Last week, we threw a little bit of a shindig to celebrate the release of our first issue. Poems were read, beer was drunk, friendships were formed, and fun was had.
The beautiful, snug, community owned pub The Ivy House in Nunhead, allowed us to use their back room for the event, in which can be found one of the most characterful stages in London. With its golden bespangled curtains, red velvet trim, and ambient lighting, we think it's the perfect setting for live literature. The turnout on the night was great, and we had contributors that had travelled from as far afield as Bristol, High Wycombe, and even the badlands of North London, as well as some local members of the Peckham based Rye Poets, and some beautiful music from Whiskey Moon Face. There was a broad spectrum of work performed, by an eclectic mix of performers, to a motley crew of an audience, which is something that really makes us happy, and proof that there is indeed an appetite for what we're trying to do at The Ham. To top things off, the beer was delightful, and cheap, the staff friendly, and the audience welcoming. So thanks to everyone who made it such a nice evening, we had a fantastic night and we plan to return for similar events to coincide with the release of future issues.
In other news, a few months ago The Ham applied to The Goldsmiths College Annual Fund for help with funding future issues, and we are delighted to announce that that application was successful. This is fantastic news and means that we will be able to keep the second issue of The Ham free, allowing us to bring high quality short-fiction, poetry, artwork, and photography to a wide ranging audience. We want to keep The Ham free of charge, for that very reason, and securing the funding from Goldsmiths will allow us some breathing space whilst we explore different funding options, as well as allowing us to improve the physical quality of the journal and increasing the print run. So whilst we've been very busy over the last few days planning and editing issue #2, we have found time to crack some champagne and celebrate this brilliant news.
We're very excited for the second issue of The Ham, and we've been busy going over the fantastic submissions that we've already received. We have a couple of very interesting interviews in the pipeline, as well as the regular mix of excellent short-fiction, poetry, artwork, and photography. We're still open for submissions, and we are keen to showcase a lot more artwork and photography to compliment the written work in this issue, so if you know any budding illustrators or photographers, please send them our way. Details of the theme for this issue and submission guidelines can be found here.
We'd like to thank everyone who has supported The Ham this year, we've had great fun and we're super excited for the year ahead. We hope you all have a lovely festive season and find time to gorge yourselves on plenty of mince pies and red wine. Here's some photos of the lovely readers at the launch night, see you in 2017!
The Ham Team