Excerpts from VI #26 ‘Encounters’

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The VI team of 2014 recently held their official launch night at Bella Union. Some of the fantastic, engaging writers chosen to feature in this year’s anthology read their pieces from VI #26 ‘Encounters’, those of whom included Oliver Mol and Will Cox. The night was a real success and the team are extremely grateful to all who attended and purchased a book!

Oliver Mol is the managing editor of The Adventure Handbook. His debut book Lion Attack! will be out through Scribe Publications early 2015.

Will Cox writes fiction of the absurd and nonfiction of the mundane in places like The Lifted Brow, Broadsheet, The Big Issue, Verge and Catalyst. He’s also edited for Penguin Books and Visible Ink, and does a bit of everything at precocious publishing start-up Casuals Network Press.

~ Here an some excerpts from Oliver and Will’s memorable pieces. ~  

Heh, Heh! by Oliver Mol 

I followed lots of signs with arrows that kept promising Gate 81. I thought: Gate 81. That’s me. I didn’t have to walk much though, because of all the travelators. I liked walking on the travelators because I felt improved. But I had to stop behind a heavy couple because they were blocking the path. This guy kept dabbing his face with his shirt and saying, ‘God, it’s hot.’ Kept saying, ‘It’s hot, right?’ The lady said yeah, no, I don’t know.’ He was holding a Coke and he looked at the Coke and said, ‘Look, even the Coke’s sweating.’ The lady snatched the Coke and said, ‘The Coke’s cold, dumbass.’ When we got off the travelator I tried to go around them but I tripped on my shoelace and fell a little. I knelt down and tied my shoelace. When I looked up the heavy couple were already on the next travelator. I decided not to take the travelator, because the travelator seemed stupid and so did the people on it.

At my gate there was a sign that said my flight had been delayed. I sat for a while on this bench listening to airport noises. Watching planes take off and land. Next to me these two girls were sort of yelling at each other about who had the better headphones. One of the girl’s kept saying, ‘Naa girl, naa.’ The ‘Naa girl, naa’ bit kept reminding me of this one song that maybe goes ‘Na na na naaa, Na na na naaa, Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbyeeeeee’ so I hummed that tune to myself for a while. Hummed it pretty good. Yeah. Pretty loud. Sort of wanted to hum it to everyone.
Heh, heh.

And if you want you can try it right now.

It’s pretty hard to think about anything else when you’re doing it.

Quicksand by Will Cox

I thought instead about telling him the thing about how I’d been staring out the window in a tutorial and seen a bird collide with an empty plastic bag and tumble from the sky, and how that’s what it was like watching him live his life every day, but I didn’t because it sounded absurd even before it left my mouth.

That was when the screech of the tyres jolted me out of my internal monologue. We were coming round one of the sharper of the hairpin corners when the Camry’s tyres lost traction and the car slid straight across the ice. I pressed my feet hard against the floor of the car and gripped the dashboard tight with both hands, like I was trying to hold it all in place. It was over in a second. The Camry shuddered to a halt with a short, grinding crunch.

‘Shit shit fuck!’ Tom shouted as he punched the steering wheel, the horn comically censoring his language.

For the longest time we just sat there, me with my hands over my eyes. After a moment I craned my neck and saw that we’d slid into a tree just off the road. Beyond the tree was a steep incline. The back driver’s side window was cracked, and there was a thin line of water trickling in. I pulled my hood up, unclicked my seatbelt and sat there, planning the moments ahead, before opening the door. 
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Excerpts taken from the current edition of Visible Ink ‘VI #26, 2014 ‘Encounters’

If you couldn’t make it to the launch, don’t stress! You can buy ‘Encounters’ from our Buy Page and select bookstores in the near future! 

http://visibleinkanthology.com/buyit/

An update on paying our contributors

We’re very, very stoked to let you all know that we raised around $3000 to pay our contributors this year — the first time VI has been able to do this, ever!

visible ink 26: ENCOUNTERS
A big thank you to everyone who came to our fundraiser, who donated to our Pozible campaign, and who bought a copy (or eight!) of ‘Encounters’ last Friday night — we couldn’t have managed this without you.

If you couldn’t make it to the launch, don’t sweat! You can buy ‘Encounters’ from our Buy Page! Technology!

visible ink #26: “Encounters”… Out now!

Front cover of Visible Ink Anthology number 26.

visible ink‘s 26th annual anthology, Encounters, is now on sale!

This year, we hitch a ride across Texas with a trucker named Billy Bob; share an apartment with a passive-aggressive ghost; wrestle with Vladimir Putin; and fight-off a giant millipede-gator creature in 1950s NYC. We deal with love and loss, and loss of love. We find our ourselves in Japan; we lose ourselves in LAX; and we try to make sense of our “encounters” – on a fishing trip, with autism, and by smoking lots of weed.

The book was typeset by the indomitable Rosetta Mills, who went above and beyond to make Encounters look as glorious as the writing and visual art inside (we’re not biased, promise).

This year’s anthology presents some of Australia’s most talented emerging writers, poets and visual artists.

Buy your copy of Encounters now.

Back cover of Visible Ink's 26th annual anthology: a list of the contributors.
Contributors
(Creative Writing)
Sophie Overett, Stephanie Barham, Oliver Mol, Hannah Forest, Tim Byrne, William Stanforth, Rihana Ries, Will CoxTom McLean, Cassandra L, Mia Wotherspoon, Kate Robin-White, Savannah Monaghan, Nick Couldwell, Melanie Cheng,  Renée Malcolm, Allee Christina, Joshua Arandt Mary Stone, John Lowe, Atheer Al-Khalfa, Rachel Brien, Marilyn Humbert, Cathryn Perazzo, Aaron Hawke.

(Visual Art)
Paul Heppell, Jo Lane, James L Marshall, Sam Songailo, Paul C Cumming, Charles Bickford, Hannah Caprice, Mitchell Welch, Steph Woods.

Check out the reader lineup for the LAUNCH!

Photograph of the first and second Visible Ink anthologies.

Here’s how it all began… ‘Visible Inc’ #1 (left) and Visible Ink #2. Come to the launch and see Visible Ink #26.

Visible Ink has come a long way since its beginning as a black-and-white publication on A4 paper. This Friday, we’re launching the twenty-sixth annual anthology, Encounters… in colour, professionally typeset and printed, and publishing the work of paid contributors.

WhereBella Union, 54 Victoria St, Carlton, Vic, 3053
When — Friday 7 November 2014. Doors open 6.30pm for 6.45pm start
Entry— $5… or $15 for entry plus the anthology!
Sign up to the Facebook event!

Here are the talented contributors who’ll be reading on the night:

Oliver Mol is the managing editor of The Adventure Handbook. His debut book Lion Attack! will be out through Scribe Publications early 2015.

Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner based in Melbourne. In 2010 she was runner-up in the VWC Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers’ Competition. Her fiction has appeared in The Griffith Review, The Victorian Writer, Peril and The Medical Journal of Australia.

Cassandra L is a budding (screen) writer from Melbourne. Her interests include bioethics, history and monsters. She is an emerging writer and a current student of Screenwriting at RMIT, with three short stories published to date.

Nick Couldwell is a twenty-four-year old writer from Byron Bay. He studies Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT and is currently writing a novel. Nick’s stories have been published in Writing To The Edge and placed third in the 2013 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards.

Will Cox writes fiction of the absurd and nonfiction of the mundane in places like The Lifted Brow, Broadsheet, The Big Issue, Verge and Catalyst. He’s also edited for Penguin Books and Visible Ink, and does a bit of everything at precocious publishing start-up Casuals Network Press.

Tom McLean is a comedian and writer based in Melbourne. He has a lot of out-there ideas that he doesn’t actually believe, but he likes to pretend he does.

Special guest MC: ROBBIE COLEMAN Former Editorial Director of The Thousands. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Le Monde, The Age and Island. “There’s something a little off about this guy – he’s not your usual journo.” ~ Bret Easton Ellis

Visible Ink is ready to LAUNCH… Friday 7 November @7pm

An illiustration of an anthropomorphic hippo, rowing a little boy down a river.

The Crossing, by Paul Heppell… One of the fantastic images in Visible Ink 26: ‘Encounters’.

VISIBLE INK is launching its 26th annual anthology, Encounters, showcasing talented emerging writers and artists from across Australia.

WhereBella Union, 54 Victoria St, Carlton, Vic, 3053
When — Friday 7 November 2014. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start
Entry— $5… or $15 for entry plus the anthology!
Sign up to the Facebook event!

There’ll be readings by authors, guest DJs and drinks. And you can buy discounted copies of the anthology.

Here’s the list of our amazing contributors:

Fiction
Sophie Overett, Stephanie Barham, Oliver Mol, Hannah Forest, Tim Byrne, William Stanforth, Rihana Ries, Will CoxTom McLean, Cassandra L, Nick Couldwell, Melanie Cheng,  Renée Malcolm, Allee Christina.

Nonfiction
Joshua Arandt

Poetry
Mia Wotherspoon, Kate Robin-White, Savannah Monaghan, Mary Stone, John Lowe, Atheer Al-Khalfa, Rachel Brien, Marilyn Humbert.

Flash Fiction
Cathryn Perazzo, Aaron Hawke.

Visual Artists
Paul Heppell, Jo Lane, James L Marshall, Sam Songailo, Paul C Cumming, Charles Bickford, Hannah Caprice, Mitchell Welch, Steph Woods.

See you at the launch!
Visible Ink 2014

Visible Ink is launching ‘Encounters’

VISIBLE INK 26 LAUNCH PARTY POSTER - Launch Party VIS INK 26-November 7th 2014-BLUE

The VI team of 2014 would like to announce our Launch Party is less than three weeks away! The launch of Visible Ink 26; ‘Encounters’ will be held on Friday, November 7 at 7:00pm at Bella Union.

Come along and share in the excitement and anticipation we feel of finally being able to present to you the anthology we’ve worked on for many hours throughout the year.  $15 gets you entry and the book.

Want to come along but not purchase a book? Sure! $5 gets you entry.

REASONS TO COME TO THE LAUNCH OF THE 26TH VISIBLE INK:

☁︎COS YOU LIKE PARTIES. SPECIFICALLY: LAUNCH PARTIES; MORE SPECIFICALLY: LAUNCH PARTIES OF BOOKS

☁︎COS WE MADE A BOOK

☁︎COS IT’S CALLED ENCOUNTERS

☁︎COS THERE’LL BE DANCING

☁︎COS THERE’LL BE READINGS

☁︎COS MAYBE YOU’LL HAVE AN ENCOUNTER OF YOUR OWN ( ͡° ͜ ʖ ͡°)

THINGS TO KNOW:

☁︎$15 gets you entry and a book ($5 gets you in but no book)

☁︎Starts 7pm at Bella Union on Friday 7th November

More information to come regarding the fantastic, hand-picked writers and artistic contributors of VI 26.

Supported by RMIT Link Arts & Culture.

Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1555568337991523/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming 

‘Going Down Swinging’ launches Pozible campaign to stay alive

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After 35 years of publishing, Going Down Swinging needs your help!

Since 1980 GDS have published 1054 writers and artists across 33 print anthologies, 2 digital editions, 19 audio albums and the new GDS Online, and put on countless live shows featuring hundreds of performers.

GDS give in-depth professional development to both emerging writers and interns across Australia, and set up satellite programs such as live shows and online publishing. It’s all built around the Going Down Swinging print production.

‘We’ve always got by without much cash, but a stack of our 2012 issue was damaged in transit, which also hurt sales in 2013. At the same time government budget cuts arrived, and a year ago we lost our core funding. We’ve long aimed for financial independence, now we need to speed that up. We don’t need bail-outs, just support for what we already make’ the publication said on its Pozible page.

GDS created the Pozible campaign with the hope of raising a base target of $10,000 and have raised slightly above that in just under three days. With 30 days of the campaign to go, 119 contributors have shown just how much they can’t bear to see GDS fold.

GDS plan to use any funds raised for printing first and foremost. They plan to budget $8000, with designers costing $1000, a fraction of the usual cost. The rest of the Pozible funds raised will go towards a year’s office supplies, postage, managing submissions, freight, internet, hosting, marketing, insurance and such guff will top $4000.

GDS say their $10,000 target was a minimum to make sure Pozible gave up the funds. Their goal, however, is now $13,000 to cover the new issue and beyond, stabilising the literary journal’s future.

‘Paying for [the 2015] edition in advance means that every copy sold beyond the target is money in the clear. It also means we’ll keep the last of our reserves, so when it comes to the following issue we’ll be far better placed to produce it. This campaign gives us stability. It’ll also buy our staff time to keep working on other income streams, something we’re always doing, as raising funds is an ongoing issue. ‘

Every pledge gets a ‘digital extra’ – choose one GDS digital edition (GDS 31 or GDS 34), or one GDS One Night Wonders live album.

Learn more and donate to the ‘Going Down Swinging survival drive’ here http://www.pozible.com/project/185831

Pozible logo:  http://www.goldcoastlitscene.com/self-hosted-crowdfunding/