People, Places and Zines | Free Word

12 November 2019
18:30 20:30-

Presented by:
Free Word and VOKS


A zine making workshop and discussion of DIY culture with VOKS and daikon* zine

Groups of people in society have repeatedly been written out of history. Black and brown people have appeared as footnotes in stories. LGBTQ+ people’s existence and experience have been erased. But the explosive rise of DIY culture has seen these communities start to articulate their own identities and legacies, without compromise or apology.

Join us as we explore the history of DIY culture and the punk ethic of zine making that has led people on the margins to take control of their narratives, and create their own sense of home.

Visual artist and design educator Soofiya will chair a discussion with radical Norwegian collective and independent publishers VOKS and daikon* zine, followed by a fun DIY zine making workshop.


This event is supported by the Norwegian Embassy.



Season branding: THREAD Design | Photography: Rowan Spray

12 November 2019
18:30 - 20:30

Free Word and VOKS



VOKS is a platform and magazine highlighting minority voices, discussions of multiculturalism and intersectional feminism. VOKS also run a podcast and website, which publishes, among other things, chronicles and cultural content about literature, film and other entertainment.


daikon* zine is a platform for the writing, art, and activism of women, trans and non-binary people in the Southeast and East Asian diaspora.


Soofiya is a visual artist and design educator. Their design practice centres around illustration, visual identity and book design, with most clients tending to be in the arts, cultural and activist sector. Soofiya's art practice and writings aim to articulate a commentary on gender, race, politics and bodies through a DIY and therapeutically informed approach. Soofiya speaks, teaches and facilitates workshops across the UK in museums, galleries, schools and universities and is a regular lecturer at Ravensbourne. Soofiya's writing has been in a handful of books, including Can We All Be Feminists published internationally as well as independent magazines and newspapers both online and in print.




There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre (when set up theatre style) and in all meeting rooms
  • If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.