Today at Gumshoe we are offering a free download of our Port Arthur book. It was mainly constructed from Gumshoe articles by Mary W Maxwell and some by myself. Even when I glance back into the book I am amazed at the details of this case. Click to download the book here. ENOUGH-IS-ENOUGH_29mar_low-res
We were set to go to press in February, but heard that Channel 7 would be doing a “surprise special” on March 6. I am glad we waited to find out what Mike Willesee had up his sleeve, as that gave rise to a twenty-page addendum to this book.
Delivering the Petition
Two weeks ago, Cherri Bonney made the trip from Perth to Hobart to deliver the Change.org petition – which asks for “an inquest for Martin Bryant’s sake and all our sakes.” As the sponsor of the petition she was allowed, months ago, to print out the names of all signers. (Luckily she did download them, as Change.org has since cut her access to the signatures!)
Cherri went to the parliamentary office in Hobart and delivered a bound-book of signatures. As of today there are 2,151 signatures and it’s not going to end — the handover was just to warm the premier up.
I was delighted to rendezvous with Cherri at Tullamarine Airport, and gave her an advance copy of Enough is Enough, which she passed on to “the appropriate person” in Tasmania.
Cherri also marched right up to the gate of Government House and was warmly greeted by the staff of Governor Professor Kate Warner — to whom she gave a CD of her song “Wish I Knew How To be Free.” She also dropped in on Ludeke Publishers who printed Carleen Bryant, My Story. Note: several libraries in Australia have a copy.
However, two days in a row Ms Bonney made unsuccessful attempts to visit the prisoner – first at Risdon and then at the Wilf Lopes Center. At one point a police car trailed her car and she wondered whether they were following her. I once used to be scared of cops when living in South Africa, but got over it after filming in Soweto. I reminded Cherri that the police work for us.
Risdon Prison (taken on the 28/2/16) from the hill opposite, showing the prison recreation “cages”
Please help us spread this book around. It would be nice if Cherri could post it in the Change.org website, but as mentioned, she is in lock-out. At least she’s not in lock-in.