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  • Extract#5 from Eliza Vitri Handayani's 'From Now On Everything Will Be Different.' Ubud Peaceful Protest Tshirt #5.

    Eliza Vitri Handayani with Teju Cole.   Julita looks up at the antique cuckoo clock behind her. Rizky is now one and a half hours late. He won’t show up, she is certain. Reluctantly she finishes the last drops of the meatball soup, which she ordered so she wouldn’t have to stare into the empty chair in front of her. Her coffee is finished as well, and the kind waiter takes away her cup, bowl, and condiment bottles. Once again there was nothing on the table to keep her from feeling alone. She takes out her Box of Unfinished Projects...

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  • Extract#4 from Eliza Vitri Handayani's 'From Now On Everything Will Be Different.' Ubud Peaceful Protest Tshirt #4.

    Just two weeks before their final test in July, a scandal whipped the nation into frenzy. A couple’s private sex tape had been leaked and overnight became the best selling VCD sensation on the streets. The lovers were students in Bandung, West Java, who had made the tape to celebrate their three-year anniversary together. The boy took his Camcorder to a shop to transfer the content to VCD format. The shop technician then copied and recopied the tape and made a small fortune. The news invaded the headlines, pushing away coverage about the attacks on a syiah community in Palu...

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  • Extract#3 from Eliza Vitri Handayani's 'From Now On Everything Will Be Different.' Ubud Peaceful Protest Tshirt #3.

    Wednesday after class Desti suggested they go somewhere together for lunch. “Let’s go to the med school across the street,” said Julita. “My best friend said the hut behind the geriatrics building served the best pecel ayam in town.” Although the day was much too hot for spicy food, everyone agreed, except Bowo, who had to go home and be with his mother. The road in front of the cultural center shimmered, creating a mirage. Cars were dashing through like steel sharks in silver water. On the far side of the road Julita saw police officers carrying sticks and shields. She...

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  • Eliza's Tshirt extract for Ubud Day 2

    November, during the Extraordinary Meeting of the People’s Representatives, students stormed the streets once again to demand the trial of Soeharto, the removal of the military from politics, and the investigation of the former first family’s wealth. At the start thousands, then tens of thousands filled the central areas of Semanggi, Sudirman, and Kuningan. Rizky volunteered in the hospital every day tending to fellow students who were wounded, beaten, or shot. He picked up stories about army snipers and radical infiltrators, he saw the military police forcing their way into the hospital and people throwing lit cigarettes at them, he...

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  • Eliza Vitri Handayani's Ubud launch cancellation & a peaceful good-humoured protest...

    After warnings from local police, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2015 has had to cancel the launch of Eliza Vitri Handayani’s novel From Now On Everything Will Be Different. The festival organizers have kindly kept open an invitation for Eliza to attend the festival, which she has accepted. Each day she will wear a t-shirt with different extracts from her novel as a form of peaceful protest. We will  republish the extracts here each day.  Please show your support for Eliza Handayani by sharing within your networks and don’t be afraid to order a copy of her novel via...

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  • the deciBels series 1: introduced by editor Pam Brown

    Back at the beginning of this century Michael Brennan invited me to guest-edit four poetry chapbooks in Vagabond Press's Rare Objects series. I asked Australian poets Ken Bolton, Lidija Cvetkovic, Ted Nielsen & Samuel Wagan Watson to participate. Working on that project with the poets & with Vagabonds Liz Allen & Jane Gibian, Kay Orchison & Michael Brennan was a real buzz. Earlier this year Vagabond published its 100th Rare Object chapbook which marked the end of the series. Not long after that Michael revved the press up again with various projects. He asked me if I was interested in...

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  • Launch: Tranter, Lilley, Carruthers at Gleebooks, Sunday September 29.

    Join Vagabond Press for the launch of the three latest titles in our iconic Rare Objects Series. Take the chance to pick up signed limited editions from John Tranter, Kate Lilley and A.J.Carruthers, hear them read and generally celebrate the state of the art.'Ten Sonnets' by John Tranter'Realia' by Kate Lilley'The Tulip Beds' by A.J. CarruthersTo be launched by John FrowLaunch: Sunday September 29, 3:30 for 4pmVenue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, GlebeCost: Free!Bookings essential: (02) 9660 2333 or http://bit.ly/18ALx3W

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  • Launch of J.S.Harry's 'Public Private', Gleebooks, September 14, 3.30pm

    Please join us for the launch of J.S.Harry's 'Public Private' and to celebrate one of Australia's most original poets with some of the many people who love her as a poet and a friend.J.S. Harry has published seven collections of poetry and is one of the most critically acclaimed and original poets of her generation. 'Public Private' is her first volume since the Age Book of the Year 'Not Finding Wittgenstein' (Giramondo, 2007), which was also published in Britain by Bloodaxe (2012). Join several of her fellow poets and friends including David Malouf, Joanne Burns, Nicolette Stasko and John Stephenson,...

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  • Rare Object launch: Malouf, Adamson, Harrison & Aitken

    Rare Object Launch Thursday, May 23 2013 10.00-11.00am Sydney Writers Festival Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay We are overjoyed to welcome long-time fellow traveller Luke Davies to launch new Rare Objects by David Malouf, Robert Adamson, Martin Harrison and Adam Aitken.  

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  • Elizabeth Allen's 'Body Language' wins FAW Anne Elder Award 2012

    We're thrilled to announce that our very own Elizabeth Allen has one the prestigious Anne Elder Award for Best First Collection of Australia Poetry in the last year. Here's what the judges said, "Elizabeth Allen may have wanted to 'write a poem about putting on the washing, taking the rubbish out, catching the bus home' but within these everyday themes, she evokes the complexity of emotions within any human relationships. This is a clear, accessible and cohesive collection." Huge congrats to Liz. Get your copies here, and Liz might even sign your copy for you as she pops it in...

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