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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NATIONAL

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!

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

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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ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

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

The Suffragette1

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

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED                                                      

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

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

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

The Gender Institute & Feminist Review | Annual Panel Discussion: Feminism in the Media @ LSE

FeministReview

The Gender Institute, LSE & Feminist Review co-host Annual Panel Discussion; Feminism in the Media

Date: Tuesday 10 December 2013
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Natalie Hanman, Lola Okolosie, Tracey Reynolds
Chair: Dr Sadie Wearing

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.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEfeminism

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.

Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to request a press seat or have a media query about this event, email LSE.Press.Events@lse.ac.uk. Please note that press seats are usually allocated at least 24 hours before each event.

From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.

MORE INFOhttp://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2013/12/20131210t1830vSZT.aspx

NOT FOR SALE with CCP @ The Feminist Library

CCPNOT FOR SALE – Fighting Sexism in Advertising and Toys

2nd December @ The Feminist Library

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/596284507093456/

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.

Join us to hear members of CCP talking about the theory and practice of their struggle.
This is an all-gender event.

http://publisexisme.samizdat.net/

6.30pm, Monday 2nd December 2013
@ The Feminist Library
5 Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7XW
020 7261 0879
Entry donations encouraged!

-www.feministlibrary.co.uk-

 

Queer Zine Fest London | 1st December

Queer Zine Fest

 

Queer Zine Fest London | 1st December 2013

Space Station Sixty Five                                                                                                                     373 Kennington Road, SE11 4PS London                                                                            12.00pm – 5.00pm

This year’s Queer Zine Fest London event takes place on Dec 1st at Space Station Sixty-Five queerzinefestlondon@gmail.com and falls on World AIDS Day this year. We’ll have ribbons for sale, talks and workshops on HIV/AIDS in queer zines and more http://www.worldaidsday.org/

QZFL exists to create a space where queer zinesters and queer DIY publishing rules #QZFL2013

Tablees/distros:

Sister Ectoplasma

Queer Zine Archive Project

Howard Hardiman

Cool Schmool

Spill The Zines

Armpits4August

House of Brag

Sex Worker Open University

Simon Murphy

Kirsty Fife

Charlie Taylor

John Trouble

Interactive Monster Unit

LIES Journal

K Anderson

John Lee Bird

Rachael Aggs

Mia Eley

Heather Bandenburg

David Shenton

Milk Records

Shay Briscoe

Melanie Maddison

Echo Zines

Eva Megias

Oyster Knife

Spandex Comix

Robot Unicorn Records

Zsa Zsa Zine

Marching Stars Distro

Vampire Sushi

Rebecca Barnett

Let’s Start a Pussy Riot

 

CLASH-FREE TALKS & WORKSHOPS (quick view)

12:30 – 1:00pm Seb/Kirsty/Bethany

1:00 – 1:30pm For Books Sake: Queer Lit Heroes

1:30 – 2:00pm David Shenton

2:00 – 2:30pm QZAP.org’s AIDS/HIV Zine Show-and-Tell

3:00 – 3:30 pm Charlotte Cooper’s How To Get Shit Done

3:30 – 4:00pm QZAP.org’s xZINECOREx metadata standard

4:00 – 4:30pm Amnesty Write For Rights greeting card workshop

 

TALKS:

12:30 – 1:00pm Seb (Cinnamon Buns Fanzine), Kirsty (Hard Femme) and Bethany

We are the weirdos mister! Seb, Kirsty and Bethany use self–publishing to represent non–normative bodies. Zines and blogs have been a way for all three of them to discuss binders, body hair and visible belly outlines.

http://cinnamonbunsfanzine.tumblr.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HardFemmeZine

http://archedeyebrow.com/about/

 

1:30 – 2:00pm David Shenton

David became a queer cartoonist by accident, and went on to contribute strips to much of the gay press through the 80s and 90s ¬– beginning with weekly crap camp jokes but eventually having to face up to commenting on truly serious stuff kicked up in the mid 80s: prejudice, HIV/AIDS and Thatcherism. David has been drawing since 1978, and his art has been published in GayNews, Pink Paper, Boyz, The Guardian, Positive Nation and Polari. His talk will cover the early days of QueerComix.

https://www.facebook.com/dscomics2

3:30 – 4:00pm xZINECOREx metadata standard and the move toward a zine union catalog

Milo (QZAP) will talk a bit about the creation of xZINECOREx metadata standard, and the work that zine librarians and archivists (in the U.S. at least) are doing toward creating an online catalog for zines similar to WorldCat.

http://www.qzap.org/v5/index.php

WORKSHOPS:

1:00 – 1:30pm For Books Sake: Queer Lit Heroes

Ayana from For Books’ Sake will be running a zine-making workshop paying tribute to our queer literary heroes. For Books’ Sake is a feminist webzine that celebrates writing for and by independent women, and we will collaboratively create a unique fanzine celebrating queer characters and writers, from Kathy Acker to Dumbledore. Materials will be provided and the finished product will be distributed following the session, through the FBS site and on paper.

http://www.forbookssake.com/

2:00 – 2:30pm AIDS/HIV Zine Show-and-Tell

Milo (QZAP.com) will be bringing a selection of zines from the Queer Zine Archive Project that specifically talk about AIDS/HIV in various ways. In this discussion focused workshop, other participants are asked to bring zines related to the AIDS pandemic from their collections and say a little something about their significance. Zines could be prevention oriented, youth focused, political and social, etc. Please feel free to attend, with or without yr own zines. Everyone is welcome!

http://www.qzap.org/v5/index.php

3:00 – 3:30pm Charlotte Cooper’s How To Get Shit Done

Charlotte says: “I have made a zine for people who struggle to get shit done. It’s for the avoiders and procrastinators, the non-finishers, the inert, the moribund, and the people who dwell on fear and anxiety. It’s for everyone but especially for people whose voices are not already well-represented in the world at large. I made the zine because shit by queer, trans and marginal people is necessary. Because I’m not bad at getting shit done, I wanted to share what I know and to learn about other people’s thoughts and habits about getting shit done. How to Get Shit Done is called a workshop but will actually be a small conversation with whoever wants to join in about the things that prevent us from getting shit done, and the things that help. Participants must promise to be gentle with each other.”

http://charlottecooper.net/

4:00 – 4:30pm Amnesty Write For Rights greeting card workshop

Make a DIY greeting card for Amnesty’s Write For Rights campaign. Extend support and solidarity to Ihar Tsikhanyuk from Belarus, a gay drag performer who was physically and verbally abused by the police after he attempted to register the human rights center he works for as an LGBTI organization.

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/160624710775600/

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

Bloody Ice Cream #5 |Frau, Dog Legs, Witching Waves

Bloody Icecream

Bloody Ice Cream #5 | Frau, Dog Legs, Witching Waves

Saturday 9th November 2013
8.30pm-2am

@The Grosvenor, 17 Sidney Road, Stockwell, SW9 0TP

Back after a long summer break that involved travelling, relaxing and baking, Bloody Ice Cream are back for the last club night of 2013. Sad, but don’t worry it’s gonna be a good’un. We’ll also be celebrating our one year anniversary as a club night (a little early but who cares), as well as Soph (the metal half of the BIC team)’s Very Scary Birthday and will be looking back on the good times.

Live music from:
Frau
Dog Legs
Witching Waves

Witching Waves are a two-piece lo-fi garage group from London
https://soundcloud.com/witching-waves

With their pop punk numbers and quirky sense of humour Brighton/London duo Dog Legs remind us of riot grrrl legends Bratmobile and we love them for it.
http://doglegs.bandcamp.com/

Finally, post punk London-based Frau play straight forward punk with no frills.
http://frau1.bandcamp.com/

We are also super excited to welcome DJ Kerry back for a longer installment of his last DJ set at BIC in July. Get ready to dance like there’s no tomorrow.

Not to mention a fabulous zine stall from Sister Ectoplasma distro!!! http://www.sisterectoplasma.co.uk/

We play musical gems from the likes of… Atari Teenage Riot / Babes in Toyland / Bikini Kill / Bratmobile / Breeders / Britney Spears / Cadallaca / CSS / Deftones / Dresden Dolls / The Gossip / Grass Widow / Heavens to Betsy / Hole / Huggy Bear / Husker Du / Jack off Jill / Kelis / Kittie / The Kills / The Knife / Korn / Kreayshawn / L7 / Ladytron / Le Tigre / Lolita Storm / Lunachicks / Marilyn Manson / My Ruin / Nirvana / Peaches / Pixies / PJ Harvey / Placebo / Queen Adreena / Rasputina / Runaways / Shampoo / Sleater-Kinney / Slipknot / Sonic Youth / Sugarcoma / System of a Down / Tampasm / Throwing Muses / Trashkit / Vivian Girls / Wetdog / Yeah Yeah Yeahs…. and whatever else you good folks would like to hear!

Doors open at 8.30, DJs ‘til 2am. £5/£4 with flyer. Free sweets on the door!

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/351534681647631/

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                

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

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,

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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

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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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

Ladyfest Leeds 2013 | 19 October

Ladyfest Leeds

LADYFEST LEEDS

Saturday 19th October

Ladyfest Leeds will be taking place on October 19th 2013 at Wharf Chambers.

We have a host of wonderful speakers, workshops and bands ready to inspire you to release your inner activist, get creative and have a wonderful time.

Our panel list includes;

Rosie from Object!, talking to us about their latest campaigns and how these changes affect Leeds.

Carol Robson will be performing “Finding Me” where she talks about and reads her poetry that relates to her life and coming to terms with her Gender Identity and Sexuality. With sincere honesty and fun; ‘Just saying how it is’

Kristin Aune the co-author, with Catherine Redfern, of the groundbreaking Reclaiming the F Word: Feminism Today. Who will also be selling and signing copies the new edition of her new book.

Chella Quint will be joining us to inspire activism through zine making.

Leeds Roller Dolls will be talking about how you can get involved with a female dominated sport, whether you want to strap on roller skates or become a non skating member of the league. Feeling part of a team can be extremely rewarding.

Workshop details TBC

Our bands for the evening include

Etai Keshiki

Nervous Twitch

Esper Scout

The Three Amigos

Ticket options and prices are £8 day & night. £5 day ticket. £4 evening ticket.   12pm start for the day panel and workshop events.                                                                7pm start for the evening gig.

TICKETS: http://www.leedsladyfest.bigcartel.com/

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/505109659581311/?fref=ts