Friday, February 5, 2016

Launch party for Freeman's magazine: Thursday February 11 at 5.30 pm

Join us for the Amsterdam launch of Freeman's, a new literary biannual edited by renowned literary critic and former Granta magazine editor, John Freeman. 
Part literary journal, part anthology, Freeman's will showcase new work from emerging voices and the world's best-known writers. The first issue, entitled 'Arrival', brings together the best new fiction, nonfiction and poetry about that electrifying moment when we arrive. The issue features previously unpublished writing by Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, Louise Erdrich, Dave Eggers, and Lydia Davis, among many others, and introduces new writers, such as Sudanese writer Fatin Abbas.
The event, which is hosted by Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, the Writers Studio Amsterdam and The Initiative for Narrative Journalism, will feature a conversation between Euan Monaghan from Structo Magazine and John Freeman on the theme of arrival: in today's culture of migration, what does it mean to arrive? How do we negotiate different kinds of arrival? What role do writers and story-telling play in helping us make sense of these changes?
There will also be a Q&A session where you can avail yourself of Freeman's impressive literary brain - in addition to his experience as an editor, he has interviewed some of our favourite writers, such as Doris Lessing, Salman Rushdie, Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, David Foster Wallace and many more.
Hope to see you there!
A special thanks to Freeman's publisher Grove Atlantic for helping to make this happen!


Peer is a brand new magazine made in the Red Light District of Amsterdam that focuses on the synthesis of the image and word. Filled with theoretical essays, reflections of artist’s practices, short stories and the documentation on the processes of creating art and writing, Peer is a journal that aims to translate to paper that which moves an artist or a writer to create work. 

With a public location in the Red Light District itself, where Peer hosts artists-in-residences, exhibits, lectures and launches, serves Amsterdam-roasted coffee and homemade cake and sells a select amount of small publications, the content of its magazine consists of work by artists who’ve worked at Peer as well as many others. With Peer’s first publication, paper matters issue 1, they invite you to read all about what’s happened in the past months, and to pop over and join them for a cup of coffee whilst enjoying a gander into the creation of art, literature and prose.

Peer’s open workspace and magazine attempt to show creation from A to Z, as well as the finished products that come from creating. With an insert written by some of their artists-in-residence (a screenplay that might be too hot to handle – it’s very saucy indeed) and another 84 pages of research and experiment printed on recycled paper, Peer issue 1 is a sit-down magazine that lets you into the world of their makers.  

The first issue of Peer is inspired by The Chelsea Hotel in New York and it’s ideology: to live together in close harmony with an aim for creativity at its core. Its design being inspired by a French philosopher and its grandeur having attracted many great names like Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac and Arthur Miller, The Chelsea stands erect as the epitome of a public workspace that bears the hidden secrets of how artists create and writers write. Pedestals and mysteries wiped off, any notion of the white cube gallery forgotten, rebellious Peer aims to undress art’s capital A and to dust off literature’s status.