Monthly Archives: May 2011

Ampersand at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Melbourne

Ampersand editor Alice Gage heads south to Melbourne this weekend to get involved in the excellent Emerging Writers’ Festival.

Saturday 4th June, 12.30-2.30 – Workshop: The Process, with Alice Gage of Ampersand Magazine
The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street

Join us for a chat about independent publishing.

Sunday 5th June, 12.00 onwards – Page Parlour
The Atrium @ Federation Square

Featuring more than 40 stalls with a vast variety of indie books, literary journals, posters, hand-crafted story books, zournals, zines and much, much more!

Come, sit, read, walk and immerse yourself in some of the best independent, underground, obscure and locally produced publications. Get in before everyone else does and find your new ‘favourite’ as we showcase a wealth of undiscovered talent in our 2011 Page Parlour.

Should be great fun. Come down and say hi.

The Fade. Now in HD.

Goodness gracious…

Ampersand on the counter of Readings Lygon Street next to Vanity Fair, The Monthly and The New York Review of Books… well stone the bloody crows.

The Fade is here!

Feel the excitement? “It’s palpable!” shouted Paul the delivery man, almost awkwardly loud as he emptied his truck in my living room (which sounds awkward indeed).

Having overcome stretched deadlines, sleepless nights, international printing, strings of public holidays, a five week journey across the stormy Phillipine, Arafura and Coral Seas, wharf strikes and Australian customs, Issue 3 – The Fade, is finally here.

It is an absolute beauty, perhaps our best, and is available now for the buying!


Buy online here and have it delivered to the door of your tepee or lean-to.

Or find out where to buy it in shops here.

With the winners of Capture The Fade and an introduction by judge Bill Henson, an incredible illustrated ‘Sixteen Straws’ by Emily Hunt and The Drones, a tour of Glenrowan’s animatronic museum Ned Kelly’s Last Stand by Eddie Sharp, a missive to the missing by the New Statesman‘s Alyssa McDonald, painting by Guo Jian and Adam Hill plus SPOD, Nick Sun, Claudia O’Doherty, Courtney Collins, Rita Kalnejais, Darren Hanlon, Laura Jean, Maeve Higgins, Craig Schuftan, and even more.

It’s as bumper as all get out and it looks so beautiful.

Spoiler alert.

Launch of The Fade…

Host and Gamesmaster Gus Murray.

This is what we did on Thursday night: Charlie Garber read Nick Sun’s piece from the issue. Then a man resembling a Disney prince and his assistant – a Na’vi wearing a glowing spider suit and white runners – hosted trivia. Then we played an epic round of the Box Game. Mister Music, a moustachioed DJ in a sparkling bowler hat, kept the soundtrack right. Don’t be fooled, this was no average night at Palms Retirement Home.

Many thanks to all the wonderful people of Serial Space for having us, to Charlie, Gus, Tyson and Nick, and to everyone that came along and got involved, even the ones that were so competitive that they transcended their physical shortcomings to stay in the game. You weirdos.

Tyson Koh

Pictures by Lucy Parakhina and Tarra Hunchak.

More pictures here.