Salford Zine Library unveils its new home at the Northern Quarter’s Nexus Art Cafe with a special preview event. Since 2010 the Library’s founder, illustrator Craig John Barr, has been amassing an impressive archive of self-published reading material from all over the world, inspired by similar projects in cities such as LA and Toronto. Whether you’re a seasoned self-publisher, curious about how to make your first foray into fanzines or simply looking for something to browse over cake and a cuppa, there’s something here for everyone. The Library’s collection brings together over 1,500 independent publications, from football fanzines and science fiction pamphlets to photocopied free sheets and hardbound artists’ books which sell for £50 a copy. All material was donated by self-publishers and collectors from zine scenes in Manchester and the UK and as far afield as Brazil, Chile, India, Taiwan and Japan. After a visit to Salford Zine Library, maybe you’ll even be inspired to go away and make your own zine – which will then be welcomed as a donation to this genuine labour of love.


Nexus Art Cafe, 2 Dale Street M1 1JW. Tel: 0161 236 0100, Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm, free,

Natalie Bradbury
Published on:
Fri 29 Jun 2012