- Daylesford Nature Diary
- Goldfields Track walking guide
- Gariwerd - Reflecting on the Grampians
- The People of Budj Bim
- The People of Gariwerd
- William Barak - Bridge builder of the Kulin
- Daughter of Two Worlds
- A Fortunate Accident
- Recreating the Country
- Bureaucracy Blues & Alpha Jerk
- My Father's Son & Tomorrow
- Perpetual Calendar
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About em PRESS
em PRESS Publishing specialises in Australian landscapes and their historical and cultural contexts. em PRESS is particularly interested in fusing Indigenous, European settler and nature-based readings of the landscape to provide a place-based viewpoint of our country.
em PRESS seeks to reveal a sense of a place, connecting people to their country. em is one of the smallest printer’s measures.
Australia’s landscapes are really nothing like the Mediterranean or English countryside to which so many aspire. If Captain Cook had been Australian and discovered England would he have introduced kangaroos and emus as livestock? For too long, the majority of Australians have lived as aliens in their own land. “It might be time to redirect our dreams,” championed the late eminent environmental scientist George Seddon. “We are here and not somewhere else.”
Gib Wettenhall, the principal of em PRESS Publishing, is an award-winning author, journalist and editor. He has, in particular, written a series of books on cultural landscapes and Indigenous history – The People of Budj Bim with the Gunditjmara people of south-west Victoria; The People of Gariwerd: the Grampians’ Aboriginal history, which has gone through three print runs; and William Barak: Bridge builder of the Kulin. With photographer Alison Pouliot and designer Max Marks, he published in 2006 a high quality landscape photography book on the Grampians, Gariwerd: Reflecting on the Grampians. He researched and wrote the interpretive signage at the Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap.
Working with Ballarat Region Treegrowers, Gib in 2009 edited and published a book Recreating the Country on ways to add habitat to make ‘wildlife friendly properties’ for native fauna and flora in bare, rural landscapes – visit www.afg.asn.au In 2010, Ballarat Region Treegrowers established a 15 hectare biorich demonstration forest at Lal Lal based on the land restoration principles set out in Recreating the Country – visit www.biorichplantations.com He was for 14 years the Editor of the national quarterly, Australian Forest Grower magazine.
In 2013, em PRESS published a nature journal titled Daylesford Nature Diary by ornithologist Tanya Loos that reintroduces the Indigenous concept of six seasons for Victoria's foothill forests. In 2017, em PRESS will be producing a seven seasons calendar for north-east Arnhem Land based on Yolngu people's observations of seasonal indicators over millennia.
As the publications manager of the Great Dividing Trail Association (GDTA), Gib produces their four map brochures and interpretive signage – visit www.gdt.org.au In 2012, he wrote and produced an award winning walking guide for the GDTA, the Goldfields Track walking guide about the 210km long Goldfields Track, which goes from Mt Buninyong to Bendigo. A 2nd minor revised edition was produced in 2016,with a revised edition planned for 2017. In 2015, Gib edited and produced the booklet Federation Walks 2015: 20 day walks around Daylesford in central Victoria.
In 2013, Gib and his wife Gayl visited north-east Arnhem Land, a bastion of Indigenous culture, where the Yolngu people's language and connection to country remains strong and dynamic. As a result of that trip, an Indigenous land management group, the Yirralka Rangers, commissioned Gib to write and produce a booklet explaining how they go about protecting their land over a vast 17,320 sq.km area. It was published in May 2014. The second in the series examined the link between the rangers' environmental knowledge and being on country, and was published in April 2016. A third booklet on sea country is planned for 2017.
Production and distribution
em PRESS Publishing follows the whole production chain from research and writing through to commissioning photographers and briefing designers and printers, then organising promotion and distribution.
Distribution of em PRESS publications to bookshops at wholesale price is available on request. Orders of under five books attract postage and handling costs. Melbourne distribution is handled by Rob Oke.
em PRESS Publishing
133 McPhans Rd
Mollongghip VIC 3352
mobile: 0419 370 342