If you happen to be in Sydney next month, you're most welcome to join us for the launch of two new poetry collections from Vagabond Press:

'Letters from Ausland' by Louis Armand
introduced by Pam Brown

'People of Earth' by Chris Edwards
introduced by John Tranter

Bring a friend!

Sunday 6th February at 3.30pm

49 Glebe Point Rd
Sydney, Australia

For more info, visit please visit the publisher's website
or connect with them on basefook.
Click here for Louis Armand's site
and here for more about Chris Edwards.


loose ends

In August 2010, Bob Arnold’s Vermont-based Longhouse Press published a pamphlet of six of my poems.

As Jacket magazine is now transforming into Jacket2 in Philadelphia, editor John Tranter has published a selection of accolades for the magazine in the final Sydney-based issue here. He has extracted a few paragraphs from a ‘Rolling Column’ I wrote about Jacket for the Australian Book Review a decade or so ago. You can read the complete piece here.

As I say in the column, at that time there were several co-productions planned for Jacket. In April 2001, Jacket entered into co-production with New American Writing. It was published in issue 13.

In March 2002, an overland magazine feature that I edited appeared in Jacket issue 16. Here is my introduction to the feature.
This was the first time that a co-feature appeared both online and in print (as a supplement in overland issue 166 ) and the first and last time that contributors to Jacket magazine were paid for their work, from overland magazine funds.

I have enjoyed the past six busy years working with John on Jacket magazine and, in the future, I will be continuing to contribute material to Jacket2.

Way back in time, in 1982, I was invited to give a talk on self-publishing and small presses at the inaugural Women & Arts Festival at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. On reflection, apart from computing, the use of xerox rather than offset printing, and electronic publishing, I have to ask plus ça change?

You can read the handwritten notes for the talk here.

At the Women & Arts Festival, a publisher, Pat Woolley, and I co-ordinated a hands-on workshop (in a borrowed printery at Silverwater, Sydney) teaching printing and publishing skills to women writers. Over two days we designed, printed, collated and published a large book of writing, photography and drawing. During this workshop the idea of starting a women's press was discussed, resulting, a little later, in the formation of Redress Press which was run collectively, had a huge membership and published many titles in the early 1980s.

      At the offset press - publishing workshop 1982 (PB on right)