I can';t believe it's taken me so long, but then I was never very good at layout or anything vaguely to do with maths, shapes and all that kind of thing. But I've finally worked out how to lay out a minizine using Microsoft Publisher. All I did was create a table, with 4 columns and 2 rows, then put text boxes into each cell. Once I'd filled up a cell on the top half of the table (in landscape of course), I rotated the text box.
And that's it! It's so simple. I spent a long time trying to search for a template that was made in word, in A4, not letter size, but only finding pdfs that can't be converted. And all the time it was as easy as chips. Now then, time to work out to build a rocketship!