Tom Doig is the author of Moron to Moron: Two Men, Two Bikes and One Mongolian Misadventure, published by Allen & Unwin. You can buy it if you want!
Moron to Moron on sale in the UK!
I am extremely pleased (and slightly startled) to announce that Moron to Moron is being distributed in the UK!
See the Atlantic Books catalogue
Tom Doig author appearences in 2014
Meanwhile, back in Australia, keep your eyes peeled for Moron-themed events featuring Tom Doig in 2014:
Wednesday 4 June, 6:30pm - 8pm
Emerging Writers' Festival: Travel Writing Masterclass
Wheeler Centre, CBD, Melbourne
Tom Doig leads a workshop for those with itchy feet and big ideas. Turn your holiday anecdotes into narratives worth publishing with this practical, hands-on look at the do’s and please-don’t-ever-do’s of travel writing. Includes: planning your trip; finding your unique perspective; what travel writers can learn from journalists and/or memoirists; and how to spot a cliché and beat it to death without getting blood on your sandals.
Sunday 17 August, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival: Unlikely Pilgrims
Geelong: Deakin University, Woolstores Campus, Waterfront
Many of us can relate to a time when life reaches a crossroad and for some it can take an epic journey to figure out which way is forward. Greg Foyster (Changing Gears), Tom Trumble (Unholy Pilgrims) and Tom Doig (Moron to Moron) all undertook wildly different journeys in their attempts to do this and they discuss with Sean Vagg the perils, pitfalls and potential for peace in finding a better way of living.
Saturday 23 August, 1:30pm - 3pm
Melbourne Writers' Festival: Paperback Riders
From a nearby park to Footscray Community Arts Centre, Footscray
With Greg Foyster, Emma Ayres and Ianto Ware - details TBC
Sunday 24 August, 6pm - 8pm
Melbourne Writers' Festival: Funemployed
CBD (venue TBC)
Inspired by his new book Funemployed, award-winning writer, musician, performer and arts activist Justin Heazlewood, aka The Bedroom Philospher, will host his very own brand of Friday night talk show with a line up of local and international artists, including John Safran and Tom Doig, discussing the experience of being an artist, writer, musician or creative person in Australia i.e. Funemployment.
Tuesday 26 August, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Melbourne Writers' Festival: Oversharers Anonymous
Toff in Town, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Myself and Laura Jean McKay are MC-ing this wild night of TMI from young memoirists, featuring Liam Pieper, Summer Land, Luke Ryan and Michelle Lee.
Friday 29 August, 4pm - 5pm
Melbourne Writers' Festival: Artists for the Environment
Venue TBC, Melbourne
In short, what can writers do to respond to climate change & environmental issues? Featuring poet Simon Armitage, writer Tom Doig and divestment activist Michael Pulsford.
Monday 8 September, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Writers Victoria: Author Talk - Other Places
Wheeler Centre, Melbourne
What drives people to leave the comfort of their everyday lives and suffer in far-flung parts of the world with unpronounceable names and indigestible food? Is it our essentially “nomadic” nature, as Bruce Chatwin claims? Is it “The Call of the Wild”? Or is that just a bunch of pretentious First World rubbish? All of the above, according to Tom Doig, author of Moron to Moron: two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure. Come along and find out why.
With the NSW Writers' Centre: regional tour, by train, to Sydney via Wagga Wagga and Canberra. Details TBC.
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PLUS: Awesome events you've already missed:
Wednesday 19 February, 6:30pm - 8pm
Sunbury Library: author talk
Join Tom Doig author of Moron to Moron: Two Men, Two Bikes and One Mongolian Misadventure. Follow the hilarious adventures of two mates as they cycle across the harsh Mongolian terrain.
FREE EVENT, 18+ (apparently)
Saturday 22 February, 7pm - 7am
White Night Melbourne: Book of the Night
The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne (obvs)
The Emerging Writers’ Festival is challenging 12 writers over 12 hours to write 12 chapters in a collective work of fiction titled The Book of the Night. The intrepid writers on stage will have their writing projected as they work. Audiences are encouraged to shape the story by feeding plot points and suggesting characters.
Friday 21st March, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Voiceworks magazine launch - the 'Perspective' issue (MC)
Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne
It's the fabulous Kat Muscat's final launch of Voiceworks, and she's roped me into MCing the thing - so, I will! I was Voiceworks editor from 2004 to 2006, so I will always have time and love for that crazy mag.
Tuesday 27th May, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Williamstown Literary Festival: The Spoke'n Word - All the Pleasure and Pain of Cycling
SeaWorks, Williamstown, Melbourne
Join local author Vin Maskell as he explores all the pleasure and pain of long-distance cycling as well as adventures and misadventures, with authors who have pedalled across across Africa, Australia, Mongolia, and Siberia. Sharing their stories will be Tom Doig (Moron to Moron), Kate Leeming (Out There and Back), Greg Foyster and Sophie Chishkovsky (Changing Gears – A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race).
This evening will appeal to road racers, tourers, commuters, mountain bikers, adventurers, armchair travellers and anyone who loves bikes!
Saturday 31 May, 5pm - 7:30pm
See Change Arts Festival: From Moron to Moron and more
Jervis Bay, NSW
Be entertained by two young authors from Melbourne, Tom Doig and Laura Jean McKay, as they recount their travel adventures – one of a pushbike journey across Mongolia and the other tales of travel in Cambodia.
Language warning – not suitable for children.
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Meeeeanwhile, if you read Moron to Moron and love it / like it / don't hate it, by all means feel free to drop me a line and tell me so (tom [at] tomdoig.com), and/or review it at Goodreads or Amazon. That'd be ... zang.