Monthly Archives: June 2011

Open Submissions : Your Stories about Smoking @ Latitude Festival

Open Submissions : Your Stories about Smoking @ Latitude Festival

YARN is off to Latitude! You can join us there to see a very special presentation of Stuart Evers’ debut short story collection “Ten Stories About Smoking” where Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup c0llective will be performing her re-worked Johnny Cash songs.  More info on our recent blog post here.

BUT! You can join in now!

Smoking. It’s something we’ve all got an opinion on.

We’d love YOU to submit your own stories and illustrations about smoking for a limited edition book that will be designed by Jo Spencer from Soupa Creative Network Live on stage at Latitude.

Upload anything you want – stories, pics, illustrations, – to be included.

More about the event:
Yarn are doing a 1 hour set on the friday evening in the literary arena at 10.30pm based around Stuart Evers book 10 stories about smoking.

We are presenting 4 performers – music and spoken word. Including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup collective.

Jo will be making a visual book throughout the hour live on stage to record the ‘experience’ of the set, stories and the audience will be invited to contribute their opinions, drawings, experiences to the book. The screen behind the performers will show Jo’s laptop screen and the putting together/designing bit of the book.


If you have any images/illustrations/written work related to smoking in some way.. they don’t have to be specifically of smoking… you can read the 10 stories and produce a piece which is a representation of one of the stories or part of the story… that would be amazing.

If you do supply us with something your work will feature on the big screen in front of 700+ people at the festival and also in the book which will be published after the event. You will be fully credited of course.

To submit work please post to the wall on the facebook event (link above and below) with an image/text etc with your name

Oh and if you happen to be coming to the festival come and say hello.

Deadline – the end of the event which will be 11.30pm on Friday 15th July 2011.

Our Latitude page:

SIATC@ Latitude Festival 2011

SIATC @ Latitude Festival 2011

Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup collective has been invited by Yarn Fest to showcase her very special performance of re-written Johnny Cash songs “Final Cigarette Blues” (Folsom Prison Blues) and “Ring of Fire”, with kazoos!

If you’re at Latitude you can see Verity perform in the Literary Arena around 10pm on Friday 15th of July.

Latitude YARN fest listing:

Latitude FULL festival listings:

Verity was originally asked by YARN to interpret a story from Stuart Evers’ debut short story collection ‘Ten Stories about Smoking’ back in February 2011. YARN is a festival celebrating story and storytelling – showcasing film, theatre, music, illustration and literature and providing a platform for mixing them all up! It’s all about fun and exploration, devoted to letting the imagination run wild. Join us for a very special presentation of Stuart Evers’ ‘Ten Stories About Smoking’. See the collection interpreted into illustration, music and spoken word by artists including Verity Flecknell, Camila Fiori, Chimene Suleyman, Jarred McGinnis and Jo Spencer. In partnership with Picador.




SIATC presents; Her-story, Your-story, Our-story ; True stories on the Heath

Storm in a Teacup presents;

Her-story, Your-story, Our-story ; True stories on the Heath

Saturday 27th of August
7.30pm – 9.30pm, Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath
Meet outside the Ladies Pond West Gate between 7.00pm-7.30pm or outside Tufnell Park station at 6.30pm


Hosted by storyteller Vanessa Woolf of London Dreamtime
Join us for story and song sharing, swimming, and picnic by the ladies pond in the magical surroundings of Hampstead Heath.

Five women, five true stories. Join us at this very special true-life outdoor storytelling event. Plus- floor spots- Bring something with a story attached. It might be a photograph, or a baby tooth… it might be the first song you learned, the ticket that changed your life, or the poem that made you want to write.

Admission is FREE but spaces are limited so please email:

What to bring:

>Small item that is meaningful to you

>Food and drink (No Bar! Bring your own.)

>Candles in a Jar or a Torch


(A marquee will be provided in case of rain but you could bring an umbrella)

More info about about Kenwood Ladies’ Pond:
Kenwood Ladies’ Pond is a stretch of water and secluded meadow area off Millfield Lane, on the East side of Hampstead Heath. On the map it’s the northernmost triangle-shaped pond in the row of six. Note there are no public toilets nearby apart from those in the pond.

|| MEETING POINT ** 7.00pm SHARP Outside Hampstead Heath (EAST LONDON LINE)**Please note that we will be waiting outside Hampstead Heath overground station to escort people to our space at the Heath- we will be moving on 7.20pm SHARP so if you miss us, make your way to the pond and you should be able to spot our gathering!Travel information
Buses: 24, 46 , 168 , C11
Trains: Hampstead Heath (overground) EAST LONDON LINE

Call for submissions!

Seeking submissions: Calling all storytellers, poets, writers, musicians AND artists!
How did you get this far? Do you have a true story to tell? Did something change your life or give you a new perspective on the world? On 27th August we will be holding a true life outdoor storytelling event in the magical surroundings of Hampstead Heath. Stories should be TRUE, strictly under 7 minutes long, and can be told with or without notes. To get involved contact:

If you are new to storytelling, you may find the following format helpful.
This is how the story started:
Then this happened:
It ended like this:
This is what I learned:
Notes on true storytelling:
• stick to what actually happened
• start in the middle of the action
• rehearse your opening and closing lines
• notice what might be inessential to the plot and is best left out
• identify the drama – what did you need to overcome? What did you learn?

SIATC @ Womens Library | ZINE FEST 2011

ZINE FEST 2011 @ The Womens Library

**Storm in a Teacup will be at the annual Womens Library Zine fest on Saturday the 25th of June. As well as the Storm in a Teacup zine (Issue 2) we are very excited to announce that we will be stocking the Women of the World festival collaborative zine, created from participants of the Women of the World zine workshop lead by Soupa Creative Network at the Southbank in March this year. With the help of inspiring zinesters like Magpie Magazine and Shebang Zine and all of the participants we have put together an inspiring zine and this will be your chance to get your hands on very limited copies. We will also be stocking a variety of feminist zines so If you have a zine that you would like us to stock at the Womens Library Zine fest please email: ***

(Blurb by Red Chidgey, organiser of Zine Fest! 2011)…

Zines are hand-made magazines made for love not money. Requiring few resources to self-publish – just a pen, a piece of paper, access to a photocopier – zines are made on the fringes of journalism, art systems, activist scenes, and bedroom cultures. Basically, they rock.

We’re super happy to confirm the 4th Zine Fest! to be happening at The Women’s Library, London.
The Women’s Library has a growing zine collection, covering the 1970s to now, which was first donated by the Ladyfest London 2001 collective.

The Zine Fest! event in June aims to showcase feminist, queer and women’s media projects, hold workshops and discussion spaces, bring together loads of zine makers and stalls, and make connections between different generations of feminist publishing.

The event is free and open to everyone. We hope to see you there!


Saturday 25th June 2011, 12pm-4pm, Free

The Women’s Library, 25 Old Castle Street, London

Workshops & Discussions

12-1.30pm. Comic-Making (Seminar room, ground floor): Hear some tips and tricks about how to make comic strips from Jay Bernard ( and Rachael House ( before we all get down and busy and make a page for a collective comic zine. (Dont worry if you cant draw. It don’t matter! There will also be plenty of magazines and stuff to use if you wanna try a collage/drawing mash up page).

1-2pm. Survivor Zines (Friends Room, ground floor): A discussion session on zines as a tool of self-expression, community support and active resistance for survivors of sexual violence. A look at how we can form more supportive communities and responses for survivors. Sarah Tea-Rex ( has written and compiled zines on surviving childhood sexual abuse, mental health, queer and trans youth resistance, reproductive autonomy, and unemployment. This discussion is open to people of all genders, to survivors and to their allies. A trained support person will also be present during the workshop.

1-2.30pm. Stenciling (Activities Room, ground floor): Marti and Alice will show you how to make stencils to use in zines and street art.

2.30-4pm. Feminist Media & Memory Panel (seminar room, ground floor): A look at feminist self-publishing over the past few decades and a chance to learn more about grassroots feminist media history. Speakers include Humaira Saeed from Race Revolt (a contemporary zine on race politics by feminists and queers), Ilona and Rebecca Oliver from Shocking Pink (magazine made by young women in the 80s and 90s), and Sue O’Sullivan from Sheba Press (feminist publishing collective in the 80s who prioritized writing by women of colour and lesbians). Presentations followed by a Q&A session. Chaired by Sita Balani.
Race Revolt:
Shocking Pink:


Zine Tours (1.30-2pm and 2-2.30pm. Meet in the Foyer): Catherine and Indy from TWL will do some tours of the library and show you more of the gems and history of the Zine Collection there.

Art Exhibitions (Cafe space, first floor)

Shape & Situate Exhibition: To celebrate the launch of the second issue of Shape & Situate, Melanie Maddison will be exhibiting a collection of DIY feminist history posters of inspirational women from this awesome zine.

More Crackers Please: A beautiful collage and visual archive of feminist/queer/DIY cultural activism in the UK over the past ten years. Made by Bill Savage as part of a backdrop for a Le Tigre karaoke booth, a super cute video of which you can check out here:

Feminist Disco Project:With a nod to Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, Rachael House is inviting people to come and draw a feminist on a paper plate. Past plates will also be on display.

Cross-Stitch Drop-In: Whether you’re a complete beginner or an old hand, kid or adult, come join Lisa Sleeps in some cross-stitching action. Have a bash at stitching animal masks from the Sleeps in Oysters pattern book, or have a go at designing your own. (

Interactive Monster Cafe: Squid + International Nobody are serving up deli-style mask-making in the Exhibition hall. Choose a theme or make up your own and select from an assortment of ingredients (cut-outs, markers, glue, wool, glitter.. ) + see what happens! Also, monster-drawing, third-eyes, irresistible cookies and check out their feminist & monster zines. (

(Mezzanine Space, first floor)

~ Marching Stars (
~ Princesa Pirata (
~ Other Asias (
~ Walrus Zines (
~ Fat Quarter (
~ Richochet! Richochet!
~ Cherry Bomb Comics (
~ Pamflet (
~ Storm in a Tea Cup (
~ will xyz (
~ Vampire Sushi (
~ Volume Magazine (
~ Scale Trees (
~ Jen Claptrap & hoojemaflap ( &
~ Sarah Tea-Rex (
~ Emma Jane Falconer (
~ Shebang Magazine (
~ Editions of You (
~ Alpha Betty (
~ Chloe Cook (
~ Nest Gallery (
~ Girls Get Busy (
~ Girls Who Draw (

(+ more TBC)

Contact: Red Chidgey, (

Documentation of past ZineFests!:!/zinefest/photos

Getting to the Women’s Library:

Accessibility info:

SIATC @ Books & Blues | Presented by For Books’ Sake



Come one, come all, for an afternoon and evening of live blues music, spoken word and storytelling in the gorgeous beer garden at the Fox – a beautiful boozer with notoriously cheap bar prices.

Featuring live music from…
John Fairhurst: A jaw-droppingly brilliant blues legend, a fingersmith guitar genius, and a songwriter clever enough to enlighten the genre with his own unique baroque style.

Siobhan Parr: Mates with Glen Tillbrook, supported Evan Dando and Jimmy Cliff, South London blues country and folk legend by the age of 20. Siobhan is a songsmith with a haunting voice and a gentle charm who seems to have been there and done it all already.

Verity Flecknell (Storm in a Teacup): “Effortlessly enveloping classic Americana, guttural blues and sweet folk sounds, Verity is a rare breed of performer. Simultaneously theatrical yet utterly without pretence”

And storytelling from Vanessa Woolf from London Dreamtime, and award-winning short-story writer Kerry Ryan. Plus zines for sale from Fat Quarter and Alpha Betty.

Entry is £3, and the first twenty-five will get a free copy of Margaret Atwood’s Booker Prize winning novel The Blind Assassin.

Our Books & Blues event at Chorlton Arts Festival last month was a standing-room-only smash, so get there early to bag the best places…

The Fox is located at 316 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6JZ. A mere five minutes walk from Ladywell BR, or five minutes on the bus from Lewisham BR/DLR.

Thanks to the wonderfully talented designer Elodie Flamant for allowing use of the recycled guitar case image.


Dear Teacups,

After a relatively quiet couple of months in teacup land all of a sudden things are getting busy again. This month sees some worthy activist causes to support including the “Eff off Hef” campaign lead by UK Feminista and Object against the re-opening of the Playboy club in London and the global SlutWalk movement that is literally gaining pace and coming to London town on the 11th of June. So this month not only do we see some great feminist campaigns grabbing national and international attention but  and some exciting feminist friendly performances and events coming up. Not only is there inspiring feminist activity happening on a bigger scale, its also your chance to get involved on a local level with the launch of the East London branch of the Fawcett Society on Thursday 9th of June. Recognising the feminist activity in East London, the Fawcett Society are setting up a local branch in reaction to this increased activity- so come along, join in the debate, help shape policies and get your voice heard.

Coming up this week; RUMPUS 1st Birthday Party with 6 rooms of fantastical fun with live music, Cinema, Caberet, DJs, Circus and art exhbition on Friday 10th of June. Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup will be performing a blues set as well as her Johnny Cash songs and leading the RUMPUS Kazoo orchestra. Our lovely friends from Art Macabre will also be joining the celebrations.

The wonderful For Books Sake are bringing their Books and Blues evening to London town with readings, poetry and live music from Storm in a Teacup’s very own blues lady Verity Flecknell. Come along for a lovely afternoon of words, song and inspiration (More Details coming soon) on Sunday the 19th of June.

To top off all these performances Verity Flecknell will be performing at LATITUDE FESTIVAL in July, bringing her blues and kazoos to the Literary Arena as part of the YARN: Ten Stories about Smoking showcase.

Storm in a Teacup will be at the annual Womens Library Zine fest on Saturday the 25th of June. As well as the Storm in a Teacup zine (Issue 2) we are very excited to announce that we will be stocking the Women of the World festival collaborative zine, created from participants of the Women of the World zine workshop lead by Soupa Creative Network at the Southbank in March this year. With the help of inspiring zinesters like Magpie Magazine and Shebang Zine and all of the participants we have put together an inspiring zine and this will be your chance to get your hands on very limited copies. We will also be stocking a variety of feminist zines so If you have a zine that you would like us to stock at the Womens Library Zine fest please email:

Please visit our blog site to find out how to get involved in the collective and to keep up with the latest news.

Other Notable things:

VV Collective have opened up their Members Lounge to female artists. If you would like to be a member please visit their website and download an application form.

Ladyfest Paris: The first ever Ladyfest Paris has kicked off with a bang and they are organising some really exicting events in June.

Coming up in June 2011

Saturday 4th June || Eff Off Hef Campaign against Playboy Club opening in London Organised by UK Feminista and Object.
UK Feminista:
Facebook Event:

Thursday 9th June || Fawcett Society East London Branch Launch @ Rich Mix, Bethnal Green. Email: for more info. Fawcett Society Info:

Thursday 9th June || Slutwalk London Discussion and Banner Making @ Feminist Library.

Friday 10th June || RUMPUS || Vol. 5 Birthday party! Join the Ho-down in six rooms including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup performing a blues set and leading the RUMPUS Kazoo Orchestra PLUS Art Macabre and Cut a Shine Ceilidh – 6 rooms of circus, performances, art and dancing @ Electrowerkz, Torrens St. Angel tube . 10pm – 6am More Info:

Saturday 11th June|| Slutwalk London Protest March

Thursday 16 June || Collecting Zines Tour || @The Womens Library Find out about the Library’s extensive zine collection that dates back to the 1970s covering topics including music, feminism, art, fashion, food, politics, sexuality and popular culture. 7pm (45 mins)
Free of charge

Sunday 19th June || For Books Sake Presents; Books & Blues | With music from Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup, readings and poetry @ The Fox, Lewisham. Facebook event coming soon. More Info:

Saturday 25th June || Womens library zine fest || Storm in a Teacup table @ The Women’s Library, 25 Old Castle Street, London. 12pm-4pm, Free More info:

Thursday 30th June || Under Acid Stars | A night of music, performance and poetry @ The Victoria, Mile End. Featuring a performance by Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup.

Coming up in July 2011

Latitude Festival 2011 || Verity Flecknell (Storm in a Teacup) performs Johnny Cash – Blues and Kazoos in the Literary Arena as part of YARN: Ten Stories about Smoking showcase. Check listings for performance times.

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Female Arts Collective

Launch of the East London Fawcett Society

Celebrating the Future of Women in East London

Launching the East London Fawcett Group

*Featuring Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup collective representing the feminist arts*

Date: Thursday 9 June 2011

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

An evening of discussion and exploration with women leaders in the spheres of politics, activism and the arts.

•         Launch of the East London Fawcett Group

•         To stimulate discussion around the future of women in East London –  What we have to celebrate,  Where we go from here

•         Be inspired by the panel, speakers and each other

•         To introduce the upcoming programme of events


SIATC performances @ RUMPUS Vol.5 ||1st Birthday Party!

Kittens & Creatures!

You are hereby invited to Rumpus’ Very First Birthday Party!

*Featuring Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup playing a blues set in the Ho-Down barn and leading the RUMPUS Kazoo orchestra in the Courtyard*

What a year we’ve had: a wonderful birth, a few teething problems here and there, but always a constant stream of exceptional parties, exceptional bands, exceptional DJs and exceptional performances. And now, our little creature is growing up fast. Already he’s scampering around, baring his fangs and shaking his tail, growling ferociously that it’s time for another party.

We’re going all out on this one. We’ve called in Alejandro Toledo and the Magic Tombolinos, which is about as high octane as any live band can get without setting themselves on fire. We’ve got the Cut A Shine guys for a proper Old Skool Ceilidh with dosie dos and stripping the willow and all that kinda jazz. We’ve got a Hoe Down, with a whole night of bluegrass that’ll keep you stomping. The London Digital Circus, them guys what did that thing with the Rabbits, are back – but no Rabbits this time (coz it was a bit scary and I couldn’t sleep afterwards).

On top of all that we’ve got the Supatronix guys coming down to give you a whole night’s worth of sublime breaks and beats. These guys have been winning awards for years for their breakbeat night, and they’re coming out to play with us this time.

And of course, we’ve got 6 rooms filled to the brim. DJs playing the best in Ska, BalaknBeats, Electroswing, DnB, Dubstep. Live acts and secret performances waiting for you to find them. Art exhibitions and the Rumpus Cinema.

And, most importantly of all, CAKE!!!

Put yer glad rags on and come join us for the Birthday Party to end all Birthday Parties. Expect Clowns, Fairy Princesses, Cowboys, Pirates, Monsters, Wild Creatures and Cuddly Creatures.

Full info:

Come in costume, bring a Birthday Card for Rumpus or bring some cake to share for a discount on the door!


Room 1 – Birthday Shenanigans
The undisputed King of Cabaret, Des O’Connor, is going to sit you down for the greatest Birthday party there ever was!

Alejandro Toledo & The Magic Tombolinos – As high-octane as a band can be without setting themselves on fire
Special Guests –Rowdy FolkPunk from rowdy punk folk.
Dutty Moonshine – 1930’s swing remixed for today’s dance generation
DJ Shefitza – The original Balkan girl (Kokolo London)
ZEJ – A Drum n Bass set so live it’ll turn round and bite you
Dr Malaka – recently voted “the Dean Martin of the Balkan scene”

Room 2 – Supatronix
The Gods of Breakbeat have come out to play with the Rumpus creatures!

Jurassik (Supatronix Records)
Codec (Supatronix Records)
Country Cockney (Supafunk)
Blank Canvaz

Room 3 – Shake Yo Rump Ass!!!
Because you deserve another stage!

Planetman (little blue ball) – a good-time DJb who’lll have thel crowd up on its feet, shoes kicked off and toes dancing!
Barking Bateria – Thunderously live samba
Spanner Jazz Punks – An unhinged troupe of ne’er-do-wells armed to the teeth with horns, accordion, recorders, zither, violin, and bleating goats.
The Cut A Shine Ceilidh – Spreading Barn Dance mayhem with a right stonking knees up

Room 4 – The Hoe Down Barn
Showcasing art from some today’s most exciting artists, along to a live Old Time soundtrack

Kidnap Alice – Reinventing Bluegrass into Soulgrass, and keeping you on your feet all night long
Clapton Metrople – Providing you with the most private cocktail experience there ever was

Room 5 – The Courtyard
The London Digital Circus – They used to be Rubbish, then they were Rabbits, but they’ve always been AWESOME
The Rumpus Kazoo Orchestra – BRING YOUR KAZOO!!!
DJ The Alchemist – A marathon session of nothing but the finest sounds
The Pixelrat – Crawling out of his mousehole to bring you a cornucopia of vintage games
Tripsies – Don’t let them touch you – you’ll catch spots!
Max Grant – Walkabout Sax for the soul

Happy Hook Freaks – Mad Alan, Iestyn and Delphin are coming out to play, and someone’s given them hooks…

Room 6 – The Rumpus Cinema
The Cult of the Cubicle invite you to pray to the big screen, with ritual sacrifices of the finest cinematic offerings. No Kool Aid necessary.



Eff Off Heff | Protest against Playboy Club Opening in London

A new Playboy club is opening in Mayfair, London on June 4th 2011.

Playboy is a multi-million pound, multi-national porn empire which makes its money out of exploiting and degrading women.

It markets its brand to children through playboy pencil cases and bed covers, and it grooms young girls into porn culture.

In its clubs women are objectified and sexualised as fluffy animals who are marketed as sexual playthings for wealthy men.

The notorious Hugh Hefner will be at the launch of the new London club.

This is our chance to make our voices heard and to tell him what we think.

Join OBJECT ( and UK Feminista ( to protest against the launch of the new London Playboy club.

Join as we shout:

‘Eff Off Hef – stop degrading women!’


Kat Banyard, Director of UK Feminista, said:

“When it comes to today’s pornography industry, all roads lead back to Playboy. It was Hugh Hefner who laid the political and cultural groundwork for the brutal, violently misogynistic pornography that now floods society. But sadly for Hefner, you can’t trademark sexism, and Playboy’s retro brand of ‘gentleman’s porn’ can no longer compete with the extreme degradation of modern internet pornography. Hence we see this endless diversification into nightclubs, video games, clothing and even children’s stationary.

“But whatever product Playboy stamps its logo on, the basic brand concept is the same: woman reduced to sex object for man’s sexual satisfaction – and Playboy’s financial gain. Naturally Playboy Club London embodies this brand, offering champagne and sexism. So Eff off, Hef. And take your club with you.”

 Anna van Heeswijk, Campaigns Manager of OBJECT, said:

“Far from a symbol of sophistication and class, the opening of a new Playboy club in London signifies a worrying step backwards in the quest for equality between the sexes. It entrenches the legitimacy of a porn empire which makes its fortune out of degrading women as fluffy animals who exist as sexual playthings for wealthy men. It opens the floodgates ever wider to the pornification of our popular culture. And it serves to embed further a porn emblem which insidiously grooms girls into accepting and embracing sex object culture by marketing its brand to children through playboy pencil cases and bed covers.”

“It is time to cut through the crap of the Playboy PR machine. Sexualising and objectifying women as bunny rabbits is not sexy and it is not empowering. It is sexist, and everyone knows it. This is why hundreds of women and men across the country are signing up to the OBJECT and UK Feminista campaign to object to the opening of the new Playboy club. Our message is clear –  ‘Eff off Hef and stop degrading women!’”
– To become a member of OBJECT:
– To sign up to UK Feminista go to