Seven Seeds, Carlton, 11am

As the weather becomes (sporadically) more summery here in Melbourne, so too am I slowly shedding my winter cocoon and heading out for more urban adventures.

Today, I hopped on my bicycle and went to find Seven Seeds, an easy-to-miss coffee Mecca in the back blocks of Carlton. I was there to have a chat with Aduki Independent Press online editor, Christina Cox, a lovely woman whom I had only met via email up until that point.

Mid-way through our chat, it dawned on me that I was, in fact, interviewing her. Losing no time to indulge in my compulsion, I sat with her and had a little impromptu q and a about her dreams for Aduki.

Tell me a little about your role at Aduki Independent Press.

Aduki is an awesome little independent publisher based in Melbourne that has some fabulous titles on its backlist such as Neon Pilgrim by Lisa Dempster. We’ve just released the 2011 Veg Food Guide as well if you need to find a good veg-friendly restaurant somewhere in Australia.

I edit Aduki online, which is our online magazine where we regularly post articles about a range of things, but with a particular focus on social justice and ethical living which encompasses vegan and vegetarian lifestyles.

What is an example of an important Melbourne issue that has been overlooked by the mainstream press and how is Aduki covering it?

There are so many issues that the mainstream media fail to pick up on. We try to cover issues surrounding ethical living, sustainability and social justice on a small, accessible scale. When people think about issues like animal cruelty, for example, they often think “What can I do? I’m just one person”, but we try to show people there are ways of living ethically while also enjoying yourself.

Which Aduki interview has most inspired you?

Nelly Uhlenkott was the first person I interviewed for Aduki – she was in the process of selling her Melbourne-based vegan bakery business. She was so inspiring because she’s young, passionate and successful, but totally down-to-earth and ethical. Also, she’s a cat lover, so that made me happy.

You are currently finishing a masters in publishing and editing. What books had the most impact on your life in your formative years?

When I was tiny, I loved this book called Ten Loopy Caterpillars because it rhymed and I am obsessive about words. Dragon in a Wagon and Hairy Maclairy from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynnley Dodd were also favourites.

I also loved The Outsider by Albert Camus when I studied it in my final high school year. Perhaps, it was because I felt smart and sophisticated when I ‘identified’ with Camus’ existentialist narrative (even though I was totally naive and dorky), but I tell myself that it’s because I loved his journalistic, matter-of-fact writing style.

You can check out Christina’s work at Aduki Independent Press online.