SPEAKERS

Head of Editorial
gal-dem

News and features writer, editor and creative with focuses on race, feminism, media, youth culture and social politics.

Charlie is the editor at gal-dem, a writer and editor for Dazed, a columnist at the i newspaper and a Guardian freelancer. She also does regular work for a variety of publications, including VICE and the Financial Times.

She is an experienced panellist and speaker on radio and TV, a Scott Trust Bursary alumnus, and a winner of the 2017 Georgina Henry Award for Innovation in Journalism. She is the editor of the book Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children, a leading new exploration of the Windrush generation featuring David Lammy, Lenny Henry, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sharmaine Lovegrove, Hannah Lowe, Jamz Supernova, Natasha Gordon and Rikki Beadle-Blair. 

Editor-in-Chief
FourFourTwo

James Brown worked on the NME, founded loaded, and was Editor-in-Chief of British GQ. He is a media entrepreneur, journalist and radio host. He took over as Editor-in-Chief of FourFourTwo in March this year, after a break of almost 20 years since his last full-time editing role. His debut book Above Head Height: A Five-a-Side Life, was published in 2017 by Quercus, and achieved positive reviews in the Guardian, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph. He is now down to three matches a week.

Art Director
Inside Housing

Sonny Dhamu is the Art Director at Inside Housing magazine. He has worked at title for the past nine years and oversees the design of the magazine and supplements. He is also art director of new (bi-annual) sister title The Developer. He was winner of PPA B2B designer of the year in 2018.

CEO
The Stylist Group

Ella first came to prominence as Group Head of the Mail on Sunday before being promoted to Head of Magazines at the Daily Mail Group. In 2010 she moved to Bauer to publish Grazia during a period of significant growth before being headhunted to join Hearst UK, where she published brands including Cosmopolitan, Red and Esquire, developing a 360 degree publishing approach and scaling the brand platforms.

In 2014, Ella became Group Commercial Director Hearst UK, responsible for all commercial revenues for print and digital and developing new revenue streams across events, commercial content, contract publishing and licensing. Ella was then appointed to the position of CEO at Shortlist Media in September 2016, with a clear brief to deliver growth through new opportunities. Ella recently undertook a major business transformation, pivoting the business to The Stylist Group, focusing entirely on women, at a time when feminism and the united force of women has never been more relevant.

A board member of CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) and a member of WACL, Ella is passionate about pushing for gender equality in the UK.

Media Voices

Join the Media Voices team for a live recording of their popular podcast. We will be confirming the guests for this special Magfest edition of the show in the run up to the event, but rest assured the hosts’ signature insight into the magazine industry will be out in full force.

Media Voices is the reincarnation of TheMediaBriefing podcast that ran until June 2017, and is still hosted by former TMB colleagues Chris Sutcliffe, Esther Thorpe and Peter Houston. Each weekly episode is 40 minutes long, kicking off with the team's take on the week’s media machinations followed by an interview with a leading light from a notable media organisation. Past guests have been from Allure, The Pool, Empire, Classic Rock, The Week, The Economist, The FT, CNN, Quartz, Mic, Facebook and Twitter. 

Listen here.

Editor
GoldFlakePaint

GoldFlakePaint began life as a fledgling music blog back in 2010. Initially launched in the south-west of England by its founder Tom Johnson, GFP moved north of the border in 2013, and is now based in Glasgow where it transitioned from the web to a fully-formed print version, releasing Issue One of A Music Journal in the summer of 2018.

Carefully curated and designed, A Music Journal is a quarterly, seasonal publication that provides an in-depth focus on independent music across the world. Through a series of conversations and profiles the journal combines heartfelt, personable writing with a keen ear for new and interesting music, offering space to both established acts and lesser-known, up-and-coming artists.

Aside from its recommendations, the journal also makes space for a series of personal essay which delve into other aspects of the musical industry, touching upon important issues such as misogyny, disabled access at venues, lone women at gigs, climate change, and various other topics.

A physical journal in an increasingly digital world, A Music Journal is designed to be a quiet corner in the ever-blustery world of music recommendation; a collection of long-form writing that both discovers and celebrates those artists and records that can change the shape of your day.

Media Voices

Join the Media Voices team for a live recording of their popular podcast. We will be confirming the guests for this special Magfest edition of the show in the run up to the event, but rest assured the hosts’ signature insight into the magazine industry will be out in full force.

Media Voices is the reincarnation of TheMediaBriefing podcast that ran until June 2017, and is still hosted by former TMB colleagues Chris Sutcliffe, Esther Thorpe and Peter Houston. Each weekly episode is 40 minutes long, kicking off with the team's take on the week’s media machinations followed by an interview with a leading light from a notable media organisation. Past guests have been from Allure, The Pool, Empire, Classic Rock, The Week, The Economist, The FT, CNN, Quartz, Mic, Facebook and Twitter.

Listen here.

Publisher
Hood

Scotland’s first, free national lifestyle magazine – Hood – is aimed squarely at Scotland’s savvy professional women. Created by women for women, we don’t just know our reader, we walk in her shoes.

We’re high achievers – but we still think keeping on top of the laundry basket is a laudable success. We care how we look – but we don’t have hours to spend ironing, and we rely on dry shampoo a little more than we’d like to admit.

Our reader loves this emotionally intelligent lifestyle magazine that is cool and contemporary, that recognises the diverse needs and desires of modern women, and that speaks to her the way her friends do over a contraband glass of school night Reisling (even if they all know that two-day hangovers are now a definite reality).

Each month, Hood delivers a unique mix of expertly curated fashion, beauty, interiors, food and drink, travel and wellbeing content, highlighting a lifestyle that is both aspirational and modern, yet affordable, accessible and, most importantly, always rooted in Scotland. Because this is our ‘hood, and we think the cool, accomplished and funny women that make it what it is deserve a magazine that celebrates them.

Available in 80+ M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores across Scotland.

Global Editor
The Atlantic

Prashant Rao is the Global Editor of The Atlantic, overseeing staff writers and freelance contributors around the world who focus on the decline of confidence in liberal democracy, the drivers and consequences of migration, and the fraying of the post-war order. Prashant was previously Deputy Europe Business Editor at The New York Times, and a correspondent and editor at Agence France-Presse and Bloomberg News. From 2009-2014, Prashant was based in Iraq for AFP, the latter two years of which were spent as the news agency's Baghdad Bureau Chief. A native of New Delhi, he is a graduate of the London School of Economics, and lives in London with his wife.

Media Voices

Join the Media Voices team for a live recording of their popular podcast. We will be confirming the guests for this special Magfest edition of the show in the run up to the event, but rest assured the hosts’ signature insight into the magazine industry will be out in full force.

Media Voices is the reincarnation of TheMediaBriefing podcast that ran until June 2017, and is still hosted by former TMB colleagues Chris Sutcliffe, Esther Thorpe and Peter Houston. Each weekly episode is 40 minutes long, kicking off with the team's take on the week’s media machinations followed by an interview with a leading light from a notable media organisation. Past guests have been from Allure, The Pool, Empire, Classic Rock, The Week, The Economist, The FT, CNN, Quartz, Mic, Facebook and Twitter.

Listen here.

Editor
The Glasgow Papers

The Glasgow Papers is a new community journalism project, launched in summer 2019, seeking stories about a changing city. Metropolitan metamorphosis, as told through hidden and hard-to-reach tales of migration, settlement, entrepreneurship and regeneration.

Writers and contributors to the site come from across Glasgow; some are new to journalism; some are already in the trade. The idea is to form a collective of compelling voices from all corners of the city, finding and developing new talents.

The project is edited by Natalie Whittle, a Financial Times journalist based in the city. There is also an 'offline' hub for the project at 14 Albert Road, Govanhill, where Natalie runs a writing space and writers' shop (books, biscuits, pens) under the name of her company, The Outwith Agency, which publishes The Glasgow Papers.

Read more here.