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20th September, 2021

The Small Press Network Interviews: Laura Jean McKay

As she works on her keynote address for the 2021 SPN Independent Publishing Conference, award-winning author Laura Jean McKay talks to Emma Kellaway on animal superpowers, humans’ relationship with them, and why now is a better time than ever to address publishing and the environment.  McKay’s debut novel The Animals in That Country (Scribe 2020), […]

27th August, 2021

Meet Associate Producer Chloe Agius

Hiya! I’m Chloe (she/her), and I am so excited to be one of this year’s Associate Producers for the 2021 Independent Publishing Conference. I’ve moved to Melbourne from Tasmania—the land of savoury toast, scallop pies, and winters worse than Melbourne but at least we’re gratified with actual snow and the prettiest landscapes in the country […]

Meet Associate Producer Holly Hendry-Saunders

Hello! I am Holly, one of the Associate Producers for the 2021 Independent Publishing Conference. I’m from Adelaide and moved to Melbourne two months ago to pursue my passion for publishing. I drove over in my trusty hatchback containing all my possessions (mainly books), unsure of what I was getting myself into, knowing only a […]

16th April, 2021

SPN Book of the Year award 2021

Entries are now open for the 2021 SPN Book of the Year Award (BOTY). Any book published by an SPN member (full or associate) during the 2020 calendar year is eligible. (If you’re not a member of SPN, click here to find out how to join.) The shortlist will be released in September, with the winner […]

16th October, 2020

2020 Independent Publishing Conference: 26 & 27 November

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING CONFERENCE, 26–27 NOVEMBER 2020 The 2020 Independent Publishing Conference will be held entirely online on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2020. This will be the ninth consecutive year for the conference, the only annual industry-wide event for the book publishing sector in Australia. Ticket sales are now live at https://www.trybooking.com/BMBCB. There are deep […]

6th November, 2018

MUBA18 Spotlight: ‘Living in Hope’ by Frank Byrne with Frances Coughlan and Gerard Waterford

Warning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Peoples, this content contains images and voices of deceased persons. Living in Hope, by the late Frank Byrne with Frances Coughlan and Gerard Waterford, is the next book in our MUBA18 shortlist spotlights.  Living in Hope by Frank Byrne is ‘more than just a story of surviving’. A child of the […]

4th April, 2018

Independent Publishing Conference 2018: Call for papers

The Laws of Publishing Deadline: Friday 29 June 2018 The complex systems of rules, conventions and traditions that underpin publishing practice are inextricably linked to the production, reception and consumption of texts. They range from formally consecrated legislation and official industry and organisational codes of conduct, through to unofficial traditions ‘learned on the job’: passed on […]

22nd March, 2017

Independent Publishing Conference 2017: Call for Papers

Legacies of Publishing Deadline: Thursday 29 June 2017 Extended: 14 July 2017 All accepted presenters will be invited to submit papers for possible publication by Monash University Publishing in a book of essays resulting from the conference. Click here to download a PDF of this Call for Papers. Every book leaves a legacy; every publisher inherits one. […]

3rd November, 2016

Most Underrated Book Award 2016 shortlist announced!

The Small Press Network (SPN) is delighted to announce the four titles shortlisted for the fifth annual Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA), sponsored by Booktopia. The shortlisted titles are: A Man Made Entirely of Bats by Patrick Lenton (Spineless Wonders) Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie (Text Publishing) Creating Cities by Marcus Westbury (Niche […]

Introducing: Associate Producer Katherine Hernandez

Katherine is one of SPN’s five Associate Producers working on the Independent Publishing Conference this year. She is managing The Rag and Scribble Salon at Embiggen Books, which takes place at the end of Student Day. Hi, my name is Katherine. I used to introduce myself as K, but shortly after I moved to Australia for the […]

20th October, 2016

Conference Program Launched

Thank you to all the literature lovers who came along to our Program Launch party on Thursday 13 October and helped make it a huge success! Indigenous poet and musician Neil Morris opened the night with a wonderful Welcome to Country performed using several instruments, including his voice and a loop pedal. This was followed by a […]

19th October, 2016

Volunteer at our Conference

Would you like to get your foot in the door of the publishing industry? SPN wants sharp, energetic volunteers to help deliver the 2016 Independent Publishing Conference next month. As a Conference Volunteer, you will never be bored: we need help with everything from running errands to taking care of conference speakers and other VIPs. In return for working […]

17th October, 2016

Introducing: Associate Producer Helen MacLeod

Helen is one of SPN’s five Associate Producers working on the Independent Publishing Conference this year. She is managing the Trade Day among other responsibilities. Find out a little about her below and book your tickets now to see her handiwork and meet her in person. Hi, my name is Helen. My Twitter bio says that […]

26th September, 2016

Introducing Linh Nguyen, Associate Producer

Hi, I’m Linh Nguyen, one of the Associate Producer Interns for the Small Press Network Conference. At the moment I’m in my last semester at Monash University, studying Comparative and International Literature. Once I graduate, I plan on finally getting my drivers licence, finally learning how ride a bike (yes, I know), and – hopefully […]

12th September, 2016

Introducing: Associate Producer Tegan Lyon

Hi, the person you have called is not available. Please leave a short ten second message after the tone and your message will be sent as a text. Beep. Hi guys, I’m Tegan and I spend about a third of my week on the phone, listening to the above automatic message. As any creative writing […]

1st September, 2016

Introducing our Conference Associate Producers

This year for the first time SPN has Associate Producers on board for the Independent Publishing Conference. Over the next few weeks, they will be introducing themselves here. First up is Nicole McKenzie, who is working on several events within the Conference. Being a good person (and a good intern) Hi I’m Nicole! I have […]

4th July, 2016

Opportunity: associate producer internship program

This year SPN is running an Associate Producer internship program as part of the Independent Publishing Conference. The program is designed for people with enormous passion and drive who would like to gain practical experience in arts management, particularly those who want to complete a placement as part of an academic or vocational course. There […]


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