Tanya Plibersek to launch Come Home, You Little Bastards

Invitation to the launch of Come Home, You Little Bastards

























We’re thrilled to announce that on Sunday afternoon at 1.45pm, Deputy Opposition Leader and Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek will launch a very special memoir called Come Home, You Little Bastards at Better Read Than Dead bookstore in Newtown.

The author, Carl Beauchamp, is a resilient and optimistic Sydney man who grew up in the care of an alcoholic mother in Glebe and Newtown in the 1940s and ’50s, was abused by members of a paedophile ring while living at the Church of England Charlton Boys Home at Glebe, but went on to become a father of four, grandfather of 12 and great grandfather of 17. Carl is still married to his first love, Beryl.

Despite the hardships Carl faced, his is an uplifting story containing colourful scenes of life growing up in the Inner West in those days, such as racing painted paddlepop stick ‘horses’ through the drains of Newtown.*

Carl has been active in encouraging former inmates of the boys’ home to come forward to give evidence to the Royal Commission and is a remarkable character who will inspire his audience on Sunday and all who read his story in Come Home, You Little Bastards.

*If you can make it to the launch, please bring a paddlepop stick bearing the name of your favourite racehorse so you can be part of the re-enactment of Carl’s childhood game in King Street on Sunday.

Ben Law joins panel for Sydney launch of The N00bz

Invitation to launch of The N00bzJournalist, columnist and screenwriter Benjamin Law, former bookseller and emerging author Greg Field and speculative fiction writer, publisher and podcaster Keith Stevenson will appear in conversation with if:book Australia’s Simon Groth at the official launch of Editia’s latest print title, The N00bz: New adventures in literature, on Tuesday, August 12, at Better Read than Dead Bookstore in Newtown from 6.30pm (download a PDF of the invitation here).

The N00bz is a collection of writing about writing in which authors experiment with their craft and document their quest to continually improve amidst rapid industrial change. The launch celebrates the second digital and first print editions of the book, including a new n00b adventure from Jennifer Mills and contributions from the talented crew of intrepid tweeters and bloggers who answered our call for a crowd-sourced chapter.

Ben and Greg were among the 12 writers if:book Australia initially invited to submit an essay for the web-based project that would become a book. Keith joined in after we invited Twitter submissions. The number of contributions doubled as you’ll see from the impressive list below of writers involved.

Ben, who is the author of non-fiction books Gaysia and The Family Law, writes in The N00bz about his dabbling with shorthand and explains why he’s not really a journalist. Greg’s first novel, Death on Danger Island, is out on August 13. In his N00bz essay he describes his transition from bookseller to Wattpad author and app developer. Keith Stevenson is a former editor of Aurealis and was joint founder of coeur de lion publishing. His N00bz essay looks at the benefits of providing his latest publication, Dimension6 magazine, to its readers for nix. Simon Groth’s own essay examines a temporary switch from computer to typewriter and how changing his tools impacted on his craft.

The full contributor list consists of a vibrant mix of established and emerging writers:

Romy Ash • Caroline Baum • Carmel Bird • James Bradley • Jodi Cleghorn • Emily Craven • Duncan Felton • Greg Field • Raelke Grimmer • Simon Groth • Charlotte Harper • Sophie Masson • Benjamin Law • Elizabeth Lhuede • Jennifer Mills • Zoe Sadokierski • Ronnie Scott • Lefa Singleton Norton • Jeff Sparrow • Keith Stevenson • Emily Stewart • Sean Williams • Freya Wright Brough

As always with Editia launches, there will be book sales, author signings, refreshments and time to mingle before and after the official formalities. We hope to see you there!