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The team from quarterly print literary magazine The Lifted Brow invites you to join them for the Birraranga/Melbourne launch of the brand new edition, Issue 43.

There’ll be lots of chances to meet with the TLB team—as well as fellow writers and artists and readers—and we’ll also be treated to performances from these wonderful Issue 43 contributors:

? Winner of the 2019 Prize for Experimental Nonfiction, FLATWHITE DAMASCUS
? Winner of the inaugural Liminal Magazine Fiction Prize, BRYANT APOLONIO
? Essayist with work in Issue 43, ANA MARIA GOMIDES
? And more TBA!

WHEN: Thursday 12th September, 6pm
WHERE: Loop Project Space & Bar (23 Meyers Place, Melbourne)

Arrive from 6pm for a drink and a chat. Readings will kick off at about 6:30pm.

Copies of Issue 43 will be available for purchase on the night – or if you’re real keen you can snag one now: https://www.theliftedbrow.com/shop/the-lifted-brow-43

Issue 43 of The Lifted Brow features an incredibly strong mix of new work: essays, fiction, translations, commentary, criticism, poetry, and as always so many pages of comics and illustrations.

With cover art by celebrated Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist Power Paola, Issue 43 of The Lifted Brow includes:

– the winning piece from our 2019 Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction;
– the winning piece from the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize;
– Alison Whittaker and Nayuka Gorrie talk literary prizes and the responsibility of being black writers;
– Jordy Rosenberg in conversation with Stella Maynard and Eilish Fitzpatrick about Confessions of the Fox, the history of trans surveillance, and the pleasure of being read to;
– Ana Maria Gomides considers race, queerness, and personal histories through the careful lens of seeing and being seen;
– Paula Abul on queer desire, race, and the joy of drag king performance;
– Maddee Clark discusses architecture and urban spaces in the context of First Nations sovereignty;
– memoir by Sydnye Allen about Albury–Wodonga, casual racism and our concepts of borders;
– brand new realist fiction from Sam Pink that follows the mundane duties and acerbic conversations of a caterer at a wedding, revealing the unexpected beauty in our most trivial and consequential moments;
– vinegary short fiction by Victoria Manifold that delights in its insalubrity;
– arresting fiction from Aude, translated by Cristy Stiles, on the pursuit of silence;
– new poetry from Saaro Umar, Eunice Andrada and Elyas Alavi;
– columns: Antonia Pont’s ‘Thinking Feeling’ column about the ethics of the trigger and how to deal with triggeredness, Michael Dulaney’s ‘Environment’ column about the solidarity to be found the Whyalla steel industry and the wonders of the cuttlefish, Aimee Knight explores the traumatic heart of dark tourism in her ‘Pop Culture’ column, and Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny’s ‘Law School’ sex+relationships advice column;
– a special ‘By Numbers’ feature using numerical data to investigate pet ownership in Australia;
– and new comics and visual art by Miles Howard-Wilks, Margot Ferrick, Han Teng, Antoine Orand, Matty Kaye, Thu Tran, Rebecca Scibilia, Arts Project Australia, Haein Kim, Nadia Ingrid, Casey Jarman, Ilana Bodenstein, Meg O’Shea, April Phillips, Lizzie Nagy, and Shae San Sim.


This launch is a free event created to celebrate our community, with our community. The Loop Project Space entrance and bathroom are both fully wheelchair accessible.

We acknowledge that this event is taking place on stolen land of of the Boon Wurrung and the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nation. We pay respects to elders past and present. Sovereignty of this continent and all the nations within was never ceded.

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