Episode 034

Distribution & Evolutionary Markets









On October 28, 2019, Owen Kelly and Sophie Hope attended a seminar in Newcastle in which every participant had to bring a memento from their community art practice. Sophie brought a copy of What a Way to Run a Railroad, a book published by Comedia in 1985.

This sparked a lengthy discussion which resulted in us talking to Russell Southwood, one of the authors of the book. In this episode we look at how the book came to get written, and what effects it had.

Russell explains about some of his earlier activities working cooperatively on a range of alternative publications, and setting up PDC, the publication distribution cooperative for small magazines. He describes how this led to he, Charles Landry and Dave Morley establishing Comedia, and to the three of them writing (with Patrick Wright) What a Way to Run a Railroad.