Here’s some stuff you may have already heard about but what can I say? It’s Friday and I’m at work and it’s pretty, pretty, pretty slow.
Firstly, Sticky Institute has launched a new mail order department to their website for Australian zines. The fetus and I have some of our zines listed as well as dozens of other excellent zinemakers so you should probably check it out. Nay, definitely check it out, especially if you aren’t in a position to visit their store in person.
Secondly, the University of Sydney is running their annual Verge Arts Festival from the 28th August to the 12th September. As is their custom there is a Night Market on Friday 4th September which the fetus and I have attended the last three years. I don’t think we’ll be manning a stall this year because it’s become a little less friendly towards zinemakers [and a little too expensive if zines are all you're hawking] but if you’re interested…
Date/Time: 6 – 10pm, Friday 4th September
Place: The University of Sydney Main Campus
Cost: $30 [plus GST], electricity provided at an additional fee.
Contact: gblackie [at] gmail [dot] com for the registration form.
Verge is also running lots of other arts, film, music and theatre events that are open to people outside of USyd as well so it’s worth checking out their website.
Thirdly, our lovely friends at Bird in the Hand and Totoro’s Tea House are launching their new stores this Saturday 15th August as part of Renew Newcastle. This project involves refurbishing 24 vacant stores in the Newcastle city area with anything from art spaces, food co-ops, sound digital media gallerys to animation studios. Bird in the Hand zine shop has been open for the last eight weeks but will be holding a late lunch from 11am-5:30pm for anyone who wants to stop by and check out some excellent zines. This is Totoro’s Tea House’s maiden week and to celebrate they’ll be holding a pre-opening party from 5:30-10pm with cupcakes and tea by donation, a live set by Miss Maddy Phelan and some groovy tunes from DJ Craig Schuftan. Click here for the location of the rest of the other spaces if you’d like to extend your walking tour!
Bird in the Hand zine shop: 100a King Street Newcastle
Totoro’s Tea House: Shop 1, 111 Hunter Street Newcastle (Cnr Morgan St)
Um, I should probably get back to ‘work’. New zine trade update coming soon.