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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.

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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

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What? Altogether?

Yes. We’ve teamed up with the bright lads behind the Independent Liverpool card (pictured – we’ve written about them here). And we’re bringing you an offer we hope you can’t refuse.

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!),
rsz_994553_10151681175983666_1262953439_n 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.

Thanks.

SevenStreets

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  • http://www.theworkof.co.uk Neil Martin

    The almanac seems like a backwards step for Seven Streets. This site is always up to date with the latest happenings in Liverpool, both event-wise and discussion-wise too. Half of the appeal of the site is that the comments add to the already good journalism and the fact that you reply to the comments continues that discussion.

    So, having a paper-based month-old version just doesn’t make sense to me. Paper doesn’t offer the ability to have a discussion. I can’t click on links to find out more info or see bigger images. You can’t update the story with new info.

    I can totally see the allure of having a physical newspaper (or magazine, or whatever you wish to call it) – I’m a graphic designer, I know how fantastic physical media can be – but a profitable and popular £2 newspaper seems pretty difficult to achieve when even the likes of The Guardian struggle with it. Paying for an annual subscription to come to my door when there’s a laptop next to me with access to a wider variety of things isn’t giving a potential customer value for money.

    What I would say is that the magazine will undoubtedly open up Seven Streets to a larger audience. You see the booklet sitting on a table somewhere and you go the website afterwards.I would also say that the magazine seems to be filled with larger photos and more of them, something which is definitely missing from the site so from a visual point of view, the magazine wins.

    I visit the site on a regular basis so if you charged say, £12 for one year’s access to a feature-filled Liverpool-related website, I would be interested. A newspaper, not so much. Imagine a website that’s a cross between The Boston Globe’s award-winning photo journalism pages and The Guardian’s award-winning interactive graphs and charts. Imagine that applied to Liverpool. Fantastic!

    What I also get though is that you guys need to make a living while at the same time, not plastering ads all over the magazine or the site. Difficult indeed. I very much appreciate the fact that you’re selective about what advertising you’d have in the paper.

    Despite my apprehensions, I still wish you good luck with the Almanac and I’ll still be a reader of Seven Streets. It’s nice to see that there is a really good site for Liverpool where some of the bigger sites fail. Yours definitely succeeds.

  • david_lloyd

    Thanks for your considered response – from our point of view, it’s not a zero sum game, the two will occupy their own spaces over time. It was our way of mixing it up, doing something different and, more importantly, keeping ourselves interested. We know the two media are poles apart. But we like that. And we’re going to make the space between them even greater in the coming months. So watch this (or that) space. Cheers. Dave

  • John McMahon

    I picked up the Almanac yesterday during a quick pit-stop at The Egg Cafe, on my way back to London after a long weekend in Liverpool. I was extremely impressed with the design, content and quality of writing*, but what struck me most was the boldness of the approach in identifying strategic issues for the city (and stimulating a broad, incisive dialogue around these) in what is essentially an urban lifestyle/pop culture publication.

    (*could do with better subbing, perhaps – there were quite a lot of typos in my copy).

    The articles about the stagnation of the covered market/curtailment of street trading, and the hidden scandal of empty historic spaces, are particularly fascinating; it’s difficult to imagine any of our free publications in London even acknowledging similar matters (ie at the convergence of city council and corporate intransigence & incompetence) let alone addressing them with the vision, clarity and bite on display in your publication.

    The empty spaces piece was especially arresting as it directly addressed an issue that had been gnawing at my partner and I, given the time we had to wander the city centre beyond the normal allowances of our fairly frequent day-trips…

    It’s been amazing to see the incremental impact of artistic, community and educational projects in some parts of London (though most of the city, of course, remains in the stifling grip of near-sighted corporate investors and developers). Taking Peckham as a recent example, Auto Italia, Bold Tendencies and The CLF Arts Cafe have all had a really positive impact on the cultural and economic vibrancy of the locality (though much more needs to be done to work to the benefit of the full range of communities in the area).

    In other areas, initiatives like Netil House, ASC Studios and Bootstrap are providing art/craft studio and business start-up/incubation space in otherwise derelict public and corporate spaces. I don’t know enough to comment on existing similar provision in Liverpool, but it’s really clear that there’s astonishing potential in the spaces available, and I think also a significant latent appetite across the North West and beyond should such opportunities be opened up.

    Another reference point worth putting into the equation might be Meanwhile Space, who – like the other partners mentioned in the article in Almanac – are a source of advice, partnerships and resources to catalyse the worthwhile use of empty spaces.
    http://www.meanwhilespace.com/about/about

    I guess it’s clear, then, that the paper version catalysed for me as a visitor a greater understanding of, and interaction with, the issues facing Liverpool in the present moment. This has given me the opportunity to contribute – for what it’s worth – my own 2 penneth to the discussion, and to take away the ideas presented in the Almanac to my own practice (day job in arts education/regeneration, extracurricular endeavours in live music events & partnerships) in a different city. This only happened because of a ‘chance encounter’ whilst waiting in a cafe. What more could be asked for, in terms of the ‘added value’ of print?

    http://twitter.com/JohnMcArtsEd

  • Guest

    PS will the articles from the Almanac be made available on-line? I’d love to be able to share them with people.