Zine Pop-Up

two pink notebooks created by Lucille with the words 'Private Journal' pasted on top

Zines are a do-it-yourself alternative to traditional art and publishing which emerged from fan communities creatively expressing themselves without the limits of corporations. Shared either digitally or physically, they tend to be handmade magazines filled with every and any kind of art, from sketching, to colleging and writing.

At its core, zine-making is a subversive project, allowing marginalised people to be in control of their own voice and publish creative work about whatever they want! From its sci-fi roots to its influence on Riot Grrls, zines can be a powerful tool to bring people together to collectively share about the issues that matter to them.

We want to bring this DIY energy to Bootle Library with Lucille Swith’s new project: the Zine Pop-Up!

From August 15th-16th, Lucille will be in-residence at Bootle Library, sharing their art, research, and extensive collection of zines in a new Zine Library. You can pop in to take a look at their impressive work, or sit down with them for a while and get started on your own creative zine.

From August 8th, you will also be able to pick up a free zine-making kit at Bootle library, take it home, and even bring back your creations to be displayed alongside the rest of the collection in the Zine Library.

Alongside this, Lucille will lead a one-off Journalling Workshop for young people on Saturday August 13th from 10:30am- 12:30pm. This event will be free and open to anyone aged 16+, under 16s will be welcome with parental or adult supervision.

Book your spot in the workshop here through Eventbrite, or drop in on the day!

If you have any questions, contact a librarian, email hello@atthelibrary.co.uk, or message/text/WhatsApp: 07751240427. Please contact us to discuss your access needs and how we can make this project accessible to you.

Artist Bio

Lucille Swith is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Liverpool. Their work deals primarily with Queerness, the relationship between class, labour and gender, and neurodivergence, utilising craft based processes and repurposing objects to produce collage, sculpture, textiles, drawing, photography, and text. Their work often takes form in diary-like confessions that blur the lines between comedic, tragic, and absurd with political undertones, picking out ‘things’ from their surroundings and everyday experiences.

A lot of their research has come from less conventional modes; going to gigs, collecting and sharing memes from leftist pages online, collecting zines, badges, stickers, spending time in nature, in the city, at work, in bed, playing GTA online, forever watching and observing, letting their surroundings resonate with the information, the words, and the images that they’re constantly collecting and consuming, and letting their surroundings resonate within them. From this they form, not only a very specific viewpoint, but an idiosyncratic and very ‘Queer’ way of moving through the world.