extempore ISSUE 4 RELEASED AT UPTOWN JAZZ CAFE
John Clare, print embedded on his features, delivers his work.
Amid the flurry of festivals happening in Melbourne, extempore editor Miriam Zolin hosted a most pleasant launch at Uptown Jazz Cafe, with finger food and Baddaginnie Run wines. Contributors who read extracts from their published work were Merv Collins, who wrote A Fine Romance about his love for the singing of Kerrie Biddell, P.S. Cottier, who wrote the story Noddy rather than her usual poetry, and John Clare, who has a tongue-in-cheek look at John Lennon in his contribution.
It was a great evening, followed by music from Andrea Keller’s ensemble, including the Stonnington Jazz Festival patron and poetry lover Allan Browne, for those who could stay.
Keep up the hard work Miriam. This is a quality journal and deserves support — from subscribers and from government.
John Clare in full flight as extempore editor Miriam Zolin reflects.
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz opens with a journal
Yes, the latest – third – issue of the journal extempore has been launched at St Patricks Hall at the opening of the 2009 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. Mick Nock set the volume on its way and editor/publisher Miriam Zolin looked relieved that it had all come together again.
And what a great edition. The printing and/or stock is not the key ingredient, of course, but it has greatly improved and the images are displayed superbly. Most importantly, there is a feast of reading again and anyone who buys a copy or subscribes will be deeply satisfied.
Zolin read from PS Cottier’s poem The point of Jazz, which was graphic and bloodily warm. Geoff Page read from his work and John Clare ably acted out a little of his verbatim piece “I cutta the balls off”, about becoming a professional writer.
All power to extempore.