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In a Crowded Room: Catching the Eye of a Cover Girl

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In a Crowded Room: Catching the Eye of a Cover Girl

I would hope most people have had a moment of seeing a stranger and getting a good feeling. It might be their style, their action, the way they speak, or something so intangible it just presents itself as a feeling. There's a shadow of familiarity in them. You might be brave enough to catch their eye; you want to see if they're worth reading. They have only two options: reciprocate and invite conversation, or avert the gaze away and decline further access. It is the process in which we discover and interact with people and things; intrigue and risk. This evocative stranger...

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The Moth

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The Moth

The Spring instalment of The Moth is here. Not to be confused with the US storytelling platform, this is a mere slip of a magazine costing only £4 but one that’s become invaluable to us because it offers both genuine literary nourishment and the inspiration to publish something yourself.  The Moth is a collection of poetry, short fiction, illustration and interviews published by Rebecca O’Connor (editor) and Will Govan in County Cavan in Ireland since 2010. It’s a beguiling read, fashioned from unsolicited submissions (up to 3000 words, if you’d like to send them something) from known and not well-known practitioners. There’s an...

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Shelf life

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Shelf life

There aren’t many magazines out there who get the honour of being shelved. Most mass-produced glossy mags slip from fingertips to recycle bin as soon as the small ads are reached at the back. A magazine doesn’t have to live such a life, and it’s starting to begin to not be designed that way. One subtle detail conveys their bid for permanence, a feature unnoticed until vertically aligned; the spine. Save from the title and issue number, you would think there was not much point adding much else to the half-centimetre chunk of space. It’s obviously not the make or...

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Luncheon

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Luncheon

I wasn’t ready for our third Luncheon. I’d barely digested the last, generous issue when the latest beauty turned up on Shrove Tuesday. Luncheon, if you haven’t got around to it, is a cultured conversation about art, photography, literature and other many nice things arranged around culinary props and served in the manner of courses in a formal luncheon. Its ambition, erudition and design execution put it some way in front of most competitors, but the magazine's elegant and delicately warped vintage aesthetic puts it at the top table for us. Number 3 arrives this time in two covers, both monochrome. You...

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We have issues

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We have issues

Even as relative new entrants to the magazine trade we quickly noticed the amount of wastage built into the operating system. You may or may not know that the majority of unsold magazines are pulped by larger distributors. Coming from the book trade I was aware of the lifespan of an ordinary book in the average bookshop, but the cyclical culling of magazines is something else altogether. The book can expect a brief shelf life but a range of factors mean that many will linger for longer. Nearly all magazines have a cruel, short existence regardless of publication frequency.  'We...

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