Due to council related issues, our original venue, the rather excellent warehouse space at Yarra Sculpture Gallery was unable to host us. But we had an ace up our sleeves in the form of the incredibly accommodating School House Studios in Abbotsford. It was agreed by all that the school hall at the old Steiner School was a stunner. Miracles do happen!
The night kicked off with an author-only event catered by 3 Ravens, Bar Open, Twenty and Six espresso and the Northcote Bake Shop. The rest of the crowd soon poured up the stairwell, into the hall, each taking a copy of the ISSUE 5 – FOOD with them.
Our first act for the evening, Hayley Couper, got proceedings underway with a dark and beautiful set of soulful song writing. We then welcomed Lisa Dempster to the stage to officially launch the new issue. Lisa, a long time proponent of independent publishing in Victoria, and a fan of all things food-related, expressed her desire to see writing on food step away from the direction favoured by mainstream media — to hear people’s stories and experiences in a way that she and other like-minded people could relate to. A reading by our author Sam Bonwick on the sordid history of synthesised foods followed on from this.
To place emphasis on one particular part of the evening may seem a little unfair, but next up was what most would consider the main event – THE GREAT JANE AUSTEN JELLY WRESTLE hosted by the Rag and Bone Man Press. Click on the link for the video, as it speaks for itself. The end of the evening saw Immigrant Union grace the stage. Having just launched their album on the roof of the Evelyn that very afternoon, we were extremely lucky to have them there.
For those of you who came and supported us, we thank you immensely. The night was a hit and we are looking forward to the success of Issue #5 Food.