Monthly Archives: February 2011

We’ll always have Paris, hopefully

Photograph taken by Jonbeebe. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.Some sort of ‘stockists’ page will be turning up on the main website in the next day or so, but in the meantime here’s the low-down on those fine establishments where you can buy Structo (in addition to on-line from our website).

First and foremost is Rough Trade East, just off Brick Lane in London. I’m not entirely sure what possessed us to try to get the magazine into what is – let’s face it – the coolest record shop in the country, but try it we did, and for some reason they said yes. We delivered a bundle of copies before they could change their mind.

One of the guys at Rough Trade recommended our next port of call: the Albion Beatnik bookshop in Oxford. I think he must get a cut of their sales – it’s a fantastic shop in Jericho specialising in the Beat Poets; a place where the editor of a literary magazine might accidentally spend the entire sales take. Hypothetical books such an editor might have bought under these (extremely unlikely) circumstances include: Lion Lounge Press’ The Lounge Companion Vol. 1 and Wait Until Spring, Bandini by John Fante.

The ever-interesting MK Gallery in Milton Keynes has a free entry policy, and you can’t buy the art, so was considered safe for the editor to approach and deliver to. Take a look at the previous post for details of the spoken word night we are curating there on the 24th of this month. It’s looking really good, if we say so ourselves.

Finally, and in more recent/surprising news, the legendary Parisian bookshop Shakespeare and Company agreed to take a trial batch of the magazine. For reasons of liquidity we posted them copies.

Update 10/02: From next week, Structo will also be available at the Cornerhouse film and arts centre in Manchester (it’s right next to Oxford Road station). They sell a load of great literary magazines in their bookshop, so the magazine will be in good company.

—Euan

Of unexpected events

We’ve been meaning to stage some kind of event for a while, but it never happened; mainly because we were always too preoccupied in the final stages of putting together the magazine to plan any kind of launch for the thing. Then, a week or so ago, the folks over at the Milton Keynes Gallery invited us to curate one of their Scratch Nights (previous Nights have been in the form of gigs, film screenings and all sorts of other art-related shenanigans), and in a fit of productivity we agreed.

So here’s the plan so far: on the evening of the 24th of February, from 6:30–8:30pm, there will be a (free) evening of spoken word at the MK Gallery. Confirmed readers so far include Evie Wyld (acclaimed author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice), general spoken word polymath Raymond Antrobus, and writer/journalist Jean Hannah Edelstein. It’s a bloody good line-up, and I am reliably informed that there will be some kind of booze available, so there’s also that.

You can download the flyer for the night here.

Update (12/02): Sadly Raymond Antrobus had to pull out, however we can now announce that two of our other readers are erstwhile Structo authors Aidan Thomas and Richard Stokes.

—Euan