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Weirdo Zine Fest at Sutton House

15th July 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

£3 - £6

Weirdo Zine Fest is a self-publishing fair celebrating DIY cultural production by radical and marginalised people. Preference for tables goes to women, queers, POC, disabled people, trans people, fat people, sex workers and anyone who is otherwise marginalised.

The first fair was last year at DIY Space for London and it’s back for a second year in collaboration with Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard in Hackney! This year’s fair will include 20+ stallholders, as well as an afterparty featuring music and performances (details TBC!). Stallholders and performers will be announced in late May.

Interested in tabling? Fill out this form by 10th May 2017: Anyone who identifies as marginalised is encouraged to apply. Weirdo Zine Fest supports new zinemakers, so we would also like to encourage new and first time zine makers!

Entry to just the zine fair is free. Normal admission charges apply to visit the zine fair and the historic rooms. There will be a School of Anarchy exhibition throughout the house. Price of admission will also cover entry to the after party in the evening.

The National Trust is a charity, Sutton House is giving this space for free, if you wish to support the preservation of this important community space, please consider paying the admission charge if you are able to.

The zine fair and afterparty will be on the ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately the historic rooms are not wheelchair accessible. We have an accessible toilet which is also designated gender neutral – a first for the National Trust.

Sutton House Queered
Built in 1535 by Tudor Statesman Ralph Sadlier, Sutton House is the oldest domestic building in Hackney. Throughout its almost 500 year history, the house has been a boys’ school, a girls’ school, a church institute, offices, and a squat. The house is now owned by the National Trust, and has a strong focus on working with the local community. Sutton House was the first National Trust property to celebrate LGBT History Month, and the first to introduce a gender neutral toilet. Sutton House Queered is a year- long programme that aims to question and disrupt, to challenge and celebrate. Much like Sutton House’s varied and colourful history, Queer is fluid and ever-changing, and presents a great opportunity for us to explore the National Trust’s Prejudice and Pride theme, marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

School of Anarchy
In April 1985 a group of 8 squatters made Sutton House their home. They sent a letter to local residents which read:
“As you’ve probably noticed, something is happening at Sutton House- several of us have moved in and are hoping to convert it into a kind of community centre.”
They proposed opening the house to the public, running a café and arts and craft workshops for local community members. They renamed their new home ‘The Blue House’ and hosted rock concerts here. This short but colourful era in Sutton House’s unusual history lasted less than a year, but has left its mark on how we run today, the community are at the heart of everything we do. As well as decorating the house with vibrant graffiti art, some of which is retained today, the squatters wrote anti-fascist, anti-Thatcher and feminist political slogans on the doors of the rooms. Sutton House’s strong activist roots have inspired our Summer of Anarchy, which will explore LGBTQ activism.



15th July 2017
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
£3 - £6
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Weirdo Zine Fest


Sutton House
2 Homerton High Street,
London, E9 6JQ United Kingdom
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