It is a DIY publishing house run by Karren Ablaze! who you may know as the brain and hustle behind the fanzine Ablaze!
Ablaze! documented the UK’s independent music scenes in the late eighties and early nineties, including the arrival and influence of riot grrrl in the UK.
Karren started Mittens On in 2012 to produce the anthology The City is Ablaze!
The City is Ablaze! presents ‘a musical history of the late eighties and early nineties, a history that could only be obtained by surfing the sliproads, sneaking backstage at a thousand shows, sleeping on strangers’ floors and living to type up the tales of the sounds that defined an era.’
All the back copies of Ablaze! as well as the fastzine No! are also available through the Mittens On site.
In 2014 Mittens On published Mark Burgess’s memoir View From A Hill, and have many more exciting plans in the pipeline.
We were recently contacted by Manchester-based publisher-curators Black & BLUE.
They asked us to help spread the word about a new anthology they are seeking submissions for.
Following and developing the form of previous anthologies which had themes of City and Revolution, their next issue will focus on Memory.
You can contribute ‘poems, fiction, textual-art, fragments, lyrics, dialogues, drama, social-media-collages, notes, prose-poems, letters, fables, lists, transcripts, accidental work, political slogans, single lines, found-pieces, other media’ and submissions should be no longer than 1000 words.
If they reach their target of £5000 it will help them continue their hugely important work recording the history of Alternative Theatre, 1968-88.
Unfinished histories collect archive material and conduct oral interviews with some of the first Black, Asian, lesbian, gay, women’s, disabled, political, experimental, TIE and community-based theatre groups seen in Britain.
They document work which ranged from experiments in physical and visual theatre or performance art, to vernacular drama, agit-prop and satire.
Their efforts champion a generation of artists whose work has influenced and shaped present day theatre.
We want the HammerOn blog to be a space to highlight other independent publishing projects which focus on marginalised feminist and queer histories.
So let us tell you about Sue Tate’s Pauline Boty : Pop Artist and Woman.
Published to accompany the first major retrospective of Boty’s work curated by Sue in 2013, Pauline Boty: Pop Artist and Woman is an in-depth study of an artist who has remained largely invisible in accounts of the British pop art movement.
As well as critical reflections on Boty’s artistic career, the book includes 83 colour and 32 black and white illustrations of Boty’s work.
After the first print-run sold out, Sue has taken responsibility for re-printing and distributing the book.