With a title that twists the age old notion of the ‘boys club,’ GIRLS / CLUB is a zine made by and for self-identifying women that showcases creative writing, illustration, photography and poetry, among other creative forms. Their first issue was published in 2014, and the fourth issue is currently in progress. The second issue starred punk band Skinny Girl Diet on its cover and featured festival founder Marina Blake and artist Anastasia Tasou alongside many more talented women.
Their third issue, however, is perhaps the most intriguing. Entitled the Quarter Life Crisis Issue, it’s a timely look at the problems and struggles of women in their twenties. The issue is full of humorous and relatable illustrations, as well as life advice, and features with Gaia de Siena, Kot Bonkers, Sarah Packer, Ashley Armitage, and female filmmaking collective Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah as cover stars. GIRLS / ZINE champions emerging female talent, as well as providing a creative space for women to express themselves and connect with others who identify as female. We found out more from the zine’s founder and editor, Georgia Murray.
How did you start your zine?
Girls Club was my Fashion Journalism MA Final Project at London College of Fashion. What began as an alternative women’s lifestyle newspaper has evolved and become a bi-annual zine made by and for women.
What is the zine’s ethos?
To celebrate and represent self-identifying women and showcase their creativity. We don’t take ourselves seriously, but we take our work seriously. Girls Club zine is for ‘up-and-coming’ artists to watch out for, as well as the girl writing poetry in her bedroom in Hull. It’s a platform for women to be confident and proud about their creative endeavours, and delight in the shared feelings of others in our little club.
What are your aims for the zine?
To create a community of women who recognise themselves in the zine. There’s nothing better than getting a message or email from someone who has read the zine and identified with something in it. I want people to rip out the artwork and pin it on their walls, contribute their own work, and pass on the zine to their friends. It’s just one big celebration of the fantastic and talented gals I know.