Saturday, September 18, 2010

World Matters 2010 Writers - Disturbing the Peace @ Montsalvat -Oct 27 and 30 -31

Diamond Valley Oxfam, MontsalvatELTHAMbookshop
The 6th Annual
World Matters 2010 Writers - Disturbing the Peace
Oct 27  and 30 -31
Venue: The Barn, MontsalvatHillcrest Avenue , Eltham
Melways Ref: 22 A8

 The Great Hall, Montsalvat

970 Main Road Eltham
9439 8700

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

From a Funny Picture Book to Chasing the Rainbow and Utopian Man

Do you remember this, Trad Padders?
So many Australians recall this book as part of their childhood.
Herself (born 1964) remembers all the funny or peculiar people.
Edward William Cole penetrated our lives and our leisure.

And so Lisa Lang wrote a biography.
Now she has taken all the material she acquired for this non-fiction work
and turned to a fiction work...
Utopian Man
and she launched the book last night at the

As Meyer says:
It must have been a leap to take all that research and construct a narrative out of it – to get inside Cole’s headspace, to capture the emotional dimensions of real life – of his family and friends. But [Lisa Lang] is very successful in doing so. 

Utopian ManLisa Lang
Allen & Unwin
2010 (Australia)

Stephen Fry - International Treasure and Twitterer beyond compare

Do you follow, like mois, Stephen Fry on Twitter?  If so, a few hours ago, you probably felt like you had your Twitter clogged with consecutive Stephen Fry tweets.  There was a reason.  He was being interviewed for the Evening Standard, which he explained before the interview began - but if you came in the middle you wouldn't have known that, perhaps, and couldn't understand exactly what was being said.  To see the questions being asked, you had to go to the interviewer's Twitter.

There is no doubt about Fry.  He confesses he loves everything new - and he must be breaking all records to chalk up firsts relating to Twitter.
  1. Instrumental in overturning that scandalous libel decision in the UK which meant even Parliament could not discuss the decision.
  2. Arguably the first person to make money from Twitter, by promoting his recent London event which promoted his book and which was telecast live to numerous centres across the UK - to popular demand as was his recent Melbourne appearance.
  3. Possibly the first to conduct a newspaper interview on Twitter - but will await confirmation
We have heard of people being National Treasures, I hereby nominate Stephen Fry as the very first International Treasure.  Welcome at my place anytime!

For those who don't participate in the Twitterverse,
Stephen Fry is one of the most prolific Tweeters in the world.
At last count, he was being "followed" by 1,776,170 people.
So, if Stephen Fry, says something 
that's an awful lot of people to take notice.
Related Reading
The Fry Chronicles
The Fry Chronicles
Stephen Fry in America: Fifty States and the Man Who Set Out to See Them All