Tuesday, February 15, 2011

thecelticlink.com

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to take this occasion to inform you of a new exciting development in the Celtic world.

My name is Nigel Pengelly and I am a Cornish journalist, magazine editor and former dairy farmer.

However, it is the magazine side of my life I’d like to talk to you about today not the farming side.

I have teamed up with thecelticlink.com, a website dedicated to forging stronger links within the Celtic world of music and dance, to produce a new international magazine of Celtic interests. Some of you may remember me when I was editor of Cornish World, a magazine dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Celtic culture worldwide.

The Celtic Link website was created by two Cornish lads Andrew Morris and Alan Pengelly, who shared a passion for Celtic music, dance and culture. The idea came to them while returning to Cornwall from Scotland following the Speyfest in Fochabers. They decided that they would create a unique website dedicated to spreading Celtic culture across the globe. Visitors to www.thecelticlink.com can find information on events and festivals, Celtic musicians and listen to music from a variety of artists.

The magazine, of which I have been asked to be editor, will be an expansion from that website.

While music, arts and culture will play a large part in the publication, Celtic Link magazine will also include Celtic heritage, news from the Celtic regions, news from overseas Celtic groups, Celtic languages, issues concerning the Celtic peoples, Celtic film, reviews, Celtic events and listings, Celtic fashion and products, people, Celtic hobbies and pastimes, travel in the Celtic nations and in destinations where the Celtic diaspora have settled, and Celtic food and drink.

The Celtic Link is a private venture, with no public funding, and I intend to produce the first issue in March to coincide with the saint’s days of St David, St Piran and St Patrick (the first issue is loosely themed around the Celtic saints and their celebrations).

The magazine will be subscription-only but for the first issue I am compiling a list of people or groups who would like a complimentary issue. If you would like a complimentary copy of the launch issue of The Celtic Link, then please do contact me.

I am also seeking correspondents and writers. I need people to help write music reviews, film news and reviews, people to forward news from Celtic groups across the world as well as other assignments. We don’t have a budget for writers yet but I hope this will change as the magazine grows.

Particularly, I am seeking news items from the Manx societies around the world. If you would be so kind as to forward this email onto other Manx societies or organisations, then I would be very grateful.

Thank you for taking your time to read this email and I hope you can support The Celtic Link in some way.

Oll an gwella,

Nigel Pengelly
Editor – The Celtic Link.com Ltd.
Mob: +44 (0) 7811 154439
Skype: npengelly


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