Little Raven Publishing was born in 2011 during an editing class at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. One by one, budding editors introduced themselves until it was Van Roberts‘s turn. A lifelong erotica fan, she mentioned her vague dream of one day running a publishing house.
Encouraged by the response, an open-mic reading was organised to test the waters. A small group of writers gathered in the band room of the John Curtin Hotel. It was dark and many read their erotic stories by the light of their phones. All that was needed was a name, the answer ─ again ─ came from the classroom.
A classmate presented a seminar and passed around a brochure: Bird life of Victoria. Van flicked through the pages and a name jumped out, Corvus Mellori, otherwise known as Little Raven.
Van is driven by a love for original, strong, quality erotica. This desire has led to events such as Saucy (erotica and Va Va Boombah Fat Burlesque), The Good Bits (erotic readings), The Fitzroy Frolic (erotic walking tour) and Velvet Tongue Australia (feature performers and open-mic erotica); the Ravening writing workshops; the anthologies Little Raven One, Little Raven Two, Little Raven Three, A Storytelling of Ravens: The Best of Little Raven Publishing 2011 – 2014, Exchanges; zines and smaller collections; podcasts, videos and guest bloggers. With the help of generous supporters, collaborators, staff, mentors and volunteers ─ Little Raven continues to expand.