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Dr David Reiter
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Multi-award winning creator of poetry, prose, children's and digital projects, Dr David P Reiter is Publisher / CEO at IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd)
Multi-award winning creator of poetry, prose, children's and digital projects, Dr David P Reiter is Publisher / CEO at IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd)

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An excellent review!
As T.D.Luong wrote of this complete work:

Sometimes distance can help us recast our perceptions of the world. They can be based on unspoken and wrong assumptions about culture and identity. The Australian author, currently based in Singapore, but who is fluent in Indonesian because of having provided extensive cultural tours in his former career, is well positioned to recast such perceptions. He forces us to ask: is Australia’s relationship with Asia working well enough to bridge the cultural divide? 

Darnley’s exceptional debut work, in part, creative non-fiction, essays and travel pieces, reframes Australia’s relationship with Asia and Melanesia in a myriad of ways. 

There are entertaining stories over 50 years, which traverse Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, PNG, just to name the main places. There’s a story set in Bali about adultery and told through the prism of magic; another one reflects upon Baby Boomers and their perception of the Japanese after WW2, and there’s a hilarious one about an activist uni student who dodges the Vietnam War draft. 

The book also reframes Australia’s identity. Does Australia lean more towards being progressive or conservative or vacillate between both, and how might this impact on our relationship with Asia? 

Through many personal journeys, observations and interesting characters, he illuminates and expands upon the notion, which is at the heart of the book. What we sometimes see in an empirical way is not necessarily what lies underneath. There are intangible structures such us cultural practice, memory, spirituality and power relationships which intersect, weave and give rise to more nuanced complexity than what we can fully rationalise or even articulate at a given point in time. 

Seen and Unseen is an insightful, intelligent and very significant book which helps us learn more about the Asian region and ourselves as Australians. 

Buy Seen and Unseen now

https://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ARussell%20Darnley%20OAM
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Two brilliant reviews of Jane Simpson's A world with maps from Takahe magazine and the New Zealand Poetry Society Newsletter.

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Poetry without a GPS
New Zealand poet Jane Simpson is attracting excellent reviews for her latest book, A world without maps . We were so delighted with them that we're including the entire reviews here from Takahe and the Poetry Society of New Zealand Newsletter . The referenc...

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Travel with a fiction edge!

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Basil Eliades: Renaissance Man
Basil Eliades is certainly a Renaissance Man when it comes to the arts.  He's a painter, as  well  as a poet, performance artist and most recently an author of travel fiction.  Speaking in   Tongues is his most recent  IP title. His previous poetry with IP ...

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Lois Shepheard is the author of several IP titles, including The Rag Boiler's Daughter , Memories of Shinichi Suzuki: Son of His Environment  and Black McIntosh to Gold . An accomplished music teacher based in Melbourne, Lois has researched and written exte...

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Magical!
#Magic Polygamy and Triangles, a tale of greed, self entitlement, exploitation and deceit in "Seen & Unseen: a century of stories from #Asia & #Pacific" https://goo.gl/SD6Tv7
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In anticipation of the launch of Dr Jane Simpson's A world without maps in Christchurch, New Zealand, IP Assistant Editor, Emerald  Garcia-Finnis, interviewed Jane about how her experiences living in the Middle-East influenced her writing. E G-F:     Do you...

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Q&A with Harold Hunt
Indigenous Australian Harold Hunt has lived an extraordinary life. Growing up in far north-western New South Wales during the Great Depression, Harold has lived to see all of the dramatic social changes that took place in Australia during the 20th century. ...

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One of our most exciting recent poetry releases is Jules Leigh Koch's Stripping Wallpaper from the Sky .  A while back the release of the book was celebrated in Adelaide with a launch by Mike Ladd of the ABC, who for many years hosted Radio National's Poeti...
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