About Arts Bites

Kirstin Papworth-Smyth wearing hat outdoors

Hi, I’m Kirstin, creator of Arts Bites.

Arts Bites is a blog about independent magazines.

When I was at university, I picked up a copy of one of the very first issues of Oh Comely magazine. After years of flicking through disappointing women’s magazines, it was incredible to read a magazine with integrity and creativity at its heart.

In the last decade, as online use has grown, print sales have dropped. It’s been proclaimed that ‘print is dead’, but instead, the purpose of magazines has just been re-examined. Disposable glossy magazines, vapid and unchallenging, are being replaced with beautiful, engrossing independent magazines from every corner of the globe.

If you would like to get in touch with me, please find details on my contact page or pop me an email at kirstin_papworth@hotmail.com.

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