We are Ache, an intersectional feminist magazine exploring illness, health, bodies and pain, publishing writing and art by women, trans and non-binary people.

Issue No. 1 + Issue No. 2 available to buy now.

Ache’s aims:

Ache is a literary and art magazine founded in 2017 in an attempt to create an opportunity for women, trans and non-binary people to articulate, explore and question their experiences with illness, health and pain. We publish writing and art from an integral place of inclusivity and belief. We hope to provide a space where the navigation of health and pain, within a white-male dominated medical system, can be explored in relation to each individual’s unique experiences of gender, class and race — and to be a platform where misconceptions and prejudices can be challenged and, ultimately, dissolved.

How we run:

Ache is an entirely independent publication and exists without any external funding or advertising. All sales go directly to printing cost and keeping the magazine running. Everyone on the team volunteers to the magazine and no one takes a wage. As Ache is not generating a profit, we are currently unable to pay our contributors. If this means that you are unable to contribute to our magazine, we fully understand and respect that decision. As Ache continues to grow, we are applying for grants and funding opportunities, paying contributors is our priority.

Each member of our team volunteers approximately one day a week to the project (but often more). In order for Ache to exist, we keep print runs small, and the costs of our first print run was paid for by members on the team. Alongside Ache, we work in other jobs which allows us to contribute to the project, everyone on our editorial team is managing health conditions and the demands of work commitments.

Everyone who has contributed to Ache has offered the magazine their work, time and enthusiasm. We are extremely grateful to each of our contributors, without them this magazine would not be possible. We are also incredibly grateful to everyone who has bought a copy of Ache, attended an event or a workshop, thank you for your generous support.

As women living with debilitating health conditions, we have experienced first-hand many of the issues highlighted throughout our pages. We are dedicated to Ache's aims to elevate the voices that have for so long been marginalised by medical institutions and to facilitate vital conversations around illness and pain.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: helloachemagazine@gmail.com