The stirrings of spring mean our hiatus is over and a new issue of Adventures in Menstruating is on the way at last – a ‘true confessions’ style bumper edition. Thank you to everyone who’s waited patiently this year while we got gaymarried, worked on the Obama campaign and supported an ill friend.
The year hasn’t been totally devoid of things menstrual or zine, though –
We had an excellent review from Brittany Shoot at Feminist Review and she felt moved to write a piece for our next issue. Brittany’s writing is fantastic and we’re really pleased to have made friends with this radical woman. Chella will be contributing to Brittany’s upcoming zine about expats – stay tuned for an article called ‘Adventures in Emigrating’ and more details about that zine later this month.
We did a mini tour called ‘Honeymoon Period’ which included a comedy sketch performance, menstrual craft workshop and poetry reading at Ladyfest Berlin and concluded with Malav’s gallant hospitality once again at Bluestockings in NYC.
Sarah won a poetry competition at this year’s Off the Shelf Festival – one of the poems she read, ‘A Celebration of Menstruation’ (which you may have read in the zine or seen on tour) united the crowd and the judges, and a trophy cup has joined her mooncup on the bathroom shelf.
Chella is getting involved with Red Chidgey and Elke Zobl’s fantastic book – working title: DIY Activism! Dispatches from the Transnational Feminist Zine Movement – and is keen to promote their website.
And finally, Chella’s recently (like literally just today, actually) been asked to contribute work to a book coming out next year by Christine Bobel tentatively called New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation from Rutgers University Press. More details on that as they come in.
So that’s been the zine highlights of the year for us – we’re excited to be back, uh… bigger and redder?
All the best from
Chella and Sarah
PS Chella will be in New York from the 6th – 12th April – if you’ve got a hankering for putting something zine or menstrual together, get in touch.