Lodestars Anthology is an independently published magazine about travel and adventure which explores a different destination in each issue. We talk to founder Liz to learn more about the journal…
WHO’S ON THE LODESTARS TEAM?
We have a small but passionate core team of Londoners with international backgrounds and a love of travel and design. Much of our content comes from contributors on the ground; locals and travellers who felt a special connection to a place and were keen to share the wanderlust. We have writers, poets, illustrators and photographers all driven by a love of travel, and we’re always on the lookout for more …
WHY DID YOU START A MAGAZINE?
The magazine began as we felt there was really nothing else quite like it on the market. We wanted to create a publication that really captured the essence of place, focusing on a single county and taking an in depth look at its history, characters and quirks, exploring its landscapes and attractions as well as those who call it home. Once we got the idea it was all about figuring out which country to explore first (which just so happened to be England) and where to venture from there. We looked for people doing interesting things, creatives, foodies and entrepreneurs inspired by their country and traditions. We spent time in each destination exploring our locations and capturing the most unique, original content we could.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE YOU’VE VISITED WHILST RESEARCHING FOR LODESTARS?
That’s like asking someone to pick a favourite child! Early morning along on Coniston Water in the Lake District. Wait, no, eating flowers at Petersham Nurseries in London. How about flying over the Kimberley in Australia at sunrise or eating Indigenous Australian ingredients at Orana in Adelaide? The Isle of Skye is absolutely stunning and I felt pretty fantastic eating at the Three Chimneys there. See, this is why you need an entire magazine, there is just too much to see and do and fall completely in love with.
AND YOUR FAVOURITE SPOTS A BIT CLOSER TO HOME?
I’m a London lass now, although I grew up in Sydney, Australia, so my concept of home is a little confused. I adore Bermondsey. Bermondsey High Street is a treasure trove of amazing restaurants (dominated largely by Italian ones), brilliant design stores and quite possibly the best cinema in London – Shortwave. Nearby, we also have what I think are London’s best markets (although I’m a bit biased) – Maltby Street Market, which is ideal for lovers of street food, and Spa Terminus, which is essentially Borough Market for locals. Back in Sydney my favourite spots are the beaches – yes Bondi was great but Sydney has so many quiet harbour beaches, places like Camp Cover and Nelson Bay, surrounded by green, amazing seaside architecture and views of the world’s most stunning harbour (there’s that bias again). I love that in such a major international city you can find sandy spots that are all your own.
WHICH MAGAZINES DO YOU READ YOURSELF?
There are so many amazing independent magazines out there at the moment, and everyone is taking such a unique approach. I’ve long adored Sidetracked, which really commits to the adventurous side of travel, Fool from Sweden is flawless on the foodie front and back in Australia Smith Journal gets the balance of design and curious content just right.
WHICH UPCOMING DESTINATIONS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO?
From next year we shall become a tri-annual publication, which will give us the chance to see more of the world. Our Italy issue will be out in January and this will be followed by Sweden in May.
DOES THE MAGAZINE DEVELOP WITH EVERY ISSUE?
Absolutely, I think any creative project does. You get a feel for what works and what doesn’t, what sets you apart and what you love doing. For me, not coming from a design background (I was always a travel writer by trade), I’ve loved seeing how the look and layout has changed organically. I think in the Australia issue we became more daring, taking a few risks layout wise while also introducing some arty flourishes – like hand lettered type on the front cover by Australian artist Belinda Xia. I think also going for more abstract covers (like the one shot by Tania Malkin) is something we’re going to keep doing. We’re playing around with the upcoming Italy issue a bit more so I can’t wait to see how everyone responds.
WHAT HAS THE PROCESS TAUGHT YOU?
That if you have an idea, don’t think too much, just do it. Talk to people, see the world, make mistakes and do all that you can to make a passion project reality. I’ve also learnt to appreciate the power of both coffee and wine.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR LODESTARS?
World domination? We’re looking to start launching a few travel-centric events next year, really showing off what countries can offer and what their locals can produce. Few things are quite as fun as creative collaborations.
Issue 3 of Lodestars Magazine has just landed in the café. If you are yet to explore the pages of this beautiful travel journal, we suggest you pop over and claim your copy as and they get snapped up pretty quickly.