Monthly Archives: July 2012

2nd International Alternative Press Festival

With issue eight safely at the printers, we’ve begun looking ahead a little. It turns out there’s bloody loads going on! I’ll blog about the other things in due course, but first…

Photo: Structo (CC-BY-NC-SA)

The 2nd annual International Alternative Press Festival kicks off in London tomorrow, and runs through until the 10th of August. The Festival takes in all aspects of indie publishing, there will be a complete takeover of Lamb Conduit Street, exhibitions at GOSH! and Orbital Comics, and various other events. The main attraction though is the Small Press Fair, which is taking place on the weekend of the 4th/5th of August at the Conway Hall.

We met lots of lovely people last year, and this time around there are going to be over 100 exhibitors over the two days. We will have a table in the main hall again, but have also been asked to host a vaguely literary event on Sunday afternoon. The organisers were generous/foolhardy enough to give us an open brief, so in the end we decided to go with ‘So Bad it’s Good: Adventures in Terrible Writing’. Here’s the bumph from the programme:

In a case of it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time, Structo magazine cheerfully presents an afternoon of terrible literature and excruciating poetry. You will find out just how difficult it is to write a truly bad opening line to a novel, witness a poetry slam of Vogonic proportions, and have a go at writing some woeful verse yourself. This will appear in a one-off magazine, to be published online on the day.

That will be running from 2:45–4:30pm and there’s no extra fee to attend. The fair itself costs £3 to get in. Bargain.

— Euan

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Issue eight launch update

Some updates for the issue eight launch on the 28th…

As well as the aforementioned Treecreeper acoustic set, we are very happy to announce that not only have Bette Adriaanse and Avril Joy agreed to read their short stories from the new issue, but poet/publisher/event producer Tom Chivers will also be doing a short set. It’s going to be ace.

Due to the risk of people falling through the cracks of our various social media presences, we have also decided to trash the guest list. Everyone will be issued a couple of drink tokens at the door instead.

Details: July 28th from 6–8pm at The Society Club in Soho, London. There’s a facebook event page here.

— Euan

Cutaway magazine

Photo: Structo (CC-BY-NC-SA)

You might remember that back in February we put a call out for people to join the Structo team. One of the people who got in touch was Dave Schofield, who at the time was working with his co-editor Craig Pay to produce a literary magazine called Cutaway. It was partly on the strength of this that we asked him to join the magazine; Cutaway #1 is an interesting and varied collection of writing, accompanied by some very striking photography. With the first issue now out in the big wide world, we asked for Dave’s thoughts on the birth of a new literary magazine.

Photo: Structo (CC-BY-NC-SA)

When did you both decide to start a magazine?
We were encouraged by an MA Creative Writing course to do something that draws on a writing community for the penultimate semester, but the magazine was something we already had in mind. It was the result of us both being quite active over the last two or three years submitting and being published in literary and genre magazines. We probably considered it for a couple of months prior to November 2011 and then focussed on it for about six months to get it off the ground.

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Destroying False Gods: An overview of the online magazine Squawk Back

Squawk Back front page

In an age where critics, writers, and businessmen are all announcing (and/or mourning) the death of print (and thus, the death of literature), there are some that will do all they can to prove that literary fiction and poetry can not only survive in modern culture, but thrive in it. The success of blogs like HTMLGiant and writers like Tao Lin prove that the future of literature is online, and that writers and readers have nothing to fear.

Squawk Back was formed in 2011 to publish a weekly online magazine of experimental fiction that doesn’t discriminate against any writer, regardless of age, sex, race, or social status. They are just as likely to publish a piece from an inmate or completely unknown teenager as they are to publish an established writer. In an interview with Xenith, Editor-in-Chief Zak Block says that not only does he love to challenge the publishing industry norms, but to “destroy false gods.”

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Issue eight release shindig

Photo © Tom Pandé

Issue eight will be launched in style at The Society Club in London on the July 28th. Kicking off at 6pm, the evening will feature readings from the new issue as well as live music from our very own Will Burns (Treecreeper). There will also be piles of Structo all over the place. It’s free to attend, but if you get in touch to say you’re coming, we’ll put a drink behind the bar for you.

(There’s a Facebook event page and everything, so it’s official.)

— Euan