We heart Radio Adelaide

Just a reminder (on this lovely, not-too-hot Monday) of how great Radio Adelaide is.

Diana Chessell, author of Adelaide’s Dissenting Headmaster, was interviewed by the very well-spoken and engaging Ewart Shaw on Sunday. Listen to their fascinating conversation on John Lorenzo Young here.

<em>Adelaide's Dissenting Headmaster<em> launch

Meanwhile, Mag Merrilees continues her instalments of Fables Queer and Familiar at Radio Adelaide, all of which are available here.

And then there have been interviews with Kate Strohm, Dino Hodge, Janis Sheldrick and Phil Butterss – just in the last year!

Radio Adelaide was Australia’s first ever community radio station, founded by the University of Adelaide in 1972. With over 400 volunteers helping them run the show, they have numerous awards to their name and keep the conversation about art, politics and current events going with some damn fine music in between.

Keep up the good work, guys. It’s very much appreciated. Read more about Radio Adelaide here, and have a browse through their podcasts here.

Tracking Wakefield’s authors

Rise and shine kiddies, let this new (and short!) week begin …

To be perfectly honest, we’re struggling to keep up with our authors over here —

There’s Dino Hodge, on Late Night Live with Phillip Adams last night discussing Don Dunstan. Wonderful interview.

Then there’s Kate Strohm, who’s again heading to Italy to present on sibling issues discussed in her book, Siblings: Brothers and Sisters of Children with Disability. She presented at workshops in Italy in 2006 and 2013, and this year she’s preparing to present in Assisi and Glasgow. Kate says the experiences have been especially memorable – though working with a translator all day can be exhausting! – and reinforce the idea that families are the same the world over.

Siblings Revised Ed.















Then Philip Butterss, who has been running all over town presenting for the brilliant C.J. Dennis biography, An Unsentimental Bloke, has a launch coming up at Laura on the 22 June. Laura‘s a pretty rad place – C.J. Dennis wrote the poem ‘Laura Days’ about his time there:

When the evening sun slants through the gums,
By my forest-rimmed abode
Once more the old clear picture comes,
And my mind drifts down the road;
Back to the town by Beetaloo,
Where the rocky river strays;
Back to the old kind friends I knew
In the dear dead Laura days.

Couldn’t have put it better myself, Clarry. Except I would have added a line about how it’s the homeplace of Golden North ice cream, obvs.

And that’s only three accounted for! To keep up with everyone else, keep an eye on our events calendar.

Monday links

The simple act of going into a bookshop and buying an Australian novel is now radical. The slightly more demanding act of reading that novel is political. This is a good in itself. This makes the work good. It stimulates the economy, not to mention your intellect and capacity for empathy. It also provides writers, editors and publishers with the means to continue doing what they do. Most importantly, it stimulates a conversation, creates a context in which other Australian novels can live. That is, it creates a culture.

– Adam Ouston, Daily Review

This stuff is golden, if you don’t mind me saying.

There’s been a lot of discussion around the place recently of civic duty, in the wake of the Budget announcement a couple of weeks ago. How to actively engage and participate with this ol’ society of ours? How to be a part of the bigger conversation? The ‘F**k Tony Abbott’ t-shirts going around at the moment, as satisfying as they may be, do not an engaged discourse make. David Ouston from the Daily Review has a good solution, though, and one that we here at WP can heartily endorse: buy more Aussie books! Read the piece here. Buy the books here (of course).

Next, a short and topical video for your Monday kicks:

Now, if you’re looking for a good old fashioned bricks and mortar bookstore to find your Aussie books in, those lords of lists at Buzzfeed have put together 17 Spectacular Bookshops in Australia to See Before You Die (okay, a bit of a mouthful, and if you ask us there about five hundred more bookshops to be added to this list, but you get the point).

And, last but not least, an extract from Dino Hodge’s astounding Don Dunstan, Intimacy and Liberty, over on InDaily. Read the extract, check out the rad pics, then buy the book here.

Yes yes, the launch was last Thursday, and there will be photos of us all in our Don-inspired get up soon. Too soon.

Happy Monday, kids!

Oh, Don

It started innocently enough. In preparation for our launch of Don Dunstan, Intimacy and Liberty, we’ve been throwing some costume ideas around the office. Seventies, defs. This is the man who made those hot pink shorts so famous (see the book cover for proof). There’s also that mini yukata from his resignation. The paisley blazer at his 70th. Or whatever it is that’s going on here.

How would we ever live up to his sartorial standards?

And then our very own Michael Deves dug out this little gem:

Michael and Jenny, Santorini












The white Levis! The leather bag! The sandals! The setting! What a man!

This was promptly followed by Liz’s adorable schoolgirl photo from around the same time:

Claire, Deb and Liz 1972











If I had that blue dress, I would wear it every day – just by the by. Points for guessing which one’s Liz!

To top it all, Michael Bollen pulled out this doozy:

Michael, mid-seventies













Ain’t nothing can compete with that hair.

And then, just to really get into the mood of the thing, Devesy called our attention to this cultural time capsule:

Someone better come check on us, because WP HQ is timewarping hard right now.

This is but a taste of some of the delights that will be on show at the launch of Don Dunstan, Intimacy and Liberty on the 22 May. Yes, we will be dressing up, and yes, it will be a riot – come join us for the fun!

Don Dunstan launch invite