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24 July 20 words: LeftLion

For seventeen years and 127 printed issues, LeftLion magazine has shone a light on Nottingham’s culture and entertainment scene. Now we’re asking our readers for a bit of help to get back on our feet...


LeftLion began as a website between three friends in a flat in Sherwood. In 2004 we published our first printed issue with Shane Meadows as the cover star. Since then we’ve published work and words from Alan Sillitoe, Sir Paul Smith, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Sleaford Mods, Vicky McClure and many more.

LeftLion is Nottingham’s meeting point for information about what’s going on in our city, from the big companies and issues to the small promoters and community organisations.

We believe we are part of what makes Nottingham unique – not many cities in the world have a free press like us. Up until March this year we published ten thousand magazines every month, distributing them for free to over 450 venues in and around Nottingham.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit many businesses hard, including us. We’re a small team of dedicated writers, designers and creatives who love Nottingham, the people in it and our job of promoting all the talented folk in this city. LeftLion has always done its best to navigate through troubled waters but for the first time in our history, we had to cease printing during lockdown due to the closure of venues and decreased advertising, and make use of the Government’s furlough scheme for our staff. 

As we look to return to print with our 128th issue we are asking our readers and the people who love what we do to support us. We are excited to announce the launch of the LeftLion Patreon page. Patreon is a membership platform where we will offer new exclusive content for our subscribers. The money raised will be used to keep our printed magazine alive and running, paying our in-house staff for their hard work and put towards the ongoing promotion of all the creativity that exists within Nottingham, at a time the industry needs it the most.

We still plan to offer access to our magazine and website completely free. But if you can support us with a monthly contribution on Patreon you will get even more from us…

£2 per month

  • A digital copy of our magazine sent over before it's available in town or on our website
  • Exclusive patreon-only content each month

£5 per month

  • We will print your name* in each issue. (or the name of a loved one, your band, your small business etc)
  • Plus everything in the £2 tier

£10 per month

  • The printed copy (with your name in it) delivered to your door each month**
  • A limited edition A4 art print of the cover each month on premium 350gsm paper.
  • At least one other free gift every year (when we release summat like an Overheard in Notts book it's yours for free).
  • Plus everything in the £5 tier

The backbone of LeftLion has and always will be the support we receive from our contributors, readers and advertisers. Thank you for allowing us to continue doing what we love.


* Names of up to 20 characters. Please note we reserve the right not to print things that we believe contain offensive or defamatory language.
** Postal delivery to any UK address. Subscribers in other countries are welcome, but will be charged extra for the additional postage costs incurred.

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