WHAT IS A ZINE?
Zines can be difficult to define. The word “zine” is a shortened form of the term fanzine, which emerged as early as the 1930s among fans of science fiction. Zines also have roots in the informal, underground publications that focused on social and political activism in the ’60s. By the ’70s, zines were popular on the punk rock circuit. In the ’90s, the feminist punk scene propelled the medium. A zine is most commonly a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images. The term encompasses any self-published unique work of minority interest (in this case rural seniors of Nova Scotia). The significant majority are produced in editions of less than 1,000. Profit is not the primary intent of publication. There are so many types of zines: art and photography zines, literary zines, social and political zines, music zines, perzines (personal zines), travel zines, health zines, food zines. And the list goes on and on. The following Zines were created by local seniors for the New Horizon’s for Seniors project through the Dr. Kingston Memorial Community Health Centre.
VILLA VIGNETTES (Spring 2019)
The Villa Vignettes project was an organized set of visits between youth and seniors to collect information to create storybooks based on childhood memories. The project benefits youth by building interpersonal skills through interactions with people outside their age groups and social circles. Seniors, especially those living in long-term care, are at risk of social isolation from the larger community outside resident peers, staff and close family members.
STORIES FROM ST. ANNE'S ZINE Workshop (Spring 2018)
These zines (short for magazines) are stories collected from several story sharing workshops at St. Anne Community & Nursing Care Centre in Arichat, NS. Memories were rekindled with help from the entire close-knit group. Many participants spent lifetimes growing older together, which adds creedance to the following quote: “Every community has a memory of itself. Neither an archive nor an authoritative record … but a living history, an awareness of a collective identity woven of a thousand stories.” -