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Books
· Dream-Dust Parasites

· The Angel of Luxury and Sadness, Volume One

· Facing The Demon of noontide


Short Stories
· The Orpheus Plague

· The Phantom Library

· Theresa Jones - by Ian Irvine (hobson)

· The Doubtful Muse - by Ian Irvine (Hobson)

· Samuel Elmsmore Dreams of Harry The Crab

· Five Boxes and a Knife

· Trevor Franklin Refuses to Allow me to Impress my Teacher


Articles
· New Science Perspectives on Ghosts and Other Paranormal Phenomena

· Sara Douglass, Speculative Fiction & Medieval History

· Transmedia Story-Telling (in a Holographic Multiverse)

· Zoetics: New Perspectives on Fundamental Creativity

· Muse of the Long-Haul: Thirty-One Isles of the Creative Imagination

· Trickster Gods and the Quantum Muse: Creativity and the Multiverse

· Hermesian Epidemics: Depression, Anxiety, Derealisation, Narcissism ,

· Hermes Negatively Polarised - Pt 5 Alchemy and the Imagination

· The Angel of Luxury and Sadness

· Notes on Creativity Revolutions: Modernism - A Literature of the Void?


Poetry
· Hiroshima Dance

· Three Poems in Platform 15

· Any Available Exit

· Spirits in Triples

· Tending the Grove - from the Taliesin-Ceridwen Sequence

· The Chase Across time (part 2)

· The Chase Across Time (Part 1)

· The World Rushed in (The Awen)

· Three Drops From the Cauldron

· The Ghost Narrates

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News
· Aradale Creativity Weekend

· The Gods Abandon Olympus (for Hollywood) - Public Talk

· Sara Douglass Worlds - Revived

· Bendigo Writers Festival 2014

· An Accidental Soldier (based on Silent Parts by John Charalambous)

· Voyage of the Beagle poems at Artvilla.com

· Three Poems from 'Coral Reveries' published by Poetry Life and Times

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Hammered - Memoirs of an Addict

5/1/2012 3:26:00 AM

by Ian Irvine (Hobson)


G. N. Braun's biography Hammered: Memoirs of an Addict, describes the life of its author from his teenage years to around 2007. It is by turns confronting, humourous and tragic - with many poignant scenes. A highly worthwhile read for anyone interested in the 'dark night of the soul' that is addiction!

A couple of weeks ago I had the honour of speaking at the launch of Geoff Brown's (authorial name G.N. Braun) excellent memoir/autobiography. The book is written in a straightforward, almost novelistic style (the term these days is 'creative non-fiction') that neither romanticises/glorifies the world described  nor moralises about it (in the simplistic sense of 'good v evil' one often finds in the mass media). The book spares us no punches as it explores the author's long-term addiction to a range of drugs including speed and heroin. The narrative voice is even and understated with very little 'telling' (read: 'extraneous moralising after the event') as Braun lures us into the strange twilight world that is Melbourne's underground drug culture.

Braun builds our attachment to (and empathy for) the narrator via devices often used by fiction writers before proceeding to test that attachment/empathy as the narrator descends during his late teenage years into addiction and petty crime. Moral ambiguity abounds adding to the central drama and drawing us further into the text - provoking surprising emotions at every turn.

The Central Victorian launch of Hammered was partly sponsored by the Bendigo Writers' Council and was well attended culminating in a Q & A  session with the author at the end in which Geoff spoke of his wish that the book might help better inform not only those in the grips of life-threatening addictions but also their loved ones who are often in despair at the self-destructiveness often accompanying such conditions. 'If there is one thing I'd like loved ones to take from the book it's the message that you should never give up on a family member or friend going through these kinds of experiences ... no matter how far gone he or she may appear to be ..' 

Braun's existential starkness reveals a deep humanity as well as a profound fascination with the puzzle that is humanity in extremis. This book has after-resonance - highly recommended!    

To purchase go to Hammered: Memoirs of an Addict at Amazon.com.

See also a recent  Bendigo Advertiser article on G.N. Braun's book: Hammered article. 

 



More News by Ian Irvine (Hobson)

· Aradale Creativity Weekend - 10/7/2014 2:32:00 AM
· The Gods Abandon Olympus (for Hollywood) - Public Talk - 9/16/2014 2:20:00 AM
· Sara Douglass Worlds - Revived - 8/27/2014 10:23:00 PM
· Bendigo Writers Festival 2014 - 8/11/2014 5:46:00 PM
· An Accidental Soldier (based on Silent Parts by John Charalambous) - 9/14/2013 7:28:00 PM
· Voyage of the Beagle poems at Artvilla.com - 2/16/2013 2:47:00 AM
· Three Poems from 'Coral Reveries' published by Poetry Life and Times - 2/3/2013 2:59:00 AM
· Painted Words 2005-2010 (Contributors Lists) - 11/30/2012 9:32:00 PM
· Painted Words 2012 Launched - 11/27/2012 8:36:00 PM
· Into the Middle of Things - 10/4/2012 3:20:00 AM
· Scintillae 2012 Launched at Inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival - 8/17/2012 8:01:00 PM
· Trickster Gods and the Quantum Muse - a Talk by Dr Ian Irvine - 5/22/2012 3:21:00 AM
· Scintillae 2012 Literary Anthology - News Page - 3/29/2012 4:28:00 PM
· John Philips Website - 12/19/2011 7:19:00 PM
· Warren Burt on Non-Verbal Intelligence - 12/14/2011 3:30:00 PM
· The Day of the Nefilim - David Major - 12/9/2011 5:41:00 PM
· John Holton - Poetry Books - 12/7/2011 7:48:00 PM
· Painted Words (Seven) 2011 - 11/28/2011 5:59:00 PM
· Bruce Oakman Website Up and Running - 8/7/2011 4:39:00 PM
· Dream-Dust Parasites (available from Australian publishers) - 6/5/2011 4:35:00 AM
· Imminent Release of Two Greeks by John Charalambous - 6/5/2011 3:59:00 AM
· Introducing Two Emerging Victorian Writers - 6/1/2011 4:55:00 PM
· Newstead Short Story Tattoo - 3/21/2011 2:27:00 PM
· Central Victorian Writers: Some stories by Rebecca Sutton - 2/28/2011 2:31:00 PM
· Much Deserved Success for Central Victorian Novelist Jess Anastasi - 12/16/2010 4:02:00 AM
· Bendigo Poet Lorraine Marwood Wins Prime Minister's Prize for Literature - 12/5/2010 3:02:00 AM
· Launch of Two Victorian Literary Anthologies (December 2010) - 12/5/2010 2:19:00 AM
· Mercurius Press and the Positive Role of Creativity - 11/27/2010 4:47:00 PM
· Creative Writing Petition - Victoria, Australia - 11/26/2010 1:14:00 AM
· Bendigo Weekly - Feature Article on Ian Irvine - 9/4/2010 3:15:00 AM
· Author's Den as Online Bardic College? - 7/23/2010 1:44:00 AM
· In Search of Cerridwen's Cauldron - 7/15/2010 4:48:00 AM
· Bio as at October 2014 for Ian Irvine (also writing as Ian Hobson). - 4/19/2009 6:20:00 PM
· Ian Irvine - Links Page - 4/11/2006 10:05:00 PM

Books by
Ian Irvine (Hobson)



Dream-Dust Parasites

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The Angel of Luxury and Sadness, Volume One

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Facing The Demon of noontide

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