Southend on Sea Events Calendar

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Grrrl Zine Fair 2024

11 May @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Grrrl Zine Fair and The Old Waterworks Artist Studios invite you to our festival-style zine fair- a fun event for all ages interested in art, zines and live music. It’s been set up to be fully inclusive, with facilities for disabled folks and support for neurodivergent folks, too. Our full line up:

Zine Fair

1-6pm (please note the first hour is for quiet access needs) Main doors are 2-8pm.


Aghh! Zine
sweet-thang zine
Sticky Fingers Publishing
Cuntry Living
Look Deeper
Hate Zine
Grrrl In Print
emo diary
Eye Junk
Imposter Monster Zines
Aether Magazine
FEM Press
George Grace Gibson
Autists and Their Animals

Live Music

Big Joanie

Ellie Bleach

Campbell King

Tall Child


2.00-3.00pm Tatty Devine Charm Bracelet Making (Tickets £15, bookable via Eventbrite)

3.00-4.30pm Riso Printing with Damien Robinson (Tickets donation basis bookable via Eventbrite)

4.00-5.30pm Screen Printing with Charlotte Hamilton (Drop-In, no booking necessary)

6.00-7.30pm Zine making with Zinetopia, Fiona Quadri (Drop-In, no booking necessary)

Panel Talk

2.30 – 3.30pm

‘Southend As A Place To Start Stuff’

Panel discussion hosted by Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly/ Recreations) featuring Andy Downes (Artist and founder of The Little Known Studio and Southend Portrait Artist of The Year), Emma Edmondson (Artist and founder of TOMA The Other MA* and Dog Ear), Aisha Shaibu-Lenoir (of Black Pride, The Common Press, LGBTQ+ activist and founder of Moonlight Experiences and Queer Nomads) and Ojoma Idegwu (Founder of Dear Curves).

All Day

Coffee, Soft Drinks, Vegan and Vegetarian food by Stoked (Southern American-style vegan BBQ) and 1942 Street Food (South Asian food cart cuisine).
Live Portrait Drawings by Daisy Webb.
Grrrl Zine Library installation and reading space- expect 900 feminist zines, bean bags and blankets.
Welfare space by The Welfare Lot (expect sweets, snacks, chill out space, period products, water, sensory toys, art suppliers, ear plugs, baby wipes, deoderant, lip balm and anything else you could need to feel comfortable and happy in the space!).
Art Exhibition by Grrrl Zine Resident Artists 2024, Aghh! Zine, George Gibson, Grace Goslin, Bre Upton and Wuthipol Uj.

and Much more!

The event is free and you can reserve your spot and book onto workshops via Eventbrite:


11 May
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Old Waterworks
North Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7AB Southend-on-Sea
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