Thursday, February 27, 2014

Finality: Farewell to 2011


Pain pulses as a breath
Drawing down,
Pulling on the nerves,
Dragging on the conscious mind.

Nimbostratus clouds heavy in their death-cue
Hang above the bed.

I spoke to Him,
Staring at the deep:
We stared our stares,

We met,
Warm blankets covering
The pain to keep it well inside me;

And as I writhed,
I bled the strain.

We’re now at one –
Artists drawn together
Needing one another

Though this will be forever.-

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Bradley Trevor Greive by Wikipedia

Bradley Trevor Greive (BTG) is one of Australia's most prolific and successful authors. He has written 20 books which have been translated into 27 different languages, and have been sold in 115 different countries. Several of which have appeared in the New York Times bestseller list. Greive's work has won multiple awards worldwide and has sold more than 20 million copies.[1] He lives mostly in Tasmania, Australia.

Early life and career

Greive served as a paratrooper until 1993.

Greive was born in Hobart, Tasmania to Dr Trevor Colin Greive and Nita Fay Greive, and spent his childhood living with his parents and sisters in numerous countries across Europe and Asia. He returned to Australia in 1979 to finish his schooling at Tweed Valley College in Sydney, where he was awarded Dux in 1988.[citation needed]
Greive served as a paratrooper after leaving high school, and underwent training at the Royal Military College in Duntroon[citation needed]. While an undergraduate at RMC, Duntroon, Greive undertook a military exchange with the Royal Thai Military Academy, during which he toured Thai/Cambodian border military installations and refugee camps.[citation needed] Upon graduation as a commissioned officer (Lieutenant) Greive was posted to the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment (Para), and assumed command of 1st Platoon, Alpha Company – a paratroop combat rifle platoon. Greive’s specialist combat qualifications include: Airborne Operations, Air Mobile Operations, Survival, Mine Warfare & Anti Handling Devices (Instructor), Heavy Weapons – Direct Fire Weapons, Anti-Armour, Heavy Machine Guns (Instructor).[2] He continued to serve in this capacity until 1993, when he left the military due to a tropical respiratory infection that led to asthma.[3]
Greive subsequently worked across several creative fields (including media such as television, radio and published cartoons)[citation needed] before his debut as a successful author in 2000, which led to the inception of BTG Studios, followed by The Lost Bear Company and the uptake of several notable creative projects, which he continues to work on to the present.



Creative career


See also: list of books published by BTG
Greive rose to prominence as an author in 2000 with the release of his hugely successful Blue Day Book, a collection of amusing animal photos and inspirational text designed to "lift the spirits of anyone who has got the blues."[1] Since then he has published in excess of 20 books and has won numerous awards for his work, including the ABA Book of the Year Award (2000), the APA Best Designed Children’s Non-fiction Book Award (2003) and numerous #1 placings in bestseller lists across the world. Greive's work has been published on 6 continents and has sold in excess of 20 million copies to date.[1]

Television and radio

In 1996 Greive became a creative consultant and writer for Godfrey Bigot's weekly political sketches on Channel 7's Today Tonight, and went on to pursue a similar role in 1997 with MTV Australia.[citation needed] In 1998, Greive collaborated with Kapow Pictures to write and direct an animated short for Nickelodeon called Agent Green,[4] and a short film called Show & Tell which won the Comgraph Animation Gold Award, the Tellrude Film Festival Best Short Film Award, the Danish International 3D Award, and was nominated for an AFI Award.[citation needed]
In 2007 he produced and hosted The World According to Bradley Trevor Greive on Tasmania's community radio station Star FM and produced two sell out performances of An Intimate Evening with John Cleese[5] - starring John Cleese and featuring Richard Morecroft, one with Paul Chesher and 4D Events.

Greive has long enjoyed a close relationship with ABC Radio and Television, appearing on numerous programs over the past decade, including Stateline,[6] ABC National News, ABC Radio National Night Club,[7] and an appearance on Creature Features with his pet rabbit, Biff.[8]
On 21 April 2007, Greive read his poem Welcome to the East Coast (after the fire), during the live broadcast from the ABC ‘Back to St Helens’ concert to acknowledge the heroic efforts of the East Coast community who rallied together during the devastating forest fires of December 2006.[9]
Over December 2009 and January 2010, BTG presented ABC Radio National Evenings (hosted by Christopher Lawrence) with his ‘E-Mail From America’ [10] - a weekly series of eclectic and humorous reports from Florida, USA. The title of BTG’s program was a tongue in cheek homage to the late Alistair Cooke’s ‘[Letter From America]’, “a weekly 15-minute radio series on BBC Radio 4, previously called the Home Service, which ran for 2,869 shows from 24 March 1946, to 20 February 2004, making it the longest-running speech radio programme in history. The programme was also broadcast for many years on the BBC World Service.”[citation needed]
BTG and Christopher Lawrence teamed up again, this time on ABC Classic FM, over Monday, 5 April 2010 to co-host “The Life Changers”, the finale of First Time Classics, a publicly voted classical music showcase, produced by Marian Arnold.[11][12]