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These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every (usually) two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1984; the latest issue is dated September 16th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 30th.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a readership of 4000. It was produced by an incredibly fluid collective, some of whom had never met each other. It printed practically everything it got sent ("except poetry and party political broadcasts, provided it isn't racist, sexist, militarist or otherwise supportive of oppression"). It aimed to provide a decent alternative coverage of local news and issues from a radical non-aligned position; to promote subversive and creative initiatives; to provide a forum for unorthodox views; to allow some sort of co-existence between a huge variety of interests. And in five years it had never sold a single copy.

In this issue (scan / txt): Can ten million women converge on Greenham in ten days? Will the City be Stopped? Why aren't the Mosque or the Pentecostal churches represented in the Evening Post's list of places of worship? If Veggie Dining is having to eat its way out of money troubles, why can't the miners go veggy? Whatever happened to Twentieth Century Arts, and does anyone around here speak Latin? Or (for the Anarchists amongst us) Greek? Why is a jumble sale having to raise money for the landlord of 92a London Road? How many centimetres wide should you type your copy for the Rag? What will the readers of the next issue of Reading's Only Newspaper do between the lines? What was that plant growing in the window of Acorn Bookshop? And is Keith Joseph really collecting brown paper bags?