Offset, an annual journal of poetry, art and short stories from Victoria University professional writing students and other emerging writers from across Australia, will be launched on 19 October 2011 at VU's City Flinders Campus.
Now in its 11th year, the 139-page publication provides industry experience for Offset's editors and designers, and a public forum for the 34 writers and poets, and 12 artists whose work is featured this year.
Each edition includes the contribution of a featured writer alongside student work to symbolise the transformation from emerging writer to professional. Kate Holden, author of In My Skin and a columnist with The Age, is this year's featured writer. Past ones have included novelist Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap); comedian Nazeem Hussain (Where are all the Non-White People?); teenage fiction author Michael Hyde (All Along the Watchtower); and columnist Helen Razer.
The launch will include an exhibition at VU's Level 17 Artspace of student-produced installation art and a DVD showcasing the work of five multimedia students, as well as a music CD featuring eight student bands. The exhibition will run until 11 November.
For the first time, Offset willinclude sponsorship by arts organisations, The Victorian Writers' Centre, Australian Poetry, The Contemporary Arts Society of Victoria, and the Malthouse Theatre. Each has chosen an Offset piece for an award in art, multimedia, writing and poetry.
Copies of Offset will be available at the launch and at the Sun Bookshop (10 Ballarat Street, Yarraville) for $20.