I was compelled to work on a love project by the most encouraging and delightful woman on earth, Bernadette Jiwa.
The publication that will eventually become Bide Magazine had been milling around in my brain for years. When I was a little kid I created a newspaper and gave my brother a dollar to distribute it to all the people in the neighbourhood. I was lucky that my dad had a photocopier. My overheads were low.
It would be fair to say that bloody good writing brings me more pleasure than almost anything else. (Yes, apart from that.) But I can’t always read a whole book. Or I can’t find one I like at that specific moment. Or someone recommended one to me and I’ve read it but now I can’t face them because I hated it. But there are few magazines that will fill that gap – the beautiful writing without the days-long commitment.
That isn’t to say that I think other magazines don’t have their particular place in my shelves. Lord knows I have ruddy hundreds of them, spanning life, beauty, food, parenting, culture, writing and music. Some days all I want is an afternoon with a Cosmo and I’m okay with that. It’s like eating lasagne. A lot of bloat, but ultimately it hits the spot.
What I want to do with Bide is create a mag that just has wonderful writing from start to finish. It talks to the things that people think about, in their brains. It’s kind of many different inner monologues mashed into one magazine.
So, what I’ve come up with is a quarterly digital magazine that has content from different brains. Some are established writers, while others are emerging writers, but all are exceptional. The idea is that you open it on your computer or other device, or download and print the PDF, and then sit down and really read it. You don’t skim over it or speed read it because it’s worthwhile. It’s bloody good writing.
The exceptional Kelly Exeter is designing and finishing the look and it looks amazing.
Subscriptions cost $10 a year (4 issues).
Subscribers will receive a unique username and password to gain access to the download area. Four times a year, this download area will have a new issue of Bide in it. The rest of the time, I’m going to chuck in bits of my own writing, some giveaways, things I think are lovely and other stuff. So it’s like a little box of goodness all year round, but not something you feel like you have to go and look at every single day.
And that’s Bide. If you subscribe, I will be thrilled. If you share the link with other people, I will be thrilled.
The first issue will hit subscribers on September 28, and features pieces from Kerri Sackville, Jo Thornely, Ben Pobjie, Bianca Wordley, Robyn Box, Victoria Birch, Lindy Alexander, Emma Swift, Magda Wozniak, Nicole Carrington-Sima and others.
If you’re a business, we have some introductory advertising options available. Sponsor the whole mag for $800 or grab a one-page ad for $150.