Oop North

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...

Sheffield Zine Fest

On Saturday I'm going up to Sheffield to visit my friends Chella and Sarah and also do a table/talk at the Sheffield Zine Fest. It's from 12-5 at the Electric Works S1 2BJ. There will be around 30 different stalls, and a full schedule of free workshops, including one from my friend Cath on feminism in zines.... Read More...