The Measure of a Man – Sidney Poitier

The Measure of a Man – Sidney Poitier

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier Published by HarperOne on January 26th 2007 Pages: 243 Goodreads In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career.  His body of work is arguable the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence […]

Deadly Unna? – Phillip Gwynne

Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne Published by Penguin Books Pages: 273 Goodreads ‘Deadly, unna?’ He was always saying that. All the Nungas did, but Dumby more than any of them. Dumby Red and Blacky don’t have a lot in common. Dumby’s the star of the footy team, he’s got a killer smile and the knack […]

Around the traps, mark something

It’s been a long time since I looked at the publishing world to see what’s happening. I feel quite out of the loop and it’s good to be getting back into it. Just looking at today’s offering I find lots to talk about. Comic-Con San Diego Announces 2019 Eisner Awards Nominations I love looking at […]

Hedda Gabler and Other Plays – Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler and Other Plays – Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler and Other Plays by Henrik Ibsen, Una Mary Ellis-Fermor Published by Penguin Classics Pages: 368 Goodreads In these three unforgettably intense plays, Henrik Ibsen explores the problems of personal and social morality that he perceived in the world around him and, in particular, the complex nature of truth. The Pillars of the Community […]

Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse

Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse

Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse Published by Penguin Pages: 176 Goodreads The classic comedy of a 50s youth trapped inside a Walter Mitty fantasy-world, Billy Liar was published in 1959, and captures brilliantly the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town. It tells the story of Billy Fisher, a Yorkshire teenager unable to stop lying – […]

Verandah Literary and Art Journal 27

Yes, another Verandah. This issue is from 2012. If I understand correctly, Verandah has a new team every year. It is supported by The Deakin School of Communication and Creative Arts. In 2018 some of the team were in my classes. It’s going to be interesting to see where their careers go. The team of […]

Overland Issue 232 Spring 2018

Another Monday another magazine. You’d be right in thinking I haven’t finished that anthology yet, I’m getting there but 900 pages is pretty heavy going. With less than 300 to go I should get there any week and then I’ll scribble a few words about it. Overland has been publishing this magazine since 1954. It’s […]

The Lifted Brow 10th Birthday Issue, 33 March 2017

The Lifted Brow is an impressive magazine. The organisation itself is a non-profit literary publishing organisation based in Melbourne, Australia. They don’t worry too much about the money instead focussing on publishing work from the artistic and/or demographic margins. They’ve been doing this since 2007. It’s full of excellently written articles. Reading through this 10th […]

Our Books Are Not Free – Facebook event

Something has come up so I’m digressing from the planned scheduled programme. You know those times when you see a book event on but you can’t make it. There might be many reasons you can’t make it. The event might be in the wrong hemisphere, in the wrong city, an awkward time of day/night for […]