Author talk 6 May 2015

The Crocodile Hotel September 15 2015, 0 Comments

Author talk at Canberra 6.30pm 23 September at the Harry Hartog bookstore:

The Crocodile Hotel April 12 2015, 0 Comments

Julie Janson's debut novel 'The Crocodile Hotel' is the first novel to be published by Cyclops Press. Anyone who can make it to Mona Vale in Sydney on 22 April is welcome to come to the launch, but you need to rsvp as there are limited seats.

The Shaman's Apprentice April 12 2015, 0 Comments

Here is an update for all those crowd funders who supported this project. The manuscript is now with the editor Din Heagney. I expect this stage to take 1-2 months. Will keep you informed vis this blog and the Facebook Cyclops Press page.

The Crocodile Hotel March 24 2015, 0 Comments

Stocks of Julie Janson's debut novel The Crocodile Hotel have now arrived and are available to purchase at and all good bookstores

Crowd Funding March 16 2015, 0 Comments

Just wanted to send out a big thank you to all those crowd-funders who were able to help with the Shibboleth project.  I am awed by your generosity and support.

I also want to thank the team at Ready Fund Go as this is my first attempt at crowd funding … and I believe that 'The Shaman's Apprentice' may have been only the second project for the team.

This is only a short note to say thanks, but over the next months I will be giving updates on the books progress as soon as they come to hand. These updates will also appear here and on the news page.

In brief, the campaign has successfully allowed me to gain the services of my trusted editor Din Heagney to go through the manuscript. This is a big job, and I'm guessing there will be much to and fro-ing, followed by more discussion. The good news is that Din likes what he has seen, so now it is more a matter of making it as good as possible. As soon as we have tightened the structure I will concentrate on the voices of the characters. Then it may need Legal oversight as well as approvals from some individuals and communities. My best bet is that this whole process will take about 6 months (writing is a slow process involving much rewriting) before the book is ready for the presses.

For those who were able to take some of the bigger packages I may be able to supply some of the other items earlier (depending on postage which varies depending on destination). You now have my email so please let me know if you are interested in this offer. For those who have packages that offer the contributor to select there image for your print it may be worth thinking about what image you would like. If you are not familiar with my work, the copy of Slightly Dangerous contains many of my photographs between its covers. This book is interesting also for being the genesis of 'Shibboleth – The Shaman's Apprentice.'

Once again, a BIG THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your support to get the book to the next stage.

New Novel 'The Shaman's Apprentice' March 10 2015, 0 Comments

Only half a day left to be part of The Shaman's Apprentice

Campaign to complete my novel March 06 2015, 0 Comments

Only 5 days to go and only a quarter way to the target but I remain optimistic that there will be some late generosity. The packages on offer are good deals but I am happy to hear from anybody with suggestions how to incite more people to become a part of this readyfundgo project:

For those not familiar with my work here is a link to my last book:

Shibboleth. The Shaman's Apprentice February 27 2015, 0 Comments

I want to share a few a few developments and ideas to the 'Shibboleth's' supporters.

Firstly, I gave a copy of the completed second draft to Din Heagney a few weeks back and was nervously waiting his response. Din edited my book 'Portraits from a Land Without People' which raised $82,000 for the Jimmy Little Foundations work improving Indigenous health (especially in the area of liver and kidney disease). He did a superb job with that and because he understands the concepts I am dealing with in the novel his response was going to be very important … especially as no-one else has read the second draft. I was so pleased when he phoned the other night and told me he loved it and wanted to work on the edit. Phew!! The end of the year deadline now looks in reach.

I really want to make this limited edition for supporters and reviewers something special, so I am currently making enquiries re foil and holographic material for an 'other-worldly' cover. I want to suggest a parallel cosmos so it should be a bot triply. Because it is only a small print run I have to be mindful of cost because it could quickly become more expensive than the print job (the pre-edit page count is around 800 pages). I am open to any suggestions at this stage.

I also want to put it out there if anyone wants to see some advanced scribbling about the book, or share the novel writing journey.

Another idea to be part of the project: Perhaps a Q&A or one-on-one with author (moi) to learn more about intentions regarding the storyline, characters, etc.

You can read updates and make comment on the ready fund go page.

Shibboleth – The Shaman's Apprentice February 26 2015, 0 Comments

I am currently seeking crowd finding to help completed several years of work writing my first novel Shibboleth. The Shaman's Apprentice. For the last two weeks of this campaign I will keep a blog on developments and rewards. At this stage I still have a long way to go to pay for an editor.

Shibboleth – The Shaman's Apprentice February 26 2015, 0 Comments

Excerpt from Shibboleth prologue:

It was to be the war to end all wars, but to that end all mankind would need to be destroyed. H.G. Well’s clever catch-phrase was less prophecy and more an attempt to seduce the people of the British Empire to join in yet another bloody feud. The Great War had started as a regional dispute, before vengeance and greed picked at the sore, aggravating it into the world’s first truly global conflict. Technological and industrial sophistication then helped escalate it into an appalling spectacle of death and destruction. Well’s deluded declaration had been met with a world-weary cynicism that proved well founded, for it did not take long for the murderous mind of man to enable a new war to erupt. The next conflict would promptly become known as the Second World War, the deadliest war in history with some 80 million accumulated deaths.

Shibboleth. The Shaman's Apprentice. January 31 2015, 0 Comments

After authoring five books on photography and history, I am getting close to publishing my first novel.
'Shibboleth – The Shaman's Apprentice' is an exploration of both the sacred and profane. It is a story with moral purpose, based on an extraordinary account of one man’s journey along a less trampled path. The overriding thematic concern of Shibboleth is the search for Truth. It is a meditation on good and evil, and a love story that explores the rift between love and trust.
The novel was uploaded onto the readyfundgo crowd funding site on Friday 30 Jan. 2015 with the aim to raise funds for an editor and limited edition print run for backers. The campaign will launch officially on Monday 2 February with a social media announcement but you can look at details and contribute right now if you wish.
Here is the link:
What truly elevates a book to the highest level is a truly great, talented and experienced editor. So, I'm looking to raise money to engage the right editor. It is such an important part of the process and will make all the difference to the final product. This accounts for the lion’s share of the target money, but I will also be printing a limited first edition print run as reward for backers of the book.
The cover shown here is only a rough for the purpose of the fundraising exercise.

State Library NSW Bitsize lunch talk: The Duke January 16 2015, 0 Comments

Type: Talk
Date: Thursday 22 January 2015
Time: 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Venue: Metcalfe Auditorium, ground floor, Macquarie Street building SLNSW
Cost: Free, bookings essential

In the 19th century, King Kamehameha prophesised that one man would bring fame to the Hawaiian Islands. Many believe that the great waterman, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, was that man, but few know the story of how several young Australians influenced the course of Duke’s life. Legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku is credited by many as the man who popularised surfing in Australia when he visited Freshwater Beach in 1914. His statue still remains on the Freshwater headland and his customised board is retained by their Surf Club. In the centenary year of Duke’s visit to Sydney, a panel consisting of authors Nick Carroll, John Ogden, and Gary Osmond PhD will discuss his legacy.

Slightly Dangerous exhibition at 10x8 Gallery in Ultimo, 19-30 November, 2104. November 08 2014, 0 Comments

Surf Magazines November 08 2014, 0 Comments

Have had a story on Indigenous Surfing published in the latest edition (#10) of White Horses magazine.

Also an interview on surf

Author Talk – Saltwater Stories: John Ogden April 30 2014, 0 Comments

Author Talk – Saltwater Stories: John Ogden

Sunday 4 May.
2pm – 4pm
There is still space available for this coming Sunday’s Author Talk. Come and hear photographer, cinematographer, writer and publisher John Ogden talk about his book Saltwater People, which was the unanimous winner of the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize in 2013. Praised by one judge as 'a sumptuous curation of historical and contemporary art and photography', this lavish two-volume set examines the coastline around Sydney and its role in Australian culture and social and political history.
Wine and refreshments will be served afterward. Please meet in the Members Lounge.

Members $20, Guests $25

If you would like to attend this event please book online now at

Alternatively you can book via email or phone 9298 3644.

Another Book Shop Closes April 11 2014, 0 Comments

Another long established bookshop on the south-side of Sydney has announced that it is going to close its doors. This is about the fifth store to do so since I released 'Saltwater people of the Fatal Shore' just over a year ago. It was not the book that caused these events, but a result of high rents and the real reason that people on that side of the harbour are not buying books anymore ... well, not from bookstores at least. This is the strange thing about publishing. The Saltwater People book on the northern beaches has been a great success and is now out of print. to do local history books like this flies in the face of good business sense but the northern beaches community has embraced it. I am very sorry to say that, with a few exceptions (such as lovely Bundeena), the southern beaches seem disinterested in the companion book (recent winner of the Frank Broeze biennial National History Prize) telling the story of their coastline. I don't get it, but am afraid it may be a sign of what the future looks like. Here is review from the History Teachers Association news sheet:


Saltwater People of the Fatal Shore

Just occasionally you are sent a book to review that is quite simply magnificent. There is simply no other way to describe this history of Sydney’s southern beaches from South Head to Royal National Park. It is a combination of illustrations and words that should be a compulsory addition to every school library in the country.

 By covering the region across all its human occupation, Saltwater People of the Fatal Shore is an essential addition to our understanding of our indigenous history as well as an invaluable contributor to the emerging and much needed field of serious cultural history.

 As a people, Australians, regardless of skin colour, ethnicity or origin, have flocked to our coasts. We would like to think of ourselves as a water people, and in this wonderful book, John Ogden takes us on a deep journey towards understanding that essential obsession. This is a companion to the equally magnificent Saltwater People of the Broken Bays, which covers the geographical area from North Head to Barrenjoey. Taken as a set, they will ensure students are captivated by history, as they explore continuity and change across cultures and time.

 It is difficult to convey in words the printing quality, the richness and exquisite beauty of the illustrations, and the compelling accessibility of the text. Obviously this is too precious a resource to become a class set, but I was serious when suggesting every school library should own at least one copy. What other book could take you and your students from an 1813 depiction of Aboriginal men wearing body paint, carrying spears and shields to a 1925 police photo of the fabled Tilly Devine to a photo of the Abberton brothers in four pages? There’s the birth of surfing as a major leisure activity, Royal visits and biographies of indigenous figures such as Maroot that will enable to move your students beyond the usual brief textbook coverage.

 Ultimately that is perhaps this book’s greatest gift—a depth of understanding for both you and your students. Such is its breathtaking beauty that it would be a perfect for a loved one that understands what the coastline means to us, but I think it is much more important than that. John Ogden has produced a compelling narrative that is supported by an amazing array of primary resources. In the hands of History teachers and students this book will help everyone move to a deeper understanding of who we are and why we are. I know that’s a grand claim, but I stand by it.

 This is a magnificent book, an essential book that everyone studying in high school should have the opportunity to immerse themselves in. Don’t just take my word for it, go to: and go through the 35 page preview. But remember, no matter how good it looks there, it is a much, much richer experience holding the real book in your hand!

Bernie Hewitt, History Teachers Association

Author talk: Saltwater People with John Ogden April 02 2014, 0 Comments

Author talk: Saltwater People with John Ogden
Sunday 4 May | 2 - 4 pm
Come and hear photographer, cinematographer, writer and publisher John Ogden talk about his book Saltwater People, which was the unanimous winner of the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize in 2013. Praised by one judge
as 'a sumptuous curation of historical and contemporary art and photography', this lavish two-volume set examines the coastline around Sydney and its role in Australian culture and social and political history.

Cost and booking information

Cost: ANMM Members $20 Guests $25. Includes wine and refreshments.
Bookings essential: book online
Enquiries: +61 2 9298 3644 or email

Interview on 702 ABC Sydney 'Evenings' March 21 2014, 0 Comments

Here is the interview.

Interview with Dom Knight 702 ABC March 14 2014, 0 Comments

9.10pm Dom Knight interview on ABC 702 scheduled for 19 March at approx 9.10pm

Author Talk at ANMM March 11 2014, 0 Comments

Cyclops Press recently won the 2013 biennial Frank Broeze Maritime History Prize, awarded by the Australian National Maritime Museum, for the Saltwater People companion books. These books feature a strong acknowledgment to the Aboriginal clans that inhabited the coast fringing the Sydney basin. I am doing an author talk at the ANMM on 4 May 2-4pm at their Darling Harbour building of you are in town, but you have to book.

Book previews: March 10 2014, 0 Comments