I’ve just returned from collecting 200 Non-Bio collaborative zines, all put together by Tim, Francesca, Chris, Bruno, Ruth, Lucy and myself at the meet we had back in July. The zines are an exciting concoction of collage, prose poetry, blackout poems, cartoons and nature ‘facts’, and I’m dead proud of them. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like one - they are free! Please do spread the word…
I’m planning to run another collaborative zine event in mid-November, date TBC. Please email me with potential themes and techniques you’d like to work with.
London Art Book Fair Opening Evening: Thursday September 25th from 6.30pm. Come browse a wide array of experimental art books at the Whitechapel Gallery. I’ll choose a nearby pub for us to meet in nearer the time.
Swap zines and eat nice things: Saturday October 18th from 2pm. Bring along a zine or two that you’ve finished reading and swap with other members! I’m still trying to find a suitable cafe that will let us book a table - please do give me your suggestions.
Some exciting events and things not organised by me…
Alternative Press Picnic: Tomorrow!!!! Bring something to eat and a pencil or two and draw inspiration from the traditions of Speaker’s Corner at the Alternative Press Picnic. Join us in an afternoon of zine-making, life drawing, poetry reading and debate.1pm - 5pm, Sunday 31st August, Hyde Park www.alternativepress.org.uk @alt_press
Scriggler live: Organised by London Zines & Selfpub member Francesca, a night of creativity and inspiration for the thinking person. Music and words, stories and songs, poetry and performance all come together at The Harrison Bar, London, on Thursday 18th September for Scriggler: Live. Celebrating the launch of Scriggler, a hub for words, a magazine, social network, publishing and blogging platform for anyone who wants to read, write and discuss any topic in any style, the evening is one of inspiration and imagination.
Do It Yourself Zine Day at the Royal Festival Hall: In celebration of International Day of the Girl and of politically minded young people everywhere, come and explore what matters to you, what you’d like to change and what inspires you. Then cut it all up and reassemble it in your very own fanzine. 12 noon – 4pm Saturday 11th October. (Thinking of organising a group to go to this!)
Hacknet Flea Market: Also tomorrow!! A new bi-monthly market, that’s a celebration of London’s emerging independent artists/makers, champions original/unique items, a place for lovers of all that is D.I.Y. and self published. For more information, or to enquire about trading, please email: email@example.com
Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair: 6th September, Conway Hall, London. Robin & I will be browsing and I’m guessing others from the group too!
Camaradefest II: 100 poets. 50 pairs. 50 original collaborations. October 25th. 12 noon til late at the Rich Mix Arts Centre. Robin & I will be performing, please save the date!