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SIATC *UPDATE* APRIL 2014

Meetusonthestreet

Dear Teacups,

After a mad March with a full calendar of feminist events – April seems a lot calmer in comparison. Still lots happening across the country! 30th of March until 5th of April is Anti-Street Harassment week. Rape Crisis South London are asking everyone in the UK to take a photo next to a landmark alongside a message of support for loving our streets but hating street harassment. Please post your photos on the Facebook event, and find out more about this International campaign here.

This month, don’t miss Clit Rock 4 on Friday 4th April at Underbelly, Hoxton Square. An annual music event to raise awareness and funds for Daughters Of Eve an organisation committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating FGM. A celebration of women who rock, including live bands; Dana Jade, Blindness, and Big Joanie.

Let’s Start a Pussy Riot  collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) are continuing their book tour with dates at Central St.Martins coming up – please keep your eyes peeled for more info on our facebook page. We also are delighted to announce we will be presenting our “Lets Start a Pussy Riot” talk and discussion at The Feminist Library on the 26th of April. We look forward to seeing you there! Last year we launched and published “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” book, a collaborative project bringing together voices from across the arts and generations in support of Russian punk collective; Pussy Riot. We are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism.  The tour so far has included; Manchester University, Oxford University, BIMM Bristol and we have some Uni appearances coming up at Central St.Martins and Goldsmiths.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

The latest on Pussy Riot. Nadia and Masha made an appearance at the UN general assembly talking about the Ukraine crisis. Last month -the original Pussy Riot collective announced e that they consider Nadia and Masha no longer members of the collective. This announcement came just before Nadia and Masha made an appearance at an Amnesty International gig along side Madonna in New York. Nadia and Masha have since returned to Russia and made news headlines when they were arrested numerous times for staging performances around Sochi and the Olympics. They released a new music video “Putin will teach you how to love the Motherland” with footage of them being whipped and beaten by Russian Cossack police. For a balanced and reflective view on the Pussy Riot collective split please read this article posted on The Feminist Times “Pussy Riot split confusion: cultural action always has blurred lines.” My personal view is optimistic and I support both groups in their activism going forward.

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EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via:

Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too

Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page

Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter.

For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | Activist Groups

Join a feminist campaigning group: Getting involved in your local feminist group is a great place to start. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest grassroots group.

Set up a group: If there isn’t a group near you, don’t worry! Take a look at UK Feminista’s guide to setting up a feminist group packed with tips on getting your own strong action group running.

Get skilled up: UK Feminista runs regional and national training events throughout the year to help you plan creative and powerful actions and campaigns. We are also developing a series of online resources which will be available to download soon. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to hear first about our events and resources

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STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmail.com

COMING UP IN APRIL 2014

30 March – 5 April || International Anti-Street Harassment Week @ Worldwide. Organised by Rape Crisis South London. As part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week (30th March – 5th of April 2014), we are asking anyone who wants to help end street harassment to take a photo of one of London’s many stunning landmarks alongside a message of support for loving London streets but hating street harassment. We have an event on Facebook where you can post your photos: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405046029753784/                                            MORE INFOhttp://www.meetusonthestreet.org/

26 March – 16 April || Expectation by Maddie McGowan & Talia Ranall @ Studio Theatre, Roundhouse, London. Part of Circusfest 2014. Circus performance meets spoken word in a beautiful and surreal journey that delves into what it means to be a woman. Performed by aerialist Maddie McGowan and writer Talia Randall, Expectation is a 20 minute immersive performance in which the audience is called upon to look, judge, laugh and celebrate the different faces of femininity. Join them as they build, push and squeeze The Perfect Woman until she falls flat on her face and disappears. 7pm. MORE INFO: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/circusfest-2014/expectation/

2 April || Spring Cleaning @ Power lunches, London. LIVE BANDS: TRASH KIT , My Therapist Says Hot DamnTilted Acres, Black Fungus. 8pm FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/589617804455703/

2 April || Birmingham Fems @ Cafe Blend, Birmingham. Craft feminist banner making. Calling beginners, experts, and women in between, to join us for an evening of fabric, felt and wool crafts. Birmingham Fems have at least 2 bags full of supplies and some embroidery skills to share, and will also bring guides and instructions on a few different ways to make mini banners for your chosen feminist slogans. 6pm – 9pm.                                                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/832539780095563/

3 April || Clam Jam #9 @ Dalston Superstore, London. Ninth Spring Edition of Lesbo Fest Retreat Resort That is cLAM jAM. Get Your Sunnies, Your Bikinis and Your Sun Cream Ready Ladies, this One is Gonna Be HOT Playing: MDMX (http://soundcloud.com/mdmx), PACKIN’ C ( aka CATHAL ) (https://soundcloud.com/cathal-1) FREE ALL NIGHT                                  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/685823374808967/

4 April || Beyond the Sheets: Sexualities in the Age of Digital Reproduction @ Goldsmiths College, University of London. The representation of sexuality within culture has become deeply contested. Sexual imagery is ubiquitous in contemporary media, and yet writers often struggle to write convincingly about sex. The internet has democratised pornography and exotic dancing is the new jazzercise. While many are concerned about the sexualisation of childhood, others lament that adulthood is being neutered. Within this confused and pressurized atmosphere, writing about sex remains notoriously difficult and is becoming increasingly risky.This interdisciplinary conference will bring together writers and thinkers for a one-day event that includes keynote speakers, academic papers, discussion panels, performances, and all forms of creative writing.                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/257214714455564/

4 April || UWE Graduate Philosophy Conference 2014:  Feminism, Embodiment & Technology @ UWE, Bristol. Sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy. Keynote Speaker: Prof. Margrit Shildrick, Linköping University, Sweden. The aim of this conference to explore, through feminist perspectives, the philosophical, political and sociological impact of technology’s relationship to the body. Please register (registration is free) by emailing uwegraduateconference2014@gmail.com. 10am – 4.30pm                           MORE INFO: http://www.uwephilosophy.org.uk/royal-institute-of-philosophy.html

4 April || CLIT ROCK # 4 @ Underbelly, Hoxton, London. LIVE BANDS: Dana Jade, Blindness, Big Joanie. DJs; Sina Sparrow. A celebration of women who rock! Music events to raise awareness and funds for Daughters Of Eve an organisation committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating FGM. £5.00                                                                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393578667568745

5 April || UK Feminista; Scotland Activist Training @ The Albany Learning & Conference Centre, Glasgow. This event is perfect for anyone organising for a world without sexism, from seasoned campaigners to those looking for confidence to get started. It’s a great opportunity for those involved in women’s and feminist groups as well as individuals to learn and share ideas and skills to make change happen. FREE                                                                           BOOK ONLINE: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/scotland-activist-refresher/

5 April || Wotever World presents; Queer Fayre @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London. Theme: Spring. A great afternoon packed with friendly customers and friends… During the day there will be music, coffee and chats..1pm – 6pm. Entry: £2                                                                                                             FACEBOOKEVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/771002999593930/

5 April || Choose Yr Own Adventure – opening night @ Redemption Bar, London W10. London’s first ever sober LGBT club night. CYOA is a queer+LGBT dance party in West London for people who want a nite out without alcohol/intoxicants. Suggest Entry: £4.00                                                              FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/634290623303608/

5 April – 23 May || Fans of Feminism present; STIR! @ Marsh Ruby restaurant, Waterloo, London. STIR! is a feminist art exhibition featuring artists are from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design)  and we are showing some good paintings, prints and mixed media art, all based around the issue of women and feminism.Come and meet the artists on Saturday 5 April 2014, 1 – 4 PM,                                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1382400935371946/

8 April || Voice for Choice: The demonising of women’s choices: how should we respond to attacks on reproductive rights? @ Lift, Islington, London. 6.30pm – 9.00pm. You are invited to join us for an evening of conversation about current ethical debates and political challenges in the field of abortion law and access. This meeting is aimed at people who identify themselves as pro-choice including: academics, activists, advocates, feminists and journalists.                                                                                                                              MORE INFO: http://demonisingwomenschoices.eventbrite.co.uk

9 April || Red Balloon Music & Shatterjapan present; De Looze and The Witch Hunt @ The Castle Hotel, Manchester. DELOOZE from London and THE WITCH HUNT from Leeds will co-headline at THE CASTLE HOTEL MANCHESTER, with special guests FACTORY ACTS and CHERIE BEBE. This is a special preview show to promote the 2-dayECLECTICA event due to be held on 2-3 August at Kraak Manchester to launch the new ECLECTICA PROJECT helping to showcase female talent in the industries.  7pm. £5 advanced. £7 on the door.                                                                                              FACEBOOK EVENT: www.facebook.com/events/582552588508416

8-13 April || Birds Eye View Film Festival 2014 @ Various venues including; Barbican, BFI Southbank and ICA. The Festival will also feature UK premieres, cutting edge features, insightful personal documentaries, live music, silent film and special events featuring some of the world’s leading female filmmakers and rising new talents. There will also be industry training opportunities supported by the British Council and Creative Skillset. Full programme to be announced on 8th of March. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/JlHZUH

11 April || Revisiting the Sadeian Woman – Postgraduate Conference @ Swansea University, Wales. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the Marquis de Sade’s death, but Sadeian influences remain prominent in contemporary literature, criticism, and culture.This one-day postgraduate conference, funded by GENCAS and RIAH (The Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University), aims to revisit the Sadeian debates first established in the 1980s, and to investigate how these ideas are relevant to contemporary society. How have evolutions of feminism and post-feminism impacted upon Sadeian influences? CONTACT: swanseagenderconf@gmail.com

11 April || What the Frock! Comedy Awards @ Maurentania, 9 Park Street, Bristol. The all-female What The Frock! Award returns for a second year. Last year, all the places were filled within 24 hours of the competition being announced, and this year they were filled within 10 hours! This is one of only two all-female comedy awards in the UK, and is free to enter. Our compere for the evening will be Cerys Nelmes, and we will have a performance from Annabel O’Connell, who was a finalist in 2013. Tickets £10.00                                       MORE INFO: http://www.wegottickets.com/whatthefrockcomedy

11-14 April || Fringe! Film Fest @ Various Venues, London. Fringe! is a film and arts festival rooted in London’s queer creative scene and welcoming everyone.  From feature films to experimental art, workshops to interactive walks and wild parties, Fringe! Fest 2014 will be a signature blend of eye opening movies, DIY and experimental work, the thoughtful, the provocative and the strange, we’ll be packing out cinemas, art galleries, pop-up venues and basement clubs MORE INFO: http://fringefilmfest.com/

12 April || Queer Filmmaking workshop @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London. Love queer film? Want to make a queer film but don’t have fancy equipment or know how? Have the equipment and knowledge but want to develop your skills further? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above then this workshop is for you! This two day, DIY film-making workshop will provide you with the basic skills, contacts and support necessary to make a short film. You don’t need a gazillion-pound camera, just something that shoots film – a phone, small camera, camcorder, computer…and if you don’t have any of these things, you can still turn up. The emphasis is on sharing, teamwork and making the best of the resources we do have. £10, £15 and £20 price bands.                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/511950935584176/?

12 April || Dick and Fanny – Fringe! event @ Dance Tunnel, Dalston, London. Dick and Fanny, the club night for homosexuals of all persuasions returns for its April edition on Saturday April 12th 2014 at Dance Tunnel. This time we have teamed up with our friends from Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest to host the official party Fringe! Spring Fling.                                                                                FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/606107792814295/

16 April || The Fawcett Society present; Story Tellers: Why Women’s fiction deserves a price @ Holt International Business School, London. A special evening event in Central London on 16 April, as part of our Fawcett+ scheme, which you can read about by clicking here.Renowned and inspirational writers will discuss the contribution of women’s fiction to writing and wider social change, and the importance of continuing to celebrate and profile this. To speak and lead the debate will be Kate Mosse OBE (international bestselling author of novels Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel and founder of the Orange Prize, now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction); and writer and campaigner Lisa Appignanesi OBE (author of several novels and works of non-fiction, including Trials of Passion to be published in April, and editor of 50 Shades of Feminism).  6.15-9.30pm. Tickets: £20                                                                                                                             TICKETShttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fawcett-story-tellers-tickets-7311772709

17 April || Feminist Whores? Exploring Feminist Debates Around Violence, Sex Work & Porn @ Middlesex University, London. The Crime and Conflict Research Centre at Middlesex University is delighted to present this year’s annual conference theme with Dr Erin Sanders-McDonagh and Dr Lucy Nevill. The conference will have academic speakers, sex worker activists, and third sector practitioners speaking about these issues – we welcome everyone who is interested in exploring these issues in a respectful and engaging setting. 10:00am to 17:00pm. FREE                                                              TICKETShttp://goo.gl/SE1Lp3

17 April || Garconne – Bank Holiday Special @ Peckham, London. Garçonne brings you an eclectic mixture of talented and predominantly LGBTQ+ musicians, performers and artists to delight and inspire, plus some serious dancing fun. If you love to dance like no one’s watching, in the company of a curiously queerful crowd, then join us. £5 advance / £7 on the door             FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/612227322181025/

19 April || Unskinny Bop @ The Star of Bethnal Green, London. DIY disco for fat fagz & krispy queers now into our 11th year!!!!! Come dance to pop bohemoths, wet-the-bed sensitive indie and all the bits in between. Bring smiles, pep and heart. £5.00 on the door.                                                                                FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/1573529789538136/

21 April || She Grrrowls: Bodies & Beyond @ Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green, London. She Grrrowls showcases a range of talented women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Bodies and Beyond. Every third Monday of the month.7.30pm. £5.00.                                             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1479533438934827/

22 April || Feminist Fusion @ The Fortescue Pub, Plymouth. Feminist Fusion is an initiative in support of women’s arts and to explore feminist philosophies & politics. It runs bi-monthly, on a Tuesday night, in different venues. This month features, Poetry, Music, Politics. Donation. 6.30pm. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/600007753422805/

25-27th April || Pussy Whipped Festival @ The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh. Pussy Whipped presents a full weekend of queer/LGBTI+ and feminist underground shenanigans in the form of live music, dancing, films, workshops, poetry and performances! All designed (of course) to shit all over queerphobias and sexism with great big smiles on our faces. Decent people of all genders and sexualities welcome! Funded by Awards for All Scotland. All events are held at Wee Red Bar besides the Saturday workshops.                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/502028353250998/

26 April || Let’s Start a Pussy Riot @ The Feminist Library, LondonLet’s Start a Pussy Riot is a creative response founded by Free Pussy Riot, Girls Get Busy, Not So Popular and Storm In A Teacup. A collective of collectives whose aim was to bring together voices from the arts in support of Pussy Riot. “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” was published in June 2013 by Rough Trade Records. At the Feminist Library we will be discussing the story of Pussy Riot (their motives, their influence and the future of Pussy Riot), exploring the context – Russian State and the Orthodox Church, the degradation of LGBT rights in Russia and encouraging all to use the idea of “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” to create their own forms of collective activism.                                                                               MORE INFOhttps://www.facebook.com/FeministLibrary

26 April || LaDIYfest Sheffield present; LaDIY Through This @ The Audacious Art Experiment, Sheffield. Celebrating twenty years since the release of Hole’s album Live Through This. We’re planning to celebrate LTT’s coming of age with a special birthday party. Expect: covers of songs from the album and by Hole’s contemporaries, DJs and dancing ,FANCY DRESS: prize for the best Courtney Love. LIVE BANDS: Annette Berlin, Hysterical Injury, Kinky, Nervous Twitch. Suggested donation £4                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475543615997850/

26 April || Bloody Icecream @ The Grosvenor, Stockwell, London. Bloody Ice Cream continues the Sarf London revolution with its sixth installment on Saturday 26th April 2014! Joining us on the night to entertain the socks off you lovely people are garage rock gang Wolf Girl, Midlands punk rockers Bad Vibes and punk rockabilly two piece Spanking Machine.              FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/557945670980237/

30 April || Rights for Women training: The Asylum Process and Financial Support for Asylyum-seeking women, EC1, London. 10am – 4pm. FREE. With delivery in partnership with the Asylum Support Appeals Project, this course is a comprehensive examination of asylum support (Home Office financial subsistence and accommodation) options open to women who are seeking asylum and failed asylum seekers. Featuring practical exercises and discussion of actions support workers can take, book this course to compliment your asylum claim knowledge or as an introduction to supporting asylum-seeking women. MORE INFO: http://www.rightsofwomen.org.uk/training.php

COMING UP IN MAY

1-31 May || W*NK: Erotic art exhibition by Sophie Crow @ Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium, Hoxton, London. Coming just in time for International Masturbation Month, artist Sophie Crow’s début London exhibition of drawings, W*NK, features frank and erotic illustrations of women’s most intimate moments garnered from real life experiences. Men must be accompanied by a woman, except on Tuesday evenings. Opening night: 1st May 6pm – 8pm. Exhibition continues until 31st May. Opening times: Mon-Sun 12pm-8pm MORE INFO: www.sophiecrow.tumblr.com

8 May – 7 June || Bunny Collective: The Young Girl’s Gaze @ Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford, Ireland. Opening night; Thurs 8th May from 7pm-9pm. Bunny Collective: The Young Girl’s Gaze will feature work from a number of emerging artists based in Cork and London. Their work will engage with themes such as identity construction online and alter egos; consumerism; the body as capital; fragmentation of self; teenage obsession; and how the internet can provide a positive alternative to male-dominated areas of artistic tradition.                                                                                                                             MORE INFO:  http://bunnycollective.com/                                                      FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/423417864469849/

10 May || The London Radical Book Fayre & Alternative Press Takeover @ Bishopsgate Institute, London. Radical booksellers and publishers / comics and zine makers / artists and activists / book fair / small press fair / exhibitions / talks / workshops / book awards. In the first event of its kind, AP will be bringing the small press to a new audience – championing zine-making and DIY alongside radical publishing and bookselling. Spread across three floors, artists will be exhibiting and selling their self published comix, zines, art books, and prints. MORE INFO: www.alternativepress.org.uk  FACEBOOK EVENT:  https://www.facebook.com/events/257491244425198/?

22 May || HOMETRUTHS Conference 2014 ‘Womb to Womanhood’ @ The Meadow, Swindon, Wiltshire. HOMETRUTHS is an independent, community based specialist service for survivors of domestic violence and abuse aged 16+ living in Swindon and Wiltshire, who have experienced domestic violence and abuse including stalking and harassment from partners or ex-partners. This is our 2nd Conference and we are pleased to welcome presentations from local and national speakers, looking at the impact of domestic abuse on women and their children MORE INFO:http://thewomensresourcecentre.org.uk/hometruths-conference-2014-womb-to-womanhood-swindon/

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                Storm in a Teacup                                                                                    Feminist Arts Collective                                                                        http://joinourteaparty.org

SIATC *UPDATE* MARCH 2014

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Dear Teacups,

March is always the busiest month of the year for us fabulous feminists! International Women’s Day takes place on the 8th of March; a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This means we have a bumper update for you this month – with many inspiring and empowering events happening up and down the country.

This month, don’t miss- Wowzers  a new community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014.Their mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.The event’s content is entirely crowd-sourced and funded by donations, making it open access and free for all to attend. Get your FREE tickets now!

Let’s Start a Pussy Riot  collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) are continuing their University tour with dates at Central St.Martins coming up – please keep your eyes peeled for more info on our facebook page. We also are delighted to announce we will be presenting our “Lets Start a Pussy Riot” talk at this year’s Women of the World Festival on Sunday 9th of March as well as at WOWZERS Fringe festival on Saturday 8th of March . We look forward to seeing you there! Last year we launched and published “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” book, a collaborative project bringing together voices from across the arts and generations in support of Russian punk collective; Pussy Riot. We are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism.  The tour so far has included; Manchester University, Oxford University, BIMM Bristol and we have some Uni appearances coming up at Central St.Martins and Goldsmiths.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

The latest on Pussy Riot – the original Pussy Riot collective announced earlier in the month that they consider Nadia and Masha no longer members of the collective. This announcement came just before Nadia and Masha made an appearance at an Amnesty International gig along side Madonna in New York. Nadia and Masha have since returned to Russia and made news headlines when they were arrested numerous times for staging performances around Sochi and the Olympics. They released a new music video “Putin will teach you how to love the Motherland” with footage of them being whipped and beaten by Russian Cossack police. For a balanced and reflective view on the Pussy Riot collective split please read this article posted on The Feminist Times “Pussy Riot split confusion: cultural action always has blurred lines.” My personal view is optimistic and I support both groups in their activism going forward.

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ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via: Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                     Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                                                      Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter.                                                                                                                                      For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADEhttp://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | Activist Groups

Join a feminist campaigning group: Getting involved in your local feminist group is a great place to start. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest grassroots group.

Set up a group: If there isn’t a group near you, don’t worry! Take a look at UK Feminista’s guide to setting up a feminist group packed with tips on getting your own strong action group running.

Get skilled up: UK Feminista runs regional and national training events throughout the year to help you plan creative and powerful actions and campaigns. We are also developing a series of online resources which will be available to download soon. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to hear first about our events and resources

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FOR BOOKS SAKE – CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

Furies Poetry Anthology will be published in Autumn 2014, and will showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. We interpret Furies in the widest possible sense, and your hellcat heroines may be modern, mythic, animal or cyborg, women from film, fiction, history, music, art and activism, or rebels in their own home. Whether you’re penning a tribute to Pussy Riot, a sonnet about suffragettes, a love letter to women warriors from fairytale or folklore, or something else entirely, we can’t wait to read your writing.

All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

DEADLINE: 30th of March                                                                                                      HOW TO SUBMIT: http://forbookssake.net/furies-poetry-anthology/

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmail.com

MARCH 2014

1 March || African Initiatives presents: International Women’s Rights Conference @ Bristol City Centre. A series of inspirational workshops to discuss diverse issues facing women around the world today, such as sex work, forced marriage, the fashion industry, sexuality and the impact of Colonialism. When booking your place, please select which workshops you would like to attend. Featuring key note speaker José Sluijs-Doyle, Chief Executive of African Initiatives &  Guest speaker Maanda Ngoitiko, African Initiatives’ partner in Tanzanian Suggested donation: £10.00.                                   MORE INFO: info@african-initiatives.org.uk or phone 0117 915 0001.       BOOK TICKETS:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rights-and-reasons-international-womens-rights-conference-registration-9274210413

1 March || Laughing Calves Comedy @ The Hough End Centre, Manchester. Laughing Calves in association with the Women in Comedy Festival hosted by Kerry Leigh with Ali Kahn, Madge Hooks, Nina Gilligan, Gaye Jones, Liz Allan, Janet Taylor, Mel Medfor and Debra Fayer. Doors 7pm, Show: 8pm, Food: 9.30pm. Price: £5.00. Comedy, Club and meal deal = £9.95. Contact: 07958 642090 / 07854 346433. Followed by Rapture Club night until at least 1am, here is the FB event link for the evening:                                                       RAPTURE CLUB NIGHT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1377432389174559/                          FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/790566504293892/

1 March || Reclaiming the F Word @ St. Peter’s House, Manchester. A conference for anyone interested in faith and feminism from a Christian perspective. The day will include workshops, discussion, presentations, prayer and refreshments. We are asking people to consider donating £5 to cover costs. We will not be providing lunch; you are welcome to bring your own or buy food from nearby shops. Please book in so we have an idea of how many people are attending and you can donate on the day. BOOK HERE:  http://goo.gl/7zhXsG

1-21 March || BP Spotlight: Sylvia Pankhurst @ TATE Britain. Tate Britain shines a light on Sylvia Pankhurst and her artistic skills in the fight for women’s rights, designing badges, banners and flyers, and recording the lives of working women. Sylvia Pankhurst (1882–1960) made a profound impact on the fight for women’s rights as both an artist and a campaigner. Trained at the Manchester Municipal School of Art and the Royal College of Art, she was a key figure in the work of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) set up with her mother Emmeline and sister Christabel in 1903, using her artistic skills to further the cause. This display has been devised by curator Emma Chambers with The Emily Davison Lodge. FREE. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/7zSvG8

3 March || London Feminist Discussion Group: Feminism and Porn @ Bahn Mi Bay, Vietnamese restaurant in Holborn. For the March discussion they will be tackling the thorny issue of feminism and porn. 4-6 Theobolds Road WC1X 8PN. Please RSVP by Thursday 27 February so that we can book for the right number of people.                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/611284308941642/

3-8 March || Royal Central School of Speech & Drama present;  Women in Theatre Festival @ The Etcetera Theatre, Camden. The Etcetera Theatre is one of London’s best known pub theatres and is running a Women’s Theatre Festival from 3rd to 8th March l for International Women’s Day 2014.  The festival will consist of talks, a panel discussion, performances and workshops.  There will be professionals representing women working in theatre today, alongside a diverse range of community arts practitioners and performers from across London to celebrate the achievements of women in theatre, and the work of theatre with women and girls.                                                      Love or Something Like It Monday 3 March at 2pm. Tickets £7.50 / £6.50            Passion Monday 3 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £8.50                                                   The Monotonous Drum Tuesday 4 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £10                              Less Talk, More Action: Future Female Collaborators Wednsday 5 March at 1pm. Tickets £5.00                                                                                                                              The Funny Women Players present… The Road to International Women’s Day Wednesday 5 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £10 / £8                                                 YFronts the Workshop Thursday 6 March at 2pm £6 / £12 with show on 7th         The Weetabix Cure for Lonely Hearts Thursday 6 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £6.50                                                                                                                                                           The Spinsters of Lavender Lane Friday 7 March at 1pm. Tickets £8                         Simple Procedures Friday 7 March at 4pm. Tickets £6.50                                         YFronts: A Contemporary Dance Friday 7 March at 9.30pm. Tickets: £10 / £8     Bite the Apple Saturday 8 March at 12.30pm and 3pm. Tickets £8                             Bite the Apple Panel Discussion Saturday 8 March at 2pm. Tickets £4 or £2     when seeing 12.30pm or 3pm show.                                                                                             The Best of Short Cuts Saturday 8 March at 9.30pm. Tickets: £8                             Book by telephone: 020 7482 4857                                                                                 Theatre Twitter: @EtceteraTheatre                                                                                       BOOK TICKETS: http://etceteratheatre.com

4 March || Gender Institute Series of Conversations to welcome The Women’s Library @ London School of Economics. This conversation is “Money and Inequality” Speakers include: Professor Ruth Lister and Professor Diane Elson.   MORE INFOhttp://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

4 March || Women and Health Camden – Fundraising dinner @ Kentish Canteen, NW5 2TG. Women + Health is a community-based health centre that delivers affordable complementary therapies and counselling to women in Camden through a range of projects and services. All are invited to a fundraising dinner hosted by Women & Health’s patron Dame Tessa Jowell MP. Informal evening with food and wine and a raffle. £50.00 ticket (with half proceeds going to Women & Health Camden). 7.30pm.                                               MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/wmBIjr

4-8 March || Tidy Carnage collective present “Passion” @ Vault Festival, London. ‘Passion’, a one woman rave tells the story of Edan, a young lesbian party girl in meltdown following her return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Exploring our gender assumptions about combat zones, our complex understanding of mental health (especially women’s mental stability) in extreme circumstances and profiling an openly gay, strong and challenging female character. Glasweigan Theatre collective; tidy carnage are  a dynamic collective of multi-arts professionals, creating exciting contemporary theatre that shares space with dance, spoken word, video, sound & visual art                     MORE INFOwww.thevaultfestival.com/passion

4-24 March || Gazebo Theatre presents; The Sistren (National Tour).Comedy entwines with powerful drama in this exciting new play celebrating Womens’ History Month 2014.Mary Wollstonecraft, considered to be the ‘founder of modern feminism’, Claudia Jones, activist, communist & founder of the first Black British weekly newspaper & Emma Lloyd Sproson, suffragist and Wolverhampton’s first female councillor, are brought together in their after lives.

National Tour Dates:

- Ucheldre Centre, Anglesey – 04/03/2014 – 7.30pm www.ucheldre.org                  – Eastgate Theatre, Peebles – 05/03/2014 – 7.30pm www.eastgatearts.com            – Guildhall, Derby – 06/03/2014 – 7.30pm - www.derbylive.co.uk                                – Forest Arts Centre, New Milton – 07-03-2014 – 7.30pm  www3.hants.gov.uk/forest/                                                                                                             - Astor Community Theatre, Deal – 08/03/2014 – 8.00pm - www.theastor.org     - The Brindley, Runcorn – 11/03/2014 – 7.30pm -www.thebrindley.org.uk             - Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – 12/03/2014 & 13/03/2014 – 7.30pmwww.arenatheatre.info                                                                                                       - The Heritage Centre, Wolverhampton – 14/03/2014 – 8.00pm – 01902 421792/07815 522668                                                                                                                        - The Drum, Birmingham – 21/03/2014 – 8.00pm - www.the-drum.org.uk               - Fairfield Halls, London – 23/03/2014 – 7.45pm - www.fairfield.co.uk                     - Artrix, Bromsgrove – 24/03/2014 – 8.00pm - www.artrix.co.uk

For further information contact Gazebo Theatre on 01902 497222 /admin@gazebotie.org, visit our website www.gazebotie.org or follow us on Twitter @gazebotheatre or Facebook www.facebook.co.uk/gazebo arts.

5 March || Women’s Aid Conference: Child abuse and domestic violence – time for early intervention?, London. Women’s Aid is bringing together experts and survivors from the domestic violence sector with experts and survivors in the children and young people’s sector for a unique conference to look at the common themes in the many instances where domestic violence and child abuse occur together. 9.00am – 16.00pm                              MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk

5 March || Layers of Inequality – the impact of public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women @ House of Commons, Committee Room 16. Join us as we discuss the impact of the public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women. The meeting will consider evidence that BAME women are being disproportionately affected by the cuts based on research carried out in Coventry by the University of Warwick and Coventry Women’s Voices. Whilst this research focuses on Coventry, BAME women across the country are likely to be similarly affected and this is therefore a much wider issue. To confirm your place at the event please email: equality@unitetheunion.org and let us know your name, organisation, email address and telephone number.                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/611875185549676/

5-9 March || Women of the World Festival 2014 @ The Southbank Centre. A weekend of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls. The WOW weekend is for everybody. Talks, debates, comedy, workshops, activism and performance on everything from politics, science and sex to fashion, war and power.  Previous WOW festival speakers have included Julie Walters, Alice Walker, Gordon Brown MP, Naomi Wolf, Shami Chakrabarti, Bridget Christie, Ruby Wax, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai, Ahdaf Soueif, Angélique Kidjo and many more. Book your day or full weekend passes now. MORE INFO:http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/wow-women-of-the-world-festival

5-16 March || 25th Anniversary of Oxford International Women’s Festival @ Various venues around Oxford. A very special line-up of activities is taking place during this milestone Festival, ranging from theatre, to poetry and storytelling, plus talks, film screenings, cabaret, a Dinner, and more. The Festival exists to celebrate the achievements of women from Oxford and beyond, and it’s organised by local volunteers.                                                                 MORE INFO: http://www.oxfordinternationalwomensfestival.co.uk/2014-festival/

6 March || The Gender Institute and The Women’s Library present the opening of the new reading room @ The Women’s Library, London School of Economics. Research Using The Women’s Library will bring together a panel academics and archivists, who have used The Women’s Library for their PhD research, their research on suffragette history and their archival work. The speakers on the panel will be Professor June Purvis, Dr Mari Takayanagi and Professor Sally Alexander. 5.00pm – 6.30pm. Open to the public on a first come first served basis. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/wIaVsL

6 March || LaDIYfest Sheffield presents; Film Night: “Transamerica” @ Harrisons 1854, 15-29 Regent Terrace, S3 7QA Sheffield. Feminist film nights are BACK! Every other Thursday LaDIYfest Sheffield will be screening a film at Harrisons 1854 so grab a drink from the bar, bring some popcorn or snacks to share and come hang out! For LGBT History month we asked you to tell us your favourite LGBT-themed films. Next up, Transamerica, the story of a trans woman called Bree who goes for a roadtrip with her long-lost son. This will be funny and probably heart-warming too. 8pm. Free entry. All welcome.                                                                                                                 MORE INFO:http://ladiyfestsheffield.wordpress.com/                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/537165856382699/

6 March – 1 April || Cultivate Gallery Presents; International Women’s Day Wall @ Vyner St, London, E2. An artist take-over and art occupation of my one slice of wall at CULTIVATE EVOLVED gallery in celebration of International Women’s Day 2014.Cultivate has now Evolved; we are ten artists each with our own distinct wall spaces, ours to use in whatever way we wish and for the month of March artists will occupy my wall space with me to mark International Women’s Day 2014. Opening night; Thurs 6 March, 6-9pm. If you want to get involved please email info@cultivatevynerstreet.com for more info (mark your emails FAO Emma)                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/268884226621956/

6 March || Clam Jam @ Dalston Superstore. Seventh or as We Like To Call it ” Minge Invasion of the Foreign Kind ” Instalment of the Superbly Fabulous and not so Quaint Lesbian Entertainment in Dolby Suround System that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. Ladies! This One is Gonna be More Lesbiany then a Russian Olympics Team, More Surprising then Cara Delevigne Anouncing Her Love of Latino Lady Bits and Defo more Dykey Than Ellen Degeneris in a Three Piece Suit at Your Wedding. 9pm – 2am                                                                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427639637474163/

6 March || Central America Women’s Network present; ‘El Salvador: Not even to save a woman’s life’ @ Latin American House, London. ‘El Salvador: Not even to save a woman’s life’ is a screening and discussion forum on the issue of abortion and the consequences on women’s lives, health and access to rights and justice, with a focus on the situation in Central America. (screening in English; discussion in Spanish and English). FREE MORE INFOwww.cawn.org

7 March || IWD unplugged: Grace Petrie, Cat Brogan, Lo Behold, Nouria Bah @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London. Join us on the eve of International Women’s Day, as we mark the occasion with militancy and spectacularly good music. All are welcome to come gather for a night with some of the most talented, radical women songwriters and musicians – before Hug the DJ and DOMO’s Bethany hit the decks as we dance into women’s day itself. £7.00 advanced, £8.50 OTD. 7pm – 2am                                                                     BUY TICKETShttp://www.workersplaytime.net/TICKETS.htm                  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1391107614479996/

7 March – 9 March || Magpie Mag presents new anthology: Viriditas @ WOW marketplace, Southbank Centre. Magpie Mag will be presenting Viriditas a new published anthology celebrating the work of a group of international & contemporary women artists. World Wide Women is a female arts collective based in Paris. There will be art prints for sale, information about the publication and the artists involved in the collective. We will be exhibiting for all three days in the WOW marketplace, which is free and open to the public. WOW is a festival that includes talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls.                                                                                             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/698255026893025/

8 March || International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.   MORE INFO: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

8 March || Million Women Rise March and Rally @ London.  A woman’s right to live free from violence and / or the fear of violence has not been achieved. Women continue to be attacked and violated in many different ways, in our homes, on our streets, on our public transport, at our places of work. The government, the TV and newspapers do very little to address this issue; instead they often blame women for wearing the wrong clothes or being in the wrong place.  If you think this needs to change, then join us on this women only critical mass. We need to be strong together and in large numbers. Unity is strength; the voices of many are louder together than a single voice.

MEET: 12:00 NOON, OXFORD STREET, LONDON

SET OFF: 1:00

RALLY : 3:00 @ TRAFALGAR SQUARE

AFTER PARTY: 5:00 @ THE 52 CLUB, 52 GOWER STREET

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/246935428810959/

8 March || International Women’s Day festival Sheffield @ Sheffield Town Hall, S1 2HH. The Women’s Network IWD planning group has been hard at work putting together a great event for International Women’s Day. Including singing on the front steps of Town Hall, keynote presentation from the Women of Steel, various workshops, an international women’s voices panel and information stalls. 10am – 1pm Here are the workshops planned so far;                      -100 years of change, manufacturing and STEM – WEA/Glass Academy                   -Challenging stereotyping – Women in Engineering                                                               -Celebrating feminist activism – Sheffield Feminist Network                                           -Women inspiring women collage – Sheffield Futures                                                            -One Billion Rising – Cllr Nikki Bon                                                                                              -A history of protest – WILPF                                                                                                         -Women and domestic violence                                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/FCicVS

8 March || AFRO PUNK presents; The Girls for International Women’s Day @ Windmill, Brixton. LIVE BANDS: VODUN, 11pm, THE NUNS, 10pm, MADAME SO, 9pm. AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. Originating with the 2003 documentary that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, it is a platform for the alternative and experimental. Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of. Tonight, three female led bands come together to celebrate both International Women’s day and the Afropunk ethos. £5.00. 8pm.                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/798711686811244/

8-9 March || WOWZERS Festival 2014 @ TBC, Waterloo, London. Kicking off on International Women’s Day, Wowzers is a community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014.Wowzers is driven by a need for a dynamic, inclusive and fresh approach towards celebrating the creativity of women and girls around the globe. Our mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.The event’s content is entirely crowd-sourced and funded by donations, making it open access and free for all to attend.               TICKETS: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wowzers-festival-tickets-5722225330                                                                                                                                     MORE INFO:  http://wowzersfest.org/

8 March || Suffragette Legacy event @ People’s History Museum, Manchester, M3 3ER. Suffragette Legacy: How does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester? Camilla Mørk Røstvik, PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, and Louise Sutherland, Head of Collections and Engagement at the People’s History Museum, started planning an interdisciplinary conference to celebrate the legacy of the suffragettes in Manchester and beyond. We wondered if the first wave of feminism is still relevant to our artists, scholars and activists. Can we still learn from the suffragettes? Can we enter a dialogue with them? As the proposals started coming in we understood that the answer was yes and that the legacy of the suffragettes is thriving in Manchester. In our packed one-day conference we hope to show off the people and ideas who keep the spirit of these women (and men) alive. MORE INFO: http://wonderwomenmcr.blogspot.co.uk/

8 March || The Working Class Movement Library celebrates IWD @ 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX. June Hannam, Professor of History at the University of West of England, will speak on the topic ‘Socialist women of the Independent Labour Party – political propagandists and trade union organisers, 1890s-1914′.Lynn Collins, Regional Secretary North West TUC, will also speak, on the topic ‘The struggle continues – trade union women today’.This event is part of Wonder Women: Radical Manchester. 2pm. FREE                                           MORE INFO: http://www.wcml.org.uk/

8 March || Birds Eye View Presents; “Wonder Women!” @ BFI Southbank. Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and produced by Kelcey Edwards, Wonder Women! offers an informative and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre, and is the perfect film to celebrate both International Women’s Day, and the official launch of the 2014 Birds Eye View Film Festival. Wonder Women! traces the fascinating birth, evolution and legacy of the Wonder Woman figure, from the 1940s comic book heroine to the blockbusters of today, and introduces us to a dynamic group of fictional and real life superheroines who are fighting for positive role models for girls – both on screen and off.                                                                                                                                         BUY TICKETS: http://goo.gl/qrxmmo                                                                                MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/lJZb5b

8 March || Club Debbie presents; Cher night @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. Sina Sparrow & Bitchcakes will be joined by Special Guest DJs Trinny and Susannah as well as performers Holestar, Shy-Charles Alderwick and Kev Clarke to delight you with female-fronted rock, pop, and disco. 10pm-Late. £3 entry.                                                                                                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/501241323321409/

8 March || Film Screening “Ruins” @ Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne. As part of Northumbria University’s contribution to IWD2014, we are very pleased to host the screening of an important new film which tells the story of the persecution of HIV-positive women in Greece. RUINS is a documentary about a shocking case of HIV criminalization in Greece when a group of HIV-positive women were detained by the Hellenic Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their faces and personal data were published in the media in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections. The persecution and public shaming of HIV-positive women received considerable publicity in Greece and caused an international outcry. However, no political figures or media opinion-makers were made accountable. RUINS exposes the truth behind this grim moment in Greek democracy. 1.30pm including introduction by Zoe Mavroudi (Director), screening and Q/A                                                                                                                      MORE INFO: contact Karen Ross – karen.ross@northumbria.ac.uk

8 March || Let’s Start a Pussy Riot @ WOWZers fringe festival, Waterloo Join us for a talk and discussion about Pussy Riot, the book and collective activism. Venue TBC. Keep eyes peeled on our Facebook page and the WOWzers website for more info.                                                                                   FACEBOOK PAGE: http://goo.gl/nZmGQf                                                                          MORE INFO: http://wowzersfest.org/

9 March || Let’s Start a Pussy Riot @ WOW festival, Southbank Centre. Join us for a talk and discussion about Pussy Riot, the book and collective activism. Venue TBC. Keep eyes peeled on our Facebook page and the WOW website for more info.                                                                                                           FACEBOOK PAGE: http://goo.gl/nZmGQf                                                                          MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/49GfdY

9 March || Fundraiser for Rape Crisis, Edinburgh @ The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland. LIVE BANDS; Blueflint, Obehi and Dirty Red Turncoats. Live music and raffle to raise funds for the local Rape Crisis centre Edinburgh. 7.30pm.                                                                                                                             MORE INFOhttp://www.ewrasac.org.uk/previous-news-and-events.html

9 March || Stand up for Choice @ Mandela Hall, Belfast. An evening of Live Stand Up Comedy in support of a Woman’s Right to Choose featuring :BRIDGET CHRISTIE, GEMMA HUTTON, JOSIE LONG, ROBIN INCE & MARK THOMAS This event is part of the International Womens Day Celebrations and part of Mark Thomas’ 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. All proceeds to Pro-Choice Advocacy Work in NI.                                                                                   TICKETS: http://goo.gl/FgQX8D

9 – 30 March || Translation/Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Space and Time – Film Season @ Watershed, Bristol. Over Women’s History Month in March 2014, Translation/ Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Time and Space will celebrate the diverse ways women activists have communicated their struggle and resistance through film.  Translation/ Transmission features activist documentaries and women filmmakers from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain, Jamaica, Palestine, Germany, Vietnam, USA, Iran and France/ Cameroon, highlighting the diversity of different feminisms across geographical locations and historical moments.             FULL LISTINGS & MORE INFO: http://translationtransmission.wordpress.com/                                                        FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/761938503821442/

12 March || The Story Sessions presents; Feminist Folk Tales @ The Ivy House, Nunhead, SE London. Old Wives’ Tales international women’s day tie in feminist fables and folk tales, Think Sisters Grimm… featuring Cath Blackfeather on Sleeping Beauty, Cherry Potts’ The Bone Box, Emily Cleaver The Frog , Jelena Ćurčić with a couple of Serbian folk tales. plus Flash from the Floor, your opportunity to tell us a feminist folk tale in 100 words or less…             FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/214381402102102

13 March || The Big Idea: Why Write a Feminist Play @ The Royal Court Theatre, London. Playwrights Abi Morgan and Nick Payne discuss the social, political and artistic imperatives of writing a play about feminism. Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract runs in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court from 30 January to 22 March.. Nick Payne’s credits include Blurred Lines, Constellations (which won the Evening Standard Best Play Award). Why Write a Feminist Play is part of The Big Idea bringing together artists, activists and an anthropologist to interrogate the relationships we form and how we talk about them. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/8KGfuq

14 March || What the Frock Comedy Show @ Mauretania, Park Street, Bristol. Joining our resident MC Cerys Nelmes will be Jessica Fosteskew (“intensely talented and very funny”, Time Out), Alice Frick (“exuberant and perfectly pitched”, Three Weeks), and Tash Bartlett (“confident, cute and crude”, Open Comedy). Tickets £10 advance, £12 door. Doors 7.30pm, comedy from 8pm                                                                                           MORE INFO: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-14/c1ra3

14-15 March || Stop Porn Culture UK Launch Conference @ Wedge House, London, SE1 8PB. Please join Gail Dines, Julie Bindel and SPC Intl. leaders and collaborators at our two-day launch conference. This conference is a progressive, feminist collaboration against the sex industry. March 14 (day 1): Conference With Expert Speakers and Panel. March 15 (day 2): Workshop with SPC Collaborators and Volunteers. Workshop to set up SPC in the UK.               MORE INFO: http://stoppornculture.org/events/5/spc-intl-conference-london-march-15/

15 March || Unskinny Bop presents; 10th B-Day Party; HEROS @ The Star of Bethnal Green, E2 6LG. In March 2004 we held our first disco event at 359 Bethnal Green Road, then called the Pleasure Unit, now the Star. Over the past ten years we have espoused a number of high-falutin’ theories, slogans, and ruminations on what Unskinny Bop is, what it should be, what it means, why we keep on doing it. Really, it comes down to a few very simple premises though:                                                                                                                                1. providing a welcoming, inclusive, queer-identified space for good times              2. encouraging dancefloor participation for all, especially fat people, shy people, weirdos and wallflowers                                                                                                      3. playing records we love, and only records we love, irrespective of genre, for your pleasure                                                                                                                                           So, please come and pay tribute with us. We invite you to get dressed up as your hero(ine)/love/joy/inspiration, whatever/whoever that may be – there will be prizes (probably) Fancy dress: HEROES. £5 on the door (£3 before 10 / concessions all night / in costume).                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.unskinnybop.co.uk/                                                            FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/504662936309582/

15 March || The Oppression and Resilience of Women @ Conway Hall, London. Central London Humanists, Conway Hall Ethical Society and the National Secular Society are please to announce a join event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The conference will celebrate women’s achievements in the arts, sciences and politics, we will also look at health, wealth and education and how society, men and religions tend to impede women. We will be highlighting the appalling oppression that many women still have to cope with in the 21st century and the postive achievements of women despite the many challenges they face, and we will end the day with some comedy. See website for full list of speakers. The conference will run from 10.00am – 17.00pm.                                                                                                                                                MORE INFO: http://www.conwayhall.org.uk/special-events

16 March || What the Frock presents Comedy Skills Workshop and Showcase @ Halo, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol.  What The Frock! Comedy is pleased to be teaming up with award-winning comedian, broadcaster and all-round superstar Kate Smurthwaite.                                                                               WORKSHOP: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-16/c1tb3          The workshops are aimed both at those who’ve always wanted to try stand-up and those who have done a few gigs but are keen to develop their skills. Whether you’re looking for a new career or just a speedy confidence boost (or even a truly original gift for a friend!), we guarantee you’ll have a great time. £65.00. 11am-1pm, 2pm-5pm                                                                                                           SHOWCASE: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-16—showcase/c1243                                                                                                                          Following on from the comedy workshop at Halo led by Kate during the day, come and show your support for the workshop graduates by joining the audience for the evening showcase – where they will be trying out their new comedy skills.  £5.00. 7pm -9pm                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/

17 March || She Grrrowls: Humans Vs Machines @ Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green. SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Humans vs. Machines. Every third Monday of the month. Hosted by Carmina Masoliver, Poetry by Rosie Garland and Rosemary Swainston & Chris Lawrence, Comedy by Lizanne Davies, Music by Mushana. Just £5 on the door, £4 when booked in advance online.                                                                                                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/327797054025503/

18 March || Coming off Clean Symposium @ Corpus Christi College, Oxford. When women have expressed their own sexuality in public it has often spelled trouble in the eyes of mainstream society. In this conference, cultural practitioners and academics reflect on female sexual autobiography, untroubled by the trouble they may cause. ‘Coming Off Clean’ is a phrase taken from art critic Chris Kraus’s ‘theoretical fiction’ book, I Love Dick. In the book, Kraus is preoccupied with how the ‘I’ of women writers and artists has tended to be pathologised, and cast as narcissistic, confessional, and totally at odds with the analytical. Speakers: ANNA KEMP (Queen Mary University of London), HELEN HESTER (Middlesex), SHIRLEY JORDAN (Queen Mary University of London), ALEX DYMOCK (Reading), OCTAVIA BRIGHT (UCL / writer) ALISON J. CARR (Sheffield Hallam / artist). 10.30am – 18.00pm                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/coming-clean

19 March || Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about FGM @ Grant Museum of Zoology, London. Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey investigate issues around female cutting through story and song. This event takes place among the skeletons and specimens of UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology. Post-event discussion with UCL Medical School’s Dr Jayne Kavanagh & Dr Katherine Woolf. 50 free places. 7pm – 9pm.                                                           TICKETS:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-from-the-soul-stories-discussion-about-fgm-tickets-10150577651                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/235214376651410/

19 March || The Fawcett Society: How to conduct your own assessment of the impact of public spending cuts on women in your local area: a one-day workshop with Mary-Ann Stephenson @ London TBC. The Fawcett Society is running a one-day workshop for women’s groups in London on how to conduct a gender equality impact assessment of the spending cuts at a local level. Mary-Ann Stephenson, author of TUC’s ‘Women and the Cuts Toolkit’ and Chair of Coventry Women’s Voices, will lead the workshop and offer tailored support through hands-on practical sessions. This workshop is free but limited to 14 participants, so early registration is essential. In order to make the workshop available to as many groups as possible, we can only accept one delegate per organisation. FREE. How to register: To register, please email Ava.Lee@fawcettsociety.org.uk with your name, organisation, and contact details. The workshop will be held in Central London and lunch and refreshments will be provided. 10.30am – 4.30pm                                                             MORE INFO:www.fawcettsociety.org.uk

30 March || Love London – Hate Street Harassment @ All over London! As part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week (30th March – 5th of April 2014), Rape Crisis South London will be again running the fabulous London Landmarks Against Street Harassment. All week we will be inviting participants to take a photo of themselves, of friends or of bystanders holding a message of support for loving London streets, hating street harassment, outside of London’s many stunning Landmarks. So that could be a photo of you in front of Big Ben with a poster calling time on street harassment in London.                      MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/MeetUsOnTheStreet             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405046029753784/

COMING UP IN APRIL

4 April || CLIT ROCK # 4 @ Underbelly, Hoxton, London. LIVE BANDS: Dana Jade, Blindness. DJs; Sina Sparrow. A celebration of women who rock! Music events to raise awareness and funds for Daughters Of Eve an organisation committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating FGM. £5.00     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393578667568745

5 April || UK Feminista; Scotland Activist Training @ TBC Venue, Glasgow. This event is perfect for anyone organising for a world without sexism, from seasoned campaigners to those looking for confidence to get started. It’s a great opportunity for those involved in women’s and feminist groups as well as individuals to learn and share ideas and skills to make change happen. FREE                                                                                                                                 BOOK ONLINE: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/scotland-activist-refresher/

8-13 April || Birds Eye View Film Festival 2014 @ Various venues including; Barbican, BFI Southbank and ICA. The Festival will also feature UK premieres, cutting edge features, insightful personal documentaries, live music, silent film and special events featuring some of the world’s leading female filmmakers and rising new talents. There will also be industry training opportunities supported by the British Council and Creative Skillset. Full programme to be announced on 8th of March. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/JlHZUH

11 April || Revisiting the Sadeian Woman – Postgraduate Conference @ Swansea University. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the Marquis de Sade’s death, but Sadeian influences remain prominent in contemporary literature, criticism, and culture.This one-day postgraduate conference, funded by GENCAS and RIAH (The Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University), aims to revisit the Sadeian debates first established in the 1980s, and to investigate how these ideas are relevant to contemporary society. How have evolutions of feminism and post-feminism impacted upon Sadeian influences? CONTACTswanseagenderconf@gmail.com

11 April || What the Frock! Comedy Awards @ Maurentania, 9 Park Street, Bristol. The all-female What The Frock! Award returns for a second year. Last year, all the places were filled within 24 hours of the competition being announced, and this year they were filled within 10 hours! This is one of only two all-female comedy awards in the UK, and is free to enter. Our compere for the evening will be Cerys Nelmes, and we will have a performance from Annabel O’Connell, who was a finalist in 2013. Tickets £10.00                                     MORE INFO: http://www.wegottickets.com/whatthefrockcomedy

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                 Storm in a Teacup                                                                                     Feminist Arts Collective                                                                         http://joinourteaparty.org

SIATC *UPDATE* FEBRUARY 2014

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Dear Teacups,

February is LGBT history month and there are lots of events happening across the country. February 7th is also the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. As the world comes together to celebrate the Winter Olympics the global community stands by those suffering discrimination and intimidation for identifying as homosexual. Show your support and join the protest outside the Russian Embassy on Friday, February the 14th. The protest will be a Valentine’s Day Carnival for equality, love and human rights in response to the continued human rights abuses sanctioned by Russia’s new anti-gay law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors”, which has caused an upsurge in anti-gay violence in the country. For more info please see the Facebook event; For Russia, With Love.

Also on February 14th millions from across the world will be taking part in One Billion Rising/V-DAY-  a global campaign started by Eve Ensler to support and empower women who are survivors of violence. Check out the event listings to find an event happening near you.

On Friday 21st of February Let’s Start a Pussy Riot are continuing their University tour and have been invited to talk at BIMM Bristol Music University. Last year we launched and published “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” book, a collaborative project bringing together voices from across the arts and generations in support of Russian punk collective; Pussy Riot. We are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism.  The tour so far has included; Manchester University and Oxford University and we have some Uni appearances happening in the new year at Bristol BIMM, Goldsmiths and Falmouth Universities.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

Looking ahead to March, its a packed month! March 8th is International Women’s Day and there are lots of events happening up and down the country. Women of the World (WOW) festival at the Southbank Centre runs from the 5th until the 9th of March and WOWZERS – WOW Fest’s fringe event runs from the 8th-9th of March.

OPEN SUBMISSIONS SPOTLIGHT

This month we have quite a list of Open Submission calls to get your teeth into! There is a little something for everyone. WOWZERS Fest, the new fringe event running alongside Women of the World Festival, is looking for people to run activities, workshops, events. For more info please see their website. LGBT artists can submit their work to win the Winter Pride Art Award and £1000. The competition is open to all LGBT emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative works. CUNTRY LIVING is a free print zine by Oxford University students that offers a voice to people who care about gender equality & feminism. Cuntry Living zine are taking submissions for the next issue and are looking for factual articles, opinion pieces, prose, and poetry. Fabulous literary site: For Books Sake have just announced that they will be publishing a Poetry Anthology “Furies”. Female poets are invited to submit poetry about hellcat heroines, modern, mythic, cyborg – women in film, fiction, history, music art and activism. All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via:                                                                           Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                               Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                            Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter.

For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | Activist Groups

Join a feminist campaigning group: Getting involved in your local feminist group is a great place to start. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest grassroots group.

Set up a group: If there isn’t a group near you, don’t worry! Take a look at UK Feminista’s guide to setting up a feminist group packed with tips on getting your own strong action group running.

Get skilled up: UK Feminista runs regional and national training events throughout the year to help you plan creative and powerful actions and campaigns. We are also developing a series of online resources which will be available to download soon. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to hear first about our events and resources

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ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

WOWZERS FESTIVAL – CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS

Kicking off on International Women’s Day, Wowzers is a community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014. Our mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.

What would you like to see at a festival celebrating women and girls? What topics around gender do you think should be covered?

If you’ve got an idea for an activity you’d like to run at Wowzers Festival on 8th-9th March 2014, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for individuals and groups to host highly interactive group sessions focusing on a particular issue relating to gender/women and girls. It could be a discussion, workshop, skillshare, brainstorm… or something else!

To submit your session idea, fill in the form on our page: ‘Host a Session

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/WowzersFest                           MORE INFO:  http://wowzersfest.org/

FOR BOOKS SAKE – CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

Furies Poetry Anthology will be published in Autumn 2014, and will showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. We interpret Furies in the widest possible sense, and your hellcat heroines may be modern, mythic, animal or cyborg, women from film, fiction, history, music, art and activism, or rebels in their own home. Whether you’re penning a tribute to Pussy Riot, a sonnet about suffragettes, a love letter to women warriors from fairytale or folklore, or something else entirely, we can’t wait to read your writing.

All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

DEADLINE: 30th of March                                                                                              HOW TO SUBMIT: http://forbookssake.net/furies-poetry-anthology/

CUNTRY LIVING ZINE – CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

CUNTRY LIVING is a free print zine by Oxford University students that offers a voice to people who care about gender equality & feminism. Cuntry Living zine are taking submissions for this term’s zine! We’re looking for factual articles, opinion pieces, prose, poetry, crosswords, jokes, artwork everything and anything. as long as it’s about feminism/gender/sexuality. be creative!

DEADLINE: 3rd February                                                                                                      MORE INFO ABOUT CONTRIBUTING:  https://www.facebook.com/events/642292349167629/                      WEBSITE: http://cuntrylivingmagazine.tumblr.com/

WINTER PRIDE Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money.

Open to all LGBT artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea.

DEADLINE: 8 February                                                                                                                TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY 2014

February || LGBT History Month: For event listings for around London and the UK: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/event-calendar/

1 February || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, Glasgow. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace. MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk

1 February || The Freedom Train: Standing in Solidarity with the Women of Spain against Abortion Reform @ Hungerford Bridge, London. On the 1st of February, trains depart from all over Spain (and one from France), carrying pro choice campaigners to Madrid, where they will hand Spanish MPs the text ‘Because it’s my choice’. The right of Spanish women to access safe and legal abortion is currently under threat with the proposal to reform the law in a highly restrictive fashion by Spain’s ruling party, the Partido Popular. We stand in solidarity with Spanish women and their right to access safe and legal abortion and we wish to show our support from the UK. The Bellyhanger Revolution begins here! Meeting at Hungerford Bridge at 1pm. EMAIL: mybellyismine@gmail.com                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/443706625757112                                     FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/mybellyismine

1-22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO). MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth

3 February || Feminist Discussion Group: Feminism and religion @ Holborn. 4-6 Theobolds Road, WC1X 8PM. Monthly discussion group. RSVP.    FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LondonFeministDiscussion/     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/570599019696478

6 February || Rainbow Jews Exhibition and Film Launch @ London School of Economics. The Rainbow Jews collection will be the first ever source of Jewish LGBT History in Britain. Be part of this legacy and join us tonight to celebrate our pioneers and milestones! 6.30pm @ LSE New Theatre/East Building:  Opening Speeches hosted by Liberal Judaism CEO Rabbi Danny Rich & world premier of the Rainbow Jews series mini documentaries. 8pm @ LSE Atrium Gallery/Old Building: Exhibition launch reception with special guests and entertainment. MORE INFO & MORE EVENTS: http:// www.rainbowjews com                                                                                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/205053153014958/

6 February || Clam Jam # 6 @ Dalston Superstore. E8 2PB. Sixth Instalment of the Joyous Lesbo Gathering that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. DJs: Lina Bradford and Packin’C (aka CATHAL). 9pm – 2.30am. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/572958212787461/

7-21 February || SOAS Women’s Society event series; Ain’t I A Woman? What’s race got to do with it? @ SOAS University, London. The Women Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has put together ‘Ain’t I A Woman? What’s race got to do with it?’ This will explore the intersectionality of gender and race in a week-long series of events centred around Ntozake Shange’s play ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.’ For full listings of events please see links.                       MORE INFO: http://aint-i-a-woman.tumblr.com/                                          FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/aintiawomansoas

8 February || Winter Pride Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money. Open to all artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea. TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

7 February || Vested Interest presents; Joanna Gruesome @ Power Lunches, Dalston. A full lineup of bands; Joanna Gruesome, Plaids, Crows an Wra, Kin Shot, Nudes. Plus much more. 7.30pm onwards. £5.00                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/239616896207641/

7 February || Traumfrau: A Night of Fairy Tales @ The Bermuda Triangle, Brighton. Enter a world of enchanted tunes, dark and magical stories, symbolism and metamorphosis. Bring your fantasies to life: come as the imagined creature that lives within you, the beast that scared you in your childhood tales, or the heroine you wanted to grow into. Fairies, ogres, goblins, gnomes and all folkloric characters welcome. LIVE: Olivia Louvel                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/628285567232676/

8 February || Club Debbie: Febbie @ Resistance Gallery, E2 9RF. Sick of the cold, the grey and the gloom? So are we. DEBBIE loves you and she’s coming back in FEBBIE to show you what FUN is all about. 10pm til 3am. £3.00 entry FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/575913775835773/

8 February || Winter Pride UK 2014 @ Tobacco Dock, E1, London. Immerse yourself in the party atmosphere as LGBT London comes together for the first-ever Winter Pride UK on 8th February 2014. More info and full lineup – check links below. MORE INFO: www.winterprideuk.com                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410151369221725

10 February – 3rd March | Women in Philosophy @ Manchester Metropolitan University. In a series of public talks coordinated by researchers from the Department of Philosophy, issues of gender will be addressed by four women scholars who are by profession eminent philosophers in their respective fields. Women have arrived as practitioners in philosophy relatively recently when compared to the first 2,500 years of the discipline. This series of talks will look at whether the inclusion of women in philosophy has changed the landscape of what is being researched, learnt and taught in this fundamentally important subject. If philosophy is the study of how, what and why we think, what do women have to say about it? Come and join the debate! Women in Philosophy will present the following talks:

Monday 10th February 2014: Dr Anna Bergqvist (MMU) Moral particularism: a contribution to feminist thinking

Monday 17th February 2014: Professor Jennifer Saul (Sheffield)Stop Thinking (So Much) About ‘Sexual Harassment’

Monday 24th February 2014: Professor Tina Chanter (Kingston) The public, the private and the aesthetic unconscious: Reworking  Jacques Ranciere

Monday 3rd March 2014: Dr Meena Dhanda (Wolverhampton) Facing Prejudice: Negotiating the Cultural Politics of Identity

All talks take place in Geoffrey Manton Lecture Theatre 4 at 5.30pm (tea and coffee in Geoffrey Manton atrium from 5.00pm)

14 February || For Russia, With Love – LGBTQ Valentines Carnival @ Russian Embassy, London. W8 4QX. Join the Carnival outside the Russian Embassy in London in response to the continued human rights abuses sanctioned by Russia’s new anti-gay law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors”, which has caused an upsurge in anti-gay violence in the country. As the world comes together to celebrate the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we demand that the global community stands by those suffering discrimination and intimidation for just existing. Show your support and join the carnival                                                                                                                                                  SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.allout.org/en/actions/russia-attacks-taf                                                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393565987568279/

14 February || One Billion Rising for Justice.One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.                                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

15- 16 February || Feminist Libraries and Archives Gathering @ Feminist Library and Nottingham Women’s Centre, Nottingham. A gathering of UK-based women’s libraries and resource centres. The event will give us all an opportunity to meet and forge relationships between one another, as well as share ideas, knowledge, and resources. We are hoping to hold a variety of discussion groups, talks, and workshops on topics pertaining to women’s libraries and resource centres. EMAIL: zaimal@nottinghamwomenscentre.com                                                WEBSITE: www.nottinghamwomenscentre.com

15 February || Mary Quaile Club First Meeting @ Cornerstones Community Centre, Salford. The  Mary Quaile Club was set up in December 2013. It will hold regular discussions on working class history and its links with  the political issues facing working people. The speakers will be Paula Bartley and Hugh Caffrey. Paula  Bartley will discuss the life and politics of Ellen Wilkinson. Paula is the author of Ellen Wilkinson, from Red Suffragist to Government  Minister,  to be published by Pluto Press in February 2014. 2pm.     MORE INFO: http://maryquaileclub.wordpress.com

15 February || Riots Not Diets, Riot Grrrl Valentines Ball @ West Hill Hall, Brighton. Third annual valentines ball. Always a hoot. Live bands & Djs; RAVIOLI ME AWAY // NOT RIGHT // BIG JOANIE // YUCKERFLATS.. £5,  8pm-10.30pm.                                                                                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/555617684520056/                                    TICKETS http://www.wegottickets.com/event/251499

15 February || Kilburn Comic and Zine Fair @ South Kilburn Studios, NW6 5SW. OOMK Zine are hosting a FREE zine and comics fair in South Kilburn Studios, with talks, workshops and zines for sale. Follow links below for full listings of distros. 12.00pm onwards.                                                        MORE INFO:http://oomk.net/kczf                                                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/657152920997461/

17 February || She Grrrowls: Anti/Valentines @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ. SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Anti/Valentines. Bring your poems of both love and hate for the open mic, but don’t forget the passion! Every third Monday of the month. Hosted by comedian Rosie Wilby, Poetry by Lisa Robinson-Grindey and Selina Nwulu, Comedy by Figs in Wigs Music by Cat Bear Tree  Just £5. 7.30pm -10.30pm.                                                                                FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/629603037085260/

17 February || Women and Alcohol: Different Perspectives – Conference, Bristol. A conference for alcohol and health professionals and the voluntary and independent sector, interested in sharing expertise, and hearing from other professionals and service users. 9.30am – 4.30pm                        MORE INFO: http://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/events/women-alcohol-and-domestic-abuse

18 February || Gender Institute Series of Conversations to welcome The Women’s Library @ London School of Economics. This conversation is : “Is there a sexual history?” Speakers include: Professor Jeffrey Weeks and Professor Clare Hemmings. Next event is on the 4th of March “Money and Equality”.  MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

21 February || NUS National Summit on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education @ London South Bank University.  The summit will be an opportunity to look in depth at some of the key issues surrounding ‘lad culture’ in higher education and develop a shared vision amongst participants about how to move forward.Speakers include Laura Bates from Everyday Sexism Project and Lucy Holmes founder of the No More Page 3 Campaign. 10am – 5pm.                                                                                                                                          BUY TICKETS: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/ents/event/896/                    MORE INFO: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/campaigns/womens/

21 February || Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century until Now” @ St Aidan’s College, Durham University. We seek to examine and discuss how presentations of femaleness in text contributes to and creates what it means to be female. Keynote speakers at the conference include the winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Jane Smiley; Professor Maggie O’Neill (Durham University); Dr Kate MacDonald (University of Ghent). MORE INFO:http://readdurhamenglish.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/literary-dolls-the-female-textual-body-from-the-19th-century-to-now/.

22 February || Women’s Assembly Against Austerity @ Conway Hall, London. The People’s Assembly is pleased to announce the Women’s Assembly conference 2014. More details and a FAQ to follow soon.                           MORE INFO: http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/women/                          TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-assembly-against-austerity-tickets-9613437049

25 February || Rosie Wilby “Nineties Woman” @ Rich Mix, London. Nineties Woman is a new show from award winning comedian Rosie Wilby using live interactive storytelling interspersed with video interviews, music and photo archive to trace a journey through early 90s feminism, refracted through a very personal lens. There will also be a post-show panel discussion with Jane Czyzselska, CN Lester, Kaite Welsh and Naomi Paxton.

BOOK TICKETS: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/rosie-wilby-nineties-woman/                                                                                                                                MORE INFO: http://www.rosiewilby.com/

26 February || Men’s discussion group @ The Feminist Library, London. Starting in February, the Feminist Library in Lambeth will be hosting a monthly Men’s Group meeting to discuss books and articles on feminist themes, with the aim of developing a better understanding of those themes and how they as men respond to them. For more information, or to join the mailing list, contact: mendiscussfeminism@yahoo.co.uk

27 February || Reclaim the Night Manchester 2014 @ Owens Park, Manchester. This year’s theme will be ‘sound and voices‘ – we’re going to fill the streets with sound and light our united energy against sexual harassment and sexual violence. The march starts at Owens’ Park, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield at 7pm and a neon parade will head down Wilmslow Road towards Manchester Students’ Union.  The evening continues with the Reclaim the Night After Party, a festival of the finest women talent, with live comedy and music, arts & crafts, fun activities, community stalls & awesome DJs till late – at Manchester Students’ Union from 9pm. EMAILtabz.obrien-butcher@manchester.ac.uk      FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/ReclaimTheNightManchesterUk              FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/439068732888265/?ref=22

COMING UP IN MARCH 2014

1 March || African Initiatives presents: International Women’s Rights Conference @ Bristol City Centre. A series of inspirational workshops to discuss diverse issues facing women around the world today, such as sex work, forced marriage, the fashion industry, sexuality and the impact of Colonialism. When booking your place, please select which workshops you would like to attend. Featuring key note speaker José Sluijs-Doyle, Chief Executive of African Initiatives &  Guest speaker Maanda Ngoitiko, African Initiatives’ partner in Tanzanian Suggested donation: £10.00.                                MORE INFO: info@african-initiatives.org.uk or phone 0117 915 0001.                BOOK TICKETS:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rights-and-reasons-international-womens-rights-conference-registration-9274210413

1 March || Laughing Calves in association with The Women in Comedy Festival, Manchester. Laughing Calves showcase in association with the Women in Comedy Festival hosted by Kerry Leigh with Madge Hooks, Nina Gilligan, Gaye Jones and Debra Fayer . Followed by Rapture Club night until at least 1am. Doors 7.30pm, £3.00 before 9pm.                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/790566504293892

4 March || Gender Institute Series of Conversations to welcome The Women’s Library @ London School of Economics. This conversation is “Money and Inequality” Speakers include: Professor Ruth Lister and Professor Diane Elson.   MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

5 March || Women’s Aid Conference: Child abuse and domestic violence – time for early intervention?, London. Women’s Aid is bringing together experts and survivors from the domestic violence sector with experts and survivors in the children and young people’s sector for a unique conference to look at the common themes in the many instances where domestic violence and child abuse occur together. 9.00am – 16.00pm MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk

5-9 March || Women of the World Festival 2014 @ The Southbank Centre. A weekend of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls. The WOW weekend is for everybody. Talks, debates, comedy, workshops, activism and performance on everything from politics, science and sex to fashion, war and power.  Previous WOW festival speakers have included Julie Walters, Alice Walker, Gordon Brown MP, Naomi Wolf, Shami Chakrabarti, Bridget Christie, Ruby Wax, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai, Ahdaf Soueif, Angélique Kidjo and many more. Book your day or full weekend passes now.                                                                                                       MORE INFO:http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/wow-women-of-the-world-festival

8-9 March || WOWZERS Festival 2014 @ TBC, Waterloo, London. Kicking off on International Women’s Day, Wowzers is a community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014.Wowzers is driven by a need for a dynamic, inclusive and fresh approach towards celebrating the creativity of women and girls around the globe. Our mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.The event’s content is entirely crowd-sourced and funded by donations, making it open access and free for all to attend.                                               TICKETS: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wowzers-festival-tickets-5722225330                                                                                                                                      MORE INFO:  http://wowzersfest.org/

8 March || International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.   MORE INFO: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

8 March || Suffragette Legacy event @ People’s History Museum, Manchester, M3 3ER. Suffragette Legacy: How does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester? Camilla Mørk Røstvik, PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, and Louise Sutherland, Head of Collections and Engagement at the People’s History Museum, started planning an interdisciplinary conference to celebrate the legacy of the suffragettes in Manchester and beyond. We wondered if the first wave of feminism is still relevant to our artists, scholars and activists. Can we still learn from the suffragettes? Can we enter a dialogue with them? As the proposals started coming in we understood that the answer was yes and that the legacy of the suffragettes is thriving in Manchester. In our packed one-day conference we hope to show off the people and ideas who keep the spirit of these women (and men) alive.MORE INFO: http://wonderwomenmcr.blogspot.co.uk/

9 – 30 March || Translation/Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Space and Time – Film Season @ Watershed, Bristol. Over Women’s History Month in March 2014, Translation/ Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Time and Space will celebrate the diverse ways women activists have communicated their struggle and resistance through film.  Translation/ Transmission features activist documentaries and women filmmakers from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain, Jamaica, Palestine, Germany, Vietnam, USA, Iran and France/ Cameroon, highlighting the diversity of different feminisms across geographical locations and historical moments.              FULL LISTINGS & MORE INFO: http://translationtransmission.wordpress.com/                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/761938503821442/

14 – 15 March || Stop Porn Culture UK Launch @ Wedge House, London, SE1 8PB. Please join Gail Dines, Julie Bindel and SPC Intl. leaders and collaborators at our two-day launch conference. This conference is a progressive, feminist collaboration against the sex industry.

March 14 (day 1): Conference With Expert Speakers and Panel.

March 15 (day 2): Workshop with SPC Collaborators and Volunteers. Workshop to set up SPC in the UK.

MORE INFO: http://stoppornculture.org/events/5/spc-intl-conference-london-march-15/

19 March || Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about FGM @ Grant Museum of Zoology, London. Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey investigate issues around female cutting through story and song. This event takes place among the skeletons and specimens of UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology. Post-event discussion with UCL Medical School’s Dr Jayne Kavanagh & Dr Katherine Woolf. 50 free places. 7pm – 9pm.  TICKETS:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-from-the-soul-stories-discussion-about-fgm-tickets-10150577651                                              FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/235214376651410/

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                Storm in a Teacup                                                                                                                 Feminist Arts Collective                                                                        http://joinourteaparty.org

SIATC *UPDATE* JANUARY 2014

Pussy Riot are Free 2

Dear Teacups,

Happy New Year! First up we are all delighted to hear the news that Pussy Riot members; Nadia and Masha have been freed from jail as part of Putin’s Amnesty leading up to Sochi Winter Olympics. We all know that Putin amnesty was a PR stunt and we think that Nadia and Masha were both brave and stoic in sticking to their principles and attempting to refuse the amnesty based on the hollow gesture and self-interest of Putin. Pussy Riot have always been free, even behind bars, their message crosses boarders, generations and inspires many around the world. We wish them all the best in rebuilding their lives and continuing their ambitions as human rights activists. Storm in a Teacup will continue to support Pussy Riot and we will be delivering more talks and lectures at UK Universities as part of our Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book tour. Here is a selection of news stories covering their release;

BBC                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25529770              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25490067

GUARDIAN

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/23/pussy-riot-nadezhda-tolokonnikova-freed-russian-prison              http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/23/pussy-riot-free-russia-war-on-culture            http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/27/freed-pussy-riot-remove-putin-tolokonnikova-alyokhina

There is so many great feminist events coming up in early 2014, with One Billion Rising and LGBT awareness month in February, and International Women’s Day and Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre in March – there’s lots to look forward to. Please see below some of the February and March events listings that have been announced so far.

Last year, Storm in a Teacup also got involved with the launch of Feminist Times and are now publishing monthly feminist event listings on their website. Our remit has widened and we are now listing Feminist Events outside of the London area as well as listing more training events, conferences and feminist art events that appeal to different audiences. If you have any feedback or would like to get your event listed – please get in touch. Anyone can get involved in the  Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;

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If you are in the Manchester area you may be interested in signing up to a 10 week course beginning on the 6th of January; The History of Radical Women in Greater Manchester. The course is an introduction to the history of radical women’s movements in Greater Manchester and will look at women’s role in movements and events such as Peterloo, the Luddites, Owenite Co-operation, Chartism and Votes for Women and will also include three walks in Manchester city centre. In Sheffield there is a Policy and Parliamentary Training day that aims to equip organisations and individuals on useful tools on how to get their voices heard in the policy making process and how to plan and organise lobbying work to influence government, its free to attend so book your place now!

LONDON

2014 starts off with a bang- there are so many feminist events happening across the capital. First up on the 8th of January Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising for Justice is hosting an event at The Southbank Centre looking at the state of female justice in the UK. There is a great lineup of speakers including Stella Creasy (Labour MP) Helena Kennedy (Baroness, Barrister, House of Lords, Rahela Sidiqi (Women for Refugee Women) and Eve Ensler (V-Day founder). Its a free event so sign up quickly before places sell out (RSVP: monique@vday.org or rossana@onebillionrising.org ) On the 14th of January, NUS National Summit presents a day on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education at London South bank University. With speakers including Laura Bates (Founder of Everyday Sexism Project) and Lucy Holmes (Founder of No More Page 3 ) The agenda will feature workshops and plenaries from a diverse array of organisations dealing with issues related to ‘lad culture’ and will feature an opportunity to shape the direction of a national strategy to respond to ‘lad culture’ in higher education.

Last but not least don’t miss the new play created by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne; “Blurred Lines” at The Shed Theatre. A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs!

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ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk  WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via:

Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                                                                         Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                                                  Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

RATIFY THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION (16 DAYS OF ACTION) – WOMEN’S AID

Women’s Aid will be marking the 16 Days of Action by launching a campaign asking the government to ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. The government signed the Convention in 2011 but two year later we are still waiting for them to ratify it. Ratifying the convention will mean the government will have to bring its provisions into force through domestic policy and legislation, this will strengthen the protection of women escaping domestic violence and send a clear signal that the UK will not tolerate violence against women.

SIGN PETITION:http://action.goingtowork.org.uk/page/s/tell-theresa-may-to-guarantee-minimum-standards-for-women-s-services-in-the-uk

MORE INFO: http://www.womensaid.org.uk/page.asp?section=0001000100100027&sectionTitle=Istanbul+Convention

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter. For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Email to get get involved; activist@ukfeminista.org

MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

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WINTER PRIDE Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money.

Open to all LGBT artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea.

DEADLINE: 8 February                                                                                                                 TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN JANUARY 2014

5-11 January || Candy Bars Final Week @ Candy Bar, Soho. It’s Candy Bar’s last week and they are going to be PARTYING HARD!  Lets make this week one of memories, nostalgia and new beginnings.  Email us your favorite Candy Bar moments to go on our ‘wall of fame’. amy@candybarsoho.com            FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/188762554651531

6 January || The History of Radical Women in Greater Manchester @ Aquinas College, Stockport. 10 Week course beginning 6th Jan.Greater Manchester was at the centre of the social, economic and industrial upheavals of the Industrial Revolution, which gave rise to radical political movements. The course will look at women’s role in movements and events such as Peterloo, the Luddites, Owenite Co-operation, Chartism and Votes for Women and will also include three walks in Manchester city centre.The course is being tutored by Michael Herbert. For more information on the course, please contact Sheila Lahan at Aquinas College, telephone 0161 419 9163, email : Sheila@aquinas.ac.uk.   http://www.aquinas.ac.uk/AdultEducation/LeisureGeneralCourses/RadicalWomeninGreaterManchester

8 January || 1 Billion Rising for Justice @ Southbank Centre. The state of female justice in the UK hosted by Jude Kelly (artistic director of the Southbank) Featuring: Sophie Barton-Hawkins (Poet and former prisoner), Marissa Begonia (Justice for Domestic Workers), Stella Creasy (Labour MP), Helena Kennedy (Baroness, Barrister, House of Lords) Rahela Sidiqi (Women for Refugee Women), Eve Ensler (V-Day Founder). Free Admission. 7.30pm. This event will be live-streamed.                                                                                             RSVP: monique@vday.org or rossana@onebillionrising.org

9 January || Clam Jam # 5 @ Dalston Superstore, Fifth or as We Like To Call it “Post Christmas and Full Of Jam And Cheese” Instalment of the Dykey and Damn Fabulous Extravaganza that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore.                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/569226949827162/

11 January || Open City Docs & Club Des Femmes present; Vivienne Dick @ ICA London. Since her major retrospective at Tate Modern in 2010, we have been waiting for Vivienne Dick’s newest film. To mark the UK premiere of The Irreducible Difference of the Other we are delighted to welcome Vivienne along to the festival to present her latest work together with one of her classic No Wave films from 1978, She Had Her Gun All Ready.£8/£10                               BOOK TICKETS:  https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/lsff-vivienne-dick-discussion

11 January || Club Debbie: I woke up like this! @ Resistance Gallery, E2. NEW YEAR’S DEBBIE! We expect all the People of DEBBIE to be waking up looking flawless post-New Year’s Eve, and be craving more female-fronted rock and pop music by Saturday January 11th… and we fully intend to deliver! 10pm-Late. £3 entry. Arrive early to avoid true disappointment!                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1433429950208660/

14 January || NUS National Summit on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education @ London South Bank University. 10am -5pm. Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, is confirmed as one of the keynote speakers and other participants include Lucy Holmes, founder of the No More Page 3 campaign. The agenda will feature workshops and plenaries from a diverse array of organisations dealing with issues related to ‘lad culture’ and will feature an opportunity to shape the direction of a national strategy to respond to ‘lad culture’ in higher education. Students Union Delegate: £25, Sector Delegate: £50.00                                                                                                               MORE INFO:http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/ents/event/896/

16 January – 22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO).                                                                                                         MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth

17 January || Policy & Parliamentary Training, Sheffield. Does your organisation want to make its voice heard in the policy making process? Does your organisation want to influence decision makers but have no idea how? Are you a community group that wants to lobby your local MP Voice4Change are holding a one day policy and parliamentary training session in partnership with the Parliamentary Outreach Service. The session is aimed at BME voluntary sector organisations who have little or no experience of lobbying or policy activity. MORE INFO: www.voice4change-england.co.uk

19 January || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, London. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace.                     MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk

20 January || She Grrrowls: Space @ The Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green.  SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Space. Every third Monday of the month. Guest host and poet: Dizz Tate, Poets: Laila Sumpton and Rachel Long, Comedian: Helen Keen, Music: Rosie May.  £5.00                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1403889359853504/

25th January || London 70’s sisters @ The Feminist Library. Feminists who were active in the 60s, 70s & 80s are invited to an afternoon of connecting with other feminists and  joining in discussion around themes of ageing, ageism,  and activism, as well as offering the chance to form new ongoing  groups if you would like to. Women from outside London welcome. 2pm to 5:30pm. Tel: 020 7261 0879 MORE INFO: http://feministlibrary.co.uk/

25 January || Rebel Coffee Club @ Cardiff, Wales. New monthly feminist meet-up. Coffee, relaxed chat, and intersectional badassery. Occasional guest speakers. LGBTQ+. Free to attend. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @RebelCoffeeClub. More TBA

26 January || ELF Presents; A Fine Art Degree, Will I Ever Practice? Discussion @ Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, E1 6LA. The ELF art audit campaign revealed 31% of artists represented by London galleries are women. The inevitable question remains: what can female graduates do to combat this inequality? A panel discussion with distinguished artists Sonia Boyce, Rose Gibbs, Sarah Maple, Kerry Campbell, Hannah Perry and Hannah Sawtell. More information to follow. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place.                                                                                                                           MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

30 January || Garconne @ Peckham, London. Garçonne brings you an eclectic mixture of talented and predominantly LGBTQ+ musicians, performers and artists to delight and inspire, plus some serious dancing fun. If you love to dance like no one’s watching, in the company of a curiously queerful crowd, then join us. Live performances from two uncompromising and beguiling acts:OLI SPLEEN // www.facebook.com/olispleen & ASHKELON // www.facebook.com/ashkelon3000                                                                                        MORE INFO: www.garconne.co.uk                                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/185690021624131

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY 2014

February || LGBT History Month: 2014 is dedicated to music. More Information: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

1 February || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, Glasgow. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace.                 MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk

1-22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO). MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth

8 February || Winter Pride Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money. Open to all artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea.                                            TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

8 February || Winter Pride UK 2014 @ Tabacco Dock, E1, London. Immerse yourself in the party atmosphere as LGBT London comes together for the first-ever Winter Pride UK on 8th February 2014. More info and full lineup – check links below. MORE INFO: www.winterprideuk.com                                FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410151369221725

14 February || One Billion Rising for Justice.One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right. MORE INFO: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

15 February || Riots Not Diets, Riot Grrrl Valentines Ball @ West Hill Hall, Brighton. Third annual valentines ball. Always a hoot. Live bands & Djs; RAVIOLI ME AWAY // NOT RIGHT // BIG JOANIE // YUCKERFLATS.. £5,  8pm-10.30pm.                                                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/555617684520056/                                  TICKETS http://www.wegottickets.com/event/251499

17 February || Women and Alcohol: Different Perspectives – Conference, Bristol. A conference for alcohol and health professionals and the voluntary and independent sector, interested in sharing expertise, and hearing from other professionals and service users. 9.30am – 4.30pm MORE INFO: http://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/events/women-alcohol-and-domestic-abuse

22 February || Women’s Assembly Against Austerity @ Conway Hall, London. The People’s Assembly is pleased to announce the Women’s Assembly conference 2014. More details and an FAQ to be follow soon.                   TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-assembly-against-austerity-tickets-9613437049

COMING UP IN MARCH 2014

5 March || Women’s Aid Conference: Child abuse and domestic violence – time for early intervention? London. Women’s Aid is bringing together experts and survivors from the domestic violence sector with experts and survivors in the children and young people’s sector for a unique conference to look at the common themes in the many instances where domestic violence and child abuse occur together. 9.00am – 16.00pm MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk

8 March || International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. MORE INFO: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                             Storm in a Teacup                                                                                                                    Feminist Arts Collective                                                                      http://joinourteaparty.org

SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2013

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SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2013

Dear Teacups,

Its that time of the year again and looking back it’s been another landmark year for Feminism in the UK with many finally heralding the fourth wave of feminism. With campaigns like Lose the Lads Mags and No More Page 3 covered by mainstream media and opening up a debate across the country including fantastic support from UK universities. Debate and awareness around FGM has gained momentum this year and just this week GirlGuiding UK published a report on what girls think about Equality in the UK today. The report was based on a survey of more than 1,200 girls and young women aged seven to twenty one and found that sexisim is still widespread in the UK and affects “most aspects” of the lives of girls and young women. Read the full report here. If anything the report highlights the ingrained sexism in our society and how it affects our young girls – as feminists we have so much to fight for, and still a long way to go to progress the media, culture and society for all young women, no matter what background, ethnicity and sexuality. Despite all this so much progress is being made and so many more young women identify as being a feminist. Let us all keep making waves in the areas we specialise, get involved in activism on a local level and keep feminist issues in the spotlight in 2014!

In June this year we launched and published “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” book, a collaborative project bringing together voices from across the arts and generations in support of Russian punk collective; Pussy Riot. We are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism.  The tour so far has included; Manchester University and Oxford University and we have some Uni appearances happening in the new year at Bristol BIMM, Goldsmiths and Falmouth Universities.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

This year, Storm in a Teacup also got involved with the launch of Feminist Times and are now publishing monthly feminist event listings on their website. Our remit has widened and we are now listing Feminist Events outside of the London area as well as listing more training events, conferences and feminist art events that appeal to different audiences. If you have any feedback or would like to get your event listed – please get in touch. Anyone can get involved in the  Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;

Become a Member                                                                                                                          Follow on Twitter                                                                                                                                  Like on Facebook                                                                                                                                  Join the Mailinglist

NATIONAL

From the 25th of November until the 10th of December there are lots of local events happening across the country in support of The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. 16-Days is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute conference sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Over 2,000 organizations in approximately 156 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991. This year’s theme is “Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women”. There are lots of ways to get involved whether you want to go along to a local event or raise awareness within your own networks -Amnesty International have some great resources and activist toolkit available on their website. There are lots of events happening locally across the country.   Please see below a list of events for 16 Days – coming up in December. For a full Calendar of Events please visit Womensgrid

LONDON

December is normally a quiet month for our SIATC listings but there are lots of feminist friendly events happening this December. Get your Christmas presents at BUST magazine’s annual Bust Craftacular at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Sunday 8th of December, with 65 stalls of the hottest of craft and homemade with DJs. The Gender Institute at London School of Economics co-hosts the Feminist Review annual panel discussion on representations of feminism in the media on the 10th of December. Also don’t miss “NOT FOR SALE” an event at The Feminist Library on the 2nd of December exploring fighting sexism in advertising and toys with an appearance from member of the French feminist collective CCP.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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THE FEMINIST REVIEW: Submit your papers on “The politics of austerity” Feminist Review is calling for articles and Open Space pieces for a special issue on ‘The Politics of Austerity’. The financial and economic crises of the last four years, together with an ascendance of conservative politics, have had far-reaching material and discursive consequences in regards to deepening social and economic inequalities. As capitalism seeks to reinvent itself in order to survive a crisis of its own making, austerity politics exacerbate divides of class, gender, race, ethnicity and disability at local, regional and global levels. In this special themed issue, we invite contributions that will provide new feminist analyses of the origins, modalities and effects of this contemporary economic, political and social crisis.

PDF DOC: Please read the full Call for Papers [PDF,22KB] for details on suggested submission topics.                                                                                           DEADLINE: 15 December 2013.                                                                                           MORE INFO: http://www.feminist-review.com/

ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk                 WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via:                                                                       Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                                                                         Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                                                      Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

RATIFY THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION (16 DAYS OF ACTION) – WOMEN’S AID

Women’s Aid will be marking the 16 Days of Action by launching a campaign asking the government to ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. The government signed the Convention in 2011 but two year later we are still waiting for them to ratify it. Ratifying the convention will mean the government will have to bring its provisions into force through domestic policy and legislation, this will strengthen the protection of women escaping domestic violence and send a clear signal that the UK will not tolerate violence against women.

SIGN PETITION:http://action.goingtowork.org.uk/page/s/tell-theresa-may-to-guarantee-minimum-standards-for-women-s-services-in-the-uk

MORE INFO: http://www.womensaid.org.uk/page.asp?section=0001000100100027&sectionTitle=Istanbul+Convention

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter. For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;                                                                                                                                                    FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE: http://freepussyriot.org/

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Email to get get involved; activist@ukfeminista.org         MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

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ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

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SKY ARTS FUTURES FUND @ IDEAS-TAP 5 x £30,000 bursaries available for artists, musicians, practitioners, producers and writers (aged 18-30) DEADLINE: 6 December 2013                                                                                         MORE INFO: http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Sky-061213#Overview

PERFORMANCE ART LAB We will explore the theme of Alice in wonderless (Franca Rame), the feminine voice, ritual and sexuality. We aim to present participants with an opportunity to create a 7 minutes solo/ duet or group performance by the end of three days of work where we will discover the body, its infant memories, fears, and understanding of gender, its playfulness and hedonistic movement. A physical approach to text and character combined with composition of movement through external and internal stimuli, to create a language of collaboration between the fields of dance and theatre, the concrete and abstract. HOW TO APPLY: anabaldas2002@yahoo.com                       DEADLINE 15th December 2013

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN DECEMBER

1 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11 4PS      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/160624710775600/                                                MORE INFO:http://queerzinefestlondon.tumblr.com/

1 December || ELF Presents; Sarah Lucas – Free Exhibition Tour @ Whitechapel Gallery. Poppy Bowers, co-curator of the outstanding Sarah Lucas show is kindly giving ELF a personal tour of the exhibition.Exploring the bawdy euphemisms, repressed truths, erotic delights and sculptural possibilities of the sexual body, the exhibition takes us from Lucas’s 1990s’ foray into the salacious perversities of British tabloid journalism to the London premiere of her sinuous, light reflecting bronzes.. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place. Very limited places for this event! MORE INFO:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

1 December – 21 December ||  Inspirational Women North East: An Exhibition, Newcastle upon Tyne. A portrait exhibition featuring the work of photographers Bryony Bainbridge and Kami Dodds, celebrating the achievements of women who have played a vital role within the North East including politician Mo Mowlam, suffragette Emily Davison and explorer Gertrude Bell MORE INFO: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/hatton-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/inspirational-women-north-east.html

2 December || NOT FOR SALE: Fighting Sexism in Advertising and Toys @ The Feminist Library. Both the advertising and toy industries are powerful tools in the subjugation of women and shaping ideas of femininity. The former spreads the lies that women are inferior objects and commodities to be consumed, while the latter indoctrinates girls to accept roles of passivity and submission. What can be done to resist that? The Feminist Library is hosting an event with members of the French feminist collective CCP (Collectif Contre le Publisexisme – the Collective Against Sexism Through Advertising), which, since 2001, has fought against sexism in advertising and toys using a variety of tactics. The collective prioritises direct action (with sit-ins in department stores and sticker bombing poster ads, among others), and have produced two books of theory and research to back their actions. 6.30pm onwards.                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/596284507093456/

2 December || Feminisms in Scotland : Our Journey @ University of Edinburgh, Trevoit Lecture Theatre, Medical School.  Feminisms in Scotland. Our journey” . Feminism is a huge umbrella term, and one size doesn’t fit all. So what does feminism mean to individuals? How can we learn from each other? What does it mean to work in solidarity? And how do we be a movement that moves? In this evening panel discussion, co-hosted with Edinburgh University Students’ Association, we’ll hear from feminist activists sharing their experiences of feminism and campaigning. Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session to explore issues raised. 6pm -8pm. FREE                 MORE INFO: http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/news-events/events/feminisms-scotland-our-journey

4 December || Martha Mosse: Body Sculpture @ Debut Contemporary, Nottinghill. Body Sculpture is an innovative performative installation lasting 2 hours. An analysis of the female form striving for perfection, the work is a feminist exploration of the lack of control women have over their own bodies in contemporary society and examines how the ideal of perfection is used to oppress, define and limit women’s individuality and personality in the 21st century. 7.30pm -10pm. MORE INFO: http://www.debutcontemporary.com/artists/martha-mosse/#.UptHY8TwnSl

4 December || Dykes! Ditch those Dungarees: Lesbians do Fashion @ Bishopsgate Institute, EC2M 4QH. Lesbian fashion. A misnomer? Surely, lesbians don’t do fashion. But contrary to perception, clothing and style have been a crucial part of establishing an identity for women who love women. But if what we wear says who we are, can we be sure we’re all talking in the same dialect or could we be misread? And is it possible to be outside the language of fashion?Speakers include Melanie Rickey (fashioneditoratlarge.com) and Campbell X (Film Director/writer). Live and Let Louche in partnership with the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA). Tickets: £7, £5 conc.                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/432015683576488/

5 December || Clam Jam @ Dalston Superstore, E8 2PB. Fourth “Christmas Special” Instalment of the Joyous Lesbo Gathering that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/615583315167407

5 December ||  Fundraiser for Edinburgh Women’s Rape &  Sexual Abuse Centre, Edinburgh University.Edinburgh Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre is going through a massive funding crisis, has a 12 month waiting list & is at risk of losing 75% of its funding next year. On the 5th of December we are having a fundraising & awareness raising event through the Ragged University as part of the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women Campaign. This will take place at Edinburgh Uni & includes a Ted style talk & a charity auction with over 50 prizes.                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.ewrasac.org.uk/

6 December || TEDx Whitehall Women -@ BAFTA, London. TEDx Whitehall Women will explore the theme ‘Invented Here’ and speakers will be invited to explore how women and girls are reshaping the future.We’ll hear from women who are innovating in business, social enterprise and government; and women who have reinvented themselves or their organisations. Participants will come away with ideas, inspiration and connections to help them in their personal and professional lives. MORE INFO: http://www.tedxwhitehallwomen.com

8 December || Bust Christmas Craftacular @ York Hall, Bethnal Green. Over 65 stalls of the very hottest in handmade. Craft Workshops and DJs! From 12.00pm- 6.00pm. £2.00 admission                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/572877636115743/

10 December || Feminist Review Annual Panel: Women in the Media @ The Gender Institute, LSE. This panel will interrogate current representations of feminism in the media and share suggestions about avenues of intervention. Natalie Hanman is the editor of Comment is Free at theguardian.com. Lola Okolosie is a writer, teacher and prominent member of Black Feminists. Tracey Reynolds is a reader in social and policy research at London South Bank University. 6.00pm-8.00pm MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2013/12/20131210t1830vSZT.aspx

11 December || n.paradoxa feminist art salon @ Beaconsfield, SE11 6AY.    n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal (a specialist visual arts journal, published in London: http://www.ktpress.co.uk) has started a regular monthly salon in London for women artists, writers and curators. The salon is a networking and exchange event for contemporary women artists (visual arts), writers, critics and curators who readily identify themselves with feminist art practices and would like to discuss feminist ideas, recent and/or future opportunities and art projects.TICKETS: http://www.ktpress.co.uk/salon.asp  MORE INFO: ktpress@ktpress.co.uk

12 December – 28 February || ‘Transformer: Aspects of Travesty’ @ Richard Saltoun Gallery, W1W 6RY. On the 40th anniversary of ‘Transformer: Aspects of Travesty’ – a groundbreaking show curated by Jean-Christophe Ammann in 1974 – Richard Saltoun Gallery announces a re-proposition of the original exhibition, that will reunite all the artists, in London. This is the first such reunion to commemorate the exhibition which deals with the aesthetics of desire and sexuality through travesty and drag performance. 6pm- 8pm                                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/204540389730477/

14 December || Club Debbie – Lady Gaga Party @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. DEBBIE is a Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie Electro Big Gay Dance-Party for Everyone. Rock Chicks, Girl Groups, Disco Divas, Witchy Women. 10pm – 3.00pm.                                                                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT:  https://www.facebook.com/events/171793549695869

16 December || She Grrrowls: Birth :@  Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green.  SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: BIRTH HOSTED BY SOPHIA BLACKWELL,POETRY FROM SOPHIE FENELLA ROBINS AND AMY ACRE, COMEDY FROM BISHA ALI, MUSIC FROM TONIA THORNE. £5.00. 7.30pm – 10.30pm                                                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/532308006849864

16 December || Fundraiser for Rape Crisis South London @ Old Blue Last, London. Featuring music from Bat & Ball, Oh Boy, Katie Malco and Girls Get Busy DJs. £5.00 on door.                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/305914566213768/

20 December || So Tough! So Cute! @ Waiting Room, Stoke Newington. Indiepop, Soul, Pop Punk & Girl-Groups. So Tough! So Cute! returns to London and the Waiting Room to raid the top shelf cookie jar filled with handpicked roarin’ soul sounds, arse kicking teen queens and girl-groups, jangly twee as fuck indiepop, rioting grrrls, snotty garage pop. £4.00 entry. 10pm – 4am. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/418590541576352/

31 December || Traumfrau New Year’s Eve Extravaganza @ Phoenix, Brighton. 7:30pm Italian Folk Aperitivo – eat with the traumfrau family to welcome the new year – free Italian food and live folk music! Meanwhile: BUNTY: free vocal improv workshop – join in and be part of the show later! 9:00pm – 4:30am: A Queer Dancefloor – that’s when the serious fun begins 11.00pm -Live: Bunty. TICKETS: £7/9                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/46821043996663

31 December || Girl Germs New Year’s Eve party @ Power Lunches, E8 4AE. Bands: Shopping, My Therapist Says Hot Damn, Giant Burger, Actual Crimes. DJs: Girl Germs, Don’t Dance Her Down Boys, Vampire Sushi. 9pm -4am .£10.00 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1383078671933740/

COMING UP IN JANUARY

25 January || Rebel Coffee Club @ Cardiff, Wales. New monthly feminist meet-up. Coffee, relaxed chat, and intersectional badassery. Occasional guest speakers. LGBTQ+. Free to attend. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @RebelCoffeeClub. More TBA

26 January || ELF Presents; A Fine Art Degree, Will I Ever Practice? Discussion @ Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, E1 6LA. The ELF art audit campaign revealed 31% of artists represented by London galleries are women. The inevitable question remains: what can female graduates do to combat this inequality? A panel discussion with distinguished artists Sonia Boyce, Rose Gibbs, Sarah Maple, Kerry Campbell, Hannah Perry and Hannah Sawtell. More information to follow. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place. MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                   Storm in a Teacup                                                                                                                        Feminist Arts Collective                                                                         http://joinourteaparty.org

Secrets from the Soul: Stories & Discussion about FGM @ UCL Petrie Museum

UCL Petrie MuseumSecrets from the Soul: Stories & Discussion about FGM @ UCL Petrie Museum

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 from 19:00 to 21:00

Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey investigate issues around female cutting through story and song. This event takes place among the mysterious and ancient artifacts of UCL’s Petrie Museum.

Post-event discussion with UCL Medical School’s Dr Jayne Kavanagh & Dr Katherine Woolf.

50 free places.Booking essential http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8591041035/efblike

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology
Malet Place
WC1E London
United Kingdom

SIATC *UPDATE* NOVEMBER 2013

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SIATC *UPDATE* NOVEMBER 2013

Last week Lets Start a Pussy Riot collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) delivered their first talk to undergraduate sociology students as well as an afternoon talk for the new social movements group at Manchester University. Lets Start a Pussy Riot are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism. If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

As Storm in a Teacup are now collating listings for Feminist Times our remit has widened and we are now listing Feminist Events outside of the London area as well as listing more training events, conferences and feminist art events that appeal to different audiences. If you have any feedback or would like to get your event listed – please get in touch. Anyone can get involved in the  Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;

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Looking ahead to December – don’t miss the second year of Queer Zine Fest at Space Station in South East London. On Sunday 1st of December whet your appetite for all things zine and queer with lots of great zinesters selling their self-published wares. Lets Start a Pussy Riot will be there selling our book. Please see more info here.

National

Nationally there are plenty of Feminist events happening for all taste and politics. Reclaim the Night march is happening in Leeds on the 16th of November. The Houses of Parliament outreach service presents a day of training and discussion “Women in Politics: Yes We Can!” in Bradford on 15th of November. The North West Labour History Society presents “Women’s History Conference” in Manchester on 23rd of November. We are most excited to hear about this year’s LaDIYfest Sheffield on the 30th of November featuring a day of workshops and an evening of live local bands!

London

As usual London is buzzing with lots of great feminist events, especially feminist art events. This month don’t miss “Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about Female Genital Mutilation” at University of London Medical School on the 12th of November. Booking is essential. Enemies of Good Art present a discussion entitled “Structures of the Future” at the Photographers Gallery investigating possibilities and issues surrounding art practice and family commitments. Click here for more Info. And lastly don’t miss HQ by Miss Pokeno and the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance exhibition running from the 14th of November until the 13th of December. The Sisters Of Perpetual Resistance are a unified group of militant feminists drawing on the disruptive aesthetic and techniques of Femen, Pussy Riot , Slut Walk and the women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th century to further their aims. Read the Huffington post article about the show here.

Film Spotlight

This November update we thought it was important to highlight two groundbreaking Feminist Film festivals happening in London this month. Underwire Short Film festival at the Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick (19-23 November) showcasing the cinematic talents of women working in film as well as the London Feminist Film Festival (24 November – 2 December), in its second year with a week long programme of feminist film screenings and panel talks at Hackney Picturehouse.

The London Feminist Film Festival was set up as a response to the underrepresentation of women in the film industry, as well as to the lack of films addressing feminist issues. In its second year, the festival will take place at Hackney Picturehouse over seven days and will screen 10 feature length films and 21 short films, from 18 different countries, including eight UK Premieres, eight European Premieres, and six World Premieres. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring feminist directors, activists, academics, and arts critics. You can see the full programme here.

Underwire, the UK’s only short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women return for their 4th annual festival, running 19-23 November at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, London. Featuring an eclectic mix of genres, themes and aesthetic styles across 10 competition screenings. These ten craft awards aim to recognize outstanding female film practitioners working in the UK today. This year’s festival also includes 23 dynamic events, bringing industry icons and familiar faces to our audience.  Underwire Festival 2013 is focusing on feminist issues more so than ever before, bringing women in film and feminist discussion back to the heart of Hackney. With an exciting programme of industry events, this year’s festival questions what it means to be a woman, as a filmmaker and with our society. You can see the full programme here.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM                

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ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk               WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via:

Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                                       Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                              Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter.

For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;                                                                             FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:  http://freepussyriot.org/

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Email to get get involved; activist@ukfeminista.org                   MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

SKY ARTS FUTURES FUND @ IDEAS-TAP                                5 x £30,000 bursaries available for artists, musicians, practitioners, producers and writers (aged 18-30)                                                     DEADLINE: 6 December 2013                                                                           MORE INFO: http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Sky-061213#Overview

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN NOVEMBER

3 October – 21 December || Inspirational Women North East: An Exhibition @ Hatton Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne. A portrait exhibition featuring the work of photographers Bryony Bainbridge and Kami Dodds, celebrating the achievements of women who have played a vital role within the North East including politician Mo Mowlam, suffragette Emily Davison and explorer Gertrude Bell. MORE INFO: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/hatton-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/inspirational-women-north-east.html

23 October – 10 November | CALM DOWN, DEAR, a festival of feminism @ Camden Peoples Theatre. Calm Down, Dear is the venue’s latest gathering of artists and companies, here presenting a three-week season of innovative theatre, performance, comedy, cabaret and discussion about feminism.  What did it mean then? What does it mean now? Why is it resurgent? Ticket £10 (£8.00 concessions) or double bill shows £15.00 (£12.00 concessions).           GUARDIAN ARTICLE: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/sep/19/bridget-christie-festival-feminist-london                                                                         MORE INFO:http://www.cptheatre.co.uk/event_details.php?sectionid=theatre&eventid=732

29 October – 24 November || ‘Billy the Girl’ @ Soho Theatre. Clean Break is a women’s theatre company using theatre for personal and political change and working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.                           MORE INFO: http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/billy-the-girl

4 November || Policy & Parliament Training @ Womens Resource Centre, London.one day policy and parliament training session in London in partnership with the Parliamentary Outreach serviceand Voice4Change. 10.30am-4pm. The course will cover: Parliament; The House of Commons and House of Lords, the role of MP’s and Members of the House of Lords, The policy making process & how to make your voice heard, How to plan your lobbying or policy work MORE INFO: http://data.wrc.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=591&reset=1

5 November || Art Macabre & For Books’ Sake Present; Derby of the Dead – Disco Inferno @ Wenlock & Essex, N1 8LN. An explosive mix of roller derby models posing for death drawing/life drawing, dancing, drinking and DJs. £10.00 Advanced tickets/£12.00 on the door. 7.30pm                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/492081127553900/

5 November || London Fields Feminist Book Club: Angela Davis: Women, Race & Class @ Pub in the Park, Hackney, E8 3PE. More info: cathyleech@gmail.com                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/622317337821026/

7 November || Garconne – Girl.Boy.Other.All @ CLF Art Cafe, SE15 4ST. From the organisers of Traumfrau in Brighton a new night with Live acts; Sabrina Chap, Sakima and DJs, art installations, live illustration – plus much more. 10pm onwards.             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/173124916211284/

7 November || Why Gender Should be on Europe’s Agenda @ Amnesty International, EC2A 3EA. Organised by National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO) Bringing together academics, NGOs, political bodies and youth voices to explore how and why young women can and should get involved in the European agenda. Speakers include: Mary Honeyball MEP, Dr Roberta Guerrina, Rebecca Taylor MEP, Catherine Bearder MEP, Serap Altinisik – Member of EWL Free event. RSVP to attend; admin@nawo.org.uk. MORE INFO: http://thewomensresourcecentre.org.uk/why-gender-should-be-on-europes-agenda-london/#more-%27

8 November || Enemies of Good Art: Your Right to Practice @ Photographers’ Gallery, W1F 7LW.  chaired by Rachel Anderson – Freelance Creative Producer and Producer – Collaborative Projects at Artangel. Enemies of Good Art seeks to investigate the possibilities of combining art practice and family commitments. In particular it seeks to encourage participation by parents and their children in a series of public discussions and art based events. 11am to 13.00pm. Free Event. Children welcome.             EVENT INFO: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/talks-events-2                                                                                                                          MORE INFO: www.enemiesofgoodart.org

8 November || Future Listening Party @ Upstairs at The Garage, N5 1RD. Organisers of Club Motherfucker present new night. LIVE: Telepathe (NYC), MAXIXE(London) plus DJs. 10.30pm onwards.FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/224021414424433/

9 November || Bloody Ice Cream #5: Frau, Dog Legs, Witching Waves @ The Grosvenor, SW9 0TP. 3 Female fronted – lo-fi, riot grrrl, post punk bands. Zine stall from Sister Ectoplasma and DJs til 2am. £5.00.FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/351534681647631

9 November || Debbie: Work Bitch @ Resistance Gallery, E2 9RF. DEBBIE is a Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie Electro Big Gay Dance-Party for Everyone. Rock Chicks, Girl Groups, Disco Divas, Witchy Women. Love, Pop, Power. 10pm onwards. £3.00. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/530242113725789

9 November || Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival Fundraiser @ Vogue Fabrics, N16 7XB. Film screening @ 9pm. 10.15pm onwards – DJs £5.00 minimum donation. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/358341767636810/

12 November || Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about FGM @ University College London Medical School. Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey investigate issues around female cutting through story and song. This event takes place among the mysterious and ancient artefacts of UCL’s Petrie Museum. Post-event discussion with UCL Medical School’s Dr Jayne Kavanagh & Dr Katherine Woolf. 50 free places. 7pm – 9pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL: :http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8591041035/efblike

13 November || Zero Tolerance: Eradication Female Genital Mutilation @ London venue. Organised by Public Policy Exchange.  It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM.This timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to; Understand the current legal framework for eradicating female genital mutilation, Explore how to overcome sensitive cultural barriers and improve protection, support and the services available, Discuss ways in which to engage with schools and the wider public to raise awareness of FGM,Examine new strategies that encourage communities to challenge FGM and develop a stronger response at a local level. MORE INFO: http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/DK13-PPE

14 November – 13 December || HQ by Miss Pokeno and the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance exhibition @ 1 Doyce Street, SE1 0EU. Open Fridays & Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. The Sisters Of Perpetual Resistance are a unified group of militant feminists drawing on the disruptive aesthetic and techniques of Femen, Pussy Riot , Slut Walk and the women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th century to further their aims. They have renounced a full manifesto in favour of celebrating all women, by any means considered appropriate. Exhibition of Miss Pokeno work and furnishings for a south London HQ, the only brief being “to glorify that which is deemed too ugly for words”.                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.misspokeno.com/works/

14 November – What The Frock! Comedy: Fundraiser – Colston Hall, Colston Avenue, Bristol See the “witty, charming, amazing” (Chortle) Lucy Porter headline this all-female comedy night to raise money for Whiteladies Picture House in Bristol. The line-up also features Tania Edwards. Tania is fresh from her spectacular Edinburgh Fringe show, The Art Of War. She is billed as “a star of the future” by SW Magazine, and “born to perform” by The List. The compere is Rosie Wilby, and the line-up is completed by Laura Lexx. 8.00pm to 10.30pm – Tickets £13 (£11 concessions) TICKETS: mhttp://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3687            MORE INFO: What The Frock! website

15 November – Women in Politics: Yes We Can! – City Training Services, 39-41 Chapel Street, Bradford BD1 5BY. An event that will discuss how women can get involved in politics, Parliament and campaigning. Find out how you can raise important issues and hear from three experts with unrivalled experience of campaigning on behalf of women inside and out of Parliament:The Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Paralympian, Crossbench Member of the House of Lords), Ann Cryer (former MP for Keighley)10am to 12pm                                               BOOK TICKETS: contactwinterfloodkl@parliament.uk                         This event has been arranged by the Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service. Further information on their work can be found athttp://www.parliament.uk/outreach

15-23 November || OUTBURST Gay Arts Festival 2013 @ Belfast, Ireland The 7th Annual OUTBURST Queer Arts Festival brings you nine days of world class and local community theatre, film, talks and performance, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender creativity in venues across the city of Belfast. The festival showcases international and homegrown talent, with the aim of sharing and exploring LGBT experiences and bringing exciting, entertaining and challenging new work to the Belfast stage.                    MORE INFO: http://outburstarts.com/2013/

16 November || Reclaim the Night: LEEDS. Reclaim the Night Leeds will be setting off from Victoria Gardens (outside the Art Gallery) at 6.30pm and arriving at Leeds Met Student Union Bar for approx. 7.30pm for speakers and stalls.                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/224837194347698/

16 November || Hollaback Riot Grrrl Gig night @ University of London Union, WC1E 7HY. LIVE: The Tuts, Perkie & The Perkettes, Oh Boy & My Therapist Says Hot Damn. A night of bad ass feminist punk/pop/indie bands at The Library Bar. 7.30pm.                                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/519011118188807/

17 November || Womens Round Table Event @ Bolton Socialist Club, Bolton, BL1 1DY.  from 10.00 am – 12 noon.  The aim is to set up a women’s network in the North-West to highlight, challenge and campaign for women’s involvement in the Union, as well as provide a safe and supporting social network for discussion. MORE INFO: http://www.teachers.org.uk/node/8156

18 November || She Grrrowls; IDENTITY @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ.  Featuring; Sophia Walker, Greta Bellamacina, Sarah Perry, Sarah Arnold, Hannah Rose Tristram. SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talented women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: IDENTITY. Every third Monday of the month. 7.30pm. £5.00.                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404000279830282/

19 – 23 November || Underwire Festival 2013 @ The Yard Theatre, Hackney, London. A short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women. Including panel discussions on the representation of women in cinema called “Girls on Film” @ 71A Gallery, 12.00pm -17.00pm on November 23rd in partnership with Little White Lies. Also four other events aiming to tackle difficult questions and discuss issues at the heart of the representation of female characters in film. Also full film screening programme. MORE INFO: http://www.underwirefestival.com/

20 November || International Transgender Day of Remembrance @ Worldwide. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside each year to memorialise those who have been killed as a result of transphobia (anti-trans hatred of prejudice) MORE INFO: http://www.transgenderdor.org/

22 November || Enemies of Good Art: Structures of the Future @  Photographers’ Gallery, W1F 7LW.  chaired by Rachel Anderson – Freelance Creative Producer and Producer – Collaborative Projects at Artangel. Enemies of Good Art seeks to investigate the possibilities of combining art practice and family commitments. In particular it seeks to encourage participation by parents and their children in a series of public discussions and art based events. 11am to 13.00pm. Free Event. Children welcome.              EVENT INFO: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/talks-events-2                                                                                                                            MORE INFO: www.enemiesofgoodart.org

23 November || Womens History Conference @ Three Minute Theatre, Manchester. Morning session 10.30am -1pm; Women, Politics  and Music Claire Mooney  and Alice Nutter || Women as Political Activists (1) Sonja Tiernan - Delia Larkin and Women in the 1913 DublinLockout Michael Herbert and Rachel Austin - Hannah Mitchell:  Socialist, Suffragette, Writer. Afternoon Session 2pm – 5pm: Women as Political Activists (2)Alan Fowler – Alice Foley, Rae Street and Nick Wilding  – Enid Stacy: Socialist, Feminist, Campaigner and Clarion Vanner || Panel Discussion on Socialism and Feminism: Speakers: Lindsey German and Louise Raw Organised by the North West Labour History Society. £10/£5             MORE INFO:http://workershistory.wordpress.com

24 November || Laughing Cows Comedy: 15th Birthday @ Frog & Bucket, Manchester. M4 1L3. Hosted by Janey Godley, Ellen Tomlinson, Penella Mellor and Susan Murray. Laughing Cows Comedy was established in Nov 1998 so this month we are celebrating 15 year of producing stand up comedy shows across the UK and Europe with Janey Godley described as “Compelling… ballsy… a breath of fresh air” (The Guardian) and “the most outspoken female stand-up in Britain. 8pm – 10.30pm. £7 advance tickets, £10 on the door.                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT:  https://www.facebook.com/events/668684329843212/

24 November – 2 December || London Feminist Film Festival @ Hackney Picturehouse, E8 1HE. Some events are already SOLD OUT! A week of fantastic new submitted films as well as feminist classics Now in it’s second year, this popular festival celebrates feminist films both past and present and aims are to inspire discussion about feminism and film, to support women directors, and to get feminist films seen by a wider audience.                  FACEBOOK EVENTS: https://www.facebook.com/LondonFeministFilmFestival/events         MORE INFO: www.londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

26 November || Bristol Women’s Lit Fest presents: The glory of Pride and Prejudice @ Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX. The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival invites you to join us at Watershed on Tuesday 26 November for an evening of conversation, discussion and enthusiasm to find out. Chaired by Professor Helen Taylor, this panel discussion will explore Austen’s lasting appeal and the misconceptions that have dogged her public persona. Professor Taylor will be joined by Jean Burnett, author of Who Needs Mr Darcy, and Professor Jane Spencer. 6.15pm – Tickets £8.00 full (£6.50 concs)                                                                                                                  BUY TICKETS:  online                                                                                         MORE INFO:  http://womensliteraturefestival.wordpress.com/

29-30 November || Subversive Stitch Revisited; The Politics of Cloth @ Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Event exploring  the legacy of Rozsika Parker’s groundbreaking book, The Subversive Stitch: embroidery and the making of the feminine (1984) and two landmark exhibitions from 1988 that developed Parker’s ideas. It will consist of a one and a half day event held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and an online resource that will include documentation of all contributions. The event will be dedicated to the memory of Rozsika Parker, who died in 2010.Keynote Speakers include: Professor Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds                       MORE INFO: http://www.gold.ac.uk/make/events/

30 November || LaDIYfest Sheffield Workshops @ The Quaker Meeting House by the Cathedral, running between 11am – 5:30pm, with vegan food and refreshments for sale, plus zines, stalls, a quiet room and a supervised children’s area. Workshops include: Workshop themes include: MEN AND FEMINISM,WOMEN AND ANTI-FASCISM, ORGANISING YOUR OWN GRASSROOTS EVENTS, SEX WORK SOLIDARITY, RACISM AND SEXISM IN PUNK AND DIY CULTURE, SOUND ENGINEERING, GETTING YOUR HEAD AROUND LOSE THE LADS MAGS + NO MORE PAGE 3 DEBATES                                                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/687874341242421/

30 November || LaDIYfest Sheffield Gig @ Redhouse, Sheffield, S1 4BB. LIVE BANDS: Ethical Debating Society, Halo Halo, Weird Menace, Not Right. DJS: INVERT. Fundraising for National Ugly Mugs. From 8pm.  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/220472771448725/

COMING UP IN DECEMBER

1 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11 4PS Tablee applications are now open! Drop me an email if you’d like to talk/workshop/table at this year’s Queer Zine Fest London event, which takes place on Dec 1st at Space Station Sixty-Five queerzinefestlondon@gmail.com All details TBC                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/160624710775600/                    MORE INFO:http://queerzinefestlondon.tumblr.com/

1 December || ELF Presents; Sarah Lucas – Free Exhibition Tour @ Whitechapel Gallery. Poppy Bowers, co-curator of the outstanding Sarah Lucas show is kindly giving ELF a personal tour of the exhibition.Exploring the bawdy euphemisms, repressed truths, erotic delights and sculptural possibilities of the sexual body, the exhibition takes us from Lucas’s 1990s’ foray into the salacious perversities of British tabloid journalism to the London premiere of her sinuous, light reflecting bronzes.. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place. Very limited places for this event!                                                                                 MORE INFO:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

4 December || Dykes! Ditch those Dungarees: Lesbians do Fashion @ Bishopsgate Institute, EC2M 4QH. Lesbian fashion. A misnomer? Surely, lesbians don’t do fashion. But contrary to perception, clothing and style have been a crucial part of establishing an identity for women who love women. But if what we wear says who we are, can we be sure we’re all talking in the same dialect or could we be misread? And is it possible to be outside the language of fashion?Speakers include Melanie Rickey (fashioneditoratlarge.com) and Campbell X (Film Director/writer). Live and Let Louche in partnership with the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA). Tickets: £7, £5 conc.                                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/432015683576488/

16 December || Fundraiser for Rape Crisis South London @ Old Blue Last, London. Featuring music from Bat & Ball, Oh Boy, Katie Malco and Girls Get Busy DJs. £5.00 on door.                             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/305914566213768/

COMING UP IN JANUARY

25 January || Rebel Coffee Club @ Cardiff, Wales. New monthly feminist meet-up. Coffee, relaxed chat, and intersectional badassery. Occasional guest speakers. LGBTQ+. Free to attend. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @RebelCoffeeClub. More TBA

26 January || ELF Presents; A Fine Art Degree, Will I Ever Practice? Discussion @ Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, E1 6LA. The ELF art audit campaign revealed 31% of artists represented by London galleries are women. The inevitable question remains: what can female graduates do to combat this inequality? A panel discussion with distinguished artists Sonia Boyce, Rose Gibbs, Sarah Maple, Kerry Campbell, Hannah Perry and Hannah Sawtell. More information to follow. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place.                         MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                     Storm in a Teacup                                                                                                                         Feminist Arts Collective                                                                       http://joinourteaparty.org

SIATC *UPDATE* OCTOBER 2013

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SIATC *UPDATE* 2013

Dear Teacups,

This month is such an exciting month – it really is! There are just so many feminist events happening across the country. As always we do our best to list them all here on the Storm in a Teacup blog.  Last month we revealed that Storm in a Teacup will be working in partnership with the Feminist Times to bring you monthly feminist event highlights. We will still be publishing our full listings on this blog as usual so please contact storminateacup2009@googlemail.com if you would like your event listed on Storm in a Teacup and the Feminist Times. Anyone can be a part of the Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;

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National

This month there are some fantastic feminist events happening not only in London but also nationally. The first ever Womens Comedy Festival takes in Manchester from the 1st until the 27th of October with over 100 events across 16 venues. Goldsmiths University are launching the new Feminist Research Centre (FRC) and will be holding an opening lecture on 10th October and panel discussion on the 31st of October. Feminism London Conference  is at the Institute of Education on October 26th and is followed by  Reclaim the Night March  in the same evening. On the 12th of October the History of Feminism Network Conference takes place at the British Library where they will host a day of discussions that explore ‘The Women’s Liberation Movement: Intergenerational Histories of Second Wave Feminism’ . Also happening across the country Ladyfest Leeds on October 19th and the North East Feminist Gathering in Newcastle from 12-13th October.

London

There are also some great feminist events happening in East London this month with launch of Carousel, ‘a new platform which promotes equality in the arts and showcasing emerging and underrepresented talent’ celebrating with a two evenings of music 11th & 12th of October, featuring one of our fave bands; The Hysterical Injury and The Girls Are..DJ set at Power Lunches, Dalston.

East London Fawcett presents their second event as part of the “Are Men Doing it?” campaign. The Bad Boy Of Feminism, James Mullinger’s first solo stand-up UK tour, was a huge hit critically and commercially ending with a sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre.

The premiere screening of short film “Honest Lies” based on a story written by a woman previously involved in prostitution and funded by a kickstarter project. The screening takes place at Amnesty International UK,  followed by a discussion with a panel that includes Kat Banyard (UK Feminista), Fiona Mactaggart MP (Slough), Ruth Jacobs (writer and campaigner) and Cheryl Stafford (Eaves for Women).

Theatre Spotlight

This October update we thought it was important to highlight some of the groundbreaking feminist theatre that is currently storming the stage in London. First up, set in 1898, ‘Blue Stockings’ concerns the hurdles faced by the first generation of women to attend Cambridge University. Written by Jessica Swale and directed by John Dove at the Shakespeares Globe Theatre until 11th October.

Celebrated theatre company Clean Break return to Soho Theatre with Katie Hims’ ‘Billy the Girl’ which runs from 29 October to 24 November. Clean Break is a women’s theatre company using theatre for personal and political change and working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system. On 12 November, a post-show panel conversation features past and present Clean Break commissioned writers discussing the Clean Break commission and its impact on their writing lives. On 13 November, post-show panelists from various disciplines discuss concepts of chaos and women in the criminal justice system.

The Camden People’s Theatre present a festival of feminist theatre “Calm Down Dear” a gathering of artists and companies presenting a three-week season of innovative theatre, performance, comedy, cabaret and discussion about feminism. Programme runs from 23rd October until Sunday 10th of November.

Please see below for the latest Feminist event/Art event and party listings for London and beyond! If you would like your event listed – get in touch; storminateacup2009@gmail.com

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LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter.

LOSE THE LAD MAGS are off to Parliament! On Tuesday 15 October we’re holding a crucial meeting in the House of Commons with Caroline Lucas MP to call on Tesco to lose the lads’ mags.

Email your MP now and ask them to attend – it only takes a couple of minutes using our online form:http://www.losetheladsmags.iparl.com/lobby/7

You can also register to attend the meeting here:http://www.losetheladsmags.org.uk/take-action/events/                                    For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have just been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;                                                                                                                                       FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE: http://freepussyriot.org/

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

ELF is recruiting for the following:                                                             Group Coordinator : coordinating the team, meetings and ELF updates                  Sports Campaign Manager: after 2 successful events and press interest, would you like to take the lead on a campaign around women and sport?                              Please also get in touch if you are interested in getting involved in campaigns for Politics, Heartbreak Launderette, Are Men Doing It?, Art or Sport. Do get in touch if you have any other ideas.                 WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

UK FEMINISTA | London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month.                                                                                                                 Email to get involved; activist@ukfeminista.org                                                   MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

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STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN OCTOBER

Until 11th October || Blues Stockings @ Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Set in 1898, ‘Blue Stockings’ concerns the hurdles faced by the first generation of women to attend Cambridge University. Written by Jessica Swale and directed by John Dove.                                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/whats-on/globe-theatre/blue-stockings

1-13 October | The Age of The Feminine exhibition @ Brighton Arts Club. BN1 4GE. This solo show brings together work created over the last 8 years by the Brighton-based artist and artistic anthropologist Marga Beuth.           MORE INFO: http://www.sepalia.com/pages/get-involved

1 October || Women in Comedy Festival UK Launch Night @ Frog & Bucket Comedy Club, Manchester. The first ever UK Women in Comedy Festival will be held in Greater Manchester in October 2013. Find out more via www.womenincomedy.co.uk or email info@womenincomedy.co.uk Tickets £8 in advance. Doors 7pm, show start at 8pm                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/608103969202363/

2 October || She Grrrowls @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ. Hosted by Cat Brogan. Comedy from Helen Keen. Poetry from Hannah Chutzpah and Ebele. Music from Hannah Rose Tristram. Showcasing a range of female spoken word – including poetry, comedy and a music finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: SPACE. 7.30pm. £5.00     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/522414891170772/                                            MORE INFO: www.facebook.com/SheGrrrowls

2 October || Big Sexy Noise (Featuring Lydia Lunch) @ The Lexington. Post Punk Poet legend; Lydia Lunch with SUPPORT from: Fat White Family, Broken DC. £11.00                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/644199838937699/

7 October || Ada Lovelace Day.  Is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. For more information on how to get involved, see the Finding Ada blog andFacebook group.Finding Ada on Twitter

9 October || Women in Comedy Festival Presents; Zoe Lyons and Friends @ The Frog and Bucket, Manchester. Zoe Lyons, Hayley Ellis, Dotty Winters and Kerry Leigh will form one of the many fantastic lines ups at the inaugural UK women in comedy festival.Doors 7pm, show 8pm                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/530816183641424/

10 October || Launch of Centre for Feminist Research (CFR)@ Goldsmiths University, London. Opening Lecture Professor Angela McRobbie “Feminism: The Family and Working Life: the Rise of Neoliberal Sexual Politics.” 5pm-6.30pm in RHB Cinema. MORE INFO: http://www.gold.ac.uk/centre-for-feminist-research/

11 October || Carousel Presents; Bands- Hysterical Injury, H Grimace, Oh Boy @ Power Lunches, Dalston. £4.00. A power-punching noise-pop duo, a dose of post grunge, psych surf and some songs about bodies and blood.                                                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/629940890373342/

12 October || Carousel Presents; Bands – Shopping, Cat Bear Tree. DJs: The Girls Are..@ Power Lunches, Dalston. £4.00. A post-punk, DIY riot. ‘Primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass.’                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/629940890373342/

12 October || History of Feminism Conference 2013: Intergenerational Histories of Second Wave Feminism @ The British Library. £15.00 A day of dialogues between Women’s Liberation activists and younger feminists.Today Britain is experiencing a resurgence of feminist activity. From online activism to protests at the impact of government policies, women are on the march again. What is the relationship between this new feminism and the Women’s Liberation movement of a generation ago?                                                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://historyfeminism.wordpress.com/conference-2013/

12-13 October || North East Feminist Gathering @ Newcastle-Upon-Tyne This unique women-only space will combine opportunities for discussion, learning and planning with creative and artistic elements.                                                 MORE INFO: www.nefeministgathering.com

14 October || Honest Lies Premiere/Film Screening @ Amnesty International UK,  EC2A 3EA. The premiere screening of this short film based on a story written by a woman previously involved in prostitution during volunteer-led workshops. Following the screening will be a discussion of the challenges facing women exiting prostitution, ways in which they can be supported, and a clear message of support for a change in UK law, calling for those who are prostituted to be decriminalised. Panellists include Kat Banyard (UK Feminista)                                                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/232267423594306/

19 October || Ladyfest Leeds @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds. Host of wonderful speakers, workshops and bands ready to inspire you to release your inner activist, get creative and have a wonderful time. BANDS: Etai Keshiki, Nervous Twitch, Esper Scout, The Three Amigos. 12pm start for the day panel and workshop events. 7pm start for the evening gig. 12pm – 11pm                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/505109659581311/

23 October || East London Fawcett Present; Are Men Doing it? @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, E2 6NB The Bad Boy Of Feminism, James Mullinger’s first solo stand-up UK tour, was a huge hit critically and commercially ending with a sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre. Tickets £5.00                                                                                                                                                     TICKETS : http://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/10892/chk/38c1                                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/513583215395036/

23 October – 10 November | CALM DOWN, DEAR, a festival of feminism @ Camden Peoples Theatre. Calm Down, Dear is the venue’s latest gathering of artists and companies, here presenting a three-week season of innovative theatre, performance, comedy, cabaret and discussion about feminism.  What did it mean then? What does it mean now? Why is it resurgent? Ticket £10 (£8.00 concessions) or double bill shows £15.00 (£12.00 concessions).                                                                                                                          GUARDIAN ARTICLE: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/sep/19/bridget-christie-festival-feminist-london                                                                                                                                    MORE INFO:http://www.cptheatre.co.uk/event_details.php?sectionid=theatre&eventid=732

23 October || Clitrock III @ Rattlesnake of Angel, Islington. All funds raised go to Daughters Of Eve, who are committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). LIVE BANDS: DEUX FURIEUSES, DANA JADE, PEARL HARTS. DJs: Club Motherfucker. £5.00 entry.                                                                                                                                             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1106342036172633/

26 October || Feminism in London Conference @ Institute of Education, University of London, WC1H 0AL. 9am-5.30pm. Followed by Stop Porn Culture event, Finishing with the London Reclaim the Night March and afterparty.                                                                                                                                 TICKETS: http://fil.clientsite.co.uk/                                                                                      MORE INFO: http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk/

26 October || Reclaim the Night March @ assemble outside Institute of Education (Bedford Way), 6.30pm (nearest tube Russell Square).  For the 10th year running, London Feminist Network will be welcoming women from all over UK and the rest of Europe to march through central London for women, put your feet on the streets to shout a loud NO to rape and all forms of male violence against women.                                                                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.reclaimthenight.org/

26 October || What the Frock! Exeter @ The Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter. 8pm After selling out more than 15 comedy nights in Bristol, What The Frock! is coming to Exeter! Headlined by the inimitable Jayde Adams (Time Out award nominee), the line-up also includes Alice Frick (‘exuberant and perfectly pitched’ – Three Weeks), Viv Groskop (‘my god girl, you’ve got some guts’ – Dame Judi Dench), and Laura Lexx (‘next generation Lucy Porter’ – Chortle)       TICKETS & MORE INFO: http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/what-the-frock/

29 October – 24 November || ‘Billy the Girl’ @ Soho Theatre. Clean Break is a women’s theatre company using theatre for personal and political change and working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.                                                                                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/billy-the-girl

31 October || Launch of Centre for Feminist Research (CFR)@ Goldsmiths, London.  Feminism @ Goldsmiths. Short presentations by Joan Anim-Addo (English Lif/Centre for Caribbean Studies), Lisa Blackman (Media and Communications), Rosalyn George (Educational Studies/Centre for Identities and Social Justice), Nirmal Puwar (Sociology) and Helena Reckitt (Art).5-7pm, in NAB, LG02. Followed by reception in NAB Atrium.                             MORE INFO: http://www.gold.ac.uk/centre-for-feminist-research/

COMING UP IN NOVEMBER

19 – 23 November || Underwire Festival 2013 @ Venue + Programme TBC. A short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women.   MORE INFO: http://www.underwirefestival.com/

20 November || International Transgender Day of Remembrance @ Worldwide. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside each year to memorialise those who have been killed as a result of transphobia (anti-trans hatred of prejudice)                                                                                                                 MORE INFO: http://www.transgenderdor.org/

COMING UP IN DECEMBER

1 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11 4PS     Tablee applications are now open! Drop me an email if you’d like to talk/workshop/table at this year’s Queer Zine Fest London event, which takes place on Dec 1st at Space Station Sixty-Five queerzinefestlondon@gmail.com All details TBC                                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/160624710775600/                                                MORE INFO:http://queerzinefestlondon.tumblr.com/

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                     Storm in a Teacup                                                                                                                         Feminist Arts Collective                                                                       http://joinourteaparty.org

She Grrrowls : SPACE @ Gallery Cafe | 2 October

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SHE GRROWLS : SPACE

Wednesday 2nd October @ Gallery Cafe, E2

SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of female spoken word – including poetry, comedy and a music finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: SPACE. Every first Wednesday.

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/522414891170772/
www.facebook.com/SheGrrrowls

HOSTED BY CAT BROGAN
COMEDY FROM HELEN KEEN
POETRY FROM HANNAH CHUTZPAH AND EBELE
MUSIC FROM HANNAH ROSE TRISTRAM

Just £5!

All ticket sales go towards the payment of artists and producers with an even door split.

The Gallery Cafe is part of St Margaret’s House which supports the local community in a variety of ways and allows free hire for events. - www.stmargaretshouse.org.uk

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SIATC *UPDATE* SEPTEMBER

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SIATC *UPDATE* SEPTEMBER

Dear Teacups,

Storm in a Teacup have been busy organising a University Tour for the Lets Start a Pussy Riot book (published by Rough Trade in June this year and in collaboration with Pussy Riot). We will have lots more exciting news to share with you in next month’s update with details on the lectures, seminars and events we have in the pipeline. Next weekend Lets Start a Pussy Riot have been invited by Tim Burgess (of The Charlatans fame) to run a workshop at Tim Peakes Diner part of Festival Number 6. in Portmeirion, Wales on Saturday 14th of September. To keep up with all the latest news on Pussy Riot please visit; Freepussyriot.org

Storm in a Teacup are also excited to announce that we have partnered up with the Feminist Times, a PR & ad-free magazine, website and membership group. It’s a not for profit organisation that aims to be a real alternative to “women’s” magazines. Anyone can become a member and be a part of this exciting publication and community – links below. We will be announcing more next month!

Become a Member

Follow on Twitter

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Join the Mailinglist

There are so many exciting feminist art events and exhibitions happening in September some of the highlights include; the launch of She Grrrowls spoken-word on the 11th of September, an event showcasing female comedians and poets in Bethnal Green. Collagism and friends present an exhibition of collaged screen prints in support of Freedom for Pussy Riot at The Vestible, E2 from 5th- 29th September. Also coming up; Feminism in London and Space Station Sixty-Five present ‘FiLia; an event and exhibition on the 20th of September celebrating art by women to fundraise for Feminism in London Conference on October 26th.

There are also some exciting events happening nationally in September; with the Nottingham Womens Conference on 21st September and also Clitrock III: Rise of the Cliteracy fundraiser in Brighton also on the 21st of September – fundraising for Daughters of Eve – anti Female Genital Mutilation campaign.

Looking ahead- October is an exciting feminist month with the launch of the Feminist Research Centre (FRC) at Goldsmiths University (10th & 31st October), Feminism London Conference and Reclaim the Night March (October 26th) and History of Feminism Network Conference at the British Library- ‘In Conversation with the Women’s Liberation Movement: Intergenerational Histories of Second Wave Feminism’ on 12th October. Also happening across the country with Ladyfest Leeds on October 19th and the North East Feminist Gathering in Newcastle from 12-13th October. *Please note October listings are not published in this month’s update – watch this space!

Please see below for the latest Feminist Art event and party listings for London and beyond! If you would like your event listed – get in touch; storminateacup2009@gmail.com

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT     The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags.                                           Make your voice heard!.Tweet Tesco’s shareholders now via the Lose’ the Lads Mags website.                                                                                                                                         For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have just been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;                                                                                                                                       FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:    http://freepussyriot.org/

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

ELF is recruiting for the following:                                                             All Women Mentoring: If you are interested in receiving this training and joining our group of mentors, please apply online at http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/mentor.html.                                                                 Group Coordinator : coordinating the team, meetings and ELF updates               Sports Campaign Manager: after 2 successful events and press interest, would you like to take the lead on a campaign around women and sport?

Please also get in touch if you are interested in getting involved in campaigns for Politics, Heartbreak Launderette, Are Men Doing It?, Art or Sport. Do get in touch if you have any other ideas.               WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

UK FEMINISTA | London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Email to get get involved; activist@ukfeminista.org MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

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ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

GIRLS GET BUSY ZINE : OPEN SUBMISSIONS

DEADLINE 25TH SEPTEMBER 2013

If you’d like to contribute any art / words / photos / drawings / whatever to Girls Get Busy #20, please email your submissions to girlsgetbusyzine@gmail.com

Girls Get Busy Zine #18 and #19 are available to read online for free at http://issuu.com/ggbzine

MORE INFO: http://girlsgetbusyzine.tumblr.com/

CUNTemporary & QUEER ARCHIVE ITALY: OPEN SUBMISSIONS

DEADLINE 14 SEPTEMBER 2013

NATIONAL OPEN CALL FOR

1) QUEER ART PRACTICES: performance, video, installation, sculpture, painting, new media, sound and other

2) ORGANISATIONS, INSTITUTIONS, CURATORS, GALLERIES etc. that have engaged in the past or intend to engage with ‘queer’ aesthetics, theoretical and/or political endeavours in their exhibition and curatorial process.

MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/169674276552141/

STORM IN A TEACUP collective plan to put on some great feminist friendly art parties in 2013 and beyond and always looking to collaborate – so contact us  if you would like to get involved.storminateacup2009@googlemail.com

SEPTEMBER

September-October || TATE Modern “Identity Politics” @ TATE Modern. Level 3: Room 8, The Peter Simon Gallery. This display brings together a group of artists who, emerging in the late 1980s and early 1990s, were concerned to highlight issues of inequality and identity politics in their work. Based in New York, these artists often exhibited together.  The works in this display address some of the key issues around identity and politics in the United States at that time, including racism, the AIDS crisis, feminism and economic inequalities.                                                                                                                               MORE INFO:  http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/display/identity-politics

5-28 September || Collagism: Free Pussy Riot @ The Vestibule, E2 7DJ Collagism and friends present an exhibition of collaged screen prints in support of Freedom for Pussy Riot. Private View Thursday 5th September 6pm – 9pm       MORE INFO: www.collagism.com

7 September || East London Fawcett – Exhibition Tour and Artists Talk @ Richard Saltoun Gallery, 11 Great Tichfield Street, W1W 6RY. ELF members are invited on a tour of Richard Saltoun Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition of the work of Alexis Hunter and Jo Spence. The tour will be accompanied by an exclusive talk from Spence’s long term collaborator Terry Dennett. The exhibition brings together important and rarely seen feminist work from the 70s and 80s. Active at a time when women artists were underrepresented in the art world, Hunter and Spence used their work to act out personal traumas and shift gender assumptions and cultural stereotypes.  To register for this free event please email events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk   MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

8 September || International Day Against Russian Homophobia/Transphobia London Protest @ Trafalgar Square As part of the International Day Of Solidarity for Global LGBT Equality some 40 cities around the world will be speaking out against Article 6.13.1, the anti-LGBT laws in Russia. In London we invite you to gather from 5.30pm in Trafalgar Square for one lovely great big Queer Kiss at 6pm!                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/702719909754237/

8 September || York Lesbian Arts Festival 2013 @ Merchant Taylors Hall, Aldwark, York. Promoting lesbian and GBTQ arts – music, performance, reading, writing and visual arts both from the UK and overseas.                               MORE INFO:  www.yorklesbianartsfestival2013.co.uk

10 September || Shoreditch Sisters – Knit & Natter @ Leon, Spitalfields Market. Join the Shoreditch Sisters (WI) for a lovely evening of knitting and chatting as the seasons begin to turn. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you can already knit or not, or if you are a member of Shoreditch Sisters WI or not.This month we will be encouraging people to join in on knitting adorable little hats for the Innocent Big Knit. This year is their 10th anniversary and they have raised over £1 million for Age UK since they started the campaign. For every bottle they sell with a little hat on they donate 25p to Age UK, which funds a range of winter initiatives including home visits, befriending and lunch clubs.                                                                                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/191251244381126/

11 September || She Grrrowls Spoken Word Launch Party @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ. 7.30pm, £5.00 SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of female spoken word – including poetry, comedy and a music finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: POLITICS.HOSTED BY JOELLE TAYLOR, COMEDY FROM BISHA ALI, POETRY FROM AISLING FAHEY AND MOMINA MELA, MUSIC FROM SUNSHINE IN MAE                                                                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/331862040280233/

11 September || Boi Box Launch @ Candy Bar, Soho.  Back once again with the renegade Drag King. Its a live performance night for anyone who loves a bit of variety Cabaret, and if you’re up for it you can join in too! Variety of Drag King performances!                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/201639350012314/

12 September || Under Her Skin @ Atomica Gallery,  E8 2BT  Atomica Gallery is delighted to announce their first exhibition of original artwork: Under Her Skin, in association with Things&Ink, the magazine embracing female tattoo culture. Celebrating the magazine’s first anniversary and launch of the new issue The Art Issue, the exhibition is curated by Things&Ink and will include work from twelve female tattoo artists.                                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/401850659926963/

14 September || Lets Start a Pussy Riot workshop @ Festival Number 6, Wales. Tim Peakes Diner – Timings TBC.                                                                                   MORE INFO: http://www.festivalnumber6.com/

14 September || East London Fawcett: All Women Mentoring – Training for Mentors @ 111 Great Tichfield Street, W11 6RY. 10am – 4.30pm.There are 2 final places remaining for prospective mentors at the next training session, which takes place in a private space in Bethnal Green on Saturday 14th September.  If you are interested in receiving this training and joining our group of mentors, please apply online a thttp://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/mentor.html.                                                         MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

14 September || CUNTemporary arts CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Queer Archive Italy. Deadline 14th September.NATIONAL OPEN CALL FOR        1) QUEER ART PRACTICES: performance, video, installation, sculpture, painting, new media, sound and other                                                                                        2) ORGANISATIONS, INSTITUTIONS, CURATORS, GALLERIES etc. that have engaged in the past or intend to engage with ‘queer’ aesthetics, theoretical and/or political endeavours in their exhibition and curatorial process.                   MORE INFO: http://cuntemporary.org/

14 September || Club Debbie @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. 10pm – 3.00am. DEBBIE is a Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie Electro Big Gay Dance-Party for Everyone. Rock Chicks, Girl Groups, Disco Divas, Wonder Women. Love, Pop, Power. This Saturday September 14th we celebrate the music of STEVIE NICKS and FLEETWOOD MAC. Dress Code: Gypsy, Ancient Queen, Sister of the Moon, Black Widow, White Winged Dove, Gold Dust Woman. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/284003491742718/

14 September || Twat Boutique Warehouse party @ Netil House, E8 3RL. East London club for Queers and friends. DJs:THE KILLS, ZEBRA KATZ (live), SULK, Julie Chance /KOOL THING. 10pm onwards. £10.00                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/508613635881445/

19 September || T-Club is Olympiad @ Dalston Superstore. 9PM – 2.30am  T Club is for trans, drag kings, gender queers and everyone in between! THEME: SPORTS. DJs: HUG THE DJ, CHEEKYHALF, WESTLAKE. PERFORMANCE: ADAM ALL. PHOTOGRAPHS: OSKAR MARCHOCK. SCREENING:PERSONAL BEST                                                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/139452322932016/

20 September || ‘FiLia’ Fundraiser Exhibition @ Space Station Sixty Five,  SE11 4PS. Feminism in London and Space Station Sixty-Five present an extraordinary fundraising event and exhibition celebrating art by women. A diverse range of artists will be showcased, from prominent professionals, to women in prison, to women emerging from vulnerable backgrounds. Painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and performance art will all be featured. Opening event and auction: 20 September, 6.30-8.30pm. Recommended donation: £5 Exhibition runs: 21 Sept, 12-6pm                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/649604381726030/

20 September || Traumfrau The Equality Dance Party @ The Blind Tiger, Brighton. Queer dance party. It’s the end of a summer of great debates and historical achievements. But are they? And who is equality for? We want the chance to dance off our disagreements to some fine tunes. Tickets on the door £6.Tickets online £5 at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/238078           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/712463722103857/?ref=2

21 September || Unskinny Bop @ Star of Bethnal Green. 9pm onwards. Disco dancing opportunities for girls, gays and misfits. After two years away the Bop returns to 359 Bethnal Green Road, where we spent seven dreamy years. Come welcome us home, dance yrself silly, and get a free badge or zine or cake or all three! Bring smiles and come early to be sure of getting in.£5 on the door (£3 before 10 pm / concessions)                                                                                        FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/419088184866501/

21 September || Nottingham Women’s Conference @ The Atrium, Nottingham. Nottingham Feminist Action Network (NFAN) announces ‘Nottingham Women’s Conference’, a women only event, to be held on Saturday 21st September 2013. The conference aims to focus on the key issues that face women today. The three main themes of the conference are the objectification of women, violence against women and girls, and women, poverty and power. MORE INFO:http://nottinghamwomensconference.wordpress.com/

21 September || Clit Rock III: Rise of the Clitarcy @ Cowely Club, Brighton. 8pm. £4.00 donation. Clit Rock returns to the Cowley Club for more lashings of riot grrrl. This time featuring: Husbands n Knives, DRAG (Dressed As Girl, Hate Fuck, Esme Lila Sarfas Fundraiser for Daughters of Eve – Anti FGM campaign (http://www.dofeve.org/)                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/386359694819905

29 September || Young Marble Giants @ Union Chapel, London. JULIE TIPPEX PRESENTS… YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS + support: THE LOVELY EGGS. Twenty-nine years after its release, Young Marble Giants’ legendary ‘Colossal Youth’ (Rough Trade, recorded in 1980 in five days and mixed in 20 minutes) remains a landmark in post-punk music, an enigma of its own, acclaimed by musicians and audience over the years.                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/366678683451613/

Over and Out,

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