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Launch Ahoy!

The times they are a changin’.

We’ve been very happy to be associated with the lovely people at Pigeons and their project, early harvest over the past year.

It’s a literary magazine published by children for children and takes submissions from children in grades three to six. Check out Pigeons website for more details.

And now, excitingly, Pigeons and harvest magazine present early harvest — a wonderful new literary magazine created by children from Melbourne’s west.

Melbournites, please come along to:

The Sun Theatre in Yarraville on Saturday 12 November from 11am.

Author Sally Rippin will be launching this wonderful new magazine with special readings by the young authors.

It’s going to a shipload of fun!

Launch Ahoy!

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Then dip into harvest. A hearty and huge congratulations to some of our wonderful writers who have been chosen for the tenth anniversary series of Best Australian Writing.

  • Michael Sala – Outside (issue 4, Summer 2010)
  • Ryan O’Neill – The Eunuch and the Harem (issue 5, Winter 2010)

appearing in the Best Australian Stories 2010. And in the pages of Best Australian Poems 2010,

  • Anna Krien, Horses (issue 5, Winter 2010).

We’re also so happy to see the work from our poetry editor Josephine Rowe, and former contributors Meg Mundell, Nathan Curnow, Anthony Lawrence and Cameron Lowe in this year’s collections.

Hurrah one and all.

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Oh-October. Just how did we get here? harvest has been kept so amazingly busy over the past few days/weeks/months with the literary, lifestyle and learning, that we totally forgot to let you know we’ve made the decision for issue six to bloom in Autumn 2011.

So the harvest team will make use of the dazzling daylight savings to deliver you dear harvesters another beautiful magazine to read.  We’ve received some wonderful submissions from you all, near and far, and we’re slowly responding to you.

And of course, your lovely words of support for us and our independent magazine are always much appreciated.

We’re really looking forward to creating the Autumn issue over the coming months, and seeing it out and about in 2011. Egads, that’s only 78 days away.

Adiós para ahora los amigos.

Last day of the Writers Festival. harvest’s morning session as part of the Magazine program at the Crate.

Our huge thanks to all our wonderful guests, participants and onlookers. A few snaps to share:

Hello again, yes it’s us, again, in an online update-a-palooza

1) Cheers to you that have dropped us a line about our fifth issue. It’s been really lovely to see/read/hear your support for our magazine including those from Plume of Words, With Extra Pulp and Readings.

2) And as the interest generated from our first Opinionated Editorial has been huge, we thought we’d break with tradition and publish the piece in its entirety. Check out Davina’s editorial and the conversation occurring on Overland. Have an opinion? Then join in.

3) A few of you have mentioned that harvest hasn’t been easily accessible on your bookstore’s shelves. You can order a copy/copies direct from us. Please email us at writetoharvest@gmail.com with ‘copy please’ in the subject header and we’ll get our inboxes chattering. Before you know it, harvest will be making your home its own.

4) While we are yet to finalise a deadline for fiction, non-fiction and art for issue six, our poetry submissions are now closed. Our Poetry Editor, Josephine Rowe, will be reviewing the submissions over the coming months. 

5) Speaking of our wonderful Ed., big congratulations to Josephine for her winning entry ‘It doesn’t need to be a Ford. it doesn’t need to have radio’ which has won the National Gallery of Victoria’s Love, Loss & Intimacy Writing competition. Cheers also go to harvest columnist and Torpedo editor Chris Flynn for also being highly commended!

6) Next month sees the 25th Melbourne Writers Festival on the 27th August and we’re taking part in a free festival event, Magazine.  Magazine will present a rapid-fire showcase of the dazzling breadth of insight, entertainment and stimulation on offer in the nation’s best literary magazines. All from a refurbished shipping-container positioned on the River Terrace. Enjoy 15-minute performances, readings, quizzes and more, across both weekends of the festival. View the MWF program for more information.

Please come join harvest and friends on September 5th. We’ll have some literary chat, fun and games. Precious and non-precious snowflakes welcome.

Hola harvesters

Many thanks to you who joined Davina Bell at Berkelouw Books in Newtown to help celebrate harvest number five in our very first venture ‘up north’. Davina reported back on the wonderfully warm welcome that awaited her on arrival at Berkelouw, and especially enjoyed seeing (and also meeting), all you fantastic harvest supporters. We have to again say cheers to Anthony Levin and Ryan O’Neill for coming along and sharing their work with everyone. It’s great to have such terrific support from y’all. See some of the fun below.


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Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who braved the wild, wintery Melbourne weather to join us for the launch of our fifth issue. It was a mighty cold June evening but  your warm souls helped fill the 1000 £ Bend Gallery for the celebrations. There were golden tickets (lost and found), a bounty of prizes claimed (including an ace Crumpler bag) and connecting conversations over mulled wine and cupcakes.

Many thanks to the spoken word performers who came and shared their work with us all. Hurrah for Josephine Rowe, Nathan Curnow, Ruby Murray, Maxine Clarke and David Astle.

Big cheers to Khancoban for their alt-country rock tunes, which lent a lovely musical bent to our event

And super thanks to our issue five cover artist, Dawn Tan, for allowing us to share her images of the night.

Now some big news for our harvest friends living in/near, or around Sydney.

Berkelouw Books in Newtown have very kindly offered to help us celebrate issue five with you all. harvest’s very own Davina Bell will be venturing up for the Sydney launch on Friday 25 June 2010.

Please come along to help celebrate issue number five at one of our lovely stockists, Berkelouw Books, from 6pm. There’ll be readings, wine and frivolity. We’d be delighted to see you there!

Berkelouw Books

6 O’Connell Street (just off King Street) in Newtown.

RSVP to writetoharvest@gmail.com.


harvest’s Melbourne launch:

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Rather than dance around a mini-Stonehenge made of dominoes, the harvest team marked the winter solstice with a lavish high tea and then continued the assembling of issue three. We’re taking time to prune pieces and get-together good-looking art for those creamy, thick harvest pages. We hope to have a copy on your bookshelves towards the end of July…

A huge thank you to everyone that braved an icy cold Melbourne night and came along to support our fundraising efforts at Cinema Nova on 4th June. The snippets of conversations later overheard in Carlton’s bars and cafes indicated that the comedy about the film industry, WHAT JUST HAPPENED, generated some interesting chat from the harvest crowd. 

Thanks also to all the lovely fine literary folk who came and said hello to us at our stall at the Emerging Writer’s Festival Page Parlour on 31 May. We loved meeting you and hope you’ll come back and see us again soon.