This Big Issue makes me smile

So great to see my client Jenny Ackland’s wonderful short story The Dead Man’s Cake included in The Big Issue’s 2013 Fiction Edition, this year themed ‘Make Me Smile.’

I hope I’m not too late with this post to encourage Australian short story aficionados to buy a copy of this wonderful fortnightly publication. Not only has the annual fiction issue become a highly visible event on the publishing calendar, but The Big Issue itself is such a remarkable and effective organisation.

The Big Issue is a not-for-profit social enterprise that finds solutions to help bring about change in the lives of some of Australia’s most disadvantaged people. The Big Issue magazine is an independent magazine sold on the streets by homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. Vendors buy copies of the magazine for $3 and sell them for $6, earning the difference. The magazine, which covers arts, entertainment, current affairs, lifestyle, news and opinion, is edited by Walkley Award-winning journalist and author Alan Attwood.

Jenny’s story is a gem among several shiny objects in this terrific issue. As she was too modest to mention publication on her own blog, I urge you to pay it a visit. Seraglio (not a pizza place) is another kind of gem — a witty and honest reckoning of one writer’s life, book by book and workshop by workshop — by a serious writer in the making. Congratulations, Jenny!

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Jenny Ackland

    How embarrassment, no comments. Well, here’s one. Thanks for writing this Virginia.

    1. Virginia

      Dear Jenny, you’re welcome. And that makes two comments!

  2. Jenny Ackland

    Hi Virginia, launch went really well. It was an unknown as all I knew was the time it started and where. I have a new post up on my blog, where I give more detail but basically the day was a great success and I am very happy! Hope you are well. Jenny

    1. Virginia

      Hi Jenny, great to hear the launch was fun for you. Thanks for the update and for sharing the link. I’m a big fan of your blog so I hope this helps find you a few new readers. –Virginia

  3. Jenny Ackland

    Yes the old blog’s been fairly heavily-trafficked recently, so I think this post has helped to send some people my way, so thank you again Virginia.

    1. Virginia

      That’s excellent, Jenny. Keep going … –Virginia

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