Mudlarking Community Newspaper
The Mudlarking Community Newspaper grew out of a project with artist-collective Paam (Helen Clifford, Gail Howard and Clare Charles) who were commissioned by We Create as artists-in-residence in St Peter’s and St Paul’s to work with residents on a series of projects and events involving DIY and creativity in January 2020.
Until the restrictions of lockdown in March 2020, Paam had run two community events: a resident-led walk that introduced the artists to local legends and personal histories, and Paam's Leap Day Social at Gas Green Community Centre. Paam adjusted their project to take account of Covid-19 and invited people living, working and studying in St Peter's and St Paul's to send them articles and stories for the first editions of the Mudlarking community newspaper, to bring to light the incredible variety of interests, creativity and local history to be found in the area.
As we said farewell to the marvellous Paam in Spring 2021, we received news that our funding bid to the National Lottery Community Fund to continue the newspaper had been successful. Paam created 3 beautiful editions of Mudlarking, and this successful bid meant that We Create could now begin producing the paper under our own steam. We are joined by a locally-based guest editor for each edition who focuses on a particular creative activity, and we work with local illustrators to keep up the artistic splendour that the newspaper is known for.
We are always looking for articles and stories, games, photographs, illustrations, songs, poems, knitting patterns, recipes, etc. for future editions, so please get in touch if you'd like to have a go! We would particularly like to hear from people who live and work in St Peter's and St Paul's, or who have a connection to the area, to get involved in putting the newspaper together with us. You don't need any previous experience of doing this, as we are all learning together, just a little time available.
Printed newspapers can be picked up from St Paul's Fish Bar, and Big Local FareShare sessions at Gas Green Community Centre and the Big Local Stadium, and at Friends of Elmfield events. Or we can arrange delivery by emailing email@example.com (previous editions may also be available).