A Note From the Editor

A Quick Note

Thank you so much for clicking through to the first ever issue of Riot Act.

The idea to set up a humour writing magazine occurred to me as I was lying in my bed in the middle of the day, freshly unemployed, sick with anxiety – I’ve had a phobia of illness for years, and for some reason this year it kept repeating on me out of nowhere like bile in the back of my throat.

I wasn’t in a funny mood, but I believe that comedy is a wonderful tool for grief and stress – not to avoid them, but to face and feel them more easily. Things that are hard to process will always be hard to process, but if you can make a joke about it, it removes the fear of the unknown. If you make other people laugh, you’ve invited them into your little grief bubble, too, and suddenly it’s not a grief bubble, anymore. It’s just people laughing about something they’ve shared together. I decided to make a little website, such is the extent of my publishing knowledge.

I never expected to have so many wonderful submissions from writers and comedians all over the world. All the contributors have been wonderful to work with, and have genuinely made me laugh and smile. I’m sure they will do the same for you.

They deserve so much more than their name on this glorified blog, so if you love someone’s work please make sure you follow them on social media, and let them know (or, if you can’t find them, let us know and I’ll pass the message on!).

Thank you again to everyone who submitted, and to you, for reading.

Enjoy it – seriously.

Kathleen x