Wednesday, 15 June 2011

zine fest! 2011 -- the latest

Red is doing a great job of organising and lining up this set of delights for Zine Fest! 2011. The current lowdown looks like this:


Zines are hand-made magazines made for love not money. Requiring few resources to self-publish - just a pen, a piece of paper, access to a photocopier - zines are made on the fringes of journalism, art systems, activist scenes, and bedroom cultures. Basically, they rock.
We're super happy to confirm the 4th Zine Fest! to be happening at The Women's Library, London.
The Women's Library has a growing zine collection, covering the 1970s to now, which was first donated by the Ladyfest London 2001 collective.

The Zine Fest! event in June aims to showcase feminist, queer and women's media projects, hold workshops and discussion spaces, bring together loads of zine makers and stalls, and make connections between different generations of feminist publishing.

The event is free and open to everyone. We hope to see you there!


Saturday 25th June 2011, 12pm-4pm, Free

The Women's Library, 25 Old Castle Street, London

(View event on facebook here)

Programme (deets tbc, but here’s a sneak preview so far!):

Workshops & Discussions

12-1.30pm. Comic-Making (Seminar room, ground floor): Hear some tips and tricks about how to make comic strips from Jay Bernard and Rachael House before we all get down and busy and make a page for a collective comic zine. (Dont worry if you cant draw. It don’t matter! There will also be plenty of magazines and stuff to use if you wanna try a collage/drawing mash up page).

1-2pm. Survivor Zines (Friends Room, ground floor): Sarah Tea-Rex will lead this discussion session about surviving sexual violence and creating zine cultures to speak out and support. A trained support person will also be on hand.

1-2.30pm. Stenciling (Activities Room, ground floor): Marti and Alice will show you how to make stencils to use in zines and street art.

2.30-4pm. Feminist Media & Memory Panel (seminar room, ground floor): A look at feminist self-publishing over the past few decades and a chance to learn more about grassroots feminist media history. Speakers include Humaira Saeed from Race Revolt (a contemporary zine on race politics by feminists and queers), Ilona and Rebecca Oliver from Shocking Pink (magazine made by young women in the 80s and 90s), and Sue O’Sullivan from Sheba Press (feminist publishing collective in the 80s who prioritized writing by women of colour and lesbians). Presentations followed by a Q&A session. Chaired by Sita Balani.


Zine Tours (1.30-2pm and 2-2.30pm. Meet in the Foyer): Catherine and Indy from TWL will do some tours of the library and show you more of the gems and history of the Zine Collection there.

Art Exhibitions (Cafe space, first floor)

Shape & Situate Exhibition: To celebrate the launch of the second issue of Shape & Situate, Melanie Maddison will be exhibiting a collection of DIY feminist history posters of inspirational women from this awesome zine.

More Crackers Please: A beautiful collage and visual archive of feminist/queer/DIY cultural activism in the UK over the past ten years. Made by Bill Savage as part of a backdrop for a Le Tigre karaoke booth, a super cute video of which you can check out here:

Feminist Disco Project:With a nod to Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, Rachael House is inviting people to come and draw a feminist on a paper plate. Past plates will also be on display.

Cross-Stitch Drop-In: Whether you’re a complete beginner or an old hand, kid or adult, come join Lisa Sleeps in some cross-stitching action. Have a bash at stitching animal masks from the Sleeps in Oysters pattern book, or have a go at designing your own.

Interactive Monster Cafe: Squid + International Nobody are serving up deli-style mask-making in the Exhibition hall. Choose a theme or make up your own and select from an assortment of ingredients (cut-outs, markers, glue, wool, glitter.. ) + see what happens! Also, monster-drawing, third-eyes, irresistible cookies and check out their feminist & monster zines.

Stalls (Mezzanine Space, first floor)

Marching Stars ~ Princesa Pirata ~ Other Asias ~ Walrus Zines ~ Fat Quarter ~ Richochet! Richochet! ~ Cherry Bomb Comics ~ Pamflet ~ Storm in a Tea Cup ~ will xyz ~ Vampire Sushi ~ Angry Violist ~ Volume Magazine ~ Scale Trees ~ Jen Claptrap ~ Sarah Tea-Rex ~ Emma Jane Falconer ~ Shebang Magazine ~ Editions of You ~ Alpha Betty ~ Chloe Cook ~ Nest Gallery ~ Girls Get Busy ~ Girls Who Draw ~

(+ more TBC)

Contact: Red Chidgey, (

Documentation of past ZineFests!:!/zinefest/photos

Getting to the Women's Library:

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