Category Archives: London

British Library Archive!

My blog is going to be archived by the British Library! How cool is that? They’ve asked me because it ‘represents aspects of UK documentary heritage’. The answer is yes because A: I’m a total library fangirl, B: that is one of my favourite places in England – it’s usually my first stop after I get off the train in London and I have spent inappropriate amounts of both time and money in the gift shop, and C: How cool of an honour is that? Wow! Thank you, British Library.

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Zine fairs agogo!

If you’re in the mood for a zine fair, you’ve come to the right place.

For those near Nottingham, check out the Nottingham Zine Fair, where you can get Adventures in Menstruating #6 and The Venns: A Quest for the Perfect Pub Quiz Team from the always awesome Marching Stars Distro.

If you’re nearer London, you should definitely check out the International Alternative Press Fair, where you can grab The Venns from Active Distribution.

There are loads of activities and stalls for zine, comic and craft fans, and stalls from our favourite distros and artists. Please show them some support.

If you can’t make it, the zines are available online from the distros linked above, in limited quantities.

Enjoy!

Adventures in Menstruating #6

The new issue launches at the London Zine Symposium this Sunday, and then is available from all the usual places after that. It’s been fun and frantic putting it all together!

Chart Your Cycle is 5!

Five years ago, on a bit of a whim, I wrote a zine called Chart Your Cycle. Everything I’ve done since to do with Adventures in Menstruating has been a direct result of that whim. Thanks to everyone who’s supported or contributed to the zines, the blog and the show over the past five years.

This was the third printing – the first run had black and white covers, the second run had solid colour covers in bright shades, and the fourth printing had solid colour covers in pastel shades. It’s currently out of print, but if you happened to get your hands on a copy during the summer of 2005, you’re halfway through your cycle-chart right now.

Last Saturday I had an excellent time at the London Zine Symposium, and they were celebrating their own fifth birthday. It felt pretty coincidental, but all of us who read – Isy Morgenmuffel, Josie Long, Patrick Staff, Charlotte Cooper and I – seemed to be onto a retrospective theme with the stuff we chose. There was a really nice atmosphere and it was cool to see how we’d all changed over the years. The free zine I’d put together for the symposium was made up of my friends’ and fans’ recollections of what they’d been doing five years ago this week. If you’d like to contribute, get in touch.

More on the zine symposium later. Just wanted to say a quick thanks for now.

Cheers,

Chella

And we’re back.

Had a month-long hiatus to sort out all the messing about with Volcano-stranding and other travel-related hold-ups, and are now back to a lifestyle that requires far fewer hyphenated words to describe it. One of the highlights of our US trip was our proximity to what I called the Slurpee Store when I was little and my dad bought me my first one.  We’re back in the UK now, but I seem to have re-whetted the Quint family appetites, because my mom sent me this email today:

“I wanted to let you know I poured my first Slurpee the other day.  It was an experience. I knew it was toward the back of the store, but I had to pass the coffee machines, and the soda machines before I finally found –SLURPEE!  Then–which cup?  So I poured, but I knew it didn’t look like the slurpees you always come out with–too flat on top.  Then–the lid. Different characters were lined up–but help was on the way.  The clerk came running back before I mischose, and picked out the right transparent top for me.  Now he asks which straw–long or short?  Well, long enough to fit into the big cup I guess.  So I felt pretty good about the whole experience, until your sister came home and said, ‘You’re supposed to put the lid on first–to get that nice dome effect.’  Oh well…”

Anyone else who is hankering after a new and refreshing experience with a nice dome effect should head to London this Saturday to join Chella and a zillion (official estimate) others at The London Zine Symposium.

Edited to add that I’ll be reading from issue 5 with some other lovely people between 2 and 3 pm.

Adventures in Menstruating #5 will be available for the first time in London on the individual zine table and for trading, and Chella will also have some treats to celebrate completing Chart Your Cycle for the 24 Hour zine thing (now only held during July, sadly) five years ago this week.

If you can’t get to London but you’d like to join in with the written portion of the treat, email or facebook us with a response to the following in the next 24 hours: What were you doing five years ago this week? Would you do it again? How did you find out (memory, diary, blog, email archive, etc.)?

And if you can make it, bring a zine to trade!

Cities that begin with L, and the feminists who love them.

I’ve just done a podcast about subvertising for the Femme Fatale show, and will put it up in The A.V. Room sometime soon. Cheers to Ben who does funny topical stuff for sorting out the uploading and stuff.

I had a great time with Rosy from Femme Fatale down at Feminism in London, especially at the media workshop, where I got to practise not sounding lglib or stupid while promoting feminist events like tonight’s Reclaim the Night march in London. What we discovered at the workshop was  that I don’t yet have the kind of …punditude? to sound like anything other than a comedian, even when talking about serious issues, but there will be plenty of people on the march and at the rally point who do know how.

Details are at the link above for those who want to attend, and we’d like to shout a big hello to the people we know at  Femsoc and  Feminism in London pals who are supporting the event.

Speechless, but working on that.

So the Feminism in London conference was inordinately awesome. So much so, that I’ve spent the week (doing lots of other stuff but also) trying to compose the perfect blog post about it. I’ll keep adding to this post until it meets my exacting standards. Check out their site for pictures, speech transcripts and workshop notes.

It was excellent overall, but particular highlights for me included:

Susie Orbach‘s speech and slide show, chatting with stall holders, including  Feminist Library and PinkStinks, and Media Training With Camera workshop by Rebecca Mordan.

Major props to compere Kate Smurthwaite for bunging me into the cabaret night, Liz for joining me in a song and  Tina for lending me the guitar, the audience at the Soho Comedy Club for surfing The Crimson Tide with us, and Leeds Femsoc for taking me in as one of their own all day long.

Plans are in the works to be back in Leeds soon, as well as workshops in Sheffield and Edinburgh  over the next few months. Stay tuned!

Chella