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State Library of Qld’s artists’ book collection
Scott L. McCarney Memory loss 1988 Call No. ALAAB MACC

The largest public collection of artists’ books in Australia is held at the State Library of Queensland, as part of the Australian Library of Art. The collection consists of around 1500 works featuring both Australian and overseas artists. The Library positions the collection as ‘artworks that use the form or the concept of the book’, with the […]

Spotlight on books for kids
Spotlight on books for kids

Spending some time in the children’s book section of a library or bookshop, is a good method of sizing up what is happening in the arena of kids publishing. While finding something without glitter on the front cover may require a little digging… thankfully there are lots of interesting combinations of writers, artists and designers […]

Connecting with ProximityWA
Connecting with ProximityWA

Geography is no longer a barrier with writingWA‘s new resource ProximityWA creating connective possibilities between literary activity across the large state of Western Australia. The resource provides information on writers festivals and events taking place in regional centres around the state, allowing one to easily access information about what might be taking place close to you […]

Objectifying book art
Objectifying book art

BookArtObject is a great ongoing project by an informal collective of artists working with book arts. Administered from Australia, it includes artists spanning the world, using the blog as a hub for their activities. Artists work in the medium of artists’ books and come together occasionally to make small editions of work in response to […]

Indie publishing West-side
Indie publishing West-side

The independent publishing sector in Western Australia continues to swell with a swathe of activity from small publishers – from micro to rather big. We thought it might be a good time to recap on some of our colleagues. The Perth Zine Collective is a rich incubator and representative of hand-made publications, providing a a […]

Weaving stories
Janine McAullay Bott 'A Trip to the Country', palm fronds and curtain rods. Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Artija Fin

Perth artist Janine McAullay Bott works with weaving – creating objects and  figures from palm fronds, grasses, reeds and other natural and man-made materials. Drawing directly from her Noongar heritage the works reference the methodologies and stories of her ancestors. Weaving is part of my Noongar heritage – my great grandmother would make brooms to […]

A Simple Rain launched
A Simple Rain Booklaunch

While the weather raged outside, inside the enticing book-lined walls of Crow Books, our latest book, A Simple Rain, was launched last Monday. Award-winning Western Australian poet Kevin Gillam launched the book, describing his process of re-visiting the book recently, as one that opened up new ways of reading this particular combination of art and […]

A Simple Rain launch
A Simple Rain launch

Please join us on Monday 6th August 7pm at Crow Books 
900 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park, Western Australia for the launch of A Simple Rain. The book will be launched by award-winning Western Australian poet Kevin Gillam. RSVP/for more information contact teapot@lethologicapress.org Download the A Simple Rain flyer.  

Landscaped
Landscaped

Our book birdlife has been reviewed in the latest edition of Landscapes, the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, at Edith Cowan University. The edition features articles by Jorge Goldfarb and Adam Newcomb and poetry by Andrew Burke, Liana Joy Christensen, Marten Clibbens, Mark Dickinson, Niall Lucy, Edric Mesmer, Glen Phillips, Rose […]

From Alberta to Westerly…
From Alberta to Westerly…

We are very excited that the cover of the current edition of Westerly Magazine features artwork by Lethologica Press’ Perdita Phillips. The photograph is taken from the same series that is featured in our latest book, A Simple Rain. It exists as a close-up of red rock jutting through icy vegetation found on the Athabasca […]

We like: A traverse about the commons…
We like: A traverse about the commons…

Lethologica Press are rather pleased to have discovered The Triumph of the Commons: 55 Thesis on the Future – a collaborative text and art book by fifty-five artists. Presented as an online book, short pieces – described as ‘theses’ – by New York writer Leland Maschmeyer present various futuristic concepts, that have been responded to […]

James Kerr: Journey and Monofreo
James Kerr: Journey and Monofreo

James Kerr contributed two books to the Western Australian Photobook Survey. In 2008 James Kerr travelled to Thailand and the UK to re-connect with his origins. Primarily a journey to visit the town of his birth in Yorkshire, which he had not seen since leaving as a very young child, his visit took him to […]

Contradiction Press and Sean Morris: Is this bioart?
Contradiction Press and Sean Morris: Is this bioart?

Contradiction Press‘ Is this bioart? Dedicated to junk dna and scholarship features the distinctive illustrations of Sean Morris combined with the acerbically jolly wit of the anonymous artlover: The quest of the art student/art historian/curator/art theorist/artist trying to define a genre of art which has over recent years become ubiquitous within academia and sections of […]

An afternoon of words and art
An afternoon of words and art

The conversation was flowing within the airy rooms of Perth Centre for Photography, during our Artist’s Talk afternoon on Saturday 3 March. We chatted about the experiences and lessons learned, from collaboratively making books for the Art/Text/Clearinghouse Project and the Western Australian Photographic Book Survey. A number of poets read from their books – Liana […]

Eva Fernández: (terra) australis incognita
Eva Fernández: (terra) australis incognita

(terra) australis incognita is a catalogue for a recent exhibition with the same title by Eva Fernández shown at the Fremantle Art Centre in 2011. The catalogue includes essays by Andrew Nicholls, artist, writer and curator based in Perth as well as Bec Dean, curator, writer and Associate Director of Performance Space, Sydney. Emphasising the […]

Vivienne Glance and Perdita Phillips: A simple rain
Vivienne Glance and Perdita Phillips: A simple rain

  Photography with an eye for symbolism and hint of narrative, prose filled with visual acuity and flurries and flakes of inventiveness. There is a tangible synergy here between text and image, giving rise to “dissolved aspirations”, depth…past mourning” and the “notes of ages”. ‘A simple rain’ is a book to linger over, a book […]

Rupture by Scott-Patrick Mitchell and Eleanor Leonne Bennett
Rupture by Scott-Patrick Mitchell and Eleanor Leonne Bennett

we have achieved time travel. we have created a wormhole that is both temporal & spatial. we have found a rupture in the world… & through it we speak to each other. Meet Eleanor Leonne Bennett & her imaginary friend Scott-Patrick Mitchell. Or are we meeting SPM and his new imaginary friend, Kitten? Or have […]

Grammatical Instances by the mitchell bros.
Grammatical Instances by the mitchell bros.

the mitchell bros. was a collaboration between poet Scott-Patrick Mitchell and artist/photographer Eric James Mitchell. Collaboration redefines the social space. Each artistic language articulates the moment with its own dialect. A grapholexia of creative comprehension is formed, the symbol and glyph combined in new expression. This dialogue forms its own grammar, syntax and morphology. Image […]

Denise Brown and Gail Robinson: Cemented by Shadows
Denise Brown and Gail Robinson: Cemented by Shadows

The handmade limited edition book Cemented by Shadows is the first collaboration between visual artist Denise Brown and text artist Gail Robinson. Denise’s vibrant drawings were inspired by memories of her upbringing in rural Cornwall. Consistent with her art practice she has used personal experience to translate the emotional content of everyday life and contemporary […]

Tim Burns: Bun – Bury ‘One in a Series of Beatings’
Tim Burns: Bun – Bury ‘One in a Series of Beatings’

The inimitable Tim Burns is a multi media film video print performance artist who has been producing a diverse range of works since the 1970s. He has published a pedestrian series of postcards (winner of the 1978 The American institute of Graphic Arts, Artists book award) and the performance transcript Not ceasing to loiter (Flinders University, […]

Annette Nykiel: May I tell a story?
Annette Nykiel: May I tell a story?

Annette Nykiel has produced the limited edition book May I tell a story? Nykiel works in photography and textiles. Based in the eastern goldfields, she explores changes in relationship to country, identity, place and belonging that occur when one’s ways of seeing and knowing are strongly influenced by another culture/s. Currently she is investigating possibilities […]

Layli Rakhsha: Behind The Waters
Layli Rakhsha: Behind The Waters

Layli Rakhsha works with photography, painting and printmaking centred on the landscape. The photographs in Behind The Waters are related to her experience of using digital camera and the idea of reflection. The photographs were taken during her residency at the Vancouver Art Centre in Albany, South of Western Australia in 2009. The work explores […]

Nandi Chinna and Andrea Smith: Alluvium
Nandi Chinna and Andrea Smith: Alluvium

Poet Nandi Chinna and illustrator Andrea Smith  embarked upon a cross-continental collaboration for their book, Alluvium. Nandi has been exploring wetlands and walking in her latest poetry project. Andrea is a professional illustrator with an interest in birds and animals. The book began with concerted wandering along the shores of wetlands and river banks in […]

Dianne and Kathryn Souphandavong: In the beginning
Dianne and Kathryn Souphandavong: In the beginning

Artist/photographer Dianne Souphandavong and poet Kathryn Souphandavong combined talents on their first collaboration, In the beginning. The book includes sunset photographs abstracted in an atmospheric manner. Many spectres, figures and ghosts appear naturally in the photos. The series dwells within a particular genre of the ‘fantastic’. The images were obtained from two separate visits to […]

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