POSTED 30TH JAN 2020
It was a dark and night at the Metro, a bar that plays live music at least 8 days a week. But I wasn't there for bands or to sing ditties to a salivating brethren of rockers and groovers, No, I was there to meet a mate, Mike Hopkins over a couple of Ales, a renowned poet in his own right. It was a history of suggestions from notable and not so notable people but of course everyone is notable in some sense to someone at least. The suggestion to publish the maestro had arisen historically of course. Jude Aquilina had proferred modern technology to sugeest it in an email. Connie Berg had shown enthusiastic happy supportive jpy at the contemplation of it. Khail Jureidini, the maestro himself, had started to talk it into existence. But, strange as it may seem, I sat in that bar, that bar with that wonderful reputation for the Yarts, that bar where I once saw Ned Collete destroy the audience and then reassemble them limb by limb, idea by idea, heart by heart, liver by liver, joy upon pain, pain upon compassion, compassion upon understanding, understanding upon joy, and so on. And then, as I sat there with a mate, a mate called Mike Hopkins, he may have uttered the phrase, Underwrite. He may have talked to me about helping me to put a manuscript of the Maestro's together. He may have mentioned proof reading, collation, the dawning of time, the time of serendipodidy. But, in this instance, with this final influence from a friend, a brother, I could conceive a book, an idea for a book. You see, I'd published before. Four multiple author anthologies from extraordinary writers in extraordinary times. And Khail Jureidini had featured in three of them, the most of any author. And sometimes at night, I dreamed of a micro publishing house where the authors that were in the multiple author anthologies could become the solo authors, the authors with their own book published by Lizard Skin Press. Yes, that's right! This is the sort of shit I often think about at night. And, here I was, am, used to be, with a beer swilling mate, and hearing the words underwrite, collate, worth doing. Within one minute and seventeen seconds I was on the phone to the Maestro. And, for once, despite his busy schedule, he answered. "It's a go!" I croaked, overcome with pep. And we did it from there, one mountain at a time, one drip upon a river, and for the extra terrestrials, one world upon the morrow. We know you're out there. And we know you have the special devices to turn your star man/woman/wymn/un-labelled/labelled/slightly labelled/inappropriately lablelled/aspirational/gender non specific/gender specific/human or non earthling with all of the above and below terminology, language into sacred script. To my dear and suffering world, and the worlds that have also been often neglected, please enjoy this humanitarian offering that is born by the work of many, too many to thank or even remember. We present to you, dear suffering world, Love Fails Safe, a book of poems, short stories, and intriguing drawings, some of them in full colour.
POSTED 11th January, 2020
Khail Jureidini's book, Love Fails Safe, was launched at the Tea Tree Gully library on 19th December, 2019.
Once again, a miraculous time was had by all. We seem to be making a habit of this.
Over 40 people attended and all were in complete rapture as renowned South Australian authors,
Mike Hopkins, Jude Acquilina and Ivan Rehorek (aka Avalanche) read poems from Khail's work.
Then, the man of the moment, perhaps of the decade, (the century?) took the stage. Immediately Khail
had the audience under his spell. They stared up at him like deer in headlights, like children at their first circus,
like pokie pensioner punters lining up five kings. And he didn't let them down. He softened them up
with a surprising anecdote that was nothing less than poignant, overwhelming for many, before tossing
the itinerary out the window and acting extemporaneously. This is where his bread was buttered as he
stormed the stages and poetry recitals of Australia in decades past. This is where his words come alive,
blistering with growl, melting with compassion, lurching with expectation. It was a jaw dropping ten minutes,
one where wine lovers, of which there were many, couldn't tear their eyes away in order to sip their beloved
vin de pays. As I gazed briefly into the sea of incredulous faces, it occurred to me that not one would leave
the event unchanged.
Thank you's are in order.
Thank you Khail, for reminding us why we love literature. Thank you to the renowned poets and dignitaries
who read and spoke. Thank you Tea Tree Gully library and staff for still being the best supporter of local
writers on the globe. Thank you to family and friends who traveled great distances across this wide brown
land in order to witness this auspicious moment. Thank you to all the people who helped put the book, Love
Fails Safe, together. Thank you to the audience who rushed the book sale table before and after the event,
creating a sales frenzy which gave me writers cramp as I attempted to keep up with demand for receipts.
Thank you Australia. Thank you to all the people who hardly ever get thanked but are also worthy of it.
May your 2020's bring you quality times and wonderful people to spend them with.
POSTED 21st May, 2015
Lizard Skin Press 3 and 4 have been launched.
(launches were held at The Tea Tree Gully Library, Strathalbyn - The Nuckin Funney, and also The Coffee Pot.)
A miraculous time was had by all apparently.
All authors have been sent cheques etc.
Most have cashed their cheques but a few still have not.
If you have not received your cheque, please contact us.
Please see anthology 3 and 4 details on the books for sale page.
All four anthologies are now available through Oz Music Books.
Anthology 2 is also available through The Book Depository
and at Imprints Book Shop Adeliade.
Anthology 1 is also available at Imprints Book Shop Adelaide.
POSTED 20th February, 2015
DOUBLE LAUNCH BOOKED FOR WEDNESDAY 4TH MARCH, 2015.
LIZARD SKIN PRESS SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY 3; and
LIZARD SKIN PRESS SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY 4 'STRANGE'.
The launch will be on Wednesday 4th March at 6.30pm at The Tea Tree Gully Library, Modbury, South Australia.
This free event includes wine and cheese supper. If you want to come along, please book by contacting the library on 8397 7333, or check their website, www.teatreegully.sa.gov.au/library
Once again, the anthologies have a good representation of South Australian writers, aswell as writers from interstate and a handful from overseas too. LSP 3 maintains the tradition of presenting stories that are not afraid to explore the layers of human experience, its sadness, tensions and also its frivolous joys - often occurring side by side. LSP 4 branches into new territory, presenting stories that dabble in the genres of Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy or Mind Bending Reality. But mostly they are 'Strange', not easily defined, carving a unique genre all their own.
LSP 3 authors are: Rosemary Canterbury, Sean Gislingham, Anne Chappel, Khail Jureidini, Edoardo Crismani, Robert Moore, Kathryn Yuen, Frank Ince, Christine Maguire, Gordon Stan, Farid Arab, Nick Carrol, Amra Pajalic, Heather Webster. Pictures by Margaret Storey.
LSP 4 'Strange' authors are: Boris Glikman, Tessa Chudy, Andrew G Bennett, Tanya Davies, Margo Poirier, Ed Tasca, Karen M Rider, Stirling Davenport, Moira McGee, Rory Frankson, Brenda Gardner, Ivan Rehorek, Gordon Stan, Khail Jureidini. Pictures by Margaret Storey.
Author payments will be available from the launch date.
POSTED 14th October, 2014.
Authors for Lizard Skin Press 2. Final cheques sent out a couple of weeks ago now. Please contact me if you haven't received your payment.
LSP 3 and 4 launch will be at The Tea Tree Gully Library, South Australia, on March 4th, 2015.
Please contact me if you require further details.
Further launch may follow at The Coffee Pot.
POSTED 19th September, 2014
Thanks to Brian at The Coffee Pot, James Place, for providing our launch venue.
A good night seemed to be had by all.
Authors of Lizard Skin Press Anthology 2. Please contact me if you haven't yet received payment for your story or talked to me in the last week. I have had trouble contacting some of you and your payment is available: [email protected] Author list for LSP 2 is on the books for sale page.
We have made a tentative booking for a double launch (LSP 3 and 4) at The Tea Tree Gully Library in March, 2015. Just waiting to hear back for the exact date.
POSTED 18th Aug 2014
LIZARD SKIN PRESS SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY 2 LAUNCH.
Date. Sunday September 14th, 2014.
Launch Time: 4.30pm.
Venue: The Coffee Pot, James Place (Rundle Mall end) , Adelaide.
Nibbles provided. $5 Hollandia stubbies. Wines start at $6.
The launch will include various articulations, readings, presentations, all around literary fun and entertainment.
An open mic will also run from 3.20pm, before the launch. Register at 3pm if interested. Time allowed for open
mic readings will depend on how many people register. Come and join in the open mic section: read, recite, play a tune, or even
promote your book.
POSTED 9th Aug 2014
Lizard Skin Press 2 is finally here. I have booked a tentative launch date for Sunday September the 14th, mid afternoon, at The Coffee Pot, James Place, Adelaide. (The Rundle Mall end) I will confirm further details and provide a time and program shortly. This is the date that we'll hand out cheques to authors or have payment available to those who can't attend.
Also, if you want to receive your free copy pre launch (authors in anthology are eligible for this) or you want to buy some pre launch copies - $20 a copy or $15 each for 4 or more - (absolutely everybody is eligible for this), you can pop into The Coffee Pot on Sunday 17th August. I will be there with a box of books, a change jar and enjoying a quiet beer from between 3.30pm and 5 ish pm. You can also contact me at [email protected] if you'd like details of how to obtain pre launch copies but cannot make it down Sunday week.
ps If anybody knows of businesses, authors, etc who would like to advertise in our next anthology (Lizard Skin Press 'Strange') please contact us. Our rates are on the advertise page of this website. The 'Strange' edition would suit authors of Sci Fi or 'unusual' stories or shops etc that might fit unusual themes etc as the stories in this edition have one thing in common - they are pretty 'strange' and imaginitive. Oh, that's actually two things in common.
I will be in touch with Lizard Skin Press 'Strange' authors and also authors of Lizard Skin Press 4 to inform them of future plans for those editions.
Thanks for the ongoing contact from LSP 2 authors. I will be in touch with you shortly also.
Thanks again for your patience. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
POSTED 27th June 2014
We have a proof of LSP 2 and like the look of it. Final edits underway. We wiill get a final proof then announce a launch. Thankyou to all the writers. You have shown the patience of saints, at least in your correspondence with us. We don't expect delays like this for the next two publications which are already in the pipe line and the stories have already been chosen for those and the writers notified. Thanks again and sorry for the delays. We will contact you soon.