LETTER FROM THE NEW EDITOR
Hello readers! I (Marina, she/her) am this season’s website and GSP blog editor. I’ve dabbled in editorial and writing work, but my main focus now is running Amplify Bookstore while completing my Master’s in Publishing and Communications.
There are also two co-editors running the MZ blog, a space dedicated to writing by Millennial and Generation Z writers. Austin (he/him) is thrilled to be one of the MZ co-editors! He is obsessed with Pink Floyd, terrible films, historical documentaries, and anything science fiction. Jing Xuan Teo (she/her) was born & raised in Singapore, and is a writer, editor, and co-founder of Amplify. You’ll most likely find her frantically cooking up Singaporean dishes to remind herself of her heritage.
Between the three of us, we hope to bring you relevant and interesting blog posts this semester as we endeavour to keep uncovering unique perspectives. We’ll also be fostering discussion about the role of publishing in highlighting global issues and exploring the themes of the fantastic GSP books!
About the blogs
The blogs are a continuation of GSP’s mission to uncover and showcase new or previously unheard Australian voices. The publishing blog exists as a space for writers to discuss current issues in the publishing industry, while MZ allows discussions about wider society as they pertain to Millennials and Gen Z.
If my English Literature degree taught me anything, it’s that knowing more around the subject of a book only serves to enhance your reading experience. Both blogs will also be revamped with a newly clarified purpose in this direction and help our readers understand the vision of GSP as a press.
Continuing issues in publishing
Undeniably, COVID-19 took a huge toll on creative industries and the ability to publicise and share art. With the inability to host any in-person events or meetings, collaborative work suffered (not to mention our mental health while we were all stuck at home). But as they say, art (and that includes writing!) is healing, so we anticipate a boom in publishing news this coming year.
Luckily, the internet was blissfully safe from the pandemic. As GSP itself begins its transition back to face-to-face work, we hope that the rest of our readers will also be a little bit less screen fatigued and a little bit more prepared for our upcoming blog posts!
Mer – book 2 in the Grattan Street Shorts series: OUT NOW!
Grattan Street Press is pleased to announce the release of Mer, the newest Grattan Street Short. This innovative collection of short stories by Samantha Amy Mansell unsettles traditional mermaid mythology – beyond gender, beyond beauty, beyond romance.
Mer is set in an ominous underwater world marred by environmental destruction. The merfolk have ruled their watery domain for untold years, but humans threaten it with deadly danger. Stranded and alone, Odel haunts an abandoned lake. Ondine drags her prey to a graveyard of their own making. Unzel pursues a threatening boat. Nothing left to lose, the merfolk will do whatever it takes to defend their home – no matter who gets in their way.
Seth Robinson’s action adventure novel Welcome to Bellevue now available in print
Grattan Street Press is proud to announce that the gripping fantasy novel Welcome to Bellevue, previously available only as an eBook, has been released in paperback.
Written by first-time author Seth Robinson, the novel tells the story of Harry as he wakes on a ferry with no memory of how he arrived there. The boat is bound for Bellevue, a place he has never heard of. When he goes ashore with plans to catch the next boat out, his attempts to leave are thwarted.
This compelling fantasy action and adventure novel is a perfect escapist read and is suitable for both YA and adult readers. Listen to the first chapter here.
Discover: Melbourne and Mars
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mars?
Grattan Street Press’s new sci-fi release Melbourne and Mars: My Mysterious Life on Two Planets tells the story of an unassuming colonial merchant who finds himself living a parallel life on Mars. The Red Planet has a lot in common with colonial Melbourne, it turns out. Except that ‘Martials’ are smaller and more beautiful than ‘Earthborns’, and they thrive in an altruistic socialist utopia of abundance and technological marvels.
Originally published in 1889, Melbourne and Mars is Book 5 in GSP’s Colonial Australian Popular Fiction series. The creation of a Melbourne phrenologist and amateur philosopher, Joseph Fraser, it is a fascinating early example of Australian science fiction that is a novel of ideas as well as action. It imagines a world without money, social disadvantage or crime, where free education, electricity and everyday comforts are provided to all.
Here is a philosophical and spiritual adventure which poses many fascinating parallels to questions faced by society today – including the meaning of gender equality, humanity’s relationship with nature, and the role of scientific achievement.
Publishing blog: from the archives
- On Internalized Racism and Speaking “Good” EnglishBy Jing Xuan Teo The thing about growing up in Singapore is that despite being majority POC, we love white people. Maybe it’s the fact that there’s just not that many of them (rarity = want, its basic economics), or maybe it’s the fact that our leaders have entirely forgiven the British for colonial rule, … Continue reading On Internalized Racism and Speaking “Good” English
- chai half fullchai half full by Aditya Sud is a short story about a couple facing the phase after the honeymoon period.
- 3 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a ‘Diverse’ Book ShopBy Marina Sano In 2020, my pet project has been starting up an online bookstore with my friend and uni-peer, Xuan. After meeting when working for Myriad magazine, a People of Colour (POC) initiative, we’ve continued to bond over finding diversity in reading and media. With this has come our baby: Amplify Bookstore, an online … Continue reading 3 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a ‘Diverse’ Book Shop
- Belonging Everywhere and NowhereMusings of a Third Culture Kid By Piri Altraide ‘How come you moved around so much? Were your parents diplomats?’ It’s Christmas Day, 2020. My body feels warm, despite the tame weather, most likely because of the red I’d had with lunch and the humidity. I’m at an ‘orphans’ Christmas in Footscray hosted by my … Continue reading Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere
- I’m Going on a Book Hunt: A Guide to Finding Rare and Out-of-Print BooksA guide to finding rare and out-of-print books by GSP alum, Tony Ryan.
- The Soft Toy Scam: A Facebook Fraud?By Charlotte Armstrong Sifting through Facebook’s ads is no longer like mining for gold, but rather finding yourself at a buffet being served things you never said you liked or wanted, and now your plate is suddenly overflowing. Like most bad ideas, it started late at night. Scrolling absently through my Facebook feed, I … Continue reading The Soft Toy Scam: A Facebook Fraud?