On 8 March 1864, Australia’s national poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon purchased a stone cottage and 101 acres on the coast at Port MacDonnell near Cape Northumberland, where he and his wife Maggie spent their happiest times.
This was Gordon’s only true home and resting place in Australia, where he found peace to write, grass for his horses and an unbroken view of the Southern Ocean.
Gidgee and Grit is a handbook of everything about Central Australia, from the oldest fossils in the world to the varieties of native truffles and how the indigenous people know when to hunt for them. It also contains a detailed account of the attractions not to be missed along the East McDonnell Ranges, as well as a compendious illustrated guide to the flora and fauna and a glossary of outback colloquialisms. And in case you needed one, a selection of damper recipes. [Review by Christopher Butler, ‘The Senior’ August 2013.]
Lorraine Day’s latest book, ‘Gidgee and Grit: a history of Loves Creek Sttion and Ross River Homestead, Central Australia’ will be launched by Ted Egan (legendary Australian singer songwriter, self-confessed bushy, former Northern Territory Administrator, and compassionate advocate for Aboriginals and all Australians) at 2 pm on Saturday 2 March 2013 at the SA Writers’ Centre, 187 Rundle Street, Adelaide (upstairs). Lift access is also available via the adjacent Brunelli’s Restaurant.
On Friday 5 December 2008, Freestyle Publications was proud to be invited to participate in the Australian Business Week activities by judging the Annual Reports of 12 teams of students at Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale, South Australia. Australilan Business Week is a partnership between educators and business, whereby students learn entrepreneurial and small business skills using a computer simulation in which they take an organisation through the equivalent of a two-year business cycle. Year 10 Business Studies’ students at Tatachillla hypothetically took over a hospitality business, which they developed and marketed, culminating in the creation of a trade display, production of a video advertisement and a company report and made an oral presentation to a panel of judges.
A story about an old man, a dog, a boy, fishing and friendship – what could be simpler? Norma King has brought an emotional and fresh approach to children’s writing with real characters, real circumstances, and everyday problems. Suitable for upper primary level students, but enjoyed equally by adults. ‘Hi! Mister Sam’ will be exhibited to thousands of public and educational librarians at the American Library Association Midwinter Book Fair in Denver, Colorado, from 23-26 January 2009.