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Zine Making Resources

I've put together some Padlet boards with plenty of different zine making (and discovering) resources. These are always being added to - so you're always welcome to send me tips of links and resources to add. I hope you find them useful!


Zine Making Resources - guides, where to find copywrite-free images and clip-art, ideas and prompts, free digital tools, bookbinding tutorials.


Zine Things - distros, libraries, media (youtube channels, podcasts), zine fests, social groups, films.


Online Zines - online zine libraries and individual PDFs and online zines available to read/download for free

YA and Children's Book Range

I'm now stocking a range of Young Adult and Children's books, you can take a look at them here.

There's LGBTQIA+ titles like Alex in Wonderland, picturebook The Girl With Two DadsTwo Boys Kissing, the anthology of stories and poetry compiled by Juno Dawson, Proud, the stunningly illustrated The Art of Drag, the fantasy graphic novel DeadEndia, and the dyslexia-friendly Unboxed.

Explore Black history with Race to the Frozen NorthQueen of Freedom: Defending Jamaica, and The Story of the Windrush.

Find stories featuring protagonists of colour, such as the investigative The Faraway Truth, mystery The Parker Inheritance, romance from a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl set one year after 9/11 in A Very Large Expanse of Sea, a detective duo in High Rise Mystery, or go on an unplanned roadtrip with Clean Getaway.

Get inspired with an anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers: A Change is Gonna Come, or The Bigger Picture: Women Who Changed the Art World.

I'd love to stock even more diverse, representative, and radical YA/Children's books in future - so please feel free to tell me about your favourite titles!

 

Queer Mail Swap


If you signed up for our Queer Mail Swap back in January, you should have you mail partner's details in your inbox (or spam folder!) now. The deadline for sending your post off is April 15th! I'd love to see photos of your packages, so feel free to tag me in on Twitter or Instagram if you'd like me to share them.

Signed up for the swap and not had an email? Get in touch with me at penfightdistro@gmail.com
 
CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
 

Working Class Rage: I'm still accepting submissions for the 2nd issue of A Whisper of a Shout: Working Class Rage. Deadline is now MAY 31st. See more info here.


Dear GP: Submissions for issue 2. Dear GP collects letters about your mental health professionals, reviewing them in a clinic style letter. Send to: dearGPletters@gmail.com / see their past issue on their website.


Abbie Calypse & Friends: Heroes and Helpers. Celebrating the queer, the weird, the wonderful unlikely helpers that help us get through the day. They're looking for stories, musings, sketches, illustrations, photos or anything else on the topic. Email: info@brifrischuu.de


Sapphic: photo zine is looking for written submissions on the theme of Opulent. Poetry, song lyrics, short stories / essays, one act plays all welcome. Under 1500 words. See their Instagram for more information. Email: thesapphicprintingpress@gmail.com | Deadline: May 1st.
ZINES

Zines you can get from other places

Quizogyny: Issue 7 - Reclaim The Quiz. The newst issue of Quizology's feminist quiz zine. Buy it here.


Artificial Womb: femnist arts zine is now publishing their zines for free over at Issu. You can read them here.


Triple One Five: a monthly produced zine which attempts to comment on political (lots of Tory-bashing) and social affairs through collage. You can see more of their work on Instagram or Patreon.
EVENTS

Glasgow Zine Fest is running a month-long programme of virtual events this April. Along with their annual zine fair, they have events such as artist talks, British-Pakistani migration oral histories, DIY decolonial publishing, and game night. Plus workshops on zine making, poetry comics, protest banner making.  See the entire programme here.


Swansea Zine Fest will be broadcasting their virtual zine fest on May 8th. With zine readings, workshops, how-to's, reviews, and a zine quiz. Event details and streaming will take place over on Facebook.
OTHER NICE THINGS


Gender Library
is running a pen pal project! If you're a trans person who is over 18 and living in the UK, you can sign up on their website.
GOOD CAUSES
Please support these folks doing good work by sharing, offering to volunteer, or sending them financial support if you can afford to do so.


Hull Sisters have been evicted from their building of 7 years, and Hull City Council is asking they pay £15,000 for a temporary building. They need a permanent safe space for the women they support, so they are fundraising for a safe space for Hull Sister.

Hull Sisters is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting Black and minority ethnic women who are dealing with human rights issues. See their crowdfunder here.


Glasgow Zine Library are operating a ‘pay-it-forward’ scheme as part of Glazgow Zine Fest for Books Beyond Bars, a collective of volunteers who send books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQIA+ people across the UK. Donating to the scheme will purchase zines from the fest that Books Beyond Bars can distribute. See more and donate here.


Bristol Defendant Solidarity is asking for donations for their #KillTheBill: Bristol legal support fund, which will go towards supporting those targeted by police in connection with the recent Kill the Bill protests. Donate here.


For those based in Manchester, the Queer Food Project is running a second round of queer food deliveries this spring. They are looking for queer people in Greater Manchester who would like to receive food on one evening a week for six weeks. They also need volunteers who can dedicate one evening a week for six weeks to either cooking or delivering food. Find out more information about the project 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! You can support my work + pen fight by telling your pals about us, ordering something from the shop, or giving a tip via Ko-Fi

Take care,
Vicky xo
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