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Rita Spencer – Still Voices

Book Still voices

STILL VOICES is Rita’s first venture into self-publishing and was released in January, 2018.  It tells the story of a family through five generations that locates them firmly within their historical context.  Using the genre of creative non-fiction Rita fills the gaps between known and unknown, puts flesh and blood on the bare bones of the facts and enlivens her characters.

For writers interested in bringing facts to life without compromising the integrity of the facts themselves, it is an invaluable read; a study in how to avoid the ever-threatening stodginess of factual narrative. Whether it’s the interactive author directly addressing ancestors, reflecting with the reader, telling amusing tales of the genealogy search itself or heart-warming personal reactions to her discoveries, this work is engaging and entertaining.  Included are poems and pieces of fiction where facts always lurk.  The creative genre is used to enliven what is a 216 page, academically sound piece of research, all catalogued in fourteen pages of bibliography. Still Voices has also been beautifully produced with full colour throughout and an alluring cover design.

Rita can be contacted on 0428 656 271



Bessie Jennings – Weird and Wonderful, 2016 verse

Weird and Wonderful book cover

Some B/W illustrations; cover in colour featuring father emu wearing a, ‘MR MUM’ label. Several of the items – about ‘weird’ Australians – are about animals, including award-winning MYRTLE THE TURTLE – and would appeal to children. Others are about ‘wonderful’ Australians, e.g. award-winning IN THE SLEEPER-CUTTING DAYS  and NAMES ON THE CENOTAPH. Some for all ages.

 Bessie can be contacted on 6583 5255 or 0419 482 828.

$5/copy or $6 posted.





Don Horn – Tram to Balmoral Beach and Jesus

Published in 2015 this book is a collection of vignettes about a boy’s life growing up in the Chatswood/Willoughby area of Sydney in the 1940’s.
Tram to Balmoral Beach and Jesus wasn’t published for sale but is available in the following libraries:
Port Macquarie – Hastings Library, Willoughby City Library, Willoughby District Historical Society Library, MosmanCouncil Library, Lane Cove Council Library

Don Horne can be contacted on 02 6583 2627






Gillian Scott – Threads of Time

Dr Gillian Scott was a university lecturer in Biology for many years before deciding to devote more time to Botanical Art after she had studied with Mary Grierson in the UK in 1975.

In 1991, Gillian was this country’s first winner of the prestigious Gold Medal of the Royal Horticultural Society (UK) and she was accepted as a member of the International Society of Botanical Artists at its foundation in 1986. She is also a Founding Member of The Botanical Art Society of Australia and of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland.

Gillian can be contacted  on 02 6583 8693





Geoff Collins –The Improbable Adventures and Exploits of Mabel Hawkins 2