Book Launch — Iraqi Icicle

“Life is murder, in and round, up and down Brisbane, between 1986 and 1992. Murder everywhereimage131.png but in the cathedral — on the racetrack, in the theatre, at the office, within halls of academia, on the streets. Self-named, half streetwise Steele Hill is staying alive while rock music is dying and the international warriors are having a party. Who will help him make it through the night? You know, it’s only rock ‘n’ roll and a bit more.” — from Iraqi icicle by Bernie Dowling.

What do the following people have in common?

Carole Ferrier, John Jiggens, Greg Mallory, Pam Young, Ernie Lane, Paul Rollo, Sam Watson, Susan Johnston, Sam Waggan Watson, Phil O’Brien and Lionel Fogarty? [Answer at the end of this article]

The Iraqi Icicle book launch had a big crowd of about 60 people at West End (Kurilpa) Library.

There was an interesting speech from the author, about how he came to write a novel in the crime thriller genre. An anti-war book really.

There were readings of the book performed by Shanti and Victoria, Lionel Fogarty poetry was read out.

A display of books from local authors showed the range of writers in Brisbane over the past 25 years. some printed and published over the years by LeftPress Printing Society.

Excellent organisation was provided by the staff of the West End Public Library. Thanks to Darshan, Sue, Victoria, Marcus, and Maria.

Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse from Jumping FencesLive acoustic music was performed by local band, Jumping Fences, there was a great song, On the Chain, about workers at Cannon Hill Abattoir. The band were up to their usual high standard.

Unfortunately only 11 books were sold on the night. Strange with such a big crowd?

People must be feeling the pinch if they wont pay $30 for a novel.

Anyway 8 copies of the book are available at Brisbane City Council Libraries so people can borrow the book.

Thanks to all the people who organised the launch and those who came and supported this local creative endeavour.

Ian Curr
29 February

The people named above are all local Brisbane authors.


4:30 – 6:30 pm
28 February 2008

West End Library


178-180 Boundary Street
West End [Just next to the Pensioners League Building]

“QUEENSLAND journalist Bernie Dowling launches his first novel, the detective thriller Iraqi Icicle at West End Library on 28 February 2008. The book is set in 1980s and 1990s and this place (South-East Queensland)

See review of book in quest Newspaapers @ iraqi-story1.pdf

The launch starts at 4:30 pm and features original songs and music from local band Jumping Fences back from their trip to Mexico and Cuba.

The book will be on sale for the discounted price of $30 and for the impecunious will be available for loan from the library.

Food and Drinks provided.

Bookings are preferred at West End Library — Wednesday to Saturday on 3403 8620

Books can be ordered by writing to Ian Curr, PO Box 5093, West End 4101.
Price is $40 (includes postage).


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