About this project
Please support The White Review, a London-based quarterly journal supporting emerging artists and writers. Since launching in 2011, we've published 14 issues in print, each one combining essays, interviews, poetry, fictions and series of artworks, dozens of monthly online issues, and presented over 50 live readings, performances and screenings.
Staffed by volunteers, The White Review nonetheless pays writers for their contributions. With this campaign, we aim to raise £15,000 to help us print our next three issues, organise more free events around the United Kingdom (attended by more than 3,000 people over the past 18 months) and continue to support and promote the best new art and writing.
The White Review is made possible by the dedication of all those who contribute to it – whether as editors, writers, artists – and the continued support of all of our readers. Please help us to continue to bring the best art and literature to new audiences.
— THE EDITORS
We have a range of rewards to incite you to part with your hard-earned cash, ranging from specially designed limited edition postcards by various artists including Turner-prize winners Martin Creed and Jeremy Deller (very affordable) to a walk around London with novelist and psychogeographer Will Self for four people (expensive).
Other rewards for pledges in support of the magazine include: a limited edition psychedelic gore print designed by the late, great Mike Kelley and signed by Chris Kraus (slightly pricier); a cycling tour of one of London's lost rivers with Cyclogeography author Jon Day (not too expensive if you already own a bike); a rare limited edition box-set proof of Garth Risk Hallberg's City on Fire (they wouldn't give us Franzen); an appraisal of the first 10,000 words of your manuscript by Serpent's Tail publisher Hannah Westland (the best publisher of new British writers); dinner and advice on your writing (or anything else) with Booker-longlisted author Ned Beauman, plus a signed and dedicated print out of an unpublished short story (truly a bargain); and a handwritten manuscript page from Joshua Cohen's Book of Numbers and Tom McCarthy's Satin Island respectively (we already told you Franzen said no!).
Book bundles from publishers such as Hamish Hamilton, Fitzcarraldo Editions, Granta Books and the Folio Society will also be on offer. Don't forget, too, that you can subscribe to the magazine or buy a back issue through our campaign!
Join the editors and Tom McCarthy, Heather Phillipson, Kevin Breathnach, and other contributors for a benefit to support The White Review on 1 October!
The White Review's Kickstarter campaign will end with a party on 1 October at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, with readings by Tom McCarthy, Heather Phillipson, Kevin Breathnach and others.
Please join us for a fun night. For everyone who has spent time in queues outside, or been turned away from, our recent events, this very reasonably priced ticket will secure you a place.
All pledges of £5 and above will be invited to the party.
Here’s what we’ll do with your help.
Your money will help us bring the next three issues (15, 16, 17) into print, and will support nine monthly online editions. It will also help us to continue running our programme of events across the UK and abroad, and, most importantly, to keep paying our contributors.
More about The White Review
The White Review is a quarterly arts journal, with print and online editions. It takes its name and a degree of inspiration from La Revue Blanche, a Parisian magazine that ran from 1889 to 1903. Launched by Jacques Testard and Ben Eastham in February 2011 to provide 'a space for a new generation to express itself unconstrained by form, subject or genre', The White Review has since published fiction, essays, interviews with writers and artists, poetry, and series of artworks over fourteen print issues. Each edition is designed and art directed by Ray O’Meara, and features a bespoke typeface and a fold-down dust-jacket by a different artist each time that doubles up as a limited edition print.
The White Review has consistently attracted the very best writers and artists to its pages, thanks to its attention to design and quality, careful curation of content, its prioritisation of the relationship between writers and editors, and its emphasis on innovative forms of artistic expression. Each print issue of the magazine, typically 185-195 pages long, features a range of content, including:
- Three interviews with established writers and artists. These have included Lydia Davis, Tom McCarthy, China Miéville, Elmgreen & Dragset, Will Self, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Marina Warner, Richard Wentworth, Luc Tuymans, John Stezaker, Juergen Teller, Will Self, Ben Lerner, Mark Leckey, Pierre Guyotat, Alice Oswald, Yvonne Rainer, Paula Rego, Edmund de Waal, Gustav Metzger, Ben Marcus, Vladimir Sorokin, Chris Kraus, Rebecca Solnit, Deborah Levy, Lydia Davis, Jacques Rancière and Camille Henrot.
- Fiction by both established and emerging authors in English and in translation. Writers of fction published in The White Review include China Miéville, Nicola Barker, Chris Kraus, Lydia Davis, Sheila Heti, Alvaro Enrigue, Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams, Joanna Kavenna, Helen Oyeyemi, László Krasznahorkai, Deborah Levy, Emmanuel Carrère, Francesco Pacifico, Ryu Murakami, Greg Baxter, Patrick Langley, Joshua Cohen, Jesse Loncraine, Helen DeWitt, Peter Stamm and Edouard Levé.
- Poetry by established and emerging poets in English and in translation, such as Nobel Prize for Literature laureate Herta Müller, the great American poet John Ashbery, Keston Sutherland, Yves Bonnefoy, Sam Riviere, Emily Berry, Sarah Howe, Michael Horovitz, Rachael Allen, Oli Hazzard, Adam Fitzgerald, Rebecca Tamas, Sophie Collins, George Szirtes and Togara Muzanenhamo.
- Long essays on topics as varied as the architecture of contemporary London, the parlous state of British fiction, literary formalism in the internet era, the future of European philosophy, the Eastern European flmmaker Belá Tarr and transgender religious festivals in Italy. These essays go through at least three and as many as five or six drafs before publication: a demonstration of our firm commitment to a thorough editorial process.
- Art series by new and established artists such as Marcel Dzama, Paula Rego, John Stezaker, Juergen Teller, JH Engstrom, Camille Henrot, Garth Weiser, Matt Connors, Claudia Wieser, Sarah Jones, Victoria Jenkins, Henning Bohl, Oliver Osborne, Jeff Keen and Mark Mulroney.
- A limited edition dust-jacket with original artwork by artists from around the world. Artists featured on the cover of The White Review have included Viktor Timofeev, Franziska Holstein, Mai-Thu Perret, Sue Williams, Natasha Cox and Raphael Garnier.
In addition, The White Review runs an annual short story prize open to writers in the UK and Ireland who are yet to secure a publishing deal. It rewards emerging writers that explore and expand the possibilities of the short story form, generously supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The winner of the 2013 Prize was Claire-Louise Bennett; the winner of the 2014 Prize was Ruby Cowling; this year's prize was won by Owen Booth.
Praise for The White Review:
‘Packed with varied, unexpected material in all kinds of forms, The White Review brings a message from the future: it rises to meet readers’ and writers’ continuing needs to experience art and literature in a sensuous, delectable form; and it gives me the feeling that I have my finger on the pulse.’ — Marina Warner
‘One of the best magazines in Europe.’ — Hans Ulrich Obrist
‘The White Review is a thing of beauty.’ — Vogue
‘Nothing less than a cultural revolution.’ — Deborah Levy
‘Alarmingly elegant … it’s good to see young Londoners doing a little magazine with style.’ — Lorin Stein, editor of the Paris Review
‘Sumptuous … a list of contributors growing in stature much like the publication itself. — New York Times
‘A quarterly out to push the possibilities of the format’ — Metro
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Risks and challenges
This campaign will help us to continue to bring the best art and writing to new audiences through our print and online issues, and our live programming. It will allow us to continue to pay writers for their work, encouraging and supporting emerging talents. A charitable organisation staffed by volunteers, The White Review depends upon the support of all a community of readers across the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter