BRP Events

Backroom Press Events.

2015: In March we launched a new title ‘Our Friends the Termites’.

Pat Lowe at 'Termites' launch

Broome launch of 'Termites'

Anne Poelina at Broome launch of 'Termites'

Gillian Kennedy at Broome launch of 'Termites'

Pat Lowe at Broome launch of 'Termites'







2012: Book donations for literacy



The Launch of ‘Bobby’s Surprise’


2011: Launch of ‘Sid and Skipper go Mustering’






AGM 2011:





AGM 2010:

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2009: Backroom Press was incorporated
2009 BRP inc inaugural meeting strip


2008: Launch of ‘The Art of Fire’


Launch of ‘Making Things Come Good’

2008 launch Making Things Come Good


2007:  Launch of ‘Looking for Bobby’




Launch of ‘When Harry went to India’ and ‘Jimmy and Pat Go to China’

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A review of ‘When Harry Went to India’ by Susan Sickert and Harry Watson and ‘Jimmy and Pat Go to China’ by Pat Lowe and Jimmy Pike

reviewThese two little books are the products of a publishing house whose slogan is ‘From the Kimberley to the World’ and, appropriately, chronicle the journeys of two Aboriginal me.
As introductions to the sights, people, buildings and cultures of India and China, they each have a unique take. Harry observes of the people on the streets in India: ‘I often saw people carry cardboard and newspaper around [to cover themselves at night] like my people carry their swags.’ He is shocked by the sight of a dead body floating down the Ganges, but finds much to remind him of the old ways of his people.  He concludes: ‘I thought my mob had a hard time, but it was nothing compared to the poor people in India.’ Vivid photographs accompany the story.

Jimmy Pike was a well-known artist (he died in 2002); the story of his visit to China in 1996 with his wife Pat Lowe and Chinese friend Zhou is illustrated with his lovely paintings and drawings as well as photographs.  Jimmy, from the desert, is disconcerted by the Yellow Mountains, and subsequently pays to be carried up and down Buddha Mountain on a sedan chair.  ‘Big shame!’ says Pat.

Both books are delightful: charming, funny and informative.  If you can’t find them in the shops, they can be bought through the publisher’s website.

‘When Harry Went to India’/strong>4 stars
Backroom Press $16.95

‘Jimmy and Pat Go to China’4 stars
Backroom Press $16.95

Reviewed by Alison Pressley
Age guide 8+

This review was published in goodreading: the magazine for book lovers  February 2007


2006: Backroom Press founded