Sheffield Zine Fest

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Sheffield Zine Fest is a zine fest in South Yorkshire in the UK that has been running annually since 2013. As of 2017, all 5 zine fests have been ran by Bettie Kirkssen and Chella Quint.



The first Sheffield Zine Fest was in 2013 on Saturday 16th March at Electric Works, Sheffield. There was an afterparty at the Showroom Café with zine readings, music and dancing.

They also ran a mini-zine fest with Edge of the Universe Printing Press on Saturday 2nd November at Bank Street Arts, with the workshops running afterwards.


In 2014 the zine fest was held on Saturday 15th March, returning to Electric Works.

Their afterparty was at The Rutland Arms, featuring live music from Ian Ashworth, Nat Johnson and Katherine Jackson, live art from Steve Larder, Comparing by Chella Quint, and zine readings by Richard Bolam, Steve Larder, Henry Raby, Tukru Dearest, Emma Falconer, Sarah Christie and Roy Clutterbuck.

They also teamed up Footprint in Leeds to do a Yorkshire Zine Weekender, with Leeds Zine Fair taking place the day after, on Sunday 16th March.


The third annual Sheffield Zine Fest was held on March 14th, again at Electric Works, with a full schedule of workshops. There were zine readings and open mic, compered by Sarah Thoamsin and featuring Poor Lass zine. They also raised funds for SAYiT - Sheffield's LGBT youth group.


In 2016 the fest was held on Saturday April 30th, with a change of venue to Hallam Hubs. It was part of the Year of Making, and teamed up with Girl Gang Sheffield and Nightowls for evening entertainment. They were supported by SHU Students’ Union LGBT+ Liberation Group, and fundraised for SAYiT (Sheffield’s LGBT youth group).


2017's event was once again held at Hallam Hubs, on Saturday February 25th.

Tabler's were: Bettie / Fault and Fracture, Chella Quint / Adventures in Menstruating, Becky Kidner – Diary Drawings, Cool Schmool Zines, Edge of the Universe Printing Press, Eimear Scullin Zines, Emily Tulett, ETFC, Fan Club Notts, Foetid Gacha, Footprint Workers’ Co-op, Good Comics, Hannah + Co, Hickathrift Press, How to draw like…, Indestructible, Energy, It Snipped My Heart, Kellie doodles, Kim Searle, Lore the Tone Press, Nick Soucek, One Way Ticket to Cubesville, Pen Fight distro, Porlock Press, Rob Jackson Comics, RUM LAD, Silvia Carrus Comics, Someone, Somewhere, Stirred Press, Sugar Paper, Synchronise Witches Press, The Moon Underground, The Screever, Totally Tubular, UHM! Zines, and Vampire Sushi Distro

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