Saturday, January 07, 2006

Happy New Year

Happy new year and best wishes to all the readers and subscribers to this blog, and my apologies for the six months that have elapsed since my last post... I have been busy promoting Angels Can Fly in Australia and New Zealand, at launches, readings, and libraries.

Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows the adventures of ten clown characters, some personal clown anecdotes from clowns from around the world, a total of 50 practical clown exercises, and some theory on the nature of modern clown.

I have been very happy with the response to the book over the past six months. It has already sold better than any of my other books, and sold in markets like England, which I have not previously reached.

Now Stocked in Libraries in Australia and New Zealand

Around 70 copies of Angels Can Fly are now in libraries in Australia and New Zealand, including 16 copies in West Australian libraries, my first books to make it into Western Australia. Check with your library to see if they have a copy. Some libraries also have copies of the Angels Can Fly DVD.

There will also be copies of the book on display at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference later this month, so there may well be copies in American libraries soon. Check with your library in the US to see if they are sending someone to the conference and, if they are, tell them to check out Angels Can Fly on the Combined Book stand.

Reviews of the book

Angels Can Fly!, October 31, 2005
Michael C. Getlan "caring clown" (New Rochelle, NY) - This is a terrific book, and should be read and used frequently. The stories about the real clowns are inspiring and the exercises are practical and important, especially if you are serious about exploring the clown in you.

Angels Can Fly, August 2, 2005
Julie A. Wright "Jewls" - This unusual book has a lot of good character development, audience interaction exercises. It is also a novel about street performers and includes several entertainers biographies all mixed together. For a vary enjoyable educational read.


Last month we commenced publishing a series of excerpts from the book in the Artmedia Physical Theatre Newsletter, and I intend to also post these on this blog as they are published in the newsletter.

We started last month with one of the 50 exercises included in the book, the Play with Objects exercise, which was published on this blog in September 2004. You can find this exercise here.

"Clown is a fascinating, diverse, complex and exciting art form, which has existed around the planet for thousands of years. Like any art form it has to evolve to stay relevant to the culture nurturing it, and at the same time, and by its very nature, clown teases and turns upside down the cultural patterns and boundaries around us."

The book is available on order through bookshops and online stores in New Zealand, Australia, America and England. Order your copy today. Find it on Amazon by following this link:

You can also still get a free e-Book version to read on your computer.


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