Sam 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, and his first full-length collection will be out through Scribe next year. See more of his work.
(Portrait by Ben Hutchings)
Nicky Minus is a cartoonist whose work has most recently appeared in The Lifted Brow, Overland and both editions of the American anthology Resist. She just returned from a two-week residency in Yogyakarta as part of the Comic Art Workshop, workshopping her new graphic novel about shame, power and spit.
Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, widely acclaimed nationally and around the world for their powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design. Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, Bangarra are currently in our 28th year but our dance technique is forged from over 65,000 years of culture, embodied with contemporary movement. The company’s dancers are professionally trained, dynamic artists who represent the pinnacle of Australian dance. Each has a proud Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, from various locations across the country.
The Melbourne Cinémathèque started out as the Melbourne University Film Society (MUFS) in 1948 and changed its name to Cinémathèque in 1984. The Melbourne Cinémathèque aims to present films in the medium they were created and as closely as possible to screen films the way they would have originally screened (i.e. big screen, celluloid prints, not video or DVD). Programs include a diverse selection of classic and contemporary films showcasing director retrospectives, special guest appearances and thematic series including archival material and new or restored prints.
Madman is a leading independent film and television distribution and rights management company, with offices in Australia, New Zealand and Berlin. Home to more than 100 employees across all divisions, including Madman Productions, theatrical sales, marketing, publicity, digital aggregation and agency distribution. Madman is renowned for its commitment to quality Australian films, international features and documentary content.
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is Australia’s largest and longest running film festival, started in 1952. Presenting a curated global program of innovative screen experiences and the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking, MIFF is an iconic cultural event that provides bold, entertaining and adventurous programming; a festival full of transformative experiences for audiences and filmmakers alike. Find out more about MIFF at miff.com.au.
Every August, Byron Writers Festival is held in beautiful Byron Bay (or ‘Byron’ as it is affectionately known) to celebrate the role that storytelling, ideas and debate take in shaping our culture. Acclaimed writers and thinkers mix happily with Festival patrons who come to enjoy the relaxed vibe, natural beauty, and important conversations and stories told at this unique beachside festival. Festival dates for 2018 are 3–5 August, with a full program announcement in June.
Frog Dog Studios is a dedicated pet photography studio that was born from a personal devotion. Belinda has been working with animals since 2001 and wouldn’t have it any other way! They photograph all pets, if they fit in the studio we will give it a go! The sessions are a fun-filled experience for both you and your best friend resulting in beautiful artwork that you can keep forever. With a long history of working with animals and Tony’s dedicated assistance Frog Dog Studio aims to bring out the spark in your best friend – be they an outgoing ball of energy or a reserved cutie – we capture what makes them who they are.
In 2008 James Reid decided he wanted to buy a bike – so he checked out several bike stores and discovered that you couldn’t find an affordable yet fashionable bike for under $1000.
From this moment, Reid Cycles was born. Reid Cycles still provides great quality and value for money – because we sell direct to public – there is no middle man. Reid Cycles sell online, or in-store and we are sure that there will be a bike with all the features that you would expect on a more expensive bike. Just as in 2009 each bike is still designed with that passion of getting a good deal for our customers. We are proud that we still deliver ‘Australia’s Best Value Bikes’.
Mountain Goat is a pioneer of Australia’s craft beer scene, with their first beer hitting pubs back in 1997. Twenty years on, Mountain Goat are still brewing beers unrestrained in flavour, technique and creativity. From their Steam Ale, one of Australia’s first organic beers, through to bold limited releases and complex barrel aged beers, there is a Mountain Goat beer for everyone.
Loving Earth is an ethically driven company that believes Food is Sacred. We make healthy indulgence accessible in a way that is good for the planet. Our vibe is bean-to-bar whole food chocolate from really raw cacao. And because you can’t eat chocolate all day, we’ve got grain and gluten free activated breakfast toppers and snacks, cacao and coconut products and a whole heap more. Our passion is real relationships with grower communities around the world.
We are a 360° brand. This means all of it matters. We don’t let anything slide. From the people who grow the crops, our planet friendly packaging, the chocolate making crew, the fact that it’s real food, and it’s delicious, the list goes on and on.
Miss Gertrude is an environmentally conscious, community-minded and creative hair salon in the heart of bustling Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Filled with light and greenery, the salon remains a relaxing oasis of care and attention. We are home to a family of stylists, impeccably trained to an international standard in cutting and colouring alike. We are committed to continually honing our skills and knowledge of new trends and products to bring you your best hair experience.
Bee sustainable provides specialty supplies & 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 resourceful people who value health and a deeper relationship with their food.
Transit lounge is an independent press dedicated to the publication of exciting new fiction and nonfiction. 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.
Affirm 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.
Black Inc. is an independent Australian publisher of quality nonfiction, fiction and poetry. 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. In 2007, 2009 and 2015 we were awarded Australian Small Publisher of the Year.
Scribe marked its 35th year as a homegrown, 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.
UWA Publishing is a part of the University of Western Australia and publishes books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and natural history, as well as a scholarly series. They are the publisher of the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award-winner, Extinctions by Josephine Wilson.
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.
Text Publishing is an independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary fiction and nonfiction. Text won the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publisher of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Text publishes books that make a difference to people’s lives. They believe that reading should be a marvellous experience, that every book you read should somehow change your life if only by a fraction. They love the phrase ‘lost in a book’ – that’s where they want their readers to be.
Pan Macmillan Australia publishes a wide range of bestselling, award-winning and high quality titles, under the imprints Macmillan, Pan, Picador, Plum, Momentum and Macquarie Dictionary Publishers. We are committed to investing in Australian authors and stories, and our local publishing programme covers a broad range of commercial and literary fiction, children’s and YA fiction, autobiography and biography, history, true crime, military history, biographies, sport, cooking and lifestyle.
The Paperback Bookshop is an independent, general bookshop that was established in the early 1960s at the top of Bourke street and was then one of the few Melbourne bookshops to sell a good selection of Australian and imported books, particularly paperback editions of books not commonly available in Melbourne. Their charter has broadened since then and The Paperback does sell hardbacks now but still specialises in having a good selection of local and overseas books of interest to a broad but discerning audience.
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.
Gleebooks is Sydney’s leading independent bookseller. They have been in business for over 40 years, and online since 1996. They have branches in Glebe, Dulwich Hill and Blackheath, and a foyer stall at Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay.
Established 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.
For nearly two decades, Better Read Than Dead bookshop has thrived in the heart of Newtown’s King Street, which houses a vibrant community and offers one of the most eclectic shopping experiences in Sydney. Our shop is a literary landmark that nourishes the neighbourhood’s intellectual dynamics with a specially curated collection of books and regular author and community events.
Readings 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.
The Saturday Paper is a quality weekly newspaper, dedicated to long-form journalism. It offers the biggest names and best writing in news, culture and analysis, with a particular focus on Australia. Like its sister publications, The Monthly and Quarterly Essay, it is a place for good writing and big ideas, for news with substance, depth, insight and intelligence.
All subscriptions to The Saturday Paper come with complete digital access, including the website as well as iPhone, iPad and Android apps.
TLB is a not-for-profit literary publishing organisation based in Melbourne. Its focus is on finding, publishing and championing work from the artistic and/or demographic margins, from both Australia as well as the rest of the world. TLB has been around since 2007, and produces the quarterly print literary magazine The Lifted Brow, publishes books under its new imprint Brow Books, runs a dynamic website with brand new work on it every day or so, stages many events of all shapes and sizes, oversees writing prizes and competitions, and does a whole bunch of other stuff.
Crikey’s aim is simple: to bring its readers the inside word on what’s really going on in politics, government, media, business, the arts, sport & other aspects of public life in Australia. Crikey reveals how the powerful operate behind the scenes, and tackles the stories insiders are talking about but other media won’t cover.
Australian 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.
Southerly 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.
Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 and producing sensational, sold-out live events.
Westerly 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 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.
Voiceworks is a national quarterly journal that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians. It is a unique opportunity for people under twenty-five to publish their fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics. Each selected piece goes through a collaborative editing process, and individualised feedback is provided for all unsuccessful submissions.
The magazine is put together by the editor, together with a group of interns and a volunteer editorial committee (EdComm), all of whom are also under twenty-five.
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.
Books+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.
Dumbo Feather is a multi-platform publishing house with a mission to tell stories that inspire change. Based in Melbourne, they publish a print magazine, run a popular podcast series and have a growing online presence. Most of all, they are a community that come together around the big ideas of our time.
Gargouille is a printed, bi-annual literary journal of short stories, poetry, scripts, aesthetic essays, lost and found words. It was founded in 2014 by Sarah Wreford and Adriane Howell.
Kill 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.
Island is one of Australia’s leading literary magazines, a print-only quarterly of ideas, writing and culture. Based in Hobart, Tasmania, Island has been evolving within Australia’s media ecology for the past 38 years. It began life as The Tasmanian Review in 1979, but after only five issues it changed its name to Island Magazine, reflecting its national scope — because Australia is an island, too, you know? Island Magazine Inc. is a nonprofit arts organisation with a volunteer board.
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.
Since 1979, community broadcaster PBS 106.7FM has been an integral player in Melbourne’s diverse music community – with more than 80 specialist music programs ranging from soul to garage to country to jazz – PBS is dedicated to nurturing, inspiring and championing Melbourne’s diverse music community. You can also find them on digital radio, web-streaming, PBS-on-demand and at events around town like Soul A-Go-Go, Rock-A-Bye-Baby music sessions and many others …
Triple R (102.7 FM) 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.
Melbourne’s premiere metropolitan cinema, located at Collins Place in the city’s CBD. The Kino features seven screens, with a superb selection of local and international feature films, documentaries and mainstream films. Kino offers a stylish café and bar area, ideal for film festivals and special events. The cinema is open from 10am – 10pm, 7 days a week.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
For 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 their e-newsletter and website: actwriters.org.au.
SA 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.
Queensland 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.
The 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.
Wide 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 was founded by Karen Bateman and Renee Beasley in 2014. Created as a multi-functional writing tool, a heady mix of practicality, inspiration and good cheer, Pilot helps you get the writing done.
Padre Coffee was born in Brunswick East back in late 2007/early 2008. They started small, roasting, brewing and selling all of their coffee under the one roof in the heart of the community; making friends, having fun and learning as they went. Their Victorian HQ and roastery is still in Brunswick East, and a lot of their first customers are as well – in fact, they’re proud to say that it’s thanks to the support of loyal, coffee-loving locals that they’ve grown up to be the company they are today. They’ve now grown to include two beautiful stores in Melbourne as well as a stunning roasters-cafe sunny in Noosa. At the same time though, not much has changed. Padre is still a small, owner-run business that prides itself on exceptional products and outstanding service. They love making coffee.
Noisy Ritual is Melbourne’s first People-Powered Urban Winery, located at 249 Lygon Street Brunswick East. They’re out to demystify the winemaking process by bringing good people together over great wine, food and music to learn about, taste and create wine in an urban environment. They think making and drinking wine should be a celebration: relaxed, loud, inclusive and fun. It’s all about learning through doing – getting your hands (and feet) dirty in the name of making delicious premium wine.
Cinema 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.
Melbourne 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.
The 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.
La Mama Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre in Carlton, Melbourne. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, La Mama has been nationally and internationally acknowledged as a crucible for cutting edge, contemporary theatre since 1967.