13 January 2014

Rabble on the streets of London

Unkie Dave catching up on the latest goings-on back home.
Byng Place, London, 13th January, 2014
Good news everyone - Issue #7 of everyone's favourite underground mag Rabble is on the streets now. Well, technically it has been on the streets for a few weeks now, but quite specific streets, mainly in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland. For those of us a bit further afield it has taken slightly longer to reach us, but now that it's here we are delighted to catch up on all the sordid skulduggery that no other magazine is willing to look at.

In this issue (amongst other things) there's a harrowing interview with Martina Keogh, a survivor of the Magdalene Laundries, an exploration of the institutional indignity of Direct Provision, a wry look at Dublin's supposed property revival, an exploration of the campaign for equality for members of the Travelling Community expressed through the development of a bike co-op, and a Q&A with Donnacha Ó Briain on his follow-up to his excellent documentary Chavez: Inside The Coup that focuses on Irish resistance to Austerity (Warning: I have been reliably informed that this film, Peripheral Vision, may contain gratuitous scenes of Unkie Dave in mid-pontificate. Caveat Emptor), and the usual assortment of pieces and polemics about random aspects of Irish culture, good, bad and indefensible.

Rabble is great. On the back of a very successful Fund:IT campaign last year it has been able to ensure the publication of four issues this year, but only from a printing perspective. It relies on the dedication and hard work of a huge number of writers and illustrators, all based around a core team of editorial volunteers. No-one gets paid for any of the work they do, and after seeing the production process up close for two issues last year I am in awe of the folks behind it.

Being in London and San Francisco during the production of this issue, I was unable to do anything for the team. Nothing. Squat. A big fat zero. I hope to rectify this for the next one, and if you are a fan of the magazine, then I urge you to help out as well in whatever way you can, even it is just ensuring a few copies end up in your part of town.

And if you haven't had a chance to read it yet, then head on out and get yourself a copy, you can ask the folks at @wearerabble where your nearest stockist is if you're not sure.

It's closer than you think.

Unless you're in London, when it's pretty much exactly as far away as you think.

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