Monday, 20 October 2014

Manchester Print Fair #8


This coming Saturday (the 25th) sees the next Manchester Print Fair. This time it's in the People's History Museum and there'll be 40 stalls selling zines, as well as prints and various other dead nice things. Well worth a look. Plus, the People's History Museum is great so you can kill two birds with one stone and have a look around the exhibitions while you're there.

There's a list of stallholders on the Manchester Print Fair Facebook page and there'll also be a variety of print demonstrations by GF Smith.

https://www.facebook.com/events/676521535772712/

Friday, 17 October 2014

SE London Zine Fair 2014


It seems to be the season for zine fairs and print fairs, and here's another one, this time in South East London. We're not going to be there, sadly, but it looks like it's going to be really good. You can check their website here or tell them you're going via the Facebook event page.

New In: Frida and I Don't Know What I'm Writing About by Stephen James


Prolific Manchester writer Stephen James has sent us a couple of tiny zines, Frida and I Don't Know What I'm Writing About. You can find out more about him and his work over at http://folknwords.tumblr.com/.

New In: Power to the People


Power to the People is a "home-made, cut & paste, Old Skool arty-farty free poetry fanzine" by Mishi Morath, a Dulwich Hamlet supporter. Apparently Mishi saw a link to the All To Nah post on this blog and was inspired to produce his first poetry zine. Nice one!

The zine contains loads of poems about football, the police, war and everything between. 

New In: Sing When We're Fishing


The first zine I ever bought, or in fact had ever heard of, was the Grimsby Town fanzine "Sing When We're Fishing". I probably bought my first copy somewhere between 1996 and 1997 and would always pick one up whenever I spotted anyone selling them outside the ground before matches. I don't know where all of the issues I bought are now, but I recently found this one from 2003 in a box at my Nan's house.

The zine isn't a thing anymore, sadly. You can get all of your unofficial Grimsby Town news from the excellent Cod Almighty website now, though.

New In: The Edge Collection


The Edge Collection is a beautiful, fold-out mini zine full of photographs of Manchester architecture by Fernando Lavin. It's the physical manifestation of the equally beautiful website, which you can find here. Go and have a look!

New In: How to Sleep by Neik Glasshouse


Sleeping is pretty good - it is personally one of my favourite things to do. How to Sleep gives you all the info you need to sleep better, remember your dreams, learn how to wake up without an alarm (wow!) and get the most out of your sleep. And other things too.


New In: Cara Josephine - The Official Showgramme


We went up to Edinburgh for a few days of this year's Fringe and were fortunate enough to get tickets to see Josie Long. As we were on our way into the Stand, we were given one of these ace little zines. Josie Long's been making zines for ages, but I think I'm right in saying this is the first one of her's in the library. It includes stuff about music, sea swimming, wealth inequality and loads more.

Josie Long is also the co-founder of the charity Arts Emergency. They do loads of good stuff around supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds so that they can do arts and humanities degrees and fulfil their potential and things like that. That's probably an awful summary of what they do, so have a look at their website and see how you can get involved/help.




Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Nottingham Zine Festival 2014


It feels like there are a load of exciting zine events for us to plug at the moment, so apologies if you're itching for more posts about new zines! We thought we'd give Nottingham Zine Festival a quick mention, though, as it's happening this Saturday! We're exhibiting a bit of the zine library collection and there should be a comfy area for you to put your feet up and read some of our amazing zines.

There's also loads of really good stalls, plus some sure-to-be inspirational speakers like Cherry Style and Chella Quint. If you're in the Nottingham area and you're at a loose end on Saturday, pop over and say hi!


New In: Fanzine Ynfytyn (x loads)


Emma Falconer makes Fanzine Ynfytyn and we've been given loads of them, which we're really chuffed about. It's a perzine and over the years covers topics from Jeff Mangum, North Korea and competitions to Mr Frosty, vegetarian recipes and childhood ambitions. And loads more too.























Thursday, 25 September 2014

New In: A Guide to Music in Leeds


The Leeds University Union Music Library has a collection of over eight thousand CDs and LPs for its members to borrow. They've also created this zine to introduce students to the collection and the Leeds music scene. There's bits about West Yorkshire's noise/drone scene, the deterioration of tech-death and Scott Walker, plus more stuff.



Tuesday, 23 September 2014

New In: Scotland Epistles, Bullshit and Thistles #1


The first issue of brand new Scottish football zine "Scotland Epistles, Bullshit and Thistles" describes itself as a "therapeutic souvenir" to help Scotland supporters cope during the wilderness years - they've had eight unsuccessful qualifying campaigns in a row. There's loads of interesting articles from different contributors on the ups and downs of supporting Scotland around the world.

Copies of the zine will be available to buy at the Georgia, Republic of Ireland and England matches in October and November. Alternatively you can send a message via their Facebook page and sort something out that way if you're interested in grabbing a copy of your own. Failing that, just pop in to the library and have a look.

New In: Terrible Beauty's Greatest Bits


Here it is! As discussed in this post from last week, Terrible Beauty, the Manic Street Preachers zine is back. Here's a compilation zine of the best bits so far, featuring photos and reviews from over the years and things like that. Remember, there's a call for contributions for the next issue, so if you have something to say about the Manics get involved!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Carefully Planned Festival

Hello! We'll be back to posting about lovely new zines very soon, but I just thought I'd nip on and tell you about a festival that our friends over at Carefully Planned are organising and how you can get involved, if that's something you'd like to do.

It takes place on the 18th and 19th of October in a number of venues in the Northern Quarter. There's loads of really good bands playing, like Trust Fund, Colour Me Wednesday, Dignan Porch, A Winning Pair, Radstewart, Slowcoaches, The School, Theo and well, loads more. You can get tickets here if you like.

They're also looking for volunteers to help out over the weekend. You'd have to work a few hours over the weekend, but you'd get a free ticket and you'd be able to arrange it so that you weren't working while you're favourite bands are playing, I'm sure. Get in touch with Matthew via the Facebook group if you fancy helping out. I can guarantee that your help will be very much appreciated.


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Terrible Beauty is Back! A Call for Submissions

Terrible Beauty, a Manic Street Preacher's fanzine originally published between 1995-2002 is back! They're looking for contributions, too, so get in touch with them ASAP. Here's the call for contributions:


Something’s rumbling under the paving stones, something’s stirring in the urban density.
We’re dusting off the type-writer keys....sharpening our scissors and our minds, unfurling the banner.
Terrible Beauty Fanzine went on a long sabbatical of the soul that was necessary and cool but we’ve been watching from the sidelines and something’s calling, calling us back.


We’re refuelling, we’re rewinding, we’re fastforwarding and we’re coming at you some time in 2015. The fanzine will return to mark the 20th anniversary the ground-breaking Holy Bible album as well as celebrate the continuing, shimmering beauty of the band that are still telling it via rock and roll like nobody else is. Although the Manics are our central inspiration our vision is much broader than musings on the band and we warmly invite contributions on the artistic/cultural/political significance referenced by them and beyond.

We are also happy to review/swap zines with others and support small press/zine culture however we can.

Send enquiries/contributions to Mary & Viv at email: terrible_beauty@outlook.com

We've also been sent a compilation zine full of the best bits from Terrible Beauty over the years. We'll do a blog post about that later this week.

Monday, 1 September 2014

New In: A Series of Poems About, Inspired By, and Written in Manchester and London (And some other zines too!)


Stephen James has sent us these three zines of his to add to the collection. Thanks Stephen! You can find out what he's up to on his excellent blog.


New In: Aether #1


Look at this! We received it with a little note from the Poetry Library at the Royal Festival Hall in that London, saying that they'd withdrawn this zine from stock and asking if we'd like to keep it. It's a science fiction fanzine dated August 1977 and contains book reviews, short stories (Including one titled "Is there intelligent life at the Reading Festival?") and other bits and bobs. This will go nicely with the rest of our 70s/80s sci-fi/fantasy zines.


New In: The Moral Victory - A Dulwich Hamlet FC Fanzine


The first issue of the new Dulwich Hamlet FC fanzine "The Moral Victory". Includes a roundup of the 2013/2014 season and looks ahead to the new season with articles, illustrations and poetry. A really excellent read. Pop in and have a look!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

New In: Shooting Star Press




I think these are probably the first wrestling zines that we've received at the zine library, but hopefully not the last! Each 24 page risograph printed issue focuses on a theme and there are loads of cool articles and illustrations and things, including a biography of Mankind/Dude Love/Mick Foley, complete with slightly terrifying illustration.

Check out the Shooting Star Press website for more info.

New In: All to Nah Fanzine


All to Nah is the long running fanzine of German non-league football club Altona 93. It's inspired by the concept of Die Weltb├╝hne and is read by supporters and non-supporters from around the world. 

While the majority of articles are written in German, the zine occasionally receives submissions from English speaking fans of the club. It collated these English language articles to create a special English version, and they've been kind enough to send us a copy of this, plus the latest issue in German.


Friday, 29 August 2014

New In: The Chapess #4


The brilliant Cherry Styles edited The Chapess now has a fourth issue (it's a special 26 page A4 edition), and we've got a copy of it in the library now! It includes contributions from the following people:

Aimee Wall
Alexis Gross
Kara Jesella
Sara Sutterlin
Daisy Lafarge
Liz Kinnamon
Stella Lueng
Sarah Todd
Grace Denton
Jesse Riggins
Lauren Crow
Charlotte Mellor Meecham
Alice Slater
Beth Maiden
Anneliese Mackintosh
Charly Morris
Hannah Buckman
Cherry Styles


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

New In: Lovely Little Nutmegs #3


"The third issue of Lovely Little Nutmegs, a zine which takes snippets of football commentary and turns them into verse. Illustrated with vintage football stamps unearthed from Rotherham Market."

Just in time for the new football season, Lovely Little Nutmegs are back with their third issue! 

New In: Coming Home


Coming Home, a newspaper format photography zine, explores the relationship its creator, as a queer person, has with the town he grew up in. Contains loads of bloody lovely photos.

Coming soon to the zine library from the same author, PHQ-9. Check out the website for more details: http://whydontuloveme.co.uk/

New In: Elderflower #1


A super good perzine by a super good person!

"This is my perzine Elderflower. I formally wrote Elderflower Tea but I was unhappy with it's direction. Elderflower is an honest look into my life. No more hiding behind rose tinted glasses.

In this issue I talk about my hopes for 2014, depression and adjusting to life as a spoonie, self care, and my heart break which occurred as I was finishing the issue.

Written on my corona typewriter, adorned with stickers, printed on black & white & just 16 pages."

Keep checking https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Elderflowershop/ to see when copies become available. Or just pop into the library and have a look here!