Fundraising launched

Football writers team up for Nutmeg magazine

NutmegDesign company, Palmer Watson, hopes to launch a publication devoted to Scottish football with the help of a crowdfunding campaign and the support of some of the country’s top writers.

Former Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday staffers Ally Palmer (pictured below) and Terry Watson intend to launch Nutmeg later this year.

They have already raised almost £8,000 from 221 backers towards their £10,000 initial target through Kickstarter. They have until 3 April to raise the remainder. 

They will use the funds to commission, print and distribute the first edition later this year with readers offered the chance to take out from one-to-four subscriptions and become a Nutmeg patron.

In a statement, they say: “Writers will be at the heart of Nutmeg and we want to give them the scope to cover stories and issues in a way that newspapers or magazines aren’t able do. We want writers to have the freedom to write expansively and on topics that are not determined by the all-too familiar news agenda.

Ally Palmer“We have taken inspiration from other quality football publications – such as Offside and The Blizzard -and plan a similar format, somewhere between a book and a magazine. Like The Blizzard, it will be all about the writing.

“The plan is to produce a physical product as well as a digital version – we believe print still has value and that people are still willing to pay for such a publication.

“We have already spoken to a wide range of football journalists and writers who are keen to be part of a pool of contributors. We also want to find new voices and new approaches to writing about the beautiful game.”

Palmer Watson is based in Edinburgh and has worked on a number of international commissions, including the design of newspapers.

Among the writers who have expressed interest in contributing to Nutmeg are:

Stuart Cosgrove, writer and broadcaster
Neil Forsyth, author and screenwriter
Paul Forsyth, The Times
Craig Fowler, Digital sports journalist with Scotsman publications
Michael Grant, Scottish football correspondent for The Times
Bill Leckie,
author and award-winning columnist
Archie MacGregor,
When Saturday Comes, co-founder The Absolute Game
Graeme MacPherson,
The Herald and Sunday Herald.
John Maxwell, Co-editor of Tell Him He’s Pele
Hugh McDonald, The Herald and The National
Alastair McKay, Evening Standard, Uncut
Kevin McKenna, The Observer
Alan Pattullo, The Scotsman
Graham Ruthven, The Guardian, Eurosport, STV, VICE, The Scotsman and the New York Times.
Rob Smyth, The Guardian and author of Danish Dynamite
Graham Spiers,
The Times / BBC Scotland.
Michael Tierney, multi-award winning journalist and writer, author of ‘The First Game With My Father’
Thom Watt,
STV, T Scotsman, The Guardian
Jonathan Wilson,
author and editor of The Blizzard
Richard Winton,
BBC Sport online

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