Subscriberthon 2016: Friends and sponsors

Savina's logoSavina Hopkins is a Melbourne-based artist. Her recent art practice is predominately collage based, with a focus on using unconventional and discarded materials. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Newcastle, her work is held in various collections including the National Archives of Australia, Museum Victoria and Green Dot Films (LA).


logoSam Wallman is a political cartoonist, comics-journalist and labour organiser based in Melbourne. He has drawn for SBS, the ABC, the Guardian and Overland. He recently edited and published an anthology of drawings about class, called If We All Spat At Once They’d Drown.

(Thanks also to Sam’s mum for her kind and quick mailing of artwork!)


Honeymoon_Logo copyHoneymoon Guesthouse The home of Founder & Director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Janet DeNeefe, Honeymoon Guesthouse offers 40 elegant Balinese-style rooms right in the heart of Ubud. The favourite of literary luminaries, the Guesthouse has been visited by world-class writers including Amitav Ghosh, Michael Ondaatje and Kiran Desai.


Subscriberthon sponsor: Affirm PressAffirm Press is a Melbourne-based publishing company committed to publishing books that have a positive impact on the community and that influence by delight. When it comes to fiction, they want to publish new and under-published authors – in any genre – and distinguish themselves through editorial commitment.


Founded in 2000, Black Inc. is an independent Australian publisher of quality non-fiction, fiction and poetry, based in Melbourne. We love ideas and stories. We are passionate about important new works of history, politics, biography, criticism and current affairs, as well as novels and poems that open up new worlds.



ferret_logoEstablished in 1979, the Ferret Bookshop is Wellington’s longest running small antiquarian/secondhand bookshop. The store was established in the pre-digital era of slowness and depth. A book purchased from The Ferret often contains pages and ink and sometimes one word follows another.

By the way, if you’re in Wellington late next – 11 and 12 November – you should check out the Lit Crawl.


BrushLogo-2-1080x701Southerly is Australia’s oldest continuous literary journal. It was launched in 1939 with works by authors such as AD Hope and Kylie Tennant. Southerly continues to publish the best in new fiction and poetry, reviews and criticism, from and about Australian and New Zealand authors. Southerly is published three times a year, both in print and digitally, and is complemented by a free online section, the Long Paddock.


WesterlyWesterly is one of Australia’s most culturally diverse literary journals. Since 1956, Westerly has been publishing refreshing fiction, poetry and intelligent articles throughout the world, but maintains a special emphasis on Australia, particularly Western Australia, and the Asian region. Westerly is published in July and November, releasing issues in both print and digital form. Two online special issues are published annually, and a complete digital archive of past issues is available for viewing and download on their website.


Meanjin_Spring2016_COVER_strokeMeanjin was founded in Brisbane by Clem Christesen (the name, pronounced Mee-an-jin, is derived from an Aboriginal word for the finger of land on which central Brisbane sits) in 1940. It moved to Melbourne in 1945 at the invitation of the University of Melbourne. At the beginning of 2008 Meanjin became an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing.


GR55_front.preliminary.small_Griffith Review is a high-quality, agenda-setting, quarterly publication, delivering insight into the issues that matter most in a timely, authoritative and engaging fashion. Each themed collection presents fresh insights and analysis of the big issues from pre-eminent Australian and international writers.


rock & rollRock & Roll Writers Festival is Australia’s first – and only – literary festival devoted to exploring, and celebrating, the creative relationship and special spark between writing and music. Over the first weekend in April 2017 at The Old Museum in Bowen Hills, Brisbane, songwriters, journalists and writers will riff on music and literature through a program of interviews and panel discussions. RRWF is a festival for fans, for readers, for listeners to get up close and personal with the creators of stories and songs.


Bookseller+PublisherBooks+Publishing is Australia’s number-one source of news about the book industry, keeping subscribers up to date with the latest book industry news, events, features, interviews, opinion, personnel changes, job advertisements and classifieds. Books+Publishing is also the only source of pre-publication reviews of Australian books.


IandBInkerman & Blunt is a new Australian press dedicated to publishing books of originality, intelligence and beauty: fiction, nonfiction and poetry. While we appreciate the pleasure and worth of the traditional book, we are excited by new forms of publishing and we are devoted to excellence in the creation of a book.


KYDKill Your Darlings was founded in 2010 by Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent. It is a Melbourne-based, independent publisher of quality Australian fiction, commentary, essays, interviews and reviews. In addition to championing Australian voices in print and online, KYD also produces a regular podcast, provides professional writing services such as workshops and manuscript assessments, and hosts literary events to foster engagement and discussion between writers and readers.

logo-crikeyCrikey’s aim is very simple: to bring its readers the inside word on what’s really going on in politics, government, media, business, the arts, sport and other aspects of public life in Australia. Crikey reveals how the powerful operate behind the scenes, and it tackles the stories insiders are talking about but other media can’t or won’t cover.


TLB_31_CoverThe Lifted Brow is a magazine from Australia and the world. Every two months there appears a giant print version, every fortnight a digital version, and on the website a whole lot of other content. Since its inception in 2007, The Lifted Brow been home to everyone from Christos Tsiolkas to Helen Garner, David Foster Wallace to Neil Gaiman.


Scribe marked its 35th year as a home-grown, wholly independent trade-publishing house in 2011. What started off in 1976 as a desire on publisher Henry Rosenbloom’s part to publish ‘serious non-fiction’ on a limited scale has turned into a company with over a dozen staff members and two scouts that publishes 60–65 non-fiction and fiction titles a year.


Triple R has shaped and inspired the culture of Melbourne. Since its inception as an educational broadcaster in 1976, Triple R has become Australia’s largest community radio station with over 12,000 subscribers and 329,000 listeners per week.


PBSPBS 106.7FM is an icon of Melbourne’s unique music and arts community. Since 1979, PBS has been a key provider of independent and diverse music. With over 80 specialist music programs ranging from soul to garage to country to jazz, PBS is dedicated to promoting and nurturing music in all its diversity.


shop editNorth Melbourne Books Looking for some bedtime reading? Find inspiration at North Melbourne’s independent bookstore, stocked with classics and new releases for children and adults. Located in the heart of North Melbourne.


Bee_SustainableBee sustainable provides specialty supplies and knowledge for beekeeping, cheese making, baking and food-preserving enthusiasts. They provide expert support through the trials of getting started on your path to kitchen and garden self-sufficiency. Bee Sustainable is for creative and resourceful people who value health and a deeper relationship with their food.


friends_toffintownThe Toff in Town One of Melbourne’s most popular bar and restaurants, The Toff’s main bar or ‘carriage room’ is fitted out with a unique train carriage running down the centre, made up of booths that can be reserved for dining. Each booth can be made as private as desired by closing doors, pulling down blinds and using the discreet buzzer for service-evoking the intimacy and elegance of early twentieth-century train travel.


Tasmanian-WritersSituated in the historic Salamanca Arts Centre, the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre offers essential resources and support to the state’s literary community. A not-for-profit organisation, the Centre is dedicated to providing workshops, masterclasses, services and opportunities to emerging and established Tasmanian writers. Explore the centre’s program online, and learn about its other activities including programs for young writers, its intimate library space, and discounts and benefits for subscribers. The centre is proud to support Overland in the 2016 Subscriberthon.


2013 LogoThe NT Writers’ Centre has 350 members throughout the Northern Territory, ranging from hobby writers to published authors. Whatever your writing interests or experience, the NT Writers’ Centre can offer you advice and point you in the right direction. Their current goals are to maintain a diverse program of literary activities in the Northern Territory, while embarking on new initiatives to encourage and support the development of young writers (16-30 years), Indigenous writers, and writers from non English speaking backgrounds.


WideOpenRoadlogoWide Open Road has been roasting coffee out of their Brunswick headquarters since 2009. They consider Wide Open Road less of a company and more a collective of creatives, they seek to craft a product using all of their senses and with an eye toward aesthetics. It’s the human element of coffee that continues to drive them towards quality in all aspects of their business.


pilot pressPilot Press is a two-person (and long distance) gig. Based in both Melbourne and South Gippsland, Pilot was founded by Karen Bateman and Renee Beasley in June 2014. Renee and Karen wanted to create an essential resource, a creative companion, designed by writers for writers. Their aim is to support and encourage writers and to champion the craft of writing.


Writers Victoria supports and connects writers. We understand that writing can be an isolated pursuit and our programs are built around a clear need to create a community for writers. These include a range of courses, various publications and the provision of advice through our staff, magazine, weekly enews and website.


WAWA chocolatierWawa Chocolatier Driven by an obsessive passion for chocolate and a LOVE of local and ethical produce, Wawa Chocolatier combines the biggest of ideas in the smallest of kitchens to bring you the delectable Wawa range. They produce small batches of handmade chocolate bars using manual tempering techniques, locally grown and produced ingredients and the finest French couverture. The resulting flavour combinations are unique and sophisticated making them a wonderful chocolate experience to enjoy and share with others … or not share, as the case may be!


NSW-Writers-CentreThe NSW Writers’ Centre is a government-funded, not-for-profit organisation that exists to promote writing-based culture and the rights and interests of writers in NSW. The Centre provides a dynamic program of activities each year including writing workshops, courses for writers, publishing seminars, festivals for writers and writing competitions, as well as providing mentorship opportunities, manuscript assessments and providing support for writers and writing organisations in Sydney and across New South Wales.


PrintThe Padre Coffee family of cafes and retail stores are known throughout Melbourne (and as of early this year, Noosa!) for their commitment to not only serving great coffee but providing the means and the know-how to make it, too. With a seasonal menu of coffee beans sourced from the world’s best growers balanced by down-to-earth service as well as Melbourne’s best-curated range of brewing equipment, the Padre cafes are the only place to go for a coffee for now, beans for later and an education in brewing them, too.


Avid Reader is Brisbane’s best indie bookstore and cafe, always stocking books, literary journals gifts, CDs and DVDs you won’t find anywhere else! Their jam-packed events series is like a writers festival every week, so you’re always bound to bump into a writer.


Cinema NovaCinema Nova is Melbourne’s home of quality arthouse and contemporary film. With 16 screens showing the best in new release films and hosting regular special film events, Meet The Filmmaker Q&As and film festivals, Cinema Nova’s program offers a diverse and finely-curated experience.


Kobo is inspired by a ‘Read Freely’ philosophy and a passion for innovation, and is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services. Read Freely stems from Kobo’s belief that consumers should have the freedom to read any book, anytime, anyplace – and on any device. As a result, Kobo has attracted millions of readers from more than 170 countries and features one of the world’s largest eReading catalogues with over 2.5 million eBook, newspaper and magazine titles.


QWC-logoQueensland Writers Centre strives for more Australian writers to have sustainable careers, and to be read and enjoyed throughout the world. Their members are published authors, emerging writers, children’s authors and illustrators, journalists, editors, agents, publishers, poets, storytellers, playwrights, cultural producers, freelancers, teachers, academics and critics. We provide development and support to beginner writers through to established professionals in Australian writing and publishing.


Malthouse Theatre is a treasured building, a theatre company, a creative site and an engine for change. It is also the imaginative expression of a committed team of artmakers reaching out to an even larger number of local, national and international artists.


MTCMelbourne Theatre Company was founded in 1953 and is the oldest professional theatre company in Australia. It is a semi-autonomous department of the University of Melbourne. It is not only Victoria’s major theatre company and one of the major performing arts companies in Australia, but one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world.


Australian PoetryAustralian Poetry is a publisher and promoter of Australian poetry, with publications including Australian Poetry Journal and Australian Poetry Anthology. They present an extensive national festival program called Australian Poets Festival, and engage with poets of varying experience, in different stages of their career, running professional and creative development with partner literary organisations.


PrintFremantle Press is a proudly not-for-profit team of publishers, authors and artists who bring uniquely Australian stories to the world. Established in 1976, Fremantle Press is renowned for producing quality works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature. Our core purpose is to identify talented new and emerging Western Australian writers and artists, and to publish and distribute their work to the widest possible audience.


Express logoExpress Media is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to building the capacity of young people in writing and media. Express Media publishes and promotes the work of hundreds of young writers each year and provides opportunities, development and support to thousands more. Express Media’s flagship publication, Voiceworks, is Australia’s premier youth literary journal featuring poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics and visual art by people under 25.


Sun TheatreThe Sun Theatre originally opened in 1938 and was a single-screen, 1050-seat cinema – the most luxurious in the area. Today it has eight boutique cinemas, ranging in size from 200 seats down to 23 couches and variations in between!


Monsterthreads came about through a passion for illustration and graphics. They were captivated by the highly personal works of talented young illustrators adorning the walls of contemporary art galleries and in illustration journals, and wanted to make them a part of the every day lives of young people. Their lead products include t-shirts, bags, jewellery, greeting cards and melamine plates.


UWAP_logo-biggerUWA Publishing is a part of the University of Western Australia and publishes books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and natural history, as well as a scholarly series. UWA Publishing is situated within a community of scholars serious about knowledge and new ideas. It is a privilege to be part of this world of learning, a position that informs our approach to the world at large. UWA Publishing is a small but nimble team committed to providing our authors with a meaningful publishing experience, and our readers with books worth reading.


The School of Life-logoThe School of Life is a global organisation dedicated to developing emotional intelligence. We apply philosophy, psychology and culture to everyday life.

You can find their classes, films, books, games, and much more online and in their branches around the world.


Stacked-no-taglineDumbo Feather is a multi-platform publishing house with a mission to tell stories that inspire change. Based in Melbourne, we publish a print magazine, run a popular event series and have a growing online presence. Most of all, we are a community that come together around the big ideas of our time.


Pet Supplies DirectPet Supplies Direct is an independent pet store based in Harbourtown, on the Gold Coast, and also sells products online at Whitehouse Pet Supplies. Since 2002 they have rehomed over 4000 rescue animals, and continues to provide the best advice and service for your beloved pet with a small team of passionate staff.



RE_SHORTLogo_BLACKReadings is an independent retailer of books, music and film, with six shops operating in Melbourne at Carlton, Hawthorn, Malvern, St Kilda, the State Library of Victoria and at the Melbourne Brain Centre in Parkville. Their shops have long been at the centre of the local literary scene, both as meeting places and via our exciting calendar of events, which showcases a range of in-conversations, panels, author signings, special in-store performances and book launches throughout the year.


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Founded in 2012 by Trip and Jay Zanki, Puzzle Peace is a family run business, creating puzzles on the road out of an old Bedford bus called Margie. Aimed at supporting Australian artists, Puzzle Peace presents modern graffiti and street art in an innovative format, and injects new life into the good old puzzle.


Bonnier Publishing AustraliaBonnier Publishing Australia is the Australian division of Bonnier Publishing – the UK’s fastest growing major publisher. They publish fiction, nonfiction, photography, junior/middle/YA fiction, children’s picture books and licensed brands. Their imprints are Echo and Five Mile. They believe in the power of books to transform and enrich the lives of all.


TRANSIT LOUNGE logo(hr) copyTransit lounge is an independent press dedicated to the publication of exciting new fiction and non-fiction. They have a particular interest in creative literary publishing that explores the relationships between East and West, entertains and promotes insights into diverse cultures and encompasses diverse genres.



header-1The Giramondo Publishing Company was set up in December 1995 with the aim of publishing quality creative and interpretive writing by Australian authors. It seeks to encourage innovative and adventurous literary work that might not otherwise find publication because of its subtle commercial appeal; to stimulate exchange between Australian writers and readers and their counterparts overseas; and to build a common ground between the academy and the marketplace.


blog-default-smallMargaret River Press operates both in Margaret River and at the Centre for Stories in Perth, Western Australia. Its small team of staff, editorial members and ever growing interns, love the feeling that comes from publishing not in pursuit of profit, but in a sense of curiosity about people, places, and the stories they hold. Margaret River Press is a press that’s strongly committed to nurturing and supporting writers at all stages of their career. We publish high-end literary fiction, crime, the best short stories currently being written in Australia and beautifully designed leisure and lifestyle titles.


hachetteHachette Australia is a team of expert publishers and passionate readers dedicated to discovering and supporting talented writers and working with them to craft exceptional stories. They select the very best, whatever the genre – from high-quality commercial fiction to literary award-winners, children’s picture books and adventure stories to memoirs and history, lifestyle and sport. And then they pour 100 years of publishing excellence into every page, bringing them to readers in the formats that they love.


Wakefield press logoWakefield Press is a leading independent publishing company based in Adelaide, South Australia for more than 25 years. It a commercial publishing company that releases around 50 titles each year on a diverse range of topics including literary and popular fiction, history, biography, art, poetry, food, wine, the environment, education and true life (ordinary people in extraordinary situations).


CutCommonFounded in 2014, CutCommon is an independently run classical and new music magazine that exposes emerging talent across the Australian arts scene. The online publication is the number one source of information for young music makers and listeners. CutCommon also features a Digital Music Store for early- to mid-career composers to sell their works, an original line of recycled manuscript booklets made with eco-friendly paper and ink, and a subscriber service offering discounts and giveaways across the Australian arts scene.


LOCAL FOLKKensington’s Local Folk cafe is as friendly and local as you’ll get. The Epsom Road favourite is a hub for connoisseurs of great coffee and beautiful meals. Housed in an 1895 building, its verandah is an oasis for fans near and far.



PrintFor the last twenty years, the ACT Writers Centre has been developing writers and their work, focusing on craft and professional practice over a creative lifetime. As the leading organisation of writing-based culture in the ACT, the centre continues to build an innovative, vibrant and sustainable sector by providing opportunities for writers and developing beneficial collaborations. Exciting publishing opportunities, development courses and writing events are published weekly through our e-newsletter and website.


australian_book_review_logoAustralian Book Review (ABR) is one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines. Created in 1961, it publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and new creative writing. The magazine is national in readership, authorship, distribution, partners and influence. ABR’s diverse programs include three prestigious international prizes, writers’ fellowships each worth $7,500, special issues, national events, and paid editorial internships.


SA Writers Colour LogoSA Writers Centre is a not for profit organisation that aims to foster, develop and promote writers and writing. The Centre, which has over 1200 members, was the first of its kind in Australia and continues to act as a resource for people of all ages and experiences, assisting both new and established writers on every aspect of craft and publishing.


KoroembiKomorebi is a small Brisbane-based retailer specialising in unique handcrafted jewellery. Komorebi is a Japanese word describing sunlight filtering through trees. The beauty of nature and connection to the earth has inspired their collections, which feature stunning natural gemstones and pearls. Visit their website for bohemian headpieces and crystal necklaces aplenty.


TWC_MASTER_LOGO_H_RGB_horizontalThe Wheeler Centre is the centrepiece of the Victorian Government’s City of Literature initiative and Melbourne’s home for smart, passionate and entertaining public talks on every topic. The majority of events are free. Most events are filmed and made available on our website for your debate and discussion.


Virtuosi School of Music logoVirtuosi School of Music is a boutique music school offering superior instruction and performance opportunities for interested students of all ages, in the belief that everyone has the potential to participate in, enjoy, create, and develop a lasting love of music. Virtuosi’s faculty is rich in expertise and range – the prizewinner’s instructor, Ethan Frankel, is classically trained but draws his inspiration from a range of genres.


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Salted Caramel Sauce is the most addictive salted caramel sauce that you’re likely to encounter. It is stocked in Melbourne’s and Adelaide’s finest food stores. Find Salted Caramel Sauce on Instagram and Facebook.


MTCMelbourne Theatre Company was founded in 1953 and is the oldest professional theatre company in Australia. It is a semi-autonomous department of the University of Melbourne. It is not only Victoria’s major theatre company and one of the major performing arts companies in Australia, but one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world.