Palme Publishing  (publisher of Binge Thinking, Shaken and Stirred’s demi-annual essay collection launched last weekend in basket-weaving Balmain) has just received news that the ad with which the book fair was promoted is up for a Caxton, Australia’s most prestigious newpress advertising award. We’re not surprised – one attendee at the event was so taken with the ad she suggested entering it in the Archibald. There were reports of the posters being stolen from the pubs which displayed them.

Thanks again to Whybin TBWA for an amazing ad which captured the essence of my father using his books (zoom in and read the titles for all the jokes we planted) and adding to the crowds who queued outside for hours before doors opened, eager to “own the books that made PP”.

You can see the ad again and read the kind words of Tim Hall at Campaign Brief.


Shaken and Stirred presents

Why it’s more important to offend than be offended:

The triumph of larrikinism in Australian culture

with Tony Moore

Launch Party for the first issue of

Binge Thinking:

a collection of relfections and refutations by Shaken and Stirred participants

Date: Saturday 5 December 2009

Time: 6:30 for 7:00pm start

Venue: Garden of bohemian delights, 437 Darling Street, Balmain

Cost: $35 (includes food, drinks and a copy of Binge Thinking)

RSVP essential: thoughtbroker@gmail.com

About Tony Moore

Dr Tony Moore is a cultural historian who lectures at Monash University. His career spans publishing, journalism and documentary making at the ABC. His first book The Barry McKenzie Movies analysed the cultural significance of the ‘Ocker’ cinema genre of the 1970s and his most recent film was Bohemian Rhapsody: Rebels of Australian Culture. He is inaugural commissioning editor of the new Cambridge University Press series Australian Encounters. A self-confessed libertarian social democrat, Tony is a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and former president of the NSW Fabian Society.

Photos from the event and the ad created by Whybin TBWA (Paddy’s face built entirely out of his books, shot 100% in-camera – nothing added or changed in post-production! Immense thanks to Steve Dodds, Janelle Shearer, Garry Horner, Matt Kemsley, John Curnow and Paul Bradbury).

All images can be enlarged by clicking on them.


Download the media release here.

The private library of one of Australia’s most controversial and contrarian intellectuals, PP McGuinness, will be up for sale in Sydney on Saturday 21 November 2009.

The thousands of books in McGuinness’ collection describe the broad thinking and eclectic interests of a  contrarian and often incendiary thinker.

From Palgrave to poetry, politics to film, PP McGuinness’ private collection spanned all genres of literature and thought, and influenced McGuinness’s contribution to Australian intellectual history.

Paddy McGuinness’s daughter, Parnell, says “There are almost ten thousand books here — more than I can possibly keep. It’s time to distribute the books to people who want them and will appreciate them. There are some rare, out-of-print editions, as well as some which are almost too common. I think there are five copies of Madame Bovary in there.”

The Paddy McGuinness Last Drinks Book Fair will be held in McGuinness’ garden in Darling Street Balmain on Saturday 21 November. Books, BBQ and drinks will be available 10am-4pm.

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Last Drinks in the Paddy McGuinness Private Library

Book Fair and Beer Sizzle

When: Saturday 21 November 09

Where: 437 Darling St, Balmain

Time: 10am to 4pm

On Saturday 21 November 2009, the eclectic collection of one of Australia’s most contrary intellectuals will be on sale to the public. From Palgrave to poetry, PP McGuinness‘s private collection spanned all genres of literature and thought. Be there early to nab one of only five copies of Madame Bovary.

All profits will go towards the publication of Binge Thinking, a collection of thoughts from Shaken and Stirred events.

For more about Shaken and Stirred Events, click here: https://thoughtbroker.wordpress.com/about/

For further information, please contact Leonie Phillips and Parnell McGuinness at thoughtbroker@gmail.com

Listen to a radio interview on ABC Canberra here.

Read the mention in SMH Diary here and the Weekend SMH article here.

Inner West Courier article 27 October 2009

Shaken and Stirred SUPPER CLUB presents:

John Hirst


Why Australia Should Abolish Compulsory Voting

Date: Monday 14 September 2009
Time: 6.30 for 7:00pm
Venue: Pazzo, 583 Crown St, Surry Hills
Cost: $50
RSVP: thoughtbroker@gmail.com

JOHN HIRST is a historian and Scholar Emeritus of La Trobe University and honorary professor of history at the University of Sydney.

He was founding Convenor of the Australian Republican Movement in Victoria and a member of the Prime Minister Keating’s Republic Advisory Committee.

For the Howard government, he was the chair of the Civics Education Group which oversaw the preparation of materials for the ‘Discovering Democracy’ programme in schools.

He has written books on convicts, the origins of democracy in New South Wales, Albert Facey, federation and the republic. He was co-editor of the Oxford Companion to Australian History. His most recent books are Sense and Nonsense in Australian History and The Australians; insiders and outsiders on the national character since 1770 . His latest book The Shortest History of Europe will be published by Black Inc next month.

Shaken and Stirred, the Supper Clubbers, are back.

On Sunday, 9 August 2009, Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor of The Hindustan Times, will talk on ‘Asia, Geopolitics and Freedom’ over a leisurely Sunday lunch at Sel et Poivre.

Time: 1:30 for 2:00pm
Date: Sunday, 9 August 2009
Venue: Sel et Poivre
Address: 263 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, Sydney

RSVP to thoughtbroker@gmail.com by Thursday 6 August 2009

About our speaker
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri is the Foreign Editor of The Hindustan Times and a
leading figure in Indian policymaking circles. He was previously an
editorial writer for The Telegraph and The Statesman of Calcutta. Pramit has
a BA in history from Cornell University. More recently, he was a Hubert H.
Humphrey Fellow at the University of Maryland – College Park; media fellow
at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy; South Asia fellow at the Henry
Stimson Centre in Washington DC, and a Visiting Fellow at Cornell
University’s South Asia department. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin
Society, the Liberty Institute of New Delhi and the Aspen Institute Italia.
Pramit has written widely on India’s foreign and international economic
policies. He is a regular talking head on Asian television and radio
stations. This year he has spoken at the Aspen Institute World Economy
Conference, the Centre of Independent Studies annual consilium in Australia
and at Singapore’s Institute for Southeast Asian Studies.