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:
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 Hotel, Richard 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.
Christopher and Keri.
PS – there may not be a prize for the ‘Hampsley Cavern’ competition anymore. It was a cookie but we ate it!