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Saturday morning at Porch and Parlour, North Bondi

I don’t think it’s possible to get a better breakfast. Porch and Parlour.

Weddings, parties, anything

With the release of the new issue and the general feelings of mirth and TGIS (thank god it’s spring) that come upon us during jasmine season, there are so many parties and events and launches and festivals and things happening, so here’s a list of stuff that Ampersand is doing over the next month or so in the physical realm.

14 September – Outspoken #10, Fbi Social Kings Cross
The best in Sydney poetics shines a bit of light on Ampersand, where we’ll be giving away free copies and selling some too. Organised by the great Jess Cook, Ampersand contributor and heir apparent to the Clover Moore throne.
Facebook event here.

20 September Issue 4 launch at the State Library of NSW
In the ballroom no less. Hosted by ABC’s Jennifer Byrne and featuring readings by contributors Thomas Henning, Nick Coyle, Jess Cook and Adam Jasper Smith. Drinks and chats and laughs. Free. What more do you people want?
Facebook event here.

30 September – National Young Writers’ Festival, Newcastle
Alice Gage will be a panelist on ‘Don’t Press Send: Editor-Writer Relationships’ panel.  Friday, 2pm
Alice has also inexplicably been asked to chair the ‘Super Sad True Pomo Love Story: Writing Earnest Fictional Romance in the Ironic Age’ panel.
Friday, 4pm

7 October – Ampersand Magazine and The Suitcase Royale present Potluck, Fbi Social, Kings Cross: Bush Ballads
Taking a leaf from the bushy current issue, we will be putting on a hootananny with The Suitcase Royale the only way we know how – with R.M. Williams, Drizabones and non-ironic recitals of bush poetry. Featuring Nick Coyle, Eddie Sharp, Charlie Garber and others.
Fbi Social

Some time in late October – Issue 4 launch in Melbourne
More to come.

Ampersand at Berkelouw

Ding dong ding dong

First sighting a day early!

Edgecliff Station newsagency

Issue 4 in stores September 1

Yep. Pretty bloody exciting. ‘From the heart of the forest to the edge of the road’ is almost with us.

You can pre-order right here.


Senator Bob Brown on his life at Liffey, Tasmania
Tommy Murphy
on living with his father’s Alzheimer’s
Adam Jasper Smith
on the liquidation of Fisher Library
Amelia Groom
on iconoclasm
Fabian Muir
on the ghost towns of Chernobyl
Tracey Moffatt
‘s ‘Plantation’ series
Artist project by My Darling Patricia
Art by Anna Kristensen, Craig Reynolds, Tom Polo, Tjala Arts (Central Australia) and Lucy Parakhina
Comics by Leigh Rigozzi
Fiction by Thomas Henning and Nick Coyle
Poetry by Jess Cook
Oxford Men’s College Question answered by Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint

And that’s just the nutshell.

Submissions now open for Issue 5 – War

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

The theme for Summer 2012 – Issue 5 is ‘War’.

Submissions are now open to writers and artists of all persuasions.

See the submission guidelines page for more information.

Draft deadline – August 26 2011
Email work and questions to Alice –

Introducing Rack – a blog about magazines

I spend a lot of money on magazines. A lot. Too much. But does a painter paint without paint? No way, that’s impossible and it makes no sense. So I thought considering the monetary value of my ever-growing collection and the amount of time I spend pouring over each one, thieving ideas and scoffing in turn, that I may as well do something tangible with the fetish and make good use of why the scientists made the internet. So impassioned bad writers could publicise their opinions.

So here we have Rack. It’s for the publishing and small press nerds. You might find something you’d like to pick up yourselves. That’s all.

Future Human

Photos of our first Future Human event are now up here.

A “beautiful, idiosyncratic publication” – review in The Australian

Reviewed alongside a couple of other fantastic independent publications from Sydney: Seizure and the UTS Writers’ Anthology.

Read it here.