Book design – behind the scenes

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At artroomers artspace, until June 30, is a display of printers’ proof pages accompanied by notes and comments regarding the design process of Ancient Australia Unearthed.

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Also on display, are some sketches used for some of the illustrations in the book. By comparing the final illustration with these preliminaries, it can be seen how they have been adjusted using Adobe Photoshop in order to adapt them for their specific purpose.


The book’s layout and cover were designed by Robyn Kinsela using Adobe InDesign. The book was printed by Australian printers, Finsbury Green and printed in Australia.  This was a considered decision as it was deemed important to make an Australian History book using Australian resources and talent. The cost was slightly higher but the efficiency was massively higher than would have been by printing off shore.


Ancient Australia Unearthed was conceived, written and published by Alethea Kinsela who is an archaeologist, writer and educator and who is passionate about the ancient history of Australia. Alethea also writes young adult fiction, manages The Young Archaeologists’ Program at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and is director of Plainspeak Publishing (

Ancient Australia Unearthed costs $39.95 and is available at The Bookshop Bowral (309 Bong Bong St, Bowral,, Artroomers and from the Ancient Australia Unearthed website. This book will also be available in other bookshops and on library shelves. The distributors are Woodslane (Sydney)and INT Books (Melbourne).

Bowral POSTER ArtroomersThe Bookshop Bowral will host the inaugural book launch, introduced by Jane Cush, the director of Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, on Wednesday May 28. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Local and much loved Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Val, has kindly agreed to conduct the Welcome to Country.

A second book launch in Melbourne on June 5 at The Little Bookroom will be introduced by Adam Ford, archaeologist and television presenter of Who’s Been Sleeping At My House? Details are on flyer and bookings are essential.

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Watch this space for further updates regarding the eBook, available soon.