Tuesday, 3 November 2015


‘The British Esperantist’ method in full:

1. Grab some interesting looking books or magazines from your collection. Don’t think too much about it.

2. Flick through and select a passage or illustration (or both) that catches your eye. Don’t think too much about it.

3. Scan the pages you have chosen in black and white mode. Don’t think too much about it.

4. Send the scans to thebritishesperantist@gmail.com. Forget about it.

We’ll do everything else.

Monday, 19 October 2015


THE BRITISH ESPERANTIST 7 is here! As you know, 7 is an auspicious number in many cultures, so who knows what good fortune may head your way by purchasing a copy. We can't guarantee wonderful things, of course, but it only costs a few quid so why not take a chance? This could be a turning point in your life and, if it isn't, at least you'll have learned a little about horses, shoes, glitterless eyes and where and when not to fly a kite.   

Monday, 29 June 2015


It's on, THE BRITISH ESPERANTIST 6. We're not going to run through a load of superlatives to try and convince you to buy this one, that's entirely up to you. A quick word of caution, though, we're printing fewer copies these days, so they tend to sell out much quicker. So, if you want one, get one soon, using these very handy buttons -- 

Thank you for your ongoing support, unless you're not really into what we're doing, in which case we don't owe you a damn thing, least of all our gratitude. Haters gonna hate. We've already shaken it off.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015


This was posted through my door yesterday. Through my door! I'm not sure what it all means, and some of it seems a little bit unsavoury, but it's good to know the unquiet and eccentric spirit of British literary polemic is still out there. 

If you did write this, by the way, do get in touch, we may have a job for you.

On an entirely unrelated note, enthusiasts may wish to know that THE BRITISH ESPERANTIST 6 is at the printers.  

Thursday, 19 March 2015


Our sworn mission is to bring you fascinating stuff, on a regular basis and at a competitive price. We have managed to do that twice this month, and we are very pleased with the results.

Firstly, we have the fifth issue of our flagship publication ‘The British Esperantist’. Within its pages you will find Lord Kitchener’s hand, twins in Felixstowe, and much, much more. 


Secondly, we have a TBE first, a wholly (well, 95%) original publication called ‘Pseudoscientist’. It’s a limited edition magazine, written by Paul Bareham and brilliantly illustrated by Joe Blakey which covers everything from ESP to Big Foot and all cosmic points betwixt and between. We all have questions, THIS is the answer*.



Thank you for your attention.

*   Answers not guaranteed.
** Double happiness not guaranteed.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015


It's January 27th and the new edition of The British Esperantist is now ready and available for purchase! It's been a LIVING NIGHTMARE making this edition happen, but we've done it. Not only did we have to find, filter, scan and argue about seemingly endless ephemera, we had to send the whole print run back because it came out spineless, just like a cold-blooded inveterbrate. 

You'll see there have been some changes to the format. There's no date on the cover, nor price, though the price remains the same (though the date has definitely changed). The first copy has already been sold:

Dr. Graham Williams bought it. Graham is a Lecturer in the History of English at the University of Sheffield. His speciality is Late Medieval and Early Modern English although he is also interested in manuscript studies, paleography, digital editing and corpora. He is currently writing a book about sincerity as a textual performance in the Very Olden Days.

He likes The British Esperantist because he finds it 'relaxing'.

Join Graham, buy a copy—it isn't much money at all for a small green pamphlet full of relaxation. AND WHAT'S MORE, the first 25 copies will all receive a free collectable cigarette/chewing gum/whatever it is card,* direct from the 1980s:

Thank you for buying it. And finally—look out!—The British Esperantist postbox has been blessed with some very strange things of late.

More soon.

* Typhoo Tea Bag cards, probably.

Saturday, 3 January 2015


2015 is here, and it's a new year that will be packed with British Esperantist activity. Stay tuned for news of TBE 4 and a brand new publication that will make The Encyclopedia Britannica look like Whizzer & Chips.