SHORT EDITION Literature vending machine craze to hit Perth

Perth will become the first Australian city to permanently hero the international literary trend: the very, very short story. The short story vending machines that distribute a variety of one, three or five-minute stories are the brainchild of Short Edition, a French community publisher of short-form literature and will pop up at Raine Square from October 16.

The innovative machines, which print free, short stories on eco-friendly paper, have won over international book worms and casual readers alike. They have been installed around the world, everywhere from London’s bustling financial district, Canary Wharf to Academy Award-winner Francis Ford Coppola’s San Francisco café.

Raine Square have partnered with Writing WA, a local literature organisation, to commission 20 original short stories written by renowned West Australians. Hosting authors such as David Whish-Wilson and Rashida Murphy, ABC’s own Gillian O’Shaughnessy, poet Nadia Rhook and Indigenous songwriter Gina Williams, who will contribute a song lyric in Noongar with an English translation.

In the subsequent weeks the Raine Square exclusive will also roll out not only beloved classics from Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf and more, but also Short Edition’s contemporary flash fiction from writers around the world, that will delight both avid and occasional readers.

Short Edition vending machines can be found at Raine Square in the Perth CBD. For more information head to the Short Edition website.