Confingo

The third issue of Confingo is now on sale – stories by John Saul, Charles Wilkinson, Stuart Snelson; poems by Marianne Daniels, Laryssa Wirstiuk, Pat Tompkins; photography by Elle Brotherhood, Zoë McLean, Rik Warren, Johan Schutte, Anke Loots; artwork by James Moss, Guy Mason.

 

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Bunbury Magazine Issue Eight and Some Very Special Announcements

Hello to you all!

Well here we are again, dear Bunburyists! A new edition, a new chapter in Bunbury Magazine. Our mission to bring you the very best in creativity from around the world, from professional writers to emerging talents. And boy do we have some great stuff for you this time around. There’s a lot to talk about so let’s get right to it.

Here is Issue Eight: Power right here for you now!

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Right now we would like to send a massive thanks to all of our contributors, both returning and new and exciting writers and artists. It really is you who makes all of this possible! We would also like to thank Jasika Nicole and Michael R Perry for giving wonderful interviews. We are so very excited to be able to present both of them in our pages. There is also a fantastic feature on a local regular event called Verbose, which features some of the best talent in the Manchester area. Thanks to everyone who got involved in that!

We also have an announcement. This year will mark two years since we started Bunbury Magazine. Two years of some of the best writing and art & photography from around the world. It has been a genuine honour to be able to bring all of this to you for all this time. As you know, we have been doing all of this for absolutely free. Now we are calling all of our dear Bunburyists for help. We are planning to mark this occasion by doing The Best of Bunbury in print. We are going to pick our favourite moments from the past eight issues and binding them forever in a beautiful tome to take pride of place on bookshelves around the world. We are also doing a book launch where we intend to bring Bunbury to life with readings, comedy and music. We are asking you for help. We have created a Kickstarter project in order to make all of this possible. We have some wonderful rewards for those who donate and cordially invite all of you to come along. We will be keeping in touch with you all about the project as it unfolds and more things are announced. It would be an honour to have your help. Please come to this link below and help us make this reality.

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Big news. We have officially registered Bunbury Publishing LTD. as a fully-fledged company. This is going to allow us to take what we are doing now even further. Plans for the future are being kept under wraps for now but some of them include launching another magazine and publishing fully in print some fantastic collections we have already been sent. Keep your eyes locked on the horizon for more news on this.

Secondly, we are so proud to announce a new member to our team. Rhea Seren Phillips, whom we have published in Bunbury Magazinein previous issues, has joined us as executive editor. Believe us when we say we feel a lot more sane now than before. She has already proved so invaluable and with her knowledge and experience, the magazine can only get stronger.

Next month, in the week beginning 12th April, we will be taking part in the rotation curation of the WeAreManc Twitter account. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to highlight the wonderful people we have in these pages as well as in Manchester. Our only worry is they do not know how crazy we are! We have also been offered a table at the MancsterCon in August, an independent graphics and art convention at Salford University. If you’re in town, come along and see us do something…secret, for now. A secret.

We are sure there will be more news to follow so make sure you keep up-to-date on our website.

This month we were blown away by one piece in particular. A young writer sent us a story which had a maturity beyond its years. A male writer but written in a woman’s voice about an issue which takes all of that maturity to write about sensitively, which he did so very well. It was a genuine pleasure to read this piece, as well as all the others of course! But this is exactly the reason we started Bunbury Magazine; to give a platform and a boost to those just starting out in writing.

As you know, we only exist by you wonderful people spreading the good word about us. You can find all of our Twitter, Facebook and other social media details at the bottom of this email. Please let everyone you hold dear about us and let them know we always welcome involvement!

I think that’s everything, is it? Yes. Well we powered through that. Without further proverbials, let us be the first to welcome you all to this brand-new issue. We hope you love reading it as much as we loved putting it together.

Keep scribbling!

opher and Keri.

Write Around Town Workshops in London

sonia delaunayThree weekends in which we explore how art, objects and places inspire writing.

Whether it’s for you or your characters, we’ll walk, eat and write our way around London’s art galleries. Through story fragments, sketches, and experimental writing you’ll engage with some of this spring’s major exhibitions in London.

No writing or drawing experience is necessary, but a willingness to play and experiment is. The Write Around Town workshops are devised to suit writers and artists of all levels. All participants will be included in Writers in the Crowd II, an anthology of writing in the city.

The weekends are stand-alone workshops and can be booked to suit your needs and interests. The more you book, the cheaper they get! When booking, please let us know which weekends you’d like to attend. If you have any questions, please contact us through this link or at maps@writingmaps.com

limited to 8 participants per weekend

Cost: One weekend = £105, Two weekend = £195, Three weekends = £260

cost includes entrance to exhibitions and light refreshments

For more details and to book, click here.

Weekend #1, Painting and Politics: April 24, 25, 26 (Only 3 Places Left)

Weekend #2, Images and Things: June 5, 6, 7

Weekend #3, Drawing and Daring: July 3, 4, 5

The workshops are devised and led by Shaun Levin. He has been teaching creative writing since 1997 and has run workshops and given talks at The National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Ben Uri Gallery, and the Stanley and Audrey Burton Art Gallery in Leeds. He has recently published work on the artists Mark Gertler and Isaac Rosenberg, and is the author of Seven Sweet Things and A Year of Two Summers, amongst other books. Shaun is the creator of Writing Maps.

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!

Confingo 1 – on sale now

The first issue of Confingo is now on sale – stories by John Saul, Matt Harris, Simon EC Blatchley, Daniel Carpenter, Rob Walton; poems by Justine Chamberlain, Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Andrew Taylor; photography by Zoë McLean, Laura Beth Grime, Rebecca Driffield, Jonathan Wilson.

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Creative Future – Museum Tales

Every object tells a story… Come and listen to writing inspired by the artefacts in the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, read by the writers themselves at the launch of Museum Tales II – a pamphlet of work created on our popular Museum Tales courses. Copies will be on sale fresh from the printers. Come and support your fellow writers and see Brighton Museum through fresh eyes!

When? 27 March 2014, 2 – 3pm

Where? Fashion Gallery, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery