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Paul Mitchell is a good friend of Clouds of Magellan – visit his website for articles, writing and news. Paul is reading on 25 August at ‘Passionate Tongues’ -

‘I’m reading from my new book, Standard Variation, at the long-running (and wonderfully named) Passionate Tongues, on Monday night, August 25th. The event, hosted by poet Michael Reynolds, takes place at The Brunswick Hotel, 140 Sydney Road, Brunswick, at 8pm. Get there early to sign up to read your work on the Open Stage. And if you’ve heard me read recently, please still come – you can shout out what you want me to read! Look forward to having your support at this Melbourne poetry institution.’

Also, Whitmore Press are running their Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize 2014 – the prize is now open for submissions.

The deadline is 29 August. Early submissions are encouraged.Guidelines and entry form can be found at the Whitmore Press website at http://whitmorepress.com. (which, incidentally, Clouds of Magellan styled with a bit of help from WordPress!). Other upcoming poetry events  are listed on the site.

Manuscript Assessment Prize

Your chance to win a manuscript assessment. Clouds of Magellan Publisher Gordon Thompson has penned a song He’s an Author, Now! (The Ballad of Bradley Bob). The song tells of the trials and tribulations of a young writer.

The song has ambitions to become the next ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ and to this end we need more VERSES. We are inviting writers to send in additional VERSES. The winning entries will be judged by Clouds of Magellan author Ashley Sievwright. The best entry will win:

A Manuscript Assessment from Clouds of Magellan – valued at $500.

Listen to the song on Soundcloud.

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The main verse goes like this:

He’s an author, now! He’s an author, now!

He ain’t drinking French champagne

He’s eating last week’s quiche Lorraine

Cos he’s an author, now.

We’ve received some contributions already:

His next book is only first draft stage,

For he wastes his time on his Facebook page

Cos he’s an author, now.

You get the idea! Entries close 30 September 2014. Email your entries to cloudsofmagellanpress@gmail.com.

1. Judges decision will be final

2. Manuscript assessment will be within the guidelines for a Manuscript Assessment – Clouds of Magellan

3. No limit of number of entries

4. Type ‘MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT COMP’ in the subject line.

 

Daniel Witthaus – Tasmanian Tour

Daniel Witthaus is in Tasmania for Marriage Equality Workshops, confronting homophobia workshops, meetings … and his schedule includes a book discussion event for Beyond Priscilla at Fullers Bookshop, Hobart

Free event! All welcome.

Thursday, 14th August 2014
5.30pm START
Fullers Bookshop Hobart

More info: http://thatssogay.com.au/

 

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. The physical CD is now available – send $15 to PayPal – gordonthompson1959@gmail.com.

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:
2 Hours 0 Minutes

- 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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