About the zine
This is my latest zine called “Diary of a Lavender Plant”. One day I had this weird whimsical thought: what would my lavender plant have to say if they could write poetry?! Hence this zine is full of poetry inspired by and from the point of view of my beloved lavender plant, accompanied by lots of lush plant pics.
Q & A
Rae White is a non-binary poet, writer and zinester living in Brisbane. They’re the editor of #EnbyLife, a collaborative zine about non-binary experiences. Their other zines include Diary of a Lavender Plant, “I Heart Succulents” volumes 1 and 2, “Rabbits & Relics: Okunoshima”, and “Feminist Puzzle Zine”.
Why did you start creating zines?
I had my very first poem published in Woolf Pack zine, a super rad biannual femzine from Brisbane. It inspired me to read as many zines as I could and start creating my own.
What is your experience of the community?
I found my local zine community in various nooks of Brissie, including places like Junky Comics, a great store that stocks zines, comics and other creative swag. I’ve also tabled at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) zine fairs back in 2016, and the Zine and Indie Comic Symposium. These fairs allowed me to chat with other zinesters and creators, and really cemented my love of the zine community.
What advice would you give?
Zine communities are such welcoming and wholesome spaces. I’d encourage anyone who wants to start their own zine to go for it! I’d also recommend reading as many zines as you can, so you can see the incredible diversity of DIY. Once you have some zines ready to go, it’s super fun to sell them online or to table at fairs. You can also ask other zinesters to swap with you – zine trading at fairs is one of my fave things!