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Roundabout Magazine

Roundabout is AA’s monthly magazine in Scotland. It is affectionately referred to by the members in Scotland as “Our Roundabout.” Roundabout is a ‘meeting in print’ which carries the experience, strength and hope of our contributors. It is greatly valued and avidly read by newcomers to AA as well as members with decades of continuous sobriety. For members living in isolated areas it is, quite simply, a godsend.

Many Scottish AA groups order multiple copies of Roundabout so it can be bought easily by group members and visitors to their meeting. Many individual AA members have a personal subscription to Roundabout so that they do not miss an issue. A roundabout subscription is an ideal gift for an AA member at Christmas or on the occasion of their AA ‘birthday’ (sobriety anniversary).

Like all other AA magazines, Roundabout is unique to its country of origin. The contributors are mainly Scottish but the magazine does accept and, indeed, has regular contributions from countries such as the United States, Ireland, Spain, et al.

Roundabout would not exist without a constant stream of articles and letters from sober AA members. Our meeting-in-print depends upon the willingness of members just like you to share their experience, strength and hope by putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.
Our little magazine carries AA’s message of hope and recovery, and often it can reach places and people that could not be reached in other ways. There are members sober today because they first met AA in the pages of a Roundabout found in a doctor’s waiting room or handed in to a prison (with the Diary pages removed) by a hard-working prison liaison officer.
Roundabout can speak to us, and to potential members, in a very personal way. It is not a dry collection of facts about Alcoholics Anonymous, but carries the voices of individual members telling their own stories.

The thought of writing an article and sending it to Roundabout can be frightening. But overcoming fear is something we learn to do as we progress in recovery. We have to overcome fear in order to approach a member we respect to ask him or her to be our sponsor. We have to overcome fear to sit and share as an invited speaker at an AA meeting. We have to overcome fear when asked to visit the home of a suffering alcoholic on a Twelfth Step call.
Each of us has a unique experience to share and your article in Roundabout might be the example that sparks hope in a hopeless drunk or gives comfort to a sober but suffering fellow member. Nobody else can write that article, it has to be you.

The editor invites the submission of articles and letters which should be sent to…

Northern Service Office
Alcoholics Anonymous
50 Wellington Street
Glasgow G2 6HJ
Tel: 0141-226 2214

or by email to…

Articles and letters will be attributed to ‘Anonymous’ if the writer wishes, but the original submission to the editor should be signed. The editor cannot guarantee to publish all materials submitted or return contributed matter. Payment for any submissions cannot be made. Roundabout does not publish poetry or obituaries

Groups can order multiple copies of Roundabout and individual members can subscribe for themselves.
To safeguard your anonymity, copies of Roundabout are delivered in plain (brown) envelopes with only your name and address on the envelope. There is no indication that the envelope comes from AA.
If you want to order Roundabout you can print out the PDF order form (see link below), complete it and return it with payment to the General Service Office…

Roundabout Order Form

If you would like to order the Fellowship Calendar and/or Diary, then please download it from the link below, complete it and return it with payment to the General Service Office…

Payments and administrative enquiries should be sent to…

Alcoholics Anonymous
P.O. Box 1
10 Toft Green
York YO1 7ND

Telephone enquiries can be made between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday on 01904 644026