G’day! I’ll be presenting Get Up Mum at the Fitzroy Town Hall (Reading Room) Wednesday Feb 13. It’s free but bookings are recommendude! In other news Sofie Laguna (Miles Franklin winner 2015) gave Get Up Mum a big plug on ABC News Breakfast! Signed copies are still available via my SHOP. In the meantime, enjoy an excerpt from the Melbourne Writers Festival church launch:
Signed copies of Get Up Mum are back in stock via my SHOP. I’ll be at my old haunt Canberra launching my old Uni’s writing anthology Analecta. Monday Nov 19, 7pm. Smith’s Alternative Bookstore. Details HERE.
Every day is World Mental Health Day at my house. Take heart everyone. You are always stronger than you think. People aren’t thinking mean things about you. That’s just you being too hard on yourself. : )
Aimee Mann released an album last year called ‘Mental Illness’ – the best name check since ‘Thank God For Mental Illness’ by The Brian JonesTown Massacre. This is a great song with a lot of cat in it.
I’ll be appearing at Brunswick Bound
from 3pm today signing copies of Get Up Mum
and generally looking well-read. I may even give away this educational basketball card.
I’m the “lunch” feature in The Age today. I can’t remember what I said because I was hungry. We dined at my favourite Indonesian restaurant Yuni’s Kitchen
. (I studied Indonesian in grade 7 and can still sing ten green bottles: “Sepuluh botol hijau, di atas pagar!”) My favourite dish is Gado Gado (a rad salad with peanut sauce, egg, tofu and crunchy bits) – I like to sing it to the tune of ‘G’day G’day’ by Slim Dusty.
Why not kick off Love Your Bookshop Day by revisiting Bjork at her bookish best.
“A good book is the precious distillation of a master spirit, embalmed and preserved for the purpose of achieving a life beyond life – which is why it is, undoubtedly, a necessary commodity.” Florence Green, The Bookshop.
(Mate, I’ve been saying that for years.)
Get Up Mum has gone into a second printing. Thanks everyone for your support, retail and otherwise.
Check out the latest promo video featuring excerpts from Montello Primary School Book Week 1992!
Get Up Mum will be relaunched at Melbourne Writers Festival Sunday September 2. I’ll be conducting a service in memory of my child self. Tickets available HERE. I’ll be appearing on a panel at Brisbane Writers Festival Sunday September 9. Tickets available HERE.
Did you know 1 in 100 people have schizophrenia? It’s as common as autism. Find out more in this The Big Issue column I’m rather proud of.
It was Care Factor 10 & Golden Times at the Get Up Mum Sydney launch thanks to the genteel magic of host Benjamin Law. I coaxed another young Ben away from his game and we celebrated being in “dimples club.” I showed him a cassette and carefully explained how the magnetic brown ribbon captured sound. He asked “can you use it as a whip?”
Snavel a possie at the Get Up Mum Brisbane launch at Avid Reader Bookshop this Friday and be wowed and dazzled. Come for the insight, stay for the Le Snaks. There will be mental health, show ‘n tell and quizzically handsome gentlemen. Hosted by David Stavanger. Click HERE for Facebook event.
And the winner is…SYDNEY when I rock up with my treasure-trove cavalcade of nineties delicacies. Featuring Moroder ballads, bickie n dip, Benjamin Law & my childhood. We’re taking it one memoir at a time and reading is the real winner on the day. Better Read Than Dead, Thu July 19, 6:30. Click HERE for Facebook event.
Whatcha doing Tuesday? Do you wanna keep me company as I chat about Get Up Mum? Readings St Kilda will be hosting a show & tell. I’ll bring my tape deck.
June 26, 6:30pm at Readings St Kilda. You can find more info HERE.
“The lows in this tale are always complemented by affectionate highs. Heazlewood displays wonder at the world and its possibilities for delight – in his grandmother’s garden, in salty fish and chips, in swims in the sea. Littered throughout the novel are lines of poetry that almost startle, asking to be read and re-read…Get Up Mum is a warm, humorous memoir about coming of age, and the deep love between two individuals who need each other equally.” Caitlin Cassidy, Readings.
Also, July 6 I’ll be taking part in the First Chapters at Brunswick Bound bookshop. Check out my hilarious Q&A for them HERE.
On June 26, 1993 I was doing this: