Established in 2011 by Erica Roffe, The Bedford Clanger was originally a limited edition fanzine with the aim of reminding people how great their town is. With the help of illustrator and designer, Marisa Straccia, photographer, Shaun Armstrong and the lovely people at Newspaper Club we printed 1,000 copies of a little 8 page newspaper and started spreading the word.
From the beginning we’ve had great support from local businesses, Bedford Borough Council and BedfordBID as well as our readers, Facebook friends and twitter followers.
We’ve worked with some great contributors who have gone on to become our mates, and some mates who’ve gone on to become contributors.
We’ve set up an annual photography project called A Photo A Day and begun to sponsor other projects and events too.
In 2013, we experimented with a larger, quarterly publication and increased the circulation, but we felt we’d lost our core focus. In 2015 the Bedford Clanger re-launched as a monthly newspaper with the focus firmly on arts and culture.