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Full Programme for Zine Culture event on 13th Oct

Please see below details of the next Cultural Engine Research Group, Club Critical Theory event.

Club Critical Theory presents: Southend-on-Zine: Free launch event for new archival book on Fanzine culture, plus special guest speakers, DJs, bar

Thu, 13 October 2022 19:00 – 22:00 BST


SS1 2EH – Twenty One Unit 21, Pier Approach Western Esplanade SS1 2EH

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Free register required https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southend-on-zine-launch-event-for-new-archival-book-on-fanzine-culture-tickets-413989823707

Full Programme

Club Critical Theory Presents: Southend-on-Zine

We start at 7pm. Join us for a drink and DJ sets from Al Johnson (Ship Full Of Bombs Radio, Middle Aged Spread, Alien Music) and Andrew Branch inspired by 50 years of fanzine cultures in Southend.

Introduction to CERG’s Club Critical Theory: Tony Sampson

Please join us for the main event centred around an open discussion on fanzine cultures and the publication of a new archive and reflection on zine cultures in Southend.

Confirmed special guests

Graham Burnett, the author/archiver of the new book, Southend-on-Zine, moved to Southend on Sea when he was eight years old in 1969, and has lived here ever since. He started his own fanzine New Crimes with a couple of friends in early 1980. Inspired by punk’s anarchistic ‘Do It Yourself’ attitude and has been self-publishing ever since.

Syd Moore, a bestselling novelist and activist. Her novels are mystery thrillers inspired by myths from the English county of Essex. Syd was the founding editor of Level 4, an arts and culture magazine, and co-creator of Superstrumps, the game that reclaims female stereotypes and the founder of The Essex Girls Liberation Front. https://sydmoore.com/

Tim Burrows (chair), a journalist and author. Through the years he has written for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, New Statesman, Vice, the Telegraph Magazine, Dazed & Confused, the Quietus and Somesuch Stories. A recurring subject in his work is society, politics and Essex. He is from Southend. https://www.theguardian.com/profile/tim-burrows

Lu Williams , an artist producing sculpture, print, zines, drawing, writing, video, events and workshops through research, community engagement, collecting and collaboration. They make work through the lens of queerness, neurodivergence and working classness. https://luwilliams.com/

Russ Bestley, editor of journal Punk & Post-Punk, published by Intellect Books. Hitsville UK: Punk in the Faraway Towns. Graphic Subcultures Research Hub convened by Russ Bestley, based at LCC. https://researchers.arts.ac.uk/78-russ-bestley

After the discussion, we will return to DJ sets – event closes at 10pm.

The event is hosted by the Cultural Engine Research Group (Tony Sampson, Andrew Branch and Giles Tofield) and supported by the University of East London.

Free register required https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southend-on-zine-launch-event-for-new-archival-book-on-fanzine-culture-tickets-413989823707

Oh I do like to be Beside the Seaside

Hope to see local people and other non-locals for a few drinks, guest talks and discussion at the Next Club Critical Theory free public event – this Fri 17th Nov upstairs at the Railway Hotel. 8pm start.



Club Critical Theory Present

Seaside Cultures

Fri 17th November 2017 8pm start

Upstairs at the Railway Hotel

In light of comedian Paul O’Grady’s widely publicised remarks about Southend, CCT invites you to discuss seaside cultures. Is the seaside an irrelevant Victorian concept in decline or does it still hold value? Are swanky galleries, expensive coffee bars and property development part of its appeal or can we actively shape an alternative culture in Southend?


Guest Speakers

Dr Daniel Burdsey (University of Brighton) investigates race, whiteness and the English seaside. In 2016 he published his second book, Race, Place and the Seaside: Postcards from the Edge (Palgrave Macmillan). Dan is interested in social and cultural aspects of the contemporary English seaside including migration and ‘new’ spaces of multiculture.

Dr Tim Gale (Bournemouth University) has published work that explores the decline and restructuring of British seaside resorts, new tourism spaces, places and experiences. These interests are underpinned by ideas associated with the ‘new mobilities paradigm’ and critical realism as a philosophy of/ for the social sciences.
Panel discussion

Joanne O’Connor (Journalist and Travel Writer) is a former Observer travel editor and now freelances for the Guardian, Observer and FT. She has an interest in the arts, travel and regeneration. Born in Essex, and a regular visitor to Southend as a child, Joanne has recently returned to live in Essex.

Tim Burrows (Journalist and Author) writes about culture and place for publications including the Guardian, Vice and the Quietus. Recurring subjects in his work are Essex, the Thames Estuary and Essex myths, from Towie, Dr Feelgood and the “armpit of the world”. Tim lives in Essex.

Simon Fowler image reproduced with kind permission.

Club Critical Theory are Giles Tofield (Culture Engine), Andrew Branch (UEL) & Tony Sampson (UEL)

First Club Critical Theory night confirmed for 17th April


Anyone living in or near Southend-on-Sea in Essex UK might be interested in our first Club Critical Theory night – confirmed for Thurs evening 17th April. We will be upstairs in Southend’s wonderful music venue, The Railway Hotel, near to Southend Central railway station. Our plan is to build a critical space in the centre of this much maligned, neglected, but supposedly revitalised town. It was recently described as the New Brighton in the national press.

Giles Tofield (The Cultural Engine), Andrew Branch and Tony Sampson (UEL) will be discussing the application of Bourdieu and Deleuze to the politics of regeneration in Southend.

More details about the Club Critical Theory night and the blog, Facebook and Twitter presence to follow. But put this date in your diary now…