YouTube – book launch videos

Some of you will have seen one or other of the videos taken at the launch of The New Asylum last week. I've just managed to get them all up on YouTube - 5 in total. Sadly, none of the choir singing, but it is what it is! Here is the link. If you're at … Continue reading YouTube – book launch videos

The New Asylum – launch videos and pics.

I'm pressed for time and can't stop to give a proper report on The New Asylum book launch yesterday, accept to say that it was a huge success, and a wonderful occasion, with readings and singing. A wonderful attendance by folk from the town. There are a couple of videos and pics posted on my … Continue reading The New Asylum – launch videos and pics.

Shameless self promotion day

As advertised, this is all about The New Asylum and giving the book a push as Book Launch in Beechworth day approaches. Firstly, I need to express my gratitude to Janet Howie of the Border Morning Mail (a significant local newspaper) for her article in the Border yesterday. Janet has been a great supporter and … Continue reading Shameless self promotion day

Smorgasbord Book #Reviews – #Poetry The New Asylum: a memoir of psychiatry by Frank Prem

My thanks to Sally Cronin for her wonderful review of The New Asylum. It takes an outside perspective, sometimes to help the author make best sense of what they have done in writing their book (or poetry collection, in my case). Reviewers like Sally help me to understand my own work just a little better, sometimes.

Thank you so much Sally .

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I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the previous two books by Frank Prem and eagerly awaited his latest collection The New Asylum: a memoir of psychiatry

About the collection

The New Asylum is the third volume in a series of free-verse poetry anthologies and personal memoirs from Australian author Frank Prem (Small Town Kid, Devil In The Wind).

This collection is an exposé of life in the public psychiatric system, spanning five decades and describing sometimes graphically, sometimes ironically, often poignantly, and always honestly, a search for meaning in extraordinary and often incomprehensible circumstances.

The journey begins with childhood experiences of watching immigrant parents earn their living in the Mayday Hills Mental Asylum… progresses through the oddities and antics of psychiatric nurse training in the 1970s… on to the high-pressure coalface of managing regional centres facing an inundation of modern urban challenges… and finally, settles into…

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Do you like the cover of The New Asylum?

It seems the cover of The New Asylum has made it through the first rounds of voting over at All Author in a 'cover of the month' style voting competition. I have no idea what this means, but I’m happy to find out, with your help. It seems that the top 100 covers that are … Continue reading Do you like the cover of The New Asylum?

Rehearsing (aloud) (for The New Asylum book launch)

Some audio recorded poems from The New Asylum, together with a little contextual back story, on my author page. Please feel welcome to check it out. While there, a number of audio poems from the WW1 series have been posted as well. ______________________________________________________________________________ Would . world, new poetry collections and giveaways? Subscribe to my monthly … Continue reading Rehearsing (aloud) (for The New Asylum book launch)

A review from LIbraryThing

". . . If I had to pick one book over the past year that has truly resonated with me, this would be it. It's a hauntingly beautiful window into the successes and failures of working with the mentally disabled, and the impact on the human psyche." (5 stars). Many thanks to Kathleen for posting … Continue reading A review from LIbraryThing

The New Asylum – Mayday Hills burning

How hot is The New Asylum? A timely question . . . No, not really. Today (October 22nd, 2019) there was a report on the local news of a small fire on the grounds of the old Mayday Hills Hospital. Not too much damage done and hopefully restore-able. The news reminded me of rapidly the … Continue reading The New Asylum – Mayday Hills burning