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Phantom Billstickers (881 framed street posters nationwide!) has released its Autumn issue of Café Reader, which –as usual – is just dripping with creative writing.

This is truly a unique publication – seldom featuring the better-known writing talents we find in The Listener, North & South and Metro. Café Reader’s focus is music and the creative arts, written largely by musicians, music lovers, poets, novelists, theatre folk, and regular newspaper journos with a sideline writing about the alternative arts.

The style tends to be informal, undergroundish with punk flavours, and often is very funny. Café Reader offers intriguing glimpses and insights into the lives of the lesser-know creative Kiwis to whom we owe so much.

The big national advertisers have yet to discover this gem – most of the few ads in the current issue are for Victoria University Press, upcoming tours by Midnight Oil and Rhys Darby, Auckland Arts Festival, twistedfruitrecords, JLP Artistic Services, Rhys Darbys’ upcoming, and a debut album for Ghost Town.

This 79-page issue features …

  • Auckland rock muso (six albums) Tevor Reekie’s interview with another rock legend, journalist Murray Cammick
  • There’s an interview by Andrew Smidt (a muso, who edited Mysterex, NZ’s first punk rock magazine) with Andrew Boak (author of No Tag – 35 years of Auckland punk rock)
  • Poetry by mesmeric performance poet/writer David Eggleton (who edits Café Reader) and David Stern.
  • The Tron, a memoir of Hamilton in the 1970s
  • An spine-tingling take on the Jennifer Beard murders, written by Jenny Powell.
  • A Franco-Kiwi ode to the pushbike by Canadian/Kiwi writer Laura Williamson
  • And much, much more …

Café Reader is a true public service from Phantom – and it’s available free from coffee shops, bars, and snooker rooms nationwide.

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