Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Chapess Zine #5 Launch

We're dead excited to be hosting the launch for the new issue of the Chapess Zine!

Issue 5 features poetry, prose, illustration + photography by Jessie Askinazi, Sara Sutterlin, Suxy X, Inma Lorente, Lauren Cook, Ele-Beth Little, Gabby Guiliano, Cheyenne Sophia and more! Zines will be available on the day to buy and swap as well as info on how to get involved with our next issue.

Drop in for zine making with Cherry Styles in 'the nook' at Nexus Art Cafe from 12pm-5pm and pay a visit to the Zine Library while you're here! Materials provided, but feel free to bring along anything you want to use. Suitable for beginners and zine pros alike - bring your friends!

Find out more about the zine at or tweet us @thechapesszine. There's a Facebook event page HERE for you to share with all your friends.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

New In: Nothing Really Mattress/Speaking Ill of the Dead and Am I a Stick Man? by Stephen James

We're slowly working through a backlog of zines here! There'll be loads to come on the blog in the next couple of weeks, I promise. These two, by Manchester based writer Stephen James, have jumped the queue because we wanted to tell you about a nice event you can go to that he'll be reading/launching his new self published book at.

You can also see Salford Zine Library favourite Zach Roddis there and there's some bands playing too. Best of all, it's free! Pop along, why don't you.

You might also have seen a bit of buzz about there being a Northwest Zinefest in November. There'll be more details announced soon so keep your eyes peeled! Follow @nwzinefest for all the latest news. Also, if you have loads of chairs and tables that you can let us borrow for the day, get in touch.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

New In: Loads of Yuck 'n Yums!

We were dead chuffed to receive a big bag full of Yuck 'n Yums the other day. Yuck 'n Yum consistently produced ace zines between 2008 and 2013 and here they all are in no particular order. Drop in to the zine library and have a look or, if that's not convenient, you can read them all online here.

Thanks for sending these, guys! 

Monday, 28 July 2014

New In: You

We have got loads of issues of You! Some are already on the shelves in the library, but here are some issues that have come in recently (Mostly from our friend Anne who lives in Japan). According to its Zine Wiki entry, "You takes the form of a free anonymous letter addressed to you from various writers, usually handwritten, often sealed in a paper bag, published by Luke You. The letter is often signed off 'from Luke' but may also be written by different people."

Sunday, 22 June 2014

New In: Nous Magazine #3: The Renaissance Issue

I think I picked this very nicely printed risograph zine up at Takk the other day. The blurb on their Facebook says:

"NOUS is a Manchester based project dealing with all what lies within but often is covered up. It is about the things we try to hide and should say out loud. NOUS is you, your friends and the stranger in the streets.

We will give young creatives a platform for their inspiring work and also make mind culture and everything that comes with it gain centre stage in our everyday life again."

New In: Some zines by zine-it-yourself!

You might remember that we took the zine library collection to Darlington a few weeks ago. We'll have a more in-depth blog post about that in a week or so, when we've sorted through the photos and things like that.

Mike from zine-it-yourself was kind enough to second weekend of the exhibition at the shop in Darlington doing a really fun looking observational typewriting thing which was very popular, by all accounts. You can read his blog post about it here.

He also posted us some zines that he'd made last year, and here they are! They're in the library right now, so pop in and have a look. There's lots of illustrations and comics and words and things like that in them.

New In: Loads of zines

Here's another big bundle of zines that have been donated to us recently! Thanks so much for sending these in. They're already on the shelves for you to read so pop in and have a look. There hasn't been a count of the collection recently and it'd be interesting to see just how many we have now. 

We're hoping to get the shelving improved a little bit in the near future so when we have to clear the shelves we'll probably have a little count. Maybe we could have some kind of competition?

Sunday, 15 June 2014

New In: Alleged Explanations

Zine to accompany this cassette compilation released by Cheesus Crust Records. Features art and some words about the artists on the compilation.

New In: Recollections

Recollections is the latest zine by The Periodical.

Recollections by Harold Lun, is the first fruit of our collaboration with The Museum of Soho – drawing on material from their archives. This book is a facsimile of letters and photographs in the archive sent by Harold Lun and describing his childhood growing up in Soho during the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

New In: Dirty Work #10

Dirty Work is a zine about music, fashion and art by Mark Wynn. Includes tour diaries, gig reviews and other stuff like that.

New In: Hand Job Literary Zine - Spindles & Ball Screws

The fourth issue of Hand Job is bigger and better, full of revolutionary writings, some that will make you think and others that make you smile. This issue is filled with the usual as well as a comic strip, quiz and crossword!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Salford Zine Library On Tour in Darlington!

We are extremely excited to announce that the library will be heading out on the road this weekend to show off the collection in Darlington, thanks to the super cool Navigator North. We'll be exhibiting in an empty shop on High Row in the town centre this coming weekend and there's going to be a free zine making workshop throughout Saturday. Come along! We'll be working with the locals to put together a zine and then you'll be able to pick up a copy on the Sunday.

The exhibition will stick around for a bit and you'll be able to get in and have a look the weekend after too, and there'll be some kind of activities happening for you to enjoy.

As a result, the zine library at Nexus will be slightly emptier than usual for the next couple of weeks. We're not taking all of the zines with us, but if you're planning a visit you might want to wait until everything's back to normal. Keep an eye on our Twitter to find out when we've got everything back in!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

New In: A Nightingales Lyric Zine

The Nightingales have a new album out called 'For Fuck's Sake' and here's the lovely illustrated zine with all the lyrics from the album in it. All lyrics by Robert Lloyd and the illustrations in the zine are by the drummer Fliss Kitson. You can buy your own copy of it from here.

Come and see it at the zine library soon!

New In: Loads more zines! (Another video)

Here's another video of a big bundle of zines we got from Anne in Japan. You might remember that she's sent us a couple of big piles of zines in the past, but I think this most recent one is our favourite so far. So much good stuff! The video is quite long and quick, so get hovering over the pause button in case you see anything you really like. The zines are in the library now!

Monday, 21 April 2014

New in: Loads of zines! (Video Special)

We have received some big donations from some very kind people recently. We don't really have time to write a blog post about every single one of the zines that we get in these bundles, but we thought it'd be nice to feature them in a quicker way!

Here's some of the zines that we received a couple of weeks ago. Mainly music stuff from the 90s. They'll all be on the shelves within the week, so if there's any that take your fancy, come down to Nexus and have a look!

Thanks Michelle for sending these in!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Call for submissions: The Glastonbury Project

We have been asked to share a call for submissions for the Glastonbury Project. If you are looking for submissions for your zine, we're happy to post something on here and on our Twitter account, so get in touch in the usual way!

"The Glastonbury Project will be a collaborative zine (a self-published book/magazine), distributed free at this year’s festival. The aim is to create a collection of artwork inspired by the festival that doesn’t usually get seen by those who attend, as well as creating something that can be taken away and remembered.

The zine will be curated, produced, distributed and funded by myself (Katherine Mitchell). With access to printing and book making facilities in Leeds, I aim to make the zine as cheaply but as beautifully as possible!

All work featured in the zine will be credited with a link to your website. The deadline is May 25th.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions:

Please spread the word!"

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

New In: Derek, I'm Gutted!!! #71

71st issue of the long-running Port Vale fanzine 'Derek, I'm Gutted!!!'. Includes comics, match reports and other bits and bobs.

New In: Sugar Paper #11 and #12

Two issues of Sugar Paper by Seleena Laverne Day and Kandy Diamond that we've had in the library for a while but hadn't been mentioned on here yet. 

Issue 11
"20 things to make and do.
This issue has a circus and seaside theme featuring everything from hula hooping tips to a hula hoop rug, crochet collar to big top circle skirt. Recipes: flavoured popcorn to chips and dips and everything in between. With an awesome cover illustrated by Camille Smithwick."

Issue 12
"20 Things to make and do.
A super duper Halloween special (with some bonfire and Christmas bits thrown in!).
Creepy cross stitch, slime, latex goo legs, crochet eyeball purse, knitted cat flap gloves, raspberry trifle, bonfire toffee and more!!! Front cover illustrated by Paul Gallagher."