We're super excited to be a part of the Fitzroy Writers Festival this year!

We'll be presenting a special Signs of Australia slide show, sharing photos and the stories behind the many fantastic old signs that can be found all over Fitzroy. Come along, it's free!

Sat 6 April, 1:15pm – 2pm
Fitzroy Library, 128 Moor St Fitzroy
Book your spot here.

We'll also be selling copies of our Signs of Australia book from 11am to 4:30pm in the FWF marketplace in the magnificent Fitzroy Town Hall.

Check out the full festival program.


Signs of Hobart Walking Tour

Join us for a special walking tour of the Hobart CBD, revealing some of the signs and stories behind the city’s built environment and advertising history.

Saturday 10 November & Sunday 11 November

Free! Click here for more info and to book your spot

Signs of the Past Carlton Walk

Tuesday 13 August 5-7.30pm
Kathleen Syme Library, Carlton

Join us for a vintage signs slide show followed by a 45 minute stroll through Carlton's literary past. Together we'll look for signs of history in the built environment - bring your camera and your curiosity.

Free! Book your spot here.


Melbourne Through Rainbow-Coloured Glasses

Melbourne Writers Festival
Saturday 25 August 2-4pm

Join us as we take a walk down memory lane and reminisce on 16 years of life, love and work in Melbourne, revealing snippets of the city’s fascinating LGBTIQ history as we go.

We met on a dancefloor at the now-legendary nightclub 44 on Lonsdale Street in 2002, established a boutique publishing company in the iconic Nicholas Building on Swanston Street and shared four homes all within a few blocks of each other in the city centre. The city for us has been the setting of our story and the stories we’ve told as publishers, authors, artists, tour guides and entrepreneurs. And like all good stories, there’s been some drama, too - like the time our studio apartment on Little Bourke Street was flooded, leaving us without a home for months. We’ve watched the city grow around us as we've grown together.

This is a personal history as well as a history of the city in which we have lived. Our publishing house Arcade specialised in telling some of the more colourful true stories of Melbourne in the 19th and 20th Century, including that of brothel owner Madame Brussels; bookseller, publisher and author EW Cole, and the second-last woman to be hanged in Victoria, Minnie Thwaites. More recently, we released a photography book Signs of Australia: vintage signs from the city to the outback, which features a number of signs that reveal interesting glimpses of the city’s past. All of these Melbourne stories are part of our story and while living here we have created our own.

After a wander around the CBD, we'll finish up at the Atrium Bar on level 35 of the Sofitel for a fancy drink with a view.



Signs Across Australia:
a road trip adventure

Melbourne Writers Festival
Tuesday 28 August 6.30-8pm
Belleville, Level 1, Globe Alley, Melbourne

In 2016/2017, we travelled over 40,000 kms in search of Australia’s classic signs and advertising for our photography book Signs of Australia: vintage signs from the city to the outback, (New South Books). During our epic journeys, we discovered much more about Australia than we bargained for and learned a thing or two about ourselves as well. Join us as we relive our journey - the ups and the downs - during this live storytelling event, with the photographic record of our travels forming the visual backdrop to our travel yarns.

FREE! No bookings required. Just turn up.
More info here.

The Gents present
Launceston City Signs Walking Tour

Open House Launceston
Saturday 8 September, 1pm & 3pm
Departing Prince's Square, Launceston

Dale and Brady will host a special walking tour of the Launceston's ghost signs, revealing some hidden gems and the stories behind the city’s built environment and its advertising and industrial history.