Well we did it! Issue Eight has landed. What a fantastic issue it is. Instead of me babbling on and on here, let us tell you about it in our own words.
Hello to you all!
Well here we are again, dear Bunburyists! A new edition, a new chapter in our own personal story. 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!
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.
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.
Here is a poem.
He sits open-legged and open-toed
stirring a soy chai latte as snow-flakes
dock on hip-length dreadlocks.
He sucks the foam from the spoon,
wipes it on his purple-and-yellow
marble effect deep v-neck, which exposes a
smooth, muscular chest and slips
it into the pocket of his baggy three-quarter
length jeans. From the opposite pocket,
he pulls a battered copy of Sophie’s World
and sits even further back in the wicker chair.
He reads for a moment before his eyes
surreptitiously drift up to the blonde woman
in the tight red dress and tall black heels
at the counter. For the next few minutes he watches,
his eyes following as she walks towards him. He pretends
to stretch, his shirt lifting to reveal a tattoo of the astrological
chart on his six pack. She looks at him and smiles as she approaches him.
Without saying a word, she leans over him, winks and
turns his book the right way up.
Keri – Pale in Comparison
Whispered secrets from an endless void,
pricked with ancient worlds
trickle down into my fertile mind
holding my curiosity captive
weaving thoughts and stories as dark
as the vastness that cradles my tiny form.