Thursday, 28 June 2007

Edinburgh Performers wanted and Mimesis Competition

Greetings one and all Fuseliteers!

OK, so the Edinburgh festivities will be held on Saturday 21st July, as you know. We'll be producing a flyer and you can email us for any information, but you're all very much invited for a night of FuseLit reading and performance with quite possibly a Cabaret-themed party afterwards.

Furthermore, we want your performing skills! Any contributors to
FuseLits past and present need to email me about performing as we need to let the guys from the Forest Project know how many people need a floor to crash on. We're going to try and get a guitar amp, and I'm bringing a bass amp, and there's a PA there too.

Let's have a big raucous ole ball in Scotland to kick off NUDE in style!

OK, second item: Mimesis magazine are running a Mythic Poetry Competition. Full details can be found here:

Basically, writing a poem from the POV of a mythical character. Prizes include Lulu vouchers and subscriptions to the rather excellent Mimesis, so well worth entering!

OK, signing off! Let me know about Edinburgh if you want to strut yer stuff. I'm unpacking my feather boa as we speak!

Much FuseLove,
Kirsty x

Monday, 18 June 2007

Highland Fling!

OK, so Edinburgh is go 21st July! The Forest Collective, the same amazing folks who done gone give us a fantastic £100 grant to buy a printer with, are our co-conspirators in this endeavour, and we need your input on how to make it a weekend of decadence and artistic debauchery.

You're all invited. Come! Come! So far we're definitely doing a NUDE reading/show night, but we crave your ideas. Any thoughts for workshops/little events, or if anyone would like to read/perform their pieces from FuseLits past and present, plus perhaps one of your favourite outer-Fusely pieces, ceremonies, treats and barndances - all ideas welcome and we'll build a rough schedule!

Oooh, I'm excited!

K x

Saturday, 16 June 2007

Extra Funding!

Thanks to the amazing, wonderful, non-heinous people of The Forest Collective, who are based in Edinburgh and aim to promote independent arts, little old FuseLit has been awarded a £100 GRANT!!! Before you say "Heyyyy - how bout that price rise?" we plan to put the entire sum towards a new colour laser printer so we can produce new issues at a better quality (and on time) for many moons to come.

This could not have come at a better time, as once again, technical glitches seem to be following NUDE like dirty old men. Just the thing to raise our spirits and so we thank The Forest Collective for their amazing generosity. Vive la FuseLit!

In other exciting news, we are hoping to plot some events in Edinburgh with the Collective to launch NUDE, including readings, performance, some possible workshops, and a lot of gambolling about. If you fancy it, come along and support your Lit! Provisional date is weekend beginning Friday 20th July.

Talking of NUDE, by God you're in for
a treat when this little number pops through your letterbox or into your hand. Let's just say you'll be thrilled, chilled and fulfilled.

Meanwhile, on to the fishnets and feather fans of CABARET!

Deadline is August 1st - We want poetry, prose, artwork, music. All themed around CABARET, all fresh and new especially for FuseLit (NO back catalogue work please) to make this the extravagaza we've all been dreaming of.

The show must go on! Check out the
website for more information on what's happening and coax friends, family members et al into our cult-like clutches.

Thanks e
verybody, as ever, for your top-notch support and love. FuseLit will save your family from any foe.

K x

Price Hike!

How's this for marketing spiel:

Hey, everybody. Great news. Fuselit is so good that we've now enabled you to spend even more money on it. That means for every issue you buy you're supporting culture, and good writing in particular, in an even bigger way.

Ha ha. Anyway. Yes. We have hiked the price of Fuselit up to £3for an issue. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, and most importantly, we are now trying to get it stocked in cool London shops, in particular the lovely Rough Trade, based in Neal's Yard, Covent Garden area. These shops don't really want us undercutting their prices on our website, and since they deserve some revenue from the sale, we've reset prices accordingly. Secondly, we thought it was kinda nuts (and off-putting) to have an extra postage fee higher than the cost of the magazine itself. It makes more sense to integrate the cost of postage into the cost of the magazine, and have *no* postage fee at all.

So it's £3 for Fuselit, whether you're buying it over the counter or through Paypal, and no hidden costs.

Thirdly, a price hike will enable us to make the magazine better. At 95p we were losing money every issue even though we only used a local reprographics centre to run off cheapo black and white copies. Hopefully, we now stand a chance of making enough from sales to invest in more cool materials, coloured paper and wotnot, and generally create a more fun-looking, cherishable minimag.

We're keeping with the extra mini-CD too, so we think it's really still a very fair price - £3 every couple of months for a pocket-sized burst of poetry, prose, artwork and music.It also allows us to set subscription prices at a level that is slightly more tempting. You're now saving a £1 on cost if you go for the 3 issue subscription, and £3 for a 6 issue one (so, you're effectively getting an issue free).

Before you say "Heyyyy - how bout that GRANT you mentioned?" we plan to put the entire sum towards a new colour laser printer so we can produce new issues at a better quality (and on time) for many moons to come.

Obviously, for those who're already subscribed up, the price change doesn't affect you, so you snapped up a snip! :)

So there you go. Price hike. Shouldn't hurt too much. Should help carve out a better future.

Thanks again everybody for your support - we're going to continue making FuseLit as amazing and irresistable as ever, beginning with a downright droolworthy NUDE, come start of July.

Much FuseLove, K x