Publish And Be Damned

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Publish And Be Damned 2004

Publish And Be Damned is an annual independent publishing fair in London, United Kingdom.


According to the official website, Publish And Be Damned was established in 2004 by Emily Pethick and curator Kit Hammonds. This line-up now includes Sarah McCrory. It has since expanded, becoming a lot bigger in size and visitor numbers than the annual London Zine Symposium.


The types of publication included each year varies from zines and self-published books to newsprint titles and glossy magazines, all of which are independent. Some titles are free while most are sold. Eligibility is decided by a panel of founders and invited guests curators.

An open call for submissions is announced in early spring each year. Details on how to submit publications are found on their homepage.

Public Library

The Publish And Be Damned Public Library is a travelling archive of past submissions to the fair. Each year sees new submissions added.

The collection has so far travelled to, or been featured in exhibitions in:

Germany (Munich)

United Kingdom (Liverpool, Manchester, Cambridge, Norwich, Bristol)

The Netherlands (Utrecht)

Los Angeles (United States)

Prague (Czech Republic)

Winterthur (Switzerland)

Bratislava (Slovakia)


Publish And Be Damned is funded by grants from various Arts organisations. Since 2004 the event has received support from The Elephant Trust, Arts Council, England, A Foundation, The Goethe Institute, The Polish Cultural Forum, Pro Helvetia and the Mondrian Foundation.

The Public Library has received funding from amongst others the Cubitt Gallery, Tranzit, The Elephant Trust, Arts Council England & The British Council.


2004's event too place in The Crypt of St James' Church in the Clerkenwell area of London on Sunday 4th of July. More than 30 titles from the U.K. and Europe took part.

2005's event took place on Sunday 31st of July at the same venue as the previous year.

2006 saw a change of venue with the event moving to the Rochelle School in the Shoreditch area of East London.

2007 will see Publish And Be Damned return once more to the Rochelle School in Shoreditch, East London.