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Messy Heads

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Messy Heads

When a magazine selects a theme it can be quite loose and tenuous, a thin net containing a random collection of work. Messy Heads has dealt with the self in its first issue and rebellion in the second, but its third issue really, well, hits home. Rather than just a fluffy representation of a nostalgic place, filled with jolly memories and festive holidays spent around the dining table, Messy Heads invites you to re-evaluate the notion of home. Within its four walls are family conflicts and constrictions, itchy feet and celebrations. The balance of belonging and independence is well kept, with a steady removal...

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Riposte

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Riposte

In times of plenty it is very easy to be noncommittal. Articles crammed on webpages, social media rants to trawl through and endless, endless hyperlinks. More and more all I want is information, without bias, being berated or ending up disheartened. Riposte suits just fine. I usually steer from women’s magazines. Some of them are too soft, uncertain of their footing, treading lightly, afraid to stomp. They discuss being insecure in their bodies, friendships, relationships, work spaces, and create a safe space in which to explore these anxieties. And that is ok; it’s what you need sometimes. But Riposte stomps...

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Tom Tom

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Tom Tom

There is a restless creative and musical energy that boils in Brooklyn; it’s called TomTom, and they care about drummers, music and feminism. I had one drum lesson as a teenager and after giving it a timid slap, I hung up the sticks and picked up the headphones instead. Having proven myself an appalling musician, you’d probably think I’d stay clear of this magazine, right? Wrong. You don’t have to be musical to rock to the heady vibe TomTom plays; you’ve just got to love music. 'Music is all too often a footnote in cultural periodicals or muddled with fashion or...

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Lionheart

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Lionheart

With the seventh issue of Lionheart flying off the shelves at Magalleria these past few weeks we thought we'd ask its founder, Helen Martin, why her magazine is going from strength to strength. Let's begin at the beginning. Tell us how Lionheart came about. It was early 2011 and I remember looking at the reading choice for women, which included the glossies, the magnificently cool magazines and the blogs. I enjoyed elements of all of these, but there was nothing that I felt I could truly identify with. I wanted to feel inspired, intrigued and understood. I wanted to feel really good when I...

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Sunday Girl

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Sunday Girl

“To all the girls, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” Of all the girls who represent a day of the week, Sunday should be the best. Monday’s drawling, Tuesday’s boring, Wednesday and Thursday wolf-whistle Friday, who’s too busy chatting up Saturday to notice. Sunday Girl’s pyjamaed until twelve, sleepy and searching for something sweet, swaddled in blanket, barefoot; effortlessly dressed in a cool and comfortable style, approachable and accessible. It’s this understated, relaxed atmosphere which makes Sunday Girl so easy to...

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