AMPERSAND MAGAZINE PRESENTS BUSH BALLADS
Friday, 7 October 2011
Fbi Social, Kings Cross
An incredible night of bush balladeering and drinking beer through beard-wigs.
Super huge thanks to house band The Suitcase Royale, who stepped off the Hume and straight onto the stage. Also to our host, the particularly hirsute Nick Coyle, and to the impassioned balladeers.
This event will happen again, mark my words! It is such a great thing.
Also thanks to Fbi Social!
AMPERSAND MAGAZINE ISSUE 4 LAUNCH
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
State Library of New South Wales
Free, with drinks and selected cheeses. Magazines for sale, $10.
Photographs by Steve Marshall, Lucy Parakhina and Mark Sherborne.
AMPERSAND MAGAZINE PRESENTS FUTURE HUMAN #1
GIMCRACK JOURNALISM: OUTSOURCING, AXING AND THE FRAGMENTATION OF THE NEWSROOM
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Surry Hills Library
405 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Richard Ackland (Justinian, Sydney Morning Herald)
Peter Atkinson (Pagemasters)
Peter Smith (Financial Times)
Elmo Keep (Hungry Beast)
At the end of May this year, Fairfax sacked 82 sub-editors and production managers in favour of outsourcing to ‘globalised’ editorial assembly line Pagemasters. In the US, top-flight investigative journalists are deserting newspapers and forming their own not-for-profit newsrooms. What will happen to quality reporting when the newsroom is finally dismantled? And do media graduates stand a chance of finding interesting work in this rapidly evolving economy, or are they doomed to blogging and streaming inane feuilleton?
Presented by Daniel Stacey (co-founder of Future Human UK and editor of Bad Idea), Ampersand Magazine and Surry Hills Library’s Late Night Library programme.
AMPERSAND EDITOR ALICE GAGE AT THE EMERGING WRITERS’ FESTIVAL, MELBOURNE, SAT 4TH JUNE – SUN 5TH JUNE 2011
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!
Alice Gage and Pip Smith of Penguin Plays Rough at the EWF small press fair.
The Emerging Writers’ Festival was a bit of a treat last weekend – a great chance for a tremendous amount of geeks to converge and talk about fonts and paper thickness.
After the indie publishing workshop at the Wheeler Centre on Saturday, which we re-named ‘Are you an idiot? You want to start a magazine? Presented by Ampersand Magazine and dogs wearing clothes’ (which no doubt proved invaluable to the publishing-aspirant attendees) we hosted a small press social drinking event and had some great chats with folks from Vignette Press, Visible Ink (RMIT Journal) and our friend Pip Smith from Penguin Plays Rough.
On Sunday Penguin Plays Rough and Ampersand had to endure each others’ company for another 5 hours WHICH WAS A PLEASURE. The whole day was a pleasure, actually, if not a bit chilly. We made lots of new friends, including Death of a Scenester, a great lit-zine and Lachlann Carter from Pigeons who is doing amazing stuff with kids and literature. Artist Tai Snaith came to say hello as did Telia Nevile and Tom Doig who were a part of the 48 Hour Play Generator performances (which only some of us could go to because some of us had to be on the bloody stall).
Anyway it was a fantastic nerd convention and great fun! Thank you Emerging Writers’ Festival and Lisa Dempster and the city of Melbourne!
ISSUE 3, THE FADE – GAMES NIGHT LAUNCH
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Serial Space, Chippendale, Sydney
$10 entry with free magazine
Pictures by Lucy Parakhina and Tarra Hunchak.
IMPERIAL PANDA FESTIVAL – AMPERSAND PRESENTS INFORMATIVE SLIDESHOWS: TRUE FRIENDSHIP
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Good God Small Club, Sydney
Ampersand contributors Glen Walton (The Suitcase Royale) and Nick Coyle (Pig Island amongst other things) and editor Alice Gage gave some very heartfelt slideshow presentations on true friendship. It was lots of fun. Many thanks to Mish, Eddie, Rosie and Zoe for having us at their excellent festival.
CAPTURE THE FADE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
The Paper Mill, Angel Place, Sydney
The opening was fantastic, and despite Simone almost losing a finger to a Stanley knife during the install, it was perfect.
Bill came up from Melbourne that morning to curate the winning pictures, and the gallery looked amazing. It was so nice to finally see the pictures in a physical form.
It was a lovely night, with lots and lots of old and new friends coming down to join us. Thank you all so much! It was a wonderful end to quite a big project. And congratulations to Sergei Svietchenko, who was named the Overall Winner.
Special thanks to The Paper Mill and Al and Chewy for going way beyond the call of duty to help us, to Vision Graphics for helping us with the printing, to Lomo for providing the People’s Choice Award prize, to Simone and Chloe for their huge effort on this project since July, and to Bill Henson for coming on board and coming up to Sydney to help us install and do a talk.
Bill’s speech will be printed in the next issue, along with the winning pictures.
MELBOURNE WRITERS FESTIVAL ‘MAGAZINE’ EVENT, THE CUBBY, FED SQUARE 4 SEPTEMBER 2010
Ampersand was very pleased to be invited by the folks at the MWF to curate a gig for their ‘Magazine’ program. ‘Magazine’ involved a bunch of independent journals such as Meanjin, Going Down Swinging and The Lifted Brow selecting guests down to the Cubby (the most luxurious shipping container ever) to have a chat about publishing, writing, the universe etc.
Many thanks to Emma Schwartz for organising the event and also to our wonderful guests:
Dan Stacey, founder Bad Idea
Alyssa McDonald, contributing editor The New Statesman
Shannon Holopainen, Ampersand contributor and co-founder The Gives Collective
Monica Dux, essayist and co-author The Great Feminist Denial
Miles O’Neil, Ampersand contributor, musician, actor and one-third of theatre troupe The Suitcase Royale
Gavin Pretor-Pinney, co-founder The Idler and founder The Cloud Appreciation Society
Emma Schwartz and Monica Dux
Alyssa McDonald and Dan Stacey
Alyssa McDonald and Dan Stacey
Miles O’Neil, Erica Englert and Dave Englert
Check the MWF ‘Magazine’ website here for more info about the other mags involved.
YELLING AT STARS DVD LAUNCH, CLUBHOUSE, CARRIAGEWORKS, 27 MAY 2010
Performance Space graciously put on this little event for us in their new space, ClubHouse. We were delighted to have creator Willoh S. Weiland up from Melbourne to have a chat. There was also a screening of the DVD and a bit of a Q&A with Willoh afterwards. Thanks especially to Georgie Meagher for all her work.
Photos by Lucy Parakhina
Willoh S. Weiland
Willoh and Thea
Alice Gage and Willoh S. Weiland
JANUS FACES LAUNCH, BILL& GEORGE, REDFERN, 1ST APRIL 2010
Featuring a Chat Roulette lab by I Can Draw You A Picture, hosted by Sexy Time (a two-man fortune telling team) and Eduardo Internet. SPOD was ill, sadly.
MC Jess Cook
More photos of the launch can be found on Two Thousand’s event blog.
CABINET MAGAZINE SYDNEY LAUNCH, 4TH JULY 2009
Eddie, Nadia, Jasper and Alice would like to thank everyone that came along and/or helped on the night, particularly Jack Jeweller from Black&Blue, Raquel Welch, Cecily Hardy, Eden Falk, Charlie Garber and Jane Coakley from SymbioticA who came all the way from WA for the event. It was a really splendid night.
Eddie setting up
Thanks to Claudia for womanning the magazine table.
Dance it off
EDITION ZERO LAUNCH
Pigeon Ground, Sydney, November 6 2008
The Sydney launch couldn’t have better with such a beautiful venue, amazing food provided by the Falconer Cafe in Darlinghurst and wine provided by Cooks Lot. The performances by Eddie Sharp and Eden Falk brought the whole thing together, and everyone had a great night. Thanks to Rosie Fisher and Kell Doley for the amazing poster.
Eddie Sharp and Eden Falk
George, Agatha and Tim – the lovely people of Pigeon Ground (the best record and vintage store this side of 1968!)
Folks standing around drinking (thanks Nick for the playlist *Careless… yeass!*)
WHAT A BLOODY AWESOME NIGHT! THANKS SO MUCH TO PIGEON GROUND!
EDITION ZERO LAUNCH
Wardlow Art Residence, Melbourne, October 30 2008
The Melbourne launch was a delight, especially with The Broadside Push as house band. The kranski barbeque also went down particularly well, although not surprisingly because kranskis are delicious. Our MC Briohny Doyle did a fantastic job, as did Justin Haezlewood, Courtney Collins and The Suitcase Royale. It was a bloody lovely night.
The Broadside Push’s first set
Alice Gage reading Eddie Sharp’s erotic fan fiction
Kitty Hazell running the kranski barbeque in the courtyard
Dannie doing a splendid job on the busy bar
MC Briohny being awesome
Courtney Collins reading her piece about Harry Houdini
The Suitcase Royale and Space Ghost
THANK YOU KITTY, THANK YOU EVERYBODY, AND THANK YOU WARDLOW FOR HAVING US
EDITION ZERO LAUNCH
TINA Festival, Newcastle, NSW, October 3 2008
Edition Zero was very successfully brought into the world at TINA on the 3rd October by the steady hands of obstetrician Cab Sav. Thanks so very much to Zoe, Mish, Rosie and Eddie, to Justin Hazlewood and all the performers. It was a totally capital party.
This man won some undies and put them on his head
Zoe Coombs Marr
WHAT A FANTASTICO NIGHT!
Ampersand at the zine fair
CENTREFOLDS ART AUCTION FUNDRAISER, 2007
Wardlow Art Residence, Fitzroy, Melbourne
porn / pin up / poster / propaganda
The night was a complete success:
1) the bar ran out of booze and glasses
2) the auctioneer was so boozed he forgot what he was selling
3) the adult youth of today ended up in g-strings and gaffer tape
4) many lovely people bought works, which was no simple task as you had to get through the boozed auctioneer and his quite-naked helpers
A New Australian Thank Tank
Firstly to the incredibly generous artists for donating their works – we are honoured. To Brodie and the Wardlow artists. To Renan and Claypots Restaurant for sponsoring our wine. To Alexi, or centrefold model, Kat and Steve. To the Adult Youth of Today, Jean-Paul, Danni and Tim on the bar, Kaila and Raffi, Corey for his hands. Kate Freeth for the screenprinter and Anthony Mackey for his iron. Jasmin and Nick and Callum.
Thank you for coming and making party with us.
Alice & Josee