Last week, Peninsula Magazine was published – a product of my postgraduate Writing course which is now winding down and coming to its close. My coursemates and I spent over six months working on Peninsula – from conceiving its theme, contacting our favourite writers to ask for contributions, liaising with copyeditors and designers to get it just how we wanted, and then getting it out there – in UK bookshops and as a downloadable PDF online.
The process made me fall a little in love with litmags, and realise how invaluable they are to the spread of good writing, and new writing too – something that I’m hungry for, more than ever. For my part, I interviewed Jay Griffiths, one of my favourite writers, about Wild, one of my favourite books. I was also fortunate to get other great writers involved, whose work and sentence craft continue to inspire me: Robert Macfarlane, David Lawrence, Matthew Oates, Kathleen Jamie, Jeremy Mynott, Mel Challenger…all of these writers, some whose work I read prior to making the decision to pursue writing more seriously, some who I stumbled across whilst completing dissertations for my course, all have given their words to Peninsula with generosity, and have made it eclectic, diverse and very, very readable, covering themes as wide ranging as footpaths, Antarctica, butterflies, London, birds, the paranormal, Glastonbury, road trips, Hawaii and Cornish policing. I also contributed some of my own writing, on pages 68 – 70, about returning to my childhood home.
There are very few print copies left (which, by the way, are free – we post them out to whoever wants them), but the PDF is available here.
I think you should click on that link.