Black Swan Press

Black Swan Press was founded in 1992 in the then-School of Communication and Cultural Studies at Curtin University by Graham Seal, Don Grant and Jon Stratton.

Graham Seal was publisher from 1992-2003 and again from 2007-2017, and Sue Summers was Managing editor from 2007-2017. Other Humanities staff closely associated with the press included Linda Browning and Helen Mumme.

Over twenty-five years, Black Swan has published and marketed several hundred academic, educational and general works by Curtin academics and students, academics from other institutions and independent scholars in both print and digital forms.

Titles include Jon Stratton’s The Young Ones, June Lacy’s Off-Shears: A History of Western Australian Shearing Sheds, and David Black’s In His Own Words: John Curtin’s Speeches and Writings. In mid-2012, Powering Perth: A History of the East Perth Power Station was shortlisted for the 2011 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards (WA history category). Radical Perth, Militant Fremantle edited by Charlie Fox, Bobbie Oliver and Lenore Layman sold out within weeks of publication in late 2017, however additional copies can be purchased from Charlie Fox at

The press closed at the end of 2017, though some back titles are still available as indicated on the catalogue page.

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