Hello friends. My writing on this blog has admittedly taken a back seat recently since I began studying again, entering my second year of an English Lit degree. Whilst I am loving my new modules, a very large part of me can’t wait for it all to be over already! I just don’t think academia is for me. It’s very restrictive, very tiresome and causes me to be a lot more self-critical than I’d like to be. It may be the best thing in the world for some people, but writing essays about stuff that has mostly already been said a million times before, isn’t for me. But that is not the focus of this post, however related it may be.
I’m working on a new project which I am very excited about. I have been trying to keep it inside my head for a while now but there’s too many ideas floating around and I need a place to store them. As a side project, a way of developing my skills and a way of doing something (anything) to benefit the sad state of the world, I am creating a zine which I will hopefully be able to sell and raise money for charity. As well as the money benefit, I’m hoping I’ll be able to raise awareness for an issue which is really important to me and my future career, as well as my love for community spirit.
The ‘zine’ (I hate that word), will be a one-time publication, curated, written and photographed by yours truly. My intention is to create a research project which explores the independent literature scene in Manchester, and particularly the way independent bookshops play a part in its existence. The overarching idea is to show that literature is crucial to communities of all types, in all its forms. From self-published poetry, to self-produced grime tracks. I don’t know how far I’ll be taking it, or how large it will be at this stage, but I am super excited about it. This is the first time I have actually begun to execute one of my (ambitious?) ideas and I am proud of myself for kicking myself into gear and getting it done. Another reason I am writing this is so that I *actually* finish it, because the shame of not doing so would be too much to handle.
I’d also like to appeal to the people who read this blog. If you write creatively, if you read books, if you love bookshops- I want to hear from you! I want tales and poems and funny memories of book shops, of community spirit and your reading experiences as a child! I want to know how spoken word poetry has changed your mindset or enhanced it, or which local (Manchester) creatives are catching your eye! Which communities would you like to hear about? Pls help me create something beautiful that I can release into the world and cry about!
In the zine, I’ll be featuring all of these things above, as well as interviews with a host of wonderful people in the book community in Manchester, as well as those in smaller circulations of literature that people may least expect.
Thanks for reading. Expect a zine early 2019. If one doesn’t arrive, somebody delete me from the internet.