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Laugh, Cry, Love & learn about life & yourself in poetry
Courtesy of Illustrator & Graphic Artist Eden Cartwright
Following the success of his book, Slouch Hat Soldiers - Generations at War, renowned South Australian poet Robert (Bob) Jarrad invites you and his friends to his latest book launch of Sitting on Top of the World. A collection of narrative poetry enriched with a humorous Aussie influence: laid back, occasionally serious and thoughtful, with a common thread of family.
Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning the library on 8397 7333
Since the launch in 2014 of Slouch Hat Soldiers - Generations at War, Robert (Bob) Jarrad has toured around Australia presenting his poems and speaking to community groups about what inspired him to write his war poems and how the collection came about. By invitation, he was invited to several Centenary of Anzac events. In 2015, poems from Slouch Hat Soldiers - Generations at War,were performed at the Australian War Memorial's "War of Words" Anzac Centenary poetry event.
Bob Jarrad and his wife, Allison at the Wish Me Luck Exhibition. Photographer: H. Radford
Slouch Hat Soldiers - Generations at War, gives us much to think and feel about war. The poems not only focus on Australian servicemen who served in World War l, World War ll and the Vietnam War, but they also point to the contribution to the war effort made by women. Bob's poetry reveals his skill, sincerity, empathy, insight and respect as he reflects upon the times before, during and after war.
Bob Jarrad with his father, Cyril Jarrad
Interestingly, both of Bob's books are printed by Created 2 Print, 102 Sturt Street, Adelaide using 100% solar powered printing machines in their Green room where the first 100% solar powered printing machines in the world began.
Sitting on Top of the World takes you on a journey of human emotions and reflections, laced with Aussie humour amongst narrative poems of life and imaginings.
Blue Wren by Eden Cartwright - Illustrator and Graphic Designer
There are six chapters within Sitting on Top of the World –
Nature's Wondrous World
The world of Fun and Adventure
Creatures Sharing Our World
The World at War
Fill my World with Love
World of Love by Eden Cartwright - Illustrator and Graphic Designer.
The beginning of each chapter is illustrated with images that relate to the poetry that follows. Before the poetry, in each chapter the author has written some prose that connects you with him and his poetic works.
Laughing Jacks by Eden Cartwright - Illustrator and Graphic Designer.
The common thread running through this book is family – similar to Bob's previous Slouch Hat Soldiers - Generations at War, which is related to families past and present that served in the Armed Forces. Sitting on Top of the World carries on with that thread, but relates mainly to today's family life. Upon reading, one tends to reflect on their own life's journey and also those family members that have made sacrifices to give us the freedom in Australia that we cherish so much today.
There are also a couple of songs in there as well that are printed as poetry– Mother Earth, which is featured on Bob's previous Didgeridoo music CD, Echos Downunder, and Aphrodisiac Blues, a blues song that he is yet to put to music.
Bob's already received the following letter of congratulations from Dr Brendan Nelson, Director, Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
Dr Nelson found Sitting on Top of the World to be as rich and worthwhile as Slouch Hat Soldiers - Generations at War. He provided the following quote,
From the mourning of Bazza the Boxer Dog to the simple three line reflection of The Motorcyclist, Sitting on Top of the World is uplifting in every way. Laugh, cry, love and learn about life and yourself in these simple poems about our lives. Robert Jarrad has given us a gift and by purchasing it, you can give SIDS and Kids SA and its work with deeply bereaved families a gift too.
Some excerpts from the reviews appearing on the back cover are as follows;
Bob plants seeds of hope, as he captures life's simple pleasures and what it is like to be human, to be humble and grateful for the things all around us - things that have us sitting on top of the world. Jude Aquilina, Australian Author/Poet and TAFE teacher.
A multifaceted work addressing various components of being
human. In his work, Bob takes us on a walk through the ebbs
and flows of Aussie family life. The mental health poems
present as dark, but these truly reflect some of the feelings and
thoughts of carers and sufferers. Take whatever you need from
this work, skilfully generated by a true artist and craftsman. Dr Werner Stockhoff, GP
Throughout the book, there are drawings by Illustrator and Graphic Designer, Eden Cartwright that capture the emotions and stories of Bob's poetry. His crisp illustrations throughout the book beautifully compliment Bob's poetry.
Emu by Eden Cartwright - Illustrator & Graphic Designer.
SIDS and Kids SA provides bereavement counselling to South Australians who experience or are affected by the death of a child from conception to 6 years of age, be it miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or the sudden and unexpected death of a child up to six years of age.
SIDS and Kids SA is the only bereavement support organisation providing FREE professional ongoing support to these families during what is truly an unimaginable time.
Copies of Sitting on Top of the World will be available at the book launch for the special launch price of $30.00. There are no EFTPOS facilities. Please purchase with cash transactions.
Alternatively, after the launch, purchasers can send a cheque for $35.00 per book, plus $8 postage (total $43.00) made payable to Echos Downunder, including their name and shipping address to: Echos Downunder, PO Box 191, St. Agnes, South Aust. 5097.
Purchases can also be made from SIDS and Kids SA by phoning (08) 8332 1066 after the launch date.