There is a lot going on this month, especially here at the Mental Health Zine Library. Today is October 1st which means it's been one whole year since our Kickstarter fundraiser ended, and thanks to the support we received (then and every day since!) we were officially born.
Lets start with a few from us, including two (two!) great submission calls for young people in our area.
What does being LGBTQI+ mean to you? We're gathering the work and experiences of young people from Tyne & Wear for our new zine project, in partnership with the LGBTQI+ youth group Rainbow Renegades. Click here for more info.
One for young people from South Tyneside - we are doing a piece of work in your area and want your submissions! Creative writing, photography, artwork or anything else - we would love to see it.
We tweeted a few weeks ago now about potentially doing a Christmas zine swap, and it's going ahead! Sign ups will begin on October 15th, and we will share all the details then, so the best way to stay in the loop is on Twitter.
On Saturday October 9th get yourself down to Bradford Zine Fair! Really looking forward to this one and can't wait to pick up some lovely zines.
A couple of spooky ones from Coin-Operated Press, they're looking for submissions for part two of their halloween themed zine.
And for anyone in Dundee - they're also doing a zine workshop on Saturday 16th of October, producing spooky work to go in it!
The Horsfall in Manchester are looking for someone to run a zine-designing session with young people. They also mentioned they're building a database of artists for future work.
One from Siobhán Carroll and Sapphic Writers, this workshop looks great - Queering the Kitchen, in two parts. More info here!
A local one for people in Sunderland and South Tyneside who may be isolated - The Cultural Spring are putting together craft packs to introduce different paper crafts.
Take it Back is a zine project for people who are Mad, Neurodivergent, have experience of mental illness or in mental health services. There's a workbook going out to participants and signups are open until October 6th, so get in quick.
We spoke to the lovely folk at MadZines a couple of months back, and they put together this great piece about zines and mental health knowledge. I talk a little bit about "zine culture" and their usefulness when exploring madness.
At the end of August the world got a little less bright as we learned of the sudden passing of Frankie & the Heartstrings drummer and PopRecs manager Dave Harper.
PopRecs is the second home of our Young People's Project and the Mental Health Zine Library, and the team at YPP worked with Dave for many years. Always a voice for the creative, underprivileged folk of Sunderland, Dave was truly one of a kind, witty, cared deeply for his community and inspired us all. Thank you Dave for making the world a better place.