A vital new independent literary house

Vitagraph is a new artist-led literary organisation that's just released its debut journal.
Image is a book flying through the air with its spine down and the pages flapping open. literary house. Vitagraph.

In the middle of a cost-of-living crisis, it’s a brave idea to set up your own business – even braver when it’s an independent literary house. And yet a quartet of idealistic creatives (Augusta Supple, Anthony Uhlmann, Bill Dunbar and Benjamin Muir) have done just that, with their artist-led organisation, Vitagraph. ArtsHub speaks to one of its directors, Augusta (Gus) Supple to find out the whole story.

Supple explains, ‘Vitagraph Publishing has been inspired by an obligation to act. We saw a gap in the pathways for experimental and inventive writing and saw an opportunity to make a difference. In 2023, Catriona Menzies-Pike and Samuel Ryan produced a landmark report on the status of ‘Literary Journals in Australia‘, which revealed of Australia’s 22 literary journals only one is based in Sydney. (The four founders of Vitagraph live and work in Sydney.)

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Thuy On is the Reviews and Literary Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy