Magazine inspiration event

by Steve Watson in March 2023
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UPDATE – Due to the tube strike on 15th March, we have moved this event to The Book Club on 4th April

It was early last summer when I first had the idea for a series of talks about making independent magazines, held here in London and aimed primarily at the students who come here to study on creative courses. Our first event was held in October and over the last few months we’ve had a terrific line up of magazine makers speaking about how and why they do what they do.

I’ve loved being part of it, and I’ve also learned from it along the way: At the beginning I thought the talks were going to be equal parts inspiration and instruction, but as we’ve gone along I’ve realised that the format works much better for the former than the latter. And of course that makes sense – this is all happening in the evening, after the working day is done, so it’s not surprising that people want to be inspired by big ideas, rather than taught in detail. So for our final event in the series we’re leaning into that desire and investigating the elusive subject of inspiration. As always, we’ll be viewing the world through the lens of independent magazines, with two sets of makers who have very different stories to tell:

Isabelle Bucklow and Hannah Woods are the editors and founders of Motor, the dance journal that launched at the end of last year with the aim of bringing a critical appreciation of dance into print.

Josh Jones is a serial magazine maker; the creative brains behind a huge range of titles including Huck, Sandwich, and Marvin, as well as projects like a book about rave for the Saatchi Gallery, and his own Pavement Licker zine.

I’m really looking forward to seeing them reflecting on the sources of their own creativity, and I hope their thoughts will help to inspire more creative experiments. And because this is the last event in the series, and we want to say thank you to everyone who has made the talks such a success, we’re going to be giving away 300 independent magazines from our archive.

I’m very pleased to say that we’ll be joined once again by our friends at Park Communications – they’ve been with us right from the start, showing off the magazines they print and chatting with would-be independent publishers about the practicalities of printing a magazine. And of course if you’ve missed any of the events so far, you can check back and watch them on the Stack blog thanks to Fourth Estate Creative, who have been on hand to video them for us.

As always, tickets are free for students – just email me on using your university or college email address and I’ll send over the 100% discount code.

Book your tickets to Magazine Inspiration
Tuesday 4th April
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A

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