Matte Rochford and Robbie Ho of Ex-Trendy kicked it off at last night’s Late Night Library for critical INKing, Campfire Collective’s talk on all things indie print, hand made print, DIY publishing and zines.
Ex Trendy have been described as Flight of The Conchords meets Laurie Anderson and if you missed them here, you should check out their show at The Sydney Fringe.


We heard from a fantastic broadly skilled brains trust last night starting with Pip Smith of Penguin Plays Rough telling us about the process of publishing her first book The Penguin Plays Rough Book of Short Stories which features some incredible bespoke design by Elise Santangelo and Stuart Hall and a slew of illustrators.

Newer kids on the block New Planes Public Press represented in the shape of Lisa Lerkenfeldt, trusted editor of the new broadsheet format paper that aims to give a voice to unrepresented/underrepresented voices. Get to the launch of issue 2 next Thursday if you’re not coming to our Food Blog event.

Vanessa Berry next shared a summary of her prolific zine work. Ten minutes could give us just a snapshot of the over 100 zines that Vanessa’s hand made over the last 15 years. A small selection of Vanessa’s zines were selling like hotcakes at the end of the night and Campfire Collective were lucky enough to scoop a vintage Vinnies Blue Ribbon edition, one of Vanessa’s zines charting her 90s adventures to every St Vincent De Paul Op Shop in Sydney.

Postcards from Paris were shared by the night’s final guest Fayroze Lutta. A fervent Gocco printer, when Fayroze went to Paris a few years ago there was never a question that she’d pack her Gocko printer, sewing machine and typewriter, the tools of Fayroze’s trade in making delicate quirky fabric zines. The trip spawned a handmade postcard project and aside from the aesthetic delight of the cards, Fayroze read a few of her personal, funny, sad, romantic postcards for us.

Cheers to all these talented printers, writers, makers, shakers for talking all things critical INKing. Come back for more talk next week as top food bloggers like Thang Ngo of Noodlies share their tips, stories, experiences and favourite food finds.


Ex Trendy closed it out with Textbook Store, kind of appropriate for a library, though it’s technically not a store.





Special guest Michael Chamberlin will join Jen Wong and Daniel Moore at Test Pattern Comedy tonight.

You might recognise Michael from his many television appearances most notably as co-host of ‘The Mansion’ on the Comedy Channel and three seasons as a cast member of the popular Australia sketch show ‘skitHOUSE’. He has performed stand up on ‘Rove’ (Network TEN), ‘Stand Up’ (ABC TV), ‘Stand Up! Australia’ (The Comedy Channel) and best of all, made Bert laugh on ‘Good Morning Australia’ (Network TEN).
Michael’s writing highlights include being a core writer for ‘skitHOUSE’ but also a contributing writer for ‘Rove’ for five years until its conclusion in 2009. He also spent a season working on Network TEN’s ‘Before The Game’. In 2011, he can be found hanging out in the writers room for ABC TV’s Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight.

Surry Hills Library 9pm tonight.

More information about Late Night Library here





Sydney’s cult live storytelling series takes up residency at Eliza 5, in the Sydney Fringe Club. Real people tell true stories of their own lives, live. Hot on the tail of New York’s institutional and world famous live storytelling series The Moth, Sydney’s own true story series Storytelling promises straight up, straight forward storytelling at its best: real, raw and honest.

If the last story you heard was by tweet, status update, or SMS, you need this celebration of unashamedly old fashioned storytelling, featuring short true stories shared by four or five storytellers.

Past storytellers have included a nun, a former drug addict, and an East Timorese journalist. Past stories have included first hand experiences of pilots locking themselves out of cockpits, exhuming the family pet and keeping its skull, life as a life model, being fired, addictions, and rehab to name a few. Recent notable storytellers have included actress Virginia Gay, and international comedian DeAnne Smith, as seen on Good News Week.

Sep 25, 2:00pm
Michael Chamberlin – comedian, storyteller extraordinaire and comic writer for Can of Worms, Rove, GlassHouse, In Gordon St Tonight.
Johnny Marigliano – the most Brooklyn man you could meet, with tale of true Brooklyn crime: Gangsters, hoodlums, shylocks, and Pizza.
Zuzi Fort – from refugee camps to Miss Fitness Australia.
Plus Marc Carra & Pete Lead.

Oct 2, 2:00pm
Jack Tsonis did something very naughty whilst working for Telstra and the boss found out. It became company history, and you’ll laugh when you found out what it was. More storytellers to be announced.

5 Eliza – Fringe Club, 5 Eliza St (behind the Zanzibar Hotel)




We’ve been handed the baton of Late Night Library from Eddie Sharp for the next month.

We have comedy, a talk program featuring food bloggers and zine makers and storytelling.
Make sure you book in via the Surry Hills library on 8374 6250.




Thursday 18th August 9pm

If you need a laugh riot, switch your television to the Test Pattern and head down to Surry Hills Library as the best comedy writers from behind the scenes of Australian TV take their comedic best from page to stage for one night only. Featuring Daniel Moore (Rove, The Glass House), Jen Wong (Good News Week) and Michael Chamberlin. Daniel is a contributor to Frankie, J Mag and The Age. Jen Wong has stood up at Belvoir, and at Melbourne Comedy Festival as part of the 2011 Comedy Zone for the country’s best emerging talents. Michael’s writing highlights include being a core writer for ‘skitHOUSE’ but also a contributing writer for ‘Rove’ for five years until its conclusion in 2009. He also spent a season working on Network TEN’s ‘Before The Game’. In 2011, he could be found hanging out in the writers room for ABC TV’s Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight.




Thursday 25th August 9pm

While industrial printing presses whirl worldwide, the wunderkind of Sydney’s independent printing world descend on Late Night Library to show & tell about their lives of indie DIY hand made printing – hand carved wood block letters, ancient printing machines and guillotines, and how a politician’s throwaway printer has revolutionized Sydney printing! Featuring Blood and Thunder publishing concern, New Planes Public Press and their Mobile Book and Record Cart, and more. Plus leaping off the pages, live music and readings from the contributors to some of Sydney’s hottest zines and publications.

We are very sad to announce that Blood and Thunder publishing concern are now unable to make it. That’s the price you pay for being amazing! They have too many projects going down.

New guests include Pip Smith publisher of Penguin Plays Rough’s new book, prolific zinester Vanessa Berry, editor of New Planes Public Press Lisa Lerkenfeldt, handmade fabric zine maker Fayroze Lutter and tunes from Ex-Trendy as heard on FBi.

* UPDATE* The Mobile Book and Record Cart is in the Workshop but there will still be zines for sale!




Thursday 1st September 9pm

With awesome food blogs widespread we no longer have to wait for more adventurous friends to tip us off, now that tasty tips are never further than our foodie friends on trending blogs like Lee Tran Lam’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry, Not Quite Nigella, What Katie Ate, and Noodlies Western Sydney food blog. Join Sydney’s hottest food bloggers Lee Tran Lam, Thang Ngo, Howard Trang and Minh live at Surry Hills Library and find out how to use a food blog or how to write a food blog, plus get the inside scoop on Sydney’s best food experiences and hidden gems.




What do you get when you mix a comedian who wants to be a rapper, with the Joy Luck Club? Well, you might get something like this show, a mash up of some of Sydney’s hottest alternative comics delivering morsels of mirth from their forthcoming shows at the Sydney Fringe. Featuring snippets from Time Out Best Sydney Comedian nominee Michael Hing’s I’m Only Doing this Because They Won’t Let Me Be a Rapper, and Battle Hymn of the Swan Luck Club from SMH’s Top Ten Comics to Watch Jennifer Wong (pictured), plus more bits from guests to be announced.

Surry Hills Library
405 Crown St
Surry Hills NSW 2010





Its coming up to Fringe time in Sydney and we will be presenting Storytelling at the Fringe Club as well as Ghost Stories down at Sydney Park.

Bring a picnic blanket or low chairs to gather near the old brick kilns in Sydney Park and get spooked with some spine-tingling storytelling around the campfire. All true tales of course …

Sep 23 – 24, 7:00pm & 9:00pm
Oct 1 – 2, 7:00pm & 9:00pm

7pm – Scaredy-cats, scary (and silly) stories for families and little ones and the more faint heart.

9pm – I’m Not Scared, scary stories for adults and those who like a fright!