Hello and welcome to our just-in-time May update for Norwich Radical Steady supporters! Thanks so much as always for your support this month.
We’ve been in a mostly musical mood this May - in the past week or so we’ve published two articles about some very different local musical happenings. Rowan Gavin has been in conversation (Opens in a new window) with Professor John Street, UEA academic and principal investigator in the project Our Subversive Voice: The History and Politics of the English Protest Song. Examining protest songs written in and about England over the past 400ish years, the project raises some fascinating questions about how protest music works and what it is to be English. Meanwhile, back in the present, Kasper Hassett reviewed The Lovely Eggs’ recent Norwich show - a lively, exciting and absurdist performance, crystallised in a fine review (Opens in a new window)!
On a rather different note, on the day you receive this post we have just published a necessary article (Opens in a new window) by Sunetra Senior interrogating the misogyny in the media response to Johnny Depp’s lawsuit of Amber Heard. You may notice that it’s a fair bit longer than our standard articles. We’re allowing ourselves to occasionally move into the ‘long read’ space, and would love to hear any thoughts you have on that change.
This month, your contributions helped us pay for one of the major expenses of our year: our web domain renewal. On a more exciting note, we will soon be using some more of those funds to make an order for some physical promotional material, as we look towards returning to in-person outreach events over the summer. As a primarily online and long-distance publication, the pandemic hasn’t been as impactful on us as it has on many other organisations, but all the same it will be good to get back out into the Norwich community again. To facilitate that, we’re looking into new designs for business cards, flyers, stickers - there may even be some puns in the offing. You’ve been warned!
Thanks again for your support, and as always feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback or just want to get more involved in what we do. Stay Radical!
- The Norwich Radical Editorial Team
Rowan Gavin in conversation with Professor John Street, UEA academic and principal investigator in the project Our Subversive Voice: The History and Politics of the English Protest Song. (Opens in a new window)