Spill the Zines has been publishing regularly - anything from monthly to weekly - for 3 and a half years. During that time, I've had a huge amount of positive feedback from people who are grateful for STZ's good work for the zine community.
I have been running the whole thing solo, always alongside various jobs, volunteer work, and personal pursuits. It's a lot of work for 1 person, but it's a labour of love. I adore zines, always have, and want to share my enthusiasm and interest with the wider UK zine community.
However, as of this autumn I am now in a place where I have 2 simultaneous careers - my day job, where I work in equality & diversity in Higher Education, and my evening job as a singer/songwriter solopreneur. I adore my work, but of course demanding engaging jobs take up enormous amounts of energy! Alongside my regular work, I'm also co-chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network, an avid runner, writer, zinester, cosplayer, dog parent, and so much more.
It's come to the point where I can no longer commit enough energy to maintain Spill the Zines. Therefore, after a great deal of thought, I've decided to put STZ on a long-term hiatus in order to have a breather and reassess things. I hope you will all understand my reasoning behind this.
I will still be using the Spill the Zines Twitter account frequently, and sometimes the Facebook account, to share your UK zine news. Please do follow me on those platforms to stay in touch!
Until we meet again, happy zineing! It's been a blast.