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St Bride Foundation hosts Holly Catford and friends this June

St Bride Foundation is set to host Holly Catford and friends on the 16th June. The 126 year old grade II listed building in London will play host to the lecture, held in person and online via Zoom. ‘Team work makes the dream work: Making magazines with Holly Catford and friends’ will see magazine maker Holly bring us on a “journey into the world of editorial design and visual collaboration,” the event listing notes. “Magazines are always a team effort and her ethos is that ‘everything I do is better when I work with other people’.”

History Today covers (Image permission by SBF)

Holly has been at the helm of multiple magazine projects, founding food and fire zine Pit (recently looked for submissions) and also Cheese magazine in recent years. For the past ten years she has also art directed titles such as History Today, Eye and Pulp for Esterson Associates. The event will look back on her last ten years in magazines, and will share the stage with four of her favourite collaborators. “This includes Robert Billington, co-founder of Pit, who will talk about their recipe shoots. Reena Makwana, a reportage illustrator who has helped Holly bring to life features about kebab shops and crisp packets. Sarah Cliff, an illustrator who worked on the Pit potato special, and Wendy Wong who brought her personal experience to the tricky subject of MSG for their ninth issue.”

History Today spread (Image permission by SBF)
History Today spread (Image permission by SBF)
History Today spread (Image permission by SBF)
History Today spread (Image permission by SBF)

Holly was recently shortlisted for art director of the year at the British Society of Magazine Editors in 2022 for her work on Pit, and lives in Bristol with her two cats George and Gill, and a tortoise called Teedra. You can buy online tickets (Zoom) for £5, whilst in person tickets range from £8 for students, friends of St Bride for £10 and general admission for £12 a ticket. You can buy tickets via Billetto.

St Bride Foundation would like to thank Google and The Wynkyn de Worde Society Charitable Trust for their generosity in sponsoring this lecture.

You can see the full event details on the St Bride Foundation here.

Follow the speakers on Instagram via the links below.

Holly Catford


Robert Billington


Reena Makwana


Sarah Cliff


Wendy Wong


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