Bite The Hand That Feeds You: The 5th and final instalment!

Well that’s it, the last of  the Bite The Hand That Feeds You zine series… and I thought it was fitting to end on a message about how good it feels to communicate openly and honestly!

Find Part 1, and the back-story to Bite The Hand That Feeds You, here.

Part 2 is here, part 3 is here, and part 4 is here… and you can see the whole collection of Bite The Hand That Feeds You in The Women’s Library! Oh yes indeedy!

By: Sarah Barnes, 06.06.2010 | Comments (0)
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Bite The Hand That Feeds You: Part 4

Find Part 1, and the back-story to Bite The Hand That Feeds You, here.

Part 2 is here and part 3 is here, and you can see the whole collection of Bite The Hand That Feeds You in The Women’s Library! Oh yes indeedy!

By: Sarah Barnes, 29.04.2010 | Comments (0)
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Venus Zine; Bright, Bold and BACK!


Venus Zine, like my other US printed crushes BUST and Bitch, was a classic American Dream feminist publication; a true rags to riches tale. Starting out as a black and white photocopied zine in 1995, Amy Schroeder’s college creation went from strength to strength over the years to become a full colour, glossy, quarterly mag. Women were clearly thirsty for a publication that profiled and celebrated women in music, art, entertainment, literature, fashion and DIY culture… and Venus Zine delivered in a bold and visionary fashion.

Venus delivered right up until Autumn last year, but then something went awry. I’m not sure what that was, but I’m guessing (like many feminist leaning magazines, hell, ALL magazines in these harsh economic times) that the ‘riches’ in Venus’ rags to riches tale were a richness in female creativity rather than piles of US dollars.

But never fear! The women over a Venus towers have announced that they are bouncing back with a new issue in April and I can’t wait! It’s great to know that such a fabulous outlet for talented female writers covering exciting emerging culture has not fallen by the wayside. There’s been a bit of a shake-up at the mags offices, which could explain Venus’ re-emergence. Here’s what they have to say about their new family;

Venus Zine’s new owner and publisher, Sarah Beardsley, is thrilled to lead the magazine into its fifteenth year (can you believe it??). Meanwhile, editor in chief Jill Russell, music editor Selena Fragassi, fashion editor Andrea Kasprzak, and art director Denise Gibson are working hard to uncover the best new music, designers, film, books, visual artists, and more – along with fresh commentary and criticism.

Whilst you’re counting down the days to April, get your Venus fix on the updated daily Venuszine.com, with their Twitter feed, and by buying up a stack of back issues.

By: Sarah Barnes, 22.02.2010 | Comments (0)
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Bite The Hand That Feeds You: Part 3, Valentine’s Special!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! ;)

Find Part 1, and the back-story to Bite The Hand That Feeds You, here.

By: Sarah Barnes, 14.02.2010 | Comments (0)
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Bite The Hand That Feeds You: Part 2

Find Part 1, and the back-story to Bite The Hand That Feeds You, here.

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Bite The Hand That Feeds You: Part 1

Once upon a time, I used to write a zine. Okay, so maybe ‘write’ is a bit of a stretch… I mainly collaged together pieces of media aimed at women and did my utmost to subvert them with Tip-Ex and Letra-Set (art students, eh?!) but it was most definitely the seed that turned into the Uplift you see here, now – so I thought people might be interested to see it!

The series of zines was named Bite The Hand That Feeds You and each little folded zine was a response to aspects of the media that vexed me. As you read through the zine, it folded out to reveal a positive message of resistance. If you were so inclined you could display this big A3 declaration on your wall (although I wonder if anyone actually did that…?)

The first BTHTFY I thought I’d share is one on a subject we’ve been discussing a lot recently. I mixed up images from a style editorial about coats (I was drawn to her oddly panicked face) with media messages about staying safe in public spaces. I think the influence for this one came from being reprimanded by a police officer mere metres away from my front door for simply walking alone at night…

Anyway, enjoy!

You can see the whole collection of Bite The Hand That Feeds You in The Women’s Library! Oh yes indeedy!

By: Sarah Barnes, 28.01.2010 | Comments (2)
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My Mouth Your Ear – This Sunday

My Mouth Your Ear

This Sunday (the 13th, for those who’ve gotten a bit behind on their advent calendars!) sees the first outing of My Mouth Your Ear. Taking place at the Lift & Hoist Company, Camberwell, this queer spoken word event will be full of festive fun (in the form of cake and mulled wine) and plenty of performers and writers ’sharing stories, poetry, performances, raps, rants, zine articles, blogs, fact, fiction and generally anything you can use your mouth and a mic for.’

The event will go on from 3pm to 8pm (the last performer is estimated to finish at around 6.30pm) and the suggested door donation is £1-3. Bring a cushion or a rug to sit on and get a free Xmas mince pie at the door!

To find out more, or to put yourself forward to perform in the future, you can email mymouthyourear@gmail.com.

Here are your performers for Sunday’s My Mouth Your Ear;

YaliniDream – Lankan Blood, Manchester Born, Texas bred and Brooklyn steeped, YaliniDream is a Queer Sri Lankan Tamil raised in outside lands. She conjures spirit through her unique blend of poetry, theater, song, and dance.

Fox – Founder of SALUTE! Design and CubCulture screen-printing, Fox is a creative who also enjoys rapping and dancing and having many fingers in many pies.

Charlotte Cooper – “I’ve been making, publishing and performing things for donkeys years, but I’ve been getting into trouble for quite a bit longer.”

Swithun Cooper – Swithun’s poetry has appeared in magazines including Time Out, Magma, Chroma and Poetry London, and the anthology City State: New London Poetry. This year he won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

Jay Bernard – Currently ‘editor’ of Dissocia Zine, which combines dry wit, post-irony and non-existence. She is author of Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl (2008), and was recently poet in residence on two allotments in Oxford and London, and at the Benenden School in Kent. Jay has performed at venues such as Buckingham Palace, LadyFest and Croydon library.

Heena Patel – Recovering ex-optimist. Dog-fancier. Hates wet feet. Avid Red Dwarf fan. 29, still not out.

Charlotte Richardson Andrews – London-raised writer/journalist. Queer, feminist and unashamedly opinionated. Deputy Editor at Wears The Trousers, a female-centric, online/print music magazine.

Kat Redstone.

Len Lukowska – Sometimes a writer, sometimes a performer. Generally an undisciplined faggy layabout who works in a library and needs more sleep.

By: Sarah Barnes, 10.12.2009 | Comments (0)
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