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Five Islands Press Associates; Five Islands Press Co-operative)
Born:Established:1967Wollongong,Wollongong area,Illawarra,South Coast,New South Wales,;
Founded in Wollongong (New South Wales) in 1986 by Ron Pretty (q.v.), Five Islands Press is an independent publisher committed to publishing fine Australian poetry, including the work of emerging and established poets. Under Pretty's management the press published more than 230 books of poetry as well as the Five Islands Press New Poets series. Initiated in 1993 the program delivered 12 volumes up until Pretty's retirement from in 2007. The press has also occasionally published in areas outside poetry, one such example being Intimate Armageddons (q.v.) an anthology of Australian horror edited by Bill Congreve (q.v.) in 1992.
In 2007 a new publishing committee was established to oversee the continued operations of Five Islands Press. This team, initially comprised Kevin Brophy, Lyn Hatherly, Dan Disney, Robyn Rowland and graphic designer Libby Austen. Later editors have included Susan Fealy and Katia Ariel (qq.v.).
Five Islands Press, which is a member of The Small Press Underground Networking Community (SPUNC), is currently based in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton.