Information about the various TARS publications

TARS produces a range of quality publications which are only available to members. They are considered to be an important benefit of membership and, as such, TARS continually strives to improve, develop and enhance them. They are the primary method of communicating news, views and items of interest to the membership of the Society and are not distributed or sold to non-members by the Society.

Articles vary in length and can range from a news item of 50 words to a longer, more literary, article of up to 3000 words depending on the publication. Features cover all aspects of Ransome’s life, his works and the people and places which influenced and inspired him and his writing. There are also reports of TARS events, news items of interest to members, together with features on TARS members (groups or individuals), letters, notes and queries, quizzes or competitions, and the like.

Each publication relies for its production on volunteers from within the Society. The vast majority of articles, ideas, news items and photographs all come from submissions by TARS members. If you would like to write for one of the publications, or get involved with the backroom editorial team, please email tarsinfo@arthur-ransome.org.uk.

Mixed Moss
Appearing each year, the Society’s flagship Literary Journal contains longer articles about Arthur Ransome’s life and books, and the people, boats and places who inspired and informed his work. Articles range in length from 300 – 3,000 words.
A magazine containing news items and short articles of interest to members, together with UK regional pages, carrying reports on past events and advertising future ones, and a summary from overseas. It is sent to members in April, August and December. A report on the just-past Annual General Meeting, Ship’s Log, appears in the August edition of Signals and the programme and booking form for the following year’s AGM are in the December Signals.

The Outlaw
Magazine for Junior and family members of TARS. It is sent out in April, August and December.


Other Society publications include:

  • Literary Transactions – transcripts of discussions at the Society’s Literary Weekends, some back copies of which are available to members from the TARS Stall.
  • Overseas Newsletters – The TARS groups in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United States publish their own newsletters, which are generally published separate from Signals but which are often mailed out together with the U.K. publications in their respective countries. Back copies of the TARSUS newsletters will shortly be available in PDF format here.
  • Amazon Publications – Annual publications to members who subscribe.

Together with many other Society products, back issues of some of the above publications are available to members from The TARS Stall.