Category Archives: Latest News

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…
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Tommy Learns a Lesson

"Tommy Learns a Lesson" is the first in a new series of children's books written and illustrated by Lenka Wagner. Originally from Europe, Lenka now lives in Cairns, in tropical north Queensland, Australia. "Tommy Learns a Lesson" is the story of a self-centred, naughty bunny. Tommy treats his friends badly and thinks he doesn't need anyone.…
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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…
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Launch of “The Power and the Possible”

Stephen Chong launched his fourth book, "The Power and the Possible", on 5 February at the Police Citizens Youth Club in Cairns. The book is a practical guide for teenagers to help them negotiate the sometimes perilous path to adulthood. Stephen Chong specialises in providing helpful life advice through narrative, and this book is no…
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New book by Stephen Chong

Well-known speaker and author of inspirational books, Stephen Chong, is about to publish a new book for adolescents. This will be Stephen's fourth book, and follows the style of his other books, where messages about life are provided through stories. "The Power of the Possible" aims to help teenagers find their way through the difficult…
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New Poetry Book by Jennifer Coffison

"No Indication of Splinters" by Jennifer Coffison is a delightful poetry collection that was edited by Wordfix. Jennifer's poems speak to the heart, covering love, relationships, compassion, healing, courage and hope. The inspiration for the poems is Jennifer's own life experiences. While she has written poetry all her life, Jennifer now wishes to share some…
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New blog, “Marketing your book”

"Marketing your book", a new blog by Michelle Street, is full of creative ideas for authors to help in marketing their books. Published authors describe the methods they have used in book marketing. The latest post on the blog is from Celia Berrill, a talented poet who writes science rhymes aimed at schoolchildren. Celia's poems…
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Help for Dementia Carers

A new book to help people who are caring for those with dementia has just been sent to the printer and will be released soon by Jabiru Publishing. Voices of Dementia Carers by Helene McCarthy is filled with helpful advice for dementia carers, letting them know they are not alone on their carer journeys. Helene…
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“Women of Steel” Book Launch

In Wollongong in the early 1980s, jobs for women were scarce. Many women had to wake at dawn to travel to Sydney for work or sew in backyard sweatshops for minimal wages. When a group of local women decided to fight for jobs at BHP’s Port Kembla steelworks, all that changed. At the time there…
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“Being Happy!” by Andrew Matthews

Andrew Matthews, the well-known author of self-help books, is about to release the second edition of his million-seller book, "Being Happy!". "Being Happy!" has helped countless numbers of people around the world live happier and healthier lives. Here are some comments from grateful readers: "Being Happy!" changed my life. Nancy Hayes I love your book.…
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Reader’s comments – Cheerio, Don

Reader, David Cottone, is very impressed after reading Susan Alley's new book, "Cheerio, Don". Here is what he had to say: I was so impressed with your latest novel, "Cheerio, Don", and enjoyed reading every single page of it. I read the book at two sittings and was unable to put it down. What I…
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Robert Reid’s New Book

Well-known investigative journalist and author, Robert Reid, is about to publish his new book, "Legends of Australia's Wild North". Robert excels in writing gripping tales of adventure and intrigue, and this book is no exception. It contains true stories of brave, bold and bizarre happenings in far north Queensland, including Cape York. Included are stories…
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New Book by James Farrell

James Farrell's new book, "Headmaster Not Eaten", has just been released by Jabiru Publishing. The book is a collection of amusing anecdotes about his experiences while working in overseas countries. James has a rare ability to see weirdnesses and eccentricities in everyday events. The book is beautifully written and a great pleasure to read. "Headmaster…
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Kasthurie Govender’s New Book

A new children's book, "Little Rosy Lost Her Way", has just been published by Jabiru Publishing. Kasthurie Govender, who lives in South Africa, wrote and illustrated the book. Please follow the link below to see her beautiful artwork. Kasthurie wrote the book because she feels very strongly about the need to preserve the innocence of…
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New Book by Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw is about to publish his next book, "Never Let the Truth". In his inimitable style, Chris recounts some humorous short stories based - sometimes very loosely! - on his very interesting life. Here are stories to make you laugh and cry, chuckle and wonder. "Never Let the Truth" was edited by Wordfix, and…
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“Beats Working for a Living” by Rob Ryan

Rob Ryan’s book, “Beats Working for a Living”, was edited by Wordfix and is shortly to be published by Jabiru Publishing, www.jabirupublishing.com.au. Rob Ryan was born and grew up in Kenya. He read Geology at Oxford and became a mineral geologist, a career that started in Australia in 1955 and has since taken him to…
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Ten Common Mistakes That Writers Make

Jim Devitt from Indies Unlimited recently attended the Miami Book Fair International where he listened to various talks from literary agents. In his blog, he summarises, from this wealth of information, ten common mistakes that authors make in their writing. Avoiding these errors will greatly increase your chance of a positive appraisal of your book.…
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Regional Arts Development Fund grants 2013-2014

The next round of the Cairns Regional Council's Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants opens on 28 January 2014 and closes on 24 March 2014. If you are interested in applying, you are advised to contact the Council's RADF Liaison Officer, Lucy Hart, on 07 406644 or email Lucy at l.hart@cairns.qld.gov.au. Details about the RADF…
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Book Creators Network

Book Creators Network, based in Cairns, Australia, aims to connect people from many backgrounds, all with the common purpose of creating and publishing books. Members include established and budding authors, designers, printers, editors, publishers, booksellers and others who are interested in books and reading. Some of the members at the inaugural meeting enjoy the camaraderie…
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New Children’s Book Series

Sharon Wilson has published the first in a new series of children's books, based on the endearing character of Walter Bear, a mischievous little bear who gets into all sorts of scrapes. The book, "Don't Chew Gum and Don't Lie to Mum", is part of a new series called "Mum's Morals". As the series name…
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