One of the most exciting developments at Lighthouse is that we now have a lighthouse design for our logo. Andy approached local print artist Gini Hanbury who very kindly offered to make us a lino-cut design. Gini came to our recent meeting and brought along several versions of the print as well as the lino block itself. It was great to see the work in the flesh and to be able to handle the printing template. We have decided to use a fairly lightly printed version for the journal – the version chosen was printed with water based printing inks on newsprint. Newsprint is a poorer quality paper but it gives more texture to the print as the ink tends to sit on top of the paper rather than sink into it. Lee and James have chosen a darker version of the print for the smaller versions of the logo and for the website as detail is lost when the picture is made smaller. Having the picture somehow makes the whole project seem a lot more real.
Another crucial development is that we have started planning a fundraising event to raise money to fund our first issue. The fundraiser will hopefully take place in early October and we are asking well known poets from around the area if they will support us by coming along and doing a short reading. We also decided that it was essential to have open mic slots in order to give space to new writing – which is after all what the journal is all about. We are hoping to have some acoustic music as well. Other ideas for the night that have been bandied about are a cake stall, a literary jumble sale and a raffle. The venue and date have yet to be decided – watch out for more news very soon.
The web page is under construction as we speak and there should be something to look at soon including the all-important submission guidelines and how to join our mailing list. We are also hoping to have a Facebook page up and running in the next few weeks.
Posted 9 years ago