Mid September I travelled to Manchester/Leeds and passed through London. I wanted to go to the UK because Leeds Zine Fair (facebook) was happening on September 15th so I planned a little trip around it.
I arrived with the Eurostar in London on Thursday September 13th and then took the train to Manchester. I love trains and hate airplanes so my whole trip was by train. When booked in advance as I did, it is probably as cheap as going by plane, so yay trains!
Here are some photos from my trip:
The Pen Fight shop looked amazing and has excellent zines in stock. I’m very proud to say that they are selling my zines too now.
Printing a mini-zine on the riso printer at Partisan! Thank you for giving me this chance to test the riso, Pen Fight!
The People’s History Museum had a temporary exhibition on the history of feminism (focussing on the suffragettes and comparing it with contemporary feminist struggles) and they even had a display of zines! That evening there was a sewing and embroidery workshop organised by Women in Print as well:
The Salford Zine Library at the Nexus Art Café was temporarily reduced to just one magazine rack because of refurbishments but will be fully accessible again soon. The café had been made wheelchair-accessible recently which was cool too.
View of the colourful fountains at Manchester Piccadilly:
On Friday evening I headed to Leeds to be on time for the zine fair the next morning. The zine fair took place at the Kirkgate Market, a huge farmer’s market. Such spaces don’t exist where I live so it was already an adventure in itself. At the zine fair I got the chance to print a page for a collective zine on a riso printer again! And I tabled with my friends Ana Hine and Chella Quint who both make amazing zines and do other cool projects (Ana is making a documentary on zines and mental health with a friend and Chella does improv comedy and works on menstruation activism). I also got to meet Seleena Laverne Daye who makes lots of awesome zines and great art, mostly with felt. And of course I bought so many zines at the fair (and at the Pen Fight shop before) that they hardly fit in my suitcase…
After goodbyes to my zine friends, I left Leeds to London and then home.
(Read more about this trip in the upcoming 14th issue of Same Heartbeats!)