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Posted by Stine Fantoft Berg on Monday, June 20 2016

Girls Club founder Georgia Murray on the new issue; a tongue-in-cheek look at the quarter-life crisis

Based in London, Girls Club is a zine about what it’s like to be a 20-something girl today. Sporting a new, smaller format, the third issue is a personal, tongue-in-cheek exploration of the famed quarter-life crisis.

Keen to know more, I caught up with founder and editor Georgia Murray to learn about the process of putting the issue together, and the inspiring women who are part of it…

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In the making of this issue I…

Explored
What it means to be a 20-something right now. Issue three’s theme is Quarter-Life Crisis, which started out as a tongue-in-cheek look at my own life, but became this witty, emotional, hilarious and genuinely useful collection of submissions that reflected the contributors’ own ‘millennial’ experiences.

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Was inspired by
Both the incredible older and wiser women who gave me life advice for one of the features (weep), and my contemporaries – the talented babes whose ability to juggle work, side projects and a social life always makes me want to work harder.

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Listened to
David Bowie on repeat (I started making the issue around the time of his death), ANOHNI’s Hopelessness, and Grimes’ Art Angels.

Watched
Liv Wynter perform spoken word poetry – she is unbelievable.

Met
Charlotte, Aya and Laura – the cover girls who make up the feminist film collective Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah. Putting the world to rights over a pint with them was a highlight of making the issue.

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Learned
That you can never have too many eyes on the final document. Proofread, proofread, proofread.

Lost sleep over
Deadlines (obviously). I was getting up at 5am to do work before going to my 9-5, then didn’t leave the office until 11pm for several nights in the week leading up to print. Coffee, sweets, and housemates helped.

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Was excited about
The change of format and paper stock (I’m aware how sad that is, but it’s the best yet!) and dancing the night away at the launch party at Blondies in East London (documented below by Audrey Krako)

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Couldn’t stop laughing at
The memes my housemate sent to me through the process.

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And everyone should buy a copy because
I’m pretty sure most people will recognise themselves in one of the features – whether they’re going through a quarter-life crisis, or are looking back on that period of their lives. It’ll make you feel better about the anxiety-ridden roller coaster that is your 20s.

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