I printed, I stapled, I zined – Sheffield Zine Fest 2013


My table at Sheffield Zine Fest 2013.

This was the first public outing for the Retrospective project and Black Daffodil Press and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really had no idea what to expect as I don’t usually do this kind of thing, but being in Sheffield is a safe bet for me and I met a lot of people I already know.

One of my neighbouring zinesters described my table as “industrial”, which I like, although I think she was just being polite about the utilitarian nature of my display compared with the others.


I must admit mine looked somewhat “informal” compared with the more seasoned zine people, although I intend to develop the industrial look in future. I have a few ideas  for more interactive exhibits / products later on.

A huge thanks goes to Chella Quint and Betty Walker for organising the event, and I will definitely do it again in future. Russell Cavanagh made a video about the event including an interview with Chella and Betty.

Russell’s website here:

Other friends present were Lesley Guy & Michael Day of Sheffield-based curatorial project Furlough, and social media veteran Mark Longbottom, famous for Platform 58, Ataglance and new Facebook community project “Let’s Keep Talking Here”. Also, I had a Newspaper Club publication from James Price, and the mad, bad and dangerous Stuart Faulkner whose grotesque self-promotion we can all can learn from.


Furlough’s goodies, including work by David McNabb, Lesley Guy & Michael Day.


Let’s keep talking here.


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