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Perth, Australia

bum left hand pageAn essay from Issue 4 by Julian Hewitt, with illustrations by Simon Greiner.

‘The daily, gusty sea breeze is colloquially referred to as the “Fremantle Doctor” in honour of the stench of burning human flesh blown inland from the Fremantle crematoria in the early days of the colony’s existence.’


Bill Henson on Melbourne in the 80s

In Issue 6, we ran a sequence of Bill Henson’s early work – Untitled 1980-81. The photographs were a part of his second exhibition at the NGV; he was 25 years old. They depict the people of Melbourne rushing through the city.



For the launch of the issue we asked Bill to talk about Melbourne in the 80s. We asked him to talk about the places he frequented, what it was that he loved about the city and how it has changed.

Introduced by Ampersand regular Nick Coyle as Bill Hanson.


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4 x Issue 4 … 3 x Issue 3


Inventory shock. Sam Wallman’s ‘Guide to the Yarra River’s Beats’ not included.

Inventory has revealed we have only three copies of our beloved Issue 3  left in stock, and four of our equally adored Issue 4.

Two of our fondest issues, almost completely sold out. Get em while you still can!

$10, as always, plus $2.65 postage.

Buy one with a copy of the Issue 6 and get 25% off.

Angie Hart is hilarious

We’re back with more readings from the magnifico Issue 6 launch.

Here is the very very funny Angie Hart discussing her contempt for insects in answer to Ampersand’s ongoing column, Oxford Men’s College Entrance Exam Questions 1957-67 As Answered By Contemporary Musicians – Question 7: Why are there so many insects?


Another post script – after the liquidisation of university libraries

Following on from Adam Jasper Smith’s article in issue 4, Daniel Stacey asks: after the removal of the books from university libraries, how much longer will they exist?

Read here at Daily Life.

Update on the liquidisation of Fisher Library (Sydney University)

Huon-FisherLibraryFisher Library stacks, 27 August 2013. Photo by Huon Curtis.

In 2011 we published ‘The Optimisation of Fisher Library’ by Adam Jasper Smith, which discussed the removal of hundreds of thousands of books from the library (one of the largest open stacks in the world) to create “more open learning spaces” for students.

Ampersand friend Huon Curtis gave us this update yesterday:

“Today I went to retrieve a book about the history of the modern corporation from level 6 of Fisher Library. The reason? To prepare a lecture on corporate restructuring for masters’ students. Opposite the section housing the 330s (economics) and 340s (law) were the remnants of the 390s: the Dewey decimal class dedicated to customs, etiquette and folklore. All that remained was the dusty shadows of the missing bookshelves. Fittingly, there were a few persistent rusty cigarette butts from the days when you could still smoke while browsing the 397s (outcast studies).”

Many thanks to Huon for this chilling vision.

Read Adam Jasper Smith’s article here.

Reading #4: Laura Jean McKay

Laura reads an excerpt from her story ‘Coming Up’, taken from her short story collection Holiday in Cambodia, published last month by Black Inc.

Reading #3: Kate Holden

The wonderful and very pregnant Kate Holden reads her piece, ‘The Door Between: Two Rooms of Love’, at the Issue 6 launch in May.

Reading #2: Helen Razer

Helen reads NOT her piece from the magazine, because it’s “too sappy”, but a revised version on the theme of new love.

Recorded at Ampersand’s Melbourne launch in May.

Ampersand in stores!

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