Where history books fudge the facts, the zines of an era tell the real story of turbulent times.
Later this month, you can meet some of the leading creative minds behind some of Ireland’s best-known zines… and try your hand at getting involved yourself.
It’s all part of the Shaky Shots Doppleganger Cork Zine Fest, taking place at St Peter’s on North Main Street on October 20th from 12pm to 6pm.
The programme will include screenings, two workshops, a panel discussion and a pop-up zine library where you can grab a coffee and browse hundreds of zines published since the Seventies covering topics from photography, drawing, music, punk culture, anarchism, feminism and LGBTQ+ communities, to “being a broke artist, being old, being young, feeling lame, feeling nothing, loving pizza” and more.
A Collages Workshop (12pm, €5 here) will guide you through finding and deconstructing found material for collages.
Later, a DIY Folded Zine Workshop (1.15pm, €5 here) will show you how to make your own folded zines, with personalised tips and ideas on the process from concept to final product, printing and selling.
Both workshops are open to all ages and materials are included.
PANEL TALK LINE-UP
Start time: 4.45pm – free
Five DIY musicians, artists and activists will be on panel to chat about DIY cultures and zines, hosted by Oriane Duboz, Co-Editor of Cork-based A Vent Zine.
Annie Forrester: The Irish illustrator and zine maker will chat about using zines and prints to fight back. Some of her work is featured above.
Anto Dillon: The creative mind behind Loserdom Zine (running since June 1996) will cover topics such as Irish DIY punk bands, DIY living and Irish zine history.
Declan Synnott: PhD, researching in the areas of Punk, Cultural Studies, Aesthetics, Political Philosophy.
Natalia Beylis: This artist, performer and musician is the founding member of Woven Skull, co-manager of the improvised free noise collective Three Eyed Makara.
William Frode de la Foret: The Artistic Director of Cork Community Art Link, William has 23 years experience in community street performance and art programmes.