Friday, January 30, 2009

holland1945 call out

holland1945 is a downloadable journal publishing contemporary and non-mainstream poetry in a variety of disciplines, essays and interviews, photographs, video stills, cartoons, comics (excerpts, strips, panels), and illustrations.

Issue Two is now open for submissions.

For full submission details, please visit:

Enquiries via e-mail to

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Les Wicks Book Launch

Being a poet, sometimes the odds seem long on our struggling wee art form surviving. Magazines are folding everywhere & book publishing is an endangered species. Island Press, however, has not sunk beneath the rising waters.

It would great if you could come. If you can’t make it, copies can be ordered using the form below.

Note that nibblies will be provided & drinks can be purchased from the bar. A free copy of a previous title is yours with every book purchased at the launch. Minors are more than welcome to attend so long as they are under direct supervision of adults. Feel free to pass this on.


Island Press is pleased to announce publication of Les Wicks' 8th book of poetry…

The Ambrosiacs

This solid book (128pp) concerns “endings”- an elegy - from ecology under stress to the loss of close friends. We explore a sequence of endpoints: spiritual exploration, suburbia, rural escapes and travel...all with Wicks’ typical raw honesty, humour and rage. A startling, and ultimately affirming picture of generations and lives.

A small selection of comments about previous titles:

...he is chameleon, restless, full of questions, refusing to be pinned down. Happily moving here & there, amused, bemused, shaking his head in disbelief, belief, in love with it all. - Brook Emery

varied, nimble, humane, wry & well timed - Jennifer Maiden

wit & sparkle, the clever playfulness....warmth & compassion - Tim Thorne

...full of humour and dignity in the face of sheer survival. - jeltje

We are having a launch for the book at:

the Friend in Hand Hotel
58 Cowper St, Glebe
upstairs bar
Launched by joanne burns

Sunday 15th February 2.30pm


For details ring 9580 4542