The web page of the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford: muses and misspills on books, jazz, poetry, stuff like false flags and smoke screen: is randomly decrepid and is neo-bankrupt: is so analogue it's anal.
The Bookstore has launched its own magazine, entitled The Sandspout (although the title will be in small print as it’s bit naff: a sandspout is the sand sucked into the air by a whirlwind, such apparent serendipity, of course, rivals the serendipitous nature of this bookstore).
The latest, third issue was launched in March, £4. 158pp, A5. With articles from Kristin Grogan, Charles Foster, Yvonne Eller & April Pearce; short stories included by James Benmore, Mark Mayes and Douglas Adamson; poetry from Kelley Swain, Andrew Smardon, Jenny Lewis, Eleanor Rees; much else.
The second issue of The Sandspout was published November 19th, 2016, and is now available for sale in the shop, £4. 162pp, A5. With articles from Heathcote Williams, Sally Bayley, Simon Image and others, plenty on jazz; an interview with Matthew Shipp; a short story from Baret Magarian, extract from writing in progress, flash fiction from Sam Sussman, Sally Lane, Virginia Moffatt; pieces from Emma Rault and Ray Keenoy; poetry from John Lanyon, Peter J. King and Andrew McNeillie.
Submissions are requested for the next issue (early September 2017): no criteria other than an association with the shop, no stipulation as to length or content.
The first issue was published in late January 2016, and will comprise 128 pages, A4, of short story, poetry, article and serendipity, its rationale that it is in some way linked to the shop. It is not unlikely that its format will be changed as it develops.
For the first issue, poets included are Michael Horovitz, Heathcote Williams, Nancy Campbell, George Roberts and Camille Ralphs, with short stories by Olivia Stewart Liberty, Allyson Armistead, Alistair McNaught and Marc Nash, and essays contributed by Gilad Atzmon, Heathcote Williams and others.
I am unaware of any other bookshop with its own magazine – even chain bookshops – so hope folk will see this as a chance to support the bookstore without spending too much money. The price will be £4.50.
If anybody has a piece of writing to contribute, of any nature, please get in touch, initially by email [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]. Occasionally a fee is paid, but is so small that it will fund, just, a jar of Marmite and a packet of Jacob’s Cream Crackers (so make sure you have no intention to give anybody a snog for a few days after payment, and that only when you’ve chased me and spoken to your solicitor).
There will be four issues per year. It is likely that each issue will be linked to a particular country, and may involve the participation of another bookshop from that country.