A love of reading with Slightly Foxed magazine

by Steve Watson in March 2018
Literature

This week’s episode of the podcast comes with a warning: If you feel like you have too much stuff to read, do not buy a copy of Slightly Foxed magazine. The literary title launched 15 years ago as an antidote to big chain bookshops and celebrity publishing, and it has built its business on the simple pleasure of reading. Instead of publishing reviews of new titles, they look beyond the stuff currently sitting on the bestseller lists and ask their contributors to write about the books they love. The result is informed and impassioned, the perfect formula for making me want to buy more stuff.

I went over to their lovely, homely office on Hoxton Square in London last week, and spoke to Gail Pirkis, Jennie Harrison Bunning, Anna Kirk, Olivia Wilson and Hattie Summers about how the magazine started, and how it has grown organically over the years. As you’ll hear, there’s a strong sense of family in the office, with everyone working their way up through the business and pulling together to create a magazine and an office environment they genuinely care about.

If you enjoy this conversation, head over to Soundcloud or iTunes, where you’ll find lots of other independent magazine makers speaking about the things they do. And remember to follow us while you’re there so we can deliver next week’s episode to you as soon as it’s ready.




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