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67 | A Chat With Slightly Foxed Editors

67 | A Chat With Slightly Foxed Editors

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Episode Summary

This week, I'm joined by Gail Pirkis and Hazel Wood, the founders and editors of the literary journal and publishing company, Slightly Foxed. I’m such a huge fan of both the books and the magazine, and longtime listeners of Tea & Tattle may remember my interview with Ysenda Maxtone Graham, whose fantastic book, Terms & Conditions, was published by Slightly Foxed.

In today’s interview, Gail and Hazel share how they first came up with the idea of starting Slightly Foxed, and they give fascinating insights into the nitty-gritty of running a small, but very successful business.

 Hazel Wood and Gail Pirkis, editors of Slightly Foxed

Hazel Wood and Gail Pirkis, editors of Slightly Foxed

Highly rated by authors such as Hilary Mantel, Gretchen Rubin and Penelope Lively, the Slightly Foxed quarterly is described as ‘the literary magazine for nonconformists, for people who don’t want to read only what the big publishers are hyping and the newspapers are reviewing.’ I always come away with brilliant book suggestions whenever I read the latest issue, and the carefully selected memoirs published by Slightly Foxed are also unfailingly fantastic.

 A stack of Slightly Foxed books and one of their magazine back issues

A stack of Slightly Foxed books and one of their magazine back issues

It was such an honour to get to chat with Hazel and Gail from their London office, and I know this episode will be a real joy for book lovers.

Listen to learn more about the story behind Slightly Foxed.

Episode Breakdown

  • 00:23 - Miranda introduces Gail Pirkis and Hazel Wood.
  • 02:38 - The start of Slightly Foxed.
  • 07:35 - Hazel's recommendations for readers new to Slightly Foxed.
  • 11:52 - How Slightly Foxed books are chosen.
  • 13:37 - How the Quarterly and books are designed and published.
  • 20:55 - The early challenges Hazel and Gail faced when starting their business.
  • 23:35 - Hazel talks about the growth of the Slightly Foxed Team and what their office is like today.
  • 28:48 - What Gail and Hazel have learnt since first starting Slightly Foxed.
  • 30:53 - Gail's tip for anyone wishing to launch a publishing company today. 
  • 31:22 - What's next for Slightly Foxed.

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Publish the things that you believe in passionately.

 -Gail Pirkis

Your Thoughts

Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Tea & Tattle podcast. As always, I love to hear your thoughts, so please let me know:

What did you enjoy most about this episode? Are you a fan of Slightly Foxed?

Next Time...

Remember to tune in on Friday for the next instalment of Tea Reads, and next Tuesday, Sophie and I are chatting about our favourite descriptions of meals in books.

Happy Listening!

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