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An independently published, award-winning magazine that showcases the stories, ideas and experiences of the people of Ireland.
An independently published, award-winning magazine that showcases the stories, ideas and experiences of the people of Ireland.
113 backers pledged £7,628 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome! This is the Kickstarter page  for Turf & Grain, an independently published magazine that seeks to share the stories, experiences and ideas of the people of Ireland in this cultural moment. 

My name is Simon Worthington, and I founded Turf & Grain in 2017. Over the last two years I've seen a project that started in my bedroom become one of Ireland's foremost publications - due largely to collaborations with some of the most talented photographers, illustrators and writers on the Island. 

We want to transform Turf & Grain into a project driven by our community, and we need your support to help us regenerate our project. 

Turf & Grain Issue Four: Women
Turf & Grain Issue Four: Women

Turf & Grain is an independently published magazine, distributed from Belfast in Northern Ireland. Using the truthfully represented thoughts, feelings and ideas of our interviewees from all across Ireland, we seek to delve into the current cultural and social trends developing in this unique historical and cultural moment. 

In our four issues to date we have worked with over 100 contributors based in Ireland to document the amazing stories on offer on this island - features to date include: 

Annie Atkins - A Graphic Designer for film who has worked with luminaries Wes Anderson and Stephen Spielberg. 

Fergal Smith - A Former Professional Surfer and founder of Moyhill Community Supported Agriculture Farm

Melanie Wiggins - Founder of the Assembly Community 

Derek Wilson - Ireland's foremost potter and ceramic artist. 

Turf & Grain is printed on beautiful recycled paper stock, and is sold through a wide network of independent retailers across Ireland, the UK, Japan and the US. 

We are proud to have gained recognition as the Best Printed Magazine in Ireland in 2018. 

While the last two years have been more than I had ever hoped for, Turf & Grain has become too large a project to be done by one person, especially alongside a full-time job. Turf & Grain is a magazine about the people of Ireland - their stories, experiences and ideas. Therefore having more people working on the magazine, collaborating and inputting their ideas and time is logical, essential and more fun!

We will use the funding received through Kickstarter to make Turf & Grain Issue 5: Migration. We are planning to immediately use the funding to release our next Issue, Migration, in late 2019 or early 2020 but what we are fundraising is so much bigger than that - as the decision on how to spend the proceeds from Issue Five will now be the decision of a collective. 

As the funding behind the magazine will no longer belong solely provided by one person we can facilitate a community - a group of people that have enough skin in the game to make the project grow together.

Fundraising Target: £6,000

  • £2,500 = printing 1,200 copies on recycled paper
  • £2,400 = Contributor Costs (Photographers, writers, illustrators)
  • £700 = Cost to fulfill Kickstarter Rewards
  • £400  = transaction costs, including kickstarter and paypal fees
  • = £6,000

Delivery date: Winter 2019/Spring 2020

The profits from Issue Five will roll into our next issues - and allow us to sustainably produce two print issues of Turf & Grain a year. 

Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration
Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration

In this issue we will document the stories of the people who have left Ireland and returned, and nationals from other countries who have made Ireland their home. We want to meet people who have moved from urban to rural spaces, and those who have travelled across borders in Ireland and abroad due to conflict, slavery and war. 

We believe that this will allow us to explore what Ireland means to people  - as a place to live, work and create, and to understand more about who we - the Irish - are.  

We believe that each person in Ireland has a place at the table to answer these questions - now and moving into the future. Regardless of origin, race, religion or political stance, tolerance and respect are powerful tools.  

Issue Five: Migration
Issue Five: Migration

We have curated a series of rewards which speak to the heart of our project. 

 £10+      Thank You Card

We will send you a thank you card which you can plant in your garden - as it is made from the seeds of summer wildflowers!

You get a Thank You card with each reward perk! 

 £15+      If you lived here, you'd be home by now   by Ruth Connolly

With this tier we will send you a copy of talented Irish photographer Ruth Connolly's powerful photo book - If you lived here you'd be home by now. In this work she documents Ireland's Ghost Estates.  

https://vimeo.com/242743776 

 £25+      Issue Five: Migration 

We will send you a copy of Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration. In this issue we are going to delve into what Ireland means to it's inhabitants and visitors, and attempt to document and discern the attitudes and behaviours that reflect who we, the Irish, are. 

 £50+     Turf Tote Bag

An organic, screen printed Tote Bag exclusive to this Kickstarter. 

A copy of Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration and a plantable Thank You card will be tucked neatly inside. 

 £75+     Issue 5 Behind The Scenes Zine

A limited edition print zine documenting how a copy of Turf & Grain is produced.  

Featuring interviews with the team and exclusive photographs and artwork. 

You will receive a credit inside Issue Five:Migration, a copy which will be sent to you for your coffee table.  

Ruth Connolly photographing Katie Sanderson for Issue Four: Women.
Ruth Connolly photographing Katie Sanderson for Issue Four: Women.

 £100+     The Big Turf Basket

A carefully curated basket, full of our favorite Irish goods and produce - including food items, beverages and artwork! 

Only available in the UK & Ireland due to shipping restrictions on produce. 

You will receive a credit inside Issue Five:Migration, a copy of which will be sent to you for your coffee table.  

 £150+     The Complete Turf & Grain Magazine Bundle

With this tier you will receive a copy of each issue of Turf & Grain published to date - including the much sought after Issue One: Youth and the award-winning Issue Three: Makers! These are sold out and are quickly becoming collector's items. 

You will also receive a hand carved wooden frame - to display your favorite issue, article or to put to your own good use. Carved by Comber native Sam McKee

You will also be credited in the magazine as a supporter. 

 £350+     A guided walk with Piera Cirefice

This tier is for those that love the outdoors. Piera Cirefice, an illustrator and watercolour painter will take a group of four on a guided walk of the stunning Mourne Mountains. Piera, featured in our third issue, grew up walking in the Mournes with her family and has an intricate knowledge of walks for all abilities through the range. There will be coffee, baked goods and Piera will illustrate the walks to provide you with a unique memento of the experience.

You will also receive a copy of Issue Five:Migration, a Turf & Grain tote, a Behind-the-scenes Zine and credit inside Issue Five.

Piera Cirefice painting en plein air. Image by Rachel McCulla
Piera Cirefice painting en plein air. Image by Rachel McCulla

 £350+     Foraging food walk with Clare McQuillan 

Clare McQuillan is a freelance chef and foraging guide based in East Belfast. Through her educational foraging walks Clare hopes to show off the best seasonal and sustainable wild ingredients and also demonstrate how to make them delicious.

This reward allows a group of four to join Clare McQuillan for a foraging walk, hear Clare share her wealth of experience and discover the variety of species which can be foraged on our doorsteps. There will also be food tasting from foraged goods!

You will also receive a copy of Issue Five:Migration, a Turf & Grain tote, a Behind-the-scenes Zine and credit inside Issue Five.

 £350+     Candle-making workshop with Michael Morris, the Bearded Candlemaker

During a two hour workshop, this reward will allow a group of four to sample a range of scents and explore the inextricable link between scent and memory with Michael Morris, the Bearded Candlemaker.

Michael will explain basics of candle making and talk over the materials he uses. Each person will make and pour their own soy wax candle using your very own scent blend.

You will also receive a copy of Issue Five:Migration, a Turf & Grain tote, a Behind-the-scenes Zine and credit inside Issue Five.

Michael's Workshop
Michael's Workshop

 £500+     A 2 Hour Photoshoot with one of our talented Photographers 

With this reward you get a two hour photoshoot with a Turf & Grain photographer. Family, engagement, friends, headshots - our photographers will make you feel relaxed and provide you with images that you can enjoy forever.

You will also receive a copy of Issue Five:Migration, a Turf & Grain tote bag, a copy of our Behind-the-scenes Zine and credit inside the magazine.

This reward will be organised once the Kickstarter has been successful. The timing of photoshoot is subject to the photographer's availability -Images from your shoot will be provided digitally.

Rachel & Kalie Shooting for Issue 5: Migration. Image by Kellyn Bowler
Rachel & Kalie Shooting for Issue 5: Migration. Image by Kellyn Bowler

 £1000+     A 2 Night stay at Breac.House 

Our largest pledge reward - a two-night stay in Ireland's most luxurious Design Retreat -Breac.House in Donegal.

"Leave your everyday world behind in North West Donegal — Ireland’s unique and rugged corner. Breac.House balances luxury and comfort with the surrounding landscape’s natural beauty."

https://breac.house/

You will also receive a copy of Issue Five:Migration, a Big Turf Basket, a Turf & Grain Tote, a Behind-the-scenes Zine and credit inside Issue Five.

Breac.House
Breac.House

Risks and challenges

Everything is planned and in place to launch the fifth issue of the magazine in March 2020.

We're cutting out every conceivable middleman here and making an art object that will be delivered directly to the people who commissioned it. If you want it, here it is.

If anything crops up, we will keep you informed by email, Facebook or on the website. Equally, if you want your inbox to be left in peace, you can always email us and unsubscribe from the list.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Thank You!

    In appreciation of your support, we will send you a thank you card on paper you can plant!

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    Turf & Grain: Migraton

    A copy of Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration hot off the press.

    In our fifth issue we will be exploring what Ireland means to people and trying to get to the heart of the question behind Turf & Grain - who are the Irish? We will interview a range of people living and working in Ireland from a diverse range of ethnic, geographical and circumstantial backgrounds and share their stories, ideas and experiences.

    You will also get a credit inside the magazine.

    Includes:
    • Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration
    • Credit inside the magazine
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    Turf Tote

    As well all of the above rewards, you will receive an organic cotton, limited edition Turf & Grain Tote Bag.

    You will also receive a supporter credit in the magazine.

    Includes:
    • Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration
    • Turf Tote Bag
    • Credit inside the magazine
    • Seed Paper Thank You card
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    Behind-the-scenes Zine

    As well as getting all of the above rewards, you will receive a limited edition behind the scenes, making-of Issue Five Zine.

    This will be an in-depth feature showing how we make our publication, including unseen photos and interviews with our team and contributors.

    You will also receive a supporter credit inside Issue Five: Migration.

    Includes:
    • Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration
    • Seed Paper Thank You card
    • Behind The Scenes Zine
    • Credit inside the magazine
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    Pledge £100 or more About $125

    The Big Turf Basket

    A carefully curated basket, full of our favorite Irish goods and produce - including food items, beverages and artwork!

    Also comes with a copy of Issue Five: Migration and a thank you card.

    You will also receive a supporter credit - your name inside Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration.

    Includes:
    • Seed Paper Thank You card
    • Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration
    • Big Turf Basket
    • Credit inside the magazine
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    Pledge £350 or more About $435

    Guided Mourne Walk with Piera Cirefice

    This tier is for those that love the outdoors. Piera Cirefice, an illustrator and watercolour painter will take a group of four on a guided walk of the stunning Mourne Mountains. Piera, featured in our third issue, grew up walking in the Mournes with her family and has an intricate knowledge of walks for all abilities through the range. There will be coffee, baked goods and Piera will illustrate the walks to provide you with a unique memento of the experience.

    You will also receive a copy of Issue Five:Migration, a Turf & Grain tote, a Behind-the-scenes Zine and credit inside Issue Five.

    This reward will be organised once the Kickstarter has been successful. The walk will be scheduled at your convenience, subject also to Piera's availability.

    This tier does not include costs of transportation to the Mournes.

    Includes:
    • Guided Mourne Walk with Piera
    • Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration
    • BTS Zine
    • Turf Tote Bag
    • Seed Paper Thank You card
    • Credit inside the magazine
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    Foraging Food Walk with Clare McQuillan

    Clare McQuillan is a freelance chef and foraging guide based in East Belfast. Through her educational foraging walks Clare hopes to show off the best seasonal and sustainable wild ingredients and also demonstrate how to make them delicious.

    This reward allows a group of four to join Clare McQuillan for a foraging walk, hear Clare share her wealth of experience and discover the variety of species which can be foraged on our doorsteps. There will also be food tasting from foraged goods!

    You will also receive a copy of Issue Five:Migration, a Turf & Grain tote, a Behind-the-scenes Zine and credit inside Issue Five.

    This reward will be organised once the Kickstarter has been successful, subject to Clare's Availability. Transport costs to the walk not included.

    Includes:
    • Foraging Walk with Clare
    • Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration
    • Behind The Scenes Zine
    • Turf Tote Bag
    • Credit inside the magazine
    • Seed Paper Thank You card
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    Pledge £500 or more About $621

    Bespoke Turf & Grain Photoshoot

    With this reward you get a two hour photoshoot with a Turf & Grain photographer. Family, engagement, friends, headshots - our photographers will make you feel relaxed and provide you with images that you can enjoy forever.

    You will also receive a copy of Issue Five:Migration, a Turf & Grain tote bag, a copy of our Behind-the-scenes Zine and credit inside the magazine.

    This reward will be organised once the Kickstarter has been successful. The timing of photoshoot is subject to the photographer's availability -Images from your shoot will be provided digitally.

    Includes:
    • 2-hr Photoshoot
    • Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration
    • Behind The Scenes Zine
    • Turf Tote Bag
    • Credit inside the magazine
    • Seed Paper Thank You card
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    Pledge £15 or more About $19

    If you lived here, you'd be home by now

    If you lived here, you'd be home by now is a Photobook by Irish commercial and fine art photographer Ruth Connolly. You will receive your own copy with a pledge of £15 or more.

    "This work questions the existence and function of Ireland's ghost estates. Lingering since the economic crash of 2008, these sites of abandoned domestic aspirations exist between loss and regeneration in a time out of joint."

    Includes:
    • If you lived here, you'd be home by now by Ruth Connolly
    • Seed Paper Thank You card
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    Pledge £150 or more About $187

    Collectors Edition Magazine Bundle

    With this tier you will receive a copy of each issue of Turf & Grain published to date - including the much sought after Issue One: Youth and the award-winning Issue Three: Makers!

    You will also receive a hand carved wooden frame - to display your favorite issue, article or to put to your own good use. Carved by Sam Mckee.

    Includes:
    • Issue One: Youth
    • Issue Two: The Outdoors
    • Issue Three: Makers
    • Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration
    • Issue Four: Women
    • Seed Paper Thank You card
    • Hand-carved wooden frame
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    Pledge £350 or more About $435

    The Bearded Candlemakers Workshop

    During a two hour workshop, this reward will allow a group of four to sample a range of scents and explore the inextricable link between scent and memory with Michael Morris, the Bearded Candlemaker.

    Michael is known across Ireland for his beautiful range of candles.

    Michael will explain basics of candle making and talk over the materials he uses. Each person will make and pour their own soy wax candle using your very own scent blend.

    You will also receive a copy of Issue Five:Migration, a Turf & Grain tote, a Behind-the-scenes Zine and credit inside Issue Five.

    This reward will be organised once the Kickstarter has been successful. Transport costs to Michael's workshop in Belfast not included.

    Includes:
    • Candle-making workshop with Michael
    • Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration
    • BTS Zine
    • Turf Tote Bag
    • Credit inside the magazine
    • Seed Paper Thank You card
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
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    Pledge £800 or more About $993

    Breac.House - Headland Hideaway

    Our largest pledge reward - a two-night stay in Ireland's most luxurious Design Retreat -Breac.House in Donegal.

    "Leave your everyday world behind in North West Donegal — Ireland’s unique and rugged corner. Breac.House balances luxury and comfort with the surrounding landscape’s natural beauty."

    https://breac.house/

    You will also receive a copy of Issue Five:Migration, a Turf & Grain Tote, a Behind-the-scenes Zine and credit inside Issue Five.

    Stay subject to Breac.House availability. Transport to Breac.House not included.

    Includes:
    • 2 night stay at Breac.House
    • Turf & Grain Issue Five: Migration
    • Big Turf Basket
    • BTS Zine
    • Credit inside the magazine
    • Seed Paper Thank You card
    • Turf Tote Bag
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    Reward no longer available 2 backers
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Funding period

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