The June Issue of One Magazine, the South West regional lifestyle magazine which I edit is out now. I thought I’d share a piece I wrote on Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, which I simply can’t recommend highly enough.
Issue 2 of Inspired Bride hits the shops today. I had butterflies in my stomach when we sent Issue 1 of Inspired Bride to the printers last month and when I first saw it on the shelves of WH Smith! I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by all the positivity surrounding Issue 1 – thank you to everyone who bought the first issue and all of you who took the time to reach out and tell me how much you loved it!
Here are some sample spreads:
Issue 1 of Inspired Bride magazine hits the shops today. This new national wedding magazine is being stocked in WH Smith and a selection of independent retailers, priced at £3.95, with an initial print run of 10,000. The idea for Inspired Bride came about when I was planning my own wedding back in 2013 – I found lots of creative loveliness online but what I really wanted was a monthly magazine (sorry internet, but you can’t compete with the tactile permanence of print) to accompany me on my planning journey – one that celebrated uniqueness, was brimming with creativity and ultimately inspired me to go the extra mile for my big day. Fast-forward two years and a leap of faith by local publisher One Media and here we are!
I’ve launched the whole magazine from scratched with Art Editor, Peter Frost and part-time sub editor, Sally Newell. It’s been a very heavy workload but I’m very proud of the magazine and it’s been a completely different experience heading up at launch within a small company, rather than an already successful, established publishing house.
Inspired Bride’s feature material is intelligent, our photoshoots are breathtaking, our DIY tutorials are unbelievably cool and the real weddings we select span pretty much every style you can imagine and are guaranteed to wow. The magazine, which carries the strapline of ‘for weddings less ordinary’ is all about sparking readers’ creativity and leaving them feeling energized and ready to enjoy their planning.
Here are some sample spreads:
Over the last three months I’ve been working with One Media, who are based in Woodbury, Devon, redesigning their popular monthly lifestyle magazine, One Magazine.
One Magazine has five local editions, covering Exeter, Exmouth, West Devon and East Devon and is delivered to 100,000 homes each month.
Under my editorship, the redesign has included a new masthead and full graphic design facelift, new sections and navigation.
The magazine now has great feature content including a news section, 15 minute interviews with people of local interest, new food section to include restaurant reviews and an outdoors section, which includes glorious local walks and great days out.
Here are some sample spreads:
iPad For Photographers: A Guide to Managing, Editing, & Displaying Photographs Using Your iPad, the book I wrote with Ben Harvell for Ilex Press has published and is now for sale, priced at £9.99 over at Amazon.co.uk.
About the book
Think the little LCD on the back of your camera is useful? You haven’t seen anything yet. This book will show you how to put photography’s new essential piece of kit at the centre of your workflow, enabling you to bridge the gap between the camera and the internet by importing and uploading photos to the cloud, edit images on the road with the latest and most powerful apps, and organise and design your portfolio in a sleek and stylish package that will impress clients and present your work at its best. Novice or pro, the photographic uses of your iPad are endless, and this guide gives you everything you need to take full advantage of this powerful tool’s capabilities.
Click here to take a peak inside over at Amazon.
I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed for more good weather this month – we all need a good ‘ol dose of vitamin D here at 247 Towers – we all look better with a tan. Plus, we’d really like a reason to treat ourselves to some of the delectable beach essentials and maybe even some of the awesome new swimmers in this month fashion shoot.
We have loads of great interviews for you in this issue: read what our cover star, Bastille, had to say before they headline Oceanfest this month and we find out what inspires the personal lyrics of solo sensation Josh Curnow. We also have a welcome chat with the Patrick James Pearson Band and meet Oxford-based solo artist Lewis Watson before he comes to the South West for the first time this month to play gigs in Exeter and Yeovil.
Of course, you’ll find all of our regulars inside this month too – music reviews, local restaurant reviews, Style Hunter and the biggest music and clubbing what’s on guide in the region – click here to read the magazine online and enjoy!
If you live in the South West of England, as 247 Magazine readers do, there is so much to do this month. Festival fans have Dot to Dot, Love Saves The Day / Sunday and many more to choose from, while clubbers will love Cadence Records 15th birthday drum ‘n’ bass bash or how about Love Riots huge summer party? See Recommended, News and of course our extended listings section for loads more ideas. Go out, it’s good for you. Probably.
We’ve got lots of interesting features lineup for you in this month’s issue – our interview with cover star and indie darling, Lucy Rose will inspire you and we’ve also introduce you to Bristol’s new supercharged new rockabilly project, The Rocker Covers and talk to pro surfer and laidback dude Alan Stokes. On a style tip, this month’s fashion shoot, shot by Cornish photographer, Jessica Augarde will make you feel like revamping your summer wardrobe – you have been warned! Or, you could take the cheaper option and just invest in a cool summer tee.
Enjoy your month and read the issue here!
The April issue of 247 Magazine, of which I am Editor, is out now and marks our 13th Birthday. We’re a little bigger than normal this month and no, it’s not last month’s Easter eggs – it’s our mammoth 24 page festival guide. You can’t beat a good festival with your mates and there’s lots of choice from free one-day events to full on raves and camping extravaganzas featuring some of the best artists in the world. There really is something on for everyone from folk fans through to punks and drum & bass party heads – check out our guide here. Of course we have all your usual favourites this month too including an interview with the mighty chart topping Rudimental, Enter Shikari and Deeper Connection. You’ll find all of our usual music reviews, foodie delights and hundreds of gig and club listings inside too. Enjoy the issue! Click here to read the magazine online.
March. Daffodils are starting to open, the sea is a bit warmer and the New Year sales tat has been replaced with Easter eggs – we like this Month already. I’ve got some great features lined-up for you in the March issue of 247 Magazine – click here to read about our breakdancing cover star; BBoy Splinter, meet Belfast punk rockers: Stiff Little Fingers, ahead of their South West gigs this month and meet Goan Dogs, Bristol favourite new rockers. We also have a ‘Last Shop Standing’ feature about a new independent record shop springing up in Plymouth despite others around it closing, is well worth a read too. If you’re starting to thing about your wardrobe for the warmer months, check out our ‘Spring in the woods’ shoot for some vintage chic and marvel at the model’s moustache… Of course you’ll find all of our usual music reviews, foodie delights and hundreds of gig and club listings inside too.