Summer’s here, sort of, and so is our Summer Almanac: it’s the Almanac, but with a little more sunshine. Hooray. Think features on what the heck’s going on with St Johns Market (and why we should be visiting more), visions for Liverpool’s future, travel suggestions, fiction, style and lots more. There’s the usual mix of the best SevenStreets reads, beautiful photography, recommended events – from our sister site Liverpool Underlined, and interesting new people to meet.
It’s making its way around the region’s independent shops, restaurants, coffee shops, spaces and offices now. For free, of course. Make sure you hunt down a copy – we loved all your feedback from the first issue, and hope you’ll continue along with us.
We’d also love it if you took out a year’s subscription. It helps us to make it happen. This month, SevenStreets is taking a silent season, a summer break, while we take stock and decide how to move forward.
For three years, we’ve worked super hard to make SevenStreets the sort of site we wanted Liverpool to have. And now we’re on a mission to do the same with Almanac: a printed periodical that’s a true, honest echo of the city we live in, with newly commissioned work we’ll feed back into our website.
But we need your support, now more than ever.
We all know the free economy is broken. How do we fix it? What’s the incentive? How do we ensure that no-one gets screwed? We don’t know, basically. All we know is that we make sure everyone who contributes to Almanac gets paid. As we pointed out in our Contra feature, which definitely hit a nerve within the city, business models based on not paying contributors are killing the creative industry.
And we’re not gonna be a part of it.
We don’t like Kickstarter – at least, not for us: we prefer to make SevenStreets available for everyone, and we need it to be fast, reactive and fresh.
So we’re opening things up in the hope that you can help us out: like our Stateside favourites NPR, Dublab, 99% Invisible and various others, you can give something directly back. And get some good stuff in return.
Here’s a rather enticing bundle for you to ensure Almanac continues to arrive across town (and in your letterbox) with regularity:
Subscribe to Almanac, Save Money Across The City, and Support Independent Liverpool
What is it?
Take out a year’s subscription to SevenStreets for £28 – and we’ll not only send you a year’s worth of the Almanac (that’s ten issues a year, through your letterbox), but a free Independent Liverpool card (worth a tenner!),
which offers discounts, freebies, and special offers on all our favourite indie businesses around town. From Oomoo to Nolita Cantina, Baltic Bakehouse to Unit 51 coffee, you’ll be able to save a tonne of cash over the year. Not only that, but it helps keep your money in our city, and not in the pockets of some nasty corporate chain.
As well as that, we’re also offering you deals, tickets and competitions – exclusive to Almanac subscribers – throughout the year.
That sounds a bit excellent. What does SevenStreets get out of it?
So what do we make out of that, after we’ve paid for paper, contribs, postage and distribution? A few quid. As get rich quick schemes go, this isn’t one of the better ones. But it could make the difference between being here and not being here, basically.
We’re chuffed to have over 50,000 of you as readers online. It shows you care about what we’re doing. So if 5% of you subscribed, we could continue doing so.
If you can afford to, think about helping us. We don’t want to plaster the Almanac full of awful advertisements: as you’ll see in this issue, we only team up with decent, likeminded folk: the Philharmonic, Luche Libra, 60 Hope Street and Camp and Furnace (who all made this issue happen – thanks!)
We want to attach a value to writing, to photography, to local press and to the city’s indie spirit. You’re part of that.
If you can’t afford to pay just over £2 a month, that’s cool, we won’t take offence. You can support us with a small donation that we’ll plough into making more Almanacs, for seven quid – it’s resonant, see? Have a look at the form, below, to subscribe or donate.
You’re the reason we can do this.