Undergraduates in St John’s JCR have launched a new magazine, '1555'. Named after the founding date of the College, it offers a platform for students to share their many talents in writing and works of art.

1555 magazine HT 17The first issue, released this week, explores the theme of ‘beginnings’. It includes articles on a wide range of topics, including Philip Larkin, red kites, living abroad, and dealing with the unpredictability of today’s world. Creative pieces include a conversation between two gargoyles in Canterbury Quad, collage, photography, and video art. 

Freya Dixon-van Dijk, Co-Editor of 1555, said, ‘Our editorial team wanted to create a platform where John’s undergraduates could share their thoughts and artwork as a whole, to capture an idea of the talent around College which can too easily fly under the radar. The response from the JCR has been incredible, with this issue numbering 68 pages, double what we originally expected. With the vast array of submissions we’ve received, we hope that 1555 can truly reflect the range of talent and interest in College beyond pure academia.’

She and the team, currently Co-Editor Oscar Plomer-Roberts, Deputy Editors Feyi Adegbite and Elizabeth Coyle, and Design Editor Gabriella Farah, plan to publish one issue a term: ‘Maintaining representation of the arts, culture and humour of John’s is important to all of us, and 1555 is only going to grow from here.’

Issues of 1555 can be downloaded here.