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MCA Zine Fair this Sunday (normal blog status to return soon)

May 22nd, 2009  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  7 Comments

I know I’ve been a bit of a blog truant, wagging blog posts & missing upload roll call – it’s all because I’m in the middle of finishing zines and fundraising CDRs to sell at the MCA Zine Fair, on this Sunday.

I’ll also be selling the awesome food-related art and craft of Grace Lee. See above for the pastry-case of goods that’ll be on our table! I’m also dashing towards the zine finishing line – so far, I’ve made 3 copies of my latest Speak-easy (see below). Just 97 more to go!

The zine is a conversational tour of Sydney, involving lots of great people like zine-maker Vanessa Berry, photographer Glen Wilkie, architect Eoghan Lewis, zinester/China Heights’ Mark Drew, Matchbox Project-maker Sonya Gee and much more.

There’s not a huge food-related component, although I do recreate my own map of Sydney in sugar, soy, sumac, sourdough and other magic ingredients to list my favourite gourmet moments throughout the city (with some nostalgic un-culinary ring-ins too – hello school canteen recollections).

Nadia Saccardo from TwoThousand lists some of her eatery faves and I interview Bababa International, the awesome guys who put on Possible Curries, an exhibition where they home-delivered curries to any visitors who could find the kitchen they semi-concealed in the gallery.

Also, I’ll be selling some handmade CDRs to raise money for FBI 94.5FM, which has seen a major drop in advertising revenue and listener supportership as times get tough (thanks GFC!). It’s a compilation for my Local Fidelity show and features great exclusive/hard-to-get/unreleased tracks by Australian independent bands: The Desks, Shady Lane, Jane Woody & Angel Eyes, Voltaire Twins, Dragging Pianos, Sui Zhen and much more. Only $10 for 13 excellent songs and all proceeds to FBI.

Come by the MCA Fair stall this Sunday to check it out and say hello.

OK, back to the zine-making and CDR-creating factory line …

(And yes, normal blog status to resume soon …).

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  1. Kate says:

    These look amazing! I can’t believe you’re going to make 97 between now and then – eeep!

    I will definitely pop by and really look forward to buying one of your zines.

  2. Inside Out says:

    Thank you Kate for your very lovely comment! Hope you had fun at the fair and how nice of you to want to snaffle a zine!
    Sorry to be sneaky but I really like the look of your blog, I actually added it to the blogroll for the one I do at work, because it fits well with your crafty/design one:
    Hope you are getting to do lots of fine creative things in May1

  3. Inside Out says:

    Oops, obviously forgot to log in as myself!
    Lee Tran

  4. matt says:

    Need to work out how to get a copy of this zine and CD from you!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I missed out on Sunday, are you making anymore copies of this?

  6. leetranlam says:

    Yes, I am slowly making more copies (they take 2 per hour, that’s how tortoise-like the whole procedure is!)
    Hit me at (scratch out the no spam) if you would like to buy one. $10 postage paid, which is exxy for a zine, but it’s crammed full of matte photos, fabric-buttoned pics and much more – it is THICK with content.

  7. mads says:


    I got your zine at The Fair, but I want to get one for my friend, do you have any left? where can I buy one? It’s so cute!

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Hi, I'm Lee Tran Lam. When not blogging with my mouth full, I'm usually writing, presenting Local Fidelity on FBi radio, making zines, producing podcasts or continually breaking promises about how I really am gonna get through my book pile one day.

All the good pictures on this blog are by photography ace (and patient boyfriend), Will Reichelt, (all the dodgy ones can be credited to me)!

The lovely banner is by friend and ultra-talented illustrator Grace Lee.

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