Zines in the news! Latest two titles got a mention on the BBC news website today in a Sheffield/Rotherham fanzine feature, which was kinda amazing given all the other stuff that’s going on. Also, here’s the bit I did on Radio Sheffield, which is online for a week. (Listen from about 2.20.) And now back to your regularly scheduled Fringe.
Hello! I’ve had a very cool day -had a chat about zines on BBC Radio Sheffield including my new zine about the secret lives of planets. Then packed up and got ready to head up to Edinburgh Ladyfest at the Fringe! Come check us out – Sarah and I will be each be doing stuff from our own individual shows and then concluding with the best of Adventures in Menstruating. Really looking forward to dipping a toe into Fringey waters, seeing some of our friends’ shows, and discovering new stuff! Hope to see you there!
LADYFEST AT THE FRINGE CABARET NIGHT
SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 8PM-11PM
115 Leith Walk (near the foot)
Edinburgh EH6 8NP.
Fringe Venue 186
Come and experience the pick of the Fringe with this exciting and eclectic line up of the best of the fest’s female performers!
* JEANNE D’ARK – costumed apocalyptic electropunk!
* CAROLINE KEMP – riot folk!
* SHARON (WITCHES REVENGE) – a musical smorgasbord!
*ELEANOR MORTON – comedy on the ukelele
*GUDRUN HIRT – appalachian dulcimer player and singer
*YAZ DUNCAN – singing heart felt acoustic street folk from Edinburgh’s dank alleys and dive bars!
* BARBARA SCOTT – singing Scottish songs
* CHELLA QUINT & SARAH THOMASIN – subversive poetry and comedy including Adventures in Menstruating!
*THE MULLIN PROJECT – smokey jazz classics!Tix £5 in advance from venue or on door, everyone welcome!
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.
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!
Hello! It’s time I started putting together issue #6. If you’d like to contribute a funny period article, get in touch.
I’m also still looking for one or two more comics for the comic book special issue. A5 portrait size, period positive and funny – full page panel or multi-panel. Email something over or make contact to discuss it further. All contributors receive a copy of the zine.
I’m very excited to be doing a zine workshop in Leeds with Sarah later today (or tomorrow, in my head, once I’ve gone to bed and woken up again). After that we’ll be putting in a little open mic action at the Chemic for Riot Grrl. If you’re in the area, you’d be very welcome.
I’ve just stayed up far too late to watch Day of the Dead, so I may be speaking in zombie metaphors tomorrow. It’s pretty much par for the course at this time of year though. Before I get into a one-woman menstrual zombie representation debate, I’ll just say Annual Halloween party breakdown will go up Sunday, followed by a veritable opus of overdue posts.
Props to Leeds Uni Femsoc for hosting us again. We love those guys.
I’m getting ready to do another print run of Adventures in Menstruating #5 because I’ve just realised they’re nearly gone! The first run is currently available at Rare and Racy in Sheffield, and will be restocked at Marching Stars (who are now starting wholesaling to shops, which is a big leap and I wish Lizzy lots of luck!) by Monday. For US readers, I’ve just packed up some zines to restock at Things You Say and Sweet Candy. And then that’s pretty much it for Issue 5, which may be a record for us.
Thanks for all your support and interest, everybody – a genuine, massive thanks to our readers and to Bluestockings for always hosting our readings in New York, the distros that carry the zine, and all of the amazing people who contributed to this issue.
If you think you’d like a copy of this issue, let me know by email or on facebook. I’m contemplating another biggish run and want to guestimate (ok, really I just wanted to have a giggle saying ‘guestimate’, but send me an email anyway).