Sunday, 26 June 2011

News Round-Up!

Pip pip!  It’s been a great fortnight in the UK zine scene, so I’m delighted to offer you all plenty of zine news for once! Yay!

Yesterday was the Zine Fest at the Women’s Library, which was bloody awesome.  I went with Spill the Zines’ newest contributor, Caitlin Gwynn, who will be writing a review of the zine fest sometime this week, so keep your eyes open for that.  I also picked up a huge pile of zines and a gorgeous Girls Get Busy totebag, all of which made me a very happy lady:



Expect some reviews of said zines on this blog in the next couple of weeks!  Don't forget to keep sending us your British zine news, we love having lots to write about in our news round-up posts! Get in touch via email, twitter, or leave a comment somewhere on this blog! 

Cath x

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1. Zine Releases
2. Upcoming Events
3. Submission Calls
4. Zine Reviews
5. Distro News
6. AOB (Any Other Business)

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1. Zine Releases
 - “My Phone Hates Me” by Sky Nash, a zine all about how her iPhone is constantly making her look stupid!  More info here.
 - Not You Again #1, published out of Birmingham by BeauCapone, in which she recounts stories from her final year of university. Pick up your copy at her etsy shop.

 - Your Pretty Face is Going Straight to Hell #15 was released in time for yesterday’s Zine Fest @ The Women’s Library! Get in touch with Tukru for info on how to get hold of a copy.
 - Sarah-Beth has released her first zine, Ellipsis! More info on the zine and how to order here: http://safetobreathe.livejournal.com/114454.html
 - If Destroyed Still True #6: Iraqi Kurdistan edition is out now.  More info on the zine and how to get hold of a copy can be found at Nine’s blog.
 - Girls Get Busy #6 is out now!  Buy your copy at http://girlsgetbusyzine.bigcartel.com/.

2. Upcoming Events
 - Bradford Zine Fayre: 2nd July.  A free event on from 12 – 4pm at Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square. More info at www.northern-indymedia.org.
 - Birmingham Zine Festival: 9th July. 12 til 6pm.  12 til 6pm at ‘We Are Birmingham’.  Lots of workshops and tables (including my own table), followed by a BBQ and aftershow party! Come down and say hello!  RSVP here.
 - Camden Zine Fest: 8th October.  1pm til 6pm  at The Pirate Castle, Oval Road. For more info on workshops, tables, and how to help organising the event, get in touch with the organiser Will at camdenzinefestATgmailDOTcom.  RSVP on We Make Zines or Facebook.

3. Submission Calls
 - The Swansea Feminist Network is in the process of making its first zine, and is looking for submissions on the topic of “feminist heroes”.  The deadline is 17th July. More info can be found at the SFN blog here: http://swanseafeministnetwork.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/call-for-submissions-sfns-first-zine/
 - Going to any festivals this summer?  Send a one-page review to the next issue of Opinionated Geordie Monsters! The deadline is 1st September. More info here.
 - Princesa Pirata distro has an interesting collective zine project going on called “Ten Things” – basically, you order a free booklet and make a list of 10 things under that title on a page in the booklet (each has a different title, such as 10 Things I Dream Of, or 10 Things I Don’t Want To Forget). After you’ve made your list, you give the booklet to a friend, they give it to a friend and so on. The full booklets will be put together into little zines by A-K Pirata.  Pick up the booklet and get started here!

4. Zine Reviews
 - Hannah has posted some lovely zine reviews on her blog last week – take a look!
 - Sophie at Oh My Clumsy Heart has posted some zine reviews, complete with plenty of photos, at her blog.

5. Distro News
 - There’s a new distro in town! pushpin is a new UK zine distro focusing on travel, Japan, crafts, illustration, kawaii and perzines. Buy some cool stuff at www.pushpinzines.co.uk.
 - Marching Stars is temporarily on hiatus! Boo hiss. Thankfully it’s only until 28th June.

6. A.O.B.
 - For those of you with the time or inclination, there’s a zine survey floating around looking for responses on the topic of writing and reading zines.  Only takes about ten minutes. 
http://tinyurl.com/zinesurvey2011
 

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