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Boy – a sell-out success at Byron Bay

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Victor Marsh’s The Boy in the Yellow Dress was a sell-out success at Collins Booksellers in Byron Bay – read all about it in the Byron Shire Echo:

Also, Sydney can frock up THIS SUNDAY 6 July for the Sydney launch at Gleebooks of The Boy in the Yellow Dress.

Victor will be interviewed on ABC RN Life Matters on Monday 7 July at around 9.40 am …

 

Homeland

A new CD of 9 songs by Gordon Thompson – Homeland - is out now on Apple iTunes and other digital music sites. We’re looking to release a physical CD in Australia soon.

Homeland – Gordon Thompson

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Out There – The Boy in the Yellow Dress

A review of The Boy in the Yellow Dress has just appeared in Media Culture:

‘an invigorating and pleasurable read … I would recommend The Boy in the Yellow Dress to anyone interested in the intersections of queer theory, gender and spirituality. I thoroughly enjoyed learning Marsh’s different perspectives on the search for self. It was a fabulous biography that demonstrated that there are incalculable paths to walk, and it was indicative of a rare one walked and travelled by an unassuming, underappreciated Australian.’ MORE …

Also, Victor Marsh was in interviewed last night on Joy FM’s Lefty Pinkoes show – search out the podcast,coming soon

 

The Boy in the Yellow Dress – Melbourne Launch

Join us in celebrating the launch of Victor Marsh’s new autobiography, The Boy in the Yellow Dress. Victor will be here to introduce, read a small excerpt from the book, and sign your copies. Drinks, cocktails, & books. Come be one of the first in Melbourne to get your hands on this exciting new title and meet the author.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1950s Western Australia a sissy boy is rejected by his father. He stumbles through a confusing sexual awakening into the hippie haze of the early seventies, when his spiral into psychedelic oblivion is interrupted by a rude encounter with the police. Soon after, a meeting with a young guru shows him that what he has been looking for can only be found within.

For more than a decade he travels as a modern day monk, teaching meditation in a dozen countries in Asia and the Pacific, before finally coming to accept that all sides of his nature – spiritual, mental and physical – need to be integrated. He takes up work in television, on shows as varied as Young Talent Time, Late Night Oz with Don Lane, and on Beyond 2000, which takes him to Los Angeles. The death of his father brings him full circle, back to Australia and to a radical re-assessment of his own worth.

Part family tragedy, part existential comedy, The Boy in the Yellow Dress is a warts-and-all account of multiple dislocations and the restless odyssey that finally brings the wanderer into a sublime relocation, in which ‘home’ is less about the recovery of a place in the world than a realignment of the lost self with the ultimate source of being.

Novelist Amanda Lohrey, recipient of the prestigious Patrick White Award 2012 says: “If ever a memoir captured the Zeitgeist, it’s this one … Wise, funny, surprising at every turn … More than a portrait of growing up gay, it chronicles the wild search for meaning of an entire generation.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victor Marsh is a writer, editor, lecturer, poet, actor and former television producer whose production career has spanned a variety of genres in both America & Australia.  His credits include producing Young Talent Time, (he was present for Kylie Minogue’s first singing appearance), and presenting movie reviews on Don Lane’s Late Night Oz.  He also produced stories for the international sci-tech TV show, Beyond 2000.

As an actor in the early 70’s, Victor performed at the politically active Pram Factory Theatre in Carlton and was involved in agitating to bring Australian writing to the stage.

A long-time student of comparative religion, Victor spent 12 years of rigorous but blissful life as a monk, teaching meditation in a dozen countries on behalf of his guru. It is this training under the personal guidance of a very modern spiritual advisor that enabled him to offer unique insights into the spiritual aspect of the life and work of the influential British writer Christopher Isherwood, who was the subject of Victor’s first book, Mr Isherwood Changes Trains: Christopher Isherwood and the search for the ‘home self’ (Clouds of Magellan, 2010).  Isherwood’s spirituality, as an unapologetically gay man, has been an area usually neglected by the literary commentariat, yet he proved that a rich spiritual life was entirely possible without renouncing one’s sexuality.  Isherwood’s ‘turn to the East’, mid-Century, when his own religion tended to vilify his ‘kind’, paved the way for a generation of later seekers to locate authentic spiritual guidance within other religious traditions.

Victor was also the editor of a compilation of essays, articles and personal testimonials on marriage equality, SPEAK NOW: Australian perspectives on same-sex marriage (Clouds of Magellan, 2011).

Originally a graduate from the University of W.A., with first class honours in English and French (1967), Victor earned his PhD in English at the age of 62, from the University of Queensland, with a dissertation titled:  “The Journey of the Queer ‘I’: Spirituality and Subjectivity in Life Narratives by Gay Men”.  He remains an honorary research fellow at UQ, and enjoys some sessional teaching at Southern Cross University.  In addition to many articles in academic journals, most recently he has been published in the Griffith Review. Victor has dual citizenship – Australian and the U.S. – and recently became a grandfather for the first time.

- See more at: http://wordisout.com.au/event/boy-yellow-dress-book-launch-signing-victor-marsh#sthash.CTydTgc7.dpuf

Join us in celebrating the launch of Victor Marsh’s new autobiography, The Boy in the Yellow Dress. Victor will be here to introduce, read a small excerpt from the book, and sign your copies. Drinks, cocktails, & books. Come be one of the first in Melbourne to get your hands on this exciting new title and meet the author.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1950s Western Australia a sissy boy is rejected by his father. He stumbles through a confusing sexual awakening into the hippie haze of the early seventies, when his spiral into psychedelic oblivion is interrupted by a rude encounter with the police. Soon after, a meeting with a young guru shows him that what he has been looking for can only be found within.

For more than a decade he travels as a modern day monk, teaching meditation in a dozen countries in Asia and the Pacific, before finally coming to accept that all sides of his nature – spiritual, mental and physical – need to be integrated. He takes up work in television, on shows as varied as Young Talent Time, Late Night Oz with Don Lane, and on Beyond 2000, which takes him to Los Angeles. The death of his father brings him full circle, back to Australia and to a radical re-assessment of his own worth.

Part family tragedy, part existential comedy, The Boy in the Yellow Dress is a warts-and-all account of multiple dislocations and the restless odyssey that finally brings the wanderer into a sublime relocation, in which ‘home’ is less about the recovery of a place in the world than a realignment of the lost self with the ultimate source of being.

Novelist Amanda Lohrey, recipient of the prestigious Patrick White Award 2012 says: “If ever a memoir captured the Zeitgeist, it’s this one … Wise, funny, surprising at every turn … More than a portrait of growing up gay, it chronicles the wild search for meaning of an entire generation.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victor Marsh is a writer, editor, lecturer, poet, actor and former television producer whose production career has spanned a variety of genres in both America & Australia.  His credits include producing Young Talent Time, (he was present for Kylie Minogue’s first singing appearance), and presenting movie reviews on Don Lane’s Late Night Oz.  He also produced stories for the international sci-tech TV show, Beyond 2000.

As an actor in the early 70’s, Victor performed at the politically active Pram Factory Theatre in Carlton and was involved in agitating to bring Australian writing to the stage.

A long-time student of comparative religion, Victor spent 12 years of rigorous but blissful life as a monk, teaching meditation in a dozen countries on behalf of his guru. It is this training under the personal guidance of a very modern spiritual advisor that enabled him to offer unique insights into the spiritual aspect of the life and work of the influential British writer Christopher Isherwood, who was the subject of Victor’s first book, Mr Isherwood Changes Trains: Christopher Isherwood and the search for the ‘home self’ (Clouds of Magellan, 2010).  Isherwood’s spirituality, as an unapologetically gay man, has been an area usually neglected by the literary commentariat, yet he proved that a rich spiritual life was entirely possible without renouncing one’s sexuality.  Isherwood’s ‘turn to the East’, mid-Century, when his own religion tended to vilify his ‘kind’, paved the way for a generation of later seekers to locate authentic spiritual guidance within other religious traditions.

Victor was also the editor of a compilation of essays, articles and personal testimonials on marriage equality, SPEAK NOW: Australian perspectives on same-sex marriage (Clouds of Magellan, 2011).

Originally a graduate from the University of W.A., with first class honours in English and French (1967), Victor earned his PhD in English at the age of 62, from the University of Queensland, with a dissertation titled:  “The Journey of the Queer ‘I’: Spirituality and Subjectivity in Life Narratives by Gay Men”.  He remains an honorary research fellow at UQ, and enjoys some sessional teaching at Southern Cross University.  In addition to many articles in academic journals, most recently he has been published in the Griffith Review. Victor has dual citizenship – Australian and the U.S. – and recently became a grandfather for the first time.

- See more at: http://wordisout.com.au/event/boy-yellow-dress-book-launch-signing-victor-marsh#sthash.CTydTgc7.dpuf

Join us in celebrating the launch of Victor Marsh’s new autobiography, The Boy in the Yellow Dress. Victor will be here to introduce, read a small excerpt from the book, and sign your copies. Drinks, cocktails, & books. Come be one of the first in Melbourne to get your hands on this exciting new title and meet the author.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1950s Western Australia a sissy boy is rejected by his father. He stumbles through a confusing sexual awakening into the hippie haze of the early seventies, when his spiral into psychedelic oblivion is interrupted by a rude encounter with the police. Soon after, a meeting with a young guru shows him that what he has been looking for can only be found within.

For more than a decade he travels as a modern day monk, teaching meditation in a dozen countries in Asia and the Pacific, before finally coming to accept that all sides of his nature – spiritual, mental and physical – need to be integrated. He takes up work in television, on shows as varied as Young Talent Time, Late Night Oz with Don Lane, and on Beyond 2000, which takes him to Los Angeles. The death of his father brings him full circle, back to Australia and to a radical re-assessment of his own worth.

Part family tragedy, part existential comedy, The Boy in the Yellow Dress is a warts-and-all account of multiple dislocations and the restless odyssey that finally brings the wanderer into a sublime relocation, in which ‘home’ is less about the recovery of a place in the world than a realignment of the lost self with the ultimate source of being.

Novelist Amanda Lohrey, recipient of the prestigious Patrick White Award 2012 says: “If ever a memoir captured the Zeitgeist, it’s this one … Wise, funny, surprising at every turn … More than a portrait of growing up gay, it chronicles the wild search for meaning of an entire generation.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victor Marsh is a writer, editor, lecturer, poet, actor and former television producer whose production career has spanned a variety of genres in both America & Australia.  His credits include producing Young Talent Time, (he was present for Kylie Minogue’s first singing appearance), and presenting movie reviews on Don Lane’s Late Night Oz.  He also produced stories for the international sci-tech TV show, Beyond 2000.

As an actor in the early 70’s, Victor performed at the politically active Pram Factory Theatre in Carlton and was involved in agitating to bring Australian writing to the stage.

A long-time student of comparative religion, Victor spent 12 years of rigorous but blissful life as a monk, teaching meditation in a dozen countries on behalf of his guru. It is this training under the personal guidance of a very modern spiritual advisor that enabled him to offer unique insights into the spiritual aspect of the life and work of the influential British writer Christopher Isherwood, who was the subject of Victor’s first book, Mr Isherwood Changes Trains: Christopher Isherwood and the search for the ‘home self’ (Clouds of Magellan, 2010).  Isherwood’s spirituality, as an unapologetically gay man, has been an area usually neglected by the literary commentariat, yet he proved that a rich spiritual life was entirely possible without renouncing one’s sexuality.  Isherwood’s ‘turn to the East’, mid-Century, when his own religion tended to vilify his ‘kind’, paved the way for a generation of later seekers to locate authentic spiritual guidance within other religious traditions.

Victor was also the editor of a compilation of essays, articles and personal testimonials on marriage equality, SPEAK NOW: Australian perspectives on same-sex marriage (Clouds of Magellan, 2011).

Originally a graduate from the University of W.A., with first class honours in English and French (1967), Victor earned his PhD in English at the age of 62, from the University of Queensland, with a dissertation titled:  “The Journey of the Queer ‘I’: Spirituality and Subjectivity in Life Narratives by Gay Men”.  He remains an honorary research fellow at UQ, and enjoys some sessional teaching at Southern Cross University.  In addition to many articles in academic journals, most recently he has been published in the Griffith Review. Victor has dual citizenship – Australian and the U.S. – and recently became a grandfather for the first time.

- See more at: http://wordisout.com.au/event/boy-yellow-dress-book-launch-signing-victor-marsh#sthash.CTydTgc7.dpuf

Join us in celebrating the launch of Victor Marsh’s new autobiography, The Boy in the Yellow Dress. Victor will be at Hares & Hyenas to introduce, read a small excerpt from the book, and sign your copies. Drinks, cocktails, & books. Come be one of the first in Melbourne to get your hands on this exciting new title and meet the author.

Where? Hares & Hyenas Bookshop

When? 5pm, Saturday 24 May.

Free event

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Date(s):
24 May 2014

Time:
5:00 PM

Duration:
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- See more at: http://wordisout.com.au/event/boy-yellow-dress-book-launch-signing-victor-marsh#sthash.CTydTgc7.dpuf

Launched by acclaimed poet and writer Michelle Dicinoski (Electricity for Beginners, The Ghost Wife)

ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1950s Western Australia a sissy boy is rejected by his father. He stumbles through a confusing sexual awakening into the hippie haze of the early seventies, when his spiral into psychedelic oblivion is interrupted by a rude encounter with the police. Soon after, a meeting with a young guru shows him that what he has been looking for can only be found within.

For more than a decade he travels as a modern day monk, teaching meditation in a dozen countries in Asia and the Pacific, before finally coming to accept that all sides of his nature – spiritual, mental and physical – need to be integrated. He takes up work in television, on shows as varied as Young Talent Time, Late Night Oz with Don Lane, and on Beyond 2000, which takes him to Los Angeles. The death of his father brings him full circle, back to Australia and to a radical re-assessment of his own worth.

Part family tragedy, part existential comedy, The Boy in the Yellow Dress is a warts-and-all account of multiple dislocations and the restless odyssey that finally brings the wanderer into a sublime relocation, in which ‘home’ is less about the recovery of a place in the world than a realignment of the lost self with the ultimate source of being.

Novelist Amanda Lohrey, recipient of the prestigious Patrick White Award 2012 says: “If ever a memoir captured the Zeitgeist, it’s this one … Wise, funny, surprising at every turn … More than a portrait of growing up gay, it chronicles the wild search for meaning of an entire generation.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victor Marsh is a writer, editor, lecturer, poet, actor and former television producer whose production career has spanned a variety of genres in both America & Australia.  His credits include producing Young Talent Time, (he was present for Kylie Minogue’s first singing appearance), and presenting movie reviews on Don Lane’s Late Night Oz.  He also produced stories for the international sci-tech TV show, Beyond 2000.

As an actor in the early 70’s, Victor performed at the politically active Pram Factory Theatre in Carlton and was involved in agitating to bring Australian writing to the stage.

A long-time student of comparative religion, Victor spent 12 years of rigorous but blissful life as a monk, teaching meditation in a dozen countries on behalf of his guru. It is this training under the personal guidance of a very modern spiritual advisor that enabled him to offer unique insights into the spiritual aspect of the life and work of the influential British writer Christopher Isherwood, who was the subject of Victor’s first book, Mr Isherwood Changes Trains: Christopher Isherwood and the search for the ‘home self’ (Clouds of Magellan, 2010).  Isherwood’s spirituality, as an unapologetically gay man, has been an area usually neglected by the literary commentariat, yet he proved that a rich spiritual life was entirely possible without renouncing one’s sexuality.  Isherwood’s ‘turn to the East’, mid-Century, when his own religion tended to vilify his ‘kind’, paved the way for a generation of later seekers to locate authentic spiritual guidance within other religious traditions.

Victor was also the editor of a compilation of essays, articles and personal testimonials on marriage equality, SPEAK NOW: Australian perspectives on same-sex marriage (Clouds of Magellan, 2011).

Originally a graduate from the University of W.A., with first class honours in English and French (1967), Victor earned his PhD in English at the age of 62, from the University of Queensland, with a dissertation titled:  “The Journey of the Queer ‘I’: Spirituality and Subjectivity in Life Narratives by Gay Men”.  He remains an honorary research fellow at UQ, and enjoys some sessional teaching at Southern Cross University.  In addition to many articles in academic journals, most recently he has been published in the Griffith Review. Victor has dual citizenship – Australian and the U.S. – and recently became a grandfather for the first time.

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The Boy in the Yellow Dress

Perth in the 1950s. After being caught wearing his mother’s yellow dress, young Victor had to hide any tendency towards gender inappropriate behaviour. But his interest in dancing and theatre (and mooning over Rudolph Nureyev on the telly) were bound to make the façade collapse at some point. Emerging sexuality and the sense of not being ‘at home’ in his body, let alone the world, ran alongside a search for meaning that brought him eventually to a spiritual awakening under the young guru Maharaji …

Part family tragedy, part existential comedy, The Boy in the Yellow Dress is a warts-and-all account of exile and the subsequent journey homewards that is less about finding a respectable place in the world than an intimate connection with the ultimate source of being.

If ever a memoir captured the Zeitgeist, it’s this one … Wise, funny, surprising at every turn … More than a portrait of growing up gay, it chronicles the wild search for meaning of an entire generation.  — Amanda Lohrey (2012 Patrick White Award Winner)

Releasing May 2014

The Stone Garden – 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlist

The Stone Garden: poems from Clare by Diane Fahey has been shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize of this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

The winners will be announced at a presentation and cocktail reception at the State Library of NSW on the evening of Monday 19 May.

Copies are available at all online outlets, as ebook, or from your local bookshop.

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Beyond Priscilla – Daniel Witthaus on Bush Telegraph

Daniel Witthaus was interviewed recently on ABC RN Bush Telegraph, listen to the interview with Cameron Wilson:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bushtelegraph/beyond-priscilla/5266958

Daniel Witthaus is a man with a mission – to fight homophobia in regional Australia ‘one cuppa at a time’.

Witthaus hails from Geelong in Victoria so knows what it is like to be a young gay teenager in regional Australia. He has been at the forefront of anti-homophobia education for many years and recently spent nine months travelling around Australia in an ‘openly gay truck’ called Bruce to spread his message.

The result is his new book ‘Beyond Priscilla, one gay man, one gay truck, one big idea’. It chronicles his journey around the country, engaging with locals about what it means to be gay and how to move beyond the stereotypes of that famous film.

Visit Daniel at http://thatssogay.com.au/

Beyond Priscilla

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