A look at the Outlet Magazine editorials and associated pieces give a good insight into some of the things that were happening during that period of development.
Outlet Editorial 1 November / December 1986
Dawn of Outlet (written by Mel McEvoy after discussion with the editorial group)
We write.What we write means something. OUTLET is a magazine where the different forms of writing: short stories,
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The magazine attempts to be a focus and information exchange for the many writers groups in the area. To give a true representation it needs to know when and where the different groups meet so as to develop a stronger expression for Cleveland.Information about writing courses, workshops, the occasions when writers meet to read will be available. The magazine plans to develop an interest in the different levels, stages and processes from personal experiences on the art of writing.
Outlet Editorial Team issue one - Trev Teasdel, Mel McEvoy, Viv Harland, Pauline Plummer,Terry Lawson,Vera Davies, Cath McKenna.
Outlet Editorial 2 Jan / Feb 1987
Oh Yes! (written by Viv Harland after discussion with the editorial team)
Some of you, however,thought we were only here for people from writing groups. Don't be fooled.We are here for everyone. So all you lone scribblers and closet novelists take note - we want your words!
And talking of words,we want to hear the not-so-kind words as well as the many good wishes you've been nice enough to send. To that end, Outlet is launching a letters column in issue 3 for all your honest opinions on what you've seen of us so far. What do you like about Outlet? What do you hate? We really want to know, because this is Your Outlet.So write those letters now.
On the subject of letters..what do you think of the idea of a Teesside Literary Festival? We think it's long overdue, and we intend, with your help,to get one started.Write to us and let us know what you think.
Also could you find Outlet? or did you have to borrow a copy?We left them in every Cleveland library, some bookshops, some information centres and other places besides. But if you can think of somewhere better, let us know.
Many thanks go to Northern Arts for winging a cash grant our way,and also to Community Arts Middlesbrough for generous loan of their facilities and for their support.
Outlet Editorial team for this issue were -Trev Teasdel, Viv Harland, Terry Lawson, Pauline Plummer Vera Davies, Richard Mullen.
Outlet Editorial 3 March / April 1987
One-two-three-go! That's us..raring to go with your third Outlet.Some said it
would never last this long. And true, it hasn't been as simple as one-two-three. But we are still here, in large thanks to Northern Arts keen and generous support. And you, we're delighted to say, are still writing,in fact more than ever. Long may the partnership continue!
Writers now finding an outlet with us now span the generations - from ages 12 to 85. And that's very heartening, because Outlet always said it aimed to reflect the true range of Cleveland's writing talent - young, old,male and female,black, white, yellow or green! So keep your writing coming.
We've had several signs of outside interest in our plans for a new additional Outlet just for young people's writing. If you have any thoughts on the subject, please contact us.
And to all our contributors from Hartlepool to Cowbar we say 'thanks for keeping Outlet growing and going strong. Hope to see you - and other talented scribes - in Edition four!"
Outlet Editorial team for issue four were - Trev Teasdel, Viv Harland, Terry Lawson, Pauline Plummer, Vera Davies, Mel McEvoy, Cath McKenna.
Outlet No 4 Editorial- August / September 1987
Dear Readers ( Written by Mel McEvoy in consultation with the editorial team).
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Arts had to negotiate about the grant and there has also been a lot of good material to sort through.
We have become more aware of the responsibility of giving people in Cleveland a voice that gives expression to what is happening. We want to hear people articulate in writing the truth of what goes on inside and outside themselves. In telling it as it is, the written word finds a justification and so do we who produce the magazine.
We want contributions to come from people in all walks of life and different cultural backgrounds.
The material from the ethnic communities such as Hindu, Urdu, Bengali, Polish, Cantonese and Creole could be published with an English translation by its side.
Issue 4 of outlet was edited by Trev Teasdel, Viv Harland, TerryLawson, Pauline Plummer, Mel McEvoy, Cath McKenna and Steve Gillgallon (who also did the word processing and desktop publishing for this issue)
Aims of Outlet - published in issue 4
Outlet is a non-profit making community magazine.It welcomes contributions from anyone in Cleveland. It asks the readers to share their opinions about our approach and the work sent in. It aims to reflect not only the best work but more importantly to encourage and enable people who are just beginning. In this sense,it aims at being a writers workshop, illustrating the different approaches and themes, offering constructive criticism and being the focus of information for related activities. Outlet is supported financially by Northern Arts and Cleveland County Libraries and Leisure.
Outlet No 5 Editorial October / November 1987
Beyond Face Value (Written by Mel McEvoy and Viv Harland - in consultation with the editors)
by Samantha Forbes for Outlet 5
A Russian poet wrote 'there's a face behind every face'...A person hiding on the inside who defies all categorisation or labelling. In self-expression the shapes of our individual faces are revealed to one another. Within the art of writing and describing our individual experiences we reveal the beauty and dignity of every person. We are trying in Outlet to offer an opportunity for both the beauty and tragedy of living in Cleveland to be shared with each other. We welcome contributions from everyone who wants to send in their work. A standard is essential. But if some feeling or emotion is described, even in an untutored way, as a true expression of an individual's life we will give it great and genuine consideration,and correspond with the contributor.
More and more people are wanting Outlet and some are finding it hard to obtain a copy because they are snapped up quickly in libraries and arts centres. One way to secure a copy is to send us a stamped addressed envelope.
Meanwhile the Outlet team wants to say a warm hello to its latest edition...Mel and Helen's new baby Laura Marie McEvoy, who arrived on Tuesday morning, looking for a copy of Outlet!.
Outlet editorial team for issue 5 were Viv Harland, Pauline Plummer, Terry Lawson, Trev Teasdel, Mel McEvoy,Vera Davies. Graphics by Samantha Forbes and Brian G. Word Processing and desktop publishing Steve Gillgallon. Cover photo by kind permission of The Hartlepool Mail.
Outlet Editorial No 6 December 1987 / January 1988
Freedom from the Cliché (by Mel McEvoy in consultation with the Editors)
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Personal expression is a fundamental need of every individual. It enables the person to make a statement about what is going on in their lives and the world around them. With every attempt we move from confusion into clarity and this movement is what is essentially needed in this age of mass and indifferent generalisations.Personal expression is intrinsically related to freedom. The magazine is wedded to the idea of free speech. Ideas coming together in the form of the word are vital in bringing both change and development.
The magazine knows that by encouraging individuals to communicate their ideas,feelings and experiences it contributes to the development of the society in a positive and creative way.
We wish to thank everyone who has helped in keeping the magazine going. Many new things are happening as a result of OUTLET,which will be shared with its readers in the forthcoming editions. Happy New Year.
Outlet Editorial Team for issue 6 were Trev Teasdel, Viv Harland, Pauline Plummer, Mel McEvoy, Terry Lawson. Graphics Samantha Forbes and Brian G. Wordprocessing / Desktop publishing Steve Gillgallon.
Outlet No 7
Editorial for Outlet issue 7 - February / March 1988
The editorial team for issue 7 saw changes to the core editorial team with the exit of Viv Harland (a journalist also with Hartlepool Mail). Viv's contributions to the development of Outlet as secretary, press officer, co-editor and her great enthusiasm for the project was truly valued.
Trev Teasdel, Terry Lawson, Mel McEvoy, Pauline Plummer, Peter Stockill.
Wordprocessing Steve Gillgallon, Angela Morgan Graphics Samantha Forbes.
Editorial Outlet Issue 8 - April - May 1988
Editorial team for issue 8 consisted of Trev Teasdel, Terry Lawson,Pauline Plummer, Jerry Slater, Mark Beevers. Graphics - John McGowan, Brian G, Samantha Forbes.
This issue saw another core member of the editorial team leave - Mel McEvoy. Mel was Irish / Liverpudlian, a fine young poet , a former monk who decided his mission lay outside of the monastery, a male nurse in Stockton. Mel expressed our aims in a philosophical way in his editorials and gave feedback to most of the contributors that was constructive but encouraging and again his contribution was sadly missed when he left.
There was nearly a year until the next Outlet owing to the loss of the Northern Arts part of the funding but meanwhile the team were busy with other aspects of the development -Trevor with his WEA classes and setting up writers groups, Terry and Trev with negotiating the first Write Around and more reflected in the next editorial.
Outlet Editorial issue No 9 March / April 1989 (by Trev Teasdel in consultation with the editors)
Note - Outlet hadn't been out for nearly a year owing to the cessation of Northern Arts Funding and from this point would come out as and when money could be raised - another 3 issues came out between 1989 and 1991but the work had continued in other ways as the editorial points out.)
BACK WITH A BOUNCE.
Outlet have been instrumental in initiating or helping new groups to get off the ground. Groups in Redcar, Guisborough, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough have sprung up and groups are threatening to arise in Eston, Loftus and Yarm. A Federation of Cleveland Writers groups fostering interaction, would be a logical development of this. Songwriting workshops and course and drama writing workshops are on the cards too. Anyone wishing to form a group in their area can approach us for help and advice.
Outlet now has a number of baby brothers and sister magazines emerged and emerging - Exile in Billingham and Top Copy in Hartlepool. There's another one in the pipeline from Derek Gregory in Middlesbrough (Tees Valley Writer). We hope you send them lots of contributions as you have to Outlet. You've absolutely no excuse - Write Now! A new tape magazine is a possibility too. Also don't forget the hundreds of small presses around the country providing outlets.
'Brothers and sisters are doing it for themselves'! these days. Producing their own booklets of poetry and prose. How-to-do-it packs will soon be available and layout workshops to develop skills are also on the cards. Community Arts Middlesbrough are developing a new print resource centre for community use. This will make so much more possible (How about one in East Cleveland?). Congratulations to Clive and Diane Rawson (CAM worker) on the birth of young Christopher, while writing this editorial.
A Celebration Of Cleveland Writing
Nice to see Teesside Polytech putting on an arts festival with writers workshops. Hope they were well supported. Outlet has it's own festival brewing shortly in May called WRITE AROUND - A Celebration of Cleveland Writing. The aim is to celebrate and stimulate creativity in the area. The festival includes workshops, performances, lectures, displays of children's writing and much more amounting to 20 events all around Cleveland. We hope you will give it your full support. The festival is for you! Don't forget the Write Around competition,get your entry form from the library.
Outlet Editorial team for this issue were - Trev Teasdel, Pauline Plummer, Terry Lawson, Andy Croft, Mark Beevers.
Typing Eileen Oliver and Pauline Plummer. Layouts John McGowan / Trev Teasdel, Columnists - Bob (David) Beagrie and Mark Beevers. Graphics John McGowan, Sylvester Leigh and Samantha Forbes.
Outlet Editorial issue No 10 Summer 1989 (written by Trev Teasdel)
This is the issue that appeared on the BBC 2 Open Space Programme - Breaking the Ice about Outlet and Write Around.
About the Fist! (The Fist of Cleveland Culture)
Editorial team for issue 10 were Trev Teasdel, Pauline Plummer,Terry Lawson, Andy Croft, Margaret Weir, Richard Briddon, Mark Beevers.
Outlet 11 Editorial April 1990 (Written by Trev Teasdel)
Outlet editorial team for issue 11 were - Trev Teasdel, Pauline Plummer, Terry Lawson, Margaret Weir, Richard Briddon, Andy Croft.
Outlet Editorial issue 12 March 1991 (Final issue) (Written by Trev Teasdel in consultation with the editorial team)
Outlet Editorial team for issue 12 were - Trev Teasdel, Pauline Plummer, Terry Lawson, Margaret Weir, Andy Croft, Richard Briddon.