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About Alice F Wickham
I've always loved reading and writing, and back in the 90s, I started a writers' magazine. Independent publishing was becoming easier, especially with the ease of desktop publishing applications and word processing. Microsoft had introduced user-friendly tools in MS Word for document production and text layout. Pagemaker, I think, was the industry standard DTP application at that time but I did all the editing, layout and design of the magazine through MS Word. I worked until the early hours on a home computer preparing the copy, and then sent the floppy disc off to a TTA Press in Cambridge for printing. A Canadian artist produced that first cover based on an idea I had about the feminine form arising out of the moon.
There was a plethora of small press outlets back then, and a lively sense of creativity. TTA produced a Science Fiction magazine called The Third Alternative, now Interzone. My little magazine, New London Writers, mark 1, ran for three issues. It was successful, with a good many subscribers including the legendary agency, A P Watt. There were budding Guardian columnists, street poets, and thriller writers, as well as a few colourful London personalities gracing those modest first pages with their wit and charm; I refer to Quentin Crisp and Bette Bourne of Bloolips. Alas, for personal reasons, I couldn't keep it going - life and ill health intervened - and so I let it go despite the subscription cheques that kept dropping through the letterbox. Then in 2011, after completing an MA at Birkbeck, which included a module in publishing, I got interested in blogging and realised how simple it would create New London Writers online. Thus, the little zine was resurrected as an online publication. The original idea is still there; to nurture the voices of the unheard, those creative souls hiding within the multicultural ferment of London, and elsewhere; now, from Asia and America, as well as the UK. I hope to develop this concept into a fully-fledged publishing house for new writers. As for my own writing output, well, I'm doing my best to compile years and years of short story writing into a first collection for publication, while also working on a novel (or three) in the back of my head.