STRANGE PERFUME, A QUEER CULTURE BOOK FAIR

CHETHAM'S LIBRARY, MANCHESTER, UK

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BOOK WORKS

 

ALEXA JEAN BARRETT

AMY PENNINGTON

BRIGID ELVA

BLACK LODGE PRESS

BOOK WORKS

CAMP BOOKS

CLAWSON & WARD

DAIKON*

DAWN MELLOR

EMILY POPE

FOX IRVING

HUW LEMMEY

JACOB V JOYCE

JANINA SABALIAUSKAITE

& JADE SWEETING

KATIE DELLA-VALLE

LONDON CENTRE FOR BOOK ARTS

MAKINA BOOKS

MINNOW BOOKS

PEN FIGHT

POLLY RICHARD

SPREM SAHIBPSS

PUBLICATION STUDIO LONDON

RUDY LOEWE

SALLY FAIRBRASS

SHY BAIRNS

SINA SPARROW

SOOFIYA ANDRY

SYNCHRONISE WITCHES PRESS

SARAH JOY FORD

SCOTTEE

SILVER PRESS

SIMON ENGLISH

TENDERBOOKS

UNBOUND (LADA)

images coming soon

 

 

 

11am - 1.30pm

 

LESBIAN SEMIOTICS (drop-in studio)

WITH JADE SWEETING AND JANINA SABALIAUSKAITE

 

The new screenprint, ‘Key Study 1’ marks the start of their new project in response

to Hal Fischer’s photographic study Gay Semiotics in 1977 and the 1992 documentary Framing Lesbian Fashion

by Karen Everett. The duo intend to use

a method of analysis of dress codes and visual characteristics within lesbian communities and to explore how these might act as signifiers, that constitute

a ‘lesbian semiotics’.

 

If you’d like to get in touch with them about the project, please email lesbiansemiotics@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

2pm - 4pm

 

FILL YOUR BOWL: QUEER COMICS & ZINES WITH CHERRY STYLES AND BRIGID ELVA

 

Join artists Brigid Elva and Cherry Styles for a hands-on zine workshop. Make your own zine or comic to take away with little inspiration from some of Salford Zine Library’s favourite queer titles. Brigid Elva is an artist and cartoonist living and working in the UK. Her work has appeared throughout comics anthologies and print. Cherry Styles is the artist and publisher at the helm of Synchronise Witches Press, now based in Huddersfield. She regularly leads workshops exploring the creative and political implications of self-publishing.

 

BOOKING IS REQUIRED:For booking ‘FILL YOUR BOWL’ please click here.

 

STRANGE PERFUME, A QUEER CULTURE BOOK FAIR

SOUTH LONDON GALLERY 25 & 26 MAY 2018

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SOUTH LONDON GALLERY

 

SOOFIYA ANDRY

ALEX MARGO ARDEN

ALEX BARRETT

BURNING HOUSE BOOKS

AA BRONSON

SAM COTTINGTON

DAIKON*

KATIE DELLA-VALLE

TIFFANY R CHAN

SIMON ENGLISH

JOEL EVEY

CASPAR HEINEMANN

ORION FACEY

SALLY FAIRBRASS

CHLOE A.D FILANI

SARAH JOY FORD

IAN GILES

MS KEVIN LE GRAND

FOX IRVING

TOM KEMP

CHRISTOPHER KIRUBI

NATASHA LALL

HUW LEMMEY

RACHEAL LITTLEWOOD

RUDY LOEWE

GEORGIA LUCAS-GOING

MARY MANNING

MADISON MOORE

AMY PENNINGTON

MEGAN PICKERING

EMILY POPE

SILVER PRESS

SYNCHRONISE WITCHES PRESS

PSS

GEORGE REINER

GABY SAHHAR

JACK SCOTT

SINA SPARROW

FAILED STATES

JANINA SABALIAUSKAITE

& JADE SWEETING

JENKIN VAN ZYL

ROSE WALSH

JOHN WALTER

CLAWSON & WARD

LIV WINTER

SISTERS UNCUT

KONSTANTIN

ZHUKOVVAGINA

DENTATA ZINE

 

Strange Perfume is a LGBTQIA book fair that focuses primarily on artists books and printed matter. Taking place across two days, the fair will feature stands

from an international mix of independent publishers and artists, selling queer fiction, critical and political writing, drawing and printmaking. Alongside this,

a programme of performances, readings and workshops will reflect the diversity of queer artists’ publishing, including activist, historical and more recent

work. Here’s a whiff of what Strange Perfume is all about:

 

What was once the ‘love that dare not speak its name’ now seems to never shut up, with ever more queers publishing their own material. Scenting this change in the air, Strange Perfume is a new fair gathering together the wealth of printed matter being produced by queer artists about the LGBTQIA experience. Step up to the fragrance counter and sample from a range of stalls featuring books, editions, posters, badges and more, alongside talks and events.

 

It’s a chance to meet other bookish benders at a time when gay bars and clubs are shutting down and the queer experience is being co-opted by mass media.

So get off Grindr, say sod off to Scruff, step out into the world and envelope yourself within the Strange Perfume.

 

Text by: Paul Clinton

 

The 2018 Strange Perfume Book Fair team:

Jordan Taylor / co-founder (Mrs Paterson's Press and Pagemasters)

Daniel James Wilkinson / co-founder (Behind the X)

Paul Clinton (Writer and Critic)

Jamie Atherton (Failed States)

Cherry Styles (Synchronise Witches)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAUL SAMMUT

11:30 – 12:15 & 13:45 – 14:30

Four 20 minute one-on-one queer counselling sessions with Relational Dynamics coach Paul Sammut of White Cubicle and Book Works. Sign-up sheets will be available at the fair or to book in advance please email sammut.paul@gmail.com

 

 

Flora Dunster, Helena Reckitt, Kefiloe Siwisa and Amy Tobin

12:15 – 13:00

Soft Covers: Queer Feminist Publishing, led by Flora Dunster, Helena Reckitt, Kefiloe Siwisa and Amy Tobin, explores queer feminist publications as sites of critical community and world-building. This workshop introduces germinal periodicals from the UK, US and Italy from the 1970s and 1980s, including Heresies, Quim, Square Peg and Sotto-sopra, in tandem with publishing projects by contemporary collectives.

 

 

SARAH SHIN &

KISHANI WIDYARATNA

14:30 – 15:15

Sarah Shin (Silver Press/Verso) and Kishani Widyaratna (Picador/The White Review) lead a workshop on communities of care and Audre Lorde: what can we do about harassment and assault in literary and cultural scenes?

 

 

JEREMY ATHERTON LIN

15:45 – 16:40

Writer Jeremy Atherton Lin leads Pheromones and Other Flowers: Writing Smell in Queer Narrative and Criticism, a workshop of visceral aromas in literature and a series of writing exercises conjuring scents that evoke, disturb, distinguish and arouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAMES MORGAN

12:30 – 13:00

A spoken word/poetry drag performance by artist James Morgan

 

 

Prem Sahib

15:15 – 15:45

Artist Prem Sahib reads from Times Square Red, Times Square Blue by Samuel R Delany, Heavy Breathing by Essex Hemphill, and a short story about scabies by Cameron Irving. Sahib’s slideshow of images from the recently closed Chariots gay sauna in Shoreditch will also be showing throughout the day. The interior of the site — currently awaiting demolition — was photographed by Sahib and photographer Mark Blower as part of a larger project documenting the demise of sex venues in London. The work is included in the Cruising Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

 

 

No Bra

16:30 – 17:00

Susanne Oberbeck, aka No Bra, will be reading from and talking about Hogg by Samuel R Delany.

 

 

AA Bronson

17:00 – 17:30

AA Bronson — artist, founding member of General Idea and Art Metropole, Toronto, and director for many years of Printed Matter Inc. as well as the NY and LA Art Book Fairs — talks to Paul Clinton about the use of occult texts in his art, his involvement in artists' books, General Idea's FILE magazine, and his early queer communal publication Loving Couch Press.

 

 

Irene Revell

Throughout the day, curator/researcher and life-long queer punk Irene Revell offers a soundtrack for the zine fair itself via her playlist Amazon ABC for Magnetic Psychopomp. With one musician/artist for each letter of the alphabet, the music is selected for foot-tapping at the ultimate fantasy lesbian bar, and was devised for artist Richard John Jones’ short-lived Moby Dyke bar in Munich. A brief introduction to the project and its relationship to the precarity of queer nightlife, plus a listing of each recording and reasons for its inclusion, is available via the eponymous minizine produced specially for Strange Perfume.