MEET YOUR NEW MINISTER FOR NOSTALGIA!
(courtesy of Fitzroy Writers Fest.) Get Up Mum will be a radio series on RN's Life Matters from May 27. Yeesh!
SMOKESTACK COMEDY GALA
ELECTION EVE - MONASH UNI (CLAYTON)
Future-proof your comedy with a burst of 'Progress' themed new material from The Bedroom Phil. Also featuring such legendz as Rod Quantock & Xani Kolac (who plays violin on Middle Aged Mum, Trishine & I'm So Lonely.)
I MAY SYNTHESISE SOMETHING OF THIS ILK.
OZE! OZE! OZE! YO YO YO!
Back in November I wrote an introduction for the writing anthology 'Analecta' and presented it at my ol' haunt University Of Canberra. You can check what I wrote about the state of life HERE.
Back in December Get Up Mum got props from Miles Franklin winner Sofie Laguna on ABC News Breakfast. She said it was "moving, entertaining and fresh." Watch out for The Fresh Prince of Burnie (Notflix).
In May / June I presented the book at Fitzroy Town Hall for Yarra Libraries & Fitzroy Writers Fest. It was like 730 meets Recovery. Pathos & props (business as usual really). I met a fellow only child whose Mum also had schizophrenia. SNAP
I gave an interview for Triple R's Backstory. The CD player didn't want to play my tape samples (!) so I was forced to do some Nanlibbing.
The big news is I've been working on a 10-part series of Get Up Mum for some months. Everything will drop on RN's Life Matters May 27. The episodes will air daily from 9:45am and be available on the Life Matters website. There's also a big scrolling story about my tapes that will be featured on the ABC News website that day. It's all rather exciting. You'll be able to hear my cassettes. There will be voices.
EVERYONE: So what does your Mum think about the book?
ME: I'm not sure what Mum thinks about anything.
I thoroughly dug Damian Cowell's Disco Machine (the guy from TISM) at the Northcote Social Club. Half The Awkwardstra are in his band! While there, we had a lo-fi reunion by our poster, now enshrined in the bandroom.
Present were Nature Boy Hazel, Gordo and micro-manager Anthea!
AMAZE LETTER FROM A READER
My name is Belinda, and I have just finished reading Get Up Mum. I heard about it on ABC News 24 early December - my apologies that I have forgotten the lady that recommended it, but regardless I am so glad she did.
This message comes to say a huge thank you - I could imagine there would be so many mixed emotions writing and re-living the events you have captured in this book, and it certainly stirred many within myself as I read it. While I am a bit older than you, your book brought back so many wonderful memories of my childhood - especially the music and hours spent playing with tape recorders, the Australian comedy shows, and the skits we presented at school!
However, now I also have direct experience of being a mum with a mental illness. Reading your experiences definitely pulled at my heart strings, thinking about the suffering that my illness brings to others too, especially my family. It truly hurts when you so desperately want to care for others, but have such a hard time some days even caring for yourself. It is wonderful though - since reading your book, every morning as I greet the challenge of getting out of bed, I find myself saying to myself "get up mum" - it is such a great way to stop myself paralysing myself with pity, and reminding myself of those that need me too.
So thank you again Justin - the spirit you captured brought much joy, and the hard times you shared has given me a much greater insight and drive to do the best I can each day.
I can't help but wonder though how you feel about the time and events you captured? How was the journey up an out of this situation? I look forward to reading more...
With kindest regards,
A sample from the Get Up Mum livestream launch at Melbourne Writers Festival. Warning: Contains Yon being moving.