What is the Spanner?
A single page, quarterly broadsheet on quality paper, in the spirit and style of the Broadsides printed from the coffee and punch houses of Georgian Soho. Unhindered by Oligarchs, Moguls and inconvenient advertisers, the writers meet to discuss the 'Outrages' of the day at Blacks Club on Dean Street. Articles are produced, discussed and illustrated for insertion to The Spanner. Like the cartoons of Hogarth, it aims to be a Spanner in the works of the mainstream. A prick for our everyday assumptions. The Spanner is a 'not for profit' company and has no political affiliations.
OUR EDITORIAL PROMISE: WE WILL UPSET YOU BUT WE WILL NOT BORE YOU.
Who writes for it?
There are six previous issues, all loosely themed: Class, Collapse, Lies, Leisure, the New, Respect. Recent squibs include:
JOHN BERGER on France as a time bomb
OWEN JONES and DAVID GOODHART on fear of the plebs
MICHAEL FRAYN on the perfect strike
SLAVOJ ZIZEK on how to undo capitalism,
NICK LEZARD on how to get paid for what you write
ROBERT SKIDELSKY on the importance of free time
D.B.C. PIERRE on how fiction survives the parallel universe
Other esteemed Spannerian scribes and artists include Terry Eagleton, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Alexander Cockburn, Bill Knott, Andrew Simms, Gustave Doré, Richard Hamilton, James Harkin, Elfriede Jelinek, Lynne Segal, Alice Waugh, Anna Baddeley, William Hogarth, Alex Preston, Lucretia Stewart
Until now only members of Blacks Club in the heart of Soho have had access to this feast. Now we are using the excellent 18th century subscription model offered by Unbound to extend the pleasure to all-comers. An annual e-subscription to The Spanner costs just £10 per annum buys you four digital issues; £20 gets you that plus four handsome broadsheets posted to your home. Higher levels of patronage offer access to back issues and the opportunity to attend a quarterly event at Blacks. www.thespanner.net
All supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. All levels include immediate access to the author's shed.