Issue 7.1 is available online now in the Zahir’s archive. Featuring the theme of independence, this issue explores avenues designed to question, contradict and expand your views. Be prepared but most of all enjoy 7.1 of the Zahir.
We’re the university’s culture magazine, and we’re all about questioning your own opinions and taking on board others. To find out more of the details, check out the “About” page above.
I’m Joe Walsh, editor of The Zahir. I must say, I’m more than a little humbled to have you visit the site. Heart-warming and such. I look forward to meeting all of you over the course of the next term, and hearing your various ideas for the improvement of the magazine. Remember: there’s no “I” in Zahir.
You’ve arrived at an exciting time. Last term was the launch of a brand new design of the magazine, and it promises only to get better with a bit more experience under our belts. We went from an interior of block text and weak photos to a vibrant magazine that promotes the uniqueness and experimentation that we want at The Zahir. Articles, in turn, became significantly more flexible. If you have an idea and a way in which to present it – something that doesn’t necessarily conform to the basic article format – just hit me with an idea. My Literature editor wrote a denouncement of Shakespeare in sonnet form, for example. If your article is on some kind of cultural split, why not suggest one half of the article is at one point in the mag and the other half is at a different point? At The Zahir, we want you to express yourself in whichever way puts your idea and your opinion best across. I’ll only be impressed if you come to me with a new idea, so don’t feel shy!
The website has also been revamped over summer, in the hope that it will be a much more active aspect of the magazine itself. We want your help – so feel free to send in any videos, articles or links that you think need spreading. It will become much more significant throughout this coming term, but please do have a look at past articles to get an idea about how the magazine has changed, and how the quality that we produce is unerring.
It’s students like yourself who are the driving force behind a mag like this. We’re a culture magazine, not a newspaper. By definition, we shouldn’t be confined by structure and limitations. If you can’t be experimental at university, when can you be? Please don’t hesitate to hit me with ideas – I guarantee anything you think sounds silly will set my pulse racing. And I’ll probably have come up with something ten times nuttier.
Finally, this is the final term with the current editorial team in charge, so the most exciting change will hit us at the end of this term. All positions will become available, and a couple of new ones will be coming into play. We want enthusiasm – so even if you don’t find the time to write for us this term, please don’t consider yourself a write-off for a chance to get a role in the team. It’s what you can bring to the mag as much as anything. Ideas fuel this mag, not experience.
Email me on email@example.com, or sign up to us at Freshers’ Fair at the end of Week 1 and you will receive more information about all of the above. We also have a meeting in Tuesday Week 2 (18th October) at 5.15pm in V/123 (Vanbrugh) so that I can introduce you to myself and my editorial team. You can also find us on Facebook (the zahir)and Twitter (@zahiryork).
I’m genuinely chuffed you’ve taken a gander at the site. I hope you decide to get involved.
It would make my day. x
Craig Dyson is a sculptor based in West Yorkshire. He is a good friend of a good friend of mine, and I am honoured that he gave me permission to showcase a bit of his work on our humble website, and even more so that he is becoming so heavily involved with another club very close to my heart: the University of York Hockey Club. Keep an eye out for his name – I’m sure this isn’t the last time The Zahir will tango with the talent.
The Zahir 6.3 is out now. It’s undergone a massive transformation, and we will only go from strength to strength over the coming months. Articles have been changed, things are not quite as you’d expect them. But that’ s half the fun. So sit back, rest your weary legs, and enjoy issue 6.3 of The Zahir…
The Zahir 6.2 has arrived, you lucky dogs. It’s the spring issue of 2011, under a brand new editorial team led, very proudly, by yours truly, Joe Walsh. This edition’ s all about environmentalism. Check it out, stay a while, have a cup of tea, be inspired. You shan’t regret it.
With the theme of ‘urbanisation,’ the latest edition of the Zahir can be found at the usual places around campus.
Many thanks and congratulations to all those who contributed this year, we’ve had some wonderful articles.
Hopefully some of you will be able to find some time in the long summer break to think about writing for our next edition. If so j ust drop us an email with any ideas you have.
Many thanks, the Zahir.