On the Rod is a newly released erasure art book created by Melbourne artist and poet, ReVerse Butcher. The work converses with the erasure of queer and feminine identities throughout history by applying that same erasure to Jack Kerouac's hyper-masculine text, On The...


Photo by Di Cousens at Open Studio, Melbourne. 

I will rise is Hani Abdile’s debut poetry and prose collection, published by Writing Through Fences. It chronicles Hani's harrowing journey from the horrors of war in Somalia to 18 months of detention to her eventual freed...


photo credit: Arielle Cottingham by Brendan Bonsack

The interesting thing about having a poetry reading in Melbourne’s iconic La Mama theatre in Carlton, is you also get a different stage set each time. For the November event, this was the reflective square stage set fo...


The iconic band room at the back of the Worker’s Club in Fitzroy is usually a noisy place, filled with the ghosts of audience members who have passed through over the years. It’s an eclectic venue, attracting bands from punk and hardcore, through to local alt. country...


She’s a poet with a grape varietal as a namesake. In her debut poetry collection from Cordite Books, Autumn Royal uses this personal metaphor to full effect, even commenting on it baldly in her poem ‘viticulture’. Here she tells the pharmacist about her name meaning, w...


It's an unassuming green-blue cover; its title a simple invitation: Pick me up. Doing so won't disappoint. Filled with quirky black and white line drawings by local artist, pigeon, it reads like a well-crafted and open-hearted journal. A glimpse into the thoughts of a...


A review of Comfort Food, poetry by Ellen van Neerven.

There isn't a single culture that doesn't understand the unifying experience of food, in its many guises of form, tradition, production and sharing. Its consumption is understood as one of the many sensual pleasure...


Photos (c) Brendan Bonsack

​This year saw the launch of the first Girls on Key EP featuring local spoken word artists and musicians, Sneaker Peek Vol. 1. Launched at the Grace Darling, the EP will be a fundraiser to help Girls on Key to keep running in the future.


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