Throughout the week,  we will be hosting a number of events celebrating and exploring self-publishing and DIY culture in Bradford and beyond.

All events  at 13 Market Street, Bradford. All events are free. No need to book

Tuesday 14th May, 6  – 6.30pm:

Manchester writer and self-publisher Natalie Bradbury will share the ‘do’s and ‘dont’s’, joys and frustrations of making a fanzine, as learnt through her experiences of editing, designing and producing print and online zine the Shrieking Violet. Started in August 2009, the Shrieking Violet was originally conceived as an alternative guide to her adopted city of Manchester, and has now featured writers, artists and photographers and general enthusiasts from all over the UK, sharing their enthusiasm for topics as diverse as public art, architecture, Esperanto, maths, bees, swimming pools, wild food foraging and wooden rollercoasters. She will trace the Shrieking Violet’s development over the course of the 20 issues published to date, discussing design hits and misses, production and distribution (both physical and online), as well as spin-off collaborations and events such as the Manchester’s Modernist Heroines project and the annual Victoria Baths Fanzine Convention.

6.30pm – 7.30pm: Self-publishing and DIY Culture:  discussion

Bradford Baked Zines organisers  Loosely Bound will host an informal discussion on self-publishing and DIY culture, with  individuals and groups who self-publish, including art collective Black Dogs, Natalie Bradbury and others to be announced. All are welcome to  contribute and share experiences, ideas and questions around DIY publishing.

Friday 17th May, 5pm – 6pm (rescheduled event from Wednesday 15th May)

Martyn Johnston, founder of HowDo?! grassroots Bradford cultural magazine, in conversation with curator Caroline Hick, about the ethos and evolution of HowDo?! and his approach to self-publishing and the future direction for the magazine. This event ties in with the current exhibition at Bradford University Gallery II HowDo?! Off The Page: Appraisal, Celebration and the Future?! which celebrates the achievements of the magazine, from its first issue in December 2011 and invites its readership and visitors to the space to come and talk about their creative projects and ideas, to map and profile artists, venues, projects, promoters and organisations currently active in the city, to share ideas, make things and copy swap.

Friday, 17th May, 6.30pm – 7pm:

Brian Lewis, publisher and editor of Sheffield based poetry publisher Longbarrow Press, will give a short talk on the aesthetics and ethics of self-publishing poetry. Longbarrow Press publishes poems by Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Matthew Clegg, Kelvin Corcoran, Mark Goodwin, Lee Harwood, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones, Fay Musselwhite, Alistair Noon and Peter Riley. Titles range across various formats, including pamphlets, boxes and CDs; many are designed and produced by hand, some in limited editions. The ethos governing the output of the press is that the poem should dictate the format of publication. The resulting objects – matchboxes, acetates, maps – allow poet and publisher to explore alternatives to the book without resorting to gimmickry. Brian says of the attention given to each publication: “‘Craft’ is an expression of care. It’s a simple ethic that has guided the press from the outset: the most important element in each production is care. If you don’t care sufficiently about the thing that you are making, then the audience cannot be expected to care about it either. The growing interest in craft-based practices suggests that there is something missing from industrialised ‘culture’. A pamphlet is a physical object, and it is important to understand the physical interaction of each of the component parts before you put it all together; making pamphlets by hand is a slow process, but it’s much more rewarding for the producer and, hopefully, the audience.”

Publications from Longbarrow Press will be available to buy in the shop throughout the week, from 13th – 18th May. To read more about the philosophy behind the press visit 

Friday, 17th May, 7pm – 7.30pm:

Vicky-Ann and Fliss from South West London and Surrey Zines,  ‘ a new group of zine writers and readers from South of The River dedicated to preserving zines and DIY culture’, will  give an informal talk on SW London and Surrey Zines: how the collective began and how it works. We are delighted to welcome  Vicky-Ann and Fliss, who are travelling to Bradford especially for Bradford Baked Zine week. They will also be talking about their own zines, which will be available in the shop all week.

7.30 – late: Zine party


Zine tomobola and zine bingo from Loosely Bound member and performance artist Marianne Springham , DIY DJing (bring your own records) and more


Saturday 18th May:

11.30am – 1.30pm: Destroy, subvert, create! Drop in collage workshop

Bradford -based husband and wife small press super duBlack Pyramid Press lead a free drop -in collage workshop:

Collage is great for those of us who struggle with the more traditional disciplines of drawing and painting, and perfect for anyone who has the creative urge but is worried that they don’t have technical ability. And don’t let anyone tell you that it is not artistically valid, either. Collage has been used to make some of history’s most interesting works of art from the music scores of Jakob Ulman, Julie Cockburn’s constructed photography, to the intriguing and beautiful pieces of Robert Rauschenberg. Collage is a fun way to make your own thing from something already in existence. Destroy, subvert, create!

1.30 – 2pm: Louisa Parker talk

Artist Louisa Parker discusses her current phD research into drawing, comics and self -publishing. Louisa is a practice led PhD researcher at Loughborough University. Her project, Small Stories explores graphic narratives based in women’s lived experiences, producing visual material which engages ‘known’ histories with the overlooked details of women’s lives. Her work adapts the communicative conventions of comics as social commentary and is self published for wider dissemination and accessibility. She has written and drawn about (among other things) mental ill health and its treatments, nurses past and present, mother and daughterhood and violence against women. She is an active member of the international comics and zines forum Laydeezdocomics.

2 – 3.30pm:  ‘It’s common, but we don’t talk about it’; personal writing, zines and autobiography

What makes a good per-zine? Why use a pen name? What happens when you share your darkest secrets in your zines? What subjects would we never write about?
In the grand tradition of per-zines we’ll be over sharing our experiences of writing about the personal in this informal, round table event. Including zine readings, discussion and a chance to ask your questions. You are welcome to bring along your own personal writing to read and share. With Rachel Kaye, Catriona Simons and Em Ledger.
Rachel Kaye started an ill advised, long term love affair with zines when she was 14 and published Toast and Jam – collected stories of surviving eating disorders. Since then she has sporadically published Footsteps in the Dark, a per-zine (and now a blog) of whispered secrets, as well as contributing to various collective zines and live blogging for grown up arts conferences. She writes about gender, sex, class, politics, mental health and art. She is still making everything up as she goes along.
Catriona Simons is a Bradford based twenty something mum of three who makes, among other things, zines about life, love, guilt, parenting, food and knitting. She is a part time shopkeeper, sewing teacher and full time craft addict. In the past she has been part of the Claptrap and Loosely Bound zine collectives, and has helped to organize various craft and zine events. Her past titles include ‘letters to my teenage self’, ‘guilty’, ‘polaroids’ and ‘inky mess’ – a zine for children.

Em Ledger was one of the founding members of Lola and the Cartwheels a DIY queer/feminist collective based in Sheffield. She curated ‘The World’s A Mess and Yr My Only Cure’ zine and took Sister Spit on European tour. In 2011 she set up her own business, Get Busy; an independent women’s street wear store. Her latest zine project is Poor Lass edited in collaboration with Seleena Daye which publishes real talk about being working class. She writes about preciousness and feelings intertwined with adventures, friendships, music, tv and film, growing up and running her own business.

3.30pm  – 4pm:  Spoken Word event: Rachel Newsome

Rachel Newsome, writer, academic and director of Don’t Tell Stories which curates narrative-based experiences and situations, will be reading from one of her dark fables which explore the pendulum swing between the dark interior of the human psyche and the search for light. Her  individual stories will shortly be available through Beetroot Books

4pm – 4.30pm:  Typewriter performance: Claire Potter

Claire Potter is a writer, performer and editor. Her work discusses and embodies the symbiotic relationship between reading and writing in terms of performativity, and asks what an act of live publishing might look and sound like given audience sensitivity and context. For Bradford’s Baked Zines Claire will produce a live typed text  that will be included in her forthcoming book, Furniture.

4.30pm – 7pm:  Acoustic  performances from What The Folk:

What The Folk? bring you an afternoon of acoustic music at Bradford Baked Zines, from

Betsy and the Writer

Tess Connor-Kavanagh

Jack Winn

and Calvin Jarvis


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