The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-13T23:34:36Z Nnooo joins the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association 2017-03-13T23:34:36Z nnooo-joins-the-interactive-games-entertainment-association SYDNEY, Australia: March 14 2017 – The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has today announced that Sydney-based independent video game developer and publisher, Nnooo, has joined the association as a member. Nnooo joins Australian games developers, Big Ant Studios and Well Placed Cactus, who have been IGEA members since 2015 and have made significant contributions to IGEA’s policy discussions on behalf of the video games industry. Nnooo has been making games for more than 10 years across a breadth of platforms including PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One and iOS. Nnooo has also partnered with PlayStation First and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment to bring the games of talented Australian student teams to the PlayStation platform. According to Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, “Our members operate in a very dynamic industry. As a result, IGEA now participates and advocates on a wide range of policy issues that is vastly different to our remit when we started back in 2002. As we continue our work to advance the local industry, it is vital that we represent the broad views and needs of the sector at all levels, supported by accurate, timely and transparent market intelligence and data.” “We have worked closely with Nnooo for some time and have been fortunate enough to benefit from their experience both working in big games studios and corporate environments, and now as an independent developer and publisher. We admire the support and guidance they provide to other indie developers and students looking to enter the industry. We are delighted to welcome the Nnooo team to IGEA and look forward to their continued contribution to the industry,” said Curry. Bruce Thomson, Business and Marketing Director of Nnooo, said joining IGEA provides them with additional support, expertise and insight to help nurture and grow local talent. “We have been impressed with IGEA’s proactive attitude and their strong advocacy for all participants in the Australian and New Zealand video game sector, irrespective of size, industry focus or location. We look forward to formalising and strengthening our relationship with IGEA to support further growth wherever we can.”   -Ends-  About IGEA The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association proactively represents companies that publish, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content. IGEA aims to further advance the industry and the business interests of its members through informing and fostering relationships with the public, the business community, government and other industry stakeholders. IGEA is administered by a Board of Directors and supported by the CEO, Ron Curry. For more information, please visit www.igea.net. To read IGEA’s recent submission to the ECRC’s Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Video Game Development Industry, click here.About Nnooo Nnooo is a Sydney-based game developer and publisher established in 2006 by Nic Watt, a former lead designer at Electronic Arts in London. The company’s most recent game was Blast ‘Em Bunnies, an endless bunny shooter for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS. Nnooo published Cubemen 2, the 3 Sprockets’ Steam and iOS hit game, on Wii U making it the first indie title on any Nintendo platform to offer both in-game cross-platform multiplayer and cross-platform user generated content. Nnooo’s most recent published game is The Legend of Kusakari on Nintendo 3DS from Japanese developer Librage. For more information, please visit nnooo.com. Forget Everything You Know About Multiple Personality Disorder 2017-02-27T05:53:05Z forget-everything-you-know-about-multiple-personality-disorder Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse is based on a true story of a woman living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder). Writing under a pseudonym to protect her identity, A. J. Mouse decided to publish her personal struggle with DID in order to impart the truth about living with this condition. For over twenty years there had been no more splitting, no one new. Then Anne came along, making alter number ten. This book was created to record Anne’s journey as she learns to coexist with Jade, Peter, Neil, Jane, Zen, Nancy, Ray, Lucy, and of course Mouse—the author of them all. DID/MPD has been explored many times in film and television, but what is it really like living with this condition and what causes it? Author A. J. Mouse rejects the dangerous myths and misconceptions created by the mainstream media. She asserts: We do not change clothes every ten minutes. We are not dangerous serial killers. We are real—all of us. I am. We are. In the book, A. J. Mouse explores the origins of her DID and speculates on how the ‘splitting’ first began. When faced with unbearable trauma, the brain splinters to protect itself so that it can survive. Each alter has their own reason for being and their own story. But all lives stem from Mouse—the original. Anne’s mission is to uncover the reason the alters were brought into being by Mouse, and to finally bring resolution to their life. This book aims to give readers an insight into the reality of this condition and open up the discussion about mental health in our communities. Head to www.ajmouse.com for more information. ISBN: 9781925530247 Price: $24.95 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 152 mm x 228 mm Contact author: annejademouse@gmail.com Contact publisher: publishing@inhouseprint.com.au Website: www.ajmouse.com www. inhousebookstore.com.au DISCOVER 30 YEARS OF ROXETTE HITS AS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD THEM BEFORE 2016-12-14T07:59:15Z discover-30-years-of-roxette-hits-as-you-ve-never-heard-them-before "Songs for Nurseries, Toy Rooms & other Sweet Places" MEDIA RELEASE, SYDNEY, 14 DECEMBER 2016: Today, Australian boutique music company, Bamm Bamm Wolfgang, have released an exclusive collection of classic Roxette songs, reimagined as lullaby instrumentals for the next generation of magic friends. Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) promises to “Rox you like a baby!”. Join the Baby Roxers, Baby Jane and Baby Cooper (the animated artists and babes behind the music), on a melodic journey across three decades of Roxette. Serenade your little one with a starry twist on hits like “Listen To Your Heart” and “The Look” and other fan favourites, including “Silver Blue” and “Stars”. The ultimate gift for Roxette aficionados, this lovingly crafted 12-track compilation appeals to little ears with mesmorising melodies and dreamy instrumentals, making The Lullaby Hits (Vol.1) the essential soundtrack for a “Perfect Day” until it is time to “Go To Sleep”. Adam Alexander, Creative Director of Bamm Bamm Wolfgang comments: “This is a passion project for me. I’m a Daddy and have been an avid Roxette fan since the early 90s. While I adore traditional lullabies, it’s my hope that this record can be something a little more personal for Roxette fans, who are now becoming parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles – to add to their repertoire and share with their little ones. A musical inheritance, if you like!”. To accompany the release, Bamm Bamm Wolfgang have collaborated with Director Robertino Zambrano to produce a sensory music video starring Baby Jane and Baby Cooper, capturing the adventurous and imaginative spirit of the album. Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) is available from Wednesday, 14 December 2016. Album download available from digital stores. A limited-edition CD is available via the official Roxette website www.roxette.se. To find out more, visit: Website: http://www.babyroxers.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/babyroxers Twitter: twitter.com/Baby_Roxers Instagram: Instagram/babyroxers – END – For more information, images and interview requests please contact: Celia Harding
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E: celia.harding@outlook.com Notes to Editors Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) Private album link for review Track listing The Look Stars Sleeping In My Car Listen To Your Heart Almost Unreal Spending My Time Silver Blue How Do You Do! Good Karma First Girl On The Moon Perfect Day Go To Sleep Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX The Aussie-inspired Trump TVC banned by US networks 2016-06-23T01:21:43Z the-aussie-inspired-trump-tvc-banned-by-us-networks Today global technology company 360fly launched their latest television campaign in the US, with a TVC that answers the question “what would the US look like if Donald Trump becomes President and builds a wall along the Mexico border?”   It is a satirical, light-hearted TVC with Australian satire at its core, with the piece inspired by Australian-born 360fly CEO Peter Adderton. Key US networks including ABC, NBC and CBS have refused to air it.   The campaign was developed to launch the new 360fly 4K camera, which has been simultaneously launched in Australia.   The TVC can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/CVvPPQ3SvAQ   A high resolution copy of the TVC, along with stills of the campaign and interview with Australian CEO Peter Adderton can be downloaded from here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/epkvee4vicrqfh6/AABgzZ1eJtXA8yRn0s-8iJt1a?dl=0        360fly Challenges Consumers To Broaden Perspectives With Politically Charged National Advertising Campaign  Satirical, Futuristic Look at Border Wall, Showcases New 360fly 4K Camera’s Ability to Capture and Experience Every Perspective  Sydney, June 23, 2016 – 360fly, Inc., maker of the category-leading, single-lens camera that captures stitchless 360-degree video, today unveiled a satirical advertisement in support of its recently released 4K immersive 360-degree video camera. The spot satirises the current US political landscape and features actors portraying the three most-prominent US presidential candidates, utilising the widely debated border wall concept as its primary focal point. The campaign is scheduled to begin today on US Television.   The fictional futuristic satire is set in a desert landscape at the foot of the newly constructed border wall, where a rally takes place to celebrate the wall’s construction. While a President Trump look-a-like stands at the podium delivering a triumphant declaration, a blogger in attendance utilizes the 360fly 4K 360-degreee video camera to record the event and captures much more than merely the Presidential address.    The blogger’s finger swipes across the screen of his mobile device, panning across the 360-degree video frame to reveal the end of a tunnel that’s been dug under the wall behind the President. There, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders look-a-likes are assisting Mexican immigrants out of the tunnel that have successfully made their way under the wall and on to U.S. soil. Focused firmly on delivering his triumphant address and claiming the wall is “impenetrable,” the President remains oblivious to the activity, taking place behind him as Mexican immigrants continue to emerge from the tunnel. The spot resolves with the message  “Get a broader perspective. Miss Nothing.” The spot can be seen via the link provided here: https://youtu.be/CVvPPQ3SvAQ   “People are inherently driven to take a side, adopting a very narrow and singular point of view where politics are concerned, and that’s exactly what the camera industry has done for quite a while now,” said Peter Adderton, CEO for 360fly.   “This spot acts like a metaphor for the camera industry and showcases how 360fly allows you to break out of that singular focus and capture and relive experiences from every possible point of view.”   The campaign is designed to leverage news of the revolutionary new 360fly 4K camera, expanded retail presence and satirical creative spot to generate immediate sales as well as brand awareness of 360fly and how the innovative, game-changing cameras and apps will alter the landscape of 360° video. Key digital tactics include high-impact video presence and sequential messaging to generate strong awareness and sales conversion. There will also be social media and search marketing platforms. The plan also features takeovers on key consumer tech and lifestyle websites around launch and continues with a strong retargeting effort to ultimately drive retail sales.   The 360fly® 4K camera, available for $849.95 in Australia from JB Hi-Fi and other specialist retailers, pairs with a free iOS and Android mobile app which allows users to conveniently shoot, edit and share content to popular social media channels such as YouTube and Facebook. The 360fly 4K camera adds a powerful new image sensor that nearly quadruples the resolution of the original 360fly HD camera, shooting in 2880x2880. The waterproof* 360fly 4K camera offers advanced features such as live streaming, front-facing POV mode, time-lapse mode, telemetry and has an expanded internal memory of 64GB.  The 360fly HD is available for $649.95. Contact Details   David Wolf Closer Communications 0411 111 787david@closer.com.au #LoveWins book out now: Jim Obergefell and Debbie Cenziper interviews avail 2016-06-13T20:30:00Z lovewins-book-out-now-jim-obergefell-and-debbie-cenziper-interviews-avail Australian media interviews available with Jim Obergefell and Pulitzer prize-winner, Debbie Cenziper Email: emma@houseofrusher.com "If you’ve ever thought to yourself ‘I can’t possibly win against these odds’, this is a story for you. This book will become a classic." — ERIN BROCKOVICH LOVE WINS: The promise that won the landmark case for marriage equality by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell #LoveWins worldwide publication: 14 June, 2016 RRP: $29.99 paperback ISBN: 9781925344554 Imprint: Affirm Press Category: Non-fiction Moments after the US Supreme Court approved the historic decision to grant every citizen the right to same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama made a personal phone call to one man. That man was Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff who became an ‘accidental activist’ after making a promise to the love of his life to change the world. Love Wins written by Obergefell and Pulitzer Prize winner, Debbie Cenziper, reveals the inside story of the lovers and lawyers behind this David and Goliath battle that delivered the US civil rights victory of our time — and inspired the rest of the world. More than twenty years ago, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in Cincinnati, Ohio, a place where gays were routinely picked up by police and fired from their jobs. In 2013 Jim and John – who was dying of the crippling neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – flew to Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal, and exchanged vows on the tarmac. But back home, Ohio refused to recognise their union. John’s death certificate would describe him as single and Jim would not only have to mourn his partner but also be denied acknowledgment of the life they had shared. Then they met lawyer Al Gerhardstein, who had spent nearly three decades advocating for civil rights, and who now saw an opening that had never been explored in the courtroom. Together Al and Jim began a long and gruelling battle against overwhelming odds, partnering with more than fifty lawyers and plaintiffs to make their case. On 26 June 2015 the Supreme Court ruled in their favour, making same-sex marriage the law of the land in a landmark decision seen as groundbreaking as the historic Roe versus Wade case. Love Wins is the ultimate love story – about a man who goes to such lengths to fulfil a promise to the love of his life that he ends up changing the world. Love Wins is part-love story, part-thriller documenting history in the making,with an unerring eye on the heart and facts of the case, right up to victory in the Supreme Court. READ MORE IN ATTACHED MEDIA RELEASE ALL MEDIA ENQUIRES TO EMMA@HOUSEOFRUSHER.COM MAGDA SZUBANSKI WINS GOLD, A FIRST FOR TIM WINTON AND WORLD’S BEST BOOKSHOP GETS LOCAL NOD AT AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS 2016-05-19T12:35:12Z magda-szubanski-wins-gold-a-first-for-tim-winton-and-world-s-best-bookshop-gets-local-nod-at-australian-book-industry-awards In an unprecedented honour for a first-time author, Magda Szubanski won the gold ABIA for Book of the Year after winning Biography Book of the Year for Reckoning: A Memoir at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). A veteran comedy writer and performer, Szubanski reveals her extraordinary story of self-discovery, from a suburban childhood haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland, to the discovery of her sexuality along with the complex dramas of adulthood and the desire to uncover the truth about herself and her family. Magda Szubanski is available immediately for interview, as are other ABIA Category winners. In another exciting first, acclaimed novelist Tim Winton’s debut work of non-fiction, Island Home: a landscape memoir, won the ABIA for Non-fiction Book of the Year. Winton explores the way an Australian landscape has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. A trifecta of firsts was complete when romance publisher Harlequin won their first ABIA with Rachael John’s The Patterson Girls winning General Fiction of the Year for her contemporary romance mystery novel about four sisters. Johns, an English teacher in WA, focuses on rural romance and has been a finalist in several Australian romance writing awards. Andy Griffiths has once again won Book of the Year for Younger Readers with The 65-Storey Treehouse, wittily illustrated by Terry Denton. Young Sydney writer Stephanie Bishop has cemented her status as a rising literary talent, by taking out Literary Fiction Book of the Year for The Other Side of the World. Fresh from winning London Book Fair’s Best Bookstore in the World award, Melbourne’s Readings got a local recognition as Australia’s Best Independent Book Retailer of the Year. Leading independent Allen and Unwin won Publisher of the Year . Please see below for the complete list of ABIA winners. Magda Szubanski is available immediately for interview, as are other ABIA Category winners. For interviews, more information, footage and images, please contact House of Rusher Emma Rusher | T +61 0423 214 626 | E emma@houseofrusher.com Julie Thomson | T +61 0427 723 198 | E julie@houseofrusher.com ABIA BOOK AWARDS Book of the Year - Gold ABIA Overall Winner Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski, Text Publishing) Biography Book of the Year Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski, Text Publishing) General Fiction Book of the Year The Patterson Girls (Rachael Johns, Harlequin Enterprises) General Non-fiction Book of the Year Island Home (Tim Winton, Penguin Random House) Illustrated Book of the Year The Happy Cookbook (Lola Berry, Pan Macmillan) International Book of the Year Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ (Giulia Enders, Scribe Publications) Literary Fiction Book of the Year The Other Side of the World (Stephanie Bishop, Hachette Australia) Matt Richell Award for New Writer Salt Creek (Lucy Treloar, Pan Macmillan) Book of the Year Older Children Illuminae (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Allen & Unwin) Book of the Year for Younger Children The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffith, Pan Macmillan) Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade (Davina Bell, Scribe Publications) Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year All Fall Down (Matthew Condon, University of Queensland Press) Lloyd O’Neill Award Brian Johns The Lloyd O’Neill honour is for an individual who has made a significant, dedicated contribution to the development and reputation of the Australian Book Industry. Pixie O’Harris Award Jackie French The Pixie O’Harris Award recognises distinguished and dedicated service to the development and reputation of Australian children’s books. BUSINESS AWARDS 2016 Small Publisher of the Year NewSouth Books 2016 Publisher of the Year Allen and Unwin 2016 Independent Book Retailer of the Year Readings 2016 Book Industry Innovation Award Quirky Kid 2016 National Book Retailer of the Year Joint winner: Dymocks and Booktopia ABOUT THE 2016 ABIAS 7pm, Thursday 19 May at Art Gallery NSW, Sydney The ABIAs acknowledge the best talent behind the books Australia loves – the best books, the best publishers and our best book retailers. As the flagship event for the Australian book industry, the ABIAs showcase the talent and diversity of what is the 14th largest publishing industry in the world creating more than 7,000 new titles each year. Guest 2016 ABIA presenters including Richard Flanagan, Tom Keneally, Jonathan Franzen, Gloria Steinem and Jeanette Winterson joined host and comedian extraordinaire Kitty Flanagan on stage with over 500 guests from across the book industry attending. The 2016 ABIAs feature books published between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Keep up with the latest ABIA news at: abiawards.com.au #ABIAwards2016 Twitter @ABIA_Awards Facebook ABIA Awards ABOUT AUSTRALIAN READERS Over 55 million books were sold in Australia in 2014 with 85% of Australians reading in their spare time once a week or more, for pleasure, relaxation, and escape. ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY Australians spend $2.3 billion on books on average per annum with export titles delivering an additional $225 million revenue from the book sector. More than 1,000 businesses are engaged in the publishing industry, employing over 4,000 people, many in small enterprises. Over 20,000 people work in the broader industry that includes retailers and printers. AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES 2016-05-18T23:21:03Z australia-s-leading-authors-gather-to-condemn-government-s-plan-to-create-a-culture-of-book-thieves Who: Richard Flanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Andy Griffiths, Tom Keneally to lead Alist roll call of Australian and international authors When: Thursday 19 May at 6.45pm – 6.55pm Where: Art Gallery NSW, just before the 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards begin What: Photo opp with limited vox pops available on request. Don’t close the book on Australian stories. The Australian government is about to make significant changes to copyright, threatening the future of our Australian story. But at what cost to writers, culture and jobs? Guest ABIA presenter and Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan will deliver a speech in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property draft report around 10pm during the gala ceremony. ‘Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.’ - Thomas Keneally For more information, please contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | emma@houseofrusher.com Eclectic Alist social photos: 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards 2016-05-18T20:00:00Z eclectic-alist-social-photos-16th-annual-australian-book-industry-awards We are your go-to for glitterati social /diary subjects and photo opportunities at the Australian Book Industry Awards gala tonight, Thursday May 19 from 6pm at Art Gallery of New South Wales. Can't make it? We can provide video and photography. The black-tie ABIAs ceremony celebrates the best writers, publishers and book retailers across Australia. The galaxy of star authors who eagerly await the winning verdict this year includes: Top-selling international authors, Jonathan Franzen, Gloria Steinem and Jeanette Winterson who are guest presenters joining host Kitty Flanagan. Magda Szubanski is in line for best bio and best new writer for her Reckoning: a Memoir. Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year 2015, and crusader against domestic violence, for A Mother's Story, her heartfelt story, written with Bryce Corbett, of the shocking murder of her son by her ex-partner. Tim Winton, Australia's most acclaimed writer, thinker and conservationist, riding on his first ABIA non-fiction entryIsland Home; a landscape memoir. Rosie Waterland, whose raw, subversive and hilarious Anti-Cool Girl is a shout-out for anti-cool girls everywhere. Richard Glover, ABC radio presenter and SMH columnist whose Flesh Wounds chronicles his "weird'' family. Other authors attending include Richard Flanagan, Tim Flannery, Nikki Gemmell, Tom Kenneally and Toni Jordan Stephanie Bishop one of the bright new lights of the Australian writing scene for The Other Side of the World. Host for the night, clever comic, Kitty Flanagan, will keep the laughs coming. There will be opportunity for photography and interviews from 6pm. Jonathan Franzen will depart the venue at 7.15pm for a Sydney Writers Festival commitment, If you cannot attend, please indicate and we can supply requested images with a quick turnaround on the night. If you'd like to be on a hotlist for updates on the celebrity guests and happenings, please also advise us. Kind regards, Melissa Wilson 0438 556 808 Evil teddy short film by 12-year-old Aussie to premiere at Hollywood’s famous Chinese Theatre 2016-05-16T05:54:30Z evil-teddy-short-film-by-12-year-old-aussie-to-premiere-at-hollywood-s-famous-chinese-theatre Twelve-year-old Melbourne boy James Baras-Miller who borrowed his dad’s iPhone to shoot a series of evil teddy short films will star on the red carpet at three prestigious film festivals in the United States and Australia this June. James’ short films featuring the crime-spree capers of Octavius will premier at the home of Hollywood blockbusters, The Chinese Theatre, as part of the Dances with Films festival and at The New York Media Centre as part of the Brooklyn Film Festival. "I've never been out of the country. I am still waiting for my passport so I can go!” laughed James. "I shot it on my dad’s mobile for a bit of fun,” said James. “I can't believe my film will screen at the same theatre that premiered Star Wars.” Melbourne streets and iconic landmarks aren’t safe in these quirky films as evil teddy Octavius goes on a crime rampage, accosting innocent teddy-standers with heists, carjackings and framing teddy police for the theft of the Weeping Woman from the NGV all from his secret headquarters at Sidney Myer Music Bowl. James wrote, directed and shot the films before editing them alongside his dad at home while keeping up with his homework from Auburn High School where he is in Year 7. "My wife suggested this would be a fun father-son activity. I think she wanted to get us out of the house, really!" jokes his father, Steven. “ We bought a remote control car from Aldi and James had thought about sending up the film Speed," said Steven. "In the end he came up with something even better." "Now the films are taking us to Hollywood, to probably the most famous cinema in the world.” While in the US, James will work on a new film featuring famous landmarks of the US. "I'm going to the State of Liberty and Universal Studios to see what we can do there," said James. “Perhaps we can use the house from Psycho.” James will be heading to New York for the first screening of his film Octavius The Heist on June 4 at the New York Media Centre before jetting to Hollywood for the premiere of Octavius Hack Attack at The Chinese Theatre on June 11. From there, it’s his hometown’s turn with a screening at Little Big Shots film festival in Melbourne and a debut at the Sydney Opera House before the year is out. James Baras-Miller is available for interview. WATCH FILM TRAILER HERE TWITTER Octavius Teddy FACEBOOK Octavius Teddy INSTAGRAM Octavius Teddy More information about Dances With Films: https://danceswithfilms.com/ More information about kidsfilmfest at The Brooklyn Film Festival http://www.kidsfilmfest.org/news/ More information about Little Big Shots: http://www.littlebigshots.com.au/ Media enquiries: Emma Rusher, House of Rusher T 0423 214 626 E emma@houseofrusher.com / doorsopen@houseofrusher.com Sydney snares famed #WhatLiftsYou social-street artist for wild new murals in Bondi, 4-day colouring extravaganza at Sydney Writers' Festival: 18 MAY LAUNCH 2016-05-13T01:51:23Z sydney-snares-famed-whatliftsyou-social-street-artist-for-wild-new-murals-in-bondi-4-day-colouring-extravaganza-at-sydney-writers-festival-18-may-launch 18 - 27 May 2016 COLOUR WITH KELSEY #WhatLiftsYou creator and international street artist, Kelsey Montague takes Australia for a book and art extravaganza. Famed for blending street art and social media, #WhatLiftsYou creator Kelsey Montague will launch her first colouring book in Australia with a swag of art collaborations, book parties and as the Sydney Writers’ Festival Artist in Residence. Kelsey creates wild and whimsical large-scale murals that beg passersby to step into them, become part of the art and share it with the world via #WhatLiftsYou on social. The #WhatLiftsYou campaign started when Kelsey drew a towering pair of beautiful angel wings on a Manhattan street in 2014. Kelsey invited people to stand with the piece, post about it online and describe what lifts and inspires them in their lives. Thousands of people began lining up to participate. With fans like Taylor Swift and Vanessa Hudgens, this single piece of street art went global, Kelsey was invited to share her art and vision with communities from Costa Rica to Zurich, Bondi to Shanghai, Dublin to France, England and around the U.S. Now Kelsey's exquisite works will be at everyone’s fingertips with her first colouring book, What Lifts You (Affirm Press, RRP $19.99), a stunning collection of images reflecting Kelsey’s unique style and combination of beauty and positivity. The What Lifts You colouring book is a natural outcome of Kelsey’s philosophy that creating art should be an interactive, thought-provoking and uplifting experience. Printed on luxe paper, these are intricate and inspiring images to linger over and lavish colour upon. Kelsey invites you to cut them out, frame them, create one-of-a-kind decor from them. Each illustration in What Lifts You is designed to remind you to consider what inspires you and to always keep the answers close to your heart. Fresh from her wildly popular SxSW (South by South West Festival) take-away art piece and speaking with Instagram founders on connecting people and brands; Kelsey visits Sydney and Melbourne across 18 – 27 May, 2016 on her world tour that takes in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Kelsey Montague is an international street artist who believes that art should not be separated from the human experience, but that the human experience should have a hand in creating the art itself. After studying art in Florence, and graduating from Richmond University in London with a degree in Art, Design & Media, Kelsey and her illustrations took New York City and now the world. Kelsey has painted large scale, interactive street murals in six countries on three continents. Each piece has provided an opportunity for thousands of people to become living works of art. Kelsey’s art has been featured in New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mashable, Refinery 29 and MTV. FOR INTERVIEWS, IMAGES AND FILMING WITH KELSEY Contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | E emma@houseofrusher.com http://kelseymontagueart.com/ https://www.instagram.com/kelseymontagueart/ #WhatLiftsYou WORLD TOUR Australian Highlights SYDNEY Tuesday 17 May Sydney Writers's Festival Opening Night Party. Invite only Wednesday 18 May Watch Kelsey create a NEW Bondi Beach Mural Thursday 19 May – Sunday 22 May Sydney Writers’ Festival: Artist in Residence Create part of the art. Join Kelsey to colour in her custom wings on the wharf. Pier 2/3 Foyer, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Free Friday 20 May: 1 – 2pm Australia’s Most Social Colouring Book Party Magnificent flying wings, DJ, popcorn, milkshakes and colouring with Kelsey Dymocks Bookshop, 424 – 430 George Street, Sydney Free Saturday 21 May: 1.30pm – 2.30pm Sydney Writers’ Festival Panel Kelsey Montague and Josh Yeldham about art’s power to renew and heal Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5 Ticketed $15 Sunday 22 May: 10 – 11am Costco HQ, Colouring book party with Kelsey Monday 23 May Pier One Hotel NEW wings, harbourside VIP Invite Launch Party MELBOURNE Wednesday 25 May Melbourne’s Disney and IMAX NEW Mural BOOK INDUSTRY ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST AND A-LIST PRESENTERS FOR ABIA 2016 2016-05-02T01:37:09Z book-industry-announces-shortlist-and-a-list-presenters-for-abia-2016-1 Excitement for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) builds today with the release of the ABIA 2016 Book Awards shortlist and international guest presenter line-up. A diverse national judging panel featuring representatives from all sectors of the book industry — publishers (large and small), retailers (bricks and mortar, and digital) media and festival organisers — compiled the shortlist of book excellence. Winners will be announced at the ABIAs gala ceremony held at Art Gallery of NSW on Thursday 19 May. A-list presenters including Richard Flanagan, Jonathan Franzen, Gloria Steinem and Jeanette Winterson are announced today, with comedian extraordinaire Kitty Flanagan, to host the evening. As the flagship event for the Australian Book Industry, the ABIAs showcase the talent and diversity of what is the 14th largest publishing industry in the world, generating $2 billion in annual revenue with more than 7,000 new titles published each year. More than 1,000 businesses are engaged in the publishing industry, employing over 4,000 people, many in small enterprises. Over 20,000 people work in the broader industry that includes retailers and printers. The ABIA 2016 Book Awards shortlist features books published between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Keep up with all your ABIA news at: abiawards.com.au #ABIAwards2016 Twitter @ABIA_Awards Facebook ABIA Awards For interviews, more information and images, please contact House of Rusher Emma Rusher, Campaign Director T +61 0423 214 626 | E emma@houseofrusher.com Julie Thomson, Publicist T +61 0427 723 198 | E julie@houseofrusher.com ABIA 2016 Book Awards shortlist Biography Book of the Year · A Mother's Story (Rosie Batty with Bryce Corbett, HarperCollins, HarperCollins) · Flesh Wounds (Richard Glover, ABC Books, HarperCollins) · Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski, Text Publishing) · The Anti-Cool Girl (Rosie Waterland, 4th Estate, HarperCollins) General Fiction Book of the Year · Close Your Eyes (Michael Robotham, Sphere, Hachette Australia) · The Lake House (Kate Morton, Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin) · The Patterson Girls (Rachael Johns, MIRA, Harlequin Enterprises) · The Perfumer's Secret (Fiona McIntosh, Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House) General Non-fiction Book of the Year · Australia’s Second Chance (George Megalogenis, Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House) · Island Home (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House) · One Life: My Mother’s Story (Kate Grenville, Text Publishing) · The Dismissal (Paul Kelly with Troy Bramston, Viking, Penguin Random House) Illustrated Book of the Year · Cornersmith (Alex Elliott-Howery and James Grant, Murdoch Books, Murdoch Books) · I Quit Sugar: Simplicious (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan) · The Happy Cookbook (Lola Berry, Plum, Pan Macmillan) · Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden (Janet Hawley, Lantern, Penguin Random House) International Book of the Year · Grandpa's Great Escape (David Walliams, HarperCollins Childrens Books, HarperCollins) · Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ (Giulia Enders, Scribe Publications) · The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins, Doubleday, Penguin Random House) · The Story of the Lost Child (Elena Ferrante, Text Publishing) Literary Fiction Book of the Year · The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin) · The Other Side of the World (Stephanie Bishop, Hachette, Hachette Australia) · The Secret Chord (Geraldine Brooks, Hachette, Hachette Australia) · The World Without Us (Mireille Juchau, Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury) Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year · Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski, Text Publishing) · Rush Oh! (Shirley Barrett, Picador Australia, Pan Macmillan) · Salt Creek (Lucy Treloar, Picador Australia, Pan Macmillan) · The Anti-Cool Girl (Rosie Waterland, 4th Estate, HarperCollins) Book of the Year Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years) · Cloudwish (Fiona Wood, Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan) · Friday Barnes 2: Under Suspicion (R.A. Spratt, Random House Australia Children's, Penguin Random House) · Illuminae (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin) · The Cat With the Coloured Tail (Gillian Mears, illustrated by Dinalie Dabarera, Walker Books) Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years) · Perfect (Danny Parker, illustrated by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont) · The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton, Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan) · The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made (Fiona Katauskas, ABC Books, HarperCollins) · This Is a Ball (Beck & Matt Stanton, ABC Books, HarperCollins) Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year · Kookoo Kookaburra (Gregg Dreise, Magabala Books) · My Pop is a Pirate (Damon Young, illustrated by Peter Carnavas, UQP, University of Queensland Press) · Numerical Street (Hilary Bell, illustrated by Antonia Pesenti, NewSouth, NewSouth Publishing) · The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade (Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys, Scribble, Scribe Publications) Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year · All Fall Down (Matthew Condon, UQP, University of Queensland Press) · Body Lengths (Leisel Jones with Felicity McLean, Nero, Black Inc) · Give the Devil His Due (Sulari Gentill, Pantera Press) · The Art of Free Travel (Patrick Jones and Meg Ulman, NewSouth, NewSouth Publishing) -ENDS- Style in the Subtropics: White Gloves event unites Fashion, History, Book and Australian Women Pioneers 2016-04-06T05:34:16Z style-in-the-subtropics-white-gloves-event-unites-fashion-history-book-and-australian-women-pioneers A white glove affair to toast the original, eclectic (and occasionally eccentric!) style of the sunshine state, hosted by fashion experts and authors of Remotely Fashionable, Dr Nadia Buick and Madeleine King. Don white gloves with Australia’s most respected dress historian, Associate Professor Margaret Maynard, for an exclusive look at fashion materials from the John Oxley Library collection usually tucked away in the archives. Hear sartorial stories about the female pioneers of Queensland’s avant-garde scene, as revealed by Dr Courtney Pedersen. Enjoy a champagne high tea and book signing in the VIP boardroom. Saturday 16 April, 2pm, $30 Fox Family White Gloves Room, Level 4, State Library of Queensland Event includes a white-gloves experience, talk, book signing and sparkling high tea and 10% Library Shop discount. Presented in partnership with the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame and State Library of Queensland Bookings Online Facebook The Fashion Archives is an original online project exploring the past and present of fashion in Queensland, Australia. Established in 2012 by Co-Directors Nadia Buick and Madeleine King, The Fashion Archives online has brought together over sixty local artists, designers, writers, academics, and curators, to tell the story of style in the 'sunshine state'. In 2014, Buick and King were awarded the inaugural Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship for their project 'High Street Histories'. In 2015, they released Remotely Fashionable: a story of subtropical style, the first critical and comprehensive book to examine fashion and dress in Queensland with foreword by Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson. Dr Nadia Buick is a curator, writer, and editor with a research background in fashion, art history, and cultural studies. Buick completed her doctorate in curatorial practice at the Queensland University of Technology in 2013. Her exhibition projects include Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Museum of Brisbane, 2015. Madeleine King is a writer and curator working across fashion and visual art. King has a Master of Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and is Operations Manager at the Institute of Modern Art. She previously worked for Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) as Research and Program Development Manager. The Fashion Archives Instagram: the_fashion_archives Facebook: The Fashion Archives FOR INTERVIEWS, IMAGES AND MORE INFORMATION Please contact House of Rusher Communications Collective Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 Julie Thomson T 0427 723 198 E doorsopen@houseofrusher.com 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards Longlist Announced 2016-03-23T02:00:00Z 2016-australian-book-industry-awards-longlist-announced The Australian Book Industry Awards Academy is delighted to announce the 2016 ABIA Book longlist that acknowledges the best books of the year, well published. “The significant increase in submissions this year from a diverse array of independent and multinational publishing houses is a heartening reflection of our dynamic and robust local industry,” said Michael Gordon-Smith (CEO Australian Publishers' Association). A panel of industry experts will deliver the highly anticipated shortlist on Monday 2 May. ABIA winners will be announced on Thursday 19 May at a glittering ceremony in Sydney at Art Gallery of NSW. Since 2000, the ABIAs has celebrated the connection between Australian readers and the 'book makers' ­­— authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers — who unite to create the must-read books of the year. Keep up with all your ABIA news at: abiawards.com.au #ABIAwards2016 Twitter @ABIA_Awards Facebook ABIA Awards For interviews, more information and images, please contact House of Rusher T +61 07 3036 2024 | doorsopen@houseofrusher.com Emma Rusher, Campaign Director | T +61 0423 214 626 | E emma@houseofrusher.com Anti-Bullying Day; 'Sextortion' and cyberbullying posing a serious threat to Australia's youth 2016-03-10T03:15:30Z anti-bullying-day-sextortion-and-cyberbullying-posing-a-serious-threat-to-australia-s-youth FOR FOXES SAKEEducating kids way to safety says sex educator For immediate release - March 2016 In the lead up to the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, sex educator and author Rowena Murray lifts the lid on cyberbullying; identifying it as the greatest threat to Australia’s youth. With the rise of ‘sextortion’ or ‘revenge porn’, young women in particular are found to be amongst the most vulnerable. A recent study conducted by beyondblue and Norton by Symantec found that a startling one in ten Australian women said they had experienced ‘revenge porn’ or ‘sextortion’. Most women (76%) under 30 were found to be the victim of online harassment, ranging from verbal abuse to threats of violence. “Revenge porn has far-reaching impacts, with victims often feeling fearful, frightened, violated and abused. Having intimate photos or footage out there can be awful enough, and is exacerbated if online abuse or bullying follows it,” states Rowena. “Young people shouldn’t be shamed into isolating themselves by going offline, as the perpetrators are the criminals here. They shouldn’t be shamed by their families, schools or friends when they need support. Slut-shaming, especially when it’s directed at someone in their teens, only serves to further perpetuate alienation.” In another study conducted by McAfee in 2013, it was found that Aussie teens and tweens were some of the most exposed to cyberbullying; 81% had witnessed cyberbullying, whilst over a third were victims themselves. “Though cyberbullying is sometimes inescapable, young people can take preventative measures to protect their own safety by keeping as many details, such as their location and school private,” says Rowena. “Adults can also help by having two-way conversations with young family members and friends about the digital challenges facing today’s youth.” In her book For Foxes Sake, Rowena educates young people on how they can protect themselves from cyberbullying and on sex in the digital age.  “You’re dealing with a very open internet. There’s also more bullying than ever before because people’s brains go missing when they’re behind a keyboard and they turn into total idiots. Law enforcement, legislation and public attitudes haven’t caught up with the realities of online behaviour.”    -   ends   - Journalists please note: For interviews, images and requests please contactRachel Service  That Comms Co.RachelS@thatcomms.com 0431 339 497Chloe Tran That Comms Co.ChloeT@thatcomms.com 0405 955 025