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Do you ever wonder what the Far Off Places team gets up to when we’re not crouched over our laptops, designing logos and deleting misplaced apostrophes? Have you found yourself waking up at night asking yourself what drives a group of seemingly normal people to found a literary magazine?

Torment yourself no longer, dear reader, an answer (or several) is at hand.

As you might have heard, we’ve been invited to showcase Far Off Places at the glorious Scottish Poetry Library at 6.30pm on Thursday 30 October. We’ll be talking about what it’s like to start up a magazine, the moments of joy and agony that mark the path of your (extra)ordinary editor or designer and where we’re planning to take the magazine from here. The evening will be extra special, as for the first time in over a year, three members of our editorial team of four will be in the same country. (See, Beth exists - we didn’t just make her up!) And if that’s not enough, there will be a donation bar - and hints of fancy dress, in honour of Hallow’s Eve’s Eve and the many eerie pieces that have made it into the magazine…

Do come along, it looks set to be a fantastic evening (with our favourite Jessica Johanneson Gaitan as chairperson, it can’t be anything but!) and we’d love to meet you all. Don’t forget to book in advance to guarantee your presence at the literary showcase of the season!

As a taster of the good things to come, editors Ceris and Annie recorded a podcast for the Scottish Poetry Library with Jessica, as well as with Far Off Places contributor Niall Foley. Tune in here to hear about our plans for tote bags and poetry by stealth. If you like what you hear, come along to the event for more of the same! If you don’t enjoy it - come along anyway. Live on the night things will doubtless be completely different…

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