Printout is back

by Steve Watson in October 2011
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It’s time once again to gather in the basement of The Book Club in Shoreditch and read magazines, talk magazines and drink beer. This time the theme of the evening is labours of love, and me and Jeremy have pulled together a great panel of speakers who all have their own stories of making magazines for love (and sometimes money).

There’s Les Jones, the man behind Elsie. I’ve written before about his extraordinary magazine, each issue customised by hand, and I can’t wait to hear about the sheer amount of work that goes into the project.

Then there’s Gareth Main, whose Bearded made a brave and beautiful attempt to rethink the music magazine before hunkering down into a website and podcast instead. He’ll be talking about things he might have done differently, and how publishing doesn’t always turn out quite as you planned.

And last but not least, Cathy Olmedillas will speak about setting up Anorak magazine out of sheer frustration at the other kids’ magazines out there, and how that one experiment has turned into a full-blown publishing empire (though she’ll probably be too modest to use exactly those words).

We’ll also have the Printout library, stocked with independent magazines from all over the world, music courtesy of Oh Comely magazine, and everyone gets to go home with a free copy of Australian magazine Patterns of Creative Aggression. All that for £5 can’t be bad – book your tickets now!

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