Thursday, December 3, 2009
While you`re all no doubt sweating profusely, shirts and dresses sticking to your backs in our summer heat, sitting impatiently waiting for some news, here I sit, cold as ice in Ireland, with the juice at my fingertips.
Today, or tomorrow, or even the day after that... I will be meeting up with the ladies of BabyBEEFheart, here in Dublin, to swap zines and have a look at what`s coming out on this side of the world. AND I`ve saved some room in my gigantic pack to bring them home for our relaunch party, set to happen early next year.
Maybe I`ll even stick up some pics for you all to salivate over. Further updates soon! If you know of any zines or have one youd like to contribute, as always, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
WHEN: 6pm, Thursday 19 November.
WHERE: Smith's Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga St, Canberra City.
I'm told there will be wine, cheese, music, and Susan Hampton. Oh Em Gee.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
hang a giant, gold guilded frame and watch ladies walk out of it
raise a checkerboard catwalk for aforementioned ladies to walk on
hang some fairy lights
price and tag some truly beautiful artwork
watch my old pal hubbo fall into a women's rack of clothing
(see i put in effort there.) check, recheck, fold, stack, lie down, prop up, arrange, rearrange and finally repack all the delightful zines we will have for tonight. yep, they're tucked up tight in boxes all numbered and waiting for you to get your hands onto them. so do just that, tonight at:
itrip iskip, Lonsdale Street, Braddon. 6pm onwards.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
"The National Library of Australia is calling all poets, hip-hop artists and outspoken wordsmiths to polish their rhymes and lyrics for the Australian Poetry Slam ‘09, an annual slam contest offering over $20 000 in cash and prizes. Speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing your original poem at the Australian Poetry Slam ‘09 ACT heats, an electric live event where the audience is judge!
The ACT winner and runner-up will take home $500 and $100 respectively and compete for the Australian Poetry Slam ’09 national title in Sydney on 3 December. The national winner will receive $5 000 and a gig at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali in 2010.
*Please be prepared to perform two poems in the event of a tied result.
Friday 6 November, 6 pm
Foyer National Library of Australia
Entrants must register by calling (02) 6262 1271.
For more information go to:www.australianpoetryslam.org"
Do it. We all want Canberra to win again, thanks.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Yesterday, while delightfully springlike, was possitively shit. Lately I've been receiving a lot of parcels (having five days of the flu and no parcels last week has been a bit of a downer) and with the Little Beats launch being next Friday, or as I like to think about it, really fucking soon, I've been more stressed than a high flying economist called Chuck working on Wall Street. So many zines to wait on, so little time, etc etc. These first world problems dragged my spring spirit to the gutter yesterday.
When I arrived to my local cafe last night and realised they had no tea I wanted (seriously what tea house is out of five varieties!?) I was so angry. God I was angry. I just wanted to push over a table and scream obscenities right then and there. And I would have, had Gemma not arrived in time. Thankfully she was prompt and laden with parcels. MORE Dilettantes; a delightfully packed parcel all the way from Dublin and the ladies of BabyBEEFheart and the Nicholas Chalmers pack...
It was incredibly well wrapped, almost too well wrapped, but thanks to this creative gent I spent the next hour of tea popping bubble wrap under the table while thoughtfully saying "yeah, of course... oh totally... I understand.. You can't sweat it Gem" and other phrases of deep meaning. Our poster also got some prime real estate at afore mentioned cafe, which is someone to smile about. (It's at Essen... infront of all the empty jars of tea.)
After passing on my internet pearls of procrastination wisdom to Gemma I got home only to find one giant box filling up my entryway, all the way from New York and stuffed full of Wooooo mags. They cost me a fair bit, let's say at least three gallery visits on a pending trip to Europe; and they have finally arrived. The highlight and initial reason for writing this rambling post is to say thanks Wooooo friends for not only packing it so nicely, but also for including one of your t-shirts. On my looming European cold-as-hell nights, I hope it will keep me warm. God know's Keifer's nut sack won't.
What will Little Beats give you for free? A nice paper bag for your purchases. Gemma might offer you a hug but I probably won't. Do I look like one of those putzes in the street wearing a sign saying "free hugs"? Don't answer that if you were going to say "yes". We'll also give you some of our free zines. Sure we'd like you to buy some, but if you don't we'll just remember you as stooges and point you out viciously on the street and push you off your bike; because we're those kind of people.
I recently received an email from Bernie, a teacher at CIT, telling me about an upcoming exhibition involving zines, art and creative writing. Students have made zines in response to work from creative writing students. In turn, the writing students have responded to paintings made by the art students.
The exhibition is on Wednesday Oct 28, 6pm, in L Block (near the side carpark) of Reid Campus CIT. All work will be on show, and students will be selling their zines to raise money for their end of year exhibition. All are welcome to come for celebratory drinks with the artists.
Sounds like a bit of fun!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
CALLING ALL CANBERRAN ZINESTERS:
You should stock your tidy little zines with us, thanks. We will put them on a nice table, in a nice place, all to ensure that only nice people may touch them.
Contact us at: email@example.com and we'll start talks.
Yes please, spread the word.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
1. We have a launch party and a wild old party to partake in. Little Beats is coming into the world as part of Grass Stains 2 at itrip iskip on Friday 30 October. Keep your eyes peeled for more deets.
2. I met with two lovely artists last week that are donating their time and talent to Little Beats:
George Edwards is a local lady, who if you don't know, you should try to. She draws magical animals, amongst other things and is seriously lovely. George is making the posters you'll be seeing around town real soon.
Ben Wright is from Melbourne and draws pictures that could make you jitter until the cows come home. As it happens I don't have any cows, but I jitter away nonetheless. Ben is illustrating our business cards (aren't we the young professionals!) and website images. When they're up, I hope you jitter along too.
3. The amazing letterbox at my new abode is so well designed that when it rains and hails like it did earlier in the week, your future zines are not damaged. Whoever designed it is a construction genius.
4. About 90% of the zines have arrived. I keep getting them out and spreading them around on my floor each night, a mechanism for harnessing my excitement.
5. To get you in on the hype, I've taken some pictures for you to have a look at...
This assortment comes from Sydney's tinypaperhearts and are all rather addictive. So far Newdel and Rose (middle, top row) takes my prize for favourite, but I need to give the others a read.
Of course we're not going to show you what's in the flaming red envelopes**, but I've had a sneak and can confirm Dollzine's excellence.
These zines hold a special place for Little Beats, as they were the first we ever received. Ex.a.sketch is a bunch of Adelaide's creatives who get together every now and then, scribble their hearts out for an evening and create this zine.
This novel sized number is one to really get excited about. All the way from NYC, comes Wooooo Mag (that's five o's). Learn all about Keifer Sutherland's testicular heroin addiction, everything that rhymes with Jerry Hsu, and put it down only when you're completely broken from laughing or crying. Both are totally acceptable.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Number one. Expect others.
Little Beats is Katy and Gemma. We live in Canberra. We collect zines. We know other people like us in Canberra who collect zines. We even know people who secretly make them. Let's bring this all together. Let's get everyone to be friends and make and swap and collect zines. Okay? Cool.
I'll write more when I'm more lucid. I think the bright fluorescent lights at work are numbing the brain. My brain, that is.