The third annual Sheffield Zine Fest will be held on 14th March 2015 at Electric Works. The fest will run from 11am til 6pm with a full schedule of workshops throughout the day.

Zinesters! Get in touch to book your table now!

It’s here! It’s here!


It’s finally here! Today is the day! Come on down to Sheffield Zine Fest! We’ll be at the Electric Works from 11 am, just down the road from the bus station and the train station. The workshop schedule is up – just click on the menu above, and a list of tablers can be found under exhibitors. At lunchtime you may like to check out one of the nearby cafes like the Showroom, Site Canteen, or Tamper Coffee, and check the specials board at the Rutland for a zinester special!  Also at the Rutland, Blue Bee’s done us a Zine Fest beer on tap! We’re going to head there for tea after the fest and then head upstairs for the after party and podcast recording of a one-off live comp zine featuring some of your favourite zinesters and some lovely music from the amazing Ian Ashworth, Nat Johnson and Katherine Jackson! Need anything? Catch us on Twitter @sheffzinefest or by email: sheffieldzinefest@gmail.com

Sleeping places?

Hello! We’re very excited that people are visiting from out of town, and want to encourage people to stick around for the evening activities and head over to Leeds Zine Fair the next day, so we’re going to try to match up sleeping places with people who need them. Priority is given to tablers at both Sheffield and Leeds, then tablers at Sheffield, and then zinesters we know who aren’t tabling but who are coming from out of town. If you need a space or have some space to offer, please email sheffieldzinefest@gmail.com with answers to the following questions so we can add you to our grid!

This is not a formal arrangement and we don’t take responsibility for people taking up offers, but If you’re offering a space, it’s probably because you know us or other zinesters and artists in Sheffield, and would be doing this as a lovely favour!  If visitors to Sheffield would be happier booking a hotel room, there’s  a range of accommodation available in the area around the Zine Fest venues, and Jury’s Inn is probably the most affordable and convenient.

Your name?
Days (Fri? Sat? both?) and how many spaces needed?
Requirements? (single/double, floor ok, own sleeping bag, vegan, no pets, etc.)
Are you tabling? (tablers given priority)
Where are you travelling from?
What are your contact details?

Your name?
Do you have a sleeping place?
How many spaces and what days available?
What have you got on offer (room, floor, sofa, bed, food?)
Where do you live?
What are your contact details?

Nice things people said about last year’s zine fest!

Tables are going fast at Sheffield Zine Fest 2014, and we’ve had some amazing workshop offers!

Here’s a quick roundup of some of last year’s press for those who’d like a flavour of what we’re planning this year. 

We got some great coverage from the lovely Colin Drury at the Sheffield Star

Here’s a short film Russell Cavanagh shot on the day for Sheffieldist, and it also comes in handy podcast form. In it co-organisers Bettie and Chella explain the DIY ethos and how they keep their funding transparent and costs low.

And here are some reviews of the 2013 fest! 






Sheffield Zine Fest and Yorkshire Zine Weekender 2014!

Save the date: Sheffield Zine Fest 2014 will be held on Saturday 15th March 2014, 11am – 6pm, and we’re back at Electric Works, Sheffield!

It’s an accessible venue and we’ll be running for longer this time to allow everyone even more opportunities to swap and buy zines, attend or deliver workshops.

We’re doing something special this year – we’ve teamed up with our friends at Footprints in Leeds to do a Yorkshire Zine Weekender.  Leeds Zine Fair will take place on Sunday 16th March. It’s under an hour and less than £15 return on coach or train, and we always have a great time there! We’d like to encourage out of town zinesters to come to Yorkshire for the weekend and share their work with twice as many people as usual! We’ll also be having zine readings and a party on the Saturday night, and can put people up who need sleeping places. (More info on how to offer a sleeping place or request one later.)

For now, tabling and registration are just the same as last year, at the same prices, and tables sell out quickly, but we’ll try to make sure that if you’re coming from out of town to both Sheffield and Leeds, you won’t be stuck registered for one but not the other. Please make a note when registering with us and with Leeds.

Many, many thanks to our good friend Smizz for the excellent flippable poster.

sheffield side copy


Here’s a bit about zines generally from last year’s post:

New to zines?

A zine (pronounced ‘zeen’ like maga-zine) is a magazine or booklet that you make yourself, and give away, swap or sell for the cost of printing. What’s the point? To share your knowledge or your feelings or your experiences in a way that’s more tangible than blogging, less commercial and more immediate than print media. The focus is usually on content, but designs, styles and print methods vary widely and can look very interesting and unusual! With short runs, some zinesters have the time to hand print covers, sew bindings, or colour in pages individually.

A rough guide:

Zinester – someone who makes, reads, enjoys, trades, celebrates zines and zine culture.

Perzines – a portmanteau word for ‘personal zine’ – zines that are diarylike in style, and can explore serious issues and represent unique points of view.

Fanzine – traditionally, a zine that’s all about something you’re a fan of, from music to football.

Instructional zines – these teach you how to do something and are really handy!

Comic-zines – any category above, but done in a part drawn/part written format.

More details about the Zine Fest coming soon!

Getting to, and around the Mini Zine Fest

Getting there

Bank Street Arts is in the city centre, and fairly close to Cathedral and Castle Square tram stops. The easiest route from the train station is to take the tram from the back of the station to Castle Square. Trams are only running in one direction at the moment due to works on the rails so you can’t go wrong! It’s two stops to Castle Square and costs £1.50, trams in Sheffield also accept the national concession bus passes. If you’re driving, there’s an NCP car park directly opposite.

The address of the venue is 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS. From Castle Square, cross to the opposite platform and head down Angel Street past Argos and turn left between the Premier Inn and the Boardwalk. You’re on Bank Street! It’s a little up on the right. You can also walk down from the Cathedral but that’s probably best if you know the area. There are also bus stops nearby, mostly on Angel St, High St, Arundel Gate, Waingate and Haymarket, and there is a good journey planner at http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com.


Getting around the building

Bank Street Arts itself is a privately owned and old building, and has no lift. From the main floor to the galleries there are 7 steps with handrails, and to the basement level there are 6 steps. The zine fest and workshops will be on the lower level, in the cafe and education rooms, with steps down.

Unfortunately, there are no allocated quiet spaces. The building has a lot of rooms and areas which may be suitable if needed but we have not been able to guarantee a definite space.

Mini Zine Fest

We’re currently busy organising Sheffield Zine Fest 2014 ( date for your diaries – 15th March!) but if you need a zine fix in the steel city a little sooner, we’ll be holding a mini zine fest alongside Edge of the Universe Printing Press who will be holding workshops in the afternoon following the zine fest.

It’s happening on Saturday 2nd November, 11am – 2pm, at Bank Street Arts, with the workshops running afterwards. Come along! And if you want to table at the zine fest itself, get in touch at sheffieldzinefest@gmail.com and we’ll squeeze you in.


Zine day poster