Monday, 20 October 2014
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.
Friday, 17 October 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.
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/.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.