Some friends of mine are opening a café/bar/venue sometime this year in the Southside of Glasgow with the intention of providing the area with a much needed arts hub.

The Glad Cafe wants to provide a space where people can come together in and across different spheres of activity, philosophies, cultures and age groups to share ideas and to foster and showcase creativity.

With there being such a bunch of talented folks in the Southside, it seemed like a good idea for The Glad Café to create a zine to showcase some of their writings and artwork. The Glad Rag was designed by good friend and former bandmate (Silver Caves), Dan Bryant, and follows a beautiful minimal and restrained style throughout. Sadly, Dan was tragically killed last year. I loved his musical and graphical style, particularly his gig posters which you can see on his site: Wool. The Glad Café had a great launch party last week for the first edition of The Glad Rag with lovely music from Adam Stearns and the Glass Animals and a reading from the very engaging Alan Bissett. I think everyone agreed that this first issue of The Glad Rag was a great and fitting tribute to Dan and his talent.