- Allen and Unwin
- 2010, 1
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Five wounds (2010, Allen & Unwin) is a noteworthy title within Australian publishing because illustrated fiction for adult readers is an emergent field. Visual writing/hybrid books was the focus of my doctoral research, and as an early career research in visual communication my focus has been directed towards actively seeking design projects to work on, and publishers to work with, who are prepared to engage in the development of this field. My contribution with this work was as designer and project manager. Author Jonathan Walker contacted me from workshops I ran for The Centre for New Writing (FASS, UTS) in late 2008. He had written the manuscript for Five Wounds and had begun collaborating with illustrator Dan Hallett, but could not find a publisher. I took the project to Senior Publisher Erica Wagner at Allen & Unwin - I had worked with Erica on several graphic novels previously. She agreed to publish Five Wounds if I agreed to design the book and project-manage the author-illustrator relationship and production of the book. From this point, the project took almost 18 months to complete. My contribution was the cover design, internal design and typesetting of the whole book, and management of the design production up until the book was printed. As a result of my contribution, I was invited to convene a panel at the 2010 Sydney Writers' Festival (23 May) with the author to discuss this work, as well as to speak at a two-day conference 'Drawing In, Drawing Out' at The Wheeler Centre (A Victorian Government initiative and the centrepiece of Melbourne's designation as a UNESCO City of Literature) about the future of illustrated fiction (23-24 April 2010). The book was shortlisted as a finalist in the 2010 Aurealis Awards (Best Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel).
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