Backroom Press Events 2011
Launch of Sid and Skipper go Mustering
We were pleased to hold the launch of Sid and Skipper Go Mustering at the Broome Courthouse Markets. A friend of Backroom Press and horse enthusiast Deb Vincent, who grew up on Sid’s cattle station, launched the book perched on a hay bale while reading from the book to an audience of captivated children. Deb arrived and departed the markets sitting astride her beautiful horse, attracting a lot of interest. Meanwhile, in Moonee Ponds (Vic), author Heather Charlton held a book signing that proved to be very successful.
We held several stalls through the year: at the Broome Courthouse Markets, the CIRCLE House Craft Sale, the North West Expo and the School of the Air gathering, where we had an opportunity to spread our message as well selling merchandise.
‘Naked Science’ at Science Week
Backroom Press participated in Science Week by presenting a session on the traditional use of fire, as described in The Art of Fire by Jimmy Pike. Two Walmajarri men from Fitzroy Crossing demonstrated the ‘fire drill’ method of making fire. This was followed by a presentation about fire by linguists Joyce Hudson and Eirlys Richards, who shared information they gleaned during time they spent working in Fitzroy Crossing in the 1960s and 1970s.
We hosted the first in what we hope will be a series of workshops.‘ Writing Media Releases’ by journalist and Backroom Press member Flip Prior was attended by a small but enthusiastic group of participants. The second workshop, titled ‘Using Social Media’ was presented by broadcaster and Backroom Press member Alex Smee. The aim of the workshops is to extend our reach into the community.