The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Get Set Everybody this Australia Day at Treasury 2017-01-03T00:33:28Z get-set-everybody-this-australia-day-at-treasury Taxiride are well and truly back - with the original line-up once again joining forces at Treasury Brisbane this Australia Day. Get set everybody, to enjoy this free live performance from 8.30pm on Thursday, 26 January in the LiveWire Bar. The four Melbourne musicians, who have dominated the Australian music scene, are travelling north to perform the best of their chart topping hits such as ‘Get Set’, ‘Everywhere You Go’, ‘Can You Feel’ and ‘Nothing In This World’. QLD Managing Director, Geoff Hogg is excited to welcome such an energetic and iconic Australian band to Treasury. 'Taxiride has had huge success in Australia and overseas. Their unique sound is still there and the hit songs they have penned have stood the test of time. There is no doubt that their performance on Australia Day will provide our guests with a thrilling entertainment experience and we look forward to welcoming them here at Treasury' said Geoff. Performance Details Date: Thursday, 26 January 2017 Venue: LiveWire Bar at Treasury Brisbane Time: From 8.30pm No bookings required. ENDS Media Contact Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au DISCOVER 30 YEARS OF ROXETTE HITS AS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD THEM BEFORE 2016-12-14T06:59:15Z 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 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z 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 Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon 2016-11-15T06:29:56Z nail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1 RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone. “We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year. Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES 1. Gourmet Experiences Barista training course Patisserie masterclass Brewery tours and beer tasting 2. Outdoor Activities Horse riding activities Scenic cruises Vintage bike ride with picnic 3. Water Sport Experiences Sea turtle snorkel tour Crocodile cage of death Flyboarding experience ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 Nominations Open for 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest 2016-09-20T00:30:37Z nominations-open-for-2017-queen-of-country-music-quest Nominations for the 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest have opened, with local businesses and community groups urged to get involved in the event that’s been supporting local women since 1984. Now in its 32nd year, the Queen of Country Music Quest empowers young women from the Tamworth region to develop important personal and professional skills like public speaking, networking and community service. This year, the Quest has been given an added boost with the announcement it will be run by the Tamworth branch of international female advocacy group Zonta, which empowers women through service and advocacy. Tamworth Zonta Club president Deb Maes said she was excited about taking the Quest forward. “The club is committed to expanding the Quest and are joining collaboratively with others in the community so the Quest can be an even more valuable experience for the entrants, sponsors, employers and the whole community,” Deb said. Nominations close September 30, and is open to women aged 18-35 years who must be nominated and sponsored by their employer, a local business or community organisation to get involved. All Quest nominees will receive professional development in October and November including workshops on etiquette, grooming, personal presentation, media training, confidence coaching and a six-week public speaking and leadership course from The Tamworth Communicators. In December, 15 Quest finalists will be named, then officially “sashed” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival Opening Concert on Friday 20 January. These finalists will act as advocates of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and also of Tamworth as a destination of choice in NSW. The major honours -- Queen and Princess of Country Music -- will be announced at a gala dinner at the Tamworth Jockey Club on Friday 27th January 2017. The winner will be awarded the major prize, which this year is a trip to Tamworth’s sister city, Gore in New Zealand where she will represent Tamworth at the 2017 Gore Country Music Festival. Both the Queen and Princess will be ambassadors for Tamworth and the region throughout 2017, spending the next 12 months involved in a range of high-profile civic and community events, guest speaking engagements and corporate and festival functions. Last year’s Quest Winner, Madeline Lang, encouraged local women keen on personal and professional development to seek nomination from their employer or community group. “The Quest is a unique experience and I would absolutely encourage anyone who is interested in personal development to get involved. It’s also a great chance to learn new skills, gain professional and personal confidence and make some good friends along the way,” Madeline said. Entrants must be available to attend all scheduled events throughout the Tamworth Country Music Festival and later events throughout 2017. Nomination forms can be found at the Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth website located here. >ENDS< Media Contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications Tel: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 SAVE THE DATE | ARIA launches 30 Year Celebrations 2016-08-16T21:08:23Z save-the-date-aria-launches-30-year-celebrations   ARIA LAUNCHES 30 YEAR CELEBRATIONS The 30th Annual ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra returns to The Star, Sydney and will be broadcast on TEN on Wednesday, November 23       Australia’s biggest and best music acts will come together at The Star, Sydney to celebrate 30 glorious years of the ARIA Awards on Wednesday, November 23. The 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra and proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW is destined to be the biggest ceremony yet and a milestone to remember. It was back in early 1987 Sir Elton John hosted the very first ARIA Awards at the Sheraton Wentworth Hotel in Sydney, and was joined by the inaugural ARIA winners including John Farnham, INXS, and Crowded House. Over the next three decades the ARIA Awards has become the pinnacle event on the Australian music calendar, forging careers, creating icons, and playing host to countless magic moments and performances. The ARIAs will celebrate its 30-year history with a show that will feature star-studded performances from current and iconic artists, with very special guest appearances from around Australia and the world.  ARIA is thrilled to continue its partnership with Network Ten, who will broadcast this year’s show around Australia. The 2015 ARIA Awards delivered increased ratings, was the #1 show for 16-39 year olds, and achieved the most social #ARIAs ever, generating 109 million Twitter impressions around the world.  The ARIAs will also continue to be broadcast throughout Asia with STAR World taking Australia’s best artists into the homes of millions of people across the region. ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, Denis Handlin AM, said:  “On behalf of the ARIA Board, we are thrilled to be celebrating The 30th Annual ARIA Awards at The Star, Sydney – a night which will highlight three decades of brilliant performances and incredible artists across all genres of Australian music. “We are delighted to once again be working with our valued presenting partner Telstra to recognise those artists that have captured the nation’s imagination both in the past and in the present.  “We are also very pleased to continue our partnership with the NSW Government, which is supporting the 30th ARIAs celebrations as well as the exciting schedule of events for ARIA Week 2016.” ARIA Chief Executive Officer, Dan Rosen, said:  “The 30th ARIA Awards provides an opportunity for ARIA and the music industry to celebrate its incredible history, amazing artists and moments that have captured the nation’s imagination. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Telstra to offer Australian music fans a truly unique and memorable experience as we celebrate 30 years of the ARIA Awards.  “2016 has delivered an extraordinary year in Australian music - not only have Australian artists achieved success locally, but they are making their mark globally. We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments, along with memorable moments from yesteryear on the ARIA Stage with stellar live performances, unforgettable collaborations and special guest appearances.”  Australian artists including Flume, Sia, Troye Sivan, The Avalanches and Keith Urban have featured strongly on charts around the world. Locally there have been a phenomenal 19 #1 Australian albums since September 2015. 5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ Boy & Bear – ‘Limit Of Love’ Delta Goodrem – ‘Wings Of The Wild’ Flume – ‘Skin’ Hillsong Worship – ‘Open Heaven/River Wild’ Hilltop Hoods – ‘Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars – Restrung’ Human Nature – ‘Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol. II’ Jimmy Barnes – ‘Soul Searchin’ Keith Urban – ‘Ripcord’ Matt Corby – ‘Telluric’ Parkway Drive – ‘Ire’ Rüfüs – ‘Bloom’ Sia – ‘This Is Acting’ The Avalanches – ‘Wildflower’ The Cat Empire – ‘Rising With The Sun’ The Temper Trap – ‘Thick As Thieves’ triple j – ‘Like A Version – Volume 11’ Troye Sivan – ‘Wild’ mini-album Violent Soho – ‘Waco’ During this period, two Australian singles - Flume feat. Kai – ‘Never Be Like You’ and The Veronicas – ‘In My Blood’ (2 weeks) - have claimed the #1 spot on the ARIA Singles Chart.  It was also the first time since August 2004 that Australian female artists have simultaneously been at the top of both the ARIA Singles (The Veronicas – ‘In My Blood’) and Albums Charts (Delta Goodrem – ‘Wings Of The Wild’).  ARIA and the NSW Government, through Destination NSW, are also pleased to announce the return of ARIA Week for its fifth consecutive year in 2016.  NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said, “Sydney is the proud home of the ARIA Awards and in keeping with this year’s 30th celebrations, ARIA Week will host 30 unique performances across NSW. The program will feature a broad and eclectic range of showcases, curated performances, and conferences, including the popular ARIA Masterclass. ARIA Week brings the music industry together and offers the community unprecedented access to Australian music in the lead-up to the ARIA Awards.” The full ARIA Week schedule will be released in the coming months. As well as watching the broadcast on Network Ten, music fans can join in the festivities watching their favourite artists arrive at The Star, Sydney on Wednesday, November 23. Greg Hawkins, Managing Director for The Star said:  "The Star is delighted to be celebrating this milestone of 30 years of musical brilliance with the Australian music industry. The Star Event Centre will be home to the ARIA Awards for the fourth year running, offering the very best in technical and audio visual facilities along with The Star’s range of world class facilities, accommodation, restaurants and after party venues.” Over the coming months ARIA will be making a number of exciting announcements as part of the 30 year Anniversary celebrations. #ARIAs Stay tuned to www.ariaawards.com.au for all the 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra www.facebook.com/ARIA.Official www.twitter.com/ARIA_Official www.instagram.com/aria_official www.youtube.com/TheARIAOfficial For further information, please contact Kylie Martin at Martini Media  kylie@martini-media.com.au | 0418 314 088    Rottnest Island native quokkas sprinkle positivity around the globe 2016-08-10T21:00:00Z rottnest-island-native-quokkas-sprinkle-positivity-around-the-globe Allan Dixon has one of the strongest selfie games in the world. Being dubbed “The real-life Dr Dolittle”, content maker Allan Dixon has become a social media sensation worldwide with his heart-warming yet hilarious animal selfies captured on his travels. Dixon has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to release a photo book about quokkas.   The 29-year-old Instagrammer has travelled around the world and mastered the art of taking animal selfies. His portrait mates varied from domesticated dogs, chickens, and horses to wild kangaroos, koalas, camels, and even a Diamond Python.   Three years ago, Dixon’s selfie with a quokka – a small and extremely cute marsupial from Rottnest Island, WA with a photogenic grin on its face has sparked a quokka selfie trend. Since then Dixon has been sharing adorable quokka images every Monday on his Instagram account @daxon and is now set to bring happiness to more people with his quokka images.   “Having taken so many photos of quokkas and never printed anything in my life, I only want to put something out that people will actually love and will affect their lives in a positive way. I hope The Quokka Book is both of those things,” says Dixon.   The adventurer and photographer further explains his quokka book initiative, “The core theme of this book is about sharing positivity. I want to remind people to smile, laugh and, most importantly, to think about doing what makes them happiest.”   The king of the animal kingdom is originally from Ireland, but he is now calling Australia home.   “The Quokka Book will be a 96-page full-colour hardcover book filled with quality photos of Australia’s cutest creature that I have taken over the last two years as well as some never before seen images. It will be printed 35kms from the quokkas’ home in Perth, making it a genuine high quality Aussie product.”   For more information on The Quokka Book or to support the crowdfund campaign please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/daxon/sending-happiness-worldwide-the-quokka-book    -ENDS-  MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com From Hell to Happiness-this memoir has it all 2016-07-19T00:55:13Z from-hell-to-happiness-this-memoir-has-it-all Patricia Dennis’s memoir has been described as “The most moving memoir I’ve ever read” by people who have read it.  Titled Hell to Happiness | A concentration camp childhood to a life of abundance, the 350-page book is a memoir of one woman’s undying spirit and is full of heart-felt emotion. It provides a different view of WWII looking from the perspective of a seven year old girl who was forced to grow up in a Japanese concentration camp in Manila for three and a half years. Having had virtually no schooling until age 11, Tricia Dennis arrived in Sydney and became a guinea pig for the NSW Education Dept who followed her progress until she Matriculated. She was placed in the class corresponding to her age and told to “catch up and keep up”, which she took on board as her motto in life.   Tricia’s family moved to Melbourne and it was here where she started a career that was to take her around the world and see her on the cover of magazines and have her own segment on daytime TV.  Tricia became a professional model, TV celebrity, cattle farmer and a business entrepreneur.  People are amazed how much Tricia has managed to fit into one life (she is now 82). When you learn she bought a B&B at aged 69 and ran it for more than 10 years, this gives you an idea of the type of person Tricia is.  Her memoir, which is full of passion, hope and inspiration, took a year to compile with Tricia writing it by hand; all 114,000 words. She’s now learning more about computers with weekly lessons; ready for her next book perhaps?  Hell to Happiness documents Tricia’s magnificent and tumultuous life in which she achieved great personal and business triumphs. This true story illustrates how she overcame adversity and gained the confidence to truly live life to the fullest. She has made all of her dreams come true. As she says, “Living on borrowed time will sharpen your appreciation for life”. The press release can be read here:http://wmcpr.com.au/patricia-dennis-shares-incredible-life/ The website is here:www.helltohappiness.com Would you like to review the book? If so, please let me know if you’d like a PDF of it or a hard copy posted to you. Would you like to interview Tricia Dennis? If so, please email me at wendy@wmcpr.com.au or call me on 03 9803 2588. I have a wide selection of images showing Tricia as a child, on the cover of magazines and other modelling assignments, as well as current photos of her and the book’s covers. A number of these are on the press release page. Regards Wendy McWilliams #LoveWins book out now: Jim Obergefell and Debbie Cenziper interviews avail 2016-06-13T19:30:00Z 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 Campbell’s partners with Foodbank to fight hunger in Australia 2016-05-30T23:06:43Z campbell-s-partners-with-foodbank-to-fight-hunger-in-australia On June 1 2016, join Campbell’s and chef, Manu Feildel and help donate 43,000 serves of soup to hunger relief charity Foodbank. Campbell’s will launch the pop-up Soup Exchange in Wynyard Park, Sydney, on Wednesday 1 June. Hosted by Manu Feildel, the event will serve up a range of delicious soups perfect for the winter season; and for every soup served, a donation will be made to fight Aussie hunger. According to the Foodbank Hunger Report, one in six Australians have experienced food insecurity at least once in the last year. With hunger on the rise, each month 43,000 people seeking food relief are unable to be assisted by charities. A staggering 32 per cent of the people going hungry are children. Join us at the Soup Exchange for a free soup tasting event and place your sticker on the hunger wall. For each sticker, Campbell’s will make a donation of soup to Foodbank, helping lower the number of people going hungry this June. The Soup Exchange will also feature cooking demonstrations by Chef Manu Feildel. Come and have a bowl of delicious, warming soup and help us fight hunger in Australia. The Soup Exchange will be open on Wednesday 1 June, 11am-6.30pm. Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organisation in Australia, last year alone, they provided enough food for over 60 million meals. Foodbank is a non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry. Campbell’s has been a proud corporate partner to Foodbank for over ten years. Last year alone, Campbell’s donated food products valued at over $500, 000 to the organisation. Susanna Polycarpou, Marketing Director for Campbell’s says: “We’re proud to be a supporter of Foodbank and the work they do to help regular Aussies. We don’t often associate Australia with hunger but it’s a reality for many people. As a food company, we believe it’s important for us to do what we can to help.” MAGDA SZUBANSKI WINS GOLD, A FIRST FOR TIM WINTON AND WORLD’S BEST BOOKSHOP GETS LOCAL NOD AT AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS 2016-05-19T11:35:12Z 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. Sami Yusuf, Britain’s biggest singer in the Middle East, announces first New Zealand concert 2016-05-19T00:30:28Z sami-yusuf-britain-s-biggest-singer-in-the-middle-east-announces-first-new-zealand-concert This July, experience Sami Yusuf’s unique voice firsthand when the UK’s biggest star in the Middle East takes the stage in Auckland.   Immerse yourself in the world of “Spiritique” as the founder of the genre, Sami Yusuf, graces Auckland’s Town Hall with peace and harmony on Sunday 10 July 2016. With tickets starting from only NZ$65, this is the best opportunity for New Zealand fans to personally experience Yusuf’s inspiring music.   The Guardian recognised Yusuf as Britain’s biggest star in the Middle East who has sold 34 million albums to date and is distinguished worldwide for the celebrated concerts of harmony he performs. His Auckland show will be no different.   In the current global atmosphere of conflict and turmoil, Yusuf's message of peace and harmony is timely and much needed.   Appointed by the United Nations as both the World’s Global Ambassador Against Hunger and the promoter of World peace and harmony, Yusuf is by no means your typical British celebrity. The brilliant singer is also well renowned for his astounding talent as a composer, producer and instrumentalist. The transcendent message of traditional music speaks for the core of Yusuf’s passions. He strongly believes that the world’s traditions are expressions of the same ultimate truth. Music for him is an expression of divine love and the love of all the great traditions. Speaking of his very first Australian and New Zealand tour, the London based singer cannot conceal his excitement. “I do know that both Australia and New Zealand are unbelievably beautiful, and the people are accepting, kind and hospitable. Also, the aboriginal culture has always been an object of fascination for me. I’m keen and eager to learn more about the two countries,” said Sami Yusuf.   One of Yusuf’s largest live concerts was in Istanbul where he performed to over 250,000 people and also composed and arranged music for the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Havthan”.   Auckland fans will see Yusuf perform at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall on July 10 at 8pm. Ticket prices start from only NZ$65.     SAMI YUSUF is appearing at:-  Auckland, Sunday 10th July 2016 at the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall Tickets available through Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/1ThvWco     MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Laura Heslop, Yvonne Kong or Amanda Fry E: laura@holysmokeagency.com; yvonne@holysmoke.com or amanda@holysmokeagency.com P: +61 407 078 407 AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES 2016-05-18T22:21:03Z 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 2016-05-18T19:00:00Z 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