Friday, 29 April 2016

Free library event

Ever a sucker for public speaking, I'm hosting another free library show and tell event, this time focusing on photobooks in our library collections on Friday 6th Mat 2016.

I'll be curating a display of current photobooks in our collections around themes of landscapes; portraits and identities; Japanese photobooks; conflict, propaganda and protest; and zines and artists' books.

I'm particularly interested in the cross over between photobooks and zines, and I'll be looking at examples of self-published photozines in our collections as well as having guest speaker Marc Vallée giving a talk on his own photozines in our collections.

As with most library events I've tried to include as much queer material as possible, and the role of LGBT photobooks and portraits is something that is often omitted from the conversation on photobooks.

It's free to attend but you need to book a place which you can do here

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Zine weekender

Zine fest season has begun and so has the internal panic that I haven't made a new zine in a few months. Luckily there's nowt quite like a month off work with a fractured ankle and a painful cyst removal from my bum to inspire creativity from my sickbed and there'll be some new zines from me just in time for my zine weekender.

The first of the new zines is a collaboration with Seleena Daye with art by Emma Thacker. Can you even believe this is mine and Seleena's first joint zine together since the heady days of 2001? It's a full on fanzine capturing one of our most recent obsessions. Here's a clue: 

The second zine is my first ever perzine. I'm much more comfortable making fanzines or zines focused on a specific subject or theme, so making a perzine all about me is a bit massively terifying. But it's ok, it doesn't really get massively deep, and I made it into a shoddily drawn comic covering stuff like ocd, Bruce Springsteen, Food Network, and being in a band. If you are a fan of things that look like they were drawn by kids then this is the zine for you. 

So I'll be tabling at Sheffield Zine Fest again this year which a right bunch of ace faces on Saturday 30th April 11am - 4pm.

 And then on Sunday 1st May I'll be taking part in the Salford Zine Library zine readings at Sounds From The Other City fest. 

 Wristbands for SFTOC are avilable here  plus Tacocat and Martha and Joey Fourr and a bunch of other babes all playing the fest and it's also Seleena Daye's birthday, so it's kind of a big deal and you really should be there.