Swift

I'm Leanne Warren creator of Swift. I live in Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom.

I've set up this page asking for support helping to fund the creation of the next edition of Swift. Swift is a politics & arts protest magazine, a collective of voices aimed at speaking out against what is happening in the country.  Many people are concerned that this populist Gov & Brexit will be devastating for the UK, and are worried when seeing a surge in right wing behaviour, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and intolerance. Worryingly there are many parallels between the UK in 2020 and the rise of fascism from throughout history.

I'm setting up this Go Fund Me page for anyone who wants to back the creation of the next issue, which will be made FREE electronically for anyone who wants to read it. The publication will also be available to purchase in print with any small profits used to pay writers, artists and poets in future editions. I'll also be setting up a dedicated website where the magazine can be downloaded. Any contributions will help pay for the editorial time and the creation of future issues. 

Here is the front cover of first edition of Swift. This edition touches upon:51463314_1601033418727434_r.jpeg
-Historian Dr Louise Raw Discusses the links between misogyny & fascism and a woman’s place in fighting Fascism-
-Death by no deal Brexit
-PPE & Corruption
-Comic: Solidarity by Edinburgh workers boycotting the Chilean fascist coup & the parallels with Brexit & Fascism – Written by Historian Paddy Doherty
-England’s nostalgic obsession with the world wars
-An experience of Covid 19 during lock-down
-The Climate Change emergency
-Some mental health coping strategies to handle the craziness of 2020
-EU Supergirl shares her story
-The obliteration of the arts in schools under the Tories
-Why we need to Abolish the House of Lords
-One man’s experiences of racism growing up in the UK
-Coverage of the Black Lives Matter Protests in London & Newcastle
-Ideas of how to peacefully protest
-Original photography, poetry and art

The aim is a good balance between images and articles, a beautiful celebration of all anti-fascist / pro-EU voices but also an informative, proactive read that brings hope.

In the second issue I'm hoping to cover:

-Propaganda & the power of the British press
-Parallels between Orwell’s 1984 and populist gas-lighting in 2020
-The Cambridge Analytica scandal, big data & the continued threat to our democracy
-From Russia with Love – Foreign interference in our democracy
-Looking the other way – a personal perspective from Nazi Germany & why the UK should take notice
-The Forgotten Times – A recap of troubling Tory stories you might have missed since the appointment of Boris Johnson as PM
-The Tufton Street agenda – who, what, why?
-3.5% – what does it mean and how can you get involved?
-How to prepare if you’re taking part in peaceful civil disobedience.

WHAT IS THE FUNDING FOR?

Funding will help pay for future editions: the time taken to edit & pull the magazine together & ideally in future editions we would love to offer support to academics, activists, writers & artists to help pay for their contributions, as well as commissioning special pieces. 

CAN I CONTRIBUTE TO SWIFT?

Yes! We welcome submissions of your art, photography, poetry, cartoons, short stories, opinion pieces, academic papers & research etc. they are all considered for inclusion.

If you want to help please get in touch, there will always be writing or art projects we need help with. If you have a petition or organised protest then feel free to drop me a line with details for coverage.

Please feel free to contact Leanne Warren at [email redacted] if you would like to discuss further or submit something for consideration.

Although Swift will not contain paid advertisements, published contributors are welcome to promote their work & social media.

THANKS

I'd like to thank each and every one of the contributors for using their voices, and for volunteering their time and for everyone who chipped in any help. It's been so incredibly rewarding working with so many like minded individuals. Thanks to artist Lauren Caldwell for her enthusiastic and passionate help, historian Louise Raw for taking time out of her incredibly busy schedule to contribute, and very importantly the moral & practical support offered by historian Paddy Doherty and composer Richard Norris, without whom this publication would not exist. Thank you :)

Also a huge thanks to the 40 supporters who generously pledged support to the original Crowdfunder (which disappointingly was unsuccessful as it was an all or nothing target) but your support was a great moral booster and kept the project going. You know who you are and your support means the world. Thank you and I just hope after seeing the free electronic version that you'll get behind the project for a second time and back the creation of future issues :)
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