RED RAG (cover illustration)

Back Issues

Established 1979
Free! Fortnightly! Fun!

These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1981; the latest issue is dated October 25 (pdf / txt); the next one is due out on November 8th.

It says inside the back cover that...

this is Red Rag, Reading's only newspaper. It is produced fortnightly by and for people in Reading and is delivered, free, to the homes of people who ask for it. It aims to keep people in touch, with an events diary which spans the activities of groups as diverse as organic gardeners and anarchists; anti-nuclear activists and civic planners; wild-eyed liberals and woolly communists. It also has details of things to do in and around Reading and Bracknell, including the fringe events which are ignored by the media. Increasingly, we are also reporting the news that matters locally - something which we think the local press can't do. Reflecting the fact that the Rag is produced by a diverse bunch of people, its 'line' is varied, contradictory, extremist, sometimes funny, often illegible, but always inflammatory; in our 2½ years of existence we have managed to offend a surprisingly large number of people - well beyond our circulation of under 600.

In this issue (pdf / txt): the local anti-nuke campaign gets cold feet when it turns out that the ladies camping at Greenham have decided to stay there all winter; we find out what happened at the women's financial independence meeting; community policing comes to Reading but Alan Reeve is still missing; and does civil disobedience go far enough?