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Barnaby Kemp is a writer whose work has featured in the Daily Telegraph and numerous prestigious magazine titles. A coffee enthusiast, gentleman motorcyclist and rock singer in training, he has lived in Headington for more than ten years. His world view is shaped by his Welsh/Kiwi heritage and an affinity for a classic aesthetic.

Jonny Ives is a journalist who has spent much of his writing career in corporate communications and the unglamorous world of magazine publishing, mainly as a specialist in the field of sport, leisure and culture. A columnist for the Oxford Mail and owner of more bicycles than is strictly necessary, he has lived in the Quarry for 25 years.

The Headington Occasional emerged from numerous conversations about the innumerable stories that were waiting to be written about Headington if only there were a magazine that would publish them. Notoriously slow on the uptake, Barney and Jonny eventually realised that they could, and would have to, do it themselves. The result is a publication dedicated to all the things about, and of interest to, everybody and everything that happens in and around Headington, including occasional reference to its rather grander neighbour down the hill.




What is it?

The Headington Occasional is a magazine produced in a traditional printed format and dedicated to all aspects of life, work and study in Headington. Published quarterly, the Occasional includes news, comment, interviews and articles, along with listings and contact details for local events, community groups and organisations. It also provides opportunities for local businesses to reach their local customer base effectively and affordably. The Headington Occasional is produced using services and materials sourced from as close to the shark as possible.

Who’s behind it?

The Headington Occasional has been developed by Barnaby Kemp and Jonny Ives, journalists who have lived and worked in Headington for many years. They are drawing on the skills and support of Headington’s network of writers, artists and photographers to produce a magazine that they hope will prove interesting, entertaining and useful to everyone who lives, works and studies in Headington.

Where can I find it?

The Headington Occasional is available free of charge in a number of outlets throughout Headington. Occasional subscribers have each issue hand-delivered through their letterbox. For reasons of efficiency, environmental responsibility and sheer enjoyment Occasional deliveries are made by bike if at all possible. If you are exiled beyond OX3 you can still receive your copy by opting for a postal subscription..

How can I help?

You can help launch the Headington Occasional by contributing in the following ways:

The Headington Occasional offers a variety of advertising options to local businesses looking to connect with their customer base throughout the greater Headington area. Affordable advertising packages are available from as little as £15. Have a look at the advertising page for all the details.

You can subscribe to the Occasional for £10 as an individual or for £20 as a household or a postal subscriber. This will see every issue we produce hand-delivered to your door for a whole year. At this early stage of the Occasional’s development your subscription represents a crowd-funding contribution to an ambitious hyper-local publishing project but we are working with local businesses and organisations to explore ways in which we can add value and exclusive offers to the Occasional subscription package. Subscribe now.

If you would like to host copies of the Headington Occasional, perhaps for your customers or colleagues, please let us know and we will let you have a regular supply.

If you, your organisation, business, group, school or department is doing something that may be of interest to your fellow Headingtonians, drop us a line to let us know. We can’t promise to include everything but we’ll certainly do our best to get as much in as possible.