Sharing Ink – Free Beautiful Things Just Left On the Street!

Journal15If you’re in the Melbourne CBD this Thursday, the 1st of August, you might keep an eye out for something that looks a little like your man here on the right.

It’s one of the journals being released as part of the Sharing Ink project run by the delovely Sayraphim Lothian. The idea is that she’s leaving 30 hand-stitched blank books made of gorgeous handmade paper all over the city between 1 and 10 August.

Each of the books has been given to an “inscriber” who has contributed a bit of their own art, writing or what have you to the first page as a kind of dedication/welcome/thank you/inspiration.

It’s kind of a reward to those people who are curious and adventurous enough to interrupt their journey through the city for whatever reason to pick up something beautiful and unusual. What they do with it then is up to them.

I mention this because I’m one of the inscribers – as if you hadn’t twigged. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sayraphim before and I’ve always found her to be a force for creativity and imagination. Sharing Ink has just the right kind of beauty and whimsy I’ve come to expect from her.

“My” journal – which I am pleased to point out has got an octopus on it so booyah – has got a poem from me on the front page, an oldie from Not Quite the Man for the Job that I thought suited the project pretty well. If you aren’t able to get into Melbourne on Thursday, or if you do and you don’t find it, not to worry – here’s a preview:


Check the texture on that paper, is all I’m saying.

Three journals will be released somewhere in the Melbourne CBD each day between August 1-10. There’s more info about all 30 journals and their inscribers, as well as the ideas behind the project, on the Sharing Ink blog. Who knows? Sayra might even post some clues about where she’s leaving them.

Happy hunting.


Poet. Author. Beard. Husband. Dad. Four chickens. Dog. Cat. I can sometimes fix my lawnmower.

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About Adam

I'm a dad and the author of the poetry collections The Third Fruit is a Bird and Not Quite the Man for the Job, the novel Man Bites Dog and the short story collection Heroes and Civilians.

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This website was created on Dja Dja Wurrung land.
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happy with today’s random encounter. he came home with me ma - can i keep ‘im? ps they don’t write liner notes like that any more. “The first few moments on land are always disorienting. I need a moment to adjust to the air warming against my skin and the unfiltered light coming in straight lines from the sun.” that one time i wrote one poem about #björk’s “Alarm Call” the miracle of the talking camel. it’s telling them to bury brother-saints cosmas and damian together because damian did not break his vow and accept three eggs as payment for medical services rendered. Repost from @quellidelmuseodisanmarco
Beato Angelico, Sepoltura dei santi Cosma e Damiano e il miracolo del cammello parlante (Pala di San Marco, particolare). Fra Angelico, The burial of St. Cosmas and St. Damian and the miracle of the the talking camel (San Marco Altarpiece, detail). #ioamosanmarco #museodisanmarco #museosanmarco  #museonazionaledisanmarco #museodisanmarcofirenze  #conventodisanmarco  #rinascimento #renaissance #pittura #painting #quellidelmuseodisanmarco #firenze #florence  #museitaliani #igersfirenze #igerstoscana #icomitalia #beatoangelico #fraangelico
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