March 2010

No reason for this

Dear old Jon Faine regularly tells his loyal listeners the reason why things are happening. And the Age even managed to run a headline in its A2 section on Saturday incorporating the reason why as well as allowing various writers frequently to use this pointless phrase.
Hey folks, a reason is why. One word, please; not two.

Hamer Hall Facelift

Exciting times ahead for Hamer Hall and all that surrounds it. Earlier plans for our main music venue have been revised and new ones unveiled. First reaction is: why didn’t they do this when the building was planned almost 40 years ago. Well, Melbourne was somewhat different then and Southbank hadn’t even been thought of. At long last the hall is to be opened up to the river with entrances at river level as well as on St Kilda Road. Those narrow dreary scary steps down to the river level are to disappear, along with the dark sweep of the Undercroft. In their place – a broad stairway with vistas of the river and the city beyond. The broad promenade where EQ now sits will be narrowed, more cafes and food outlets will wind around the hall’s facade at both levels. People will be able to look in, and patrons gaze out. No longer will we be incarcerated in the hall’s windowless womb. It promises to be friendly rather than forbidding. And it will only take two years before we can enjoy it – unless it runs to this government’s normal over time and over budget process.

Language mangle

As if it wasn’t bad enough that the myki ticketing system is taking us for the world’s most expensive ride, the bureaucrats behind it are now also creating havoc with the language.
Long-suffering commuters who have had thousands of dollars wrongly added to their myki cards are being told this is a “fare calculation progamming error”.
No, folks; it’s simply another bloody big mistake.

Biographies Edited

Let It All Hang Out by Billy Munro
Sex Is For Sinners by Michael Morel
Room With A View by Ross Isaacson
Take The Bull By The Horns by Barry Bull

Non-fiction Editing

Blokes and Dunnies by Jeff Self
Self-help manual by Reuben Phiri
2011: Appointed editor of quartlery Journal of the Cornwall Family History Society
Vietnam, A Travel Guide for Cleear Publishing
The Eternal Search for God by Matthew Hogan
From the Dreaming to the Dreamers by Gavin Dickson
Tower of Power by Bill Munro
Australia’s Water Market by Professor Manabu Kondo
Between The Dances by Jacqueline Dinan

Fiction Editing

Blow The Wind Southerly by Vincent Smith
A Woman’s War by Jacqueline Dinan
The Janus Deception by Christine McCaffrie
Of Passion and Terror by Frank Best
The Wong Way To Marry by Colleen Poulter
Suburban Insurgent by Shawn Green
Do Not Forget The Dead by Janice Simpson
The Wasted Years by Ant Dry
Isabelle by Ann Gillespie
Inlet of Little Fishes by HRW Cheetham
A Burning Piano by Christopher Winterton
Ron by Pat Cooney
Friendship on Fire by Danielle Weiler
My Time Has Come by Molly Rose

Proofreading for …

Exercise and Sports Science Australia
Victorian Arts Centre
Swinburne University PhD students

My Books

From Paupers to iPads

Tony Berry relates an unexpected journey that took him from his home in Australia to the valleys of Wales, the mill towns of Yorkshire, Royal Naval dockyards, the Sussex coast and Clydeside tenements. Along the way he discovered unknown relatives in New Zealand, Norway and the USA. He encountered abject poverty, sudden workplace deaths, hardship and perseverance. Instead of unclaimed fortunes and country estates he found a family tree of labourers, tidewaiters, shipwrights, preachers, weavers, cotton pickers, maids, servants and paupers. Around them he has woven an enthralling story that brings alive the dull data of genealogy.

Where we have come from is as important as where we are heading

From Paupers to iPads (paperback published by FastPrint Publishing UK).
ISBN: 978-178035-217-6

Done Deal
Published 2008 by Yarraboy Editorial Services
ISBN: 978-0-646-49437-1
Available through
Short-listed for the 2007 NSW Genre Fiction Award
Contact Yarraboy Editorial Services (9429 6978) for direct sales ($20)

Review by Nicole Lindsay in the Books section of the Herald Sun, 23 August 2008.

Done Deal, set in the mean streets of inner-city Richmond, is a gripping little crime story narrated by former English secret service agent Bromo Perkins. Bromo, in exile after a botched operation, is interrupted during coffee in a Bridge Rd café by a blackmailing blonde. It’s the start of a bumpy ride extending from the Boulevard in South Yarra to the MCG and a stalled development site very similar to the one at the end of Highett St. Some characters are sketchy but Richmond is lovingly and accurately rendered.

Done Deal is now available through Readings in Carlton and the wonderful BookTalk Cafe in Swan Street, Richmond. Borders will obtain supplies on request.

Washed Up
Completed 2008
Awarded mentorship June 2008 by Australian Society of Authors.
Mentor – Sophie Masson.
Held under consideration by Allen & Unwin for almost a year before being rejected.
Now due for release in late 2011

The third book in the Bromo Perkins series is nearing completion with an expected release date of mid-2012.

Fun fripperies

March 2010: The Victorian Opera continues to make a name for itself by offering works from left of field. Each season its program contains oddities and the lesser known. The latest diversion is a double bill lasting little more than a couple hours and providing excellent proof that opera need be neither long nor boring. The Bear and Angelique are lively, entertaining, humorous and engaging. The young cast not only sing well but act their roles with energy and enthusiasm. This is opera as fun: two fripperies that delight and entertain with outrageous costuming and minimalist sets. If only our national company could come up with such a diverting evening of opera.

Are they fit to judge?

According to an item in today’s Education Age, 76 per cent of employers believe school-leavers have poor literacy skills. How would they know? Judging by the written material produced by many businesses, most don’t even know where to place an apostrophe. There was a massive black hole in education whereby many who are now at managerial level received only a scant education in grammar. Their skills are as woeful as those they now criticise.