This is a digital version of the paper zine Footsteps in the Dark, which I’ve been writing for several years now.  I’m hoping this site will give me impetus to update more regularly and share my writing a bit more widely.

footsteps in the dark is a per-zine, blending fact and fiction, searching for truth amidst all the bullshit.  powered by girl love, feminism, riot grrrl and DIY communities, the importance of writing, art, activism and honesty.

I am: Rachel. I live in Bradford, UK. This surprises me. I am 28 years old. This also surprises me

I love music, DIY cultures, running, dancing, geeks, books, mix tapes, stories, queer activist communities, photography, zines, punk feminist hell raisers, honesty, watching the stars, cats, those moments of intense connection between people which makes everything seem worth while. 


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  1. Ali says:


    Just caught this link through twitter. I’m doing a launch night for my new arts project Collaborate Here – part of which is doing a free zine for on the night (April 18th, Odder Bar in Manchester). T’will be very cut&paste and full of rants, doodles, features on projects/artists/upcoming events. Would you like to contribute something? Check out the blog’s first post for some background to the project. Contributions to the zine are pretty open – the more the merrier! – i’m hoping people can use it to promote their work, include links to sites, talk about what collaboration/making means to them, contribute fact, fiction, rants, artwork.
    Enough rambling …

    • hey ali

      thanks for getting in touch! always really happy to hear about new exciting arts projects in the region – esp if they feature zines etc (:

      i was thinking of writing something about collaborating with melanie on the COTL exhibition project, if you think that would fit?, i’d be able to give you some pics from the exhibition if so. when would you need this by?

      will give you a shout out on my facebook and also using my twitter work account (@braduniarts) when i’m back in tomorrow (i have more followers on there) – also i see you’ve a piece from chole beezer who has also worked at theatre in the mill – small world!

      good luck with the project, hopefully i’ll be able to contribute something and come along on the launch night (:


  2. I recently came across your website and thought you and your freinds may be interested in donating to Salford Zine Library(an archive of self-published work). Below is our information and hopefully you’d like to submit. We accept any thing you have self published.

    Salford Zine Library will be at Salford Art Gallery from 15 October 2011 to 29 January 2012 showing the archive along side some original artwork, film showings and workshops. Salford Zine Library is a non-profit venture which aims to create a library of self published work from around the world for all to access. The Library is based at Islington Mill, Salford (www.islingtonmill.com), home to over 50 artist studios. The library also tours the UK visiting schools, universities, public art galleries and book fares.

    I am looking to show a film at the exhibition made up of short videos that contributers to the library have made of themselves. The video will explain why you personally self publish and about the zines you produce. To submit please email me your short talking head videos no longer than five minutes. I will compile and edit these together and add captions for the finished film. All are welcome to contribute to this project and I would like an eclectic range of zine makers to participate covering all the genres etc. So wherever you are making your zines it would be great to hear from you.

    The Film is to show in Salford(U.K) Cardiff(U.K) Philadelphia (U.S.A) with further showings to be confirmed.

    We are looking for new contributions all the time and If you would like your self-published work be to be featured in this upcoming exhibition then please post your contributions to :

    Salford Zine Library
    48 Landos Court
    Gunson St
    M40 7WT

    Kindest regards


    • Hi Craig,

      what an amazing project! I’d love to be involved and will post you a copy of my latest issue of Footsteps. If you need more than one copy (or if I can help in anyway) give me a shout.

      Rachel x

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