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We are busy preparing for this year’s Memory Makes Us. We are mere weeks away from the call out for your memories, so keep an eye on the site for details.

Kate Pullinger’s wonderful Memory Makes Us story has now faded away entirely while we build a whole new space for our writers to work in for this year. Her work lives on though in a gallery of photos taken from the event from 9 July last year.

By the way, doesn’t the theme of ‘memory’ just keep on giving in the form of pun-tastic post titles?


The Sweet, Sweet Tears

ifbook podcastA bumper episode of the the if:book Podcast for March with our guest Andrew Duval. Get comfortable because we couldn’t bear to cut this one down. Just as well this is not radio.

Featured artist is Charles D’Almaine playing Imitation of bagpipes and Scotch airs on the violin. Sourced and remastered from Edison Gold Moulded Record 7377 and our friends at the Internet Archive. No bagpipes were harmed in the making of this record.

Emily attempts to goad Simon into ranting about Hugh Howey’s reports on the Author Earnings web site, but he’s distracted by memories of Happy Days. Somehow they still launch into a discussion that makes sense.

Our guest is the rather awesome Andrew Duval of Liquid Interactive: the brains behind the Writelike web-based learning platform.

Some links to the stuff we discuss:

Because we we distracted by interesting discussion, we didn’t quite get to Cool Stuff We Found On The Internet. Next month. Promise.

Also, it’s worth noting that every podcast is an adventure in audio engineering. In other words, we’ll give Emily her own microphone next time.



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My Robot’s Jam

ifbook podcastThe if:book Australia Podcast kicks off 2014 with special guest Christy Dena, focusing on her project Robot University for The Cube at QUT, which you can check out online for more information. Christy also kept a developer’s blog at

Other projects we wanted to discuss in more detail, but have reluctantly left for another time are:

And of course, we always have Cool Stuff We Found On The Internet:


Featured artist is  Freaky Steve with the track 140rendmess. Thanks, Freaky.



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Lost in Memory, if:book in 2014


Memory Makes Us

The pilot stage of Memory Makes Us took place in July 2013 with a live writing experiment by Kate Pullinger. The project sought contributions from the public both leading into and during the event in a unique interaction between artist and audience.

Three Events, Nine Authors

In 2014, Memory Makes Us will be expanded to three events in different cities around Australia. We will also expand the number of authors for each event to three. We will announce locations and featured artists for Memory Makes Us soon.

Memory Makes Us will continue to use a combination of online and live face-to-face interaction between contributors and artists, including web submissions, social media, handwriting, and (of course) manual typing. Readers online will be able to follow the authors’ progress via a new dedicated project web site.


Lost in Track Changes

Lost in Track Changes is a writing experiment that combines contemporary notions of remix culture with old-fashioned writing games and parlour tricks.

Five writers are being commissioned to write a short memoir vignette and pass it along to another writer in the group who will adapt and creatively change the work before passing it along again. The result will be five pieces that evolve and adapt sometimes in unexpected and surprising directions. But regardless of what happens, if:book will track the changes an document their evolution.

Look for the first Lost pieces later this year.


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if:book Podcast

The if:book Australia podcast will be produced once a month and will discuss future book projects, whether they be our own or those of the forward thinking writers and creative people we interview. Get ready for discussions of boundary pushing projects which poke, pull and transform our ideas of books, storytelling and publishing.

If you are interested in being a guest on the podcast, contact us with a pitch and bio. Make sure you listen to our previous podcasts first to determine if  your project is a good fit. To get an idea of the types of topics and projects we discuss please listen to our previous podcasts.

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The Amplified Author

So you’re overwhelmed by the mass of information about digital publishing? You hate wasting writing time researching how to publish your own work? We created the Amplified Author just for you.

The Amplified Author is an online suite of resources giving you the tools to navigate digital and self-publishing. This course is all you need to navigate the digital revolution by providing you with information about ebooks and the publishing industry and teaching you the practical skills to produce your own ebooks. You can either grab the full course, or sign up for a short mini-course to fill in a gap in your knowledge.

Originally developed in 2011 as a series of presentations and consultations, the Amplified Author is now available as a set of online resources—text, links, and videos—covering both broad industry trends in digital and independent publishing through to practical skills development in areas such as ebook creation, design and publishing to various online platforms.


The Best Bits of 2013

As we prepare to unleash our 2014 program on your senses, Simon and Emily have taken a moment to compile their favourite if:book Australia posts from 2013. Reacquaint yourself with some of our amazing essayists or discover something you might have missed first time around. Enjoy!

Simon’s Choices

  • All Your Pods Are Belong To Us: This interview with Kate Pullinger was conducted on a phone in a cafe and yet sounds kind of half decent. A great discussion over some pretty good food. We should do more podcasts in cafes. Plus the finished product features Moonshine Kate, one of my favourite musical discoveries from the year. 
  • I Will Say This Only Once: I loved all the Willow Patterns remixes, but I probably spent more time with Pascalle Burton’s than the others. The video upload was an ordeal in transcoding and choked bandwidth, but the result was worth it. Trust me, listening to (and watching) this piece over and over again unlocks its depth. I’m yet to listen to it without hearing something I hadn’t noticed before.
  • Memory Makes Us, the short-term team: The original conception for reader contributions to Memory Makes Us was split into two stream: long-term and short-term memories. The generosity of our readers in providing their memories was overwhelming and the result was beautiful, if a bit voyeuristic. Sometimes overlooked though was the short-term memory team, a gang of intrepid postgrad students wandering the streets and gardens of Brisbane collecting moments. En masse like this, the result is bizarre and intriguing. A day documented.
  • Collabor-bake: Can a cake be a remix of a book? Shut up. It’s cake.
  • Cn u rd ths?: I told myself I could only select one N00bz essay for this list and it appears last here because I still can’t make up my mind. I’m deeply grateful to all our brave n00bz as they battled with coding, closing, drawing, making, scribbling and procrastinating. But Ben was one of the first writers to agree to this ridiculous pitch with his own idea of learning shorthand. From the distance of an editor’s desk, I assured Ben that not being a champion shorthander by then end of the experiment was still a valid result and the essay would still turn out great.

Emily’s Choices

  • Memory Makes Us, The Short-Term Team: Memory Makes us was a grand experiment. While it was wonderful to have Kate Pullinger in Australia and writing this amazing piece, I found the thoughts and moments captured by the short-term team on Twitter to be the most beautiful product of the day. For those of you who completely missed it, we collected all the thought provoking tweets into one post. : )
  • To Sleep No More (Perchance To Write): This Noobz essay was awesome, and not just because I like human experimentation (whoops, did I say that out loud?). It was a wonderfully light and engaging read on Sean Williams experience with sleep experiments. This essay confirms to me how cheeky writers truly are.
  • Robots with 808s: Don’t let the horrible synth music at the beginning turn you off, this podcast was one of my most favourite interviews of the year, with the delightful Noah Rosenberg, founder and editor in chief of Narratively. In fact we liked it so much we couldn’t bring ourselves to cut the original hour interview down to one twenty minute segment, so we split the interview over two podcasts. It covers all my favourite things like crowdfunding, and mixing media to tell a story the right way.
  • The Leak: Though I’m not one for poetry, Nathan Curnow’s cento poem has to be one of my favourite remixes of the Willow Patterns data. I love the fact that the whole thing was stitched together using phrases from the book which then created an entirely new story. Most of all, I loved seeing what part of the poem came from which original author (and not only because I wanted to see which author Nathan had a literary crush more…).
  • Dazzled by the Undoable: Another Noobz essay to finish the list, you can’t go past this very funny essay. Who can pass up an opening line like this: Hello. My name is Ronnie and this is the story of how I failed to draw a comic.

Let’s Not Give Credit Where it’s Due

For the final podcast for 2013, Simon and Emily look back over the topics covered in if:book’s essay series The N00bz:

  • Caroline Baum discovers reviewing books in the click economy
  • Benjamin Law struggles with the syntax of shorthand and questions its true utility
  • Elizabeth Lhuede takes up the Australian Women’s Writing Challenge
  • Emily Stewart gives away a bunch of those bound papery things
  • Ronnie Scott utterly fails to make a comic

So of course the discussion eventually turns to book covers, stick figures, and taking graffiti classes.

Featured artist Robert Gaylor and a beautiful piece for the celeste called Christmas Bells from 1919 (because we really do give credit where it’s due).



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Figures in Waiting


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This week, if:book Australia is proud to publish a series of remixes from its 24-Hour Book, Willow Pattern. The source material for the remixes goes well beyond the finished text of the book to include the entire database of edits collected over the project’s duration.

Nicholas  Powell has produced Figures in Waiting, a work the authors describes as follows:

I cut and paste the stories into one document, three columns to a page, then performed various Gysinesque experiments, underlining interesting run-ons, vertical enjambments. These fragments served as the raw material, the third mind, as it were. I sifted and shuffled the parts, did revisions, replaced words. The result is both aleatoric and subjective. There is nothing new in the procedure, per se. It seemed to be a work that needed to float in a gas of abstractions, to be everywhere and nowhere at once. I suppose I was drawn to the suggestive, the threatening, the absurd, place names, slippery pronouns and tenses, grammar errors, rhetorical motifs, and other elements that seemed to invite and resist metaphor. 


Read Figures in Waiting at the Willow Patterns Showcase.

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Just So

willow patternsThis week, if:book Australia is proud to publish a series of remixes from its 24-Hour Book, Willow Pattern. The source material for the remixes goes well beyond the finished text of the book to include the entire database of edits collected over the project’s duration.

Sandra Thibodeaux has created a poem inspired by the data from Willow Pattern and the true story of a missing child.





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The Leak

This week, if:book Australia is proud to publish a series of remixes from its 24-Hour Book, Willow Pattern. The source material for the remixes goes well beyond the finished text of the book to include the entire database of edits collected over the project’s duration.



Nathan Curnow‘s The Leak is a cento poem, stitched together from quotes, paraphrases, and references culled from the book’s data and, in the process, transformed into something new. The poem is available in both text and audio forms where each reference to the original author has been meticulously annotated.


Read The Leak by Nathan Curnow in text at

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I Will Say This Only Once

willow patternsThis week, if:book Australia is proud to publish a series of remixes from its 24-Hour Book, Willow Pattern. The source material for the remixes goes well beyond the finished text of the book to include the entire database of edits collected over the project’s duration.

More about Willow Pattern, the 24-Hour Book.

More about Willow Patterns, the open database of edits from the original 24-Hour Book.

Pascalle Burton has created a sound collage called I Will Say This Only Once, featuring all 3,500 words used just once in the book’s text.


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This is the future of the book, but not the one you were expecting.