Magnificent 01 launch

Justy Phillips launches Magnificent during Design Island 2009. Saturday 09 May, 5.30pm – 7pm, Emma Lisa ferry, Captain Fell’s Historic Ferries, Franklin Wharf, Hobart. All welcome.Magnificent is launched as an experimental publishing platform. Published four-monthly in Tasmania, this modern day novella presents an opportunity to reconsider contemporary social issues in Australia.

Magnificent questions our relationship to people, identity and place by connecting extraordinary actions and everyday lives. Based on a celebration of the local, each edition of Magnificent is FREE. With a screwed up identity – part magazine, part documentary, part novel, Magnificent presents a unique twist on the nineteenth-century novella – short tales of country life brought to, and orated in the city. True to historical form, each edition will turn around a single incident or significant issue. Magnificent Issue 1: ‘Your weight I carry like a salty rock’ responds to a number of extended visits to King Island, including in 2008, an Arts Tasmania Residency at the King Island Cultural Centre. Through observation and narrative, Magnificent aims to reveal the missing links, raw undercurrents and subtle connections that exist beneath the surface of everyday life in Tasmania.

If you’re in Hobart on Saturday 9th May, 5.30pm – 7pm – come along to the launch. You can subscribe on the spot (for free!) and have a beer with us.