VOICES 2 isues 7 - 13 1975 - 1977
Ken Clay (editor)
Paperback 6" x 9"
issue 7 in 1975 Voices settled down to its A5 format and, perhaps
intoxicated in that bright dawn like those French revolutionaries
who reset the calendar to year 1, decided that issue 7 should be
renamed issue 1. This continued for the next eight issues until
issue 8 (new style) got labelled 15.
was guardedly optimistic in his editorial to issue 8
"Voices" continues to progress,
though its movement cannot be described as meteoric. We would
welcome inquiries from bookshops, libraries, students' societies, as
well as from trade unions, political organisations, co-operative
societies, and individuals. Our chief advertisers are our dedicated
readers. A growing number of Labour M.P.s have recently shown
interest in "Voices". We see no urgent need to shake our begging
bowl before readers' eyes. Our need is always there, and the
response is so far modestly ample. We would give three resounding
cheers for a leap forward in circulation.
“A London group was formed recently
at a meeting held at Marx House to help "Voices" in various ways.
People in Greater London area interested might contact Ian E. Reed.”
In an editorial to issue 9 the
magazine’s place and purpose was defined:
"Voices" we believe has a function to play among the
literary journals. It is not a vehicle for established writers. It
is a means of dialogue between writer, of working class origin
and/or of socialist tendency and the workers and socialists to whom
they address themselves.
The begging bowl did come out in issue 12. Not bankruptcy
though – just dizzy with success:
“The reason for this call for help was not because of
decline and crisis, quite the contrary. Circulation is continually
increasing. The men and women who write for us are a continually
growing number. But we wish to expand. our circulation. still more.
We need to make approaches to the Labour movement, to student
societies, to bookshops; we generally need, more advertisement, And
in a period of rising costs we want to maintain our price level.
Hence our call for £250 to see us through the next 2 issues, or
better still £350, which would enable us to complete our budget
promotion to the end of 1977.
They got it too, most of it, and a subsidy from North West
Arts. Rick Gwilt became joint editor by issue 13. Voices best years
were just round the corner.
The complete reprint of Voices will appear in 5 volumes