Small magazines, big ambitions

by Steve Watson in January 2017

Small magazines are big news at the moment. For a long time independent publishing was synonymous with big, heavy, expensive magazines printed on thick and luxurious paper, but last year saw a fresh interest in smaller, cheaper titles that seek to do things differently.

Launch of the Year at the Stack Awards went to Real Review, one of the most prominent examples of this exciting new approach, and in their review of independent magazines in 2016, AIGA picked up on the rapid growth of titles that are “fast, cheap and fun”.

There’s definitely something going on here, so for our first event of 2017 we’re bringing together three editors to speak about why small is best for them. Come along and join us at The Book Club on Tuesday 24 January to hear from:

Jack Self, editor of Real Review
Liv Siddall, editor of Rough Trade Magazine
Steven Gregor, ex-editor of Gym Class Magazine, and currently working on href=””>a new project

Real Review and Rough Trade are very different magazines in both tone and content, but they make excellent use of their simple materials to create high quality and distinctive titles. And Steven’s new project doesn’t even exist yet, but he has been an outspoken critic of the steady move towards bigger, more expensive magazines, and it’s a safe bet that when it launches his new magazine will be lean and mean.

Tickets are available now at just £6 and guarantee a night of insightful print talk with some of London’s most interesting magazine makers. See you there!

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