The Professional Publishers Association (PPA) is to host its first international festival, which will includes speakers such as The Big Issue Founder John Bird and Andrew Losowsky, book editor for the Huffington Post New York.
MagFest will run as part of this year’s Edinburgh Festival over 26 and 27 August at Our Dynamic Earth, with other confirmed speakers such as Christopher Ward from Redwood; Chris van der Kuyl from brightsolid; Max von Abendroth from European Magazine Media Association; Matt Phare from ShortList Media; Barry McIlheney of the PPA and Richard Nicholls from Future Foundation.
Kathy Crawford Hay, business manager of PPA Scotland, said: “We are so proud to launch the UK's first festival dedicated to magazines. At MagFest we aim to build a platform that not only promotes publishing in Scotland but also provides a showcase for national and international titles and reaches out to a new generation of creative writers, editors and designers.
“As well as our practical industry sessions, MagFest will be a hub for sharing ideas and networking with peers and investors. We believe this new event will provide an invaluable opportunity for Scotland’s publishing sector to interact with influencers at a global level, and for the international publishing and creative community to come together in celebration of magazines.”
A series of workshops will also be held during the two-day festival.