AUSTRALIA – a poem by Rae Desmond Jones

AUSTRALIA is from Rae’s final collection of poetry The End of the Line, Rochford Press 2019. Sydney Launch details and pre-sales information will be available in a few days. To be placed on a mailing list to be advised about the launch and were to buy a copy please complete the following:

 

Welcome to the Rochford Plateau

Welcome to Rochford Plateau. Here, in this slightly rarefied atmosphere, you will find those articles and reviews for Issue 26 which are time critical – that is they can’t wait until the rest of the issue is loaded in March 2019. Normally you will find exhibition, drama and film reviews here. When Issue 26 is loaded the content of the Plateau will be integrated into the overall issue. As always, if you have want to contribute a review or article to the Plateau, or have an event that could be highlighted, please contact us at submission@rochfordstreetreview.com.

 

Rochford Street Review in 2019 – Come on the Journey!

Photograph: Mark Roberts

2018 has been a period of transition: Rochford Street Review was put on hold for a period of time while we examined options at making it more sustainable and engaging. The outcome is a new format and renewed sense of excitement as the Review heads into 2019.

    • Rochford Street Review will look a little different in 2019. Since the beginning of 2012 we have published 25 on-line issues, with close to 800 reviews, articles and discussion pieces and we have had over 180,000 visitors from around the world. We think this is a pretty impressive achievement and one which we can build on, but it also needs to be sustainable, especially if we continue to be ignored by the various funding bodies. So from Issue 26 we will look a little different.
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    • At the start of each quarter we will call for submissions and the journal will be published at the end of the quarter over a week to ten-day period. The call out will be for reviews and articles, together with creative work (poetry, prose artwork etc). We will continue to be a Journal of Australian & International cultural reviews, writing, art news and criticism. If you are interested in contributing reviews, articles, launch speeches, artist talks or creative work please contact the editors at submission@rochfordstreetreview.com
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    • We recognise, however, that there are some things that have an immediacy, that can’t really wait until the issue comes out (reviews of exhibitions or films for example). Items that are time sensitive will be published as appropriate in a new on-line feature called The Rochford Plateau and incorporated in the Review at the end of the quarter.
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    • We will be reviewing our current system of subscriptions. While these have provided valuable support to us over the last two years they have barely covered our costs (we have just, for example had to pay out around $250 dollars for Web hosting and domain registration for 2019) and have made it difficult to pay contributors. While access to the review will remain free we be will looking at how to “suggest” to readers how they could subscribe to the journal. We will also be actively perusing other models of funding including crowd funding models to support payment to contributors etc. Meanwhile please feel free to donate to us at  https://rochfordstreetreview.com/supporting-subscriber.

Now sit back and browse through over 800 reviews, articles, poems and artworks and please support us as we enter a new year.

Rochford Street Review: A New Year, a New Format

Rochford Press and Rochford Street Review wish everyone a happy and creative New Year.

2018 has been a period of transition: Rochford Street Review (RSR) was put on hold for a period of time while we examined options at making it more sustainable and engaging. We also looked at the role of Rochford Press, the publisher behind RSR, a series of chapbooks and the very occasional P76 Magazine

The outcome is a new format and renewed sense of excitement as the Press heads into 2019.

Rochford Street Review

  1. Rochford Street Review will look a little different in 2019. Since the beginning of 2012 we have published 25 on-line issues, with close to 800 reviews, articles and discussion pieces and we have had over 180,000 visitors from around the world. We think this is a pretty impressive achievement and one which we can build on, but it also needs to be sustainable, especially if we continue to be ignored by the various funding bodies. So from Issue 26 we will look a little different:
  • At the start of each quarter we will call for submissions and the journal will be published at the end of the quarter over a week to ten-day period. The call out will be for reviews and articles, together with creative work (poetry, prose artwork etc). We will continue to be a Journal of Australian & International cultural reviews, writing, art news and criticism.
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  • We recognise, however, that there are some things that have an immediacy, that can’t really wait until the issue comes out (reviews of exhibitions or films for example). Items that are time sensitive will be published as appropriate in a new on-line feature called The Rochford Plateau and incorporated in the Review at the end of the quarter.
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  • We will be reviewing our current system of subscriptions. While these have provided valuable support to us over the last two years they have barely covered our costs (we have just, for example had to pay out around $250 dollars for Web hosting and domain registration for 2019) and have made it difficult to pay contributors. While access to the review will remain free we be will looking at how to “suggest” to readers how they could subscribe to the journal. We will also be actively perusing other models of funding including crowd funding models to support payment to contributors etc.

Rochford Press

You may have noticed that Rochford Press has now dropped the ‘Street’ from its name. Following the move of the Press to the Blue Mountains, the physical connection to a street in inner Sydney became purely nostalgic, besides, when Mark Roberts came up with a name in 1982 for the Press while living in Rochford Street, Erskineville, he modelled it on Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s Hogarth Press, so-called as they lived in Hogarth Place at the time.

For the past few years the Press has mainly been concerned with publishing a series of small, hand-produced chapbooks. While we will continue to produce these chapbooks into 2019, we will also be looking at other projects of literary, cultural and political importance. The first of these will be the publication of Rae Desmond Jones’ final collection of poetry The End of the Line. Rae worked on this collection during the last year of his life and we are particularly proud to be working with his family and friends in publishing this very important and uniquely curated collection.

The End of the Line will be available for prelaunch sales within the next week or so if you want to be added to a mailing list to be advised on available and launch details please email contact@rochfordstreetpress.com

We thank you for your support in the past and look forward to an exciting 2019 and beyond.

 – Linda Adair & Mark Roberts

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ISSUE 24. Double Issue October 2017 – March 2018

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Photographer’s Shadow. Anna Couani. Photograph 2017

 

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Issue 20: October to December 2016

‘_____Hours’ (2015), Engrybirdz (Dorit Goldman and Mel Baveas), folded, shaped and taped White Pages: Business and Government, Sydney College Of Arts Honours Graduate Show, 18-24 November, 2015. photography der_melicious (Mel Baveas).

‘_____Hours’ (2015), Engrybirdz (Dorit Goldman and Mel Baveas), folded, shaped and taped White Pages: Business and Government, Sydney College Of Arts Honours Graduate Show, 18-24 November, 2015. photography der_melicious (Mel Baveas).

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Rochford Street Review Needs Your Support in 2017.

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As we enter 2017 Rochford Street Review urgently needs your help. Over the past five years we have published over 550 reviews and articles on Australian books, visual arts, film and music and we have had over 132,000 page views. Although we receive no government or other institutional support we attempt to offer all our reviewers at least a token payment.

But to keep going for another 12 months we need your support. January is the month when many of our bills fall due. The total is almost $200 in domain registration fees and various Word Press subscriptions we need to maintain the site. We also want to be able to continue to offer at least a token payment to our valuable reviewers (and we aim to try to increase this amount) and ensure the site remains free to access.

If you can please consider making either a one-off donation or becoming a supporting subscriber and make a small donation each month.

In the current anti-art/ anti-culture environment it is vital that independent journals like Rochford Street Review continue to survive and to question the status quo. We can only do this with your help.

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Rochford Street Review would also like to thank the following people and organisations who have supported us over the last twelve months:

  • Ian Gibbins
  • Janette Dadd
  • Robyn Rowland
  • Entirely Beautiful Books
  • Jim Walton
  • Linda Godfrey
  • Michele Seminara
  • Anna Couani
  • Sarah St Vincent Welch
  • Annette Marfording
  • Helen Nickas
  • Georgina Woods
  • Grant Caldwell
  • Richard Tipping

There have also been a handful of anonymous together with reviewers, writers and donations who have donated their payments back to the Review. These generous donations have allowed us to pay our postage and other associated fees over the course of the year and to also offer our writers a small token payment for their work.

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Happy New Year!

Rochford Street Review will be taking a short break for the next week to allow us to recharge and to prepare for 2017. We have some great plans for next year so stay tuned!

We will also be launching our annual appeal for donations. We need to raise around $200 by mid January to pay for our annual web hosting and associated charges and we will look to our readers and supporters to support us. More of that later – but you can get in early and make a donation now if you wish.

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Happy Birthday to Us – Rochford Street Review Turns 5

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Rochford Street Review published its first three articles on 2 December 2011 which  means, if I am not mistaken, that we are five years old today! The first articles were:

Five years later we have published close to 550 reviews and articles which have read over 130,000 times.

Shortly we will be kicking off our fund-raising drive to raise the $200 we need to pay each year for web hosting, domain names and the like – in the meantime you can always become a supporting subscriber or make a one-off donation by going to https://rochfordstreetreview.com/supporting-subscriber/.

Who knows we might even be around for another five years!

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Issue 19: July 2016 – September 2016

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Song Sung (2014) [detail] Georgina Pollard, 1.1m x 2.4m, house paint and curtain fabric, exhibited at Eco Spirit (2014), Modern Arts Projects (MAP), Blue Mountains. Photo credit: Billy Gruner

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