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Issue 11 launch


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!

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