By Hugo Craft-Stanley
On Nov. 25, the Goldsmiths Zine Society held an event at St. James Hatcham Church to celebrate the launch of six new zines from Goldsmiths students and societies. “Writersbloc” is the first of several collaborative zines this year from the Creative Writing Society, featuring poetry and prose by their members. Other zines presented include “Fall(ing)” by Sian Cannell, presenting her poems and images; Nell Whitney’s zine, featuring her photographs alongside snippets of text; “The Language of My Plants” by Andrea Grieb, collecting poems and photographs in a collage format; “Chameleon” by Hugo Craft-Stanley, exploring the theme of creativity through prose and collage; and “Meditations”, featuring poetry by Joseph Phillips and illustrations from Rebecca Reading.
There were live performances from musicians Eleanor Philpot, Hol, Charles Vaughan and Jack Emsden, Torrente, Isabella Crowther and Hugo C-Stanley as well as DJ Lizzie Walsh on the decks. Their styles were varied, from Hugo’s atmospheric piano music to Isabella’s singer-songwriter soul to Torrente’s electronic grooves. The evening also featured several poetry readings, often with an exciting impromptu atmosphere and a charged delivery that drew in the audience.
In all, the event was a truly exciting showcase of the creative output of Goldsmiths students. Each zine reflected a different personality, a different outlook and aesthetic. Attendees got the feeling that the Zine Society provides an opportunity to showcase individuality and freedom of expression. To find out more, visit the Zine Society’s website. Another Zine Society event is being planned for early 2017, with the date yet to be announced.