It’s always an exciting time, new places, new zine events, new shops to try to woo into discount printing my zinester enthusiast work. I’m really excited that this Saturday is Queer Zine Fest London. Bloody hell, I haven’t been to a zinefest in ages because of health issues and mobility problems. I’m looking forward to seeing all my old friends, and all the new people, especially in a queer specific space. That’s awesome.
The last couple weeks have been really hectic. For fucks sake, I spontaneously managed to get over a litre of air trapped between the walls of my left lung! Damn, they call it “pneumothorax”, and it’s kind of a bad ass to fix. So far between the bad health, the waiting times in A&E, and being homebound, I’ve added a new page for you! This one is my comics! More is coming in the future… but feel free to take a peek, there’s a newbie up there.
Maybe I’ll see you at the fest on Saturday? Come over and say hello!
Now that I am for sures in Brighton for a while yet and have managed to tuck away a completed master’s dissertation I can finally return to concentrating on all that my sweatervest wardrobe endows: zines, zines, zines. I am eagerly piecing together a new queer, feminist, mental health perzine which will hopefully make its luscious ways to you before the end of the year. I just marked my calendar to head on over to the South East London Zinefest on 12th November. You may also catch me meandering awkwardly with a tote full of zines and a shy shuffle at the London Anarchist Bookfair. If you can’t make it to any of these and are still wanting to grab some of my zines, the on-line shop is newly restocked. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some zines to catch up on reading. Send me yours if you want me to make me smile!
After countless hours of planes, trains, ferries, metros, rental cars, buses and trams, my thumbs are back to twiddling in Brighton. With a summer of literal and figurative hurricanes it is a wee unclear as to which city I will yet be spending the next year of my life. London may be usurping me or Brighton may keep anchoring me in.
It’s been some turbulent times for me over the last couple months. I have been juggled around quite considerably by the clowns of academia in a circus of discrimination. Long story short, I have been pretty exhausted and finding myself a bit stretched with generating new zines. The good news is that I am a kind of an anomaly and the more I am discriminated against, the more determined I become. Besides, perhaps eventually I can throttle the whole experience into a zine that invites you all to shake your fists at the system with me!
Despite the distractions, I am eager to keep on top of all that’s going on in zines. I am planning on having a stall at the Camden Zinefest on October 8th. I am also soon to invade my local print shop and make a ridiculously large stack o’ zines to restock my currently sold out shop. So please, come around to my website or to the next zinefest and say hello. Keep up the good fight and fight it with all the love you got.
Sometimes people are awesome.
I ran a Survivor Zines workshop at the Women’s Library Zinefest that was really inspiring for me. Ya’ll packed the place out! Even though I’m always nervous before running a workshop or speaking publicly about being a survivor I was able to leave this event ready to take on the world. It feels to me like there is an eagerness for a new (and yet infinitely old in its routes) feminist based survivor and allies activism, a movement to speak out about our experiences and challenge a society and culture that repeatedly silences us. I want to thank everyone in the workshop, especially the people who talked to me afterwards, for their kindness as well as their courage. I hope that those of you who came were able to find positives in it and that maybe it will have spawned more activist resistance in you!
In other news, it is my last month in the grand (ok, so maybe more petite, lovely and cliched) city of Brighton! I am going to be on a two month hiatus, first going to the USA and Canada (let me know asap if you’re in this neck of the woods and want me to send you zines for cheaps) and escapades up in northern England until settling into the confusing disconnections of logic and city planning that is London. Unfortunately, this means I won’t be distroing any zines for the entirety of August and parts of September. Dessole! However, the plan’s to spend some time catching up and writing some zines to birth to you all soon.
As one last plug- all yous interested in survivor & allies activism, get in touch and let me know if there’s any ideas you have, events you’re keen to create, things that you already have going on, or chats you want to engage in. If you’re able to come to London, there is also The Flip Side: When Sex is Not Okay… Art Gallery Night! on July 22nd at the Lambeth Women’s Project (Oh and to be extra sneaky, one last-last plug– somewhere along the line facebook has inserted its presence too much in my life, so Sarah Tea-Rex has tea infused my way into facebook fanpages, “like” me if you’re into that kind of thing).
The Women’s Library Zine Fest is coming up fast with all the ass kickin’, alternative press, and feminism making way in London. I am going to have a stall and be running a workshop on Survivor Zines. I hope that some of you can come along and say hello, trade some zines, or fill me in on your latest way of bringin’ about some change. Also, for those of you attending who want some of my zines if you e-mail me asap and let me know which ones you want I can put them aside for you and give them to you on the day (hooray for avoiding hefty postage costs). Otherwise, here’s the blurb about the workshop…
Survivor Zines: A discussion session on zines as a tool of self-expression, community support and active resistance for survivors of sexual violence. A look at how we can form more supportive communities and responses for survivors. Sarah Tea-Rex has written and compiled zines on surviving childhood sexual abuse, mental health, queer and trans youth resistance, reproductive autonomy, and unemployment. This discussion is open to people of all genders, to survivors and to their allies. A trained support person will also be present during the workshop.
I’ve been lucky enough to do two workshops over the past month. One of them (at the Lesbian Lives conference) was on Zines and Community Support, and the other (at Brighton Zinefest) was with Red on Survivor Zines: Telling our Stories of Sexual Violence. I am really thankful to all of you who came to the workshops and either listened or shared with us. It meant a lot to me personally to see how courageous and supportive people within our communities can be. As one of the Brighton Zinefest organizers, I really had a great weekend of workshops and stalls and I now have heaps of new zines to keep my mind churning while I escape the rain. Thanks.
Microcosm Publishing, well over a month later, has never replied to the e-mail I sent them on boycotting their distro due to their, frankly, fucked up approach to dealing with an abuse perpetrator on their collective. But more independent and lovely distros are starting to pick up my zines so they’ll be available from friendlier sources anyway.
The Graduating Into Unemployment Zine is officially getting its act together and it will hopefully be complete in two shakes. Additionally, will has awesomely translated Get A Grip into Braille! So if you have an interest in nabbing yourself a braille edition, send me an e-mail and we can work something out. Also, will, thanks– you rock.
In case you were feeling a bit in the pits about yet another gregorian calendar popping into the rubbish bin, here’s some zinester updates to tickle that geeky side of you into excitement.
Firstly, in all of my infinite tech savvy, I have managed to get to you lots of my zines, totally for free and accessible from anywhere in the world. Just go to the zine section on this website and get downloading.
The Graduating into Unemployment zine has gotten lots of really fantastic submissions which I’m in the midst of organising and putting into a beautiful compilation zine. There’s also still a chance of getting a piece of yours included, if you send it over to me asap.
I’m helping to organise the Brighton Zinefest, taking place on Feb 19 & 20th, which is set to be chock full of awesome workshops, zine stalls, music, and lovely zinesters. Contact us if you want to hold a zine stall or workshop, otherwise just mark it on your calendar and come check us out.
In my supreme zine excitement, Microcosm Publishing wants to stock my latest zine, Get A Grip! Plus, there’s a possibility that I may be getting inspired to churn out a second edition of the zine… so keep your eyes peeled ’till the next round of updates. See, so much zineing to anticipate in the new year, enjoy!