Author, actor, poet and business author Najib Melky is about to launch his latest offering, The Memorable Musings of Mr. Melky.
Following the success of his previous creative endeavour Tangible Eyes, Najib has chosen to briefly step away from fiction to collate his musings and present them in this new, self-published work.
Adelaide born and bred, Najib is a café owner by day, and lives his passion as a writer by night.
He says his writing has evolved since its humble beginnings in his teen years, through to the publication of his first novel, and now looking toward the printing of this latest work.
“I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. It started off as meaningless scribbles and over the years, it’s developed more and more. When I was in my mid-twenties, I started taking it more seriously and the scribbles turned into lyrics and poems, then more structured writing, and eventually into a novel and blogging,” he says.
“Tangible Eyes is my first novel. Being a first attempt, it is pretty raw. It threw me into the world of being a recognized author.”
Taking his musings to his blog, it was his fans and readers who incited him to publish his thoughts into a feature length publication.
“It spurred from irritability and feelings that grew over the years; restless observations of social issues like inequality or the manipulative media or oppressive governments; just the individualistic capitalism we live by. Corporations run the world – we buy, we consume,” he says.
“Those feelings spurred me to write something a little bit different. Eventually I put them online as blogs, just to put it out there, and the feedback was really good. People said the posts read like book chapters, so that was all I needed to motivate me to stop putting them online and start collating them as a presentable piece of hard copy publication.”
However, Najib hasn’t written it with a specific protest at the fore; instead he writes only with the intention of encouraging thought.
“I’m not accusing anybody, it’s more just the systems we live in now, but the main message I’m trying to get out there is ideas of alternative existence in terms of the way we run things, like economic struggles, and the way we view each other, the way we communicate and the way we get our information,” he says.
“I’m trying to promote a collective attitude, instead of being segregated and isolated through the different mediums like the media and government protocols. The message is togetherness. We’re all in this together, despite what they’ll have you believe. It’s a positive book but at the same time, it analyses what’s not working and proposes an alternative option.”
In contrast to his previous novel, The Memorable Musings of Mr. Melky is self-published, and this has given Najib the freedom to be completely honest and candid.
“I had a bit of interest from a couple of publishers, but some of the content is a bit anti-establishment so they reviewed it and decided it wasn’t something they wanted to put out. I thought about changing it but I wanted to leave it how it is so I’m doing it myself,” he says.
The book is set to be launched in the coming weeks, and Najib says he intends to do a reading and Q and A session at his café in Adelaide’s CBD, with plans to take the new work even further afield.
“I’m planning a reading at the café I run and there will be question time as well. I’ll keep people posted about when that’s happening. I’d like to take the book interstate as well. I think it’s a good project that will stand the test of time, because they’re all relevant themes,” he says.
Stay tuned for more information about the launch of The Memorable Musings of Mr. Melky by going to Najib’s website; copies will be available online and at Café at Franklin in Franklin Central Apartments.
By Libby Parker
Photos supplied by Najib Melky