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Work on the next Stirrer paper is underway

At long last work on the next Stirrer paper is underway. The aim is to have it written, laid out and off to the printer by the latter part of August ready for distribution from mid September onwards. We will be getting more copies than normal printed as we’ll be distributing the paper at the London Anarchist Bookfair which is taking place in north London on Saturday 28th October – http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk/ We’ve got the tricky balancing act of producing a paper that people out here on the estuary will want to read while also appealing to the very different audience who attend the bookfair. You’ll find out how we resolved that tricky little issue when the papers come back from the printer!

We we’re going to bring out the Stirrer paper fairly soon after the general election. However, with all the uncertainty that followed the election and continues to be a feature of political life, we held off producing one as we didn’t want to be saddled with loads of papers rendered redundant by fast changing events! This is why the next paper will have more of a generic feel to it that will reflect that uncertainty and draw attention to the opportunities that provides for those of us of a radical persuasion.

As ever, any help with distributing the paper will be more than welcome. If you want to take a bundle to hand out to friends, neighbours, family, colleagues and comrades, let us know and we’ll work out a way of getting them to you. If you run or know of a venue sympathetic to our politics who are willing to take a small bundle for their patrons, please feel free to get in touch with the details. Lastly, we want to undertake a few high street distributions during the latter part of September running into October. If you’d like to join us in one of these, let us know and we’ll take it from there.

In the meantime, we’ve produced another paper to complement our sister blog, The Estuary ALTERNATIVE – https://theestuaryalternative.wordpress.com/ Unlike the Stirrer which is ‘in yer face’, this paper and blog celebrates and promotes positive alternatives and the building of a new world in the crumbling shell of the dystopian one we currently endure. Distribution of the ALTERNATIVE is proceeding at a steady pace and if we get a positive response, we’ll be bringing out future issues. So the way it’s potentially shaping up is two issues of the Stirrer and two issues of the ALTERNATIVE a year.

The next paper will be…

As much as we’d love to keep the momentum going with the Stirrer paper, with the political situation being so unpredictable and volatile at the moment, it’s difficult to write, layout and print a paper without the sodding thing being outdated by ‘events’ while it’s on the way back from being printed! We’ve made the decision to postpone production of the next Stirrer paper until the autumn when we might have a better idea of the political landscape we’re operating in. This edition will be ready in time for distribution at the London Anarchist Bookfair that’s taking place on Saturday 28th October.

What we will be doing in the meantime is to bring out another paper – The Estuary ALTERNATIVE which aims to report on and support grassroots community projects out here along the estuary. We’ve already set up a blog for this which is admittedly, still a work in progress: https://theestuaryalternative.wordpress.com/ The content of The Estuary ALTERNATIVE will be more generic which means the distribution of the paper can be spread out over a few months without any fears of the content being outdated by fast moving events. Unlike the Stirrer which as its name suggests, is about stirring and agitation, The Estuary ALTERNATIVE is about efforts to start building a new world in the decaying, fracturing shell of the increasingly dystopian one we have to currently endure. Watch this space for developments…

Future direction…

We’re making a few evolutionary changes to our project… As we also publish two other blogs: ON UNCERTAIN GROUND: https://onuncertainground.wordpress.com/ and The Estuary ALTERNATIVE: https://theestuaryalternative.wordpress.com/ we felt we should change our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southessexradmedia/ and Twitter account: https://twitter.com/SthEssRadMedia to reflect this. While this blog is the most frequently updated, we’re working to raise the profile of the other two, particularly The Estuary ALTERNATIVE which we hope will end up as a collaborative project.

We’re due to start working on the second print edition of the Stirrer once the general election is over and we have a better understanding of the political landscape we’ll be operating in. As you can guess from the title, the role of the Stirrer is to stir and agitate! Both of which are needed in the troubled times we’re living in…

As well as stirring and agitating, propaganda aimed at inspiring people to start building the new world in the shell of the dystopian one we currently endure is also a priority. The Estuary ALTERNATIVE blog (a work in progress) is our attempt at doing this. However, as well as a blog for The Estuary ALTERNATIVE, we would love to produce a paper for it as well. This would hopefully be a collaborative project in terms of putting it together and distribution but most importantly, funding it.

We can just about afford to print the Stirrer four times a year. As things currently stand, we couldn’t afford to produce another paper. So, there is some networking to be done over the next few months to get people on board with the project of producing The Estuary ALTERNATIVE as a paper. Watch this space for updates on how we’re progressing with this…

Stirrer distribution completed today

Distribution of the first print edition of the Stirrer was completed today at The Railway where we replenished the pile of papers we left there last weekend after the Southend Radical Fair. We then marked the occasion with a celebratory drink in the beer garden:)

We’re pencilling the next edition of the Stirrer for around the end of June once the election is over and it’s clear what kind of political landscape we’ll be operating in. Yes, we know it will be dire but we want to know just how bad it will be so we can tailor the content accordingly! After this, there will be one more print edition this year which will be in October in time for the London Anarchist bookfair.

What we want to do with the June edition is change the way we distribute the paper so we make sure more copies get into the right hands. We’re cutting back on the door-to-door distributions and instead will be going for a combination of high street distributions and looking out for more more venues sympathetic to our politics who’ll be willing to take bundles of the paper for their patrons. We’d also like those who support us to take a bundle of papers for their friends, neighbours, family and colleagues. Any help with the above from our supporters will be greatly appreciated…

Yes, there will be a paper!

Time to fess up – this blog is the very thinly disguised successor project to the now defunct South Essex Heckler. It was a complex set of circumstances ending in a bit of a cluster***k that left us with no option but to discontinue publishing the Heckler as a blog and paper – a good part of that was due to its role in getting the ball rolling for the Southend Radical Fair (see below).

Anyway, after a few weeks pondering what to do and some experimentation with other blogs, we’re here with the Stirrer. There will be a paper – work on producing it is already underway and we hope to get it off to the printer by the first week in April. If you broadly support our anarchist principles, live in southern Essex and want to take a small bundle of papers to hand out to friends, comrades, colleagues, neighbours, etc. get in touch with us (contact detail on the About us page) and we’ll work out a way of getting them to you.

As ever, we’re always keen to have people who support our politics contributing to this blog or its sister project, ON UNCERTAIN GROUND. If you’re involved in a grassroots community project, workplace industrial action, an anti-gentrification campaign to name just a few, have a story to tell, get it down and send it in to us. That kind of material will be published here on the Stirrer. If there’s an issue you feel passionately about and you want to write about it in depth, that’s the kind of piece we’ll be looking to publish in ON UNCERTAIN GROUND. Alternatively, if there’s something we’ve written in ON UNCERTAIN GROUND that you have a different take on, write it up and it’s quite likely we’ll publish it! With both blogs we try to take a light touch with editing, generally checking spelling and grammar.

Southend Radical Fair

The South Essex Heckler was instrumental in setting this fair up which is taking place at The Railway in Clifftown Road on May 6th. For a complex variety of reasons involving a certain amount of political incompatibility with ‘partner’ groups down in Southend, we’ve walked away from the fair and no longer have any involvement with building or organising it. If anyone is expecting to see us at the fair, this is just to let you know that we will not be attending it in any way, shape or form.