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A huge variety of zines was made during the Covid-19 pandemic, as people used this immediate and accessible form to record their experiences of lockdown. Researcher and zine-maker Lea Cooper finds that they were often made by people already familiar with “staying at home”, working with disability or chronic illness.

Words by Lilith (Lea) Cooper

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Black and white photograph of the head and shoulders of a young white person with short blonde hair and glasses. They are smiling and looking straight at the camera.

Lilith (Lea) Cooper


Lea Cooper is a zine-maker and zine librarian at Edinburgh Zine Library and they are currently working on a PhD looking at the zines at Wellcome Collection. Their research interests are liminality and the third space between practice and research. They live on the Fife coast in Scotland.