Zinefests

Manchester: Northwest Zinefest 2015

Last weekend I went up to Manchester to do a stall and run a Zine 101 workshop at the first Northwest Zinefest. I had the luxury of a day off work, and enough money to take the train rather than coach, and stay at a bed and breakfast. The last time I was in Manchester was well over a decade ago, and it was nice to have a whole weekend rather than rush to and from the event.... Read More...

Northwest Zinefest 2015

I'll be tabling and running a zinemaking 101 workshop at the inaugural Northwest Zinefest in Manchester on the 29th of May at the Star and Garter, and having a nice mini-break in MCR and seeing friends. Check out the Facebook event and the website.... Read More...

Sheffield Zine Fest 2015

I went up to Sheffield again a few weeks ago for the zinefest, organised by my friends Bettie and Chella, and staying at Rebecca's with Tukru. I think there must be something around Sheffield in the Spring that I'm horribly allergic to. Whenever I go up in March or April I have some kind of horrible reaction, yet when I've been up in the Autumn, no problem. Once when the bus went past Chesterfield, a nearby town, my whole face puffed up like a hamster and no amount of anti-histamines would deflate it, and was that way the whole weekend, spontaneously deflating again once I was clear of Derbyshire on the way home. I had no hamster face this time, but sinus pain and a nasty rash on my shoulders and nausea. Perhaps I'm allergic to steel. Nowhere else in the region seems to give me this problem. (It's also sad because the zinefest venue has a slide, and I've never been able to go on it in any of the years I've been, it not being a good idea when you're pukey or suffering from balance problems due to a giant swollen face and glands.)... Read More...

Sheffield Zine Fest this Saturday

This weekend I'm going up to Yorkshire to run a table and workshop at the Sheffield Zine Fest (Facebook event here) and see friends. I'll have lots of issues of zines from both myself and Charlotte Richardson Andrews and some other goodies, and I'll be running a workshop on getting started with zine-making (and my good pal Tukru will be running a hands-on minizine session).... Read More...

Sheffield Zine Fest (redux)

I went up to Sheffield for the weekend with Tukru in tow (albeit on separate cheap coaches), to visit Chella and Sarah and run a stall/workshop at the Sheffield Zine Fest. I had a good time with my friends and meeting new people, but I think I'm allergic to Sheffield. My face and sinuses swelled up as soon as I got there, and by Sat afternoon my tongue felt so big I could hardly speak (not so great when you're supposed to be giving a public talk), and I got no sleep Friday because there was so much pressure on my sinuses. In a photo of me I looked like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. I took some anti-histamines and decongestants, but it made no difference. My sinuses and face suddenly deflated on the way back around Derby. I'm obviously allergic to the North. Or possibly steel. I'll have to use plastic cutlery forever.... Read More...
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Record Fair

On Saturday I’m doing a zine stall with my friend Fliss Collier at the inaugural How Does it Feel to Be Loved Record Fair. As well as our own zines we’re bringing a selection of music zines and stock from Vampire Sushi distro.There will be record stalls from Fortuna POP!, Where It’s At Is Where You Are, Odd Box, Fika, How Does It Feel To Be Loved?, The Great Pop Supplement, Dirty Water Records, Enraptured, Cherry Red, and Lojinx and lots of second hand records. I will have to restrain myself from spending any money, because I’m broke.... Read More...
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How to run a zine event

For 3 years I was part of the group that ran the Brighton Zinefest. We started just with the idea it would be fun to have a zine event in Brighton and managed to build a successful and fun event. Sadly we don't run it any more because some of the original organisers live in Brighton any more, the others were too busy, and nobody new appeared to take over, and so it just wasn't practical to hold another.... Read More...

Brighton Zinefest 2010

I just realised I forgot to put the photos from the 2010 Zinefest on here. I'm going to write about it in more detail in issue 13 of my zine, but to summarise: It was good, lots of people came, the Bobby McGees were fantastic, I got the flu on Saturday, was tired and irritable. ... Read More...

Zinefest stuff

We had our zine social again at the Freebutt, not particularly heavily attended, but then we didn't promote it much. I was possibly the only person to ever bring a typewriter to the bar. It's nice to type on it now I've finally got round to replacing the ribbon.... Read More...

So’ton Zine & Craft Fair

Yesterday I went to the Southampton Zine & Craft Fair. It's a 2 day event, and I was supposed to be there for two days, but I came home last night in the end. The event was very small anyway, and the weather in Southampton was atrocious with torrential rainstorms and gale force winds, so there weren't many people there. I felt pretty awful from being under the weather anyway, and staying up too late the night before cutting zines and baking panda cakes with Vicky, so the thought of sleeping on the organiser's floor after battling through rain didn't appeal at all.... Read More...

London Zine Symposium 2009

Sunday was the London Zine Symposium, and I had a stall with the other Brighton Zinefest people. We went up together on the train, and that seemed to counteract the jinx that plagues me any time I try to go to a zine event in London which cancels/seriously delays any known form of transport. I did forget to bring the "up for trades" badges though, and we had to make do with German ones (not that useful in an English-speaking event!). There were two rooms this year, about 2 million people I knew and it got very hot. I did a workshop with Alex about Etsy, we basically made it up as we went along.... Read More...