Interview: Beccy Hill on Sister Magazine, Editorial Inspiration, and Encouraging Other Women

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Back to the world of editorial and magazines! Today I'm chatting to Beccy Hill, the founder and editor-in-chief of Sister Magazine, a 'bi-annual, independent, and feminist publication' founded in 2012. All issues are women's issues to Sister, with female talent living at the heart of each issue, creating change and opening discussion in the publishing industry. If you want to hear more about shining the spotlight on other women, how Beccy got to the place where she created her own magazine, and Sister's relationship with social media, grab a coffee and settle down for a really exciting read!


Magic & Musings:
Thank you for taking the time to answer some of my questions, Beccy! Jumping straight into it: if you could describe Sister Magazine in three words, what would they be?

Beccy Hill:
Fierce, femme, and fun.

Magic & Musings:
All very good words! What drove you to create Sister Magazine? Did you have any prior experience being an editor?

Beccy Hill:
I studied Fashion Journalism at university, and for our final project in third year we had to make a magazine. At twenty years old it's safe to say I had absolutely no experience in being an editor...

Magic & Musings:
Is there a particular message you're trying to communicate through creating this magazine?

Beccy Hill:
Yes, a few I guess, but mainly I want to encourage girls (or those who identify as female) that it's okay to be you, things aren't easy, and we're here if you want to vent, be angry, be loud, or make something amazing happen. Working with and meeting other people is my favourite part of running Sister.

Magic & Musings:
On Magic & Musings I love talking about female-identifying or non-binary artists and their work. Which writers and bloggers, if any, would you say have been influences on your work? Do you have any favourites to look at when you need a spark of inspiration?

Beccy Hill:
That's a really great question. JK Rowling has had a huge influence on me - I was obsessed with the Harry Potter books growing up and have read them all more times than I would like to admit! I wish I could name some really high brow writers, but the truth is I really like reading a lot of biographies and autobiographies. I'm currently reading Blow By Blow, which Detmar Blow wrote about his wife Isabella. I love finding out more about people who fascinate me.


Magic & Musings:
This is a question I like to ask purely because of the variety of answers I get! I'm really interested in how people work and get things done. Do you have a particular place you work or find yourself the most productive? Are there a particular set of things that need to be in place for things to get done, like a milky cup of tea or a particular album of music you listen to?

Beccy Hill:
Well, as I do Sister as a side project to my full-time job, it's often a moonlight shift! I'm usually in my flat, wherever that may be as I've moved a lot over the past five years, at a table or on the floor...wherever I can be comfortable. I can't really write with noise, especially if it's something which needs a lot of research and thought.

Magic & Musings:
I'm just the same. I can't get anything done if I'm listening to things with speaking or lyrics. I don't know how people work whilst Netflix is on in the background!

What do you do if you find yourself stuck in a rut creatively? Are there any books on writing and creativity you would recommend to others?

Beccy Hill:
I've read a lot of books about creativity and being entrepreneurial, but all they really do is stress me out that I'm not achieving or pushing myself enough and I don't think that's helpful to the process. I feel in a bit of a creative rut at the moment so this is a really good question! I like going to galleries and looking at art. I also like reading old copies of my favourite magazines like i-D and Dazed and Confused. But inspiration can come from anything - people on the street, a song you've heard, the particular colour of something...

Magic & Musings:
What would you say your relationship is like between Sister Magazine and the internet/social media? Would you say this has helped you greatly in your success, or not?

Beccy Hill:
Yeah, massively. I owe so much to Instagram! We haven't had a proper website up until last month, so the power of social media I owe a lot to. However it's easy to get caught up in looking at others, and comparing your success to theirs, which is an aspect of social media I don't like.


Magic & Musings:
What one thing do you wish someone told you when you were first starting out creating Sister Magazine?

Beccy Hill:
Well, I never set out to make a magazine - it's not something I ever thought was possible or that I was even capable of! Before I went to university I wanted to write for Vogue, which is hilarious looking back on it. As Sister started as a university project and snowballed, it's weird to think of what I wish I knew, because things have just happened and I've dealt with them the best I can. It's extremely time consuming, and it's not cheap - that's advice I would maybe pass on to someone else!

Magic & Musings:
Onto a fun question! Can you recommend everyone reading a book you've enjoyed recently, as well as a film and an album or song?

Beccy Hill:
I'm obsessed with Drake's More Life - I actually need to wean myself off it. 'Passionfruit' is just such an emotion-inducing. I also went to see Moonlight recently, which was really beautiful. 

Magic & Musings:
Is there anything else you would like to say before we finish? How can people find out more about you and your work? What's on the horizon for you in the next few months?

Beccy Hill:
They can check out the Sister Magazine website, and our Instagram. I also have my own portfolio of work. We're putting on a summer party at The Alibi in London, and releasing some more tees with Everpress, so stay tuned.

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