Vim Renault and Lene Cortina are two grown-up punk women who started a blog in 2018 to write about the women in and around punk rock, and those who have been inspired by it since. In 2020 lockdown, the first printed zine was produced in a satisfying square format, which takes the random chaos of photocopied punk fanzines and turns it into a full-colour graphics party of old and new styles. There’s recycled Jackie comic strips, polemic, sarcasm and a lot of detailed research. Interviewees include older women who were there at the start of punk, the indie-poppers, shoegazers, anarcho-punks and riot grrrls who followed later as well as newly discovered bands from the 2020s. For £10, there is a lot to read, a lot of great pictures to feast your eyes on, and only one real advert for punkgirldiaries magnificent range of T-shirts. It’s off-grid and on trend. And you get a free poster if you order early!
“Beautiful work my friends. I recommend it to everyone! “ Pete Wylie
“Just wonderful – part cultural history, part gender polemic and part just a great magazine. With some of the most creative layout around. Brilliant stuff.” – Liz Naylor
‘Sumptuous … A feast for the eyes’ – Gary Crowley
‘Fabulous content…badass design’ – Louder Than War
‘Top zine! Buy it!’ – Jon Savage
‘Classy and brassy’ – Scottish Post Punk
‘It’s the poshest zine I’ve ever seen’ June Miles-Kingston drummer Mo-dettes, Communards
‘a great punky zine that gathers great info and puts a new twist on it with great production value. Well worth getting.’ Independent Bookshop.com
‘Great content and presentation, featuring interesting interviews from strong and creative women…highly recommended’ – Pauline Murray
‘Punkgirldiaries is a thing of fire & wonder – brilliant to see in print’ – Blue Astronaut
‘Always a fab read’ -Nicola Meighan BBC Radio Scotland
‘A cracking mag’ – The Nightingales
‘A real treat’ – Lucy O’Brien
‘They are the eccentric aunties I never had’ – Cazz Blaise
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