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queer & feminist zines, books, art, DIY & tiny press.


UK Zine Events Calendar

In case you hadn’t spotted it – I keep a calendar of UK zine events regularly updated, to help folks find zine fests going on around the country or other zine – related events (zine clubs! zine launches! workshops! talks! library pop-ups! exhibitions!) going on in their area.

If you’d like me to add your event to the calendar all you need to do is email me (preferred) or gimmie a shout on social media.

Zine Club is back!

Pen Fight is teaming with Salford Zine Library to bring Zine Club to Gorton Community Centre on March 29th, 5-7pm. Come and work on a project, learn something new, read zines from our collection or just chat to some new zinester pals. Hope you see you there! 

Read all about it here.

Happy International Zine Month!

July is International Zine Month! Originally coined by Alex Wrekk (of Stolen Sharpie Revolution / Portland Button Works), IZM is a month-long celebration of all things zine and independent publishing. Every year Alex also writes a list of daily suggested activities, here’s the one for 2020:

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I’ve got some new things planned to release later this July, but for now I thought I’d say hello in my first post in nearly 4 years (!)

December News

It feels like a long time since we last said hello in July – since then we’ve had tables at Hulme Is Where The Art Is, the Manchester and Salford Anarchist Bookfair, and 2 Poor Pals pop-ups, ran workshops at The Whitworth and Altrincham Library, and celebrated the distro’s first birthday ? ? !





There’s also been some new additions to the catalogue, including – Brick: a zine about abortion, Forever Incomplete (issues 1 + 4), Poly/Not Poly, Lipstick & Jellybeans, a split issue of Say Hi & Wave 3 / Mythologising Me 12, and our anti street-harassment badges.


We’re all done for the rest of the year now, but the 2017 zine-calendar is already starting to fill up with lovely things. So far we’re running a badge making workshop at Sale Library on January 14th + tabling at the Hull zine fair at Ground on January 28th-29th.



The Chapess had a great exhibition up at Salford Zine Library – sadly it’s over now, but in happy news another excellent one on Perzines curated by Ingrid Boring is now up in it’s place, and will be well into January.

July News

Thanks to everyone who stopped by at DIY Cultures or came and made badges with us at Northwest Zinefest! The badge making workshop was so busy it could have gone on all day – we’ll try and put on some more workshops sometime soon.

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New zines added: loads of new zines this time! Call My Name issue 1, Call My Name issue 2, Call My Name issue 3, Call My Name issue 4, Beatrice’s Inferno, Guan Yersel! Here. In My Head. issue 15, Here. In My Head. issue 16, Here. In My Head. issue 17, Mae Danger issue 1, Mae Danger issue 2, Tiny Doodles issue 2.

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Events: We’ll be tabling at this years Leeds Zine Fair on Septhember 10th at Left Bank.


Hello hello!

Welcome to our shiny new website! We’ll be posting our major updates here, but for more regular news you can follow us on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook.


Events: We’re gonna be tabling at the Sheffield Zine Fest on April 30th & Glasgow Zine Fair on May 1st – a busy weekend for us!

Website updates: We’ve compiled a zine resource, listing distros, libraries and other fun zine stuff. We’ve also started a Zine & DIY events listing for fun things we think people should support in the UK. If you’ve anything you’d like us to add to either of those, contact us.

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