A Lake Sambell Walk – digital edition

Lovely to see 'A Lake Sambell Walk' is widely available in its digital edition (not just on Amazon/Kindle). I think it came up well in the ebook version. Check it out! This link will take you to a page where you choose your preferred online retailer: https://books2read.com/u/mdDeWl You'll see that it includes Amazon/Kindle, so it … Continue reading A Lake Sambell Walk – digital edition

Launch Day – A Lake Sambell Walk

Finally, it is launch day my picture-poetry-walk book A Lake Sambell Walk. A Lake Sambell Walk cover - 01/12/2021 I'm delighted, because the lake is a picturesque and pretty place. To celebrate the occasion, I thought I might throw in a few random images of the lake and its surrounds that aren't in the book … Continue reading Launch Day – A Lake Sambell Walk

Waiting For Frank-Bear – Claire’s review.

I'm very pleased to welcome another 5 star review of 'Waiting For Frank-Bear' my new Beechworth Bakery Bears picture book . It seems these teddy bears really do appeal to everyone! Thank you, Claire Tennant for offering this review. Here is the Amazon link (I'm pleased that the Look Inside feature is operating, now): https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09KG4Q8K6Continue reading Waiting For Frank-Bear – Claire’s review.

Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – New Book on the Shelves – A Lake Sambell Walk: Picture-Poetry en plein air (Picture Poetry) by Frank Prem

The wonderful Smorgasbord Blog Magazine has added (soon to be released) A Lake Sambell Walk to its showcase of reading treasures, along with Sally Cronin’s review of my previous picture poetry book Sheep On The Somme.

Thank you so much for your support, Sally. This walk wiould be a lonely one without this support to bring it to the attention of readers and fellow hikers.

Thank you.


BTW the cover photo features a group of cormorants sitting in a dead tree on the lake. They amused me enormously, by doing nothing except stretching wings to dry. There is a series of 4 pics of them ignoring each other and being totally bored until a new arrival lands to dry off, as well. Not sure why but they made ma laugh (a little too much, perhaps . . .)

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share the news of the latest poetry collection by Frank Prem –  A Lake Sambell Walk: Picture-Poetry en plein air (Picture Poetry)

About the collection

A Lake Sambell Walk is a stroll around the iconic man-made lake that lies at the heart of historically significant Beechworth, Victoria (Australia).

The lake was created by gold miners of the 19th century washing away the soil in their wild search for gold at the height of the gold rush era.

Today, the lake is a beautiful setting for fish and ducks and dabchicks (grebes).

Join Frank Prem for pleasant armchair stroll in A LAke Sambell Walk.

Welcome to Beechworth!

On Pre-Order for December 1stAmazon AU  Amazon USAmazon UK

A selection of other books by Frank Prem

A review for Sheep on the Somme

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A Lake Sambell Walk – pre-order

A Lake Sambell Walk is due for release on 1st December - just a week away - and is available to pre-order now. I thought it might be timely to post a couple of images from the book. A Lake Sambell Walk - what a gorgeous day! A Lake Sambell Walk - 'Everlasting' paper daisies … Continue reading A Lake Sambell Walk – pre-order

A Bear called Frank

Waiting for Frank Bear is released over thext 24 hours or so and I’m delighted that good friend and Melbourne author ANdrea Flory (Meeks) has posted an encouragement to buy on her blogging page.

I’m delighted on behalf of the Bears. I still find them irresistable creatures and hope that the Book does them justice.

Pop over and take a look.

Thank you so much, Andrea.

Meeka's Mind

No, this is not a post about a personable grizzly – we don’t have any in Australia. The closest we get is the legendary ‘Drop Bear’.

<<cue hysterical laughter>>


No, this post is about my good friend Frank Prem and the Beechworth Bakery Bears he has come to know and love. Frank is an Aussie poet-storyteller who brought me to tears with his stories of the Black Saturday bushfires that killed so many in our state. This time, however, Frank has created a beautiful book about teddy bears:

These gastronomic Bears greet customers in the Beechworth Bakery, Victoria, Australia

I love teddy bears and have a whole shelf full keeping me company in my office, so I fell in love with the Bakery Bears at first sight!

In the latest Bear book – Waiting for Frank Bear – Frank gives voice to these cuddly Bears and shows us their…

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Smorgasbord Reading Room – New Book on the Shelves – #PreOrder #Poetry A Beechworth Bakery Bears e-Book: Waiting For Frank Bear by Frank Prem

Waiting for Frank-Bear is set for release on November 14, just a few days away, and Sally Cronin is spreading the word over at The SorgasBord Blog Magazine, today.

As release day for this new book nears I find myself thinking a lot about the simple joy of a cuddly teddy bear and how much warmth and pleasure such a furry friend can bring.

Thank you Sally (and thank you Bears!)

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Frank Prem has another children’s poetry story book with more of the lovable bears coming soon..A Beechworth Bakery Bears e-Book: Waiting For Frank Bear and I can recommend both of the previous books in the series.

About the story

The Beechworth Bakery Bears are still just as friendly and eager to please as ever.

But, where is Frank-Bear?

He does not come in to see them as often as before and they miss him.

They would love to tell you about their lives now, and how they wait for their best friend Frank-Bear to visit.

Step back into the bakery and find out what is happening in the world of The Beechworth Bakery Bears.

Head over to pre-order the book for November 14th: Amazon AUAmazon USAnd: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Frank Prem

My review for book (too) 18th February 2021

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Waiting For Frank-Bear – Liz’s Review

It is a great pleasure to be able to share another wonderful review of the new Bakery Bears picture book - Waiting For Frank-Bear. Liz Gauffreau shares her responses to the Bears as they weather the changes brought in a Covid-19 affected world. Regular visitors to this page will know that Liz is a wonderful … Continue reading Waiting For Frank-Bear – Liz’s Review

The Bears have entered the building . . .

Next week I have an author appearance to make at a local Library in Yackandandah. Not far from where I live. The topic will be two-fold - my 'a love poetry trilogy' of books (which has never really had an airing in public) and to talk about self-publishing. It feels a little ironic, because the … Continue reading The Bears have entered the building . . .

Robbie’s Inspiration – Guest post by Frank Prem and a review

It’s my pleasure to invite visitors to my blog to pop over to Robbie cheadle’s place – Robbie’s Inspiration.

Today I’ve chatted with her and her vistors a little about The Bakery Bears, and why they engage me so much that I’ve written two books about them, now, with Waiting For Frank-Bear just about to be released.

Robbie has also posted her review of the new book and it is just lovely to read.

The Bears will be delighted when I mention it to them!

Robbie has also featured another collage of Bakery Bear photographs with the article.

Thank you, Robbie.

Waiting For Frank-Bear cover – 03/11/2021

Robbie's inspiration

Today, I am delighted to welcome poet and author, Frank Prem, to Robbie’s Inspiration with a post about his The Beechworth Bakery Bears series of books.

What is it about Bakery Bears?

I can’t really begin to examine my literary aspirations for The Beechworth Bakery Bears books without recounting the context for my becoming aware of them.

Background to the first book – The Beechworth Bakery Bears

By profession I am a Psychiatric Nurse, and have had enough years of performing shift work for the thrill of rocking up to the job for a 7am start to have worn off, a little. So, what I like to do is to create a little contemplative bubble around myself before my early shifts start.

A little after 6am, (before Covid 19 struck), I would approach the Beechworth Bakery, often still in pre-dawn darkness. The Bakery is the only place in town that…

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