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WordPress – build a website

Gordon Thompson, publisher at Clouds of Magellan, will be running a 4 week short course in building a website using wordpress at Bulleen and Templestowe Community House (BATCH) –

When: starting Monday 27 October 2014, 12noon-2pm (8 hours total)
Where: Bulleen and Templestowe Community House,

284 Thompsons Road, Lower Templestowe VIC 3107Phone: 9850 3687, Email:

Call or email BATCH for details and to book, or visit their website and download their brochure.

How Desolate Our Home Bereft Of Thee

In November Clouds of Magellan will release How Desolate Our Home Bereft Of Thee : James Tillman Sanford Allred and the Circleville Massacre – a history of the Mormon settlement of Utah by Sue Jensen Weeks.

In April, 1866, at the height of the Black Hawk Wars, Mormon settlers in the new village of Circleville, Utah, took a number of Paiute Indians hostage and subsequently murdered twenty-six men, women and children. Sue Jensen Weeks’ great-great-grandfather, James Tillman Sanford Allred, was one of those responsible. Her great-aunt later married one of the few Paiute survivors, David Monson.

Weaving together the strands of family history, letters, diaries, eye-witness testimonials, and reminiscences, Sue Jensen Weeks traces a path through the shadows and pain of one of the more significant events in the near annihilation of Native American peoples in Utah.

Sue Jensen Weeks was born in Provo, Utah and lives now in Salt Lake City.


The title will be available as ebook and print paperback.

Poetry news

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 (which, incidentally, Clouds of Magellan styled with a bit of help from WordPress!). Other upcoming poetry events  are listed on the site.

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:


Boy – a sell-out success at Byron Bay


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 …



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 –

Homeland – Gordon Thompson


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



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