Emerging Writers’ Festival 2011: Page Parlour

So here are a few representatives of most rebellious, thoughtful and inspiring publishing
around Melbourne town. We were lucky enough to be in their presence at the 2011 Emerging Writers’ Festival.  Look them up, submit to the ones that have open-submission policies and most of all, buy a copy to keep this unique diversity alive.

We shared a table with the ubiquitous Eddy                  This duo were representing the Melbourne   Burger and his homemade-tiered stand.                         half of the Wellington-Melbourne colab :                     Eddy is s a prolific zine-maker as you can tell.                Freerange Press. Their latest offering                      His pieces range from A3 music sheets to                        Tsunami Box has  the loveliest foreword.             teensy-weensy foldout pieces containing                         The book  focuses  on architecture in post-
colourful and riotous poetry                                                  tsunami Sri Lanka. Design with heart:
aaksjdaksjdaksdakajsdkasdhaksjadksjdhkajs                   www.projectfreerange.com

We finally met our  match. Genre wise                               Ampersand (L) : The latest issue ‘The Fade’ is a
anyway.  Vignette Press and their latest ‘Death’        stunner. It features top entries from a photo comp
mook (neither book nor mag) features                              they ran, titled ‘Capture the Fade’,  ( judged by
sharp as hell text design. They’re looking for                  the almighty Bill Henson) and Emily Hunt’s
for contributors to the next issue – the ‘Geek’ mook.   magnificent illustrations to the Drones’
Get on it!  vignettepress.com.au                                          Sixteen Straws.  ampersandmagazine.com.au             
333333333333333333333333333333333         Penguin Plays Rough (R): Sydney based
333333333333333333333333333333333                    short-fictioners recently published their first          333333333333333333333333333333333                   book.  And lordy, what a book it is. See the iPad?       333333333333333333333333333333333                   Not only is the book scrumptiously bound,                                                                                                                             it comes with a free  app where you can                                     3333333333333333333333333333333              hear each author read t
heir piece out loud  33333333333333333333333333333333            — clever much?  penguinplaysrough.com                   

Bobby N’s illustrations behold an uncomplicated         Gracia and Louise also dabble in cross-genre
power. He was hard at work at Page Parlour.                     action. They make prints, zines, artist books and
Let these images speak for themselves. Specifically,      decadent greeting cards with finely-drawn           check ‘Pendulum’, it’s a showstopper:                                   exotic animals. We scored a zine endearingly  bobbyn.com/illustration                                                          titled ‘An Aurora of  Polar Bears I Have Dreamt     3333333333333333333333333333333                            of ‘.
‘ The  State Library has a  healthy selection of their  333333333333333333333333333333333          their prints if you feel the need  for the real deal.               prints if you feel the need  for the real deal.            www.gracialouise.com

Issue #3 DOAS author DG had
his own stall. Turns out he wrote AND
published a stack of books under the Bench
Press banner a little while ago after getting
fed-up with publishers and their ruthless

There were a few others that we didn’t get around to taking photos of, so have a look at their sites:

The lovely folk from 21 D: http://www.twentyoned.com.au/
The unstoppable Melinda: http://www.poopndisaster.com.au/thebook.php
RMIT first-years make it to their 23rd issue: http://visibleinkmag.wordpress.com/
Odyssey Books: http://odysseybooks.com.au/


About deathofascenester

death of a scenester is an independent publication aiming to publish quality writing with a real voice. death of a scenester will maintain a gritty, punk, DIY underground edge but will also uphold a slicker style. Its ethos is that it would like to strike the ground squarely between a gritty grass-roots zine publication that promotes the total freedom of artistic and individual expression and Realpolitik (pragmatic, honest, controversial) type publications, which have articles and opinion pieces that refer to the generation gap, music, art, immigration, and counter-cultural activities.
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