Goodness gracious…

Ampersand on the counter of Readings Lygon Street next to Vanity Fair, The Monthly and The New York Review of Books… well stone the bloody crows.

The Fade is here!

Feel the excitement? “It’s palpable!” shouted Paul the delivery man, almost awkwardly loud as he emptied his truck in my living room (which sounds awkward indeed).

Having overcome stretched deadlines, sleepless nights, international printing, strings of public holidays, a five week journey across the stormy Phillipine, Arafura and Coral Seas, wharf strikes and Australian customs, Issue 3 – The Fade, is finally here.

It is an absolute beauty, perhaps our best, and is available now for the buying!


Buy online here and have it delivered to the door of your tepee or lean-to.

Or find out where to buy it in shops here.

With the winners of Capture The Fade and an introduction by judge Bill Henson, an incredible illustrated ‘Sixteen Straws’ by Emily Hunt and The Drones, a tour of Glenrowan’s animatronic museum Ned Kelly’s Last Stand by Eddie Sharp, a missive to the missing by the New Statesman‘s Alyssa McDonald, painting by Guo Jian and Adam Hill plus SPOD, Nick Sun, Claudia O’Doherty, Courtney Collins, Rita Kalnejais, Darren Hanlon, Laura Jean, Maeve Higgins, Craig Schuftan, and even more.

It’s as bumper as all get out and it looks so beautiful.

Spoiler alert.

Launch of The Fade…

Host and Gamesmaster Gus Murray.

This is what we did on Thursday night: Charlie Garber read Nick Sun’s piece from the issue. Then a man resembling a Disney prince and his assistant – a Na’vi wearing a glowing spider suit and white runners – hosted trivia. Then we played an epic round of the Box Game. Mister Music, a moustachioed DJ in a sparkling bowler hat, kept the soundtrack right. Don’t be fooled, this was no average night at Palms Retirement Home.

Many thanks to all the wonderful people of Serial Space for having us, to Charlie, Gus, Tyson and Nick, and to everyone that came along and got involved, even the ones that were so competitive that they transcended their physical shortcomings to stay in the game. You weirdos.

Tyson Koh

Pictures by Lucy Parakhina and Tarra Hunchak.

More pictures here.

The Fade launch – Thursday May 5 at Serial Space

Poster by James Harney

Issue 3 – about a week away from taking over my garage

So very exciting. So very very very exciting.

Have a sneak peek right here (PDF download):

Pre-order here and be among the first to get it in your mits

Sydney launch – Thursday May 5 at Serial Space, with more details to come.

True Friendship at the Imperial Panda

Nick Coyle – a model and hacker

Some fascinating facets of true friendship were up for discussion last night at Ampersand’s event at the Imperial Panda Festival – ‘Informative Slideshows: True Friendship’.

Ampersand contributors Nick Coyle (Pig Island amongst other things) and Glen Walton (The Suitcase Royale) and editor Alice Gage explored the friendship a pug can bring, friendship on the internet and friendship’s natural enemy, betrayal. It was very silly.

More here.

Submissions now open for Issue 4

Ingeborg Tyssen Perisher Valley no 7 NSW, from the series From the heart of the forest to the edge of the road 1984.

Ampersand is looking for writers and artists to respond to the theme of Issue 4.

Its title is taken from that of a photographic series by Ingeborg Tyssen:
From the heart of the forest to the edge of the road.

It explores ideas of remoteness, beyond the city limits, the outskirts, the highway, the wild, silence, the borderlands, urban sprawl, disconnection, missions, ghost towns, gated communities, seaside caravan parks, life in the desert, the bush, the end of the river, country backyards, trains storming into the blackness and so on and on and whatever else you may conjure.

Visit the submissions guidelines page for more info.

Deadline for expressions of interest – March 25
Deadline for final work – April 15
Email submissions to the editor –

Art & Australia to publish Ampersand over 2011

We are very happy to announce the news that Art & Australia, one of Australia’s oldest and most respected visual arts magazines, has taken Ampersand under its wing for the duration 2011.

This means Ampersand will be quarterly as of the forthcoming issue, The Fade, and have the resources and space to focus on making great magazines instead of talking about making great magazines.

The partnership involves the distribution of The Fade (April), and the production of two issues: Issue 4 – From The Heart Of The Forest To The Edge Of The Road (due out July, submissions now open) and Issue 5 – Not Yet Named (due out October). There will be a bunch of other great things happening along the way, too, no doubt.

Ampersand listed on Colophon

Ampersand has popped up on one of the most comprehensive magazine databases in the world, Colophon. Hoping that means an invitation to their magazine symposium in Luxembourg is forthcoming (when it happens – the 2011 event was postponed – read about why here). Pretty bloody cool all the same.

We highly recommend all magazine geeks to check out the site:

Ampersand at Imperial Panda Festival, March 17


Ampersand joins with Sydney’s best and perhaps only (in my heart) theatre festival, Imperial Panda.

Informative Slideshows: True Friendship
Our three special guests come from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common: they have all experienced true friendship. For one hour on one night of this, our one life, they will present a pictorial journey of their remarkable stories.

Glen Walton – a pug enthusiast
Nicholas Coyle – a model and hacker
Alice Gage – editor, Ampersand Magazine

Join us for this Powerpoint discovery of the human heart and an hour of pure baloney.

Good God Small Club
55 Liverpool St, Chinatown, Sydney
March 17

More details here.

Also, we HIGHLY recommend checking out the rest of the festival, if you’re in town. In fact, we demand it. Imperial Panda mounts arguably the best new stuff being produced in this country, and unless you don’t understand English or you are in a coma or you hate to have a great time, you should make it your business to be there. Too pushy? Well what you call pushy, I call passionate, okay?