Monthly Archives: February 2012

Join the team!

Update: we’re reviewing applications – if you got in touch and don’t hear from us by Sunday the 11th, please drop us a line.

2012 is going to be an interesting year for Structo. We have deliberately been growing the magazine slowly — we allegedly have day jobs after all — making sure that it doesn’t get away from under us. The next stages of growth will become clear from the next issue, but to help us be ready for that, we need your help.

The first post we’re looking to fill is that of poetry editor. I think we’ve done really well on the poetry front so far, but it’s getting to the point where the sheer volume of submissions means we have to divide and conquer. The poetry editor will be working with the editor, reading and evaluating submissions on our biannual submissions schedule, and generally giving verse a voice on the team.

We are also in need of an extra pair of eyes, and are looking for a proofreader to work with our excellent copy editor. Elaine is also a copy editor when she’s not helping out with Structo, so this would be a great opportunity to learn how it all works from a pro.

You don’t have to be based anywhere in particular, but potential proofreaders will need to be familiar with British English. If you are interested, have any questions, or just want to point out typos in this post*, please get in touch.

— Euan

*Especially this!

Review: Mycroft Holmes and the Adventure of the Silver Birches by David Dickinson

A simple pastiche, or observations on sibling rivalry?Mycroft Holmes

The Adventure of the Silver Birches centres on a plot to devalue the pound and collapse Britain’s economy. With Sherlock off bee-keeping in Sussex, Lestrade calls on his brother Mycroft to aid the investigation. What follows is a rapid journey through the streets and establishments of London, before culminating in the grounds of a grand country house.

The novella is littered with wonderful description. The style of writing itself gently emulates that of Conan Doyle, with its use of detailed imagery – ‘the sodden, soaking dripping mass of humanity’ – setting us off down the road with the character of Lestrade to kick-start the mystery and bring us closer to the hero of the tale: Mycroft Holmes.

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