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Published: Johannesburg, 1974

Edition: First edition

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Vol 3 no 16 June 1st 1974

Editors: Phil Du Plessis, Stephen Gray, Wessel Pretorius and Sheila Roberts

Special Fook Island issue: 35 pages, lithograph by Norman Catherine, housed in a facsimile brown paper envelope addressed to Hard- Core poetry readers Fook Island via South Africa with a Fook Island Stamp.

Also printed on the cover:

20 Poems
1 short story
1 graphic by Catherine
1 poster by Battiss

Loosely inserted is a photo montage by Walter Battiss which is described on the last page of this issue.

Battiss’ so-called Fook Island concept has its roots in his extensive travels to relatively remote areas in America, the Middle East and Europe. After a lengthy visit to the Pacific Islands in 1976, Battiss began to travel frequently to more remote and seemingly exotic areas.

Born from a hunger for a different and more simple and unspoilt kind of society in which to live, the concept presupposed an area or community with a unique and independent identity. Battiss created ‘fooklore’, stamps, and the Island’s own currency – and thus attracted local and international adherents and Fook Island ‘citizens’ like Norman Catherine, Janet Suzman, Esmé Berman, Jani Allan and Linda Givon.

  • Overall Condition: A good copy
  • Size: 4to (270 x210mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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