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October Newsletter

Have a look at all the work taking place at GSP before the semester ends! This edition includes news from our Website Producer, Commissioning Editor and where to get the US Edition of our latest release: Love and Other Rituals.

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September Newsletter

Catch up with what’s been happening at GSP this September. Check out the latest release: Love and Other Rituals by Monica Macansantos, and updates from our Publishing Blog Editor, and Social Media Manager.

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May Newsletter

Here’s what happened at GSP in May. Check out the new Colonial Australian Popular Fiction eBooks by clicking on the images in the newsletter!

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April Newsletter

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Meet the Team!

Books and blogs don’t publish themselves. Here’s the ace team for Semester 1, 2022.

Letter from the New Editors

Hey there readers!

We wish you a happy start to the new season at Grattan Street Press. Before we get started, here’s a little more about us—the editors.

Lochlainn Heley (he/him) is the website producer and co-editor of the MZ blog. He is in his final year of the Masters of Writing, Publishing and Editing. He has worked with Farrago Magazine and Radio Fodder and has published short stories, reviews, blog posts and is producer of his radio show ‘Do You Like Scary Movies?’. Lochlainn enjoys the simple pleasure of strolling through a park accompanied by a cup of coffee and the latest high fantasy novel.

Carla (she/they) is this year’s website editor and book reviews editor. They are in their final year of a Master of Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing and has volunteered their fiction alongside performing as a co-editor for CLAW’s publication of Inkspot. You can also find her Instagram, where she reviews books; and their website, where they discuss performing in an online space. If you can’t find her curled up in one corner reading a book, they’re probably in another with their latest crocheting project.

Lachlan is this semester’s publishing blog editor and is in his first year of a Master of Publishing and Communications. He works as an editor for MDPI, an academic publisher, as well as at Antithesis, Melbourne Uni’s graduate-run arts journal. He enjoys exercising, oversleeping and reading old pulpy sci-fi stories.

Joanna (she/her) is the content creator and co-editor for the MZ blog this semester, and is undertaking a Master of Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing. She is a book over enthusiast and film director with a website for the purposes of shameless self-promotion and an Instagram handle that is unfortunately unprofessional @lil_bean_jo_lean.

We are so excited to deliver interesting content your way as we endeavour to elevate new and unique voices.

– Lochlainn, Carla, Lachlan and Joanna

Our Colonial Australian Popular Fiction Series

About the blogs

The GSP Publishing Blog is the home of all things related to the publishing industry. The blog covers a wide range of issues and opinions in the publishing sphere and whether you’re an industry professional, writer or student, we’d love to hear about your thoughts and experiences.

MZ is the home for writing by and for Millennials and Gen Z. It is a space for us to discuss, explore and celebrate our experiences, the diversity and the uniqueness of what makes us stand out from everybody else.

Our blogs are here to help uncover and showcase new voices. We’re here to listen and give you a voice so that you’re able to speak up about the problems we know the world is facing right now. If you’re eager to talk about social activism, cultural differences, or just simply about a niche topic you’ve become weirdly obsessed about, please reach out to us!

Not sure what to write? You can click here to see our prompt lists and here once you are ready to submit your work!

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!


Intermissions by Grattan Street Press

Intermissions is an anthology of over 60 original short stories, exploring the complexity of the human condition.

The collection brings together musings on love and loss, experimentation, isolation, suffering, intimacy and connection, environmental collapse and the Anthropocene.

Carefully curated by Grattan Street Press, this eclectic selection of stories from both Australian and international writers is haunting, uplifting, moving and absurd. We invite you to traverse its
pages to discover the diversity of voices reflective of an ever-changing world.

Buy Now

This Is Us Now: Love in the time of cancer

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This Is Us Now by Jacinta Dietrich, released in 2021, has been one of our most sold books. The story follows two young people navigating a relationship in the most extraordinary circumstances.

Ella and Theo’s relationship is young and evolving and so are they. Their lives are going mostly to plan until a sudden cancer diagnosis changes everything. Nerves about meeting each other’s parents and living together turn to anxieties about survival. Easy becomes hard. Hard becomes impossible. Their lives cannot remain the same and now every moment is coloured by illness and the challenges that come with it.

They’re faced with the hardest decision: when you feel like you are losing someone you love, do you hold on or do you let go forever?

Get your copy 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.

Melbourne and Mars, released on June 17, 2020, is available from the GSP online shop and independent bookstores. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates about author events.