pen fight


Hi there! We’re pen fight, a feminist and queer shop and small press based in Manchester, UK. Independently run since 2015, we sell zines, radical books, badges, and other DIY and small-run art and craft.

On our shelves you’ll find work on feminist and women’s rights, disability and mental health, food, veganism, gardening, politics, race, class, art, friendship, music, fanzines, and anything else with an ace DIY ethic.

We also operate a small press, printing zine titles by women, non-binary and LGBTQIA+ folks, we want to amplify the voices and creative work of the marginalised and new artists.

More about us:

Upcoming Events / Fairs ♡ Distributing Your Work ♡ Contact ♡

The shop

All orders are sent via Royal Mail or Airmail. Usually they’ll be posted within a week. If you cannot provide online payments – contact us, and we’ll see what we can do.

Up for trades!

Trading makes us very happy! If you’d like to trade with us, contact us with what you have to trade and what you’re interested in from us. We do have some exceptions, but most of our stock (excluding books and tote bags) is available for trades.


We have wholesale prices on some of our items, available to physical shops. Email us for a price list and details.

What’s a zine?
A zine (pronounced like maga-zine) is a self-made printed publication, often made cheaply, usually photocopied – but other printing methods can be used. They can be about anything, from politics to art to your favourite tv show. They can be hand made one-offs or printed in their hundreds. People can hand draw and copy and paste them, use a computer, or both, or anything inbetween. Even if you’ve never heard of them before, you’ve probably seen one and just didn’t know they had a special name. Anyone can make one, including you.

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Upcoming Events/Tabling

♥ 30th June 2018 – Bradford Zine Fest, Bradford City Library / facebook

♥ 7th July 2018 – Pen Fight Opening / Small Press Day, Partisan, Manchester /  facebook

♥ 22nd July 2018 – Process! Festival, Somerset House, London / website / facebook

♥ 8th September 2018 – Bradford Radical & Anarchist Bookfair, The 1 in 12 Club, Bradford / facebook

Past Events/Tabling

♥ 6th May – Northwest Zinefest, Partisan, Manchester / facebook

♥ 14th-15th April 2018 – Glasgow Zine Fest, CCA Glasgow / facebook

♥ 14th April 2018 – Manchester Print Fair, Manchester Cathedral / facebook

♥ 7th April 2018 – Liverpool Anarchist Bookfair, Black-e / facebook

♥ 17th March 2018 – Zine Club Manchester: Women’s History Month, Partisan, Manchester / facebook

♥ 16th December 2017 – Zine Club Manchester – risograph zines with Shy Bairns, Partisan, Manchester / facebook

♥ 2nd December 2017 – Manchester and Salford Anarchist Bookfair, Partisan, Manchester / website /  facebook

♥ 25th November 2017 – Zine Club Manchester, how to bind a zine, Partisan, Manchester / facebook

♥ 28th October 2017 – Lincoln Zine Fest, The LPAC / website / facebook

♥ 15th October 2017 – Zine Club October, Partisan, Manchester / details / facebook

♥ September 2017 – Zine Club September, Partisan, Manchester / details / facebook

♥ 29th July 2017 – Community Fair @ POW #1, Partisan, Manchester / website / facebook

♥ 11-12th August 2017 – Scene Better Days, Wharf Chambers, Leeds / websitefacebook

♥  27th May 2017 – Bent Fest zine fair, DIY Space For London / tumblr / facebook

♥  20th May 2017 – Muckers Market, The Carlton Club, Manchester / facebook

♥  29-30th April 2017 – Glasgow Zine Fest, CCA / website / facebook

♥  14th May 2017 – DIY Cultures, Rich Mix London / website / facebook

♥  25th February 2017 – Sheffield Zine Fest / website / facebook

♥ 14th January 2017 – Badge + zine making workshop w/ Salford Zine Library, Sale Library

♥ 10th December 2016 – Manchester and Salford Anarchist Bookfair, Islington Mill / website / facebook

♥ 26th November 2016 – Poor Pals Club Pop Up Show #2, Fuel Cafe Bar Manchester / facebook

♥ 19th November 2016 – Zine and badge making workshop w/ Salford Zine Library, Altrincham Library / eventbrite

♥ 26th August 2016 – Hulme Is Where The Art Is, Venture Arts, Manchester

♥ 25th August 2016 – badge making workshop @ Thursday Lates, The Whitworth Manchester / website / facebook 

♥ 20th August 2016 – Poor Pals Club Pop Up, Fuel Cafe Bar Manchester / facebook

♥ 18th June 2016 – Northwest Zinefest, Islington Mill Salford / website / facebook (tabling + running a badge making workshop)

♥ 29th May 2016 – DIY Cultures, Rich Mix London / tumblr / facebook

♥ 1st May 2016 – Glasgow Zine Fest, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow / website / facebook

♥ 30th April 2016 – Sheffield Zine Fest, The Hubs, Sheffield Hallam SU, Sheffield / website / facebook

♥ 31st January 2016 – Weirdo Zine Fest, DIY Space For London, London / facebook

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I'm taking a short break! I'm still accepting orders, but they won't be packed and postage till after I'm back on September 28th. Apologies for any inconvenience x