Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Hello all my dear friends and fellow writers and artists . Yes indeed I am still here and kicking. after a brief time away from writing I am back again at the writing table with many more philosophical essays to be published soon here and elsewhere. The first which I am putting the final revisions on is titled with a thank you to notable economist Adam Smith. And to follow is many books of poetry. Varying considerably in its styles and subjects but all written with lots of raw emotion and heart. I will be happy to share soon. Thank you all for spreading the word and reading.
Because To read is to learn and to learn is to truly live life.

Tony Solomun

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Political Philosophy, 'The Indigenous Government' . Australia.

Hello all, than you for reading, here is one of a number of new upcoming philosophical think-pieces that I've written and am in the process of writing.

I mainly keep my philosophical works to the political genre, though I also like to venture into other facets and areas of philosophy, such as religion, life, afterlife, explanation of phenomenon, etc.
I always am in the process of reading or acquiring new books on by my favourite philosophers  ,
So I will be of course writing more philosophy in future,

Here is a short tract I wrote in 10 mins that was a stream of consciousness in my mind that I put onto paper.It is about Indigenous rights and proposals for self government.
I hope you enjoy.

                                           THE INDIGENOUS GOVERNMENT

In the course of events and material and natural history,One can learn  from truth and plain facts for themselves and progress onwards, as an Individual, as a Tribe, and as a nation  move further on the page of history and therefore not be forgotten or have their achievements as a people and a nation become extant.
For Australia, as a Nation State. the time has overwhelmingly come to recognise properly and fundamentally the role of our Indigenous  peoples and alleviate some of the crux of the political argument and take bold and plain steps to give them an actual voice in the political atmosphere in our Nation. Australia's Indigenous peoples are massively underrepresented  in Federal ,State and Local government  and political bodies ,And there are no  Indigenous  political mechanisms that are more than Advisory bodies currently speaking, which hold no power or influence at all.

It would then therefore be simple to a great extent to amend Australia's Federal Constitution and change electoral role and make up of Parliament. nothing too radical or cumbersome, I would propose that the Government expand the number of seats of both legislatures  and allot 10% or so of seats in Parliament to Australia's Indigenous Peoples to at least have a common and legislative say in how the nation is run.
I would also examine and say that the Indigenous Peoples establish their own Autonomous Legislative Parliament that is itself unencumbered by the Federal Government and free from any interference, A Unicameral Legislature would be preferable, A sort of state within a state, with their own offical flag as well, everything that is normally associated with a state.

 General Indigenous People's Council would be a perfect nomenclature and term for their own government. Open to all Indigenous Constituents  who can also run for government and all Democratically elected based on proportional representation and preferences and a voting result system of first-past-the-post.
The Legislature itself would be a multiparty in function and there shall be no limit of how many political parties can be registered to run .They all should carry and operate under a Democratic charter, A Westminster Parliamentary Democracy form of governance is also preferable.
For a Political Party who has its members elected to the council, to form ruling government . they are required to be dominant in terms of seats won and held. otherwise asked to form a coalition with other like-minded parties.
A Term limit should be two terms of 5 years for the Leader of the Council. whom could carry any political title as they seem fit. Each Political Party should also have electoral basis for themselves for each of their members the formula of Democratic Centralism .Electing each members from bottom to top in terms of rank.
Federal Government cannot override or veto any of the Council's Legislation.

The Council's functioning should have funds provided by Federal Government or otherwise the Council itself should have executive powers to tax its constituents and companies and businesses that fall under their jurisdiction.
Military affairs should be handled by Federal Government .
However the Council and its constituents should have inviolable rights on basis of land.
Indigenous land cannot be bargained with nor taken away. and they have final say and rights on how it is run. Housing for Indigenous  people should be run by council too.
The Land itself is sacred and though specifically not a seperate Country  as Australia 's Indigenous Peoples live in many parts of the nation it would therefore logically be a Autonomous government  within Australia and therefore not superseding it entirely.
Within the Council the Executive powers are separated with the Council Leader who is of course elected nominally by the dominant political party itself .
However the Council Leader whence elected has no extraordinary powers for themselves and can therefore not veto legislation or have powers to rule by decree. The Leader can nominate His/Her cabinet to be finalised by parliament . He/She has power to lead government  and direct political direction, Main Executive power is held nominally by Parliament  which has power to dismiss ,replace and legislate by consensus and amount of seats to pass through legislation.
Judiciary can be considered as a branch of government with parliamentary consensus to have Indigenous laws to prevail,However  they must comply with the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.Many many more issues and areas can be discussed and delegated,Though I think it is well past time to start a dialogue such as this.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Quarterly with an interview with Pelican Shakespeare cover artist,Manuja Waldia

Hello all,
Today I will spotlight the work of a new artist I came across,as you all know, I'm an
 avid Penguin Classics reader and collector,and each time Paul Buckley and co. release a new imprint,I'm the first to buy and register my interest,I'm also a Shakespeare fan since way back and have also read his complete works, Indeed I've finished and graduated from a Oxford University
online course on the same subject,

I was enlightened to find out a new take on the Penguin Pelican Shakespeare series was being undertaken,and when I first saw the new covers by the artist Manuja Waldia,I was enthralled and amazed at the detail and thoroughly beautiful covers she had executed,I emailed her and asked if she
would do a 1 question interview and she gladly did,

here it is :

“Hello Manuja ,Your work is very  striking and original and very much stands out from the shelves,
I learnt of your involvement in the Pelican Shakespeare series a few months ago,
And when I saw the first few covers,it won me over straight away,what was your  art and thought process for
Illustrating the covers and how did you approach each ?

her response:

“ I start with putting together a word map of various themes from the plot that I would like to explore as sketches. Some titles have a lot of imagery, while others have very abstract concepts. We want these covers to resonate with fans with varying familiarity with the texts. So, I try to pick the most significant themes in the plot. along which I also hide a few easter eggs for the hardcore fans. For example, the spine for King Lear shows a stabbed eyeball as Cornwall gouges Gloucester’s eyes out (“See't thou shalt never”) 
After the wordlist I move on to creating visuals around those words, which feels like drawing out jigsaw pieces. Then the final cover options are either built out of combing these jigsaw pieces in a composition, or we pick one of the pieces and I blow it up and add detail. The first approach is pretty evident in Macbeth, where the cover is an abstract composition made of various objects that stand for specific things from the plot. A lady’s tiara is pouring blood onto a nobleman’s crown which stands for Lady Macbeth egging on Macbeth to kill for power and love. A scepter and dagger cross each other, each signifying lust for power and violence respectively. The second approach is evident on the verso which shows Macbeth’s castle in Inverness. I had drawn a smaller castle as part of the initial wordlist and we developed it further to use as the back of the book.

Keep in mind,Manuja will be doing all 40 covers of the Pelican Shakespeare series,which is a tall order,I of course will be purchasing all of them,as I already have some copies she has already done and preordered the ones to follow publication.

To find out more about Manuja Waldia's work please check out her website




Thank you for participating and thank you dear reader for reading my article.

Tony Solomun

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Happy 2016,New Projects on the horizon

Hello all,
My apologies for not keeping up the blog,been very busy,
and in the meantime have been writing lots of poetry and
planning many new books,
I've got a new mini comic book that I'm finishing off right now,just 2-3 more paintings to finish that,
it will be 8 pages as usual,and my first in many years,
The script is written,it's dark,tho has light in between,

I've also started a new series,a opus if you will,called 'Humaine' ,
This is in the same vein as Honore de Balzac and his series,tho different in scope,
it will be retroactive in a way, so,my second novel Egypt Days of Antiquity will fit in frame for the series as will The Journey,

I'm also proud to say I've got two covers and three coming soon,that will be the cover art for my new books to be printed later on this year,done by Penguin Classics Illustrators ,very very proud,

back to writing and painting,

thank you for reading and I promise to update more often.best.

Tony Solomun

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Beautiful Confluence, new book of poetry,

Hello all,
I have many things being written,still am in awe that I got to collaborate in anyway whatsoever with the terrific typographer and modern artist Jessica Hische in the previous article,I enjoy doing
 The Quarterly,this has been my most successful and biggest opus to date,

In the meantime I got copies of my book of poetry
The Beautiful Confluence,
84 pages of poetry and extras,the cover art is by the magnificent Canadian French Artist Julie Doucet,
I'm speechless at the cover,perfection,and indeed I am super happy because Julie did the cover to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women book for Penguin Classics,
It has been my dream to have an artist who is connected with Penguin Classics to do a cover for one of my books and another dream and goal of mine is achieved now,

here is the cover,thank you again Julie Doucet for the cover,
For my readers I have about 30 number of copies, the cost of the book is free tho if you can please consider donating $1.99 to cover postage I would be very grateful,through my paypal,

I'm very proud of this book,lots of my best poetry I've written is included within ,
This book is also printed  by the same printing house Penguin Classics use,Clays Ltd,

Thanks for reading my blog,and get in touch with me if you would like to get a copy of the book,

Tony Solomun

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Quarterly with an interview with Jessica Hische

Hello all,Here is a new volume of The Quarterly,
Thank you for reading,

Jessica Hische is one of the most outstanding artists to emerge recently,She has taken the art world
by storm and has become in demand from many clients including Penguin Classics,
New York Times(my fave two things in the world) along with,Tiffany and Co as well as Oxfam and American Express, and the list goes on accordingly,

Jessica Is my age as well,and she continues to inspire and influence me on so many artistic levels,She has also been listed and awarded Illustration awards for her lettering and designs to go along with being named as one of the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list, (twice),

For a young artist she has achieved so much,and is the vanguard of the new generation of superstar artists,and certainly one of the best ( male or female) book designers in the world at the moment,
Her most significant  work to date was for the Penguin Classics Drop Cap Series,
For this she designed each letter of the alphabet for an Author's book from A to Z, 26 in all,

I wholeheartedly recommend you check them out and perhaps even purchasing some if not all of them,as I have,

I recently contacted Jessica for a 1 question interview and she gladly replied,here it is...

Jessica,You’ve achieved a vast amount of success as an artist in your work at such a relatively young age, and have some quite impressive clients you’ve worked with already 
and many well deserved accolades,the pinnacle to date is your outstanding Penguin Drop Caps series with Penguin Classics,My question to you is do you plan to expand into
other mediums of art such as drawing and Illustrating books in future or even writing a book in the near future ?’

to which she replied...

Hi Tony!

To answer your question: 

I work a lot on book covers, so while I haven't illustrated the interior of a book (usually authors work with more narrative illustrators for interior work), I'd happily do so for the right project. I've actually written a book about my process which is being released through Chronicle Books this year (first time as author!) but as I'm currently baking a small human, I foresee at least one children's book in my future once this small ball of inspiration and chaos is out and about. 

Thank you so much for participating,Jessica,all the very best,

for further information of Jessica's work check out


Thank you for reading,

Tony Solomun

A Great start to 2015,

Hello all,a Happy New Year to all my fellow writers and bloggers,
A Very busy start to 2015,I'm hoping this year goes even better for me,writing wise,
I've started on my Autobiography,
the first volume will cover my first 30 years,
Already I've written at least 7 pages this year,not sure how long it will pan out,though will be exhaustive and well  covered of my peculiar life in the making,

Also got to collaborate with one of my favourite artists this month,and we're only into the fifth day,

I will be posting a new volume of The Quarterly right after this,

Many plans and books to write,

Thank you for reading my work,

Tony Solomun