Print the North

Independent magazine distributor Stack and Mag Culture’s Jeremy Leslie have teamed up to put on events for magazine lovers, the next of which will take place in Manchester on Thursday.

Stack received a splurge of comments on their blog after the first London event asking the team to run similar events in Manchester, Glasgow and Berlin, and accordingly has lined up a panel of speakers for the event on 9 June.

Magazine-lovers at the last event
From the last Stack event in London

Stack’s Steve Watson says, ‘It can be frustrating as lots of this type of media event exist in London and it’s hard to continue the conversation out of the capital.’

The first event was focused around the theme ‘Why print when you can blog?’ and included speakers from slow journalism quarterly Delayed Gratification, beautifully designed foodie bible Fire and Knives and graphic design magazine Eye. To get a feel for the event, watch the video by Lime Tree Media below.

The second event, Print the North, will bring together people making independent magazines in the North, giving them the chance to start a discussion about independent publishing, and doing so away from the big smoke.

On the panel will be Bec Brown from Blanket magazine. Blanket is a Web art, design and photography magazine realeased in a PDF format, unusual because Brown has always charged for the magazine despite it’s online format. Brown is just about to make the move into print, which will make her particularly interesting to talk about the challenges and benefits of doing so, says Watson.

Magazine-lovers at the last event
Magazine-lovers at the last event

Alisdair Hiscock from Sheffield-based Article magazine has been invited to speak following the Drift issue of the magazine, which dealt with creativity in the North and how to make it financially sustainable. Leeds-based magazine Bonafide has just appointed a London editor. The magazine’s James Griffin will speak about what this will bring to the magazine. Owt Creative collective will also be on-hand to show their latest zines.

Print the North runs at The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HE 0n 9 June. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

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