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Wednseday, February 6, 2013

Ford Street Publishing out of Norstrilia sends along these notes and new releases:

Creative Net Speakers’ Agency ( has several authors visiting interstate this year. Here’s your chance to have someone “different” without the cost of airfares/accommodation. As an aside, feel free to ask us if any of our other presenters would be interested in visiting you from interstate.

DC GreenTerm 2* South Australia. June 3 – 7.Term 3

* Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast. August 5 – 9.

* Victoria. August 19 – 23.

Adam Wallace:

  • 17th of October and the 22nd of November.
Susanne Gervay

  • Susanne Gervay is in Melbourne to launch her picture book Gracie and Josh from March 5 – 9. Please get in touch asap if you would like her to visit your school or library ( The illustrator, Serena Geddes, is also available during this time (no airfares/accommodation fees are applicable).
Patricia Bernard

  • Patricia is looking for a week’s work in Qld schools some time during 2013. She’s open to offers and will pay her own airfares.

 Paul Collins

   • Paul will be in Tasmania March 11 — 16th. Email us for available times.

  • Remember, Creative Net does not charge a booking fee.
Our Feb/March titles are:Gracie and Josh by Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes (March)The Lost Tail by Patricia Bernard and Tricia Oktober (Feb)Pirate Gold by Michael Salmon

Toocool/Marcy (all new titles!) by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday

Librarians and festival organisers

Check out our speakers’ agency at: We now represent over 100 Australian authors and illustrators, including Isobelle Carmody, Phil Kettle, Leigh Hobbs and Michael Salmon.

The latest presenters to join us are: Melaina Feranda, DC Green, Paul Stafford and Gabrielle Wang.

This year we’re organising one-day literary festivals in Rockhampton, Emerald, Yeppoon and Craigieburn. Give us a call if you would like us to organise one for you. They’re not as expensive as you might think.

We’ve also organised a few PD seminars for teachers, librarians and literacy co-ordinators. If you’ve been to our Keeping Books Alive seminars, you’ll know how good they are.

We have time to run one more during 2013 if anyone is interested.


We can run a PD session in either May or June. Please get in touch re your preferred date/s. Check out the Creative Net Speakers’ Agency to see some of the presenters we have used at past seminars.

Email Terrie at if you’re booking presenters for your event, or the PD seminar/s.

Ford Street’s upcoming titles:

Toocool and Marcy boxed set of ten titles by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday

Chasing Shadows by Corinne Fenton and Hannah Sommerville

The Cuckoo by Gary Crew and Naomi Turvey

Gamers’ Rebellion by George Ivanoff

Welcome Home by Christina Booth

Flora’s War by Pamela Rushby

Il Kedra (Final book in The Maximus Black Files) by Paul Collins

Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo by Tania McCartney and Kieron Pratt

Elephants Have Wings by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro.

Our current catalogue can be viewed/downloaded at:

Select Ford Street titles are now available at amazon or Readings’ new ebook store:

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ILLUSIONOID is a funny throw-back to the classic sci-fi radio broadcasts of the 20s and 30s. Hilarious and spot-on.”

Mike Sachs, Vanity Fair editor and author of And Here’s the Kicker, Your Wildest Dreams… Within Reason

 Toronto, ON (January, 2013) – An all-star cast of Toronto improvisers have reached an international audience with the release of their wildly successful science fiction-themed comedy podcast, ILLUSIONOID. The bi-weekly podcast series launched on August 15, 2010 and has grown exponentially with each subsequent episode.

After winning Bad Dog Theatre’s highly competitive annual “Globehead” improv tournament in Toronto in February of 2010 and repeating in 2012, a troupe consisting of Paul Bates (CTV’s Dan For Mayor, Second City Toronto), Nug Nahrgang (Dark Rising: Summer Strikes Back, SyFy’s Scare Tactics) and Lee Smart (Comedy Network’s 5th Quadrant, Second City Toronto) decided to create and launch a new project. As many of their stage scenes took a decidedly science fiction theme, they found inspiration in vintage television shows including The Twilight Zone and Tales From The Crypt and radio serials like X Minus One and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

Seeking to reintroduce audiences to the feel of these lost classics, the trio began to self-produce a new show using the modern technologies of Apple computers and Garageband to create the hilariously moody, melodramatic and retro sound effect-laden ILLUSIONOID.

Listeners of the podcast have flocked to the campy, sci-fi world of ILLUSIONOID which chronicles a time in the distant future where humanity is forced to take its final stand against the tyrannical computer after which the show is named.

Since launch, the trio has gained celebrity fans including Sean Cullen (NBC’s Last Comic Standing, The Producers) and Colin Mochrie (Who’s Line Is It Anyway?), both of whom are now featured as guest stars on ILLUSIONOID episodes. Kids In The Hall’s Scott Thompson and Futurama’s Billy West have also been guests and the troupe is looking for more in the months to come.

New episodes of the show are released every two weeks and are often based on suggestions from listeners of the podcast. Live performances and recordings have occurred at Toronto’s Comedy Bar and there are plans to tour show nationally in 2013. The show can be found on iTunes and at

For more information:

Nug Nahrgang




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