CCR in London
On November 16, 2013, the Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers (now called The Fed), hosted their annualWriting Festival in London, England. Jess Pauszek co-led a workshop with London native, Lucy Parker, entitled "Archiving the Fed Histories. "This workshop was aimed toward thinking through the history of this network of community writing groups and how it should be archived in both digital and physical spaces. Participants were asked to discuss their own role within the Fed's history as well as how they would like to be represented in the future. Given how The Fed's archives are currently scattered across the country, the archiving of these important social histories from over a 35 year period is in a crucial moment.
At the conclusion of the festival, Jess was asked to serve as an executive member of the Fed committee for the next year, in hopes of continuing this work and gaining interest for other generations.
In addition to the Fed Festival, Jess also attended meetings at Pecket Learning Community, which began as a residential college in the UK for adults need help in literacy and math. This was a community-based organization, and has since developed to become a foundational part of the community since 1992 in West Yorkshire. Here, Jess was able to hear about the oral history project and archival work being done to sustain Pecket's legacy, as it closes in the next year.
Photo taken by Roger Drury, of Jess interviewing and recording one of the Fed's founding members, Sally Flood.
—story by Steve Parks