Same heartbeats

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Same Heartbeats is a personal-political zine from Belgium, created by Nina Nijsten who used to make Flapper Gathering. It's written in English. The first issue came out in 2007 and is now up to its 17th issue which came out in 2020.

Same Heartbeats started out as a travel zine, about visiting ladyfests and other queer/feminist festivals, and evolved more to a personal-political zine about feminist criticism, activism, theory and craft. Now it discusses the feminist movement, DIY subculture, traveling to feminist events, craft actions, self-publishing and zines, alternative media as activism, democratic collective organising, feminist history, DIY and more. The zine has included visits to the Pen Fight shop in Manchester, UK (#14), Swansea Zine Fest (#15), Swindon Zine Fest (#17), North West Zine Fest (#17) and Queer Zine Fest London (#7).

The zine contains text as well as black-white illustrations and some comics. It's copied on recycled paper and hand-bound with colourful yarn. Issue 4 includes a lino print on its cover.

Same Heartbeats is sold by ECHO, Nina's zine creation project. It can be found at some ladyfests, at the Alternative Bookfair (Alternatieve Boekenbeurs) in Ghent, Belgium, in some riot grrrl distros and in zine libraries such as Shelf Zine Library in Ghent, Belgium. Grassroots Feminism has published an interview and pdf versions of the zine.

More information can be found at ECHO and at Grassroots Feminism