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London Zine Symposium 2008 review & photos

at: The Rag Factory

May 10th, 2008 · post by Edd · Make a comment

Date of the event: 27/04/08

This is an all too short account of my day at the Zine Symposium, and some photo’s I took (apologies for how crap they are – I fully intend to blame the flash!). There are some other reviews online [1], [2], [3] (and even a film), check them out if you want a fuller picture!

It was raining when I woke up. Not a good sign for the start of the zine symposium. Thankfully the forecast deluge never arrived and instead we just had the odd shower.

It seems hard to believe this was the fourth London Zine Symposium, it seems like only yesterday we did the first one. This year was the biggest yet. Over 30 stalls from across the UK and bits of Europe, spread across two large rooms, then in addition to that we had the radical history tour, a screenprinting workshop, a guide to internet radio, zine readings, a discussion about food and zines, plus of course the obligatory cake.

It’s difficult to review something when you’re frantically running around hoping nothing’s going wrong, but from my vantage point, it looked like it all went really well. Nothing caught on fire (always a worry with that much paper – serious!) and depending on who you choose to believe between 500 and 1,500 came down to buy some zines, and explore DIY culture. Plus the venue worked out really well too, a good amount of space and a great atmosphere. Here’s to 2008.

Inside the large zine hall

Inside the large zine hall

Walking into the large hall

Inside the large zine hall

Radical history walk gets off to a rainy start

The Radical History walk got off to a wet start, but by all accounts was worth braving the weather for!

Screenprinting workshop

The screenprinting workshops

Food discussion

The talk about food and fanzines

The three zine readers on stage

Three of the zine readers, (left to right) Phil Chokeword, Chris Lever, and Itch Fox

Happy readers

Happy readers!

Brighton BA students table

The button making machine!

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