Jazz Andrews – Issue 2, ‘Adventure Story’
Jazz is a writer, artist and computer programmer.
Carl Anthony – Issue 1, ‘Inside the Square: Political Symbolism and Ike Eisenhower’
Carl is an LA-based writer, historian of presidential politics and families, and former White House speechwriter.
Warwick Baker – Issue 2, All I Woke Up With Was A Hard-On
Warwick is a Canberra-born, Melbourne-based photographer. As well as his own practice, Warwick does music and fashion photography.
Stephan Balleux – Issue 2, They Shoot Horses Don’t They
Stephan is a Belgian painter based in Berlin. He is represented by Think.21 gallery in Brussels. He was a resident artist at Wardlow Art Residence in Melbourne.
Fran Barrett – Issue 2, The Great Wall
Fran is an artist, curator and writer based in Sydney. She is a member of performance collaboration Brown Council. Her series, The Great Wall, was undertaken whilst in residency in Beijing, China.
Dr Suzannah Biernoff – Issue 2, ‘Portraiture of Loss’
Suzannah is a lecturer in the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Deborah Birch – Issue 5, ‘Hairy Palms and the Little Death’
Deborah is a gifted silviculturist whose double interest in the central and original sciences has given her insight into the plant soul, and reinforced the importance of water. Funnily, though not coincidentally, her name is both a tree and a flagellating verb.
John Birmingham – Issue 5, ‘The New Deal’
is a Brisbane-based novelist and journalist. His books include He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (1994), Leviathan (1999) and Final Impact (2006) from the Axis of Time trilogy. He blogs for the Brisbane Times and ABC Online and is a regular contributor to The Monthly.
Roy Bosch – Issue 4, ‘The Shark’
Roy Bosch is a pen name. Which makes a bio quite a hard thing to write.
Joseph Bowman – Issue 5, Buildings
Joseph is an officer in the American Revolutionary War who served in the successful Illinois campaign. While attending a victory celebration, Maj. Bowman was injured by an accidental gunpowder explosion and later succumbed to his injuries. He now lives and works in Los Angeles.
jpowersbowman’at’gmail.com | Flickr
Michael Bracewell – Issue 5, ‘For Immediate Release: Time Machine Wheel Clamped’
Michael is a British novelist and writer. His first novel, The Crypto-Amnesia Club, was published in 1988. His non-fiction includes England Is Mine: Pop Life in Albion From Wilde to Goldie (1997), and several books about Roxy Music, the latest being Roxy: The Band That Invented an Era (2008). He is a prolific contemporary art commentator and has been a contributor to Frieze since its inception. This piece was originally published in Dot Dot Dot.
Stuart Braun – Issue 1, ‘The Last Refuge’
Stuart writes, produces documentaries, and lives in Melbourne and on a mountain.
Katie Breckon – Issue 3, I Would Have Seen You Safely Home
Katie was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1979. She currently lives and works between Wellington and Melbourne. Breckon’s work documents human identity through belongings. She records personal objects and spaces that she
knows will one day no longer exist. She was a resident artist at Wardlow Art Residence in Melbourne.
Bob Brown – Issue 4, ‘Rhapsody of Oura Oura’
Bob Brown is an Australian senator, the inaugural Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens and was the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia. Brown practised medicine into the late 70s and was on duty at St
Mary Abbott’s in London when Jimi Hendrix was brought in to the emergency ward, already dead. In 1990 he founded Bush Heritage Australia, and in early 2011 he donated a property he had owned for thirty-eight years located in Liffey, Tasmania, to the organisation. Brown lives in Hobart with his long-time partner, Paul Thomas.
Sacha Bryning – Issue 4, illustrations for ‘Horror Story: Dear Eddie’ by Thomas Henning
Sacha began drawing in the 1980s and has since been developing his style. While studying at RMIT and working for the AFL Bryning’s drawings have been animated, screening at the recent Melbourne International Animation Festival. Soon he hopes to move into books and comics. He is also a collaborator with The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm. sachabryning.com | sachabryning’at’gmail.com
Dr Bonny Cassidy – Issue 1, ‘The House’, ‘Gould’s Resplendent Trogon’;
Issue 5, ‘Autoptics’
Bonny is a poet and writer based in Melbourne. Her chapbook, Said To Be Standing, was published in 2010 by Vagabond Press. A new collection of her poems, Certain Fathoms, will appear in late 2011 through Puncher & Wattmann.
Frances Chapman – Issue 6, ‘David Chapman’
Frances is a social researcher and freelance writer from Sydney. She is a regular contributor to the Rag and Bone Man Salon, an editor of The Theatre People and a founder/occasional contributor to the blog, David Bowie’s House Party.
Abhishek Chaudhary – Issue 1, ‘Call Centre Hearts: Part 1′; Issue 2, ‘Call Centre Hearts: Part 2′
Abhishek is a freelance journalist and fiction writer from Jaipur, India.
Rose Chong – Issue 2, ‘The Real Fitzroyal’
Rose is the owner and sole-seamstress of Melbourne costume emporium and institution Rose Chong Costumes.
Tom Civil – Issue 1, Civilians United
Tom is an activist, graphic designer and artist. Tom is half of radical publishers Breakdown Press.
Courtney Collins – Issue 1, ‘The True Story of Harry Houdidni’s 1910 Trip to Melbourne’; Issue 3, ‘The Burial’
Courtney Collins’ first novel The Burial was shortlisted for the 2009 Australian Vogel Literary Award. It tells the imagined life of a female bushranger, Jessie Hickman, who roamed NS W in the 1920s. It was shortlisted for the 2011 Scribe Fiction Award and has been optioned for a feature film by Pure Pictures. Courtney is working on her second novel, The Walkman Mix.
Peter Combe – Issue 1, ‘How to be a Kids’ Entertainer’
Peter is an award-winning children’s singer/songwriter. In the eighties he became a household name with his hits Juicy Juicy Green Grass, Newspaper Mama and Toffee Apple.
Jess Cook – Issue 2, Frontwards Backwords ; Issue 4, ‘Beauty of the Backyard, Chapter One’; Issue 5, ‘ Beauty of the Backyard, Chapters Two, Three and Four’
Jess is a Sydney-based freelance artist and arts administrator. She thrives on collaboration, innovation and adventure. Jess is the director of Token Imagination, creative director of 107 Projects and the Sydney events co-ordinator for Australian Poetry Ltd.
Olive Cotton – Issue 6, ‘Olive Cotton by Lucy Lehmann‘Olive Cotton (1911-2003) was a pioneering modernist photographer, recognised later in life for the work she undertook in the 30s and 40s.
Jesse Cox – Issue 6, ‘The Piddingtons’
Jesse is an artist, storyteller and man of radio. He is a co-creator and former executive producer of All the Best, and presenter of arts program Canvas, on Fbi Radio. He is currently producing and presenting Long Story Short on ABC Radio National. ‘The Piddingtons’ originally aired on Radio National’s 360documentaries.
Nick Coyle – Issue 2,’The Eulogy of Morris Larb, Written by Morris Larb, Read by Dahman Unpronounceable Surname’ ; Issue 4, ‘As I Was Walking Through the Bush’
Nick is a writer, actor, theatre-maker, radio host and model who lives in Sydney. He is one-third of Pig Island, and is responsible for The October Sapphire, Hammerhead Is Dead, Rommy and Me Pregnant!. He hosts ‘Versus’ every Sunday morning on Sydney’s Fbi Radio.
Polly Dedman – Issue 2, Janus Pictures
Polly is a Melbourne-based illustrator and animator.
Briohny Doyle – Issue 2, ‘Apocalypse Man Vs the Nuclear Sublime’
Briohny is obsessive about the apocalyptic narrative and is currently doing a one-woman show on the topic called Meet Me At The End.
Passion Pop Pistol
The Drones – Issue 1, ‘Oxford Men’s College Entrance Exam Questions As Answered By Contemporary Musicians’ [see Gareth Liddiard]; Issue 3, Sixteen Straws
The Drones are a band from Melbourne.
Max Dupain – Issue 6, ‘Olive Cotton by Lucy Lehmann’
Max Dupain (1911-1992) is one of Australia’s preeminent modernist photographers.
DUKE (Emily Hunt and Raquel Welch) – Issue 6, ‘Unconventional Love in Cinema’ [see also Emily Hunt]
The DUKE twosome were the dictators of DUKE Magazine until it folded in 2009 due to lack of sales or distribution or advertising. Central to their imminent wealth and stranglehold of the print media industry is a love of David Bowie, tongue-in cheek humour and bad taste.
John Elder – Issue 6, ‘Year of the Dog’
John Elder’s life and writing career is an admixture of highbrow and low-rent. He started out in nudie magazines, was the last editor-in-chief of the Truth newspaper and for the last 18 years a senior writer for the Sunday Age. Of late he’s been running a poetry workshop from home and working on a long re-telling of the Persephone myth as a meditation on mortality. In other words, a sex comedy.
Bob Ellis – Issue 6, ‘How Love Has Changed’
Bob Ellis is an Australian writer, journalist, filmmaker and political commentator. His most recent book is The Year It All Fell Down, published by Viking Penguin in 2013.
Laura Jean Englert – Issue 3, ‘Oxford Men’s College Entrance Exam Questions As Answered By Contemporary Musicians – 5) “Go west, young man.”
Is this still good advice?’
Laura Jean is a musician from Melbourne.
Ben Ezra – Issue 5, ‘Flesh Gavel’
Ben Ezra is a Melbourne-based solo musician, member of The Broadside Push, and poet. The poem published here will appear in his upcoming book Sly Grog, due out in 2014.
The Broadside Push
Chris Flynn – Issue 1, ‘Paradise Syndrome’
Chris is a Belfast-born, Melbourne-based writer, and creator of literary publisher Falcon Vs Monkey.
Falcon Vs Monkey
John Forbes – Issue 4, ‘Going North’
Forbes (1950-1998) was an Australian poet who published a string of collections including Tropical Skiing (1976, Angus & Robertson) and, posthumously, Collected Poems, 1970-1998 (2001, Brandl & Schlesinger). He was the poetry editor of the literary journal Scripsi (1981-1994), and was in a circle of friends which included Bill Henson, Michael Heyward, Penny Hueston and John Tranter.
Nicky Forster – Issue 2, ‘A Short History of Interstellar Messaging’
Nicky is a human geographer, sound artist and researcher.
Leo Greenfield – Issue 1, Beards of Paradise
Leo is an artist from Melbourne.
The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelor
Simon Greiner – Issue 1, Adventures of The Suitcase Royale; Issue 2, Time Travel Advertisements; Issue 3, Music; Issue 4, illustrations for ‘Perth, Australia’ by Julian Hewitt; Issue 6, illustrations for ‘How Love Has Changed’ by Bob Ellis and ‘David Chapman by Frances Chapman’
Simon is the resident illustrator for Ampersand. His work recently appeared on the cover of the New Yorker and Time Out Sydney. He is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer and puppet-maker who regularly contributes to Grantland and Seizure.
www.simongreinerportfolio.blogspot.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Amelia Groom – Issue 4, ‘Image Breaking, Remaking and Faking’
Amelia eats eggs when they’re rendered invisible within scones and cakes etc. but when she thinks about it or shouts about it in states of intoxication she arrives at the firm if temporary conviction that the consumption of unfulfilled life as human food is a bit weird. She is a hypocritical writer in Sydney who is ‘delighted’ by inappropriate uses of quotation marks.
Darren Hanlon – Issue 3, ‘Thumb’, ‘Accounting’; Issue 6, ‘Signposts to the Existence of Love’
Darren was born in Gympie. He has released many albums and travelled all over the world. He is currently touring Australia in support of his newest album I Will Love You At All.
Eric Hanson – Issue 5, ‘The Grand Gesture and Other Thoughts About Graduation’ and the illustrations Gestures
Eric read a biography of Kit Carson at age seven and has been interested in famous lives ever since. He is a writer and illustrator whose artwork has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Harper’s, the New York Times and Rolling Stone among other publications. His fiction and satire have been published in McSweeney’s. This piece was originally published in his
book, A Book of Ages (2008).
James Harney – Issue 2, Shape; Issue 5, Ampersand Font (artist project)
James an artist and graphic designer from Sydney. His photograph, Honolulu 2007, was a chosen by Bill Henson as a winning work in the Capture The Fade photography competition in 2010.
Quills and Bamboo | ja.harney’at’hotmail.com
Benjamin Harrison – Issue 4, ‘Obituary: Toll Booth Operators’
Ben works in the world of branding via trends forecasting, men’s magazine publishing and community musical theatre. His favourite parts of newspapers are the obituaries and births, deaths and marriages.
Angie Hart – Issue 6, ‘Oxford Men’s College Entrance Exam Questions As Answered By Contemporary Musicians: Question 1) Why are there so many insects?’
Angie is Melbourne-based musician and former frontwoman of Frente!
Kitty Hazell – Issue 1, Untitled Photographs
Kitty is a photographer and nurse who lives in Melbourne. kittyhazell’at’gmail.com
Thomas Henning – Issue 4, ‘Horror Story: Dear Eddie’;
Issue 5, ‘Somewhere in Africa, Chapter One’; Issue 6, ‘Somewhere in Africa, Chapter Two’
Thomas can be found in most supermarkets. This is a remarkable achievement, wholly against the laws of space and time. Thomas Henning is an actor, writer, director and pervert currently based in the library of an Abbotsford Steiner School. He is the co-director of the Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm. www.theblacklung.com | hermansmagicpants’at’yahoo.com.au
Bill Henson – Issue 3, Introduction to Capture The Fade
Bill is a photographer from Melbourne. He was the judge of Ampersand’s photography competition, Capture The Fade, and this piece was initially given as a speech at the opening of the exhibition on November 17, 2010, at The Paper Mill Gallery, Sydney.
Julian Hewitt – Issue 4, ‘Perth, Australia’
Julian is an entertainment and media lawyer for Melbourne-based firm, Media Arts Lawyers, where he acts for a number of high-profile celebrities, artists and events. Julian also plays in bands, lectures in copyright law, runs a music publishing company, sits on a number of boards including the National
Young Writers Festival and uses a breathtaking handcrafted font called ‘Slim Aarons’ in all of his legal documentation.
Maeve Higgins – Issue 3, ‘Being a Sycophant’
Maeve is from Ireland. She has performed at festivals all around the world, and has made a short-lived television series called Fancy Vittles with her sister, Lilly.
Adam Hill – Issue 3, A Native Arrangement
Adam is a painter, graphic designer, illustrator and musician from Sydney. He was arguably the first Koori artist to stage major solo exhibitions in his home town of Penrith, NSW. Mostly influenced by landscapes, Adam is also a keen advocate of social justice.
adamhill’at’exemail.com.au | Arts Connect
Kate Holden – Issue 6, ‘The Door Between: Two Rooms of Love’
Kate is the author of In My Skin: A memoir and The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days, both published by Text. For six years she wrote a regular column for the Age and has published essays, short stories, and reviews in Griffith Review,
Meanjin, The Monthly, The Big Issue and others.
Shannon Holopainen – Issue 1, ‘The Good Mixers’; Issue 2, ‘The Fight’
Shannon is a Professional. His work has been exhibited at the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court, in the margins of texts by Bataille, Blanchot and Nietzsche, and upon toilet cubicle walls. He is also a founding member of Gives Collective, a group of spontaneous interventionists.
Gives Collective | propriatethis’at’yahoo.com.au
Rosita Holmes – Issue 5, Mirror
Rosita is a mixed media artist that creates drawings, collages, installations and performances. These are inspired by her preoccupation with disappearance
and disembodiment. After graduating from the Sydney College of the Arts she moved to Warmun, in the remote East Kimberly region of Western Austrailia, where she continues to learn about art and community. rosita.holmes’at’gmail.com
Øivin Horvei – Issue 5, U Are A Chef
Øivin is an artist from Norway. His book U Are A Chef was published in 2011 by Landfill, London.
Emily Hunt [see also DUKE]– Issue 3, Sixteen Straws; Issue 6, Unconventional Love In Cinema
Emily was undertaking a residency in Ghent, Belgium during her first series for Ampersand. “While I was painting the Sixteen Straws illustrations, I listened continuously to Melvyn Bragg podcasts where he discussed the topics of prehistoric life and the Dark Ages (currently my favourite historical periods, besides the future). This experience of overstimulation affected the portraits of the convict men, turning them into decrepit, psychedelic, walking dead. I kept thinking about their poor sunburnt skin.” Emily is also a founding editor of DUKE magazine.
Andrew Hustwaite – Issue 1, Sculpture
Andrew is a sculptor and film-maker from Melbourne. etiawtsuh’at’yahoo.com.au
Gerard Hynes – Issue 1, ‘The Name of Christ’
Gerard is a history high school teacher and head of department. He played rugby for the German state of Hessen in the nineties and co-founded the neo-prog outfit Ulysses. He is the father of two boys and lives in Albury NSW. This article was syndicated in The Age. Read it here.
Guo Jian – Issue 3, From 2000 to Now
Guo was born in Guizhou, China, in 1962. Raised in a politically charged environment, Guo served four years in the People’s Liberation Army working on propaganda posters and was a participant in the Tiananmen Square protests. His paintings continue this discourse, with images that centre around eroticism, violence and Communist culture. He lives and works in Australia and Beijing.
Jon Jureidini – Issue 3, ‘Against Compromise’
Jon is a child psychiatrist trained in philosophy. He is the head of the Department of Psychological Medicine at Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Adelaide and has academic status as a professor at the University of Adelaide. Jon has been a noisy advocate of children and adults in immigration detention, and is critical of the overuse of diagnosis and medication for distressed children.
Lucy Kaldor – Issue 3, ‘The Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition And The Contest For The World’s Biggest Tree’
Lucy is a(n) historian, writer, gum-tree enthusiast and musician born in Perth, living in Sydney. She is the author of a handful of totally unrelated publications which together demonstrate a lack of career direction. Current ambitions include winning a Churchill Fellowship to study crochet or an Arts Council grant to play full-time in the Magnetic Heads.
Rita Kalnejais – Issue 3, ‘How To Breathe Through Someone Else’s Mouth’
Rita is a writer and actor. Originally from Kalgoorlie, she grew up in mining towns in the Great Sandy Desert, traveled, studied acting at Victorian College of Arts and now lives in Sydney, though she spends half her time in Melbourne
and has excellent bikes in both cities. She has acted in numerous plays with STC, Malthouse, Griffin and Belvoir Theatres. The story published here was written for the Imperial Panda Festival. She is currently writing plays for theatre companies she loves and just really enjoying men’s shirts. Kalnejais is
Latvian. It means on the side of a hill.
Ei Kaneko – Issue 2, Fuck You Three Times For Free; Issue 3, The Spectacle
Ei Kaneko is an etching artist, illustrator and zine-maker from Tokyo. He also goes under the moniker ‘Sprego’.
Robert Kastenbaum – Issue 3, ‘The Moment of Death’
Robert’s promising career as a skating messenger skidded into 50 years of research on human development, aging, and death. Books include On Our Way; The Psychology of Death; Death, Society & Human Experience; and Dorian, Graying. These days he welcomes the Arizona sunrise with Bunny (wife), Angel (dog), and Nova, Pumpkin, and Snowflake (cats). Robert is a professor of communications at Arizona State University and the co-author, with his wife, of The Encyclopedia of Death and Dying.
Jenny Kee – Issue 5, Fabric prints
Jenny is an Australian fashion designer. She lives in waratah-filled Blackheath, New South Wales.
Dan Kelly – Issue 5, ‘Oxford Men’s College Entrance Exam Questions As Answered By Contemporary Musicians – 1) What features of life in contemporary Britain disquiet you the most?’
Dan is an ARIA award-winning musician who lives in Melbourne.
Erik Kessels – Issue 2, in almost every picture
Erik is a founding partner of communications agency KesselsKramer located in Amsterdam and London. Since 2000 he has been one of the editors of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography. He founded KesselsKramer Publishing to release his books and magazines. KesselsKramer had a retrospective at Carriageworks, Sydney, in 2009.
Rudyard Kipling – Issue 3, ‘Values In Life’
Rudyard was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. He was born in 1865 and died in 1936. The speech printed in this issue is an extract from the 1928 collection A Book of Words.
Paul Knight – Issue 6, Chamber Music
Paul is an Australian artist working in London. His work is concerned with the abilities and failings of the photographic image, intimacy, relationships in context to society and the notions of soft politics, bond structures and simulation. He is represented by Neon Parc in Melbourne.
Anna Kristensen – Issue 4, Monuments
Anna is an artist from Sydney. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney, in 2008. In 2009 she was artist in residence at the Art Gallery of New South Wales Denise Hickey Studio, Paris, supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. Anna is represented by Gallery 9, Sydney, and is a lecturer at COFA.
Lucy Lehmann – Issue 6, ‘Olive Cotton’
Lucy has just finished her second novel, People Who Are Gone. Her first novel, The Showgirl and the Brumby, was published in 2002 by Random House. She also authors the blogs Lucy Lehmann’s Book of the Moment and Lucy
Lehmann’s Song of the Moment.
Gareth Liddiard [see also The Drones] – Issue 1, ‘Oxford Men’s College Entrance Exam Questions As Answered By Contemporary Musicians – 8. Defend or attack any of the following: eugenics, psychoanalysis, nudism, superstition, pop art, music criticism’; Issue 3, Sixteen Straws
Gareth is the frontman of The Drones.
Bob Log III – Issue 2, ‘Oxford Men’s College Entrance Exam Questions As Answered By Contemporary Musicians – 11. Giving reasons, arrange the following in the order of suitability to act as money: chickens, shells, ice-cubes, cows, stones, gold’
Bob is a Texan one-man-band.
Raelene Marshall – Issue 1, ‘Dry Stone Walls’
Raelene is the Secretary of the Australian Dry Stone Walls Association.
Dry Stone Walls Association of Australia
Warwick Mayne-Wilson – Issue 1, ‘Tamarama Gully: In Search of Beauty Lost’
Warwick is a conservation landscape architect and former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.
Alyssa McDonald – Issue 3, ‘The Missing’
Alyssa is an Edinburgh-born, Sydney-based journalist. She has written for publications including The Monthly, The Australian and Sunday Life in one hemisphere, and The New Statesman, The Guardian and Esquire in the other. She loves Sydney but, after being burned by sun, eaten by mosquitoes and
pecked in the eye by a magpie, is not sure the feeling is mutual.
Sebastian Meyer – Issue 5, Libya, 2011
Sebastian started working as a photographer in 2004 in Manchester, UK. Since then he has worked for Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, and Monocle, among many other international publications. In 2009 Sebastian moved to Iraq where besides his own work, he is setting up Metrograpy, the first Iraqi photo agency.
Scott McPherson – Issue 1, Again and Again
Scott is a Melbourne-based collage artist who trawls through the ocean of print material in an attempt to decant the chaos of imagery. He was a resident artist at Wardlow Art Residence in Melbourne.
Georgia Mataxas – Issue 6, The Mourners
Georgia is a Melbourne-based photographer. A central theme in her work is the manifestation of ritual. She has exhibited in Australia and internationally, most recently the Ping Yao International Photography Festival, China. Her work is held in public and private collections.
Laura Jean McKay – Issue 6, ‘Coming Up’
Laura is an award-winning writer best known for smearing cat food all over herself on stage. Despite this, she is published in Best Australian Stories, The Big Issue and Women of Letters. The story published here will feature in her short story collection Holiday in Cambodia, published by Black Inc in July 2013.
Chris Mikul – Issue 3, ‘Dreamscapes’
Chris has been publishing Bizarrism, a zine devoted to all manner of human strangeness, for over 20 years. His books include The Cult Files and Tales of the Macabre and Ordinary, and he has just finished one on impostors. His magnum opus, The Eccentropedia, a worldwide encyclopedia of eccentrics, will be published by Headpress in the UK in 2011.
Tracey Moffatt – Issue 4, Plantation
Tracey Moffatt is photographer and filmmaker. After graduating from Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, in 1982, she moved to Sydney, later dividing her time between there and New York. Her works are held in the collections of the Tate; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Moffatt isrepresented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Stella Mozgawa – Issue 4, ‘Oxford Men’s College Entrance Exam Questions As Answered By Contemporary Musicians – 9. If the world is both under-populated and overfed, why are we so opposed to cannibalism?’
Stella is an Australian drummer living in Los Angeles. www.warpaintwarpaint.com
Fabian Muir – Issue 4, ‘The Ghost Towns of Chernobyl’
Fabian is a Melbourne-born, Sydney-bred and Berlin-based writer. In Australia, he has written variously for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, Black + White, the Brisbane Times, Studio Magazine and Vogue. He won the award for best screenplay for Holiday in Abkhazia at the Strasbourg International Film Festival in 2009. Accompanied by a fiendish Russian grammar book and other hardy travel companions, his principal focus is on the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Prudence Murphy – Issue 4, Male Grooming Series from ‘Before, Again, After’ by Tommy Murphy; Issue 5, Boys With Guns from ‘Playing Soldiers’ by Toby Schmitz
Prudence is a photomedia artist. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with first class honours in 1999 and a Masters of Fine Art in 2002 at COFA. She currently lectures at COFA and at UTS. She has exhibited in Australia and internationally, including her most recent exhibition ‘Boys with Guns’ at Monash Gallery of Art.
Tommy Murphy – Issue 4, ‘Before, Again, After’
Tommy is an award-winning playwright. In 2010, Holding the Man opened on London’s West End, and Gwen in Purgatory, directed by Neil Armfield, premiered at Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre. Murphy’s other works include Troy’s House, Precipice, Strangers in Between and Saturn’s Return. His plays are published by Currency Press and Nick Hern Books London.
My Darling Patricia – Issue 4, ‘Posts in the Paddock: A development’
My Darling Patricia devises original work through a collaborative process led by co-artistic directors Halcyon Macleod and Clare Britton. The group approach theatre from backgrounds in visual arts, puppetry, film and spectacle performance. Posts in the Paddock will be My Darling Patricia’s sixth production following on from Kissing the Mirror, Dear Pat, Politely Savage, Night Garden and Africa. It will open at Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney, in November 2011.
Ralph Myers – Issue 5, Empty Sets
Ralph is a set designer and the director of Belvoir Theatre, Sydney.
Hugh Nichols – Issue 5, ‘Dead’s Skull’
Hugh is a writer, editor and bureaucrat living in Sydney. He is editor of Das500.com, and Dragged Into Sunlight is the best band name he’s heard.
Denis O’Connor – Issue 2, ‘Whipcracking’
Denis is the newsletter editor of the Australian Whipcrackers and Plaiters Association. He lives in Greata South, rural Victoria.
The Australian Whipcrackers and Plaiters Association
Claudia O’Doherty – Issue 3, ‘Review: Cheap Psychics’
Claudia is a London-based comedian and author and former member of theatre group Pig Island. She suffers from chronic migraines but tries not to talk about it too much because she doesn’t want to ruin everyone’s good time.
Lillian O’Neil – Issue 5, Love Bomb
Lillian is a solo artist and a former member of the Melbourne-based art group Safari Team.
lillianoneil.com | lillianoneil’at’gmail.com
John O’Neil – Issue 4, Ash Wednesday
John is a photographer and SES volunteer from Torquay, Victoria. oneil’at’jc.com.au
Camilla Palmer – Issue 5, ‘In the Time of Strangers’
Camilla is a writer and painter who lives and works in Sydney. In 2012 she will commence a PhD in creative writing at UNSW. Her work has been published in both overseas and local journals.
Lucy Parakhina – Issue 4, June; Issue 6, cover image Mountain
Lucy is a photographer from Sydney. Sometimes she works with other people to create books and make theatrical experiences. She really likes driving down dark country roads by herself.
www.sometimesnotalways.com | lucyparakhina’at’gmail.com
Tom Polo – Issue 4, Assortment
Tom’s recent practice uses text, humour and extensions of portraiture to engage with a corrosive anxiety about the human condition and the genres of motivation and self help. Through painting, performance and installation, he explores contemporary society’s inherent desire for success whilst hinting at our ever present failings.
Lisa Pryor – Issue 1, ‘Twin Cities at War’
Lisa is a journalist and editor at the Sydney Morning Herald. Her first book, The Pin Striped Prison: How Overachievers Get Trapped in Corporate Jobs They Hate, was released in 2008.
Helen Razer – Issue 6, ‘New Love’
Helen is a writer.
Beresford Rea – Issue 4, ‘Out of Print: Up and Down the Sydney Road‘
Beresford Rea is lost but for a listing on Amazon, and perhaps a handwritten card buried deep in a library catalogue.
Craig Reynolds – Issue 4, Summer // 2011
Craig was born in 1985 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He was a winner of Ampersand Magazine’s 2010 photography competition, Capture the Fade. email@example.com www.craig-reynolds.com
Leigh Rigozzi – Issue 4, The Incredible Adventures of Leigh Rigozzi
Leigh is a Sydney-based artist who makes zines and comics and periodically exhibits drawings. He is one of the founding members of Blood & Thunder Publishing Concern and the Rizzeria – a co-op stencil-based printer called RISO RP3700. He studied printmaking at the Tasmanian School of Art and the Sydney College of the Arts.
Cathleen Ross – Issue 6, ‘The Lovers’
Cathleen is a writer of erotic fiction. Her books include Highlander in Her Bed, Shift Into Pleasure, Her Prisoner and Psychic Sex, all available on Amazon.
Craig Schuftan – Issue 3, ‘Time Sucks’
Craig is a writer, public speaker, radio broadcaster and ARIA Award-winning producer. He is the author of two books on music, The Culture Club (2007) and Hey! Nietzsche! Leave Them Kids Alone! (2009), and is working on a third – Entertain Us!, a cultural history of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1990s, to be published in 2011.
Eddie Sharp – Issue 1, ‘Erotic Fan Fiction: Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton’; Issue 3, ‘Ned Kelly’s Last Stand’
Eddie Sharp is a writer, performer and curator who lives and works in Sydney. He is a founder and co-director of The Imperial Panda Festival and Erotic Fan Fiction Readings. He is also a member of theatre company Rhubarb Rhubarb, the creators of Wonka! A Live Cinema Remix, The Mad Max Remix and Some Film Museums I Have Known. He co-hosts the radio show ‘Versus’ with Nick Coyle on Sydney’s FBi Radio.
Toby Schmitz – Issue 5, ‘Playing Soldiers’
Toby hardly studied Law at UWA where he wrote revue and stand-up comedy, winning the WA heat of the Triple J Raw Comedy Festival in 1996, before gaining a place at NIDA. Graduating from the NIDA Acting course in 1999 he now acts, writes and directs for theatre, film and television.
Martin Slattery – Issue 3, ‘Sun Ra Tan’
Martin is a writer who practices law. Apart from writing, working, playing in bands around Sydney and being a dad, he is also a Sun Ra admirer and considers Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy to be Ra’s best album. He has contributed to FHM and Drum Media, but everyone’s done stuff they’re not proud of, right?
Adam Jasper Smith – Issue 1, ‘The Geometry of Filth: A treatise on the subject of Christian Enzenberger’s SMUT: An Anatomy of Dirt‘; Issue 4, ‘The Optimisation of Fisher Library’
Adam Jasper Smith is a lecturer in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology, Sydney. He completed his PhD in Art History at the University of Sydney, and has probably spent over a thousand hours in Fisher Library. He is a regular contributor to Frieze, Art & Australia and Vice.
Soda_Jerk – Issue 5, Mystic Truths
Soda_Jerk’s video installations and performance lectures use audiovisual samples to produce speculative histories that mix research, documentary and science fiction. Working together since 2002, Soda_ Jerk is a collaboration
between sisters Dan and Dominique Angeloro. They are based in Berlin and Sydney.
SPOD – Issue 3, Harmony of the Worlds
SPOD is a revolution, artist and musician from Sydney.
Amelia Stein – Issue 5, ‘The 1968 Editors and Writers War Tax Protest’
Amelia is a freelance writer. She was born in Perth, Western Australia, and is currently based in New York. Her writing has been published in Apartamento, Vogue Australia, Russh and Doingbird, among others.
Patrick Stokes – Issue 6, ‘Loving the Digital Dead’
Patrick is a lecturer of philosophy at Deakin University. He previously held fellowships in the UK, Denmark and the US. He knows a lot about Kierkegaard and recently published ‘Ghosts in the Machine: Do the Dead Live on in Facebook?’ in Philosophy & Technology.
The Suitcase Royale – Issue 1, Adventures of The Suitcase Royale
The Suitcase Royale are a junkyard theatre troupe from Melbourne.
The Suitcase Royale
Edward Summerton – Issue 3, Bird of the Devil
Edward was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1962. His work reflects a fascination with the representation of nature through book illustrations, field recordings, and dioramas. His imagery is rooted in the illustrations culled from the natural history and fairytale editions of the Ladybird series of books from the 1960s and 70s. His gouache paintings slip in and out of recognition and illuminate a decaying romanticism that connects European folk tales to contemporary hallucinogenic experiences. He lives in northern Scotland.
Nick Sun – Issue 3, ‘On Dying’
Nick is a comedian and celebrity florist. Hugely famous in his native country of Azerbaijan, he rose to fame in 1876 with his oft-quoted catchphrase “That ain’t my quail!” He currently resides in abject poverty in London. Please send cash donations to 23 Woodfield Grove Streatham Hill SW16 1JE.
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.nicksun.com
Mark Sutton – Issue 5, ‘Webster’s Ghost’
Mark is a Sydney-based writer. His work includes Strangelove: The Musical (MICF, 2007), A Very Cunsut Christmas (Newtown Theatre 2008) and Micro Nation (Channel 11, 2012). He is a regular performer at Story Club. He also makes crosswords and pretends to work on a doctorate.
Camilla Tadich – Issue 5, Twilight
Camilla is a Melbourne-based painter. Her work focuses on the nocturnal Australian landscape and explores spaces within darkness. She is represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Fitzroy.
Tjala Arts – Issue 4, Tjukurpa (Creation Time Stories)
Tjala Arts is an Aboriginal owned and managed gallery and arts centre, based in Amata, in far north-west South Australia. Amata is an Aboriginal community situated in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunyjatjara Lands (APY) amongst the picturesque Musgrave Ranges, approximately 120km south of Uluru. Tjala is the Tjukurpa or Creation Story for Amata.
Christos Tsiolkas – Issue 2, ‘Honourable Men: Reflections on Bastardy‘
Christos is the author of the Man Booker Prize nominated novel, The Slap, Dead Europe and Loaded. He is also a playwright, essayist and screenwriter. He lives in Melbourne.
Amanda Van Gils – Issue 6, paintings to accompany ‘Year of the Dog’ by John Elder
Amanda is a Queensland-based artist who has been exhibiting around the country since 2000. She is represented by Catherine Asquith Gallery in Melbourne.
Amber Wallis – Issue 6, Dark Gully
Amber completed her Master of Visual Arts at VCA in 2008, and the same year was the winner of the 10th Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. Wallis’ work has featured in numerous exhibitions and publications. Recently she was solo artist for Utopian Slumps Gallery at Melbourne Art Fair 2012. Amber currently lives and works in Byron Bay.
Sam Wallman – Issue 6, It’s Alright
Sam is a graphic artist and social critic. He released his second art/comic book, Being Born is Goin’ Blind in 2011 and was the cover artist for the 2012 Spring issue of Overland. His work will appear in the journal To the Exclusion
of All Others in 2013.
Reg Watson – Issue 5, ‘The Endangered Pleasure of Total Darkness’
Reg is the Principal of Lighting Analysis and Design at the Asia PacificRegional Office of the International Dark-Sky Association.
Willoh S. Weiland – Issue 2, DVD supplement Yelling At Stars
Willoh is an artist/writer/curator from Melbourne. She is the current Creative Director of Aphids, a cultural organisation creating collaborations across artforms and borders. She is also the Director of presentation space Headquarters. Her work Yelling At Stars is an ongoing art/science project that was first presented at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl as the closing event of the 2008 Next Wave Festival. It has gone on to develop through international residencies and university collaborations. Its presentation as a DVD with Ampersand was its first public release since it was performed in 2008. www.headquarters.org.au
Alexi Willemsen – Issue 6, Ink Illustrations
Alexi is a Sydney-based artist. She graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 2006 and has since exhibited in private galleries and artist run spaces in both Australia and New Zealand. She is represented by Melanie Roger Gallery Auckland, and is a member of the Studio 217 artist collective.
Rob Wilson – Issue 2, ‘Saints for Lapsed Catholics’, ‘Free Will and the Clouds’ and ‘Ruined Sonnets for Europe’
Rob is a football fan from Wollongong.
Alli Sebastian Wolf – Diaramas
Alli is an artist, playwright and captain of theater troupe Deep Sea Astronauts. Her stuff has been exhibited, published, broadcast and performed all over the place. She can’t say no to awesome stuff and so has usually got seven projects on the go and is working like a demon. It is brilliant. She is very lucky. But can’t spell to save her life.
Heidi Yardley – Issue 1, Painting
Heidi is a Melbourne-based painter. She is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane.
heidiyardley’at’yahoo.com.au | Heidi Yardley profile