Wednesday, 17 November 2010

So, What Happened to Succour?

Succour's managing editor Anthony Banks writes:


Succour ran for five years and ten issues from 2004 to 2009. During this period it was the UK’s most exciting journal of new fiction, poetry and art – “a Granta for the Facebook generation” according to Time Out. Succour's editors in London, Manchester, Brighton, Exeter and Dublin were committed to seeking out and publishing the very best new writing and artwork.

Succour’s contributors could be roughly divided into three categories. The first was writers who had never had any work published before, who we discovered either through open submissions, at public readings, or on the recommendation of other writers. Then there were writers who had published one or two collections or novels, but who were still in a sense emerging writers and whose work we wanted to bring to a wider audience. We also published new work by more established writers, or writers with a cult following, who we invited to contribute to the journal.

Succour was always keen to explore the relationship between literature and visual arts, publishing texts and images by artists including Becky Beasley, Raphael Zarka, Eva Stenram, Eline McGeorge and Daniel Arsham.

In 2010 a group of writers who had appeared in Succour over the years were invited to take part in a new online project titled Genius or Not. This project is currently under development and will be online by the end of 2010.

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