Bent Street 4.1 – Love from a Distance: intimacy and technology in time of COVID-19 will be released in the next few weeks. Here is the cover with a fantastic image by Jake Cruz, who also writes in the edition about maintaining creativity during lockdown.
The webinar, Love from a Distance, that informs this special edition of Bent Street is happening 16 July 2020. Click on the link here for more information.
This month sees the release of Bait and Switch and Other Stories by Ashley Sievwright – Bent Street contributor and consulting fiction editor.
Eight stories of love, friendship, and indifference.
From teenage memories of staying with a cross-dressing cousin in Kings Cross, to estranged siblings scattering the ashes of a family member, not to mention perplexing encounters in Jordan, these eight stories reflect on family, friendship, desire and belonging and the ‘weight of inherited sorrow’ that each of us carries.
Ashley Sievwright is the author of the novels The Shallow End (Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Novel) and Walter; and co-author of the non-fiction A Year of Lighthouses and Another Year of Lighthouses. Ashley Sievwright lives in Melbourne.
The title is available now at Hares & Hyenas bookshop and cafe; and The Bookshop Darlinghurst.
Also available from all online platforms (Amazon, Booktopia etc, Apple, Kindle, Google Play), or order through your bookshop. Bookshops and libraries can order through Lightning Source.
Given the COVID 19 restrictions we are hoping to have some innovative launch events later.
Bait and Switch and Other Stories by Ashley Sievwright is published by Clouds of Magellan Press, publisher of Bent Street. Clouds of Magellan is open to manuscript submissions from Bent Street contributors only.
Songs of the Godforsaken is a new chapbook of poems from Bent Street contributor John Bartlett. The collection, published by Picaro Poets, put me [GT] in mind of a lovely collection – Heaven’s Backyard by David Lander (Collins Dove 1984). John catches a poetic thermal from St Augustine, the prophets and the Evangelists, as well as suicide bombers, iPhone upgrades, and refugees who fall from aeroplanes. He reflects on his father, on people no longer with us, yet who remain to trouble our journey. Hints of late Clive James. A fantastic collection with memorable words and images. Nature and popular culture rub shoulders here, and there are warm/hot night encounters for the discerning reader. I particularly liked ‘The Song The Wind Sings’ (‘You hear them on train tracks / those voices of departure, / the songs of farewell …’). Visit John at https://beyondtheestuary.com/ and listen to his podcasts, or buy the chapbook.
[Gordon Thompson – Publisher, Clouds of Magellan]
This year Bent Street is moving to a new biannual publishing model, with a curated mid-year edition (July), as well as our regular end-of-year edition (December).
In 2020 the mid-year edition (Bent Street 4.1) will be guest-edited by Jennifer Power and Henry von Doussa, on the theme ‘Love from a distance: intimacy and technology’. This edition will explore how LGBTIQA+ communities shape relationship through emerging technologies. Full details HERE
Submissions are now closed and 4.1 will publish in July 2020.
Submissions for the end-of-year Bent Street 4.2 are welcome any time.
Contact us with any queries, or proposals for future curated editions at email@example.com