The Things What We ‘Ave Been Doing

The last we spoke to you lovely folks at Short Stops, we were announcing the release of the latest issue of Bunbury Magazine, the Unexplained Special. The response to this issue has been phenomenal and we want to thank all you lovely Short-Stoppers for coming by and reading it along with all the regular Bunburyists.

We do know as well that Short Stops has new visitors every day. We would not want all you wonderful folks to miss out so once again, here is a link to the Unexplained Special.

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We here at Bunbury do not rest on our laurels however! We have been working tirelessly to make the experience for our readers and followers as immersive as possible. Last year, we started a blog of our own; a place where we could have a rant and rave about this, that and the other. Since then, we have upgraded to a fully fledged site with as much detail about who we are and what we do. It is home to our blog (more on this in a moment) and details of upcoming issue and more (again, there will be more on this in a moment!) Come and have a look at our new shiny-dancing website here: www.bunburymagazine.com

Firstly, we would like to welcome a new member of our team. Rhea Seren Phillips who is joining us as Executive Editor. She has had many fantastic poems and stories printed in Bunbury in the past and it is a genuine pleasure to have her on board. You can click on her name just above for more details about her.

Our Editor and co-creator has also started a rather insane challenge. This year, for the entire year, allllllll year, he will be writing a poem a day, with no regard to his sanity whatsoever. In fact, so far, there have been days where he has written more than one. We think he’s a closet masochist to be honest. You can catch up on the entire thing at the #PoemADayForForAYear blog and come and get involved on our Twitter account, @MagazineBunbury with the #PoemADayForAYear hashtag.

While we are talking Twitter, we have started a new prompting challenge on Twitter. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday we will be posting a prompt for all you lovely people to write some micro-poetry. Send your responses to the hashtag #bunburyezine.

What else, what else. Oh, the content for the magazine for the next issue! We really want to announce some very exciting plans for the next issue but unfortunately our hands are tied so all we can say is this:

Last night, we sat writing an interview and then making it all fanciful for one of our favourite *redacted*. *redacted*, who played *redacted*. *redacted* will be talking to us about *redacted* and just about anything really! I almost wet myself when we made contact and *redacted* agreed. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, we also have *redacted*, who played *redacted*, talking to us about *redacted*. Oh my, it was almost too much for us!

Speaking of the next issue, as always we are looking for submissions from you lovely folk. The theme for the next issue is ‘Power’, so whether you write short stories, flash fiction, poetry or do art, photography…you know what, you know the drill by now, come and send us what you got! The new email address is submissions@bunburymagazine.com

One very, very last thing! On 17th February we are holding the latest of the Do The Write Thing events at Bar Ten on Silver Street in Bury, just outside of Manchester. It’s a fun-filled extravaganza of spoken word, games and drinks! If you can, get over as it’s always a great night and it’s also the night of Editor Keri’s birthday! Double the reason to get along! You can find more information about it on the link just above or on our Facebook event here: Do The Write Thing Birthday Edition.

That’s it for now, dear Short Stoppers and Bunburyists. Come say hello some time. We miss you!

Bunbury Magazine Issue Seven: The Unexplained

Hello, dearest Bunburyists

We’re back! Bunbury Magazine hath returnethethethed. Firstly, belated salutations of the season to you and yours! Secondly, we knew we’d find you here. We’re not being cocky or anything – we have proof.

And here is the new issue right here, just click the picture!

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There are far too many people to thank for making this issue possible but you all know who you are so give yourselves a great big pat on the back and grab yourself a pint of something you enjoy most!

So, two-thousand-and-fifteen. The year we are supposed to greet Marty McFly to the future. Have you all got your hover-boards polished and strange colander-hat-type things on? That aside, we’re hoping to have a very good year this year, like last year but even better.

In two-thousand-and-fourteen, we were absolutely astonished by the quality of the submissions we received and we want (and indeed, have for this issue) more of the same! We do not really believe in new year resolutions here but if you are going to make one, make it to send something over to us – artwork, poems, photographs, you know the drill! We love what we do and we hope you do too.

While you are about and reading some fine works, please feel free to visit our WordPress blog where our own esteemed Christopher Moriarty has set himself the challenge of writing one poem a day for the entire year. Any feedback, encouragement, criticism, jeering or loitering is extremely welcome! You can read it all here:

A Poem A Day For A Year by Christopher Moriarty

We have plans this year. Big ones. We are going to be making some very positive moves to make your Bunbury experience more shiny than it ever has been. We hope you all stay on board.

As you all know, at Bunbury it is our contributors that make the magazine as great as it is. We are not like other publications, that will give you only one issue and then leave you at the creativity turn-pike. We love it when you all get involved regularly so this is our official invitation to get involved in the next issue. The theme is ‘Power’. Dazzle us once more. Send your dazzling works to our lovely people over at submissions@bunburymagazine.com

We also survive on you lovely people sharing us on social media. So if you tweet or use Facebook, please give this issue a big shout out. Our handle is @MagazineBunbury. There is also a link below for a little readership survey which we are using to build information which could lead to some great developments in the future. Please spare a few minutes to give us your thoughts.

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One very, very last thing. On the 17th of February, it s our esteemed editor Keri-Ann Edwards’ birthday. To celebrate, we are hosting a live Do The Write Thing event. We have open mic spots and headline slots available so if you are free, in the area and love a good night, get yourself along. We are at Bar Ten on Silver Street, Bury, Lancs. The fun kicks off at 2000! Just click the link right above for the Facebook event page.

Well, that is probably enough rambling from us. Let’s get to the meat of it. Welcome to the first edition of Bunbury for two-thousand-and-fifteen. We hope you get the cultural fix you need.

Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year,

Christopher, Keri, and Matt.

Our Last Few Weeks and Call for Submissions

It has been a busy few weeks here at Bunbury Magazine HQ. Where to begin?!

Last month saw the Manchester Literary Festival. We headed into town and had the pleasure of catching Faber New Poets 10 at the Manchester Central Library. Each year, Faber pick a handful of promising poets and give them tutelage from established writers to help hone their craft. They each put together a collection and then tour the country presenting their stuff. The highlight for us this year was a man called Will Burns. His poetry had a touching reality to it that really drew us in. You can catch up with him here – http://www.willburns.co.uk/.

We also caught The Other Room at The Castle Hotel in Manchester. The Other Room is an event which presents experimental poetry from around the world. Our highlight at this event on the 18th October was a German poet call Ulli Freer. When he first walked onto stage he reached into a rucksack and turned on a small tape-player which filled the room with tribal chanting. He started his first poem to this chanting. Once this had finished, he wrapped his arms in bandages and launched into an epic, 15 minute poem, from memory, which was relentless, deep assault on the sense, and so wonderful. His voice carried through from the stage and beyond. If you ever get the chance to see this man – and he says he only performs about 4 times a year, we urge you to get there!

The week ended with a huge opportunity for us – a guest spot on Fab International Radio‘s literary show, ‘Page Turner‘, hosted by the wonderful Anna Percy and fantastically assisted by Pete Ford. On the show, we talked about censorship in publishing, in special relation to the book being released by MLA about his abuse as a child. With this light-hearted start, we moved on to each present a short story of our own and some pieces that have inspired us. We had plenty of good conversation and laughs about Douglas Adams, George Orwell and ended with the tale of The Giraffe in the Flat who couldn’t claim benefits. The show will be up on-line soon for you all to catch up at www.fabradiointernational.com.

A couple of weeks later, we hosted our latest event for the writing group we run, Do The Write Thing. And it was a Hallowe’en special. A true fright fest it was! Our regulars all spooked us with their offerings and we were incredibly fortunate to have the fantastic Gemma Lees as our head-liner. Gemma Also runs her own night called Once More With Meaning at the Met Bar in Bury. Check here for details.

So that’s about it. Busy busy busy but no rest for the wicked. We’re now looking forward to the next issue of Bunbury Magazine. The theme for this issue is The Unexplained. Here are our T&C‘s for submission. If you want to get involved or even just drop us a line, our email address is bunburymagazine@gmail.com

Take care, dear Bunburyists!

Bunbury Magazine Issue Six

Hey Bunburyists! 

Remember that time when we did Bunbury Magazine and it had all manner of wonderful Bunburying things in it, like poetry and art? Oh, and all the Bunburyful short stories and interviews with marvelous people? You don’t?

            That’s alright because we are back! Back with a brand new issue for you; an issue you won’t forget in an hurry. And here it is:

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            Since we last spoke, the rarest of things occurred – we actually had a holiday! Two, in fact, because we are bourgeois. We spent a week amongst the rolling sands and omnipresent cream teas of the South Coast. Whilst there, we had the chance to visit Kents Caverns in Tourquay, which was used as the basis for Hamspley Cavern. A prize to any of you fabulous people who know in which book it features. And no google! Just send us an email.

            The second holiday was more a labour of love than a rest – the love of bringing you all the high-standard splendiforousness you see before you.

            We spent five days in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival. Five days of running around like blue-arsed proverbials, fuelled by coffee and neeps, seeing comedy and poetry performed by some of the finest comedians and poets it has been our pleasure to encounter. The feature for this issue presents to you the very best of the Free Fringe, but we won’t give too much away right now. We will just let you immerse yourselves in what they had to say, as well as the brilliant poetry, art and stories we have for you this time round.

There are many many people to thank for this issue, both for their support and for getting involved. We will go through section by section so we do not miss anyone out!

The beautiful front cover and the artwork was provided by Katryn Beaty.

Flash fiction by Joseph Roberts and William Morris.

Life Writing by Becca Hazleden.

Our non-fiction essay was written by our wonderful resident Bunburyist Amanda Madison.

The stunning poetry was submitted by David Subacchi, Karen Little, Leanne Drain and Sarah Hussain.

Engrossing short stories by Andrew Lee-Hart, Christian Carter-Stephenson, Edward Hodgson, Katryn Beaty and Paul O’Sulliavan.

We were so pleased to present Part Four of ‘Yum Yum’ by Kurt Jarram and give you the first part of ‘Unnecessary Person’ by Isaac Swift.

We also had the pleasure of doing a book promotion for a good friend of the magazine, Stephen James.

It was our honour to give Armageddon Stereo, a brand-new wholly awesome rap-core metal band from Manchester, their first ever interview.

And, here we go, our big feature on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival included Aiden Killian, Andrew Blair, Charmain Hughes, Darren Walsh, Fay Roberts, Hannah Chutzpah, James Christopher, Laurie Bolger, Mel Jones, Nygel Harrot, Chris Chopping, Phil Cooper, Stuart Laws, Amy Acre, Ben Target, Beth Vyse, Cormac Friel, Martin Sichel of the Panda Villa HotelRichard Hartnell, Ross McCleary, Pierre Hollins and Christian Reilly.

We are also looking forward now to the next issue of Bunbury Magazine. The theme is ‘The Unexplained.’ Have you ever seen or heard something so truly out there it almost defies rationality? If you have, we would love to see your wonderful work again!

As always, you can find all our social media garb at the bottom of this email. If you aren’t already following us on Twitter or have us on the Book of Face then add us and we can tag all those who have been part of this issue and past issues as well!

And as you know, we do not charge at all for reading this beautiful magazine – that’s just not who we are. All we ask is a share on Twitter or Facebook. Just something like ‘Hey guys, check out this zine I was published in.’ or ‘About to read Bunbury Magazine because I like my eyes and want to give them pleasure.’ Or even ‘HOLY F**KB**LS! I’M F*****G N THIS F*****G MAGAZINE! THIS IS F*****G AMAAAAAAZNG! READ IT AND EXPLODE WITH JOY!’             

Ahem. So we won’t keep you any longer. Thanks for coming to see us again. We hope you enjoy your stay. Don’t be strangers now.

            Keep Bunburying!

            Christopher and Keri.

PS – there may not be a prize for the ‘Hampsley Cavern’ competition anymore. It was a cookie but we ate it!

Bunbury Issue Five: Mythology Special

Many Greetings from all of us here at Bunbury Magazine; Hello you! How are you? It’s been what? Two months? You look great! So… Read anything good recently? We ask knowingly. Hold on to your hats because you’re about to read some more truly awesome stuff from some very talented people. Also, if you’re not wearing a hat, just print this ‘zine out, fold it into a hat then you can wear Bunbury whilst reading Bunbury.

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The submissions we have had for this issue have been an absolute joy to curate and edit.  First of all, the front cover was designed by the very talented Valeria Savchits, who also has a portfolio of sea-scapes and figurative pieces in the magazine. Our other artistic contributor was Paula Fardell, with portraits of Euryale and Medusa. Our poetry and short-story offerings were abundant this issue. There are far too many to name here and we would not want to spoil any surprises lurking in the magazine but the piece we were sent for consideration were of the utmost quality!

For this issue, we also had the absolute pleasure to cover the Spoken Word Showcase events run by Stephen James. We have done our utmost to do justice to all the fantastic performers at these live poetry readings. The details of the next event can be found here.

We have the continuation of our serial dark story ‘Yum-Yum’ by Kurt Jarram, who has just started up a new band, Kindness of Strangers.

We also want to welcome three new people on board, don’t worry, you’ll get on with them fine they’re just like all the rest of us really. They are: Maria Owen-Midlane and her bit of wedded stuff, Scott Owen-Midlane. You may recognise their names from the very first issue when we covered the Consortium tour featuring Noterminus. So to them we should actually say ‘Welcome back’. These two lovely people will be our Bristol based correspondents. They have done so much for us already, it’s about time we welcomed them into the Bunbury family, although not in a Charles Manson kind of way, more of a peanut butter vodka smoothies in a bath in full Victorian get up. Yeah. That. Let’s make that happen. We have big plans. BIG PLANS. That’s how big they are, caps lock big. Exciting times will ensue.

The third person we want to welcome to our ranks is a man with a beard from Swansea. Since we took him in all his fury glory, he also has done excellent things for the issue after this one. He’s a really forward thinker. And furry. We mentioned that too, right? Yeah, coz he is. The only issue I have with him is that I can’t remember is he likes peanut butter or not. We will find out for next time for you. It’s only right that you know what you’re getting after all.

We should take the opportunity right now to thank the (relatively) quiet partner of our team, Matt Evans. He is the man who makes the pretty-pretty with the magazine. Without him, we really would not have a magazine.

With all that said, and without further ado, we proudly present to you Bunbury Magazine Issue Five: Mythology Special.

Please find us on all the social media type stuff:

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Also, we are already looking forward to the next issue, which is memory-themed. If you have any short stories, poems, flash fiction or art, please feel free to get in touch with us on bunburymagazine@gmail.com. We will also be up in Edinburgh covering the festival so if you are up there with a show and would like some much-deserved coverage, we will endeavour to give you what you need.

Take care all and enjoy!