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In the paper, Mum

Last Sunday editor Alice Gage was featured in the Age in an article about crowdfunding. Read it here.

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Issue 6 Melbourne launch 29 May


With the Emerging Writers Festival  29 May 2013
1000 £ Bend
361 Little Lonsdale St
9pm – late

With readings, tomfoolery and music by:
Helen Razer
Kate Holden
John Elder
Laura Jean McKay
and more to be announced.

$15 entry with free copy of One Little Room.

READ: Changing brains: how a zap can cure depression or make you smarter

The Zen Machine
by Dominik Krupinski
Click here for full feature

“At the end of six weeks of active stimulation, the results were striking. Around half of the recipients of active tDCS showed a ‘clinically significant result’ – a significant reduction of previously untreatable depression.

But the trial uncovered something else: volunteers were getting smarter.

Back issues? $10. Get real, friends.


An editor watching a glowing world spin


READ: ‘The Portraiture of Loss’ by Dr Suzannah Biernoff

New in Feature Articles, some long weekend reading: ‘The Portraiture of Loss’ by Dr Suzannah Biernoff from Issue 2 – Janus Faces.

This essay discusses plastic surgery pioneer and artist Henry Tonks during the time of his groundbreaking work during World War I at St Mary’s Hospital, Kent.

Contains disturbing images. 

Henry Tonks, 'Portrait of wounded soldier after surgery', Deeks case file, 1916-1917, pastel. Courtesy of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Gilles Archives.

[Excerpt] “There was no ethics committee to debate the legitimacy and uses of Tonks’ work with Gillies’ team, and the patients were not party to discussions about the exhibition, or potential propaganda value, of their wounded faces. Tonks himself thought the pastels ‘rather dreadful subjects for the public view’ and discouraged the interest of officials in the government’s propaganda unit at Wellington House. We don’t know how the men felt about being drawn. We do not even know if they saw their own portraits; mirrors were prohibited in Gillies’ ward at Aldershot, although this didn’t prevent one corporal in the care of Nurse Catherine Black from getting hold of one: having seen his face he asked for a pen and paper so that he could write to his sweetheart, Molly. ‘You’re well enough to see her now,’ Catherine Black remembers saying, ‘Why not let her come down?’ ‘She will never come now,’ he said quietly …”

Read the full article here.

Call for submissions – issue 6, Love

The couple (courtesy of Jeff Horsager)

“So it is a lover who speaks and who says …”

Ampersand is broaching the world and all, in the next issue.

We are looking for essays, columns, short fiction, poetry and art about love in all its majestic, horrible glory.

Deadline for drafts June 14.

Check out submission guidelines here.

View from our new digs in the Nicholas Building, Melbourne

You got the Yarra, you got Fed Square, you got the trams, you got the Art Centre and you got Flinders St Station. What more could you possibly want from a Melbourne studio office? Okay maybe a soy latte.


READ: ‘The optimisation of Fisher Library’ by Adam Jasper Smith

New in Feature Articles:

The Optimisation of Fisher Library by Adam Jasper Smith (Issue 4, Spring 2011.)

Fisher Library stacks, May 2012. Photo courtesy of the author.

[Excerpt] “Sources within the library have told me that the most heavily borrowed items of the collection are business textbooks, so they will all stay. Journals and periodicals are to be thrown out en masse. Nineteenth century books and folios will be checked and, if valuable, some will be deposited in the rare books section. All duplicates will be offered to other libraries, or perhaps donated to the Third World if shipping costs are favourable (Bangladesh and Tonga are vaguely mentioned). The majority of the collection – books that have been borrowed once or less since 2000 – are to be transferred to what is euphemistically referred to as a ‘storage facility’ somewhere between Camden and Canberra. Where any individual book will be ten years after it has disappeared into the maw of the warehouse is anybody’s guess, but it seems safe to assume that it’s unlikely to be borrowed again.”

Read the full article here.



Friends in faraway places

Since last weekend’s bit in The Australian we’ve had a few extra subscribers jump on board, and I gotta say they come from some pretty wonderful places.

I hope I’m not giving too much away about their private details by saying so, but here are their whereabouts:

Baudin Beach, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Braidwood, New South Wales

Fremantle, West Australia

And even

Stanthorpe, Queensland – home of the Big Apple!

You gotta admit, that’s some pretty good coverage.

Thanks to everyone who subscribed or bought a single copy after reading the article, particularly those who may never have heard of us before. A brave punt! Here, here!