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Issue 11 launch

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Tomorrow night from 6pm we will be celebrating the publication of Structo issue 11 at one of our very favourite bookshops: The Albion Beatnik in Oxford.

If you’ve followed our exploits for a while, you might remember we had our issue nine party there, and you will already know why we’re going back.

Expect a pile of magazines, some short readings by some ace writers, wine and/or tea, and cake. Confirmed readings by issue 11 short story writers Melanie Whipman and Tara Isabella Burton, and by the Oxford poets Nikul Patel, April Pierce and Leo Mercer.

It’s going to be fun. Hope you can join us! Facebook event page here.

Update: Sadly Tara can’t make tonight, due to being on the wrong side of the Atlantic, but we have some exciting Oxford poets making up the ranks!

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Issue 10 launch

The Society Club by Paul Ockelford

Photo by Paul Ockelford (CC BY-NC)

After all the fun of last year, we’re delighted to be returning to The Society Club in London for the launch of Structo issue 10. On Saturday the 3rd of August, from 6pm, get yourself to Soho for readings, cocktails, music, interesting conversations, more cocktails and a very high likelihood of cake. Also piles of magazines.

We couldn’t be happier with the line-up. There will be poetry from Lucy Furlong, a couple of short stories from Jason Gould and Christine Stroik Stocke and a reading from our very own fiction editor Keir Pratt. It’s going to be a great evening, and as usual it’s free to get in.

More details to come in the next week or so.

Facebook event page / Map to The Society Club

Issue nine launch do

The reason we had the launch

Photo by Catherine Mottram (CC BY 2.0)

Issue nine was welcomed into the world on Sunday the 27th at The Albion Beatnik in Oxford. This is the second time we’ve had a launch at the Beatnik, and the night served as a reminder of why it remains one of our favourite venues.

Poets' corner

Photo by Catherine Mottram (CC BY 2.0)

We were lucky enough to have four readings over the course of an evening punctuated with interesting people, wine and — perhaps most importantly — cake. Mark Poole read a section from his issue nine story ‘Ham, Egg and Chips’, a tale of what happens when the habits of one man’s life are disrupted. Oxford-based Canadian poet Stephanie Young, despite the uncooperative weather, followed this with a selection of snow-related poetry from her collection Both Boys Climb Trees They Can’t Climb Down.

Stephen Beechinor

Photo by Catherine Mottram (CC BY 2.0)

After a cake/wine break, Stephen Beechinor performed his story ‘Realm of the meek’, also from the new issue. And perform is definitely the word. We’re working on getting a recording so more people can hear what we heard that night. Proceedings were ably brought to a close with poetry from April Pierce, a California native reading English at Oxford. April is also the chair of the University’s Poetry Society, who run many poetry events of their own in the city.

My thanks to everyone who came out to make it such a great night.  You can see more of Catherine’s photos from the launch over here.

— Euan

Issue eight launch

Photo by Paul Ockelford (CC BY 2.0)

Saturday the 28th of July saw the launch of Structo issue eight. We had hoped to give the new issue a good send off, but we didn’t expect everything to go this perfectly. We had a brilliant evening. The event was held at the lovely Society Club in London’s Soho, and featured readings by two of the authors featured in the magazine — Avril Joy and Bette Adriaanse — as well as music from Structo‘s very own Will Burns. We were also surprised by a last-minute drinks sponsorship from La Maison Fontaine absinthe, which went down incredibly well, in both senses of the phrase. Thanks to everyone who came out, I hope you had as much fun as we did.

Photos from the night follow after the break (all courtesy of Paul Ockelford).

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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

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

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