Of fairs and fictions

First things first: issue six is shaping up nicely. Last week we completed the difficult process of whittling down the hundreds of submissions sent in for issue six to those we felt were right for the magazine, and have now entered the murky depths of the copy-editing process.

Between now and publication, we will be heading out to a few small publisher fairs and events. First on the agenda is the Editions of You ‘Zine Fair. The fair is taking place “under the shelter of an olde-y world-y striped marquee” in the grounds of Oxford Castle this Saturday (the 9th), and promises to be a lot of fun, with stalls, live music, readings and workshops a-plenty.

The month of May sees us in London for The International Alternative Press Festival, specifically their Alternative Press Fair, which takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of May at the Conway Hall in Holborn. We might even have the new issue in hand by then, so if you’re in a rush to get hold of one of the limited-edition numbered copies, this might be your best shot.

After that, the next one we have planned is the always-wonderful Small Publisher’s Fair in November, but if you know of any others you think would be worth a look in the meantime, please let us know. We generally don’t need much persuasion to go to these things.

In other writing-related news, photographer Stacey Yates is on the look out for flash fiction for her new project, entitled Imaging Jane. The idea is to write a short piece inspired by the police report of an unidentified woman who died in May of 1998. From these fictions Stacey will create a series of photographs with the ultimate aim of piecing together an idea of just who ‘Jane’ might have been. It’s a fascinating project, and one which aims to cumulate in an exhibition in London and companion book. The deadline is the 28th of April though, so you might want to get cracking.

That’s it for now. Expect more updates as we get nearer to publication.

—Euan

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