CURRAWONG CALLING by BRON NICHOLLS JUNE 2015
‘Currawong Calling’ a book for younger readers by Bron Nicholls, acclaimed author of ‘Three Way Street’ and ‘Mullaway’ (which was adapted into the motion picture 'Mull' staring Nadine Garner).
Nicholls writes for the more reflective reader and never talks down to her young audience. Like her previous books, this one enters the inner world of a young person confronting the challenges of growing up, of engaging with change, and responding to the demands that an adult world places upon a child's world. This one tackles the tricky topic of anxiety with a lightness of touch that is almost delightful - except for the very real nature of the experience. It is a story for which there is bound to be, sadly, an often too silent readership - but this book will give heart to anyone who opens it, and Pomonal Publishing is proud to bring it into print.
It is available for purchase from June 30th.
This is a limited edition publication from the acclaimed Australian author so you will need to to order copies. Review copies will be made available free on upon request.
Alice Weaver doesn’t like the things other kids like, computer stuff and television, she only loves books. And she has never had a best friend. When Mum and Dad send her to stay with her grandparents in Currawong Creek, bad movies start screening inside her head. Who to tell? There is only Joe, a loyal Border Collie, until Alice feeds a wounded bird, and sets off a chain of events she couldn’t have imagined.
ABOUT POMONAL PUBLISHING
Pomonal Publishing is a small independent publishing venture based in the Grampians. Still very new, we are delighted to introduce to our growing list of authors. We are an unusual 'company', as we are free floating creatives who come together for the duration of projects or as skills are needed. We operate on a not-for-profit basis, producing books at cost price via on-line print on demand facilities. The author is able to set their royalty requirements with the printer, but the publishing house gets nothing. Committed to the idea that authors should retain all rights, and have some creative input into the design of their own book, Pomonal Publishing aims to remain small, publishing only works we deem of literary value and that mainstream publishing houses overlook.
Nell is an elderly widow who lives on the edge of town, near a quiet woodland. Despite her garden, a helpful neighbour, and the company of her cat, she is increasingly lonely. She takes an interest in the folk who walk along the sandy road beyond her gate: the residents of a nearby Community House. An exchange of waves, a cheery 'Hello!' - something to look forward to. Until the morning when a woman suddently, inexplicably, throws a handful of stones at the cat...
To tell or not to tell? This heart-touching story is about friendship, loyalty, and the complexity of our caring for one another, in a community
Bron Nicholls was born in Melbourne in 1944. After the war her family moved to an isolated region on the Broken Creek in Northern Victoria. Bron's passion for writing began in that lonely, vast, facinating bushland. Over the years Bron has been a nurse, an art teacher, ESL teacher, kid's book illustrator and a tutor in Drama & Television at Rusden State College, Vic. Now in her seventies, she is still writing, but spends more time walking her dog. Her previous books are:
Three Way Street (Penguin, 1982; Random House 1993)
Mullaway (Penguin, 1986) (filmed: Mull 1988)
Reasons of the Heart (Penguin, 1994)
Zeno's Paradise (Bruce Sims Books, 2000)
Imaginary Mother (Black Pepper, 2013)
Currawong Calling (Pomonal Publishing 2015)
The Humming Tree (Black Pepper, 2017)
WHEN THE CAT SPEAKS by BRON NICHOLLS September 2018
Design: Anthea Nicholls
Cover image: Bron Nicholls
LIKE TREES by ANNIE DRUM
Introducing a new voice in Australian literature: Wimmera born Annie Dum writes in a distinctly contemporary style, her material invokes the spirits of Isabelle Allende and Elizabeth Jolley.
These are stories that journey through interiors, through altered states of reason and sensibility; where ordinary but exacting worlds are peopled with poignant characters suffering too many thoughts, too few inhibitions, or states of alienation in which identification with trees or building tools may provide sanctuary.
At times her characters, slipping easily from the mundane into the magical, seem to offer the reader a viable alternative to the tedium of the normal. Drum's sorties into states of madness are so eloquent they make sanity seem foolish! And she always manages to evoke our compassion.
These are razor-edged stories, investigating the bounds of identity, provoking questions: How do we travel? And more importantly: What do we travel as?
The collection will be launched by Neil Boyack, in the 'Newstead Literary Tattoo Presents' segment at the 10th annerversary of the , May 1st. Those interested in attending will need to purchase festival .
Pomonal Publishing is delighted to see this provocative little volume hit the road.