Do you remember The Word?

Glasgow’s radical alternative press in 1970.

University of Glasgow Library

Part of the Hay and Woolfson Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ephemera Collection, The Word is a left-wing magazine from the early seventies. Anti-establishment, in its first issue it promises to

“let you understand what is really going on”.

Printed around the time of the famous USC Work-In the magazine calls for “total social change” and denounces bureaucrats and property speculators. As well as printing articles and cartoons it gives listings for concerts, films and meetings in Glasgow.

The Word gives us an interesting insight into the left in Glasgow in the early seventies. It shows the kind of issues that it was focussed on and its take on current affairs, criticising the Glasgow press’ bias as ‘lies’. Housing and the welfare of Glaswegians is high on its list of priorities; it frequently attacks rising rents and substandard accommodation. Under the listings of events it even notes the rent tribunals,“see the…

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3 thoughts on “Do you remember The Word?

      • Alistair, The guy you need to contact is Iain Fraser who was one of the founders, though he now lives in Florence and I hear in poor health.. I dont have his email/phone but someone else is forwarding your query on to him… There were a few “alternative” papers at that time eg The Black Dwarf , and in Glasgow a few left groups eg the IMG, IS, SLL and maoists. Aye it was a pretty sectarian! I think the word was not so far left and modelled a bit on Private Eye and also as a local Guide magazine like The List ? Two other names come to mind,but no doubt iain will give you the full story. I know it didnt last very long.  Is there an archive ? Where did you come across it. ? I’d be interested to have alook. Out of nostalgia if no other reason!Bill From: Radical Independence Dumfries & Galloway To: Sent: Sunday, 5 October 2014, 10:28 Subject: [New comment] Do you remember The Word? #yiv1098510832 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1098510832 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1098510832 a.yiv1098510832primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1098510832 a.yiv1098510832primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1098510832 a.yiv1098510832primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1098510832 a.yiv1098510832primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1098510832 alistairliv commented: “That is fascinating Bill. What was the story behind The Word? What inspired it?” | |

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