PLAN B! And a quick note from us

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The kickstarter we launched to help fund TRQ ran out of time last night, and I’m afraid we didn’t meet the target. However there is a plan B…

Dear Friends

We are so sorry that our kickstarter funding initiative didn’t meet its goal. But we are not disappointed to the point where we are ready to give up. Quite the opposite. We are now fully confident that we have an audience for our magazine and we need to build that. So, we continue to pursue other funding ideas and are also going to start building our audience and profile in the community that we hope to serve with a wonderful quality magazine rich with the most wonderful content from writers around the world about children’s literature around the world.

Please continue to follow us. We shall endeavor to be interesting and thought provoking and stimulating. And we would love to keep you informed of our progress in getting the magazine off the ground.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing our enthusiasm for The Read Quarterly. Watch this space (as they say!)



I’d like to reiterate Sarah’s thanks to you all – it’s not only great to know that people are behind you, but also that there’s such interest in forming more debate around children’s literature. So, to Plan B! We are going to use some of the material created to start discussions but here on this blog as opposed to in print FOR THE MOMENT… please join us here weekly for pertinent, funny and insightful articles and please join in the debate. We’ll make sure we keep you informed of what’s happening. Onwards and upwards!

ISSUE 1: what it looks like and how to support it

Issue 1

And how we are incredibly grateful to Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, Malorie Blackman…

What do you think of our cover for issue one? Today we can exclusively reveal that the brilliant Eoin Colfer will be writing a story for us that will be published in four parts throughout our first year in print – a (practically) full list of contents can be seen in the previous blog post.

So, now you know more about what you’re getting, onto funding… We need to get the first issue off the ground and to do this we’ve decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign. There are various levels of support on this, all of which will give you a copy of the first issue amongst other things. We don’t want to offer anything more than issue one at this point, as we can’t guarantee raising enough money to go any further (fingers crossed though!).

We also have to say a massive thank you to Neil Gaiman who has helped us with our Kickstarter campaign by featuring in our video.  A massive thank you also has to go to all of those luminaries who gave us some lovely quotes for the Kickstarter page.

Once issue one is out we will then contact (ahem, pester) everyone with details of how to then subscribe via our subscription partners. But for the moment, if you’d like to support issue one please go to HERE!! Alternatively, you can buy a copy in a number of stores that we’ll list on the website nearer the time of publication. We already have Daunts on board in the UK and are looking to have many more stockists worldwide!

Thanks for bearing with us, nearly there…



ISSUE 1: there’s definitely a crossword in it

So, we’re about to announce the details of how you can get behind issue 1 and it’s only fair we let you know what’s in the magazine we hope you want to support.

Here’s some of the content list for issue 1 of TRQ. We’re really excited about the wide range of articles and the amazing spread of contributors from around the world, and we hope you like them too. Admittedly, we get a sneak preview of what the articles are about, but hopefully the article titles are tantalising enough.

We have…

‘Hunting for the Birds: A Designer’s Memories of Childhood Reading’ by Stuart Bache, UK

‘Cinderella and a World Audience’ by Nury Vittachi, Hong Kong

‘The Last Taboo: What Interactive Prints Says About the Digital Revolution’ by Elizabeth Bird, USA

‘The Artisan Publisher: Tara Books, Chennai, India’ by Gita Wolf, India

‘A New Arabic Publishing Model’ by Kalimat Publishers, UAE

‘Children and the Magic of Bookshops’ by Jen Campbell, UK

From Institution to Market: Publishing for the African Child’ by Ainehi Edoro, Nigeria/USA

‘The Theme of Independence in Children’s Literature in India’ by Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, India

‘The New Internationalists: The Changing Scene of Illustrated Books Published in the UK’ by Martin Salisbury, UK

‘A Singaporean Interpretation of Classic Children’s Stories’ by Myra Garces-Bacsal, Singapore

‘American Nonsense and the Work of Carl Sandburg and Dave and Toph Eggers’ by Michael Heyman, USA

‘The Work of Beatrix Potter and the Loss of Innocence‘ by Eleanor Taylor, UK

‘A Look at Translation’ by Daniel Hahn, UK

And that’s not all, we also have…

Original fiction (well, the the first of four parts) by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by Adrienne Geoghegan, Ireland

Original poetry by Toni Stuart, South Africa

A comic strip explaining what Gary Northfield (UK) really hates drawing

An illustrator profile on Catarina Sobral (Portugal) who has illustrated our amazing first issue cover


A Literary Crossword by Tristan Hanks, UK


A Quick Thank You

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It is only a week since The Read Quarterly was announced through both The Bookseller in the UK and Publishers Weekly in the USA. But it feels like a week that has cemented such an important part of our futures. We are now committed to publishing the magazine. Not so much because we have said we will. But because of the absolutely amazing response we have had from people around the world to the news that a journal looking at the culture of children’s literature will be launched in 2016.

We now have commitments from people wanting to subscribe in countries as far apart as Australia, Egypt, India, UK, USA and Brazil and many places in-between. We have heard from librarians, publishers, lay people, authors and illustrators saying how much they look forward to being able to enjoy the magazine. We have been offered articles, art work, access to houses who are interested in our soon to be regular feature about artisan publishers. We have heard from our potential audience and now we are not making this publication in a vacuum, we are making it with a very real end user in mind. And that is more motivating than just about anything that has happened that got us to this point.

Soon we will be making announcements about our subscription arrangements. Until then thank you for your interest and support. And please keep emailing, it makes all the difference to us.


The Read Quarterly: A Critical Look at the Culture of Children’s Literature


In January 2016 we will launch a new magazine, The Read Quarterly. The magazine will be a forum in which global children’s literature can be discussed and debated. The Read Quarterly will be available either by subscription or in store. The first issue will cover artisan publisher Tara Books, Michael Heyman discussing the use of nonsense and Eleanor Taylor on Beatrix Potter and the loss of childhood.

Please email to find out more.