What a great time we all had at the book launch of Long Breast Press’ fifth book On For Young and Old (OFYO) at Jika Jika Community Centre in Northcote on 26 November 2017, 1 - 3 pm. This, our fifth book, was launched by Meg Irwin, the Dyke Divas entertained us with a couple of their choir songs and several contributors read extracts from their contributions at Jika Jika Community Centre in Northcote on 26 November 2017. The anthology includes contributions from 28 young and old radical lesbian feminists as well as Tributes to many of the lesbian feminists who have died.

(You can see a gallery of images from the launch: OFYO Gallery)

At the start of Long Breast Press’ (LBP’s) book launch, the collective was gratified to see the large hall  full of young and old radical lesbian feminists milling and chatting, eating cheese and bickies and buying the Anthology from Claudia and Barbary for $25 each, networking and greeting old friends before we all sat in a large circle.. 

Jean started the launch with an acknowledgement of Wurundjeri country. Ardy, as the emcee, welcomed everyone and mentioned that Tineke and later Pat M would be taking photos to go on the newly established LBP Website; and introduced Meg Irwin to launch the book.

Meg, the designated photographer of the LBP collective, launched the book in an informed and insightful way. She emphasized the strong commitment all the contributors had to lesbian feminist actions and how these, combined with their personal stories, made for such moving and compelling reading that she read the whole book in one go. 

Ardy introduced the Dyke Divas lead by Rachel Morgan one of the contributors to the book, Coming Home - Tales From a Womyn of Three Lands. The singers were Kerry Lee, What’s feminism ever done for me?, Liz Smith, Lesbian Mettle, Harry, Helene, Gayle, Trish, Anna, Marlene, Anne, and Claudia, also a contributor. This lesbian choir sang several songs, lending an additional creative dimension to the event.

Jean talked briefly about the process of publishing all five books and how hard we had worked on this latest one, how enthused we were by the response and how pleased we were that so many were there to celebrate this important occasion. She introduced the contributors who read extracts from their particular contributions which gave us an idea of the variety of political and life-enhancing work radical lesbian feminists have been doing over these past four-plus decades. She also mentioned the book included Tributes to lesbians who had died and acknowledged the recent death of one of the contributors, Helen Lee. A long way home.

The titles already mentioned give you some idea of the variety of writers and their topics, and to whet your interest for the many more who are included in the book, the readers were: Robin Gregory, Lesbians Are Everywhere; Sue Leigh, Who Would Have Thought It? Radicalfeminism now; Barbary Clarke, Truth-Telling; Claudia Huber, Globetrotting as Radical Lesbian Separatist; Viv Ray, A radical lesbian mother carves a pathway to equality for children; Robyn Peck, Underground; and Chris Sitka, Being Together. Unfortunately, Jessica Megarry, The women around me, was not able to make it until the end.

Inspired by the readings, Ardy wrapped up the official proceedings with some of her laugh out loud stories from her lesbian past which were much appreciated. Afterwards, we milled and chatted once again as we ate the pavolas and chocolate ripple cake and sipped bubbly to celebrate. More books were bought and signed before we cleaned up, exhausted but exhilarated by the company and our achievements.

A very big thank you to everyone who contributed on the day and especially to Meg Irwin for her inspiring speech, the Dyke Divas and Rachel for their harmonies, the contributing readers for their uplifting stories and Tineke and Pat for documenting the event with photos.  

Ardy, Barbary, Claudia, Jean

Long Breast Press Collective

This invaluable book, On For Young and Old: Australian Intergenerational Radical Lesbian Feminist Anthology, is available for sale at $25 plus postage of $14 for up to three copies. Payment can be made as follows:

You can either send a cheque made payable to Long Breast Press Inc with your return postal details to: Long Breast Press, PO Box 168, Brunswick East, Melbourne, Victoria 3057. 

Or pay through the LBP bank account which is with Bank First in Moonee Ponds in Melbourne (accessed through the Commonwealth Bank) and the Branch Bank Deposit details are: 

Account Name: Long Breast Press Inc

BSB: 063 784

Account Number: 198379

Or the Internet Banking Transfer Details are:

Account Name: Long Breast Press Inc

BSB: 704 191

Account Number: 198379

And don't forget to leave your name with the deposit so we'll know who it's from and let us know by email, as above, where to send the book.

WUKOOn 26 March 2005, Anah Holland-Moore called a meeting to see if there was any interest in writing and publishing a book about the experiences lesbians had of death and dying in Australia. Several lesbians attended that initial meeting where it was quickly established that there was certainly enough interest and more than a little enthusiasm for the idea and a date for our first meeting was made for the weekend of 28 - 29 May 2005 in Castlemaine.

After several intense and productive meetings, the collective, Anah Holland-Moore, Ardy Tibby, Barbary Clarke, Cathy Wheel, Claudia Huber, Jean Taylor, Lorraine le Plastrier, and Rosalinda Rayne, agreed to name this new lesbian feminist publishing venture Long Breast Press. We also decided that the book we were working on would be called Willing Up and Keeling Over: a Lesbian Handbook on Death Rights and Rituals. 

We designed a logo and researched, wrote and edited all of the material ourselves. After we unsuccessfully applied for a grant from LInc we financed the production and publishing of the book from our own resources. Lorraine designed the illustrations throughout and her artwork, She Who Sails Into the Wind, was used for the front cover. Cathy did all of the typesetting to keep costs down. After we’d incorporated, we agreed that Long Breast Press Inc was a not-for-profit, lesbian feminist publisher with the aim of publishing writing by, for and about lesbians. 

After a lot of hard work and not a little angst Willing Up and Keeling Over was finally launched with great fanfare and a magnificent speech by Marg Stephens and readings from the book at a womyn-only event with refreshments at Jika Jika Community Centre in Northcote on Sunday 8 July 2007. Copies of WUKO were available for sale at $20.

Our next job was to get the books into discerning bookshops, like Hares & Hyenas in Melbourne and The Feminist Bookshop in Sydney. We reprinted, relaunched, and sold the books at lesbian events whenever and wherever we could, approximately 500 copies all up so far. 

After Fran Day, the editor of Sinister Wisdom in the U.S. had read the book, she approached us in 2008 with a proposal to republish WUKO as an edition of the lesbian journal Sinister Wisdom. We agreed, and 1,300 copies of our book were subsequently published as SW number 80 Summer 2010.


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In October 2011, we were pleasantly surprised when we were approached by Esther Olivares from Sydney to see if we were interested in helping to publish her autobiography, Esther’s Nine Lives, and we agreed. Alana Jones typeset and designed the manuscript and designed the cover, Chris Sitka wrote the blurb on the back cover and Jean liaised with Esther and the printers, BookPOD, all under the direction of Esther who paid all of the printing and other expenses. Esther launched her book in NSW, with Chris Sitka doing the honours, on 6 April 2012.

 


Lesbians Write OnWith our second book co-published and launched, we got back to working out the criteria for our third book. After considering several options we decided to go with Ardy’s suggestion of an Australian lesbian anthology. We began advertising for submissions to the anthology at the beginning of February 2012 with a deadline of 31 August 2012 which we had to extend to 31 October 2012 in order to attract more submissions. After another submission to LInc we were pleased to receive a $1,000 cheque in the mail in October 2012 towards the publication costs of the Anthology and also received $500 in 2013 from an anonymous donor to contribute towards publishing costs.

Again, after a lot of hard work but in less time because we had much more experience with the publishing processes, and with Alana again doing the typesetting and BookPOD the printing, LBP launched Lesbians Write On: A Celebration of Contemporary Australian Lesbian Writing, with several contributors reading their work at Jika Jika Community Centre in Northcote on 24 November 2013.


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Our next book and one we again agreed to co-publish was Journey Into My Underworld: An autobiography of a lesbian journey by Jo Alexander the pseudonym of Margo van der Voort van der Kleij. With a few minor changes, the manuscript was emailed to BookPOD for typesetting in December 2014 and was launched at Jika Jika Community Centre by Chris Sitka with entertainment by The Chocolate Lilies Choir on 21 March 2015. In the meantime, Margo had successfully applied for funding to help with the publishing costs from both LInc and an anonymous donor and was responsible for the sale of her books.

 


On for Young and Old frontx600After collating the results of a LBP survey we’d distributed in 2015 to get feedback about the kind of LBP book our lesbian readers might like next, it was agreed that we would go with Barbary’s suggestion and advertise for contributions to an Intergeneration Radical Lesbian Feminist Anthology to include personal life stories as well political activism. This, our fifth book has just been released.

 

 


tthemadaThe latest book published in 2017, is tthemada lesbian poetry by the late Helen Lee.

About a week before she died of cancer on 13 September 2017, Helen Lee surprised the Long Breast Press Collective by requesting us to publish a book of her poetry. In several conversations with Claudia and Jean, Helen gave clear instructions about which poems she wanted included - and the shape of some of them on the page. This book is a result of these conversations and we are proud that we have been able to bring one of Helen’s dreams to fruition - even if posthumously. The book was launched at a small gathering at Helen’s place on 10 December 2017.


With advances in technology, it is so much easier and cheaper and more convenient to self-publish books than it used to be. And while we’re willing to go on publishing book ourselves and to co-publish books, as we did with Esther and Margo’s, we’re also pleased to be able to pass on the benefit of our expertise and knowledge about how to go about self-publishing lesbian books to lesbians who’d like that information. 

In all our publications we acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land we write and publish on.

Ardy, Barbary, Claudia and Jean 

Long Breast Press Collective

 

LONG BREAST PRESS

PO Box 168

Brunswick East

Melbourne, Vic 3057

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WUKOWilling Up and Keeling Over: A Lesbian Handbook on Death Rights and Rituals, Anah Holland-Moore, Ardella Tibby, Barbary Clarke, Cathy Wheel, Claudia Huber, Jean Taylor, Lorraine Le Plastrier, Rosalinda Rayne, Long Breast Press, Melbourne, 2007

Willing Up and Keeling Over is a practical handbook to help us with those financial, emotional and legal details when a lesbian lover or friend is faced with death.

It covers a wide range of topics such as wills, powers of attorney, preparing for dying, arranging funerals/cremations or dealing with grief.

The information given in this book helps lessen the impact of our own eventual death or the death of a loved one on lovers, friends and family we leave behind.

What makes this book special is the inclusion of our own heartfelt personal stories, art and poetry.

A must read for any lesbian who not only treasures being in charge of her own life, but who also believes in her choice of dying with dignity and in peace.

She Who Sails Into the Wind, sculpture and photo by Lorraine le Plastrier, cover design by LBP Collective 2007


Esthrs 9 LivesEsther’s Nine Lives, Esther Olivares, Long Breast Press, Melbourne, 2012

Esther’s Nine Lives is the autobiography of Esther Olivares, a Chilean lesbian who survived being shot and traumatised by the Chilean military under the Pinochet regime and who escaped to Australia in 1977.

In this book Esther carries us along through her eventful life in Chile and Australia. A life that would have left most people a quivering mess. Yet she emerges, despite her justifiable anger at the many insults and bullets fired at her, as a joyous survivor. She keeps relishing life and nature and sharing that enjoyment with us.

If you are interested in lesbianism, feminism, South America, surviving persecution, indigenous cultures, migration, travel or the spiritual regeneration offered by nature, you will treasure this book.

Photographer unknown, cover design by Alana Jones 2012

 


Lesbians Write On

Lesbians Write On: A Celebration of Contemporary Australian Lesbian Writing, edited by Long Breast Press Collective: Ardy Tibby, Barbary Clarke, Claudia Huber, Jean Taylor and Rosalinda Rayne, Long Breast Press, Melbourne, 2013. 

Lesbians Write On is an eclectic collection of literary pieces through the eyes of 24 lesbian authors in Australia.

With the use of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction writing styles, a diverse range of topics touching lesbian lives is explored. 

Topics like, being a radical lesbian feminist, love, lesbian gatherings, the fear of losing a lover, lesbian activism, dealing with racism, ageing as lesbians, interactions with biological families and much more.

In short, what it means to live as a lesbian in Australia today.

It follows in the footsteps of numerous lesbian writers and publishers who, over many decades, have contributed to shaping lesbian communities by giving voice to the unique experience of lesbians in a changing world.

The Long Breast Press collective is proud to be part of a long tradition of nurturing a lesbian feminist community through written and published words.

Cover photo by Meg Irwin, cover design by Alana Jones 2013


Journey Into My Underworld

Journey Into My Underworld - Jo Alexander - Long Breast Press

The late 1960s and early 1970s were times of great societal and political change in Western Europe, but in particular in progressive Holland (The Netherlands). 

In this book, Jo takes you into her personal experiences of those times while the sexual, political and religious revolutions were raging around her. Her journey into her sexual identity was not an easy one; lesbianism was invisible, homo- and lesbo-phobia was everywhere, and religious Roman Catholic repression was rigid and fearsome.

Courageously Jo describes her journey into sexual taboos, from the inside out, and about being a girl, compulsory heterosexuality, and the lesbian sexual experience. She describes her internalised fear, implanted by her Catholic upbringing, and the devastating effects of being judged and exiled. Jo also writes about joy and liberation and of her love for women in general.

Claiming her lesbian identity was a peak experience in more ways than one.

For a copy of this great book, contact Margo at this address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


OFYO

On For Young and Old: Australian Intergenerational Radical Lesbian Feminist Anthology, Long Breast Press, 2017

The contributions in On For Young and Old document a dynamic and revolutionary period of time for radical lesbian feminists and also give some insight into the social, as well as political lives of the lesbians involved.

These contributions are from 28 of the radical lesbian feminists themselves, who were, and still are, part and parcel of one of the most significant political and social revolutions of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. They describe the courage and intuition, the intelligence and wit, as well as the political savvy and revolutionary skills needed to challenge the patriarchal status quo - and thereby change the world.

 

 


ttemadatthemada lesbian poetry - Helen Lee - Long Breast Press, 2017.

In this book you will find well-crafted love poems (no mean achievement as anyone else who’s tried writing them will agree); poems which attest to Helen Lee’s love of the bush and nature; ones which deal with the struggle to maintain mental health; and poems depicting Helen’s fierce grassroots community activism.

Helen’s personal life as expressed through these poems also attests to her lesbian feminist commitment to help make the world a safer and more loving place for women to live.

 

 

 

 

 


 There are several purchase methods available for the LBP titles.

  1. You can either send a cheque made payable to Long Breast Press Inc with your return postal details to:
    Long Breast Press, PO Box 168, Brunswick East, Melbourne, Victoria 3057 

  2. Pay through the LBP bank account which is with Bank First in Moonee Ponds in Melbourne (accessed through the Commonwealth Bank) and the Branch Bank Deposit details are: 
    Account Name: Long Breast Press Inc
    BSB: 063 784
    Account Number: 198379

  3. Or the Internet Banking Transfer Details are:
    Account Name: Long Breast Press Inc
    BSB: 704 191
    Account Number: 198379

And don't forget to leave your name with the deposit so we'll know who it's from and let us know by email, as above, where to send the book.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PO Box 168 

Brunswick East

Melbourne

Victoria 

Australia 3057

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