Finlay Lloyd Smalls is an ongoing project where we give its authors sixty pages to create a book. Published together in groups, the first five Smalls came out in 2013, and now we have commissioned another five to be released in early September this year, shoulder to shoulder, as an offering of vital writing by Australian authors. In a market where each new book jostles for attention, FL Smalls is a lively antidote to celebrity-driven publishing. Whether producing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or graphic and illustrated stories, Smalls writers vary from first time authors to the well-known, but they join together to create a varied and unusual collection.
The books are small paperbacks, $10 each, $45 for all five new titles, and $85 for all ten in the series.
The new five titles are:
FLSmalls 6 by Paul McDermott – Fragments of the Hole: Odds and ends, bibs and bobs, and little bits of nothing
This wonderfully illustrated collection contains a haunting parable about a boy and a goat, and a series of poems that are both fiercely ironic and strangely moving.
FLSmalls 7 by Carmel Bird – Fair Game: A Tasmanian Memoir
This long essay is an engagingly personal, playful and thoughtful examination of the arrival in 1832 in Tasmania of a shipload of women, sent to redress the imbalance of genders in that colonial settlement. Carmel also has a collection of stories, My Hearts Are Your Hearts, released recently by Spineless Wonders.
FLSmalls 8 by Phillip Stamatellis – Growing up Café
This long lively essay portrays the ‘biography’ of a café in Goulburn in the 1970s and 80s. We witness the café’s passing parade of motley customers through the eyes of the youngest son of the Greek immigrants who run it.
FLSmalls 9 by Timothy Morrell – Don’t Leave Home: A Travel Guide
This collection of linked essays explores, with a deft ironic touch, our obsession with travel, in the process taking us to some places that perhaps only the author would want to visit.
FLSmalls 10 by Cassandra Atherton – Trace
This collection of prose poetry creates a naturally intimate world while, at the same time, fluidly examining complex connections between popular and high culture.
The original five FLSmalls, all various forms of fiction, are: Anxiety Soup, a collection of poetry by Tara Mokhtari; The Dark Days of Matty Lang, a long story by Wayne Struwick; Nothing Ventured, a blackly comic graphic story by Natalia Zajaz; Bruno Kramzer, a long story by A.S. Patric; and NY, a graphic story by Mandy Ord.
Anxiety Soup is a vital and intimate collection of poetry. Tara Mokhtari is a Persian-Australian writer based in Melbourne and New York.
The Dark Days of Matty Lang is a powerful story of friendship, love and betrayal. Wayne Strudwick is a Canberra writer and won the 2013 Voiceless Writing Prize.
Nothing Ventured contains several comics. The drawing is fresh and the stories quiet yet enlivened by playfully dark humour. Natalia Zajaz lives in Katoomba, NSW. She has been making comics for many years but this is her first book.
Bruno Kramzer is an intriguing and disturbing story of evasion and betrayal. A.S. Patric is a Melbourne writer. His first two books have won the Ned Kelly Award and the Booranga Prize, and his Las Vegas for Vegans has been shortlisted for this year’s Queensland Literary Awards.
NY takes its author to Manhattan where she has encounters that surprise and deeply affect her. Mandy Ord is a Melbourne comic writer. Her Rooftops has been reprinted three times by Finlay Lloyd.