Blemish News

Watching the world Review

November 21, 2015

We were delighted to learn that Blemish Books’ latest release, Watching the World: Impressions of Canberra, by Paul Hetherington and Jen Webb, has received an excellent review on Whispering Gums.

Whispering Gums wrote:

Watching the world is a quietly subversive work that looks at Canberra from an insider’s point of view – with a lot of affection but a willingness to cast an acerbic or questioning eye at times too.”

You can read the entire review at Whispering Gums.

Watching the World was launched on 21 July 2015. It can be purchased online from the Blemish Books bookstore or from the National Library of Australia Bookstore.


October 21, 2015

Love books? Love wine? Love a good chat? Then check out Winepress, an afternoon of conversation about reading, writing and ideas that matter.

Our good friend Nigel Featherstone (author of Blemish Books novellas Fall On Me, I'm Ready Now and The Beach Volcano), is a featured speaker, along with renowned writers Robyn Cadwallader and Biff Ward.

Winepress is on Sunday 25 October at Eden Road Winery from 5pm till 6:30.

Watching the world launch

June 21, 2015

Watching the World: Impressions of Canberra</em>,  a collection of poetry and images by Paul Hetherington and Jen Webb

Blemish Books is proud to announce the launch of Watching the World: Impressions of Canberra, a collection of poetry and images by Paul Hetherington and Jen Webb, 6.00pm on Tuesday 21 July 2015 at the National Library of Australia Bookshop, Canberra.

Watching the World is a collection of engaging and stimulating poems and photographic views of the quotidian and unexpected aspects of Canberra, while also including new perspectives on some of Canberra’s more recognisable vistas and landmarks. The poems complement the images, providing a shifting and reciprocal chemistry throughout the book—a fascinating and eddying dialogue between word and image.

Renowned poet Peter Rose says:

"… Paul Hetherington and Jen Webb—in this luminous volume—are equable and responsible … here is another most original artistic collaboration. Quotidianism in the authors’ hands is responsive, democratic and inspired."

Watching the World will be launched by Sarah Rice, visual artist, writer and lecturer in Art History at the Australian National University.  Much of Sarah’s creative practice revolves around ekphrasis, or art forms responding to other art forms – in particular, poetry responding to visual art and design – giving her an unique perspective on the Watching the World collaboration. 

RSVP to or direct to the NLA at

Find out more about Watching the World.

Blemish Ebooks

February 1, 2015

Good news ebook lovers, Blemish Books has just gone digital!

Nigel Featherstone’s novellas The Beach Volcano, I’m Ready Now and Fall On Me can now be purchased and downloaded direct from our new ebookstore (powered by Payhip) for only $10 each.

For a very limited time we are also offering a massive 80% discount on the electronic versions of Featherstone’s novellas. To claim the discount, go to the ebookstore and put the relevant code into the coupon field. For The Beach Volcano use VARLUDO4S6; for I’m Ready Now DTS1RW4H2L; and for Fall on Me AEBE9D5AE6. Discount numbers are limited, so get in quick.

All titles are in epub format. epub files can be opened in most eBook readers, such as the B&N Nook, Kobo Reader and Sony Reader. Many iPhone and Android apps also exist that allow viewing of epub files. epub files can also be read in your browser using the Firefox Add-on EPUBReader.

To read epub files on your computer you can use a number of free programs such as Calibre, Adobe Digital Editions, Stanza Desktop, Mobipocket Reader Desktop, Okular, and others.

Grab a Blemish eBook today!

Talking The Beach Volcano on Artsound Radio

January 12, 2015

On January 4, Nigel Featherstone had an enlightening conversation with Evana Ho on FM 92.7’s Artsound program.

The interview gives great insight into the world and characters of Nigel's latest novella, The Beach Volcano, and also tells the story of how this bold and daring novella came to life.

You can listen to the interview on our podcast page or on Evana's blog, Half a Page of Scribbled Lines.

More information about The Beach Volcano can be found in our bookstore.

The Beach Volcano WINS A Canberra Critics Circle Award

January 12, 2015

2014 was another big year for Blemish Books, and we were super excited to end it on a high note when Nigel Featherstone's novella, The Beach Volcano, scored a Canberra Critics Circle Award in the 24th Annual ACT Arts Awards.

This is the second Canberra Critics Circle Award Nigel has won in the last few years. In 2012 he also won an award for his work as editor of the amazing online literary magazine Verity La.

Blemish Books would like to congratulate Nigel for his outstanding achievements!