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.

Click here to book your spot.


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.



Signs of Australia at Yarra Libraries

Wednesday 22 August 6.30-7.30pm
Fitzroy Town Hall

The Ewing Trust and Yarra Libraries are happy to be hosting Brady Michaels and Dale Campisi, authors of the photography book Signs of Australia: vintage signs from the city to the outback.

FREE! Bookings essential
Click here for more info and to book your spot

The Gents present
Launceston City Signs Walking Tour

Open House Launceston
Saturday 8 September, various times TBA
Departing Prince's Square, Launceston

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

FREE! Bookings opening soon, watch this space


hobART Book Fair

Friday 21 & Saturday 22 September
The Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

We'll be spruiking our photography book Signs of Australia at the inaugural HOB/ART Book Fair, along with a bevy of art book makers and admirers.

HOB/ART Book Fair 2018 is a free and fully accessible public event, hosted by The People’s Library at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart.