Well, it’s been a while!
Last year was a whirlwind, we published Miggy Angel’s second poetry collection Extreme Violets, in both a special edition boxset and paperback format. We put our blood, sweat and tears in to making that book so special, simply because we believed in it, and still do. It’s an extraordinary collection with some of the fiersest writing we’ve ever read. We are immensely proud of what Miggy and ourselves accomplished last year with the book, and that’s what it’s all about.
But it comes at a price. To say we burnt ourselves out would be an understatement; we’ve been bloody knackered.
We started this press because we are lovers and advocates of DIY culture. We’ve never been about sitting around waiting for someone to give us opportunities, that’s the culture we were brought up in and that’s the vibe we wanted to cultivate through Hi Vis. A totally independent, self motivated venture with an emphasis on sharing authentic voices. No rules, no quotas, no jumping through hoops and putting on fake voices.
It all sounds great, but behind the scenes, it’s not always easy pursuing a creative outlet when you’ve got jobs, bills and family responsibilities. In fact it’s near on impossible. Couple that with the fact we are writers and artists, pursuing our own creative outlets on the side: it’s bloody hard!
Basically, we needed a break.
What’s been so great about the past few months downtime has been the separation from social media. You can’t escape it when you’re busy. If the world’s up, you’re up. So it’s been great to take a step back from that and just enjoy the silence.
We’ve also had a lot of time to think about where we’re going and what we want to do next. What we’ve really enjoyed and what we can do to keep it exactly that - enjoyable.
We looked back to 2017, and Low Light Magazine. An immense achievement and a cracking magazine, if we do say so ourselves. The great thing about magazines it the opportunity for collaboration and meeting new artists along the way. We’ve always been a big fan of community and our past experience as zinesters is, I think, where this really came to light. We love meeting like-minded folk and being able to give new and unpublished writers a leg-up - and Low Light (with it’s more grown up, glossier exterior) provided a special place that really celebrated and showcased the work inside.
We miss this! The conversations, the back and forth, the excitement of reading new and fresh writing. Hearing people’s stories and putting on crazy launch events. Writers from across the country sleeping on our living room floor. DIY culture at it’s best!
So we’ve decided to get back on it. 2019 will bring a new issue of Low Light Magazine, as well as a few other exciting projects. We will soon be releasing a new edition of Dean Lilleyman’s debut novel Billy & the Devil. It’s been some time in the making, but it’s worth it. We’ve loved this novel for quite some years now. A sickeningly poetic story with a bleak but beautiful underbelly. A story of real people from real places with real highs and real lows written by a real person with a real story and a real heart. We love it and we know you will too.
Along side our main projects, we’ve vowed to carry our ethos forward in to other projects. We’ll make zines, have events, make friends, drink beers and have fun. And we will do it for the pure, unadulterated love of making and sharing, with the people, for the people!
Peace & Love
Don’t let the bastards grind you down!