A while back I was contacted by the folks from Bunbury Magazine. They complimented the work I do with indie authors (for which I am thankful), and asked if I would check out their magazine. Bunbury Magazine is an online magazine which is an outlet for people’s creativity – be it writing, photography, art, anything at all that someone has created with love. I was impressed with the content and layout, and I’m always willing to give a shout-out to those supporting indie authors. Here are some questions I asked Bunbury’s creators, Christopher and Keri.
Tell us a bit about your magazine and about you.
We have both had a keen interest in writing for many years. Keri has completed her Master’s Degree in creative writing and Christopher is currently working towards his Bachelor of Arts degree. Over the years, Keri has run her own comedy nights, in which she also performed and has also read poetry at open mic nights. Christopher has also performed at many open mic nights and has worked on several short films for both charitable organizations and at festivals. We have both had short pieces performed by a group affiliated with the National Theatre of Wales.
The magazine is a showcase of people’s talents. We have a mix of writing, from poetry to flash fiction, serials to life writing. We also review anything from plays to stand-up and music gigs, from exhibitions to recitals. We cover photography, body art and the more classical interpretation of art.
What types of work do you accept? Anything you won’t accept?
We accept any form of writing, from poetry to plays, short stories to excerpts and serialised novels. We also like photography and art work. We also write reviews for shows and give artists good coverage, again, crossing a large spectrum of genres. A gentleman from Colin Snuggs even sent us YouTube links to a sonata he had composed – we really are multi-platform.
We will not accept pieces which are gratuitous for the sake of gratuitousness. Sex and violence has its place if it adds to the piece but if the writer more interested in shock value then we are not the publication for you.
What was the inspiration for the magazine?
We know of many artists from all walks who struggle to get noticed in this exceptionally competitive environment. Although we have included some work of our own, the main reason behind creating this magazine was to showcase what other people can do. By placing our own work in the publication, we are trying to show that we are not afraid to put ourselves in the spotlight and other people should shed that fear too.
What was the most difficult aspect of publishing Bunbury? The easiest?
Just like everybody else, for me (Keri) sticking to a deadline is always a trial. Regarding the interviews, we have found it tricky to find suitable times for both parties around jobs and private life. We all have to pay rent. This is where we flourish as we understand the constrictions of real life. We are subject to them ourselves.
For me (Christopher), the most difficult part was deciding how best to present the magazine. Obviously, we wanted the magazine to look as good as possible and the layout is extremely important. That’s how we showcase people’s work! Luckily, we have an extremely talented duo of designers who managed to make sense of what we wanted and make it happen.
Any advice for writers?
Write about something you know and love and let that passion run through your work. If you don’t care about the characters you are writing about then there is no reason the reader should care either. Always make time for your writing. Real life has a very nasty habit of getting in the way but the words will not just magically appear so you have to get your nose to the grindstone regularly. Don’t be afraid of the proofread. Whatever you write will not be perfect first, second, third or even hundredth time. Every great piece of writing is a process of constant distillation. It is also extremely important to never fully grow up and to daydream regularly.
Anything you’d like to add?
We took a look at what other magazines were doing and wanted to provide something a little different. If you have a piece you would like to submit but are uncertain whether it is to standard, submit it anyway. We are more than happy to provide full editing and proofreading workshops via web or, if local, face to face. There is nothing like getting to the bones of your work over a coffee, or even a pint!
Also, we would like to take the chance to thank our graphic and layout designers, Matthew Evans and Joe Batsford. Without them, we really could not have put this together. Last, but by no means least, we would like to thank you for taking the time to read this interview
I hope you all will take a look at Bunbury Magazine and consider submitting something to them. Thanks Christopher and Keri for stopping by and sharing with us!