Many thanks to everyone who participated, performed, helped us, and came along to make Bradford Baked Zines a fantastic week which made our ziney hearts soar. Special thanks go to Dom Sheard, Tess Connor-Kavanagh and Gideon Seymour for their work and support.
An excellent talk last night by Manchester based writer Natalie Bradbury on her zine Shrieking Violet, followed by an impromtu question and answer session on the many aspects of the content, style and distribution of the zine. We had time afterwards for a short open discussion on zines and self-publishing, in which issues of politics and asethetics of zinemaking were addressed. An enlightening and thought-provoking evening. Many thanks to Natalie for her presentation and to all who came along and participated!
Here’s just a tiny selection of our zines by us, Bradford Baked Zines organisers, zine collective Loosely Bound – these and many more of our publications will be on sale at the shop at 13 Market Street, Bradford, 13th – 18th May.
Friday, 17th May, 6.30pm – 7pm, 13 Market Street, Bradford
Brian Lewis from 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 http://longbarrowpress.com/in-conversation/in-conversation-archive/
As we mentioned in our post yesterday, we came across loads of great zines at Victoria Baths Zine Fair in Manchester. Here are some of the great publications we collected from other stallholders to sell Bradford Baked Zines. All of them will be on sale from 13th – 18th May in the shop at 13 Market Street.
6pm – 6.30pm: Natalie Bradbury on her zine Shrieking Violet
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
Following on from Natalie’s talk, 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. All are welcome to contribute and share experiences, ideas and questions around DIY publishing.
Both events happening at Bradford Baked Zines, 13 Market Street, BD1 1LN. No need to book. All welcome
It’s been a hectic week, but plans are coming along nicely for Bradford Baked Zine shop and we’re pretty excited. We’re on Twitter now, at https://twitter.com/Bfdbakedzines and through that we’ve virtually ‘met’ some lovely zine folks, who have sent us some zines for the shop, including South West London and Surrey Zines (@SWzines) http://swzinecollective.weebly.com/ who are going to come up to Bradford and take part in the zine week. This makes us very happy, to make contact with other zine collectives, and to meet folk who are prepared to travel from way down south for the event.
We’re also really chuffed to confirm that zinemaker Natalie Bradbury from Manchester, who makes the awesome Shrieking Violet zine http://theshriekingviolets.blogspot.co.uk/ and who last year organised the Victoria Baths Zine Convention in Manchester, is going to come and give an illustrated talk on on Shrieking Violet. Dates and times to be confirmed, but we’re delighted to have her over and have the opportunity to hear about her adventures in self-publishing .
Closer to home in Bradford we’ve been talking collaborations with our friends the fabulous HowDO?! Magazine http://howdomagazine.co.uk/ and are planning a meetup with them early next week to chat about working with them on a photocopy club project to make a collective Bradford zine in the shop space – exciting. Also we’re looking forward to meeting up with Bradford husband and wife small press super duo Black Pyramid Press http://blackpyramidpress.tumblr.com/, who are going to get involved in the week.
We’re getting excited about window shop displays, posters, and shop presentation, which of course is involving a ton of empty bean cans (luckily some of us work in catering) and which we think will look pretty nifty.
Hopefully we’ll have a load more events and collaborations to report back on in our next post, following our Monday night pow – wow in The Shoulder of Mutton where no doubt some Chocolate Stout will be imbibed and more plans will be made.