Dark Diamonds is a collection of poetry from the south coast of Western Australia, featuring the work of Karen Atkinson, Caroline Caddy, Maree Dawes, Andy Ducker, Virginia Jealous, Graham Kershaw, John Kinsella, Laurel Lamperd, Nicola-Jane le Breton, Catherine Mercer, Tracy Ryan, Kim Scott, Basil Schur, Barbara Temperton and Annamaria Weldon, illustrated with copper plate relief etchings by Alison Kershaw.
Dark Diamonds was released in August 2012 in a limited edition of 150, printed on Zerkall papers using traditional letterpress techniques, bound by hand at the Press as a 72-page hardback. New Centaur and Arrighi type from M&H Foundry, California was used.
A few copies are still available. To order a book or make other enquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (08) 9848 2606.
writingWA: ‘Dark Diamonds is truly a book to treasure.’
The West Australian: ‘The exceptional quality of Dark Diamonds… is matched by the poetry it contains, beautifully illustrated by Alison Kershaw’s art-work.’
The Albany Magazine: ‘It might sound overly romantic, but… Dark Diamonds is worthy of eternity.’
Filmmaker friend Robert Castiglione took some footage of us making Dark Diamonds. Here are some stills taken from the film, two of which were reproduced in the December 2012 edition of Westerly, to illustrate our essay ‘Hallowing Dark Diamonds’.
There’s also an essay about the Press in the November 2012 edition of Sotto, on the Australian Poetry website:
Dark Diamonds was launched by Annette Carmichael on Saturday August 25th 2012 at the Butter Factory Studios, in Denmark. Artwork by Alison Kershaw was on exhibit, alongside cinematography by Robert Castiglione of the printing and etching processes, and artwork by members of the Butter Factory Studios: Robyn Lees, Helmie van Melle, Bruce Carter, Barb Thayne & Nikki Green.
Violinists Jude Iddison and Marie Limondin, playing as Marmotte, accompanied readings from the book by Caroline Caddy, Virginia Jealous, Nicola-Jane le Breton, Catherine Mercer, Yann Toussaint and Tony Docherty (reading Andy Ducker’s ‘Epilogue’).