a place for zinesters - writers and readers
Following on from part one and what events I attended as part of International Zine Month here in Auckland.
Hands On Poetry
I used to write various poems when I was a lot younger (even won a couple of contests at school with those poems) but haven't written any since then.
The Hands On Poetry was an event focusing on poetry zines and National Poetry Day. The launch of self-published poetry anthology Hands Like Mirrors was the main part of the night so there were some people doing poetry readings. I had my favourites out of the poems read and will pick up a copy of the anthology sometime which has poets from both New Zealand and Australia
Another part of the evening was to make a colloborative poetry zine so I wrote a couple of short book-related poems to submit.
The event was held at Alphabet City which is a new-ish creative space/gallery/zine library in Auckland. I took my best friend Jay along with me who spent most of her time reading a book she had purchased that afternoon (I don't blame her, it was a pretty amazing book).
They had mulled wine there which smelled amazing though not being a wine drinker I didn't have any. Those that did seemed to enjoy it.
Alphabet City Zine Library Launch
I took a couple of other friends along to this event, both who are new to zines but interested in maybe doing their own. Ended up getting a perzine grab bag that was for sale at Alphabet City and out of the 8 or so zines in there only one was a double up from something in my collection already.
Before the ribbon was cut for the library there was a short presentation on the creation and inspiration of the zine library which I found interesting (and also had me thinking how I could organise my small collection of zines). I saw a handful of people I knew there and chatted to them.
When the ribbon was cut we all had a good look through the zines. One of my friends pointed out a copy of my zine in there which made me smile. I was also happy to find back issues of other zines I enjoyed but were unable to find previously. I can see myself spending a lot of time there when they start having regular hours.
Another awesome thing about the launch was the amazing vegan chocolate-mint cupcakes..