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The Guardian launches new super-sized magazine – Saturday

On Saturday, the Guardian unveiled the first issue of its new, super-sized magazine, Saturday.

The Guardian launches new super-sized magazine – Saturday

Beautifully designed, Saturday has over 100 pages of new ideas to inspire, entertain and spark conversation, along with old favourites, say the publishers.

The first issue of Saturday featured Greta Thunberg on the cover, photographed by Marcus Ohlsson. In an exclusive interview by Simon Hattenstone, she opens up about the reality of being the world’s most famous activist, and the personal transformation she has had since beginning her school strike for the climate.

There was also a global exclusive interview with novelist Jonathan Franzen, an extract from Booker-prize winning author Bernardine Evaristo’s new memoir, an investigation into a fertility clinic scandal, an interview with Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, and a first look at Armando Iannucci’s new Covid poem.

New voices include Gynelle Leon, Anita Bhagwandas and Sirin Kale. They’ll be joined by Coco Khan, Tim Dowling, Hadley Freeman, Simon Hattenstone, Sali Hughes, Jess Cartner-Morley and many more.

The magazine also has a host of new features including: Dining across the Divide, which brings together readers with differing viewpoints to see if sharing a meal will help them find common ground; Flashback, in which stars look back to their childhood in a whole new way; Honest playlist, which offers a peek at the music tastes of notable people - from their top party tracks to their karaoke favourites; and Buy it / Rent it / Thrift it, a sustainable shopping page for fashion and homes. In You be the Judge, readers will be asked to weigh in on a real domestic dispute; while Sirin Kale is the Guardian Angel, making good things happen for good people.

The popular Blind date, Quiz, Crossword and Q&A columns will also feature in the new magazine.

Alongside Saturday, the Guardian will publish a new supplement - What’s On, which will include critics’ best picks of terrestrial TV, on-demand streaming and radio along with the latest from TV columnist Joel Golby. Feast continues as a standalone magazine.

From 25 September, the Guardian will also include dedicated environment pages in the news section of the Saturday paper, increasing its coverage of the climate crisis in the run up to Cop26 and beyond.

Along with Saturday, the Guardian is also launching two new email newsletters.

  • Inside Saturday will provide an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of one of the features in each week's issue of Saturday, as well as links to some of the editors’ favourite pieces from that week's magazine.
  • The Guide - a pop culture newsletter covering the best in film, TV and music - will continue the spirit of the print version of The Guide in a brand new format, say the publishers.

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