Monthly Archives: February 2013

Illustrator interview: Evie Kitt

(c) Evie Kitt

Artwork © Evie Kitt

After talking to Sarah Thomas at the Bodleian for issue nine, we wanted to find an illustrator that would do the piece justice in print. The Ruskin School Of Drawing & Fine Art in Oxford put us in touch with Evie Kitt, a second year Fine Arts student. Head below the fold to read a brief interview with Evie, and to see more of her superb and varied artwork.

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Once upon a time: Duncan Jones

A Newark Cemetery Squirrel Speaks by Duncan Jones

Photo: Structo (CC BY 2.0)

This is the start of an irregular feature on the blog. We’re always nosy about interested in what authors get up to after having been published in Structo, and it suddenly occurred to us that the most straightforward way of finding out would be to ask! It also gives us a chance to give our erstwhile writers a little publicity, because they certainly didn’t get involved with the magazine for the money…

First up is Duncan Jones. We have published a couple of Duncan’s witty little stories, the first in issue four and the second the following issue. You can read ‘A Newark Cemetery Squirrel Speaks’ and ‘Lucifer’ in full and for free over at issuu, and continue reading below for a short interview with the man himself.

Lucifer by Duncan Jones

Photo: Structo (CC BY 2.0)

Do you primarily write short stories? 
Yes I do primarily write short stories, many of which are available on the Ether app.

Are smartphones and tablets helping the short story form?

I suspect that they are and many people a lot more worthy than I seem to agree. If the short story was seen as unprofitable by traditional publishers, digital publishing gets round this. The length of a short story fits people’s busy lives. I am a bit puzzled how people know where to go to get quality. Ether has an editorial process, but I am not convinced all platforms do. I guess people will soon find a platform that gives them what they want. How you get your stories noticed in such a massive market intrigues me, and as trumpet blowing has never been my forte, I guess it also troubles me.

Why did you send your stories to Structo in particular? 

The submissions criteria and description of the magazine caught my attention, especially the ‘make us smile’ bit.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently writing a ghost story for children set in a shopping centre.

Do you have a plan for your writing career, or are you playing it by ear?
I am very much playing it by ear, trying to build on small successes without being blinkered about new avenues. I had a short horror piece I had written as part of an Open University creative writing course accepted for a charity Halloween anthology published by Crooked Cat. I do wonder if I write over too many genres. I write poetry for adults and children and my short stories are quite varied, but it all helps to improve my writing and I enjoy the variety.

Issue nine meet the readers, readers meet issue nine

Issue nine covers

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And so here it is, the thing we’ve been banging on about for the last couple of weeks, Structo issue nine. With all the subscriber, contributor, stockist and other copies now in the grubby mitts of Royal Mail, I thought it would be good to introduce you.

Issue nine spread

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This issue features a record 21 poems (although admittedly seven of them are haiku) and 13 short stories. There are also two interviews. The first is with writer and theatre director Stella Duffy and covers everything from the best way to prepare for a reading to the difficulties of writing a Mills and Boone. The second is a fascinating conversation with the Librarian of the Bodleian in Oxford, Sarah Thomas. Issue nine also has an essay from regular columnist Keir Pratt which was originally supposed to be about finding the best café in London to write in, but in fact chronicles a quite serious/hilarious caffeine overdose.

The Incidental

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It costs £5. As always, you can buy it on our website or from one of our stockists, but as of today you can also head over to the curated indie magazine site Anikibo and get yourself a copy there. Back issues will be up in due course.

Stella Duffy interview

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I hope you enjoy it! If you have any feedback, good or bad, do let us know. You can contact us using one of the methods listed here, or leave a comment below.

— Euan