Soiree seems to be the hardest word

We held a very bijou soiree style mini-launch of ‘Soft Borders, Hard Edges’ on Tuesday 13 July at Hares & Hyenas Bookshop. Thankyou to Rowland, Crusader and the team. Sam Elkin (Bent Street 5.1 editor) spoke, describing Bent Street 5.1 as the gift that keeps on giving. A happy time. We now enter lockdown and look forward to future soirees, matinees and so forth.

Order ‘Soft Borders, Hard Edges’ or any other previous editions of Bent Street online from your favorite bookshop, or else through Booktopia, Book Depository, Amazon.

WA residents can visit Rabble Books and Games and ask for a copy; in Port Fairy? Visit Blarney Books.

Support Bent Street by asking your local library to get in copies, or ask your local bookshop to get in a copy.

Launch at Hares & Hyenas

We’re having another launch event for Bent Street 5.1 (numbers were a bit restricted due to COVID regulations for the recent Footscray event), this time at Hares & Hyenas Bookshop and Performance space.

When: 6.30 – 8.00pm, Tuesday 13 July.

Where: Hares & Hyenas, 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy.

Modalities: Sitting round, chatting, low-key good vibes, shared journey, glass of wine, tea or coffee.

Free event. All Welcome.

Editor Sam Elkin will say a few words to introduce the publication. Presented by Clouds of Magellan Press and Spilling the T Collective.

Bent Street launch event

We had a rather contained COVID safe launch in Footscray on Thursday.

Watch videos of the event on the Spilling the T Instagram site.

Hoping to have some other small ‘launch’ events, lockdown-permitting.

The Ascension of Non-Cis Jesus by Guy James Whitworth, which appears in Bent Street 5.1

Bent Street 5.1 – Soft Borders, Hard Edges

Bent Street 5.1 – Soft Borders, Hard Edges, a special edition focusing on the trans and gender diverse community is now available.

Edited by Sam Elkin, Yves Rees and Tiffany Jones, this special midyear 2021 edition includes contributions by:

Bron Richardson, Jordie Slonim, Jamie James, Kait Fenwick, Sav Zwickl, Damien W. Riggs, Carla A. Pfeffer, Ruth Pearce, Sally Hines, Francis Ray White, Ruth Dahl, Samuel Luke Beatty, Tazz Hislop, Adele Aria, Raewyn Connell, Brooke Murray, Lucy Nicholas, Clair Brianz, Purity, Geoff Allshorn, Mel Romero, Bryson Charles, good judy, Stacey Stokes, Teague Leigh, Anastasia Le, Ruq, Alex Lee, Ryan Gustafsson, Blair Archbold, Kathy Mansfield, G. Jae Curmi, Noah Silvereye, Cat Cotsell, Erin Riley, Kai Ash, Kin Francis, Guy James Whitworth, Reid Marginalia, Stevie Lane, Susan Lardner & Jessica Ward, Tiarn, CB Mako, Nat Hollis, Rowan Richardson, Jaxson Wearing, Nate McCarthy, Theo Dunne, Elwin Schok, Maddox Gifford, Sam Elkin, Yves Rees, and Tiffany Jones.

‘… Sam Elkin and Yves Rees from the Spilling the T Collective bring a special trans and gender diverse community focus, with essays, poetry, polemic, memoir, fiction, and imagery that explores and celebrates gender diversity … trans creatives bring an acute understanding of how embodied subjects construct and perform gendered selves – an understanding that, though sometimes born of pain and trauma, and sometimes met in joyful euphoria – creates memorable art … foregrounding nuances often eluding the cis gaze …’

Available now from bookshops and online.

images by Jamie James from Bent Street 5.1

Available now online, or ask at your local bookshop.

Bent Street 5.1 almost here!

The midyear Bent Street – a special issue on trans and gender diversity issues, edited by Sam Elkin and Yves Rees – is almost ready for publication. Just tying down the various loose ends. Drawing on the creative endeavors of the Spilling the T writing collective, and other creatives from around Australia, we are looking forward to a moving, insightful and celebratory issue. Samuel Beatty has provided our cover image – ‘Vessel’. The issue will also feature images by Jamie James, good judy, Sav Zwickl, Guy James Whitworth, and Tazz Hislop.