March 30, 2017, by owright

WHM Zine Workshop

By Olivia Wright

On the 23rd of March, a small group of local Nottingham women got together at Nottingham Writer’s Studio for a zine workshop for Women’s History Month. Led by Rose Ashurst, the 3-hour workshop began by discussing the history of the alternative press in the women’s movement both in Nottingham and worldwide, and looked at feminist zines such as Spare Rib and local Anarcho-Feminist zine Dragons as examples.
After some icebreakers and a bit of history, the group used a variety of mediums including collage, printing, drawing and writing to create their own pieces of work about the topics that affect them most. Ranging from TV programs to Donald Trump, and fat shaming to mental health, the issues were diverse and varied  . Yet the inclusive and welcoming environment garnered by Rose meant that it was discussed openly and honestly as everyone exchanged their experiences and frustrations as women in 2017.

The result of the workshop is a 40-page zine titled Yonic Youth printed by Dizzy Ink. With over 100 copies, the zine can be distributed widely and read by many, beyond just the attendees, and hopefully marks the start of a new wave of feminist zines here in Nottingham.

If you would like to receive a copy of Yonic Youth, please email olivia.wright1@nottingham.ac.uk

Posted in Women's History Month