Banner: What and when
Banner aims to publish interesting content, by interesting people, in media they’re not always known for. Think filmmakers writing essays, poetry on posters, and musicians writing on sports.
We’re currently working on publishing issue #3, after a long hiatus.
Some things you should know about Banner
Banner hopes to foster a community rather than promote a product — we started because we wanted a place to bring together interesting people and give them a platform.
We encourage sharing of our work –unless otherwise stated, all our pieces are published under a Creative Commons Sharealike license .
There are no editorial guidelines — because something good is better than something planned.
If you want to help us with anything or have any questions, email us at bannermag [at] gmail.com.
Who is Banner, anyway?
Banner began in 2011, founded and edited by Sophie Bew and Chris Woolfrey.
Issues 1# and #2 were stocked by a number of reputable independent London bookshops, including Daunt Books, the London Review of Books Bookshop, Dulwich Books, The South London Gallery Bookshop, X Marks the Bökship and The Wapping Project Bookshop.
If you'd like to contribute you can:
- Send us something to publish online. We aim to publish daily.
- Suggest an idea. We'll help you make it a piece we can publish.
- Respond to a 'call for submissions' for our magazine. We print once or twice a year.
- Reply to one of our existing pieces - in print or online. We love feedback, so send us some and we’ll publish it.
Submissions for issue #3 are closed. Details for #4 will be announced on this page, as and when.
To contact us about any of the above: bannermag [at] gmail.com
AJ Dent is a Seattle-based blogger and photographer. She currently writes copy for GeekGirlCon, coverss nerd-centric events for Banner and publishes her ‘Street Snapshot’ column every Wednesday on our website.
Alex Allen is a poet and blogger. In issue 1 he wrote the poem ‘Laguna Drive’ based on a photograph, also included, by Molly Macalpine.
Has contributed recipes to both issues of Banner so far. In the first, he talked about his experiences in Malaysia, and offered us a salad; in the second, he’s provided three great recipes for making use of offal.
A writer and a student of American literature, Alex closed issue 2 with his story of athletics and pot smoking, ‘Track and Field’.
Ben Baruch is a big fan of bolognese, beers and books, according to his issue 1 bio. He wrote ‘City Living: There’s Nothing to It’, which looks at whether there’s such a thing as an ‘authentic London’.
Helps us proofread Banner. He also opened issue 1, with a short story called ‘Summer’.
Chris Woolfrey writes or has written for The Quietus, The Stool Pigeon, 405 Magazine and Don’t Panic, among others. He Co-Edits Banner, and contributed ‘Whose Story Is It?’, an article about copyright ownership, to issue 2.
Co-Editor of The Literateur, Dan Eltringham wrote a piece on his travels in Guatemala for issue 1, and has submitted a poem called ‘Ithaca / Entropy’ to issue 2.
Designer & Developer. Built this website.
In issue 2, Dino Dimopoulos provided us with details on how to construct fake limbs using offal. He makes short films and music videos as part of the directorial partnership The Unthank Alliance.
Making music as Emmy the Great, Emma-Lee Moss wrote us a piece on how to bluff that you’ve read Ulysses for issue 2.
A photographer, writer and actress, Hanna contributed a photo story to issue 2.
Isabella Chydenius is a fashion designer who graduated from Paris’s Istituto Marangoni and currently works at Erdem. She gave her thoughts on seasonality in fashion, for issue 1.
Jeremy is an executive producer in BBC Radio Drama. For Banner issue 2, he wrote up his thoughts on producing ‘Ulysses’ for BBC Radio 4, and the sounds the radio recording gave rise to.
A poet and dancer, Jo Stobbs contributed the poem ‘I’ve Been Time Traveling Again’ to Banner’s first issue.
Lawrence Homewood is a graphic designer, and it’s his photograph on the back cover of issue 2.
Since writing her piece ‘Let’s Go Outside’ for Issue 1, Leah has since completed her Publishing MA at Kingston University and published her dissertation on children’s apps.
Contributing the story ‘An Open Brief’ to issue 2, M. J. Zacharewicz is a writer who lives in London.
Having written for Dossier Journal, Dazed Digital and Under/Current, M.Wray interviewed designers Michael Nelson and Isabella Chydenius for issue 1.
Mark Shaw is a graphic designer based in North London. He helped design issue 1 of Banner.
Matt helps out with Banner, mostly with proofreading.
Interviewed alongside Isabelle Chydenius for M.Wray’s piece on seasonality in the fashion industry in issue 1, Michael Nelson is a designer who graduated from the Parsons School for Design.
Has contributed to both Banners so far. In issue 1, a photo of ‘Laguna Drive’, which accompanied Alex Allen’s poem of the same name; in issue 2, a lovely photograph of a cat.
Philip Maltman is a painter and poet. For issue 2, he contributed the poem ‘Proetus’, with its accompanying painting. The poem is from his poem cycle ‘Nulysses’.
A painter and cartoonist based in Philadelphia, U.S. For issue 2, Sophie Bew interviewed Robert about his work on ‘Ulysses “Seen” ‘, a graphic novel adaptation of ‘Ulysses’. It’s available online and on the iPad.
Is working with Banner to make us better with ‘the press’. She also wrote a piece on public libraries for issue 1, and works in the children’s book industry.
Ryan Whatley is a poet that had been published in Stand, Magma and Agenda, among others. He was shortlised for the Basil Bunting International Poetry Prize in 2010 and recieved acclaim from Strokestown Poetry Festival 2011. In issue 1, Banner spoke to him about his poetry-video project with Tom Walker, titled ‘Look, We Both Say Moon’.
Banner’s designer-in-residence, Sarah Carter lives and works in London, as a graphic designer.
Shaun Spark is a London-based musician and video editor. He also writes fiction and contributed a short story, ‘Upon Returning From an Enjoyable 2-Week Break’, to issue 1.
An artist and designer, Silvia helped design Banner’s first issue.
Is Co-Editor of Banner. She also works as a stylist and likes to travel. She interviewed Robert Berry about his graphic novel ‘Ulysses “Seen”‘ for Issue 2.
A professional Tweeter for a department of the U.S government, Steve Cole organised an on-mass Tweeting of ‘Ulysses’, over 24 hours, on 16 June 2011. For issue 2, Banner interviewed him about it.
Tom Smith draws comics and lives in London. For Banner’s first issue, he drew a short comic called ‘Summer’.
A London-based filmmaker, Tom Walker has worked on UNISON anti-cuts campaign videos, among other things. For issue 1 of Banner, we interviewed him about his poetry-video project ‘Look, We Both Say Moon’, with poet Ryan Whatley.
Let us publish the first chapter of his debut novel, ‘Homecoming’, in issue 1.