Salford Zine Library

Northwest Zinefest 2016

It’s almost here! Northwest Zinefest 2016 is coming this weekend (Saturday June 18th) and we hope you’ll be able to make it! It’s FREE entry and we’ll be open to the public from 11:30am until 4:30pm. Come and get your hands on the following ace zines:

Cool Schmool Zines
Will Be Betrayed/Opinionated Nobody
Fault and Fracture
Highgreen Dawn
First Time/Conversation With Strangers/S(PACE)
The Mancunian Way
Illustrated Women in History
Adventures in Menstruating
Fan Club Notts
Shape & Situate/Colouring Outside The Lines
pen fight distro
The Selfish Dream
Chisel Tip zine and Post-Culture distro
The Screever Zine
Footprint distro
Apples to Zines
Silvia Carrus
Naïf Press
Bi Community News
Black Lodge Press
Kitty Collector zines
Kim Searle
Spaghetti Zine
Rum Lad
Love You Like A Sister
Sugar Paper
Resist Psychic Death!
3 Paw Press
Stirred Press
One Way Ticket to Cubesville
About a Girl/In the Year of the Rabbit
Fanzine Ynfytyn
The hysterical girls guide to self harm scars and stigma and I am, I am, I am
2nd Hand Zine/Memory Card Zine
Nails Emoji
The Chapess

We’ll also have a jam packed communal table full of excellent zines too. If that wasn’t enough we’ve also got a bunch of workshops for people to get involved in too:

2016 Workshop Schedule

11.45-12.45 Monoprinting Workshop by Kim Searle – £3.50 to cover materials (+ slightly annoying Eventbrite fee) – Please book in advance so we can get the materials – tickets available here:

We’ll be doing trace monoprinting, where every print you do will be 100% unique. Trace monoprinting creates really professional and atmospheric looking one off prints using printing inks and texturing techniques. If you would like to work from a particular image please feel free to bring it along.

1.15– 2.15 Music Zines run by Olivia from the Young People’s Music Project – Free

Come browse and discuss music zines from the Salford Zine Library collection and Olivia’s current and past music zine projects. As a group we will explore gender empowerment through music, what it’s like to be a woman making music and the importance of having a creative collective to support and inspire as well as the practicalities of making a music zine and how it can complement your own music-making, as well as responding to others’ music in a positive way. It can be creative to turn music into something visual and tactile so feel free to bring your own submissions to Olivia’s music zines or work collectively to create a comp-zine in the session.

2.30 – 3.30 Drop in zine-making and badge-making by Pen Fight Distro and Synchronise Witches Press – Zine-making is free and suggested donation of 10p/15p per badge to cover materials.

You don’t have to stay for this whole workshop – just drop in at any point while it’s running – if it gets really busy we may ask you to rotate to allow others to have a go.

Come and make and take home your very own 25mm or 58mm badge with pen fight distro. Draw something, create miniature collages, cut out bits of fabric, photographs or found images, if it’s flat we can probably make it into a badge! Materials will be provided but feel free to bring any images/fabric/paper/anything else if you have something particular in mind.

3.30-4.30 Zine readings

Chris Clavin
Chris Clavin (Ghost Mice, Captain Chaos, Plan-It-X Records) wrote “Free Pizza For Life” – an incredible book telling the stories of the early days of Plan-It-X Records. Chris is playing a show as Captain Chaos at Fuel in Withington ( in the evening and he’s going to come and do a reading for us at 3:30pm. Super excited.

Open mic
From 4pm we’ll be opening the floor for a zine reading open mic (except there won’t be a mic). Sign up on the day for a 5 minute slot and read either your own work or someone else’s.

Some other stuff
Entry to zinefest is FREE but we’ll be accepting donations on the day. Anything you can spare to put towards paying the overheads and what not would be appreciated but there’s no pressure whatsoever. If you have to choose between buying a zine from someone and chucking a couple of quid our way, definitely buy the zine.

Talking about the event on the internet would be really helpful! We’re hoping that lots of people are going to come but Tweeting/Instagraming/Facebooking about it might just give forgetful people the nudge they need. We’re using the hashtag #nwzinefest and if you want to point people to a Facebook event it’s here:

Here’s some useful links:
The Northwest Zinefest blog:
Twitter @nwzinefest
Instagram @nwzinefest
Facebook page /northwestzinefest

Here’s a map showing you where Islington Mill is (if you click on the map it’ll take you into Google Maps and then you’ll be able to plan your route or whatever)

I think that’s everything. Any questions, Tweet, email or speak to us on any other social media platform you can think of and we’ll do our best to help. Hope to see you on Saturday!

*beautiful poster by Saffa Khan:

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