Humble pie and beautiful magazines: we talk to Steven Watson

The Director at Stack Magazines shares his passion for print


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Humble pie and beautiful magazines: we talk to Steven Watson

For this podcast our Editor Mike Piggott spoke to Steven Watson, Director at Stack Magazines. We start this pod in a slightly unusual fashion, with Mike and Steven immediately talking about moustaches, naked men and subverting the male gaze. They eventually get around to discussing magazines.

They begin with why Steven started the business in 2008, how the industry and the desire for print has changed over the years, how Steven picks titles for subscribers, who the subscribers are, why AI is no threat to indie publications, and finally, they talk about some of Steven’s favourite titles (see the list below).

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Indiecon Festival 2023, in Hamburg (Steven is speaking)

Stack’s Discord

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Steven Watson, Director at Stack Magazines

Steven Watson is the founder of Stack, the subscription service that delivers a different independent magazine every month to thousands of readers around the world. Before starting Stack, he was an editor working with organisations like Google, PlayStation and The World Economic Forum

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Mike Piggott, Executive Editor at MediaCat Magazine

For eight years (2013 to 2020) Mike shaped and led The Marketing Society’s editorial, digital and content strategy, working with CMOs, marketing directors, CEOs, authors, and heads of strategy to produce culturally relevant content that resonates with business leaders worldwide. Near the end of 2021 he joined MediaCat Magazine. He launched their podcast channel in early 2022, and set about creating thematic content that writers could dig into each month, themes such as 'utopias and dystopias' and 'age and wisdom'. On the side he's a screenwriter, spoken word poet, film and TV blogger and music critic. He also once came second in a Creative Review competition to rewrite Trainspotting's famous 'choose life' speech.

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