Cycle Touring Festival 2021

From the 12th- 21st of February the UK Cycle Touring Festival will be online with an amazing schedule of events. We’re running two events this year, as well as collating the 2021 Cycle Touring Festival Zine (after the success of last year’s zine) and we’d love to see you there!

On the 16th February we’ll be premiering three zine workshops, open to people of all ages, to get your creativity flowing. These will be available on the Cycle Touring Festival’s Facebook page and will remain there throughout the festival. Here’s a run down:

HOW TO MAKE A ZINE – 10am, Tuesday 16th February

Come and get creative with a series of family friendly activities that will help you put pen (or pencil) to paper and share something about yourself. These three 15 minute workshops will be broadcast on Facebook over the course of the day – tune in and share your end results with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. All you need is a piece of paper, scissors and something to draw or write with. This workshop is suitable for all ages, but younger participants would benefit from doing it alongside an adult! 

We’re also running a meet the author event. This is your chance to hear us chat about our book Gears for Queers, our first cycle tour and how our zine making practice led to publication. We’re really excited to share our story with you and will be answering all your pressing questions. You can register online on the Festival’s website. Here’s more info:

MEET THE AUTHOR: LILITH COOPER & ABIGAIL MELTON GEARS FOR QUEERS – 3.00pm, Saturday 20th February

Join Lilith and Abi for a blether about books, bikes and the whirlwind of publishing during a pandemic. They’ll be talking about their first book, Gears for Queers, and reflecting on the journey that took them from novice cycle tourers to zine makers to published authors.

We’ll also be asking for submissions to the second Cycle Touring Festival Zine and will be posting more details on how to do this soon!

We had so much fun at last year’s virtual festival and really recommend checking out some of the talks. You can check out the full schedule of events for the Cycle Touring Festival here. The festival is all volunteer led, so whilst it’s free to attend, they are asking for donations from those who can to help cover costs.