Get your copy of the The Estuary Alternative paper

This was first posted on our sister blog, The Estuary Alternative but, as this one gets more traffic, we’re posting it here because we want to see as many of you as possible when we’re distributing the paper:)

If you want to get hold of a copy of The Estuary Alternative paper and talk to us about what we want to achieve with this project, you’ll have your chance this coming weekend. On Saturday 16th, we’re going to outside the Southend Christmas Vegan Fair (Bellvue Baptist Church, 484 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2QA) – https://www.facebook.com/southendveganfair/ – from 1pm onwards for a couple of hours. On Sunday 17th, we’re going to be at the Stop the Cliff Development Demonstration (Prittlewell Square, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1DW) – https://southessexstirrer.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/protest-against-the-development-desecration-of-the-cliffs/ – from noon onwards. If we have any papers left over from the Saturday, we’ll be handing those out at the protest – if not, we’ve got flyers to hand out instead. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible this coming weekend and to work out a way of taking this project forward in 2018…

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The next print edition of The Stirrer will be hitting the streets by mid January

Work has started on writing and laying out the next print edition of The Stirrer which will be going to print as early as possible in the New Year. There are going to be a few changes, the most obvious one being a front cover that’s visually attractive with more of an emphasis on imagery and graphics – the wordage will be inside and on the back. We never like to stand still with this project hence the experimentation with ways of making the paper more attractive so our message can get out to more people.

As we think about what’s going to be in the next print edition of The Stirrer, we’re also thinking about changing the distribution method. We’ll be cutting back on the door-to-door distributions and focusing more on handing them out on the high streets / town squares. This is why we want a visually attractive front cover!

So far, we’ve lined up Southend – High Street, Basildon – Town Square and Romford – South Street as possible locations for handing out The Stirrer. These will be taking place (depending on the weather!) from mid January onwards. Obviously, the more people we can get out to help us the better, as it creates a buzz that will attract the punters and gives us better security. We’ll be fixing definite dates after the New Year… If any of our supporters want to join us on any of these distributions, contact us with your preferred location and we’ll take it from there…

Stirrer No.2 back from the printer

The second print edition of the Stirrer has come back from the printer – distribution will be starting soon. As we can only afford a limited print run, we’ve made this paper available as a downloadable PDF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x5ixljqiomcwkx5/STIRRER_No_2.pdf?dl=0

As ever, any help with distribution will be appreciated. As the content of the paper is fairly generic and unlikely to date unless there are some seismic political and social shifts coming that we haven’t picked up on, distribution will be spread out over the couple of months or so. We will be keeping back a bundle for distribution at the London Anarchist Bookfair which is taking place on Saturday October 28th.

As per usual, if any of you want to take a bundle of papers to hand out to friends, neighbours, family or colleagues, get in touch and we’ll sort out a way of getting them to you. Also if you run or frequent a venue where you think the patrons would like to read the Stirrer, let us know where it is and we’ll bring a bundle along. As well as the above, we’re also planning some door-to-door distribution in selected areas and at some point, we’ll be handing them out on a high street – we’re just not sure which one yet!

As well as this edition of the Stirrer, we’ve also produced a special edition just for the London Anarchist Bookfair. However, as this is embargoed until the day of the bookfair, there’s no downloadable PDF available until after the event. Trust us, there are sound political reasons for this embargo which we’ll be more than happy to share with you at the bookfair…

Stirrer No.2 has gone to the printer

The second print edition of the Stirrer has been sent to our friends at Oxford GreenPrint for printing and will be getting distributed from the end of this month onwards. Given that we can only afford a very limited print run, we’ve made it available as a downloadable PDF from here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x5ixljqiomcwkx5/STIRRER_No_2.pdf?dl=0

We’ve also produced a special edition of the Stirrer for distribution at the London Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday October 28th. As this paper tells a few home truths, it’s embargoed until the bookfair so sorry, no PDF for this one!

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.

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…

The first print edition of The Stirrer has been sent to the printer

The first edition of The Stirrer has just been sent off to our friends at Oxford GreenPrint for printing. Distribution will be taking place at selected locations across the southern part of Essex. This will be a mix of high street distributions, door-to-door and finding any sympathetic venues who are willing to take small bundles of the paper for their patrons.

If you want to join us on a high street distribution, let us know and we can sort something out – the first one will most likely be in Southend sometime in early May. Alternatively, if you want to take a small bundle of papers for distribution to friends, colleagues, neighbours and family, get in touch and we’ll sort out a way of getting them to you. Also, if you know of any venues that would be happy to take a supply of radical papers for their patrons, let us know who they are and we’ll get them there. We will be leaving small bundles of The Stirrer at the London Action Resource Centre and the Freedom Bookshop (both in Whitechapel) for our London comrades as well.

It would be all too easy to just stick with this blog but readers of this blog generally tend to be a self selecting audience. What we want to do with the paper is to try and reach people who wouldn’t normally seek out our blog. Also, we’re a bit old school and we still love the look and feel of a rabble rousing political paper!

As we can only afford a modest print run to be distributed in a limited number of locations, we’re making the first edition of The Stirrer available as a downloadable PDF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ilrhyq3bujgrwy7/The_SOUTH_ESSEX_STIRRER_No1.pdf?dl=0

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.