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Happy International Zine Month!

I hope you're having an extra zine-y month this July.

For the whole of this month I'm gonna be sending out a mini-zines of 31 things you can do to celebrate! If you're in Manchester keep your eyes peeled for free copies being dropped off at Salford Zine Library and other places around the city 👀. If you wanna get your hands on a fancy full-colour version (all the free ones will be black-and-white), you can buy one here.

Some suggestions for now: visit a zine library, add or edit a page on zinewiki, treat yourself to some new zine-making materials, or make a 24 hour zine.

And don't forget it's Small Press Day on July 8th! Check their website to see if there's events going on near you.

Are you up for trades? Looking for local zine pals to organise events with? Wanna advertise a call for entires? I've set up a community notice board! Register a free account and you can post ads for all these things + anything else zine related.

(and remember, we're always up for trades 😉 )
 

New upcoming UK zine events! You can see the full events listings here.
ZINE EVENTS

JULY - Fields of Wheat, a zine library by Twigs & Apples Publishing @ The Birley
Browse the collection of self-published works on themes of art, photography, creative writing, poetry, music, activism, politics, environmentalism, feminism & more. Open select days through July, with a closing event & zine launch on July 29th - website

JUL 07 - Cut and Paste Utopia with Oomk Zine @ The Bank Gallery Space, London
A zine workshop led by Rose Nordin from Oomk Zine. Risograph printing session, participants will be encouraged to assemble cut and paste collages reflecting their own vision of a Utopian London - tickets £2, book here

JUL 07 - OPEN Pop-Up Shop | Zine Fair + Workshops with Road Gal LDN @ Brixton Pound Cafe, London
Abondance Matanda + Jasmine Kahlia, founders of Road Gal LDN are hosting a one-day Zine Fair with workshops, talks and film screening of TOP GIRL taking place during the afternoon - website

JUL 07 - Lucy McLauchlan's Zine Launch @ Centrala, Birmingham
Celebrating the launch of Lucy’s zine documenting her investigation along the highways and byways of Birmingham - website

JUL 08 - Manchester Small Press Day @ Nexus Art Cafe
Come and meet the next generation of superstar comic and zine makers, 11am-7pm at Nexus.

JUL 08 - Achilles! Fanzine Launch Party @ Vinyl Deptford, London
Launch of a fanzine about the Achilles Street area in New Cross, South-East London, which is under threat of regeneration. There will also be live poetry and DJs - more info

JUL 11 - Grrrl Zine Fair @ Village Green Festival, Southend-on-Sea
Zine and self publishing fair with workshops, bands, a sculpture garden, art exhibition, bands and an immersive zine library - website

JUL 11 - What If? Exhibition and Zine Launch @ Gracelands Cafe, London
Art in Crisis considers the proposition ‘What If’ through the eyes of our clients, with pieces examining the past, considering the present and looking to the future. Launch of a photography exhibition, and a zine of the clients’ creative work, about experiences of homelessness - website

JUL 10-21 - A Short Exhibition About Music Zines @ Lower Gallery, LCC London
Co-curated by The LCC Zine Collection and Jen Kavanagh. Open to all - more info

JUL 15 - Freshly Pressed - Print Fair @ The Civic, Barnsley
Stalls selling contemporary art, illustration and photographic prints, printed textiles and homewares and the best of local published books and zines from Barnsley and around the region. 

JUL 29-30 - Partisan Open Weekend @ Partisan, Manchester
3 day festival of workshops, music, and films to celebrate the opening of the new co-operative venue and social space. There will be zine-y workshops and activities - more info 

OCT 28 - Lincoln Zine Fest @ LPAC at University of Lincoln
The 2nd annual Lincoln Zine Fest has been announced! Table applications are currently open till September 2nd - apply here & their website.
 
EVENTS - OTHER NEWS

Would you be interested in there being a zine fest in Oxford - either as a seller or attendee? Let Russell know! He's currently gauging interest & would like to know if people would be into it.
 
OTHER NICE THINGS
 
Hebe makes lovely prints & illustrations about friendships & florals. This linoprint of violets is a personal fave.




Zine-y social media site We Make Zines has moved to a new platform. Sign up to be a member here. ❤️

Other zine news! 
CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
 
Femme Feels:  looking for work from people who identify as femme and somewhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. All mediums welcome - photography, illustration, writing, collage, comics, poetry, personal essays etc. What does femme mean to you? What is your experience of being a queer femme? Anything else you think would be appropriate for a zine on Queer Femme-ininity! Email: femmefeelszine@gmail.com & more info

Unicorn: a zine about navigating hetero-entitlement and dating. All printable formats welcome. Deadline: July 31st. Email: sissyfussuk@gmail.com & more info

Toilet Zine: toilets, access, and inclusive/exclusive spaces. Looking for personal experiences, creative writing/stories, drawings, poetry, political essays, experimental pieces etc. Writing under 1000 words. Deadline: July 14th. Email: aroundthetoilet@shu.ac.uk & more info

Did you grow up on the dark side? Or are you not quite a Jedi yet? Submissions wanted for a zine about Star Wars: Why you loved or hated it. Deadline: September 13th. Email: sullenhearts@gmail.com

The Only Thing A Girl Is Asking For Is A Fucking Riot (vol. 2)
a zine about the issues within rock music and communities, as well as a celebration of women in rock, and the triumphs of various scenes. Deadline: end of August. Email: sophia.simbash@gmail.com & more info

Letters To Our Parents: looking for letters from trans people to their parents, answering all the questions they asked, to become a resource that can be given to parents of trans or non-binary children. Up to 1,000 words. Deadline September 1st. E-mail: cassian.lodge@gmail.com & more info

Shy Bairns #3: zine focusing on giving a collective platform to artists who call the north home, including those born here, or living here now. The theme is the topic of every day life in the north. Work must fit to be printed in one colour or two colour risograph. Issue 3 will be printed in green and purple. Deadline: August 31st. E-mail: info@shybairns.co.uk & more info

Twin Peaks Fanzine: looking for art, writing, or anything that expresses your love for the Lynchian masterpiece. Deadline: July 14th. Email: bloomurder@gmail.com.
 
OPPORTUNITIES
 
Colour Me Queer: Zine-making residency for queer people of colour aged 16-25, with the GAP arts x UNMUTED. Will run July 22nd - August 31st in Birmingham. Register your interest hereDeadline: July 15th.
 
COMPETITIONS
 
We Are Microbes are giving away a copy of their #scicomm zine plus a microbiology colouring book, pencils and highlighters. Info of how to enter on their Instagram: wearemicrobes_
 
NEW RELEASES

Open Letters #1: 5 letters by 5 writers, & ephemera, in a single envelope. Includes a comic by giulio cosimi, a love letter between jake roberts & vickie bennett, beautiful nonfiction from sarah peploe, fiction by max dunbar, and a letter in yorkshire dialect. They've also got some awesome letter-themed merch on offer - buy it here

Does What It Says On The Tin: A Gin in a Tin Review Zine: a risographed review zine of "surely one of the best inventions of modern times" from Slug Ink Press - buy it here

Out in the Sticks: features interviews with 14 drummers from the UK queer/ feminist/ DIY music scene - a collaborative zine by Queer Arcana and Freer Ideas - buy it here
If you have a Zine Thing that you'd like me to promo, please just get in touch. I'm also always looking for tips/resources on: zine libraries, distro info, physical places that sell zines around the UK, your fave place to print/copy zines, archives, articles, local zine groups etc etc. So I can add to the growing resources section!

& don't forget I'm always open to stocking your zines / other DIY artwork - so show me your work anytime.

I hope you've enjoyed this newsletter! If you didn't sign up for this, it's because you've bought something from me in the past & I think you'd like the info here. You can support my work + pen fight by telling your pals about us, ordering something from the shop, sending a lil donation or subscribing to bi-monthly zine packages via Patreon

Take care,
Vicky xo
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