Editor Alice Gage mixtape for The Lifted Brow

Alice put together a bunch of her best-loved tunes to celebrate The Lifted Brow’s Music Issue.

Melbourne Launch – Facebook event now up

We’re getting very excited about the Melbourne launch of Issue 6, it’s going to be a bonza night.

Join the Facebook event here and get the details.

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Ampersand HQ

Top left corner, under the sign. Melbourne is an autumnal paradise today.

Ampersand Magazine HQ

Thank you to all supporters of our Pozible campaign

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Friends, thank you so very much! We are absolutely delighted, and so very grateful to the people who supported the campaign, and to those who spread the word.

With this boost, we’re going to be able to pay for printing and overheads and not end up dying alone in a skip in an alley off Flinders Lane, which was the fate we were looking at three weeks ago.

We can’t wait to get this bird a’flyin.

If you didn’t get to pre-order issue 6, or pick up some back issues, you can do those things from here.

Again, so many thanks.– Alice Gage

Issue 6 – One Little Room – Melbourne launch – 29th May


Nick Coyle ballad, from issue 4

As I Was Walking Through The Bush by Nick Coyle
Read the poem here.

george-stubbsThe Kongouro From New Holland, George Stubbs, 1773

As I was walking through the bush,
Big sun rolling gold in the gums, I
Met a kangaroo, a big one too
Propped up on shaky arms.

‘Wait, mate,’ he whispered,
Voice flanked by white foam, red
‘Hark you to me, I’ve a secret for thee
Before I’m called home, dead.’

Read the full poem here.

Ampersand is crowdfunding – pre-order Issue 6 and help us pay for printing costs

We need your help. Pre-order Issue 6 for $15.
Buy some back issues.
We would really, really appreciate it.



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.

Ned Kelly’s Last Stand – Long Short Story, Radio National (the audio)

The story of Bob Hemple and his Ned Kelly Disneyland on the Hume.

This story initially appeared in issue 3 – The Fade.

Ned Kelly’s Last Stand on RN

Remember this man?


It’s Bob Hemple, proprietor and self-titled ‘Head Dreamer’ of Ned Kelly’s Last Stand, a gothic Australian Disneyland on the dusty Hume Highway. Eddie Sharp covered the story for Ampersand issue 3, The Fade (buy it here for $10).

Tune in to Radio National at 3pm today to hear it, presented by Long Short Story.