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· Dream-Dust Parasites

· The Angel of Luxury and Sadness, Volume One

· Facing The Demon of noontide

Short Stories
· The Orpheus Plague

· The Phantom Library

· Theresa Jones - by Ian Irvine (hobson)

· The Doubtful Muse - by Ian Irvine (Hobson)

· Samuel Elmsmore Dreams of Harry The Crab

· Five Boxes and a Knife

· Trevor Franklin Refuses to Allow me to Impress my Teacher

· New Science Perspectives on Ghosts and Other Paranormal Phenomena

· Sara Douglass, Speculative Fiction & Medieval History

· Transmedia Story-Telling (in a Holographic Multiverse)

· Zoetics: New Perspectives on Fundamental Creativity

· Muse of the Long-Haul: Thirty-One Isles of the Creative Imagination

· Trickster Gods and the Quantum Muse: Creativity and the Multiverse

· Hermesian Epidemics: Depression, Anxiety, Derealisation, Narcissism ,

· Hermes Negatively Polarised - Pt 5 Alchemy and the Imagination

· The Angel of Luxury and Sadness

· Notes on Creativity Revolutions: Modernism - A Literature of the Void?

· Hypatia and the Ruined Serapeum

· Awake in the Chamber of Darkness (The Egyptian Sequence)

· Innana in the Goldmine

· Hermapolis: Thoth and Ma'at Assist the Time Travellers

· Hiroshima Dance

· Three Poems in Platform 15

· Any Available Exit

· Spirits in Triples

· Tending the Grove - from the Taliesin-Ceridwen Sequence

· The Chase Across time (part 2)

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· Hermes, Thoth and Seshat: (Un)Heralded Gods of the Postmodern Transition

· Aradale Creativity Weekend

· The Gods Abandon Olympus (for Hollywood) - Public Talk

· Sara Douglass Worlds - Revived

· Bendigo Writers Festival 2014

· An Accidental Soldier (based on Silent Parts by John Charalambous)

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Mercurius Press and the Positive Role of Creativity

11/27/2010 4:47:00 PM

by Ian Irvine (Hobson)

Mercurius Press is a new digital publishing and multimedia publishing venture currently taking shape out of Authors Den and Gem 99. The venture will look to publish texts and audio/video publications on the general topic of 'creativity' and contemporary cultural mutations to the arts in advanced societies.

Recent experiences with the Australian and Victorian government's concerning the undervaluing of the creative arts in child, adolescent and adult education systems has lead me to initiate Mercurius Press as an activist/advocacy oriented venture.

The notion that creativity in all its traditonal and contemporary forms is merely a 'hobby', and thus only marginally relevant to the wellbeing of a culture and to individuals in a culture is to my mind a dangerous and disempowering perspective. As a way of thinking it represents a direct development of particular forms of reductionist thinking arising out of only very recent (historically speaking) social and cultural developments in Western nations.

The key historic developments that have lead to the marginalisation of creativity as a way of being in the world can be summarised as follows: a) the advent of hyper-capitalism' i.e. economic rationalism/neo-liberal economics etc. in many nations that leads to the notion that the prime role (and thus 'value') of creativity is to produce saleable products; b) the advent of a simplistic faith in science and reason as the key methods for understanding human 'being' in the world - leading to an undermining of  symbolic/metaphoric i.e. creative ways of understanding human 'being'; c) Mass media developments that privilege simplistic, stereotypical ways of engaging with culture through 'media' over more complex, nuanced alternative modes of participation in cultural life that enrich mental and emotional life.  

At the Gem99 publishing assistance site (go to: Mercurius Press (Australia) you can peruse a small (at this stage) catalogue of digital publications downloads (some free some with a fee)  representing a response to the dehumanisation the above trends lead to in general social life and within the mental and emotional life of individuals.

The site will eventually publish Essays, Non-Fiction books, Poetry collections, Fiction books/collections, anthologies etc. AND  MP3etc. recordings of lecturers/public talks and musical pieces.

Non-fiction texts and lecture Mp3s published by Mercurius will generally be concerend with the themes listed below:

1) the role of creativity and the imagination in contemporary society.

2) studies concerning the ways in which the new Digital publishing revolution is impacting on society and culture and upon understandings of the discipline of writing and also on arts education.

3) works exploring anti-oppressive (rehumanising/ reenchanting) creative responses to the new environment.

4) the personal psychological/psychospiritual benefits of exercising one's creativity and imagination as a means to make sense of and respond to the 'postmodern', 'globalised' world in which we all live.

Mercurius Press (Australia) will also eventually publish experimental literary texts in the genres of poetry and fiction writing.

At this stage publication will be by invitation only until we have a business model developed and tested - however we hope to open up to the public in the near future. Managing Editor, Dr Ian Irvine, is always available to discuss the above issues and can be contacted via this site (i.e. Authors Den)

To see a rough list of some of the topics we hope to see covered by this publishing house please read Ian's list of public presentations/lectures etc.::

List of lectures and public talks Dr Ian Irvine (as at Novemner 2101).

 You might like to think about other topics related to creativity and the arts and arts education that need to be covered ... How do you personally experience being a writer/artists/creative thinker in the contemporary world?


Mercurius Press Catalogue (2010)

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· Aradale Creativity Weekend - 10/7/2014 2:32:00 AM
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· Painted Words 2005-2010 (Contributors Lists) - 11/30/2012 9:32:00 PM
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· Scintillae 2012 Launched at Inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival - 8/17/2012 8:01:00 PM
· Trickster Gods and the Quantum Muse - a Talk by Dr Ian Irvine - 5/22/2012 3:21:00 AM
· Hammered - Memoirs of an Addict - 5/1/2012 3:26:00 AM
· Scintillae 2012 Literary Anthology - News Page - 3/29/2012 4:28:00 PM
· John Philips Website - 12/19/2011 7:19:00 PM
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· Newstead Short Story Tattoo - 3/21/2011 2:27:00 PM
· Central Victorian Writers: Some stories by Rebecca Sutton - 2/28/2011 2:31:00 PM
· Much Deserved Success for Central Victorian Novelist Jess Anastasi - 12/16/2010 4:02:00 AM
· Bendigo Poet Lorraine Marwood Wins Prime Minister's Prize for Literature - 12/5/2010 3:02:00 AM
· Launch of Two Victorian Literary Anthologies (December 2010) - 12/5/2010 2:19:00 AM
· Creative Writing Petition - Victoria, Australia - 11/26/2010 1:14:00 AM
· Bendigo Weekly - Feature Article on Ian Irvine - 9/4/2010 3:15:00 AM
· Author's Den as Online Bardic College? - 7/23/2010 1:44:00 AM
· In Search of Cerridwen's Cauldron - 7/15/2010 4:48:00 AM
· Bio as at October 2014 for Ian Irvine (also writing as Ian Hobson). - 4/19/2009 6:20:00 PM
· Ian Irvine - Links Page - 4/11/2006 10:05:00 PM

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