Distro news / upcoming zine events / call for submissions / recommendations

Goodbye May, hello June.

(Above 📸  credit: Tukru from Vampire Sushi Distro)

Hello everyone! Here's the first of your monthly round up of lots of wonderful ziney related news. 

May was a bit of a whirlwind for me, with 5 weekends in a row of flogging my wares - including at Glasgow Zine Fest, DIY Cultures and Bent Fest in London. It feels a bit strange not to be awkwardly sitting behind a table, seeing lots of lovely zinester faces this weekend.

So for distro news: takin' a little break from tabling for a while, but there's lots of new things up on the shop - too many to mention, really.

Please, if you're in the UK, remember to vote this week. June 8th! My advice for that day is to do your bit, then ignore the news and social media for a while, and do something nice for yourself, hang out with some good pals. That's what I'll be doing. We can hope for the best, but if it all doesn't go our way, remember that we have each other, our communities. We can organise to resist & create the change we want to see. Voting isn't the end, and we're not powerless.

New upcoming UK zine events! You can see the full events listings here.
JUN 10 - Queer Zine-Making and Crafting @ Feminist Library, London
A chance to sit round a table with a bunch of lovely people and chat about life, work on some projects, bring your own knitting/cross-stitch/badge making/paper/pens/snacks etc - website

JUN 15 - 
The FLY Zine Launch @ The Urban Shed, Cambridge
The first ever issue of the FLY Zine is themed around Bodies and Voices and features illustrations, poetry, photography, essays and creative writing by women and non-binary people of colour at Cambridge - website

JUN 18 - Crisps Shop zine fair at Tropical Fruit @The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
A Zine-Fest from Paradise Palms shop Crisps with stalls and work from local illustrators, small print and zine makers - website

JUN 19 - Open Letters #5 @ Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
An evening of letters, read aloud. Letter-reading is open-mic, just sign up on the night. Letters might be fiction or nonfiction. They might be to people, places, or things. They might never have been sent. They might be to you. Plus the launch of the OPEN LETTERS zine, available to pre-order or buy on the night - website

JUN 24 - London Radical Bookfair 2017 @ Grand Hall, Goldsmiths University
Radical booksellers, publishers, artists and activists of all stripes - with over 130 exhibitors and 20 guest speakers, a unique gathering of progressive readers, thinkers and doers, in a celebration of radical publishing and politics - website

JUN 24 - Zine Fair – The Rose Tinted Spectacular 2 @ The Rose Hill, Brighton
An assortment of amazing artists selling zines, comics, illustration, poetry, literature and photography + an evening of talks, poetry and music. Raising money and awareness for Brighton based migrant charities. £2 entry fee - website

JUL 01/02 - Exchange Zine Fair
The Finborough Arms, London
Exchange hosts it first zine fair! - website

JUL 01 - Workshop + Zine Making: Seeing beyond the crises – The Role of Radical Speculative Fiction @ Grow Heathrow, London
Participatory workshop exploring what it feels like to live in this world and examining the role speculative fiction, such as Ursula Le Guin’ – The Dispossessed or Marge Piercy ‘s – Woman on the Edge of Time, can play in helping imagine better futures - website

JUL 05 - Art For All zine workshop @ North Chingford Library, London
A free monthly programme for adults exploring different art styles facilitated by professional artists, where all levels are welcome - website

JUL 07 - Khidr Collective Zine Launch @ Rich Mix London
Launch of a new zine for young Muslims, by young Muslims. Evening will include a panel on on “Creating Spaces; Muslim communities & the Arts” + performances. Tickets £10 - website

JUL 09 - Zine workshop - Sick! @ INTRA, Rochester
A workshop for those affected by invisible illnesses – guiding you to express yourself through words, images or collage to create a collaborative zine on this theme. Led by artist and printmaker Xtina Lamb, contributions will be compiled into zine which will be available free to visitors of the Sick! exhibition - website

JUL 15 - Weirdo Zine Fest @ Sutton House, London
Self-publishing fair celebrating DIY cultural production by radical and marginalised people. This year’s fair will include 20+ stallholders, as well as an afterparty featuring music and performances (table applications now closed) - website

JUL 15 - South London Comic & Zine Fair @ Stanley Halls, London
Focusing on London based self & micro publishing. Tabling is by invitation only, but there is a free communal table for anyone - website

JUL 17 - Museum Mondays: 
Making A Mu-Zine @ The Habit, York
Drinks and conversation, throwing together some of ideas about working in museums to create a museum zine - website

JUL 22 - Zine making workshop @ Tate Britain, London
Hosted by Holly Callaghan & Seleena Daye, make your own zine in response to artists, works, and themes in the Tate collection - website (free, booking recommended).

AUG 04 - 
Zine Workshops for under 18s @ Aire Place Studios, Leeds
Every week during our Creative Cafe sessions on a Friday, bring your young zinesters to make zine pages as part of a 4 week project. Write about what you love, share your favourite recipes, tell your stories! £2.50/3 per session - website

AUG 05 - Zine Making Workshop @ Art Stop Stoke
Join writer Caroline and artist Anahita for a zine making workshop. Using creative writing and artistic techniques you’ll create a zine - website

SEP 10 - Leeds Zine Fair @ Left bank Leeds
Save the date! Bookings not being taken yet - website

OCT 07 - Bristol Comic & Zine Fair @ The Station
Celebrating the world of DIY and independent publishing, a one-day market bringing together artists, writers, and publishers from across Bristol and further afield (table applications now closed) - website
Other zine news! 

It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best: a Karen Dalton fanzine. Writing of any kind, playlists, memories, dreams, poems, artwork suitable for A5 b&w printing. Deadline July 31st - link to flyer

Paper and Ink Issue 11: Short stories, flash fiction, poetry, illustrations, photography, whatever. Word limit 1500. Theme is punk. Send to Deadline July 2nd - website

Calling Zine Makers, Libraries, Distros, And the Like: Nyx is putting together a new zine project and wants to hear about any of your zines with a rolling call for submissions, zine distros, zine libraries, and people who want to trade zines - link here

Zine about mental illness and sexuality: mental illness symptoms, therapy, medication, stigma + their impact of sex and sexuality. Can be anonymous if requested. Submissions to Deadline extended to June 14th - flyer here

A gender diversity positive compilation zine: on personal experiences of gender that don't fit the binary box. If you identify as agender, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid, something else entirely, or you're exploring/questioning your gender they want to hear from you. Words, images, personal essays, poetry, comics, illustrations etc. Submit to - link here

Can You Hear Me Now? A zine about women in the music industry, this issue on the theme of change. Poetry, prose, artwork, photos etc. Submissions to - link here

Desert Island Discs Fanzine: Are there 8 songs you couldn’t live without? That Music Zine is looking for writing, comics and illustrations for a new fanzine! You can either just focus on one of your choices or include all 8. Submissions to Deadline July 5th - link

Sonorus, Feminist Perspectives on Harry Potter: Looking for submissions related to gender and social justice in the Harry Potter books, films and fandom. Articles, opinions, fan fiction, ad fan art. Everyone who submits an article or buys a previous issue will get entered into a prize draw. Submissions to to Deadline October 1st - link

Cherry: a comp zine about virginity, having & losing it. Prose, poetry, autobio, short fiction, art, collage, etc. LGBTQ & non-binary contributors especially welcome. Submissions to - flyer

Vegan UK zine: Recipes, restaurant reviews, comics, meal plans, essays, art. Submissions to - flyer

Queer Femme Zine: a zine about queer femmes coming together and holding space for each other. Poems, photos, essays, articles, sketches, comic strips, nudez. Submissions to Deadline July 1st - link


What Happens When You Contain The Flame? An interview zine with Eileen Myles, in conversation with Cherry Styles. Can be bought via Synchronise Witches Press.
Em Ledger is doing her last print run of her wonderful zine Get Real -about a very real journey through a difficult few years in her life - which strives to a future of hope through rounds of PMA, self care and real talk. We recommend you grab one while you can! Available via her store here.

My pal Em is selling these lovely Manchester Work Bee badges on her etsy (along with other things you might like) - with profits going to the victim's fun of the attack the city had recently.

Black Lodge Press have been killin' it with their merch lately! I'm especially in love with their MAKE ZINES ~ DESTROY FASCISM tote bags + fuck everyone that ever voted tory patches. 

I saw so many good things at Bent Fest! If you haven't already, I especially think you should check out Spook School, ShoppingDivide & DissolveNachthexen & Dream Nails ❤️

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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