London has a number of events celebrating small and independent publishing. The latest of which is this Sunday’s Work in Progress, running at The Lexington pub on Pentonville Road between mid-day and 6pm.
Work in Progress describes itself as a “is a space for small publishers and authors to display and sell their work in a words-friendly environment” with various publishers having stalls including eccentric and esoteric journals from Strange Attractor, fanzines from the stylishly angry psycho-geographers Savage Messiah and chap-books from those charming London moochers Smoke.
A full list is available from co-organisers Monster Emporium Press’s blog plus details of some of the discussions and reading taking place. The event seems less radical than the forthcoming Zine Symposium, more on that soon, and more a thoughtful enjoyment of and discussion on the ideas in and around small press publications while one digests an Islington / Tex-Mex Sunday roast. Maybe the cashew and sweet potato nut roast and not the coca-cola spiced pork belly for us.
And if you’re stuck south of the river this Sunday, try the fanzine swap at the Peckham Space launch between 2-5pm at 89 Peckham High Street. It promises “new, exciting ‘zines and bookworks by people from SE15 and beyond”.