The eighth issue of the zine Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own is available and the theme for this issue is Magic. This is the final issue in the collection and completes the series. I’d love to say a resounding thank you to all the artists who have contributed, to those who have kindly read the zines, and to those who have responded to one of the themes.
Some people have asked whether the zine might be archived in some way. I have some plans for a digital archive here on the blog so stay tuned.
For those of you new to it, the zine consists of the words, images and concepts of others. Expect found and visual poetry and collage, plus contributions from other artists and poets. Even the title of the zine series must be attributed to DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid.
Please meet our magical contributors for this issue:
- Carody Culver has written the piece Short biographies of magicians’ assistants. Carody is a freelance writer and editor and a committed novelty sock enthusiast. Her work has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Peppermint, Daily Life, Junkee, Archer and Frankie. She’s also a regular contributor to the comedy writing collective the Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary. See carodyculver.com.
- Andrew Galan has contributed the piece A transcript of the Dungeons & Dragons opening credits. Andrew is an internationally published poet and co-producer of renowned poetry event BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. Described by reviewers as ‘riddled with satire’, his poetry is gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. Showcased at events including the Woodford, National Folk and Queensland Poetry festivals, and Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, his verse appears in journals such as the Best Australian Poems, Otoliths, Verity La and Cordite. That Place of Infested Roads (Life During Wartime) – KF&S Press, 2013 – is his first book. His latest is For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid) – Bareknuckle Books, 2016. See here, here and here for more.
Photograph by Adam Thomas
- Ian Gibbins has contributed the piece Hansard presents The Art of Prestidigitation. Ian is a poet, electronic musician and video artist, having been a neuroscientist for more than 30 years and Professor of Anatomy for 20 of them. His poetry covers diverse styles and media, including electronic music, video, performance, art exhibitions, and public installations, and has been widely published in-print and on-line, including three books with accompanying electronic music: Urban Biology (2012); The Microscope Project: How Things Work (2014) and Floribunda (2015), the last two in collaboration with visual artists. For more info, see his website and for Ian’s video-poems, go here.
- Artist Elena Kotasvili has made the piece Instructions for a painting. Elena studied Fine Art in London. Her visual work has its root in Performance Art. She has participated in exhibitions and festivals locally and internationally. Elena also collaborates with creative professionals working in theatre and contemporary dance as a creative collaborator and stage designer.
- Jackie Ryan has conjured the visual poem Disappearing in Three Acts. Jackie is the writer and designer of the Aurealis Award-winning Burger Force comic book series, and the founding and commissioning editor of comedy writing and performance collective The Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary. She holds a PhD in history and political science and is an honorary research fellow at The University of Queensland.
- Nathan Shepherdson has contributed his poem asifby. Nathan is the author of five books of poetry. His work was featured in the ABR States of Poetry (Queensland) last year. In September 2016 he read at the Voci Lontane, Voci Sorelle International Poetry Festival in Florence.
- UK based artist and filmmaker Renee Vaughan Sutherland has contributed her piece Disappearing Act. Her film short Evil Eye is screening at She Fest, Sheffield early March 2017, in celebration of International Women’s day. Later in March her short film Love & The Beauty of us Meeting Here is screening at BFI Flare Film Festival, London. More details can be found on her website here.
Film still: Connor Dowling and Alexander Luttley (from The Prince and the Showgirl).
- Annie Te Whiu has contributed the piece Tāne Mahuta (God of the Forest). Since studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre & Literature) at USQ in the early 1990’s, Annie has worked as a cultural producer, community engagement officer, festival director, pubic programs manager and curator. Annie has worked for Woodford Folk Festival Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre, Cirque du Soleil, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Zillmere Multicultural Festival, Museum of Brisbane, State Library of Queensland and the Brisbane Powerhouse. She is currently a Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival.
There are also a couple of other pieces in the zine: Adroit misdirection: the gooseneck principle and And now here’s something we hope you’ll really like (another tinier copy of the zine).
The Bonus Gift.
The first issue of the zine came with a bonus beard extract courtesy of doting thomarse. Issue #2 included a Finnish architecture playing card. Issue #3 included a free movie ticket for the Grove Theatre in Pennsylvania in 1953. Issue #4 included a vintage fortune ticket reading as seen in the fortune-telling machine in The Twilight Zone Episode 43, ‘Nick of Time’. Issue #5 included glow in the dark stars. Issue #6 included a disposable glove and vintage astronomy themed collectors postage stamp. And Issue #7 included a complimentary plastic comb.
Each of the limited 50 editions of the final zine includes a magic magician’s scarf for you to impress your unsuspecting friends.
The design of the zine is quite complex, so here is a handy video demonstration on how to read it:
If you would like to respond to this issue’s theme (Magic), send it to lavenderroom1 [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk – I prefer jpegs, pdfs or links, thanks!