Lumpen Project newsletter Jan 2020

What We’re Up To

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.

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, if you want a Chav Solidarity reading/event in your neck of the woods drop us a line at, and if you wanna chat about workshops either of those emails will do.

All the best

The Lumpen Collective

Book Launch. Justice and Race: campaigns against racism and abuse in Aotearoa New Zealand by Oliver Sutherland

Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

Dedicated to the memory of John Hippolite

Nelson launch

Trafalgar Street Hall (aka Old Folks’ Hall, opposite Trailways Hotel). Wednesday 26 February, 2020, 5:30pm for 6:00pm Speaker: Rahui Katene

Auckland celebration

Auckland Central City Library, Whare, second floor. Thursday 5 March, 2020, 5:00pm for 5:30pm Speaker: Will ‘Ilolahia

RSVP for catering, specifying Nelson or Auckland, by 21 February 2020 to duvedal39 Books will be available for sale for $30 (VISA/Mastercard/internet banking/cash – no eftpos).



cw tynef ree 2cw tyne +w cw newsaTyne & Wear Free News began May 1985 and at times was published monthly before changing name in 1988 to the news sheet of Tyneside Class War, then becoming just named Tyneside Class War. The paper was an A3 broad news sheet and was available at bookshops such as Days Of Hope. It was also fly posted regularly and also given out during street sales of Class War.

We have numbers.. 1 , 2 , 3, 5, 8 , 9, 11, and the un-numbered ‘Seafarers fight’ issue pictured above. We would love any missing numbers for the archive. If you can help please get in touch. Thank you.

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“Are we all to be ‘gender-critical feminists’ now, Father?”: On silencing and the article Graham Linehan doesn’t want you to read

Cautiously Pessimistic

Graham Linehan, the once-beloved writer of Father Ted and that other one that wasn’t as good as Father Ted but still had its moments, has recently been going about the place complaining about being “silenced” while also using legal threats to silence a piece of writing critical of him. Of course, there’s nothing really new here – it’s been years now since Sara Ahmed first observed that

“These views then get expressed again as if they are being stifled.  They get repeated by being presented as prohibited.

Whenever people keep being given a platform to say they have no platform, or whenever people speak endlessly about being silenced, you not only have a performative contradiction; you are witnessing a mechanism of power… The narrative of “being silenced” has become a mechanism for enabling and distributing some forms of expression.

Similarly, if I had a penny for every time someone proclaiming themselves to be in favour of free speech and against silencing debate used threats of legal action to shut their critics up, then maybe I’d have enough money to start hiring lawyers and trying to shut up everyone I disliked too.

I’m still very sympathetic to the principle that, when someone starts throwing legal threats around to silence criticisms, you should spread and reproduce that criticism as widely as possible, so people can read it and make up their own mind. In that spirit, the offending article is reproduced below, not as a full endorsement of the contents but just to give people the chance to decide what they think of it. If you want to know Linehan’s side of the story, that’s easy enough to find out; similarly, if Linehan can point out exactly which precise claims in the article are provably untrue, I’ll be happy to alter them.

If you’re concerned about the problem of people being “silenced” and prevented from exercising free speech, I would suggest that one good place to start might be by donating to support this blacklisted brewery worker here. And if, like me, you’re a massive fan of Father Ted and quite enjoyed that other one sometimes, and are feeling let down that such a gifted comedic great has descended into acting like a bit of a dick, then at least we can all take comfort in the fact that the guy who wrote the Office has always behaved in an admirably dignified and respectable manner, right?

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IBRG Archive at the WCML; N.E.Lancs IBRG and Irish Women in Britain.

lipstick socialist

IBRG was an organisation that reflected the history of the Irish in this country but one that was not frightened off linking up the present with the past – unlike many other Irish organisations in the era of 1981-2003. Branches  sprang up in areas that had a long and respectable history of Irish radicalism,  including North East Lancashire which covered areas including Accrington, Blackburn and Darwen.

One of the founders Michael Kneafsey explained why they decided to set up a branch; “A number of us living in Lancashire at that time were feeling very frustrated that there was no real outlet in the Irish community to debate those crucial issues. When the Irish Post newspaper began reporting the formation of the IBRG and its founding principles  we were very interested indeed. Also the fact that young people from the second and third generation were in leadership roles was inspiring. The…

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‘Reclaiming Pride’ Presentation and discussion, Bournemouth 5th March 2020


Popular talk from 2019 Bookfair presented by Paul Haw at The Four Horsemen Pub 77-79 Commercial Rd Bournemouth Dorset BH2 5RT. Suggested donation £4 on the door. 7 for 7:30 p.m. 5th March 2020. Discussion afterwards. facebook event

Paul is a volunteer youth worker, campaigner on LGBTQ+ and disability issues, and Branch Secretary of Dorset IWW.

Pdf version A3