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inScribe magazine launches with a slam

06 Jul 2012

An enthusiastic crowd of around 100 launched the winter 2012 edition of inScribe magazine on 22 June at the Northcote Uniting Church. The magazine is a collaboration between NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) and Darebin City Council.

Brad Webb, NMIT lecturer and Creative Director of the magazine, said the launch was a success. “As well as the traditional speeches from the editors we also had a poetry slam. About 10 poets, some with material in the edition, did readings and performances. They were aged from 20 to 80 - it was a knockout.”

Edition six of the magazine has seen the format change from a newspaper to a full colour magazine. Brad says the new format “encourages people share it around, to re-read it and put it on their coffee table. The quality of the writing justifies the magazine format, it will reach a wider audience and encourage local businesses to stock it. It's also great for artists to have in their folio - whether you helped produce it, had something printed in it, or both.”

Each edition of the magazine is a joint effort between the Darebin Community Group and the Bachelor of Writing and Publishing's third year Publishing Studio students. Each student is assigned a role, from editor-in-chief to distribution coordinator, and works with the community group to select and edit submissions. The process involves meetings, briefs, copyediting, sourcing material, design and layout, pre-press production, print supplier liaison, marketing and distribution.

It's a collaboration Brad says is valuable for NMIT students. “It's great real-world experience. They get involved in different aspects of the publishing process and end up with something in their folios that can open up future opportunities.”

Each edition of inScribe contains short stories, essays, poetry, profiles, news and reviews by writers and artists who live, work or study in Darebin. The free biannual publication is available from many of region's cafes, businesses and libraries, as well as NMIT's libraries at Fairfield, Preston, Greensborough, Collingwood, Heidelberg and Epping. The magazine can also be downloaded as a PDF from https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/courseblog/bwap/inscribe/

inScribe is now seeking submissions for issue seven. For details see www.darebin.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_Id=6283&h=0

 

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