Annegret Soltau


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The Photocopy Club’s brand new exhibition project has now been announced, and this time we are giving you the chance to exhibit your work in both the UK and South Africa in October and November. All you need to do is make a collective with 3 or more people and together make a photographic…

1) “I had never had any desire to be a writer. I wanted to be a reader.”

2) “One thing you discover in psychoanalytic treatment is the limits of what you can change about yourself or your life. We are children for a very long time.”

3) “Fortunately, I never recovered from my education, I’ve just carried on with it. If you happen to like reading, it can have a very powerful effect on you, an evocative effect, at least on me. It’s not as though when I read I’m gathering information, or indeed can remember much of what I read. I know the books that grip me, as everybody does, but their effect is indiscernible. I don’t quite know what it is. The Leavisite position, more or less, is that reading certain sentences makes you more alive and a morally better person, and that those two things go together. It seems to me that that isn’t necessarily so, but what is clear is that there are powerful unconscious evocative effects in reading books that one loves. There’s something about these books that we want to go on thinking about, that matters to us. They’re not just fetishes that we use to fill gaps. They are like recurring dreams we can’t help thinking about.”

4) “You can only recover your appetite, and appetites, if you can allow yourself to be unknown to yourself.”

5) “That’s what a life is, it’s the lives you don’t have.”

6) “I hope you read one of my books because it gives you pleasure or because you hate it—you read it for those sorts of reasons—and then you discover what you find yourself thinking, feeling, in the reading of it.”

7) “You can’t write differently, even if you want to. You just have to be able to notice when you are boring yourself.”

8) “Anybody who writes knows you don’t simply write what you believe. You write to find out what you believe, or what you can afford to believe.”

9) “[I]f you live in a culture which is fascinated by the myth of the artist, and the idea that the vocational artistic life is one of the best lives available, then there’s always going to be a temptation for people who are suffering to believe that to become an artist would be the solution when, in fact, it may be more of the problem. There are a number of people whom you might think of as casualties of the myth of the artist. They really should have done something else. Of course some people get lucky and find that art works for them, but for so many people it doesn’t. I think that needs to be included in the picture. Often one hears or reads accounts in which people will say, Well, he may have treated his children, wives, friends terribly, but look at the novels, the poems, the paintings. I think it’s a terrible equation. Obviously one can’t choose to be, as it were, a good parent or a good artist, but if the art legitimates cruelty, I think the art is not worth having. People should be doing everything they can to be as kind as possible and to enjoy each other’s company. Any art, any anything, that helps us do that is worth having. But if it doesn’t, it isn’t.’

Such a good read.

Growing up, I didn’t read novels by women. It’s not that I didn’t want to. It’s almost like I didn’t think that I needed to or, I guess, I didn’t know that I needed to. I was perfectly happy in a world contained by men. I adopted the posture of the brooding male as my own. I was Salinger, I was Kerouac, I was any male protagonist in a novel that one of my boyfriends recommended. I didn’t know that there was a specific female sadness so I was content with relating to a generalized one. And in a way, reading these novels was less of a way to relate and more of a way to learn how to be the type of girl that these male novelists liked. One of my first ambitions wasn’t to be a writer – it was to be a writer’s muse.

— Gabby Bess, in Dazed (via electric-cereal)


we are now taking submissions for issue 5!

classic zine style, b&w photocopied A5

poetry, politics, creative non/fiction, rants, apologies, love letters, interviews, illustration, collage, photography, personal essays ~ bein a woman summer 2014

each issue really is shaped by the submissions we receive, please send the weirdest + best shit you got to

There’s gonna be a launch for this issue in Manchester with the lovely folks from the Salford Zine Library too! (exact date tba)








Some pics from Sunday’s event in Liverpool. From the top: Heroine magazine's Pheobe with THAT GIRL, Queen of the Track's zine making workshop, flag making with Luna Boom, illustrator Victoria Wall screen printing posters in THAT GIRL’s printing workshop, Liverpool’s radical bookshop News From Nowhere and Chella Quint's period positive workshop.

What counts as activism? Why didn’t the kind of emotional self-care me and my girls were doing—talking to each other about all the fucked-up shit we were going through as brown girls—count? Why didn’t my best friend driving her elderly East African mother to the doctor and renegotiating her way through the layers of the racist, sexist, condescending bullshit medical system count as activism? Did staying alive count as activism? Did re-learning Tamil, one of my Sri Lankan family’s languages, count? Did cooking good Sri Lankan food and learning how to cook those recipes I didn’t have female family members around to teach me count? As a South Asian femme immigrant who was having a shitty week, did shopping at the MAC counter and finding the perfect shade of fuchsia lip gloss for my milk-tea skin count?

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, “A Time to Hole Up And a Time to Kick Ass” in We Don’t Need Another Wave

For the past year, Angela Barnett, a 40-something New Zealand–born advertising creative who has lived in New York and San Francisco, has been working on the website Fucking Awesome Bulimics I Know, a provocatively titled collection of interviews with people who have experienced and (mostly) recovered from the disorder.

A former bulimic herself, Barnett had come off the back of a succession of encounters with others who had shared her secret. There was the woman she had met in Tanzania who had talked about her struggle with the disorder over margaritas and seafood, and retreated to her Wi-Fi-free hotel room after dinner to urgently “check some emails.” The advertising colleague who made the admission at a party in New York. The dental hygienist who, when Barnett asked if she could tell she’d had bulimia from the state of her teeth, stopped what she was doing to declare, “Me too.” Says Barnett: “I’d had enough of those moments to make me think that rather than feeling ashamed of my past, I wanted to lift the lid on it.”


Chicana feministas unidas ✊ Photo cred: Rob

(*GABBY G not GABBY d)


I have a stall at Heroine Fest tomorrow! Come n say hi + pick up a copy of the Chapess. I’ll also have a super limited number of copies of What Kind Of Trouble? The ace poetry anthology put together by Sara Sutterlin earlier this summer.

Just some of the exciting stuff happening tomorrow:

Queen of the Track Zine Making Workshop - 12:30 -2:30pm - The Hub

Join our awesome Zine sisters; Queen of the Track for their Zine-Making workshop! They will be helping you create your own Mini-Zine in our Heroine Hub. Don’t miss it!

Alison Down- Finding Your Voice Poetry Workshop - 1:30-2:30pm - The Hub

Local poet, playwright and all-round awesome lady, Alison Down, will be joining the Heroine Festival for her poetry workshop. Talking about finding your voice and style in your poetry.

Luna Boom Collective - Sewing the cave of Love - 2-4pm - The Hub

Disco Flaps, Cosmic Oyster, Fanjita - the list is endless! Join Luna Boom Collective in The Hubb to stitch your favourite word or phrase used to describe lady-parts onto a flag which will then be raised in positive celebration of the female body. There are too many negative words relating to women’s bodies - it’s time to change that! (Also - make your own vag-badge to take away!)

Sarah Thomasin - Feminist Words - 3-4pm - The Hub

One half of our Sheffield Sisters, Sarah Thomasin, will be holding a spoken word workshop in The Hub. Sarah describes herself as; 'a queer feminist performance poet and sexual health worker, but not usually simultaneously' She’s blooming fantastic, and not to be missed!

Chella Quint - Stains TM Period Positive Workshop - 4-5pm - The Hub
'Screw you, Madison Avenue. I'm taking this one back. I'm wearing my heart on my sleeve and my blood on my pants. I'm gonna reclaim the stain…'

The other half of our Sheffield Sisters, the fabulous Chella Quint will be holding a Period Positive Workshop in the Hub. Not only has Chella had her own TedX Talk, something which automatically makes her a heroine, but is a zine maker, comedienne and workshop coordinator, passionate about mythbusting the ‘shame’ of periods. Check this out!

Tmesis Theatre Presents ‘Heroine Physical Theatre Workshop’



The Dome

Tmesis Theatre are a renowned physical theatre company who have been touring nationally and internationally for the past ten years, and run Liverpool’s Physical Fest. We are delighted to welcome Tmesis to Heroine Fest with a workshop that will introduce you to movement and physical theatre, using our bodies to express. It will look specifically at creating female archetypes and exploring gender and identity through physicality, improvisation and play.

Lady Parts Drama Drop-In - The Dome - 1-3pm - The Dome

Check out Lady Parts Theatre Company in The Dome, where they will be hosting a drop-in workshop which focuses on gender roles in theatre, and creating roles for women. Lady Parts Theatre is a new writing company based in Liverpool which specialises in creating and promoting strong roles for women. Women have stories as rich and varied as the stories of men, the only difference - they are not being heard. Head over to The Dome to see Lady Parts!

HeartBeat Drumming Workshop - 4-4:30pm - The Dome

HeartBeat focuses on bringing community change through education, accessible music, and helping people internationally. They will be holding a drumming workshop in The Dome at Heroine Fest. Make sure to check them out and make some noise!

News from Nowhere - The Hub

Our one and only feminist bookstore; News from Nowhere will be selling some awesome books in The Hub. Well we couldn’t have a Heroine Festival without inviting these ladies, could we! Make sure you go and say hello to News from Nowhere and see what they have in store!

Merseyside Women’s Movement

The fantastic Merseyside Women’s Movement will be in The Hub. These ladies have been promoting activism in Merseyside since 2007, and Heroine Fest wouldn’t be complete without them. Go and see what they have to offer, from literature to activities, all in The Hub!


we are now taking submissions for issue 5!

classic zine style, b&w photocopied A5

poetry, politics, creative non/fiction, rants, apologies, love letters, interviews, illustration, collage, photography, personal essays ~ bein a woman summer 2014

each issue really is shaped by the submissions we receive, please send the weirdest + best shit you got to

There’s gonna be a launch for this issue in Manchester with the lovely folks from the Salford Zine Library too! (exact date tba)


coming soon! this is my longest/biggest e-book project yet!