Back Country Rivers

Recently released by Jabiru Publishing, Back Country Rivers by David Howard is a collection of bush poetry based on the lives of people who lived near the river system of north-western Queensland and north-western New South Wales – the Back Country. The poems’ stories can be sad, humorous, tragic and fantastic, and are told in the inimitable style of former ABC Radio broadcaster, David Howard, who spent some time living in Longreach. David’s poems are accompanied by carefully researched – but definitely not boring! – prose in which he explains more about the history of the people and the country described in the poems. …read more

“Timid Drip” by Desmond O’Neill

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What a pleasure it has been to edit and produce this very special children’s book, Timid Drip, especially since it appeals to people of all ages, not just children. The story is about Drip, a water-drop living on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, who is being bullied by the other water-drops. They love to jump down waterfalls, for fun, but Drip isn’t interested and feels there are much more important things to do in life. He rebels in anger, and disappears. The other water-drops feel very guilty, because they know they have been too hard on Drip. So they begin to search …read more

New Book of Poems and Stories by Noela McNamara

Noela McNamara’s new book contains poems and stories about the interface between cultural groups in modern Australia. Noela traces present-day situations back to their roots and shows the way that the past impacts the present in the lives of people from different cultural backgrounds. Her background in Australian Indigenous Literature allows her to have a rare ability to conduct a sensitive and thoughtful exploration of sometimes difficult issues. While Noela’s previously published work has been in the field of poetry, the new book includes compelling short stories about people from different backgrounds who are trying to find their place within society. These stories …read more

A Nurse Like Aunty Mavis

Denise Petersen always wanted to be a nurse, just like her Aunty Mavis. Despite her reading difficulties, she successfully completed her training as a nurse. Thus began her career in nursing, starting with a stint in a tiny country hospital on the Nullarbor Plain, followed by nursing and midwifery in Australia and Papua New Guinea. She lived in Papua New Guinea for many years in a range of interesting, exciting and sometimes dangerous jobs. With her husband and children, she sailed in the family yacht to Cairns, North Queensland. There, the family settled, and Denise embarked on a whole new …read more

Tales from Two Gypsies

Clive Richmond met his wife to be, Mandy, when he was 21 and she was 20. Deciding to travel around Australia, they spun  a penny high in the air to decide which way to go. After travelling around Australia, they loved being gypsies so much they did it again – and again. In fact, they have spent nearly all their life travelling to various parts of Australia, moving from job to job and place to place, even after they had children. The road kept calling to them, and they enjoyed the freedom, the beauty of the Australian countryside, and the opportunity …read more

New Historical Romance: “Fortune’s Way”

With a Masters degree in History, Helene McCarthy is well-placed to write historical romances set in the early days of Australia. “Fortune’s Way” is the first of a number of novels she has written, and the book has been published by Jabiru Publishing as an e-book. This book is set in the early days of Van Diemen’s Land, now known as Tasmania. It tells the story of young Daniel Quinn who was sentenced to life imprisonment in Van Diemen’s Land for a crime he didn’t commit. He was only seventeen. Having survived the perilous sea voyage, Daniel decided to make …read more