BA Features Bullying Under Attack

Welcome to BA’s Book Features showcasing a small collection of books to be released this week, or showcasing a special feature as part of a blog tour and promotion event. If you’d like to have your book featured on Bookish Ardour please send an enquiry.

Bullying Under Attack: True Stories Written by Teen Victims, Bullies + Bystanders

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Review: The Rag Issue #5

The Rag Issue #5The Rag’s 5th issue is now out. This is our first issue as a biannual publication and has about twice as much content as our previous quarterly releases. Many stories featured here examine questions of good and evil and what drives people to act immorally.

The Rag’s Mission Statement

Our mission is to seek out powerful new literary voices and bring them to light. We see electronic publishing as an opportunity to turn back time to an era of affordable distribution and open competition, and it allows us to reach a broader audience and inject new life into the literary market.


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Review: The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Short Stories by Tim Burton

From breathtaking stop-action animation to bittersweet modern fairy tales, filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance — witty and macabre at once.

Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children — misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds.

His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and the tragedy of these dark yet simple beings — hopeful, hapless heroes who appeal to the ugly outsider in all of us, and let us laugh at a world we have long left behind (mostly anyway).


Take poetry, add Tim Burton, and you have awesome! OK, I might be bias because I love a lot of Tim Burton’s creations even though I haven’t watched all of them, but it’s hard not to once you get a taste of his art. Sure the poetry in this case isn’t complex, the stories are short, and the majority are thoroughly morbid as so many other readers would point out, but it’s a fun book nonetheless and I’m glad I found it. Continue reading

Review: Deep Suburbia, Westside Jnr, Vol 3

Westside Jr. is the only ongoing literary anthology devoted to sourcing and highlighting the work of young writers and artists from Western Sydney, of of Australia’s most culturally diverse regions. 

In this third edition writers and photographers channel the unique and often misrepresented voice of Sydney’s infamous Western Suburbs. These areas, which include Bankstown, Auburn, Guildford, Granville, Campbelltown, Parramatta, and Fairfield, have a reputation for being dark, dangerous places.

The real experiences, beliefs, customs and communities of the people inside yearn to be set free.


I enjoy reading collections of written work and art by a younger age bracket; that is kids and young adults. Call me a dork for it if you must, but I’m always moved, and it strikes a chord in me when I have the honour of reading the work of a young writer. Continue reading

Review: Turn of A Phrase by Branch Isole

Never before, have so many depended so heavily upon innuendo, double entendre and verbal camouflage to express, then secondarily to cover up their audacious lies. The only aspect more repugnant than these preposterous acts of repetitious weaving is the speaker who begins to imagine his or her own vacuous fabrications piqued enough to be veracious.

In the past this “spinning” activity was known as double-speak and prior to that simply, doubletalk. Leaping back further still we find such oratory described more poetically as the “Turn Of A Phrase.” Whereby the speaker either eloquently or by wit and mastery of the language, profusely and proficiently moved or ‘spun’ the topic on its axis. Thus guiding the emphasis and direction from one pivotal position to a different point altogether. In this way changing both the complexion and outcome of the discussion.

May these short stories of poetic prose turn upon their phraseology axis’ to reveal slivers of recognition and identity for you.


Turn of A Phrase, by Branch Isole, is a collection of poetry and at the same time a story. Unlike the majority of poetry books I’ve read, which I admit isn’t a great number; you can see there is a cadence to it that isn’t confined to each poem. This cadence is in each poem and between them, connecting them in such a way that you see a path, almost a journey to their rhythm. Continue reading

Cool Covers: Faust

I thought I’d share a photo of my copy of Goethe’s Faust because I love this little book even though I haven’t actually read it yet. It’s a hard cover that I bought in a book exchange for 3 dollars. I think one of the things I like about it is it’s simplicity.

About Goethe’s Faust;

Mephistopheles has debated with God the worth of a creation that only destroys the men it rears, and he has denied as well the essential goodness of man. God has singled out the saintly old scholar, Faust, to prove that there is at least one good man on earth. But the Devil has declared Faust like the rest: “Give him to me but for a little while and I will damn his soul eternally.” God has accepted the wager, contending: “While man’s desires and aspirations stir, he cannot choose but err; yet in his erring journey through the night, instinctively he travels toward the light.” more…

Read more about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Here’s some other Faust covers and one poster because I thought it was cool;