Justin Heazlewood - Get Up Mum

Friday 13 July 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets $7.50
Tickets available until 13 July 2018 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname. 

‘Unfortunately, this beautifully written, evocative memoir will only appeal to anyone who has had a childhood.’ Judith Lucy

David Stavanger is in-conversation with author Justin Heazlewood for the launch of his memoir Get Up Mum.


‘A young’uns tentative forage through a thorny scrub of filial love, written as postcards from the nestling.’ Tim Rogers

It’s 1992 in Burnie, Tasmania and 12-year-old Justin lives alone with his mum. When she is well, Mum is perfect. She knows he likes his carrots raw and his toast cooled, and she knows how to sooth his growing pains. But when she is sick she cries uncontrollably and never gets out of bed.

High school is on the horizon and Justin is bursting with adolescent energy. But his mum’s mental illness hangs over him like a shadow and he feels the need to grow up fast.

Told with youthful exuberance, Get Up Mum is a wildly endearing, entertaining and incredibly powerful memoir about love, family, and coming-of-age.

Justin Heazlewood is an award-winning author & performer. In 2014 his first book Funemployed: Life as an Artist in Australia earned praise from artists and industry alike. In 2015 an 8-part series was commissioned for RN. A regular to Brisbane, Justin showcased Funemployed at BIGSOUND and headlined the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival.

David Stavanger is poet, performer, cultural producer, and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His longer prose-poem ‘The Electric Journal’ based on his direct experience of ECT was a finalist of the 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize. He was recently selected as the 2018 Melbourne Visiting Poets Program's resident by  RMIT/Australian Poetry. David was Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-17) and is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy.  

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