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Here's to the last update of the year

I hope everyone's 2021 has been... uh... not terrible? 

Just a bit of admin: Last ordering dates for Xmas deliveries for the UK are 1st Class: December 19th and 2nd Class: December 16th. And I'll be closing up shop for a 2-week break on December 22nd, and reopening on January 5th.

Have a wonderful New Year. Maybe I'll even see you at a zine fest in 2022? Take care, wear yer mask, stay safe x

Feminists For Trans Rights

All the Feminists For Trans Rights merch is still up for sale. Thanks to everyone who's bought some already, I've been able to donate £90 to Trans Mutual Aid Manchester and £45 to the Black Trans Foundation

I'll be donating 50% of all sales to a rotating trans-led group for the foreseeable future. The current group I'm collecting for is the Gender Community Lending Library! They lend trans and queer books to people across the UK.

Gift Ideas

It's that time of year! Here's a few gift ideas for you.

(As an aside, even if you don't buy anything from me this year, please try and shop local/independent, and above all else, fuck Amazon and their terrible treatment of their workers).

Want to introduce someone to zine making? Stolen Sharpie Revolution is a great introduction, plus I'll never stop banging on about how perfect Crap Hound is for DIY cut n paste zine makers. The full zine-making selection is here. Want something for someone who's already zine obsessed? Find our selection for zine lovers here.

There's plenty for plant lovers, vegans, art lovers, music fanspunks, and fans of fiction or graphic novels.

For kids and young adults: we've got an ever-growing selection of diverse and inclusive books. For budding young chefs, Omari McQueen’s Best Bites is a plant based cookbook with simple and easy to follow recipes. The Girl From The Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag is a coming-of-age fantasy sapphic romance graphic novel that is just adorably illustrated. The Art of Drag covers the very long history of drag and is still one of my favourites for how stunning it is visually.

Everyone seems to like badges, and we also do some nice gift vouchers
NEW PEN FIGHT STOCK


FLORXL issues 1+2
 celebrating the joy of plants, gardens and horticulture with collaborative pieces from a range of artists and makers.


Council: A zine about social housing


Looking For Bruce - a story of fandom, obsession, and trying to meet Bruce Springsteen.


Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive - As a trans woman, bisexual, and femme activist, Julia Serano challenges various forms of exclusion within feminist and queer/LGBTQ movements.


Tell Me I’m Worthless by Alison Rumfitt - a haunted house novel that takes readers from the well of the literary gothic, up through Brighton’s queer scene, and out into the heart of modern day trans experience in the UK


Youngman : Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan - a first-hand account of a historical gay trans man's whole life.


Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution: An Oral History - the very first comprehensive overview of a movement that defied both the music underground and the LGBT mainstream community.


The Transgender Issue : An Argument for Justice - Shon Faye uncovers the reality of what it means to be trans in a transphobic society. Providing a compelling, wide-ranging analysis of trans lives from youth to old age, exploring work, family, housing, healthcare, the prison system, and trans participation in the LGBTQ+ and feminist communities.


From The Gut: Collected Zine Writings - a compilation of zine, illustration and personal essay work by Kirsty Fife, a zine maker, musician, cultural organiser and information worker.


The Girl From The Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag - a graphic novel about family, romance, and first love.


Wishes: A powerful story about one refugee family’s search for a new home 


Welcome to Consent - An inclusive, frank and funny illustrated guide to navigating consent for tweens and teens of all genders


Juliet Takes a Breath: The Graphic Novel - an unforgettable queer coming-of-age story exploring race, identity and what it means to be true to your amazing self.
ZINE NEWS

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 OPEN (because I'm being very slow about writing my own part) See more info here.

Queer Art Punks - Are you a Queer/LGBTQIA+ artist, writer or creative with something to share? Are you passionate about Queer art, history and culture and want to be part of something new? Queer Art Punks wants to hear from you - see more here

Zine of the Hill 3 - For anyone who loves King of the Hill and falls somewhere under the LGBTQQIP2SAA umbrella, looking for both written pieces and visual art. Deadline: December 30th 2021  - more info here
 

ZINES

Zines you can get from other places


Vampire Hag - 12th Birthday zine - featuring art and comics from Vampire Hag Distro's readers and friends and spooky movie recommendations for scaredy cats and two spooky stories - buy it here


Joyful Noise zine - Andro and Eve’s second zine is a collaboration with artist Seleena Laverne Daye. With the pandemic still ongoing, this zine project has been a way to continue to connect the LGBTQ+ community - buy it here
 
OTHER ZINE THINGS

I spotted a great Twitter account the other day - 365 Daily Zine Prompts - posting a daily prompt for zine making ideas. Follow them at @DailyZinePrompt
Zine event listings are back! You can see the full events listings here.
DEC 12 - Sapphic Writers Zine Launch: Meet Me At Lesbos @ Zoom / online

Join the Sapphic Writers Collective for a night of performances to celebrate the launch of their new zine: Meet Me At Lesbos - event info
DEC 17 - REBEL DYKES Zine Making Workshop @ Leith Hall, Edinburgh

To accompany the screening Rebel Dykes, all ticket holders can attend a themed zine-making workshop hosted by Edinburgh Zine Library. Materials provided, all ticket holders welcome, regardless of artistic ability - event info


DEC 18 - York Zine Fest 2021 @ The Crescent, York

York Zine Fest is back for a very merry Festive Edition! Join them for 35+ stalls selling a mix of zines, mags, books, prints, badges, xmas decs, ceramics and more. Free entry but please bring a donation for the food bank collection if you can - event info
DEC 18 - Queer Feminist Zine Workshop @ At The Old Fire Station, London

Come get ya zine on at this free 2 hour workshop with Lu Williams from Grrrl Zine Fair and the gals of Powersuit Collective - event info

DEC 19 - Festive Zine Workshop @ 21 Victoria Rd, Scarborough

Zines, coffee, music and festivities from Scarborough Zine Library - event info
MAY 14-15 2022 - Edinburgh Zine Fest

More information on Edinburgh Zine Fest 2022 coming soon, and applications for tables will open on December 20th, 2021 - event info
 
OTHER NICE THINGS


Take a look at this Auction for Mika, a top surgery fundraiser taking place over on Instagram December 10th-12th. There'll be lots of nice things up for grabs (including a bundle of things from me). 
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 - 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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