We're excited to share with you Issue 3 of 404 Ink's literary magazine!
Another blog, another big announcement! We're bloody chuffed to be working with our pals at BHP Comics to release the graphic novel anthology We Shall Fight Until We Win, in celebration of the centenary of women gaining the right to vote in the UK, and the many pioneering women who have been, and are part of the ongoing fight.
From suffragettes like Emmeline Pankhurst and Sophia Duleep Singh, through the ‘firsts’ in politics like Nancy Astor, the first female member of Parliament to take her seat, and Diane Abbott, the first black woman to hold a seat in the House of Commons, to many of the women heading up politics today, this graphic novel tells their stories - some well-known, some less so - by a mix of contributors to celebrate the landmark and achievements of many incredible women.
We are still compiling their list of contributors and are open to submissions from comic creators. Submissions of example work can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in Edinburgh, August is always wild. But, even then, this August has been unreal. We've largely been tied up at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where we got to see some amazing authors in conversation - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was utterly, utterly incredible - and, excitingly, show off our books at our own local festival for the first time.
404 x Elif Shafak and Nicola Sturgeon
We yapped on about this for a while, but one half of 404 Ink joined acclaimed Turkish novelist Elif Shafak and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to talk about women under public scrutiny, women online, in politics, and the importance of sharing experiences.
It was an unreal day for all involved - thank you to Nick Barley and the Edinburgh Book Festival bunch for taking a punt on us. We had a great time meeting Nasty Women old and new, who had followed the story of the book or simply stumbled onto us at the festival, and we're excited by the community that's been developing around such an important book.
We were also pleased to be able to bring some 404 friends and family over to Bute House afterwards to meet Nicola. A fairly lovely way to top off a fairly wild day.
Edinburgh got a lil Nasty.
The next day three of our amazing Nasty Women - Nadine Aisha Jassat, Joelle Owusu and Laura Waddell - joined the wonderful Kirsty Logan for a sold out event discussing and reading from their respective essays. Talk touched on stereotyping, the power of representation and role models, where people expect you to go in life - a thoroughly powerful and inspiring hour.
Thanks to all who came to the event! It's humbling that months after the book's release we can still bring together engaged audiences to celebrate the power of women's stories, and we appreciate you joining the Nasty Women gang.
The year of McQueer continues
We started out Edinburgh Book Festival at the launch party with a load of friends, and we bumped into Limmy! Here he is with your new favourite book. Really cool to meet him - we've been reading That's Your Lot across August and cackling away far too often on the bus.
We then ended our Edinburgh Book Festival at Unbound with our pals Flint & Pitch to celebrate their first birthday. Since launching a year ago, they've hosted some of the most exciting and fun literary and musical shenanigans in Scotland, and we've been chuffed to be even a small part of their year.
For their party, they got Chris McQueer in to read a couple of his hilarious short stories - one from his debut collection Hings, and one a b-side story that didn't quite make the cut. He joined the rad lot of A New International, Rachel McCrum, Laurence Made Me Cry and Sarah Hirsch. Happy birthday pals! Here's a few photos of Chris doing his hing. (Photos by Chris Scott.) You can pick up a copy of Hings here.
And, to top off the festival... Over 66,000 books were sold at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year, and guess what? Nasty Women, our little essay collection, was the bestseller! That is unreal to us, so thank you. If you've yet to get a copy, you can pick it up here.
And finally... Nasty Women goes audio.
We announced in the summer that Audible had bought the rights to Nasty Women and, excitingly, the audiobook is HERE! You can buy a copy here and listen to Nasty Women on the go.
What a month.
Pals, you might have noticed us yammering on about Chris McQueer's debut short story collection Hings, and this month, we launched it with two parties!
First, we headed to Waterstones Argyle Street in Glasgow with Joanna Bolouri, author of The List. Chris' stories are an utter delight, and we feel really chuffed to have been able to pluck him from Issue 1 of our literary magazine and bring a full collection of his work out to everyone. The bookshop was rammed, the waiting list lengthy - but it was worth the wait. Everyone crammed in to celebrate one of the most exciting new voices in Scottish literature - a small bonus to have the best cakes ever too.
We headed to Edinburgh for the afterparty, a wild launch with our pals Interrobang?! They hosted our Issue 1 launch party, the very event that Chris did his first ever live reading. It was cool to come full circle with our spoken word sweethearts, and have an incredible line-up - Ross McCleary, Leyla Josephine, Martin Geraghty, Sam Small, Jen McGregor - join the 404 gang.
What a week. Get yer copy of Hings here.
According to our notes, on the 11th of July 2016, 404 Ink became a thing, legally speaking, and on the 15th of July we actually launched. This means, first and foremost: hurrah! Two birthdays for us. More importantly, it means that this week, 404 Ink turns one year old. Here is our emosh Oscar speech and thanks on letting us do this.
A few weeks ago we unveiled the brill line-up of Issue 2 of 404 Ink, publishing at the end of May 2017. It's... rather close to the end of May 2017, so you might rightly be wondering where it is. Due to unforeseen circumstances - cough, thanks technology, cough - the magazine got held back a bit, but it's off to print and will now be out in mid-June.
However, we are bloody delighted to announce that we're joining forces with Flint & Pitch for their last Revue of the season to launch the mag. Their stellar line-up already features four of our contributors - Nadine Aisha Jassat, Kirsty Logan, Jenny Lindsay and Cameron Foster - so they've kindly let us jump on board to launch F-Word at Edinburgh's Bongo Club on Friday June 23rd. Flint & Pitch run absolutely ace nights of spoken word and music, so come along!
So, that's where we are. Thanks everyone for your patience, no thanks to technology for being a pain, and we'll see you all in June for a fun night, okay? You can book your tickets here, join the Facebook event for the latest information, and pre-order your copy of the magazine here.
We're excited to unveil Issue 2 of 404 Ink's literary magazine: F Word. The print version is now available for pre-order on the store. So what do we have for you this time?
Fission. Fraught weather. F-Word machines. Bloody Jessica Fletchers. Flim-flam.
Gathering an eclectic cast of creatives to guide you through the world via a single, powerful letter, F, this second issue of 404 Ink finds fantastic new writers, artists and illustrators and flings them to the forefront. Join us for (alternative) facts of the future, fatigue, feminism, feces, f*%king fancy dress, ferocity and, finally, farewells.
We also chat to FRANK IERO of My Chemical Romance, FOR BOOKS' SAKE, and SALLY BOND and KRISTY MILLER of Kickstarter sensation FEMME MAGNIFIQUE. FINALLY, we have excerpts from Alice Tarbuck's essay in Nasty Women, and a sneak glimpse at Chris McQueer's debut collection Hings too. Flippin' hell.
Full list of Issue 2 authors and artists:
Chris Beausang, Chris Boyland, Paul Bristow & Mhairi Robertson, Rex Bromfield, Ricky Monahan Brown, Jen Burrows, Ria Cagampang, Eva Carson, Celeste W. Clark, Siobhan Dunlop, Alan Fielden, Fameron Foster, Lucy Holden, Suzey Ingold, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Veronique Kootstra, Hannah Lavery, Katy Lennon, Jenny Lindsay, Kirsty Logan, Calum MacLeod, Colm MacQueen, Stevie McEwan, Helen Victoria Murray, Tom Paul-Smith, Heather Parry, Errol Rivera, Jeffrey G. Roberts, Claire Squires, Michael Stephenson, Rhiannon Tate, L.A. Traynor, Simon Ward, Thomas Welsh.
Sounds good, eh? PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE.
We are bloody delighted to announce that we have sold the audio rights of Nasty Women to Audible. We've had a number of requests for audio books, so we're glad to hopefully be able to make that a reality for our little book in the near future.
People, politics, pressure punk - Nasty Women touches on the working class experience to racial divides in Trump's America, being a child of immigrants, to sexual assault, Brexit, pregnancy, contraception, identity, family, finding a voice on line, role models and more. It's been a whirlwind few months for us at 404 Ink, with the book finding support from the likes of Margaret Atwood, Nikesh Shukla, Louise O'Neill, Samantha Shannon and Shirley Manson of Garbage.
That list, and most subsequent news of Nasty Women, is very surreal to us. We're two people working in a spare room with a (particularly kickass) labrador, so this is very exciting news for all involved. We're so glad the book is going as far as it is, and that we can amplify these women's stories as loudly as possible. We'll keep you updated on it all! In the meantime, if you haven't already, you can get a copy of the book by heading here.
We joined forces with our pals at For Books' Sake and headed down to London for one hell of a Nasty Women launch party at the end of March. It was unreal. Here's a lil glimpse at what we got up to. Remember, if you've not got your copy of Nasty Women yet, you can buy one here.
With Issue 1 set to be arriving with you in the next fortnight, it seems about time to tell you our booky plans, right? Announcing...
Publishing March 8th 2017, from 404 Ink.
With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it's more important than ever for women to share their experiences. Nasty Women is a collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century.
We're chuffed to be gatecrashing Interrobang's end-of-the-year shindig on December 9th at Bongo Club, Edinburgh to launch our wee lit mag, and you're invited!
We'll have a night of stories, tomfoolery and excellent Christmas jumpers to launch Issue 1. There will be readings from the writers of Edinburgh’s newest independent, alternative publisher (hi, that's us), including CHRISTINA NEUWIRTH, CHRIS MCQUEER and GAVIN INGLIS!
It’s been an exciting time of late. We’ve been busy editing Issue 1 of 404 Ink and finally this week we send it off to print, and we’ve even booked our launch event in Edinburgh (we’d keep December 9th free, if we were you. And get some jazzy Christmas jumpers ready).
But we have another exciting piece of news to start the week: we received Creative Scotland funding! You can read more about it here.