The Read Quarterly
The Read Quarterly
A quarterly magazine taking a critical look at the culture of children's literature, art and words, for an adult audience.
A quarterly magazine taking a critical look at the culture of children's literature, art and words, for an adult audience. Read more
About this project
Launching in January 2016, The Read Quarterly will be a forum in which global children’s literature can be discussed, dissected and celebrated. Created by children’s literature enthusiasts Sarah Odedina and Kate Manning, this quarterly magazine will provide a space in which writers, illustrators and readers can share their enthusiasm for this rich area of our literary heritage. In each issue, The Read Quarterly will aim to introduce new ideas and challenge old ones as it embarks on creating an environment that will embrace a truly diverse range of authors on a multitude of subjects.
With a variety of content, there will be articles on small artisan publishing houses celebrating their unique publishing philosophies and bringing in to question the notion that it is only the conglomerates who can survive. There will be profiles of illustrators from around the world and articles about the creative brains behind the works published for young readers. We will discuss themes and theories and always look for original and fresh approaches to our subjects. In each issue we will publish original fiction and poetry as well as picking on one illustrator and forcing them to do the 'thing I hate to draw' challenge. And there’s a crossword. You should always have a crossword.
We know and love this area of literature and we know that we share that enthusiasm with so many people around the world. Occasionally we are frustrated by the lack of column inches and airtime books for young readers are given, so in part, The Read Quarterly is our response to what we have perceived as neglect. We are pioneering our own forum for respectful discussion and in The Read Quarterly we will pursue the highest standards of debate, humour, and artistic merit in a deluxe format of exceptional beauty.
We aim to publish four issues a year and will do so based on a subscription business model with additional copies for sale through a host of retailers worldwide including bookshops, magazine stalls, museum shops and gift shops. But for now…we are fundraising through Kickstarter for issue one and from there will build to four issues a year, year after year … after year.
Have a look at www.thereadquarterly.com for more information and follow us @TheReadQ
Here’s what you’re getting
Published four times a year (hopefully) in January, April, July and October, The Read Quarterly will contain articles from global writers about global issues. Articles commissioned for issue one include a look at Indian artisan publisher Tara Books; ‘The Loss of Innocence and its Impact on the Work of Beatrix Potter’ by British illustrator Eleanor Taylor; ‘The Theme of Independence in Literature for Children written in India by Jaya Bhattacharji Rose. Eoin Colfer will be our first author of original fiction and his wonderful, touching and funny story Holy Mary will be published in four parts throughout the first year.
The magazine will be A4 in format, 144 pages and be priced at £10. Jan, our designer and Tristan, who looks after production, both want to point out the exceptional paper quality and outstanding design that will be a hallmark of the magazine.
And this is what it’ll look like
Rewards and time frame
We hope we’ve chosen some things that will interest you. You basically get the first issue plus extra bits depending on what you pledge. Time wise, the first issue will be printed (if this works!) and published towards the end of January 2016, so we will send everything out then. Depending on our warehousing, you’ll either get it all in one parcel or the magazine will come separately from the other rewards. And depending on where you are globally, you should get it pretty soon after we receive delivery at The Read Quarterly Towers.
How will funds be used?
A proportion of the funds raised will be used to cover the print and distribution costs of the first issue, as well as publicity and, of course, paying the contributors for their wise words and beautiful art. Anything we are pledged over and above the cost of issue one will get put away in our own account at Gringotts Bank and will be put towards future issues. Kate and Sarah will not be taking holidays or taxi-cabs or swanky meals to toast their success. The Kickstarter money is for the magazine and Sarah and Kate will bask in the joy and warmth of having got this idea up and running with your amazing help.
Sarah has worked in publishing for over 25 years, much of that specialising in children’s books. She has worked with some of the finest writers working in the field including Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Sally Gardner and Louis Sachar. Sarah continues to work in publishing for Oneworld Publications in London where she is publisher of the young readers list.
Kate has been working in children’s books for 18 years. During that time she has worked in several major publishing houses and with authors such as Philip Pullman, Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson. Kate is now the sales and marketing director at The Phoenix comic, a weekly story comic for 6-12 year olds, a role that brings together her passion for storytelling and her love of illustration.
And a final nudge...
Here are some of the lovely quotes we’ve had as support since announcing the project:
“I am so looking forward to subscribing to The Read Quarterly. I have long wished to know much more about international children's literature, to better celebrate the similarities with our own and to appreciate the differences. This magazine will provide the perfect forum for such information. The fact that it will also contain original fiction and poetry from authors around the world makes it compulsory reading as far as I'm concerned.” Malorie Blackman, Author and Children’s Laureate 2013 - 2015
“This is a fascinating project which deserves every success just as children's literature deserves more serious attention. Perhaps this will make the broadsheets take it more seriously in their arts pages! The content looks fascinating and topical and I really love that you are literally looking at the world of children's literature - thereby opening up an international market of course but more importantly not being so anglocentric! Beautifully produced too - something to covet and cherish!” Joy Court, Chair: CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
“The Read Quarterly sounds like the most fantastic addition to the conversation around children’s literature and illustration. The UK has a rich and varied culture of producing books for children but unlike elsewhere in the world, these books rarely get discussed in the wider media. Fingers crossed TRQ will contribute to redressing this balance and bring a discerning critical eye to books that could not deserve it more. A brilliant idea from two exceptionally knowledgeable children’s experts, though really I should expect nothing less!” Melissa Cox, Head of Range and Children’s, Waterstones Books
“I’m looking forward to The Read Quarterly. Really intelligent, thoughtful coverage of children’s literature - beyond reviews and scare stories about kids no longer reading or YA books corrupting our teenagers – can be hard to find, and to bring together thinkers on the subject from all over the world is truly exciting.” Kate Wilson, Managing Director, Nosy Crow Publishers
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk we face is that we don’t raise enough money and our wonderful idea and everyone’s hard work does not come to fruition - which would be tragic! Our greatest challenges will be finding great copy, and staying fresh and interesting and focused. But those are the challenges we have set ourselves and are really excited by.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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