Workshop announcement 2023….

Peculiar Portraits
Alison Erika Forde (and family)

Let your imagination flow and your silly side show, creating mixed media Peculiar Portraits from all sorts of collage papers and stamps!

All ages (under 12 accompanied by an adult)
Capacity 16

Alison Erika Forde is a is a visual artist/maker/painter exploring her mixed heritage, motherhood, class, the male gaze and northern-ness through art and zines.

Mindfulness & Poetry
Radhaika Kapur


A relaxed workshop where you can participate in 2 grounding exercises, read inspiring poetry exploring the senses and write your own short piece about a vivid memory.

Age 14+ capacity 7

Radhaika Kapur is a poet, facilitator and communications specialist based in Manchester. She has been writing and performing for over 10 years and has been published in anthologies including Sobotka and Lacuna Lit, as well as recently headlining the Levenshulme poetry night ‘Words with Friends’. In July 2023 Radhaika completed the Breathworks Mindfulness Champions course and is enthusiastic about sharing this practice with others.

Protest Poster making
Dal Kalur & PHM


Come and have a sneak peak at some protest posters in the People’s History Museum collection ahead of a Poster Exhibition next year. Discuss the posters and the techniques used to make them, before designing your own protest poster.

Age 14+

Capacity 16

(mentions of colonialism and racism within the posters)

All workshops are free to attend and work on a first come first served basis. Priority will be given to those from the global majority.

Stall Holder announcement 2023….

Over is back! Saturday 30th September at People’s History Museum in Manchester, 10am-4pm. This year we have over 25 stalls selling zines, crafts, prints, badges and more plus community stalls and workshops!

Micheal Wiggan /0.08 Imprints
0.08 works with a range of emerging photographers from around the world. We design and publish projects that utilise the camera as a tool for investigation, primarily studying relationships and habits that form around ourselves, others and places. Our mission is to be an accessible platform for photographers with any amount of experience to be able to submit and share work that is aesthetically conscientious, meaningful and curious.
I: @0.08imprints  Web:

Safrana Art (She/Her)
My Zines are an extension of my sketchbook – pattern and illustration heavy – themes include mental health, plant affirmations, hairy diaries and the confusions I come across when I tell people I’m an Indian Muslim.
I: @safranaart

Yamahighway (they/them)
yamahighway is a duo artist group, our works inspired by the essence of spaces and events we experienced. We do prints, zines, small crafts and so on!
I: @yamahighway

Tiny Bell Studios (She/Her)
I create prints, stickers, zines and pins that are bubbly and sweet.
I: @tinybellstudios  Web:

Commonword is a writing development organisation nurturing and supporting new writers, providing a springboard to literary success. We run creative writing workshops, events and publish a diverse range of voices through our imprint Crocus.
I: @cultureword  Web:

Mits Makes (she/her)
Mitra (Mits Makes) is a Malaysian multidisciplinary artist based in Edinburgh, passionate about creating small, quirky and colourful zines, just like her! Mits’ zines are a medium of radical expression; they embrace and empower various themes including sexuality, disability and cultural heritage. Expect vibrant zines that serve as a testament to self-acceptance and self-expression.
I: @mitsmakes  Web:

Pennycress (Jenessa) (she/her)
Founded in Leeds in 2019 by Jenessa Williams, Pennycress is an anthology zine designed to champion and celebrate the work of creatives of colour who are based in the North of England. Each issue features illustration, photography, poetry, personal essays and more, providing racial solace, community and inspiration.

Reina (She/Her)
A Japanese woman who makes zines about her heritage and culture, as well as film photography.
I: @reina.kos

Dal Kular (She/Her)
Dal Kular is a writer, zinester and facilitator of creative and nature-allied writing arts for healing, liberation and joy. She left school at 16 years old with 3 O-levels having been told she could never be a writer – returning to the power of words in her late forties – as an act of radical care and healing. Her debut poetry book (un)interrupted tongues, published by Fly on The Wall Press, emerged from a zine she created during her masters dissertation about the therapeutic and healing powers of zine-making. She loves making zines, botanical journals, is an allotment keeper and loves roaming the Peak District in her tiny campervan. She’s currently working on an archival justice commission with Dig Where You Stand, Sheffield and is Peaks of Colour 2024 Writer-in-residence where zines, therapeutic writing and nature will be mashed up into something gorgeous.She lives in Sheffield. I: @dalkular  Web:

Anuhya Saxena (she/Her)
I Am a Fashion Art Direction Student at Manchester Metropolitan University. Specialising in Photography. I produced Coconut Zine as a platform for British South Asian Young people to explore their dual identity as well as learn more about British South Asian history.
I: @coconut.zine

Sharp Txngue (she/her)
I am Olamide Florence Adeoye (Sharp Txngue), a queer, neurodivergent illustrator, comic artist and storyteller based in Manchester, UK. My illustration practice is inspired in part by my love of cartoons, graphic novels and sitcoms, where the makers create visual hyperbole building upon moments from everyday life like I do in my stories. I have 2 comic zines about my cat – Midas and the Post-Breakfast Panic (2022) and Midas and the Insatiable Appetite (2023) – and will be releasing my first longer comic, Snacks in November 2023.My stories centre and portray Black, queer and neurodivergent lives by showing the fun and silliness that exists like in my comic zines and the deep ways in which we – people who are often marginalised in society – connect and build lives around one another.

Zindabad/ Cia (she/Her)
Cia is a poet and producer who founded and edited Zindabad Zine, a London-based print mag for diaspora creatives across the world.
I: @zindabadzine  web:

Seleena Laverne Daye (she/her)
Seleena has been making zines for over 20 years. Her zines are mostly about race, class, queerness and fandom.
When not making zines she works in retail, delivers crafty workshops, sews, tap dances and eats a lot of crisps.
I: @seleenalavernedaye web:

Skate or Sew (She/her)
I’m from Kettering, east Midlands. I skateboard, make zines, and crafty bits. Current obsession is working with clay.
I: @skateorsew

Melissa (she/her)
Zines about pop culture, crushes, and generally just loving stuff.

Glorious Reads (she/her)
We’re a family of readers celebrating inclusive children’s books. We write zines about books we’re obsessed with, Black culture, and all things creative. We also make illustrated products for book lovers.
I: @gloriousreads

Jacq A(they /them)
I make zines on social justice issues such as bullying, racism in progressive spaces and ageing. I also make light hearted zines on Useless Advice, Swearing for fun and drunken bible stories!
I: @SoOverTheRainbow YT: @teammeteamus.8315

Riddhesh Ghadi
I make zines and posters that make an attempt at documenting lives of queer on daily basis.
I: @riddheshghadi

Skear Zines
Skear Zines responds to the writers we work with. It aims to resist homogenisation, and celebrate querenesse. It wants to give space to those voices that might not fit into traditional publishing models, voices that have been sidelined or as yet unheard, voices that have small (yet big) things to say, voices that will sing in unconventional forms.

Queer Muslims of Manchester
Manchester based group providing advice, support and information for Muslims who identify as LGBTQ+
I: @queermuslimsofmanchester

Kids of Colour
Kids of Colour is a project for young people of colour aged 24 and under to explore ‘race’, identity and culture. We create spaces that to challenge the racism that affects young people and their communities; building collective resistance and solidarity.

I: @kidsofcolourhq

Full workshop information coming soon!

Workshops – Over Here Zine Fest 2022

With just one week until the big day (we hope you are as excited as we are) we thought what better time to announce the workshops we will have on the day….

11.00am-12.00pm Block Printing Postcards
Learn how to use block printing to create your own postcards. This will involve drawing up a design, carving it out into a block of lino, rolling on the ink and printing out your cards. materials provided and all skill levels welcome.
Led by Jay
Instagram: @greenjaycrafts
All ages, under 18’s need adult supervision

12.30pm-1.30pm Poetry Workshop
Poetry is a great way to express yourself and perfect for sharing in zines. Poet Radhaika Kapur from Manchester writing organisation Commonword Cultureword will help you get creative with words.
Expect a hopeful climate change poetry workshop inspired by natural forms. You can then turn your work into a zine at the drop in zine making session. No previous experience needed.
Suitable for ages 8+
led by Commonword Cultureword

2.00pm-3.00pm What’s Names Got To Do With It?
Artist Sharonjit Kaur Sutton is inviting everyone to an open discussion aboutnames, and to create their own zines around this theme. What do our namesmean? Where have they come from? Why do they matter? Do they matter? Whydo we change them? You can share stories of your own, or someone you know -or you might just feel like having a chat!This is inspired by Sharonjit’s personal project called His Name’s Not Charlie,which started with the story of her Grandad (Ranjinder Singh Gill) who migratedfrom Kenya to London in the 1970s but was given the name “Charlie” by his British friends and colleagues – which raised interesting conversations about how
names hold a person’s, and community’s, history and identity.
Led by Sharonjit
Instagram: @ideasloading
All ages, under 18’s need adult supervision


We will also have an all ages activity table running 11am-3pm featuring one page zine making and colouring in!

Stall Holder announcement….

The zine fair is just 3 weeks away, so we thought we would share some of our stall holders!

More information coming soon, including workshops.

Plus many other creators featured on our communal table….

Nancy ArtMusic
Nancy ArtMusic is a half Latvian half Tanzanian woman with an American accent living in London. She is the creator of the Umeboshi comics and host of the Flawed Workshop podcast. If you love uplifting art, cute comics, and philosophical conversations about what it’s like to be a creative person, you’ll get along great.

Multi-disciplinary artist who indulges in the silly, dark and mildly offensive corners of her mind (and yours)
Instagram: @ideaslodaing

0.08 Imprints
0.08 Imprints is a publishing label that strives to circulate engaging bodies of work to any and all audiences with an interest in creative expression. Open for submissions to both our zines and books, we are always looking to collaborate with new and established creatives that work across all artistic disciplines.

Leanne Rose Bell
I specialise in illustrative prints, stickers, pins and zines revolving around a variety of themes but currently astrology, horror and movies!
Instagram: @leannerosebell

Safrana Art
I like to celebrate life and the little things that make me happy,  My work is a reflection of me and tells a bit of a story of the environment around me – if that’s drawing about finding a lawn mower to remove body my hair on one hand an another discovering the irony of having alopecia  – I like to tell stories with print patterns and colour, welcome to my world and maybe find a connection with me too.

Ny Ali/ Nytastic
Ny Ali is an illustrator and comic artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. She is seen making comics, Prints and merch. You can find her hiding under her table at conventions or on her social media She likes tea.
Instagram: @nytastic

Pennycress/ Jenessa Williams
Launched in Leeds 2019, Pennycress was founded by Jenessa Williams as a grassroots, entry-level outlet where Northern non-white creatives of all ages and educational backgrounds could come together to share their work on the printed page. Across two issues to date, Pennycress has featured over 60 contributions from a huge range of creatives with African, Caribbean and Asian heritage; writers, illustrators, photographers, poets, small business owners and more. With issue 3 in the works, Jenessa is keen to chat with new Northern contributors, and to sell both back-issue zines and contributor works at her OverHere Zine Fest stall.
Instagram: @pennycree.zine

Clio Isadora
Clio Isadora is a biracial (British/Burmese) London based comic book artist and illustrator. She juggles making goofy risograph prints with self publishing sad and spicy comics. Her first published graphic novel Sour Pickles came out in October 2021 in the UK & US with Avery Hill Publishing.
Instagram: @clioisadora

Sihaam is a writer based in London. Apart from editorial reviews, she spends all her free time oversharing on the internet through her zine, Stupid Girl! How does she sleep at night knowing these essays will be on the internet forever? Terribly.
Instagram: @sihaamn

Skear Zines
Skear Zines responds to the writers we work with. It aims to resist homogenisation, and celebrate queernesse. It wants to give space to those voices that might not fit into traditional publishing models, voices that have been sidelined or as yet unheard, voices that have small (yet big) things to say, voices that will sing in unconventional forms.

Riddhesh Ghadi
Riddhesh is an artist whose work lies at the intersection of Graphic Design, Illustration, Motion Graphics and Architecture(place making) which have taken forms of zines, videos, portraits. He is interested in ideas of sexuality, orgasm and nudity and calls him a pervert of sorts and further, wants to delve more in that area.
Instagram: @riddheshghadi

Bradical press is zine press created to Create and celebrate Bradford and Browness
Instagram: @bradicalpress

Daniela Ines
I’m from Kettering, east Midlands. I skateboard, make zines, and crafty bits. Current obsession is working with clay.
Instagram: @skateorsew

Ali Al-Jamri
Ali Al-Jamri is one of Manchester’s inaugural Multilingual City Poets. His work celebrates multilingualism and community. ‘Between Two Islands’ features poetry by Britain’s Bahraini community, while ‘ArabLit: FOLK’ features works from across the Arab world, from Palestine to Iraq, Egypt to Morocco.
Instagram: @alialjamri_scribbles
Twitter: @ali_mn_aljamri

British Pakistani writer of poetry and non-fiction, focussing on ethnic diaspora and the hidden stories of women in the setting of colonial struggle as well as racism, misogyny and poverty in and out of the south Asian community.
Instagram: @dark.academia.zainab
Twitter: @darkacademiazen

Zines & Ting/ Seleena
Maker of zines and crafty bits all about, race, gender, sexuality, class, 90s pop culture and FANDOM!
Instagram: @seleenalavernedaye

Billie Prime Zines

Maya Chowdhry

Heena thinks a lot about queerness, cats, race, gender, cycling, food, prisons, the charity sector and Manchester. Getting some of these thoughts into zines helps.


Happy Worker’s Day!

May 1st is not only the celebration of Spring at it’s peak but a celebration of labourers and the working classes as it’s International Worker’s Day.
So what better day to announce that this years Zine Fest will be held at People’s History Museum.
People’s History Museum (PHM) is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.
PHM displays the largest number of trade union and other banners in the world, and I don’t know about you but I love a banner.

Last Spring/Summer I (Seleena) got to work on an excellent project with PHM as part of their Migration: A Human Story exhibiotn.

I was commissioned to make a banner that represented Migrant workers. I worked alongside PHM and the wonderful Community Programme team. We spoke about what it meant it them to be migrants, the way you are viewed in the media, particularly over the past couple of years. How one minute frontline workers were applauded in one breath then told to go home in another.
We wanted to create something hat took up space, in a way that in galleries and museums, we often don’t. To see images that represented us. That on first glance look like the other banners hanging nearby, but upon second glance, something totally different.

This is the end result:

The Journey Across Land And Sea, To Build A Country Not Made For Me banner, 2021. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

You can read more about why I think banners are important on the PHM blog HERE.

And you can visit PHM to see the banner between now and March 2023 ( I hear Saturday 20th August would be a great date to visit though *wink wink*)

Since the last Over Here…


Heya. Writing this has made me realise that I’ve spent most of the past 3-4 years stressing. I work for a charity and it’s kind of draining, especially the past couple of years.

In the between-times, I did create some stuff: there was a writing course with Write Like a Grrl (“writing as radical self-love!”), making zines for my niece and nephew (one was a choose-your-own-adventure story, another was about Black Panther, and loving your blackness), and a couple of unfinished stories about qpoc friendships.

I also made a zine about the tv show Anne with an E – it was cancelled after 3 seasons, so I wrote season 4! That was fun to write.

I struggled with my identity during 2020-2021; also, like a bunch of people, my world shrunk. Reading books and zines, watching tv shows, and writing stories helped. There were two months living at my mum’s and seeing my family every day. That felt great after a year of covid distancing. While at my mum’s, I started roller skating. My sister skateboards, so we’d go out to the local skate parks and I’d do circuits while she practised tricks. It felt good just getting used to being on skates again..and this weekend I’m going to Skating Queer roller disco in Manchester!

Two pairs of feet, one on a skateboard Flyer for 'Ardwick Sports Hall x Skaing Queer' Sat 23rd April 7pm - 10pm

During June 2020, when white people discovered racism, I co-founded an anti-racism group at work which was really a group for poc to support each other, as well trying to get stuff changed in our charity. It was such a massively triggering time, and when talking to the black people in my life, we just supported each other; we tried to find joy in the small things, like dance videos, art, each other, and laughing at memes about whiteness…just checking in on how we were doing – still having those check ins. How are you doing?

What else has happened since the last zine fest? Not much. One major change was adopting a little hamster. His name is Soobie Mennym and he’s very cute. He hid behind my wardrobe for six hours the other night but other than that we’re becoming bffs.


Well a lot has happened since the first Over Here in 2018. I think we would need at least 20 blog posts to even start to cover it.
On a personal note though, I often think I’ve not done much, but in reality I have.
I work part time in retail and part time as a freelance artist, and whilst I wish I had created more artwork in the past 4 years, I don’t think I could have fitted in many more workshops, as that side of my work has grown and gown. I’ve delivered zine making and textile workshops, perfected delivering them online, got better with my tech skills making PDFs and videos. I’ve created some artworks via community projects, my favourite being a banner I made alongside the Community Programme team at People’s History Museum, which was about rights for migrant workers.
Another work highlight was making a zine and worksheets for the Black Art Trail at Bury Art Museum.
I exhibited a banner as part of a Girl Gang Manchester Exhibition alongside some wonderful Manchester artists, that sadly got cut short due to the pandemic.
I wrote a piece about Asexuality for Wellcome Collection and started to celebrate 10 years of poor Lass zine and podcast with co-creator Em.
Having 6 months off in total from my day job meant I could fit more freelance work in which also meant I didn’t have as much time to create personal projects, so made a few zines but not as many as I wanted. My creativity did peak quite early on during my furlough with me creating a stop motion animation about making a one page zine, there has been no stop motion sequels as of yet!
It hasn’t always been creativity, I found the past couple of years it’s been really hard to create and only done so for work, especially after what I call ‘Black Square Summer’. It’s harder to find joy even in little things like listening to music or reading. I’ve also not been able to attend a Tap dance class for a year, something I used to do weekly.
However I did get braid extensions for the first time ever (which were so heavy I think I developed new neck muscles) and me and my sister made our TV quiz show debut.
I hope to find more Joy I little things, and see people thriving in the near future!

After a year’s break in 2019, we were all ready to do another Over Here in 2020, but I’m no Taylor Swift, recording all those lockdown albums, so the covid-19 pandemic threw me right off course. It’s a bit of a cliché to say that I know, but I like to keep reminding us what the government is so desperate to bury.

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been in a slump for the past two years. Knowing that we’re doing another Over Here Zine Fest has given me a reason to wake up and come alive again, have a look around and see what’s going on, see what we can to address marginalisation in the arts, especially here in the north west of England.

After finishing up on the Commonword Archive project in 2022, I worked on a short-term Covid-19 at Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust. The Trust is a valuable resource; a library of fiction and non-fiction, pamphlets and reports that you can borrow for free if you are member of Manchester Libraries.  They also archive material that documents the stories and histories of Black / Asian / POC communities in Manchester.

I got involved with the Clean Air days at my local primary school, where the majority of kids are Black and/or Asian, so no: you cannot talk about the environment without talking about race. Pollution is dangerously high around the school at dropping off and picking up time.

I’ve also started helping out with Chit Chat Chai, a space offering basic English classes for women during term time. After the classes, there is a café with drinks, snacks and a craft table. It’s all free. I’ve only been involved for a few weeks, but it’s fantastic. I’ve met all kinds of women and it’s been really friendly. 

Yeah, it sounds like I’m up to loads of wholesome stuff, eh. Well let me tell you the truth — I’ve also wasted a lot of time watching Bridesmaids over and over again even though I don’t think it’s very good. So I recently cancelled my Netflix, even though I know the new Bridgerton has Tamils in it. I’ve started reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time in an attempt to curb that hunger.
I also managed to knock my YouTube addiction. Over Here Zine Fest is a reason to be busy again, so hopefully this time I’ll stay on the wagon.

Here’s a question for you: Will we use zines to document what people of colour experienced in the covid-19 pandemic?

Below, some pictures from the start of lockdown, March 2020

The virus I drew when I stayed at home:

Brutalist library in Swinton, photographed during lone lockdown not-sure-where-I’ll-end-up bike ride:

Over Here Zine Fest……



And I’m shouting because I’m very excited about it.

The whole day is a celebration and to showcase work by POC/Black/Asian/BAME creatives and to TAKE UP SPACE.

We will have over 40 stalls with printed matter, including zines, art prints and postcards.

A pop up Zine library from the folks at Salford Zine Library.

A digital art installation, Heritage Carrot. Zine readings and talks, workshops and more.

All are welcome, come support creatives of colour, learn a new skill, and submerge yourself into the world of DIY self publishing.

For full information and timings of the day, see our programme HERE.

Seeds Of Change – Sunday reading special

by Seleena


Over the summer I was working on a project with The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool alongside their young ambassador program.

The project was to create a zine for the museum and The Sankofa Project alongside young ambassador .

It was such fun and inspiring zine to work on. I got to sit in on interviews conducted by oral historian Christine Holt, with 5 Liverpool based female community activists. From youth workers, to carnival producer, film maker and more.

Hearing about their life stories, where they have come from to where they are now, what they do and the passion they have for it was so great to hear. I left each interview wanting to do more for my community and keep on doing it.

Together, with a summary of each interview written by Lois, and brilliant visual minutes by Claire Stringer, I got to compile Seeds of Change with some added extras like maps of Liverpool, a timeline and how you ca help your community.

I got to showcase the zine at the museum last week for Slavery Remembrance Day.

That event, the zine and all the interviews reminded me about the importance of taking up space and also taking cultural production into our own hands.

You can pick up a copy of the zine for free at The International Slavery Museum Liverpool and read more about the Sankofa Project Here!

Getting to the ROOT of things with ROOT-ed Zine

We had a quick chat with ROOT-ed Zine, who are doing some amazing work in the North West. They’ll be tabling a stall at the fest in October, so look out for them! 

Tell us about ROOT-ed!

ROOT-ed Zine is an independent bi-monthly magazine and social platform ran by me, Amber Akaunu, and Fauziya Johnson. Our aim is to use ROOT-ed zine to inspire, support, and promote creatives of colour from or currently based in the North West of England. We started the zine while in our final year of university, studying Fine Art in Liverpool. We noticed a lack of representation of people that looked like us in galleries, our university modules, and more and wanted to do something about it.

What does it mean to be a poc in the zine world, and at zine fest especially?

We have only been doing this for nearly 6 months and have not been to zine fest yet (our first will be Over Here Zine Fest), so we don’t have much experience to comment on. However, what made us start ROOT-ed zine was the lack of opportunity and representation within the art world. I feel like this is an issue amongst all areas of life, so it may be a problem within the zine community.

What would you say to potential poc zinesters who are just getting started or want to get involved?

I would say to just shut out external voices and opinions and go for it. Zines are so unique and personal, which is why I think everyone should make zines as everyone has a unique and personal perspective of life in general. Making a zine, especially one that deals with themes and issues that are close to your heart, is such a vulnerable act and so at first it may be uncomfortable to put yourself out there but after a little while, or maybe long while, you will gain confidence in your ability, your voice and therefore your zine.

Top ten things you need to make a zine…..

As International Zine month draws to a close, so does the deadline for applying to table at Over Here Zine fest.

Some of you may have stumbled across us because you want to know more POC/BAME zine makers, perhaps you’ve just discovered zines and want to know more, or maybe you’re a long time zine reader but never managed to make a zine yourself!

Well what follows are the top ten things you need to be able to make your first zine….

1. An idea.

Probably the hardest part to making a zine, coming up with an idea. That’s because the possibilities are endless. Maybe you want to make a perzine (a personal zine that is all about you!) an art zine, a comic zine, a zine full of interviews, a fanzine about your favourite thing!
Like I said, endless.
I’ve made zines about race, class, my favourite TV show, favourite band and crisps.
Zines can take a while to make, so make sure you pick an idea that you can get enthused by!

2. Paper, a pen and scissors.

That’s right, you don’t need any fancy equipment to make a zine, for a one page zine all you need is a piece of paper (A4 is a good start) a pen and some scissor…..

3. Determination.

As I said above, sometimes zines can take a while to make. Either due to lack of motivation, time or confidence. Zines are a passion project for me and should always be fun, or useful and not a chore. Holding a finished zine in your hands is a great feeling though, so keep going!

4. A reason.

If you are struggling to finish a zine or lack the determination then having a reason to make your zine will give you that extra push.
Maybe you are talking about a personal subject that means a lot to you or share a tough time you’ve been through and how you got through it, to help others. Maybe you just want to shout about the thing you love and find like minded people.
Maybe you want a way to get your art out there, stories, poems, illustrations, photos, whatever, a zine is the perfect way to do that uncompromised.
I started out just making zines to send to a couple of friends about stuff I love, and now 19 years later, I’m still making them!

5. An understanding of the four times table.

If you are making a zine bigger than one piece of paper, then thinking in multiples of four is a great help.
Say you wanted to make an A5 zine, you need to work from an A4 basis.
for example My zine I have made has 20 individual A5 pages including front and back cover, so I need to work from 5 pieces of A4 paper is 20 divided by 4 is 5.
If I had 22 individual A5 pages and I went to collate, I would end up with 2 blank pages as 22 does not divide by 4!

6. Encouragement.

I know when I am struggling to finish a zine, if i shout about it to friends and give it the hard sell, prior to that, then they will encourage me telling me all about how they can’t wait to read it. So give your yet to be made zine the hard sell, whether to mates or all over the internet.
If you don’t manage to make the zine, it’s fine , you are your own zine boss!

7.Less Skills than you think you need.

Zines can be made on a computer, through various programmes, that’s’ great and often the best way for some people, for me however I find it harder! I’m not the best at grasping how technology works.
I also love being able to make stuff with the resources and skills you have readily available to you. I enjoy skill sharing and getting people to believe they ca be creative and create something despite their ‘lack of skills’
You don’t need to be able to drawer, that’s’ why collage exists! Not a professional writer? Doesn’t matter! Don’t know how to use Photoshop? me either, I do however know how to use scissors and glue.
Making computer based zines is more accessible for some people, I just like to debunk myths that you need a plethora of skills to make a zine.

8. Cut n Paste skills

The only skill required for a DIY zine! Like I mentioned above, a pair of scissors and some glue are your friend when making a zine. you get t work out your layout manually and see how thing look.
Cut n paste can be messy, but its also tonnes of fun!

9. Ability to ask for help.

Maybe you’re stuck for ideas, or suck at using scissors and a glue stick. Perhaps you do want cool illustrations, but can’t do that, or want to learn a new skill, be it writing, drawing, Photoshop or a printing method.
Seek out a seasoned zinester, or a zine group online and ask away.

10. Have fun.

Remember, it’s not a class assignment, it’s not a stressful work project, it’s something for you to enjoy and be proud of and show the world (or just your bff!)

If you have any questions about zines drop us an email overherezinefest[at]gmail[dot]com or Instagram and Twitter @overherezinefest