Today we finally pulled the cover of our brand new site! All singing, all dancing. New and improved. Better than ever.
WordPress has been a wonderful home to us for over a year and a half now. It’s straightforward layout has been a joy to work with, but now we’ve decided we want to cut the .wordpress. from our name and exist on our own two feet at http://www.annexemagazine.com. Like a bird flying from the nest (actually more like a teenager leaving home, because we’re still utilising the WordPress CMS in true semi-independent fashion) we will be posting primarily to our dedicated domain. It all looks quite fancy over there too! The layout is updated, though not too distanced from the look you’re used to. Head on over and have a look. If you spot anything that needs changing, drop us a line and we’ll thank you for your vigilance.
If you’re subscribed to us via WordPress, not to worry. We’ll post duplicate articles here until we’ve found a suitable replacement for the subscription system.
Without further ado, I declare the new Annexe Magazine site OPEN!
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Following on from our Long Live Print column, we met with Nicholas Royle, the founder of Nightjar Press. Elevating the short story as a form of fiction is Royle’s MO. Each release from Nightjar brings a single short story to the fore and presents it as an elegant chapbook with all the care and aesthetic consideration of a longer work. Continue reading
Posted in Interview, Prose, short story, Uncategorized
Tagged chapbook, literature, nicholas royle, Nick Murray, nightjar, pamphlet, press, royle, salt publishing, short fiction
Depth and density are overlooked commodities. They are analogous and yet distinct, different in kind rather than degree. Depth, I appreciate as an outsider. I have depths in the same way that a puddle has currents. To quote myself on twitter, and I almost need not finish the thought, I would likely be a Zen being, if only I didn’t care how my hair looked. Desiring what I lack, I believe depth is tremendously important. I would like to admire the great thinkers, and yet I would prefer to be seen to admire the great thinkers than to actually read their works. My bookshelves are precisely ordered to put the “good” books at the front and the “bad” books at the back. I am attempting to create the illusion of depth as my shallows clog and stagnate. Continue reading
Adding a bit more prose to the proceedings, we are joined by Will Conway. As part of Two Tales (the much loved sister of Two Poems) Will is reading his short story Transport, and a story by Ted Hughes called How the Cat Became.
We chatted to Will a little bit about the two stories and you can read all about it after the jump. Continue reading
Posted in Prose, short story, Sound, Two Poems, Two Texts, Uncategorized
Tagged annexe, fiction, how the cat became, prose, short story, ted hughes, transport, Two Poems, two tales, two texts, Will Conway
From Cyberpunk to Postpostcyberpunk: A look at how three generations of near-future fiction have shaped and are shaped by the era of their conception
As a technologically conscious teen, I remember discovering William Gibson’s Neuromancer and falling hard into his cyberpunk world. The gritty streets and clever, but despondent characters spoke to me of the troubled future we were all heading for. I was hooked. I read all the cyberpunk I could. Continue reading
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Tagged annexe, cyberpunk, holophin, neal stephenson, neuromancer, Nick Murray, Penned in the Margins, postcyberpunk, postpostcyberpunk, sci-fi, science fiction, snow crash, william gibson
Here at Annexe HQ we throw phrases back and forth to each other like a hyperactive air hockey game. Sometimes they stick and we bandy them about for the rest of the day saying things like “Hell, that should be on a poster!”
Rarely do we follow through… until TODAY!
In a complete flight of fancy, we bring you our (fairly nerdy) Waterworld poster.
It’s an A3 poster. blue risograph printing on cream Evercolour paper.
We’ve got 100 of them and we will happily send you one for the laughable price of £1 (plus 60p postage). If you’re interested (and I think you just might be) send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We get our stuff printed by the wonderful folk at Footprinters.
A very happy new year to you and welcome back. The old year came to a close with the obligatory countdown of favourite books, top-selling authors and similar holiday-time listophilia. Predictions were made and resolutions formulated. Now to see it all come together, or fall by the wayside under our noses (giving the knew-it-all-along shake).
After a long and restorative holiday, the Annexe HQ is full again and bustling with treats for the Olympic year. And my, what treats we have in store.
In February we will be part of an exhibition at Five Years Gallery exploring a cross-section of indie publishing-based practices. We’ve got a series of writers’ trips coming up. (A bit like school trips, but with better packed lunch.) There’s a plethora of great writers and poets primed and ready to be unleashed upon you through the website. A couple of other projects are bubbling away for a little later in the year, but we wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise now, would we?
So, I’ll leave it there for now. Glad to see you again, hope you’re enjoying the new year so far and hope to see plenty of you here at Annexe as the year goes by.
With the release of the Et Al Podcast, we thought it only fair to give you some extra bits and bobs too. It’s Christmas after all. So, at the Annexe event, we ran a little competition in which the audience had to fashion some first-class puns. The topic was books cross with bands. We weren’t surprised to see that the Annexe audience is comprised of a lot of witty and erudite folk. We had so many brilliant responses it was hard to choose between them, but we decided on our top four:
Fantastic Mr. Fleet Foxes
Girl with a Pearl Jam Earring
The top prize went to:
All Quiet on the Westlife Front
Since that night the entries have resurfaced every so often and without fail every soul in Annexe HQ falls into fits of laughter. We realised it was cruel to keep all this mirth to ourselves so, in no particular order, after the jump are ALL the book/band puns from Annexe Presents…Et Al. Continue reading
Apologies! We’ve been rather quiet as of late. This is because we took a brief sojourn up to Edinburgh to relax, recharge and see some fantastic theatre during the Fringe Festival. We’re back now and there’s much to tell. Our typewriters have not stopped clacking since our return so stay tuned for a plethora of literary gifts.
Also, we’ve clambered through the forests of the internet to set up camp over on facebook. It’ll serve mainly as a heads-up to our more social networking based readers, but also there’ll be a few tidbits that we don’t find a place for on here. Go have a look. If you like us, we’d like it if you liked us.
We’ve also got our Twitter up and running. Have a look to see our opinions on this that and the other. @AnnexeMag