Issue 5 launched

Issue 5 of extempore is now officially out in the world, after our launch at the Wangaratta Library. We’ve now launched an issue of the journal at each festival since 2008 and there was a tinge of sadness to the news we confirmed at the event, that Issue 5 will be our last. extempore has attracted a readership and contributor list that means we’ll be continuing to publish writing about and inspired by jazz, but we’ve decided that the journal is not the right model. We need projects that can be planned, managed and funded on their own. So it’s books from now on!

Readings from Francesca Sasnaitis, Geoff Page and Graeme Kinross-Smith made the launch a memorable event for a crowd that included locals and visitors. Thanks to the Wangaratta Library for allowing us to host this launch in their excellent community room!

Also announced at the launch:

  • the National Jazz Writing Competition will continue. We don’t include reviews in the cyle any more, however. In 2011 the competition will focus on short story. Watch the website and sign up to the newsletter for updates!
  • we are instigating a Writer-in-Residence program at the festival. Each year a writer will be given a pass to the festival and accomodation. Out of that, they will be expected to write a text and extempore will be given the option to publish it, when it’s done. Out of respect for the process of creativity and its unpredictability, there are no constraints on word length, genre or timeframe. More details will be available on this site at the end of the year.
  • our first book will be Take Me Higher by John Clare, who has been a regular contributor to extempore. This is a collection of new and older stories by John, with subject matter that ranges from bicycles to jazz, and beyond. We’re thrilled to bits to start our new direction with a book like this. (oh, and by the way, until 1 December, if you’d like to recieve a complimentary copy of John’s book when it comes out, all you have to do is purchase Issues 1-5 of extempore at the discount rate of $50 and we’ll put you on the mailing list. )

Thank you to all who came. See you next year, with something completely different!