It’s now over three months since the last issue of Psychic News rolled off the presses. For the former editorial team there have been some tough times, and we have so much appreciated your messages of encouragement. The one thing we never doubted was that we would eventually return to our regular readers, and hopefully reach many new ones, with a truly independent voice for spirit. We cannot call it Psychic News, but we can certainly continue the spirit and passion of the paper our pioneers set up, hence our new title, Spirit of PN.
Spirit of PN is brought to you by former PN editor Sue Farrow, assistant editor Paul Brett and techno-wizard Magnus Smith. A new and very welcome addition to the team is Geoff Griffiths, who is working incredibly hard to promote and publicise our new venture. We’ll be featuring a fabulous team of writers, including our new ‘mystery’ roving reporter – a well-known writer on Spiritualist and psychical topics, whose identity will be revealed in our next issue! Roy Stemman, Geoff Griffiths, Lis and Jim Warwood, Graham Jennings, Feargus O’Connor, Angela Redditch and a number of others will all contribute to Spirit of PN, as will our own Kay Hunter. We’ll aim to bring you up-to-the-minute news coverage along with thought-provoking articles and interviews, plus your own views and comments. Once we’re up and running we’ll introduce a diary column, so be sure to let us know about any exciting or unusual events taking place in your area.
In this first issue you’ll find a wide variety of articles, including an exclusive interview with physical medium Stewart Alexander on the publication of his long-awaited book, An Extraordinary Journey – the Memoirs of a Physical Medium. See what Geoff Griffiths has to say about how the Samaritans lent a hand to a dead grandfather, and read Lis Warwood’s ideas on what churches and centres can do when there is a shortage of good quality mediumship. You’ll also find my personal tribute to that tireless worker for spirit, Tom Harrison, who moved on to the next life on October 23.
For the time being Spirit of PN will be available exclusively online, and we apologise to readers who prefer to hold a printed copy in their hands. Please bear with us for a little while, and as things grow and develop, we’ll hope to bring you a monthly hard-copy version as well. If you know any former PN readers who don’t have access to the internet, please tell them they are very much in our minds and we will contact them as soon as we have some concrete information about the launch of a printed SPN. In the meantime, why not print off a copy to show them?
Finally, many of you have kindly asked what you can do to help us get going again. Well, there are three main things:
First – spread the word that SPN has been launched and e-mail the link to anyone and everyone you know who is interested in spiritual matters. We’ll be covering a huge range of topics – Spiritualism and spirituality, all types of mediumship, healing, philosophical and ethical issues, psychical research, holistic approaches and much more.
Second – don’t hold back! Communicate with us whenever there’s something you want to say. Send us your news and views, and take advantage of our Comments facility to let us and other readers know what you’re thinking.
Third – we’ll soon be in a position to take a small number of adverts at very reasonable rates. If you’d like to discuss this, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll contact you to talk about your requirements.
Finally, we cannot make a success of this new venture without your help. Tell us what you think, let us know what you want (and just as importantly, don’t want) to read.
We see this as a spirit-sent opportunity for a brand new start. Please give Spirit of PN your enthusiastic support and help us to make it an open, vibrant and absolutely independent voice for the spirit.
Sue, Paul and the Spirit of PN team