Welcome to the very first issue of SHIFT – the zine that is dedicated to showcasing the best of UKYA.
SHIFT came about via the wonderful world of Twitter – as two of our editors discussed a YA magazine, another wondered about original short fiction, and another about online zines. Luckily, rather than having a fight over who came up with the idea first (as some of us wanted to do), we joined forces. And so, SHIFT was born.
We want to use this platform to not only review and show off the latest YA novels and their authors, but also to publish original short YA fiction, and review adaptations of existing works. We also want to shine a spotlight on beloved authors’ backlists, and to give space to article and feature writers.
We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us in bringing out our first issue, particularly publishers who have provided books for us to review, and Alice’s dad, for designing our site for us – we owe you one, Mr S-H.
Thank you for checking out our maiden issue, and we hope you enjoy!
~ The SHIFT Editors
BACKLIST: Birdy by Jess Vallance
Birdy had been on my radar for a while. I’d seen people in the YA community talking about it, but never got around to reading it. It wasn’t until I bought it on a whim that I started reading it, and by the time I was finished I couldn’t help but wonder why I hadn’t read it sooner.
If I Remember by Sophie Reid
The Stolen Library by Nigel Quinlan
Help needed with OCD research ADVERTORIAL
‘I’m so OCD’ is a phrase we have all heard thrown around carelessly, like discarded dirty laundry. Perhaps we have used the word ourselves to describe our habit of colour-coordinating socks, scampering out of a warm bed in the middle of the night to shut the cupboard door, or rushing back into the house to check that, yes the oven is, in fact, off.
But what does it really mean to have OCD? To have an illness bear such prominence in your life that you can no longer perform daily tasks that many take for granted without a crippling sense of fear and anxiety. We don’t talk about it enough. Even as we begin to open up to discussing mental health issues publicly, we still don’t discuss it with the level of detail or nuance it deserves.
As a teenager suffering from OCD I had no one to turn to when I started showing symptoms that only worsened the more I tried to hide it. I couldn’t understand or accept my own behaviour, let alone share it with others – especially peers. Reading material was scarce. The clinical case studies never reflected the variations in my behaviour.
No two people suffering from the same form of OCD will have symptoms that manifest in the same way. Just as two people who might catch the same cold will find it effects them differently. As I’ve grown older I’ve accepted the behaviour patterns in myself, learnt to control them, and even overcome them to an extent. But it’s hardest for teenagers who are so pressured to fit into the very narrow box of conformity.
It is my hope to put a non-fiction anthology together, aimed at teens, with contributions from sufferers of OCD, or those who have witnessed someone close to them go through the disorder. I want to include writing in all forms, from personal narrative essays to poetry, as well as drawings, photography, and any other medium that will fit onto the pages of a book.
The aim: to show those suffering from OCD that they aren’t alone.
If this sounds like something that might interest you please feel free to get in touch with me via Twitter. My username is: @aishabushby. Alternatively you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.