• Beth

Launching New Zine Libraries with #McrCreativeSpaces

Updated: Apr 23

On Saturday we launched the first of our three new community Zine Libraries!

The launch was held at Longsight Library as part of #ThisVibrantThing festival-style event, celebrating the new 'Creative Spaces' initiative.

Our new Zine Libraries are part of #McrCreativeSpaces - three branch libraries in Manchester that are hubs of creativity and culture for their communities. They are Longsight Library, Wythenshawe Forum Library and North City Library in Harpurhey.

At the event we unveiled our new Zine Library, beautifully crafted by manchester-based arts fabricators M3 industries, and ran a drop-in zine-making and badge-making workshop attended by hundreds of people throughout the day!

Join us for more at #ThisVibrantThing on 17th March 2018 at Wythenshawe Forum Library and 24th March 2018 at North City Library, both 12noon to 5pm.

Zines are a fantastic way to self publish, putting the information or stories out there that you care about. They are way to increase the representation and visibility of marginalised people or 'taboo' topics.

Pride of place in our new Zine Libraries are Zines put together by young people our sister project Take Up Space have been working with over the past couple of months.

Take Up Space is a media-based youth work project, running empowering media activities for young people in the community and offering an online platform to showcase their work.

Take Up Space partnered with The Proud Trust and Q42 at The Horsfall to produce brilliant Zines that increase LGBT+ representation in the new Creative Spaces, and get information about the support networks for and experiences of LGBT+ young people out there into the community.

Those zines sit alongside other feminist and LGBT zines from the Manchester LGBT Zine Library which have been kindly loaned to us for #LGBTHistoryMonth and #InternationalWomensDay month.

Many thanks to artist & zibrarian Hebe Phillips for helping deliver this project!

See you at the next launch, and watch this space for a zine callout!!