If there’s one thing we like doing more than making a literary journal, it’s launching issues of said literary journal. Kidding! Making this literary journal is a reward in itself; we would do it even if we didn’t put on the parties, which are really just the cherry on top. But we really do love launching our issues into the wider world, and thanks to our friends at the Melbourne Writers Festival, who asked us to help them run the festival’s closing night party, this launch is going to be a real doozy, a hum-dinger, a cracker-jack.
TLB31 is a special one: inside it you will find the usual melange of exceptional fiction, non-fiction, comics, poetry and more, plus the winning piece from our The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction, and also a special folio of work from queer writers and artists, guest-edited by TLB founder Ronnie Scott.
On Sunday 4th September, roll on in to the Bella Union (Trades Hall, Carlton) at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, which is when we’ll be celebrating with a rapid-fire session of readings from the ‘queer unconscious’ contributors, including Peter Polites, Ronnie Scott, Francesca Rendle-Short, Alice Chipkin and George Haddad. (This project is supported by the City of Melbourne 2016 arts grants program.)
From 8pm, we’ll be letting out hair down to DJ sets by Moodleton (Amy Middleton, Archer Magazine) and Hannah Donnelly (Sovereign Trax). Come on by, get down, and help launch our 31st issue and also close out MWF for 2016.
The best part? It’s free, free, free! Put Sunday 4th September in your calendars, put on your red shoes, and get ready to dance the blues.