Why I'm creating Brighton Girl Magazine
Brighton has always been my favourite place. I've loved it from afar, on the sidelines and right up close throughout my whole life. I envied my cousins for growing up close to the city and would beg my father to "please take me to Brighton" whenever I visited my grandparents in Burgess Hill.
It was no surprise that I moved here at the age of 18 to begin student life - nor was it a surprise that when I moved away a year later to pursue an unmissable opportunity, I was heartbroken. When graduate life arrived, there was only one place where I could start living it.
Brighton has been home - again - for a year. I've created new friendships, rekindled old friendships and have started to find smaller creative communities - but it hasn't been as easy as you think.
I've spent a lot of the year searching for opportunities that I know exist, but had no idea where to find it. This search has also lead me to meet tonnes of inspiring young women living in Brighton, whose stories I frequently pass on to the relevant listener.
Life as a twenty-something woman in Brighton may be one of excitement, but it is often one that leaves you overwhelmed and lost. There are lots of resources out there helping young women to find their way, but it's hard to find one that ties it all together - let alone one that can help you make the most of where you call home.
I'm creating Brighton Girl Magazine, along with a team of incredibly talented individuals, to act as a guide for twenty-something women living in this all-encompassing seaside city. We're creating a space where the stories of inspiring Brighton Girls can be shared further than whichever pub or coffee house we end up in. Most importantly, we're giving the community of Brighton Girls a space to inspire, empower and support each other.
To be clear, I am not 'Brighton Girl'. There is no individual that replicates the 'perfect' Brighton Girl. I'm the girl that shared the vision, but the identity of this project will be a reflection of the community that it forms. I, for one, am excited to see how this will take shape.
This project will form around the following elements:
- Weekly insightful blog posts
- Fortnightly newsletters
- Monthly events
- Quarterly magazines
Expect something new every Sunday - whether it be a blog post every week, or a newsletter every other week. The newsletter, which you can sign up to here, will start coming to your inboxes from Sunday 31st January. Subscribers can expect an informative email, sharing details of highly recommended art shows, gigs, networking events and many more - not to mention our favourite posts by Brighton bloggers, any local news that affects you or 'you-have-got-to-read-this (or, watch-this)' articles (or videos).
Brighton Girl has been in the making for a few months. The magazine mock-ups are starting to take shape, the newsletter templates are ready and the website is incredibly close to revealing its true self. To close this post, I feel it's fitting to share the words that were shared in our first instagram post:
Brighton has the power to be all encompassing, often drawing you to venture to the pebbled beach alone. Some days you’ll look out to sea celebrating how far you’ve come, some days you’ll be searching for guidance. In that sea-gazing moment of establishing what’s lost and found, let someone else be your clarity, your champagne glass or your shoulder to cry on. Let Brighton Girl be your guide.
Thank you to everyone who's come on board with this so far, your support has been monumental in the formation of this project. If you'd like to be involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.