Arts Edition of Newspaper Launched in Leigh

November 1, 2016 by Joanna Harrison

Our resident Leigh-on-Sea blogger Ray Morgan keeps herself very busy. She has a demanding day job in marketing, writes our lifestyle blog, performs poetry and is also one half of Sundown Arts with local entrepreneur and writer Jo Overfield.

Sundown Arts, in its 13th year, is an arts-based organisation that hosts events, giving a platform to both emerging and established musicians, poets, comedians, DJs and storytellers.

Ray was delighted to be asked to be guest editor (with her "Sundown" hat on) of local independent publication Trawler for their special arts edition this November. "Trawler is always something that's caught my eye," Ray says of the newspaper. "You can tell it's designed by creative people because it has a really classy, graphic-design feel."

Indeed, Trawler is the brainchild of what was the Made in Leigh collective, a group of local freelancers (many of them designers) who decided that freelance work was often isolating, and therefore a regular meet-up would be beneficial. They soon wanted to tell their own stories to each other, and a publication seemed the best idea to push those stories out further to the masses.

"What I love about Trawler," Ray Morgan says, "is that it gives a platform to lots of local people who have different stories to tell. That's a huge part of the Sundown Arts ethos."

The new, arts-themed edition of Trawler is going to be launched on Friday 11 November at a very special event that will be a collaboration between Made in Leigh founders, Trawler, and Sundown Arts themselves. The event will showcase local artists and help fund this amazing independent newspaper while having great fun at the same time. With live music and spoken word from artists featured in the brand new issue, and an after-party with the cream of local alternative DJs until late, it's sure to be the event of the season in our vibrant town of Leigh-on-Sea.

Tickets are available at and you really don't want to miss out on this!

Trawler launch party

Friday 11 November

Leigh Community Centre



Live music from MG Boulter and Cusack!

Spoken word from Cherry Scott, Simon Blackman, Gill West and more

Exclusive performance from local actor Ryan Philpott

DJs from Ship Full of Bombs radio station and Polyvinyl Craftsmen