a novel in weekly parts

    I'm serialising on my blog my novel Asylum. Here's a taste. If you like what you've read please follow the link below for more.


    Asylum

    Seeking asylum from the wreckage of her life, Yvette Grimm arrives in Australia on a holiday visa. She applies for permanent residency with no hope of success. Resisting advice that she marry to stay in the country, Yvette invests her hopes in a palm-reader’s prophecy that she would meet the father of her children before she’s thirty. She’s twenty-nine.
    Set in the excoriating heat of an endless Perth summer, Asylum is a gripping tale of one woman’s struggle to stay in Australia. Dark, absurd and hilarious by turns.

    PART ONE

    1.1

    Dents in the loop-pile ...

    Updated 16th November 2014 at 09:25 AM by Isobel Blackthorn

    Categories
    isobelblackthorn , Novel Collective , Politics
  8. "DREAMS" book of poems by Marian Webb

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    BOOK LAUNCH at GILGAMESH SALON
    on Monday 25 September at 7.30

    Port Phillip Gilgamesh Readings invites all literary enthusiasts to be part of the launch of the new chapbook, DREAMS, by Port Phillip-based poet and writer Marian Webb. A collection of lyrics inspired by the poet's dreams, the book is available on the night for $10.

    Hosted by Jacinta Le Plastrier and Renan Goksin. Free admission. Beautiful food and drinks, as usual, at fair prices. Evening Star, corner Cecil & York Streets, South Melbourne attached to the South Melbourne market. RSVP at (03) 9593 9575 or dreams@planetmail.net or just turn up. Starts 7.30 pm.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/620819371
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  9. Robert Lloyd reads from Black Guitar

    Readings from Black Guitar by Robert Lloyd.

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    Robert Lloyd's personal reading of his poetry and prose from his sensational read Black Guitar.

    Black Guitar is the first book by acclaimed Australian composer, musician and
    songwriter Robert Lloyd, presented in an elegant publication by Littlefox Press. The
    book encompasses three sections – poems, prose and song lyrics – which together
    form a varied yet cohesive collection. I found Black Guitar to be an uplifting read; at
    once tranquil and reverent, yet alive with many shadows and questions.
    -Bronwen Manger

    READ BOOK REVIEW

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    Updated 30th June 2014 at 11:58 PM by Mick Pacholli

    Categories
    Authors and Contributors , Robert Lloyd , Novel Collective
  10. Resonant Chords

    A Review of ‘Black Guitar’ by Robert Lloyd (Littlefox Press)

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    Black Guitar is the first book by acclaimed Australian composer, musician and songwriter Robert Lloyd, presented in an elegant publication by Littlefox Press. The book encompasses three sections – poems, prose and song lyrics – which together
    form a varied yet cohesive collection. I found Black Guitar to be an uplifting read; at once tranquil and reverent, yet alive with many shadows and questions.

    The first thing that charmed me when reading Black Guitar was Lloyd’s use of refreshingly uncomplicated language. This is a style that grants the reader – regardless of their degree of experience or familiarity with ...

    Updated 1st July 2014 at 12:03 AM by Mick Pacholli

    Categories
    Authors and Contributors , Robert Lloyd , Novel Collective