We had a great time last night at Printout Bristol. Sadly it was almost too successful, with people being turned away at the door, but the packed room were treated to an excellent discussion about why Bristol was such a hotbed of independent publishing, as well as having the chance to buy local magazines Offlife, Cereal, Boneshaker, Digest and 8 Faces. As you can see from the pictures, we even had a huge mirror ball decorating the venue with dots of light.
Local group BIP (Bristol Independent Publishers) attracted plenty of magazine-makers, and there was a real buzz about the night as people who had only emailed each other previously met each other for the first time; even a new magazine, The Grain, turned up with copies. I didn’t manage to pick up a copy, but did get hold of the new Another Escape, fresh from the printers. This is a magazine that goes from strength to strength and the front cover this time is a stunning image of an American forest fire. For the first time the issue is themed, being all about wood.
It’s easy to take Printout for granted now that it’s taken place so many time in London, so it was really refreshing seeing the whole thing through fresh eyes. And I really looking forward to the next London event now.
Thank you BIP, The Bristol Festival of Ideas, all the speakers and the audience for making it a very special evening.
Monocle24’s The Stack were there and promise a report on Saturday 17 May; and Steve has also has some notes on the Stack blog.