We wish to thank the West End Library and staff for their assistance and support in launching the book. The book is now available in Brisbane City Council Libraries. Please note that Michael, we really have to talk is available in hardback at the Avid Reader Bookstore in West End and online in e-book and hardback at Amazon. You can also contact Julie Cork for a copy. - Ian Curr for the publishers Bent Banana Books and LeftPress
Time: 10:30 am for 11 am start
Place: Upstairs at West End Library 178-180 Boundary St West End
Price: The book will be sold at the launch for $20 (RRP $25).
The book will be introduced by Julie Cork and Abraham and Dan O’Neill.
Music by Jumping Fences
Refreshments are available.
[Please note that the rooms where the launch is being held is up a flight of stairs and affords a panoramic view of West End. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.]
Michael O’Neill spent the majority of his working life in public sectors in Australia in roles ranging from file clerk, to teacher, and finally staff counsellor. Ideologically committed to civil service rather than the private sector, he derived great satisfaction from being involved in service to the public.
Michael’s studies saw him on campuses in the 60s and early 70s during that period of heightened social awareness and growing student radicalism which spawned the New Left: young women and men dedicated to creating a better world. He was deeply involved then in the search for understanding, truth and honesty, a search he continued with constant energy and analytical precision his entire life. He was also a dedicated diarist, essayist, sketch artist and journalist, though his work is largely unpublished.
Michael’s sudden death in August 2013 interrupted but did not prevent the publication of his first book, Michael, we really have to talk . . .
The public service: home of the lengthy lunch and the idle underworked and overpaid. Right?
Wrong. Michael, we really have to talk . . . details a public service more likely to be a place of over-work, overt and covert bullying and denial of obvious dysfunction. It is an honest retelling of life in today’s public service written by a man who spent 50 years there.
Michael tells harrowing tales of the best-kept secrets with humor as well as popular, artistic and intellectual allusions.
Michael is as bad as hell as he scatters the toxic undergrowth to reveal a clear path to bureaucratic reform.
If you work in the public service, defiantly display Michael, we really have to talk . . . on your desk.