… from the archives

Inspired by the Small Press Interview Project: interviews about small literary presses in Australia 1970-2000, instigated by Anna Couani, Sarah St Vincent Welch and Dylan Jones, I give you Syllable New-Writing-Magazine No. 1, Summer 1984. Ta-daaahh!

From the editors Berni Janssen, Carmel Bird and Jurate Sasnaitis:

Syllable intends to publish writing with a strong voice, strong images and strong rhythms. Because the editors are women, Syllable has a feminist emphasis, but welcomes contributions from male writers.’

We lasted three issues!

And my contribution to the first issue, a prose-poem called The Dying Colour, some of which ain’t too bad; bits of which are dreadful… ah, youth!

‘If god is good, and dead, and worming heavenly, angels are sun thorned and yellow bright and life… ‘ Read on here FJS-The Dying Colour-Syllable 01

PS cover art by me too… Foxing only adds to it!




About Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis

Me = Francesca Jurate Kristina Sasnaitis... also known as Jūrytė/ Jūrytėle/ Jūračiuk/ Jurachook/ U-Russia/ Urata/ Rata/ Jay-bird/ Jay-peg/ Miss J/ Big J/ France/ Franca.... Sasna/ Fox/ Greville/ Knight... and Nerada Netis... as far as I can remember... oh, and there's still room for Kristina... somewhere, sometime... Me = drew, painted, made sculpture, then stopped; printed photographs, then stopped; wrote, then stopped; made furniture, then stopped; made prints, then stopped; became a bookseller and stopped; wrote some more, kept writing some... and more... started painting again... sold a few more books... stopped... wrote some more, kept writing some... and more... and now seeing words, writing images... was that last bit too wanky? What goes around comes around, I guess...
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