about Bird in the Hand Zine shop
Update, May 2011: The storefront has now closed and Susy is pursuing other interests.
Bird in the Hand is an awesome Zine shop, filled with all sorts of literary treasures.
Who are you? Hello, I’m Susy Pow. I’m an ardent defender of zine culture.
What do you do? I’ve been running a zine distro called Bird in the Hand for more than a year from my bedroom in Sydney. Recently the zine distro became a fully fledged zine shop thanks to Renew Newcastle.
I make zines, read zines, talk about zines, and organise zine fairs and zine-making days.
What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle? I heard about Renew Newcastle as soon as it launched. It’s terribly exciting to think we could all be a part of rejuvenating Newcastle’s CBD by simply having an idea we’re keen to put a place to. I asked some questions, put together my proposal, quit my 9-5 and found myself back in Newcastle.
Renew Newcastle is pretty amazing – I’ve crawled back to Newcastle after a long stint in Sydney. Besides reigniting my desire for Newcastle, Renew has also provided an opportunity for a zine shop, which there’d be just no hope for without subsidised rent. Renew Newcastle opens doors.
What are you doing in your new space? I operate a zine shop called Bird in the Hand at 100a King Street. Zines are handmade, self-published, small circulation publications similar to magazines. At Bird in the Hand you can buy zines (most are $0.50-$5.00 in price); offer your zines for sale on consignment; find out the latest information on zine fairs and workshops; and use our typewriters, photocopier, long-armed staplers and other stuff to make zines in our workshop space.
Recently Bird in the Hand has added a select few books, magazines, posters and craft items to our range.
Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
Not too long before I arrived there was a watchmaker in the space. He’d been there for 30-something years and I’m always getting customers at the door wanting their watch repaired. I’m also finding watch parts around the shop everyday.
I knew the space was made for me when I found out the old, beautiful cabinets were included. They light up beautifully and right now they house some of our zines.
Contact Bird in the Hand directly if you are interested in their zine making get togethers email@example.com