A productive weekend – Martin came round from sunny Leith to talk over some ideas concerning the development of our journal, an enterprise which I have written about before. We (sort of) have a title, and, (almost) more importantly, we have some kind of idea of the tone and tendency of the journal itself – internationalist, mixing essays with fiction. Crucially, there’s going to be no editorial, no phoney “manifesto”, no self-aggrandising attempt to position ourselves as the last bastion of a declining culture or a corrective to an entrenched literary oligarchy blah blah blah, no performances or club nights or “poetry slams”, or any of the other puffed-up stunts adopted by most new lit mags. (I realise that this sounds suspiciously like a manifesto in itself. Let’s pass over that in silence for a moment … )
All the logistic details are pretty much worked out in theory, so it will just be a question of getting them in place and putting out a call for submissions. As I said in the earlier post, we’re going to go for the (free) subscriber quarterly PDF model, with the long term intention of producing an annual print issue (either a digest of the year or a themed issue). We’re both completely enthused by the idea anyway. It will clearly be the last bastion of a declining literary culture. We’re hoping to get all this up and running by January, with the first issue provisionally coming out in March. Keep watching this space.