Last November we were invited to perform at the DIY Outspoken Showcase at Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds. My short film, The FU Story was also screened, and I got to be part of a very cool panel with Josie Long, Scout Niblett and Katie Harkin. Rosie Stoker has made a short doc of the day. You can see it here! If you’d like to catch Adventures in Menstruating or Josie Long at the Fringe, we’re on the Ladyfest Edinburgh Cabaret tomorrow night from 8 – 11 at Leith Circle of Friends, Leith Walk. Josie’s on at the Pleasance Dome every night at 7, but tickets are selling out fast so grab them soon! (I have learned this from experience.)
Right – back to the fringe!
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!
Pecka Kucha #6 was awesome. The talks were amazing, the responses even better! It was very cool sharing my feminine hygiene advertising insights with my adopted hometown of Sheffield, and I met some very interesting people. I’ll add another post when videos are up, but here’s a picture by the lovely Nynke Wierda:
If you’re in Sheffield, please come along – it’s now standing room only!
Pecha Kucha #6.
First Kotex, now Always. Still, can’t beat Stains TM for getting to the heart of the matter. 😉
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!
I’ve just had a very cool review from Olga Wolstenholme’s sex positive blog! Woohoo and thank you!
Incidentally – it was quite heartening to read about Olga’s positive responses when she wrote about her diva cup (she refers to this in the post). One bad comment (also mentioned) really can spoil the whole bunch at first, but I find visceral responses like that point up a lot of shame behind the knee-jerk reaction of a nasty remark. Which means there’s all the more reason to put period positive stuff out there – those taboos clearly need breaking. I quite like her (mostly in jest) disclaimer: ”As long as you’re not being ignorant or oppressive, you can go right ahead and think blood is gross.”
A very good point. Nice one, Olga.
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.