N-Zine!

New community poetry and flash fiction for and by the local community

N-Zine is a brand new grassroots poetry and flash fiction publication, named after the postcode prefix for north London where the historic home of Dissenters – the Newington Green Meeting House – is based.

The zine is intended to showcase writing from all over Hackney and Islington – and we’re looking for creative submissions from people like you. No previous writing experience is necessary.

The first issue will be on the topic of “Spaces and Places”: stories, reflections, memories and musings on your local places, like streets, buildings, parks, and more. We all experience urban space and place differently, and each and every story deserves to be heard. If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help. On July 29th we’ll be hosting a free evening discussion and book club event in the Meeting House designed to get you thinking about what you might want to submit. There’ll be informal discussion groups and loosely structured workshops taking place on both poetry and prose, and we’ll be on hand to help you share ideas and help shape the project.

Book your ticket here: https://n-zine.eventbrite.co.uk

We’ll send you a small amount of reading material in advance for discussion on the night.

More about the area’s history of radical publishing: During the late 20th century there was a lively scene of local publishers in Hackney and Islington, from Sisterwrite on Upper Street to Centerprise books on Kingsland High Street. Local publishing gave Londoners the opportunity to engage in community action, to share their ideas, and to advocate for change.

We want to reactivate the spirit of these collectives by making Newington Green Meeting House a hub for community publishing today. Given its long history as a place for radical ideas, education, and community spirit, the Meeting House is the perfect place to get together and share the amazing and diverse work of local writers.

We’re delighted to be joined by Cllr. Aydin Dikerdem who will be participating in a group discussion on his essay “A walk with my Baba through Stoke Newington”, which was published in Open House’s “The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs”.

This work is in partnership with Poet and Researcher Caroline Anjali Ritchie:

http://zoamorphosis.com/

https://www.tate.org.uk/research/studentships/current/caroline-ritchie

We welcome all submissions and hope to publish as many of them as possible in print and/or online. We will not publish anything with content that is racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or otherwise discriminatory. Please be respectful: this is the central ethos of the project.

As a general rule, we don’t edit pieces submitted by writers, and have no requirements about expression or use of particular types of language. We’re very happy to give feedback if you request it, or to work together if you want support with your piece. However, as a general rule we will not edit pieces.

In some limited and very rare circumstances we would consider editing or removing pieces – such as if a submission contained language that may harm or offend a marginalised group.

We can’t wait to read your work! 

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