KoS title to promote Thanet

By Sarah Lagan

Kent on Sunday is launching a quarterly lifestyle title for the Isle
of Thanet to promote tourism and regeneration on the island.

The idea for Isle Magazine came from former design director of the
Financial Times, David Case, who is design editor on the title, and his
partner, former PR executive at the FT, Kiki Case, who is features
editor.

They approached Thanet District Council with the idea of
setting up a magazine. The council recommended KoS publisher KoSmedia
to launch and helped to secure European funding.

Covering
everything from the arts and entertainments to Thanet history and
architecture, the title will be written mainly by local contributors.
It is hoped Margate-born artist Tracey Emin will write a feature for
the April issue.

In the 1970s, Thanet was one of the biggest
unemployment black spots in Europe, but has recently undergone
widespread regeneration. It is awaiting the opening of the £25m Turner
Contemporary art gallery in 2007. Isle Magazine’s launch will also
coincide with the 40th anniversary of the island’s Broadstairs folk
festival.

David Case said: “Regeneration isn’t just about drains,
it’s about people, so we wanted to encourage local photographers,
designers and writers to produce the mag for themselves.”

As well
as serving Thanet, the 100- page A4 magazine will also be distributed
throughout Kent. It will have a print run of 20,000 and will be on sale
from 3 August, priced £1.95.

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