Thanks to Jason Steger (from The Age), and all you independent tweeters below, for helping us pay homage to our founder: Ron Pretty. He is very excited to personally read all of your entries, so get writing. 30 lines, 30 November: that’s the goal, put it on the wall.
A Harvard University study taken between 1973-1999 revealed that September 16 is the most popular birthday date. Is your friend a Christmas miracle? Look no further than our annual subscription. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, literally!
Five Islands Press are Brunswick-bound for the launch of local poet Susan Bradley Smith’s ‘Beds for all who come’. I have embedded the invitation for all who wish to come… and after the execution of that pun, I hope you feel obliged.
Click here to read Cassandra Atherton’s recent review of this year’s release.
“Tracing territory familiar from several previous collections, this anti-pastoral of the Western Australian ‘Wheatbelt’ (‘Tens of thousands of acres of GM canola / […] / feeding frenzy’) now substantially relies/builds on his readers’ fore-knowledge.”
You can read the entire review via this link: http://www.wolfmagazine.co.uk/images/Helen-Moore-on-John-Kinsellas-Vision-of-Error.pdf
In case you have been living under a rock with your fingers in your ears, Lisa Jacobson’s Sunlit Zone took out the 2014 John Bray Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s, the Stella Prize, and the Wesley Michel Wright Prize.
Early this year, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age featured Lisa in some articles:
Read here: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/books/blood-and-bone-20140117-30yob.html
Read here: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/words-at-the-heart-of-it-all-20140117-30yoc.html
Lucky you… Two poetry prizes have been announced this week, which makes 2014 a particularly good time to be a poet.
1. The 2014 ACU Literature Prize is officially open, and this year’s category is poetry.
More information is available here. Entries close July 7.
2. Five Islands Press’ inaugural Ron Pretty Poetry Prize is officially open.
More information is available here. Entries close November 30.
If you missed the launch of The Vision of Error late last year, Kris Hemensley’s beautifully reflective and incisive launch speech can be found here.
Read the full review here.
So here’s a link to Cordite’s review of Double Glaze: http://cordite.org.au/reviews/pont-brock/
Lisa Jacobson’s ‘The Sunlit Zone’ is once again featured in the running. You can view the shortlist here: http://arts.sa.gov.au/news/2014-adelaide-festival-awards-for-literature-shortlist-announced/
takes place this Wednesday at the Visual Cultures Resource Centre (3rd Floor, John Medley Building), from 6pm.
… we were sold out of copies of Double Glaze upon leaving the SA Writer’s Centre on Friday. Thanks to Royce Kurmelovs for sending across photos of the launch, you can view them via this link (and if you haven’t liked our Facebook page yet, please Like!):
… will take place this Friday. Coincidentally, our submissions open on November 1 as well, so this is a great chance to come along and meet 5 Islands Press. One of our managing co-editors will be attending in case you have any questions regarding submissions.
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/401635503297591
… will take place at Collected Works on Thursday October 17th, from 6pm.
“In each verse novel, the unique relationship of poetic and narrative elements leads to a dynamic duality of design. Lisa Jacobson’s verse novel, The Sunlit Zone, illustrates how productive this interplay of narrative and poetic elements can be…”
Follow this link to read on: http://mascarareview.com/linda-weste-reviews-the-sunlit-zone-by-lisa-jacobson
The Sunlit Zone has been shortlisted for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Thanks to the judges and to Julia Gillard and the Australian Government for this wonderful recognition (http://arts.gov.au/shortlists).
Our managing co-editor Kevin Brophy headed along to support Lisa Jacobson. ‘The Sunlit Zone’ did not take out the main prize, but congratulations to the gracious winner Carrie Tiffany who selflessly shared some prize-money with the shortlist. Thanks also to the organizers of the Stella Prize, especially Megan Quinlan, for running such a tight ship.
CLICK HERE to read a Q&A that The Stella Prize conducted with Lisa, it gives you exclusive insight into her “writing place”.
Five Islands Press are proud to announce that is available in both hardcopy ($29.95 + $5 shipping)
and as an e-book ($11.29).
and to celebrate we have uploaded an online excerpt of The Sunlit Zone. Remember, it is available as an eBook if you wish to keep reading.
Judge’s comments can be read here: http://thestellaprize.com.au/2013/shortlist
You can view the long-list here and for those of you who haven’t read The Sunlit Zone yet, this introspective Cordite review by Jessica Wilkinson may be of interest to you.
Chair of the Stella Prize judging panel, Kerryn Goldsworthy, says:
Out of the almost 200 original entries, the judges have arrived at a varied and eclectic longlist that reflects the breadth of imagination, knowledge and skill in contemporary Australian women’s writing. The list includes a collection of short stories, a fantasy novel, a speculative-fiction verse novel, and three non-fiction books with very different subjects and styles. There are mixed-genre books involving biography, history, memoir and art; there are novels about real people, and nonfiction books using the beautiful writing techniques of fiction. There are stories from the past and from the future; stories of children at risk, of racial tension, of world travel, and of unimaginable danger and loss.
The judges will now decide on a shortlist that will be announced on Wednesday 20 March.
… will take place at Brunswick Street Bookstore on Monday the 17th of December, from 6pm.
Click here to read the review (15/10/12).
by Liam Davidson – published in the weekend Australian on the 22nd of September 2012.
Click here to read the review
Congratulations to Lisa Jacobson, The Sunlit Zone has been short-listed for the prestigious Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry 2012.
Michelle Cahill has also been short-listed for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, please vote for Vishvarupa in the Poetry category.
You can vote here: http://wheelercentre.com/projects/victorian-premier-s-literary-awards-2012
Here is Michelle pictured several times with Premier Ted Baillieu -
It was announced last Thursday at the Melbourne Writers Festival that The Brokenness Sonnets I-III & Other Poems had been awarded The Age poetry prize.
The book of the year was awarded to James Boyce.
Here is Mal featured in The Age on Friday - http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/books/days-of-plunder-tale-of-our-city-wins-age-book-prize-20120823-24ozx.html
Mal has also been mentioned by one of our favourite bloggers LiteraryMinded -
… will take place at Wellers Resturant in Kangaroo Ground on Sunday, from 3pm.
… will take place at Readings Bookstore Carlton next Thursday, from 6:30pm.
We are yet to formally congratulate Claire Potter for taking home the Tom Collins Poetry Prize. You can read the winning poem ‘Three Steps Outside The Tab’ via this link: http://fawwa.org.au/?p=1039
… the launch will be taking place in the late afternoon of April 1 at the Ben Ledi Room, Glebe Library.
… will be taking place at Collected Works Bookshop on the 15th of February.
… will be taking place on December 9th at the Wheeler Centre.
whose verse novel, The Sunlit Zone, will be published by Five Islands Press in 2012, has just been awarded the Bruce Dawe National Poetry prize.
Mal McKimmie’s book – The Brokenness Sonnets I-III is now available and will be launched in November 2011
In the month of November Five Island Press welcomes submissions of new collections from Australian poets. Please check our submissions guidelines for details.