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A stunningly-beautiful new book-format literary magazine of cutting-edge writing presented in eye-popping layouts.  Thanks to your support we're just launching Issue #3 and an AMAZING You Tube Channel!
A stunningly-beautiful new book-format literary magazine of cutting-edge writing presented in eye-popping layouts.  Thanks to your support we're just launching Issue #3 and an AMAZING You Tube Channel!
20 backers pledged £427 to help bring this project to life.

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Freak Circus is a bold new concept in literary magazines from the successful team who brought you the immensely popular Poetry Circus performance poetry nights and slams at the Dalraida Bar, Portobello.

Head-and-shoulders above a run-of-the-mill 'zine' and colonising new territories far beyond the scope of the ubiquitous poetry pamphlet, Freak Circus will be published, not as the customary on-line PDF download, but as a high quality perfect-bound paperback book-a-zine with the written quality of Granta and a stunning visual layout more commonly associated with the likes of Creative Review. Plus, it will be freely available worldwide through the might of Amazon, and will never go out of print or only be found in obscure outlets and craft fairs.

Edited by fresh young poet and copy-writer, Emily Elver, and designed by veteran multi-award-winning illustrator and layout artist, Max Scratchmann, this dynamite team promise you a new concept in literature that will electrify all your senses, and we'll be featuring innovative content from both established writers and new voices alike.

However, as this a completely independent and, therefore, unfunded project, we're seeking backers to help us start the ball rolling and get the first issue into print. Emily and Max will be giving all their many hours of skilled labour absolutely free, but Freak Circus still needs a small amount of money to produce the first (ink and paper) print run.

So, if you'd like to read cutting-edge new writers, or maybe even see a stylish platform for your own poetry or short stories, please help out and pledge a little something towards getting this exciting new project off the ground. You can give as little as one pound, or, for the price of a couple of pints, get a signed first edition and also have your name immortalised in our hall of fame. Plus there's sponsorship opportunities for business too.

So, please, be a real patron of the arts and help us make this fantastic dream into a reality.

Risks and challenges

Max is a highly experienced designer and also the art director of a small press, and, after a thirty-year career in the graphic design and print world has experienced every eleventh-hour setback several times and is unflappable. (Well, pretty much, anyway!) So, we're not saying that this is going to be hitch free, but you'll be backing an experienced team who are ready to take on the many disasters that are sure to occur in the journey ahead.

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    You'd like to be part of this but have no cash? No problem! Pledge just a pound to help us out and we'll be exceedingly grateful

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    A new pledge! In response to the huge success of this project we will be hosting a spectacular FREAK Circus Showcase event at the Bongo Club in Edinburgh on November 6th 2015. Tickets will be £4 and are expected to sell out very quickly, but back the project now and pledge just £2 and you'll get your ticket mailed to your door. Can't say fairer than that, can you? Well, you probably can, but you catch our drift...

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    You'd like to be a more serious backer but cash is still a problem. OK, we understand that. You know those walls in theatre foyers where they have bricks with people's names? Well, we have the same idea. There will be a page in the first issue of Freak Circus for all our sponsors and we'll include your name (or that of your business) so that you'll be immortalised for all eternity as a generous sponsor of the arts. Can't be bad, eh?

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    OK, you've got some serious cash to invest. Well, you're speaking our language. Fifteen pounds or more buys you a place in our sponsors' Hall of Fame (like the fiver pledge!) but, in addition you'll also receive a signed copy of the first edition of Freak Circus to sit proudly on your book shelf and be an heirloom for your children's children. Welcome aboard!

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    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 31

    OK, this is the small business sponsorship package. Pledge £25 to help us get this fantastic Portobello project off the ground and we'll put you in our sponsors' hall of fame with a special quarter page box where you can mention your business, professional service to the community or even your arts group or self-published book/s. This is a perfect package for a small business seeking to create awareness in the Portobello and Edinburgh areas and the literary community in general. Oh, and we'll include a signed first edition of Freak Circus too!

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    And this is a special option for very generous ordinary people who'd like to offer us some serious backing but don't have a project of their own to plug. Pledge us £30 or more and we'll get one of our editorial team to write you a poem to any person or on any (legal!) subject, plus present you with a signed copy of the magazine.

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 63

    Now, here we have a very special package for medium-sized businesses or arts centres. Pledge £50 to help us get this fantastic literary project off the ground and we'll put you in our sponsors' hall of fame with one of only two half page boxes where you can mention your business, professional service to the community or even your arts group or publishing list. This is the perfect package for a business seeking to create awareness in the Edinburgh area and the literary community in general. Oh, and we'll include a signed first edition of Freak Circus too!

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 126

    And, our last pledge is for a large business or arts body with a little budget to spare. Do you believe in us, would you like to see a thriving arts publication in Portobello? Then why not be our corporate sponsor with this single pledge of £100 (tax deductible, of course) and receive one full page in our sponsors' hall of fame, a signed copy of the magazine, *plus* have your logo on the inner copyrights page (page 3) as official backer and sponsor. (Small print: We reserve the right to size your logo to fit our design format!)

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