24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Cameron & Sam Bloom

Canberra Writers Festival events

Penguin Bloom: Cameron and Sam Bloom in conversation with Tim Shaw

Compassion. Hope. Recovery. Love. And a little magpie called Penguin. These elements wove themselves into a remarkable story of courage about Penguin Bloom, the Odd Little Bird who Saved a Family.

Sunday 27th August 2017, 11:30am. Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the book

Penguin Bloom is an extraordinary true story full of hope and courage, featuring Cameron Bloom’s exceptional photographs and a captivating narrative by New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive.

Penguin the Magpie is a global social media sensation. People the world over have fallen in love with the stunning and deeply personal images of this rescued bird and her human family. But there is far more to Penguin’s story than meets the eye. It begins with a shocking accident, in which Cameron’s wife, Sam, suffers a near fatal fall that leaves her paralysed and deeply depressed.

Into their lives comes Penguin, an injured magpie chick abandoned after she fell from her nest. Penguin’s rescue and the incredible joy and strength she gives Sam and all those who helped her survive demonstrates that, however bleak things seem, compassion, friendship and support can come from unexpected quarters, ensuring there are always better days ahead. This plucky little magpie reminds us all that, no matter how lost, fragile or damaged we feel, accepting the love of others and loving them in return will help to make us whole.

Penguin Bloom is published by ABC Books.

Buy the book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

Penguin the Magpie official website.

Penguin the Magpie on Instagram.

Sam Bloom: "I was grieving for me. The old me who died." via Mamamia, June 2016.

Penguin Bloom: Sam Bloom's unlikely savior, The Australian, March 2016.

Sam Bloom: Kayaker paralysed in balcony fall to represent Australia at canoe world champs, ABC News, April 2015.



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