I don’t even remember the last time we wrote to you, I think it was November, anyway this will be the last Chav Solidarity newsletter from now on it’ll be called something different, might be called Lumpen Project, might be something else we’re having chats, trying to find something that works better.
So, what has been happening.
1) On the Chav Solidarity front, the book tour is pretty much over. Over 60 events in 50 towns and cities over the course of 12 months was enough. I did a couple in Norfolk in January to wrap it up. Whilst I’m still up for doing some I won’t be making much of an effort to sort it out. Some bookfairs here and there, but my energy is going to be getting the next book “Tracksuits, Trauma and Class Traitors” ready for September. “Chav Solidarity” is currently being translated into Italian ready for the Spring, Spanish for later in the year, and in the last week there’s been conversations about French and Arabic translations. Which is all fucking weird, but pretty exciting.
2) As you can see by the image at the top “Lumpen: A journal for poor and working class writing” has it’s 2nd issue out, been out for 3 days now. It’s pretty great. Funny, angry, unapologetic, circumspect, irritable, thoughtful, all the things you want in a journal, except for the references and pointless waffle. We sold out of issue 1, and are having to do another print run. But as we keep telling people, we need you to keep pushing this, you are our many marketing tools, if you like the journal, if you want the journal to continue, you gotta tell your friends, family, neighbours, strangers and colleagues all about it. Flood social media with pictures of you reading it with a bottle of White lightning between ya legs. Do what needs to be done. Thanks.
3) The Class workshops have been banging on. We’ve started the year with 2 day workshops in Brighton and Sheffield, in March we’ll be in Birmingham you can get your tickets and find out more here. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/d-hunter-20072706218
There’s going to be another in Leeds on the 18th and 19th of April so keep a look out for that. In the works are workshops in Oxford, London, Manchester and Amsterdam.
We know there’s some criticism of the workshop, mainly but not solely from class reductionist white men who believe that class is purely about the means of production and nothing else, we read those criticisms, smile, wave and move on. Class is embodied, it is reproduced, it’s an emotional and psychological experience, it’s plays out in our communities, with our social circles, our organisations and it’s gendered and racialised, as well as intersecting with a whole host of other oppressive structures. These workshops aim to delve into the dirty painful grey areas, the bits we’re not sure about it, the bits that cause is pain. And yeah we do talk about redistribution of wealth within our pockets of resistance and anti-capitalist communities, shoot us if ya dare.
4) That’s really all for now. It is as ever a pleasure being in contact with ya, and if you want to write for the journal then drop us a line at email@example.com, if you want a Chav Solidarity reading/event in your neck of the woods drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you wanna chat about workshops either of those emails will do.
All the best
The Lumpen Collective