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Staples is a no-nonsense zine based in Adelaide, Australia. It features short stories, poetry and critical essays and each edition is sold for A$4. It is supported by the Univerity of Adelaide's Creative Writing program, and has featured works by prominent local artists such as Cath Kenneally, Ken Bolton and Moya Costello.

Staples also holds a regular monthly event at the Jah'z Cafe at 6:30pm on the last Thursday of every month. Selected speakers read their works from the latest edition, followed by an open mike.

Past Editions

Edition 1 (June 2006)


  • "Staples" by CATH KENNEALLY
  • "Fierce Squares" by DREW THOMSON
  • "The Sky Turned" by DREW THOMSON
  • "Lambing" by CHRIS BATTAMS
  • "Digging" by TOM CROWHURST
  • "Punctured" by TOM CROWHURST
  • "Manuscript" by JOHN DE LAINE
  • "Impressions of a Neglected Home" by JOHN DE LAINE
  • "The Espresso Hour" by MARIO SOS
  • "Angst Convertors" by KYM PACKER


  • "The Scream: Forces of the Past and Premonitions of the Future" by WAYNE CHRISTAUDO
  • "The Danger of Writing" by SHANNON BURNS


  • "Arts on Sunday" by KRISTY DENNIS
  • "The Sound of the Fury" by EMMETT STINSON
  • "Jesus of Suburbia" by LYNDALL CLIPSTONE

Edition 2 (July 2006)


  • "Twenty Accessories You Can’t Live Without" by MOYA COSTELLO
  • "The Dust Tree" by VIV LEWIS


  • "Things to Say" by KEN BOLTON
  • "I Do A Drawing" by KEN BOLTON
  • "Outwardly" by MICHAEL FARRELL
  • "Metro" by MARGARET DINGLE
  • "Dead Rabbit" by LED HELMUT
  • "Prophylaxis (or A Game Of Chess)" by LED HELMUT
  • "The Goodfellow" by PETRA FROMM


  • "Freenet" by GAVIN SCHULTZ

Edition 3 (August 2006)


  • "A Walk in the Park" by ANNA SOLDING
  • "Chickens" by MONICA STASIAK
  • "One Hand Clapping" by PAULINE MCLOUGHLIN
  • "A Sip" by EMILY COCK
  • "WaterColour" by SUNSHINE COOPER
  • "Lighter Pink" by KYM PACKER
  • "Forged in the Fires of Prometheus" by MR. METAPHOR


  • "Document6" by RACHEL HENNESSY
  • "Escaping Adorno’s ‘Do-it-Yourself’ Prophecy" by MATTHEW LORENZON


  • "Sniffing at the Lion’s Breath" by KERRYN TREDREA
  • "Dangerface" by KERRYN TREDREA
  • "In My Blackness" by TOM CROWHURST
  • "Companionable Winter" by A.M. SLADDIN
  • "Evolution of the Arm" by JOHN DE LAINE



  • Shannon Burns
  • Bern Smith (past)


  • Gavin Schultz
  • Emily Cock

Layout & Typesetting

  • Gavin Schultz

External Links

Official website