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hotdog

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hotdog

hotdog, the off-kilter feminist poetry and illustration magazine has just dropped their third release, the ‘Delightfully Unprofessional’ issue that’s really made people sit up. We caught up with the magazine’s founders, Megan Conery and Molly Taylor, and asked what they’re up to. Hello Molly and Megan! How are you both? We’re great!  Firstly, what is hotdog? The short answer: hotdog is a poetry magazine. The slightly longer answer: hotdog is a poetry magazine that publishes female identifying, non-binary and transgender voices. Poetry has the power to restore. We believe that creativity should be an honest expression of oneself – hotdog is personal, painful, funny and nourishing. What...

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Goldie

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Goldie

The nascent Goldie promises much and delivers interesting and, dare I say, unique articles in a first issue acute observations and noble aspirations: ‘For so long we have been labelled according to our age as if creativity, relevance and vibrancy automatically taper off as another page turns on the calendar.’ Well, hurrah. At long last. When I turned 50 I was bombarded with inducements for step-in baths, stair lifts and luxury retirement living. The one-size-fits-all algorithm had clearly clicked in and I was a market segmentation which put me in a cardigan and curlers looking forward to my weekly visit to the...

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Suspira

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Suspira

Fear resides in half-seen things, shadows without bodies, flickers in your periphery. It's in the primal place that sends our heartbeat racing and leaves us in a cold sweat. And now, fear lurks in Suspira, too. Spawned by the Dreadful Press laboratory, the home of Sabat, it stares into the void where grotesque, supernatural and unnerving monsters in all their forms live and puts them onto paper with an intellectual eye for our own enjoyment (can it be that?). Could you find a better hand to hold to navigate this darkness? From the outset, Suspira is ethereal. It is textured, lightweight and unthreatening...

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Caboodle

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Caboodle

I have consumed many magazines hoping to find one that's different, one that isn’t filled with a vlogger’s top tips or some other similar mush, and with Caboodle I have definitely found it. I think everything about Caboodle can be summed up by the back pages of the magazine, the first Girls Just Want to Have Fun (of course) and this edition Make Your Own Sunshine (which I cannot agree with more). Caboodle is an extremely modern magazine, it’s main message being be and love yourself no matter what. It includes interviews with women in fashion, music and food, vegan recipes (that don’t contain smashed...

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The Plant

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The Plant

Let us begin with a cliché (since you won’t find any in this gardening magazine). The Plant really grows on you. Back with a new design, wider and higher page dimensions with a more bookish feel this Spanish/UK hybrid, is living in the world of botanicals, but there any resemblance to common gardening magazines will end. Confession time: I love the Sunday supplements aspirational porn, with their ‘planning for your border with colour all year round’, ‘transform your dark corners with the latest succulents’ and my personal favourite ‘no fuss gardening for the non-gardening fan’. Just pick up a trowel the glossy...

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