Sunday, 14 September 2014

Terrible Beauty is Back! A Call for Submissions

Terrible Beauty, a Manic Street Preacher's fanzine originally published between 1995-2002 is back! They're looking for contributions, too, so get in touch with them ASAP. Here's the call for contributions:

Something’s rumbling under the paving stones, something’s stirring in the urban density.
We’re dusting off the type-writer keys....sharpening our scissors and our minds, unfurling the banner.
Terrible Beauty Fanzine went on a long sabbatical of the soul that was necessary and cool but we’ve been watching from the sidelines and something’s calling, calling us back.

We’re refuelling, we’re rewinding, we’re fastforwarding and we’re coming at you some time in 2015. The fanzine will return to mark the 20th anniversary the ground-breaking Holy Bible album as well as celebrate the continuing, shimmering beauty of the band that are still telling it via rock and roll like nobody else is. Although the Manics are our central inspiration our vision is much broader than musings on the band and we warmly invite contributions on the artistic/cultural/political significance referenced by them and beyond.

We are also happy to review/swap zines with others and support small press/zine culture however we can.

Send enquiries/contributions to Mary & Viv at email:

We've also been sent a compilation zine full of the best bits from Terrible Beauty over the years. We'll do a blog post about that later this week.

Monday, 1 September 2014

New In: A Series of Poems About, Inspired By, and Written in Manchester and London (And some other zines too!)

Stephen James has sent us these three zines of his to add to the collection. Thanks Stephen! You can find out what he's up to on his excellent blog.

New In: Aether #1

Look at this! We received it with a little note from the Poetry Library at the Royal Festival Hall in that London, saying that they'd withdrawn this zine from stock and asking if we'd like to keep it. It's a science fiction fanzine dated August 1977 and contains book reviews, short stories (Including one titled "Is there intelligent life at the Reading Festival?") and other bits and bobs. This will go nicely with the rest of our 70s/80s sci-fi/fantasy zines.

New In: The Moral Victory - A Dulwich Hamlet FC Fanzine

The first issue of the new Dulwich Hamlet FC fanzine "The Moral Victory". Includes a roundup of the 2013/2014 season and looks ahead to the new season with articles, illustrations and poetry. A really excellent read. Pop in and have a look!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

New In: Shooting Stars Press

I think these are probably the first wrestling zines that we've received at the zine library, but hopefully not the last! Each 24 page risograph printed issue focuses on a theme and there are loads of cool articles and illustrations and things, including a biography of Mankind/Dude Love/Mick Foley, complete with slightly terrifying illustration.

Check out the Shooting Star Press website for more info.

New In: All to Nah Fanzine

All to Nah is the long running fanzine of German non-league football club Altona 93. It's inspired by the concept of Die Weltb├╝hne and is read by supporters and non-supporters from around the world. 

While the majority of articles are written in German, the zine occasionally receives submissions from English speaking fans of the club. It collated these English language articles to create a special English version, and they've been kind enough to send us a copy of this, plus the latest issue in German.

Friday, 29 August 2014

New In: The Chapess #4

The brilliant Cherry Styles edited The Chapess now has a fourth issue (it's a special 26 page A4 edition), and we've got a copy of it in the library now! It includes contributions from the following people:

Aimee Wall
Alexis Gross
Kara Jesella
Sara Sutterlin
Daisy Lafarge
Liz Kinnamon
Stella Lueng
Sarah Todd
Grace Denton
Jesse Riggins
Lauren Crow
Charlotte Mellor Meecham
Alice Slater
Beth Maiden
Anneliese Mackintosh
Charly Morris
Hannah Buckman
Cherry Styles

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

New In: Lovely Little Nutmegs #3

"The third issue of Lovely Little Nutmegs, a zine which takes snippets of football commentary and turns them into verse. Illustrated with vintage football stamps unearthed from Rotherham Market."

Just in time for the new football season, Lovely Little Nutmegs are back with their third issue! 

New In: Coming Home

Coming Home, a newspaper format photography zine, explores the relationship its creator, as a queer person, has with the town he grew up in. Contains loads of bloody lovely photos.

Coming soon to the zine library from the same author, PHQ-9. Check out the website for more details:

New In: Elderflower #1

A super good perzine by a super good person!

"This is my perzine Elderflower. I formally wrote Elderflower Tea but I was unhappy with it's direction. Elderflower is an honest look into my life. No more hiding behind rose tinted glasses.

In this issue I talk about my hopes for 2014, depression and adjusting to life as a spoonie, self care, and my heart break which occurred as I was finishing the issue.

Written on my corona typewriter, adorned with stickers, printed on black & white & just 16 pages."

Keep checking to see when copies become available. Or just pop into the library and have a look here!

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."