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Creatives Unleashed is a Free event which showcases a number of different artists and authors, under the collective stable of Finch Publishing, Sydney Art Space and Made In Design.
Free Event All Welcome
Come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon proudly brought to you by Finch Publishing, Sydney Art Space and Made In Design.
Meet the local artisans from Made in Design, share a laugh with Peter Berner comedian and illustrator as he walks us through his hilarious take on, well everybody.
Try your hand at Still Life Drawing in a workshop at Sydney Art Space.
Sale items of up to 40% in this one off event, a sausage sizzle with some bubbles too!
Saturday 17th June
1:30 – 4:30pm
64 Darley St Mona Vale
For more info go to the Facebook event page
Finch Publishing is delight to announce that Wendy Harmer will be launching the Finch Memoir Prize for 2017. Author Anne Tonner will be in conversation with Wendy in what is sure to be an insightful evening for the launch of her book Cold Vein
Anne Tonner, a high achieving human rights lawyer and mother of four, is used to facing battles and winning. But when her 13-year-old daughter Chloe stops eating and is diagnosed with anorexia, she is confronted with the mother of all enemies, one that is completely unfathomable and seemingly incurable. Anne and her family throw everything they have at helping Chloe face the ‘demon’ they name ‘Cold Vein’. But some three years later Chloe is still ill and desperately close to death and the family is in tatters. Anne is in danger of not only losing her daughter but her whole family as well. In a last ditch effort they travel across the world to attend a clinic in Stockholm, knowing that this may be the only chance Chloe has to survive.
‘For the last three years [my daughter], has been slowly dying. Although she is sixteen, she weighs as much as an eight-year-old. Her hormone levels are those of a post-menopausal woman. We have tried everything the medical system has to offer – psychologists, psychiatrists, family therapists, dieticians, drugs … but nothing has worked. And now here we are, she and I, flying to the other side of the world in a last ditch effort to save her. Anorexia is a difficult thing to get people to understand. Usually they will look at me incredulously. Sometimes they will come right out and say what I know they are thinking: Why can’t you just get her to eat?’
Event: Thursday 1st June 2017, 6:30pm
Where: Berkelouw Books 12 -14 Park St Mona Vale
Light refreshments provided. This is a Free Event – please RSVP on the Finch Facebook page, And please LIKE US while you are there!
Sacha Jones Author of The Grass Was Always Browner
Winner is Announced!
Finch Publishing is pleased to announce the winner and the shortlisted manuscripts for the 2017 Finch Memoir Prize. The prize is an annual award for memoir or life writing and has been running since 2010. The winner receives $5000 in prize money and publication. The prize is decided by a panel of three independent judges. This year’s judges were author Maggie Mackellar (When it Rains, How to Get There), Rowena Morcom (Editor of Good Reading magazine) and author Suzanne Faulkner (Mick: The Life of Randolph Stow).
The shortlisted authors and their manuscripts are:
Freya Latona with Deep Down Things
Kate Mathieson with Ways to Come Home
Julie Weatherburn with Swimming Across Myself
The winner is Anne Tonner with Cold Vein, a searingly honest and heartbreaking account of her daughter’s battle with anorexia.
Maggie Mackellar says:‘There is a ferocity and velocity to this memoir that’s totally compelling. I found myself reading with my breath held as the narrator reported on the disintegration of her family’s life as her daughter disappeared figuratively and literally under the savages of anorexia.This is an important memoir. It lays bare the powerlessness of a family in the face of a chronic disease. The loss of identity, the obsession with saving a child, the sacrifice, the guilt over neglected siblings, a marriage placed under enormous strain – all of this relentlessly builds to a crescendo of a story about survival. Many readers will relate to this book and find in it a source of hope that someone has been before them. This knowledge of itself is powerful.’
Rowena Marcom described Cold Vein as ‘harrowing, intense, absorbing and compelling. I defy anyone to read it without shedding a tear. You come to a realisation while reading how truly debilitating a disease Anorexia is and also how negatively society views this disease, giving it short shrift. It’s simply a book everyone should read.’
Cold Vein will be published in May 2017.
It has been all over the news, the request by Cricket Australia that when signing a contract, women players need to state they are not currently pregnant and subsequently to alert the organisation and team doctor if they fall pregnant.
There were also reports in The AUSTRALIAN… ‘that the players are not provided with maternity leave provisions available to other employees at Cricket Australia.’
Will this become a reoccurring issue as women’s sport rises in popularity?
Was Cricket Australia doing as they suggest simply putting the player’s health and safety first? Or is this symptomatic of a larger problem, that sporting organisations just don’t know how to deal with professional female athletes without resulting in gender bias?
“We were fascinated with Shine to explore the complicated world of fertility and female athletes.” She states, “As Liz Ellis informs us in the book ‘Fertility waits for no woman,’ so it is certainly an issue that sporting bodies need to address if they want to extend the playing careers of their female athletes and allow them to lead balanced lives outside of sport.”
“For those who have doubts about the need to provide maternity leave entitlements to female athletes, I’d urge you to read the stories featured in Shine to better understand the sacrifices made by these athletes and the impact that policies like this can have on their careers and their lives.” Megan concludes.
It is an interesting question, when is an employer such as Cricket Australia intruding into a woman’s personal life and possibly prejudicing that player for selection, and when is it a duty of care by the employer to the player to provide for her safety?
Gifts so good they are unwrapping themselves!
New official website launched for The Priests
This website will enable our author James Miller to share his thoughts and insights across a wide range of issues, from the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse through to great bush walks that help to quiet the mind and deal with the fallout of abuse.
So check it out at http://www.theprieststhebook.com we can guarantee an interesting and insightful read.
THE BOOK OF HE
In the The Book of He, Peter Berner (comedian, television and radio personality) offers a delightfully droll look at modern life from the perspective of a very ordinary man who has no desire to be anything but very ordinary.
Peter writes in his introduction: ‘He never climbed a tall mountain or saved a family from a burning building or even donated his time to charity, but he also never stood in the way of anyone who wanted to do those things. That had to count for something.’
Berner uses a minimalist style: ‘I’ve always been attracted to simple line work both spoken and drawn. There is an economy to being able to tell a story using the least number of lines. Plus, it’s a better hourly rate when you divide number of lines used into the fee,’ he says.
Peter does not work to a routine: ‘Some day I’ll have an idea first and the drawing follows – but more often than not I will sit and start making marks on paper and watch what happens.
‘I take panic, self doubt, and a constant fear of disappointing people and add to that blank paper, a pen and ink. I’ve never worked in what could be called a “structured fashion”.’
About Peter Berner
Peter Berner is one of Australia’s most popular and respected media entertainers, stand-up comics and corporate performers. He has written and performed solo comedy in both Australia and the UK since 1988. Peter has been a gym instructor, petrol station attendant, newspaper copy boy, advertising executive, barman, auctioneer, film actor and banana picker. He has appeared in TV commercials, worked as a radio broadcaster, writer, magazine columnist, TV presenter, stand-up comic, artist, cartoonist, corporate speaker and now author. All this means he either has a wealth of life experience or can’t hold down a job. He currently lives on an island in the sun.
‘Peter’s not only one of my favourite stand-ups of all time but I now find out that he’s also a wonderfully funny cartoonist! I’m almost paralysed with jealousy.’
Mikey Robins, comedian, writer, broadcaster and TV host
‘Who knew there were this many things to complain about? A perfect take down of modern life … This is Berner at his best.’ Paul Murray, journalist, broadcaster and host of Paul Murray Live, Sky News