Dear Teacups,

What another wonderfully busy month ahead! A variety of treats for you all. First up, we are very excited to have just announced a Storm in a Teacup event on the 27th of August at the Hampstead Heath Ladies pond “Her-story, Your-story, Our-story: True Stories on the Heath” a story and song sharing event hosted by Vanessa Wolf from London Dreamtime, please see details below about how to attend and get involved.

The first ever Ladyfest Paris is happening this month and our lovely Ladyfest Ten friends are hopping over the channel to support and get involved. VV Collective have work included in the art exhibition and Art Macabre are presenting a drawing salon at the festival. Bon Voyage mes amis!
Also check out this interesting article in the Guardian about the resurgence of feminist activism in France:

We are so excited that Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup will be joining Yarn fest for their “Ten Stories About Smoking” performance at the Literary arena @  LATITUDE FESTIVAL  on Friday 15th of July. Verity will be performing her rewritten Johnny Cash songs with blues and kazoos. Which nicely leads onto…

Roll up, Roll up writers and artists one and all, as we have lots of OPEN SUBMISSIONS that you can get involved in! For Books Sake and Pulp Press have launched a competition to find the best female pulp fiction writers. Submit your stories, poetry or artwork about SMOKING to be projected live at Latitude festival as part of Yarn Fest’s Ten Stories about Smoking show and last but not least if you would like to share a true story at the next Storm in a Teacup event at Hampstead Heath please see details about all the open submissions in the section below.

East London Fawcett group has just launched and we are cooking up a fantastic programme of feminist seminars and events. Email: to join the mailing list and get involved.

We are so excited to hear about The UK Feminista Summer School 2011 being held on 13th and 14th of August at Birmingham University. It’s a unique two-day event for anyone who is or wants to get active in feminism. You’ll learn crucial campaigning skills in everything from how to use the media to how to take direct action.Two days of training, inspiration and solidarity. And best of all, its FREE! Last year’s event booked up in a matter of days so book your place now! MORE INFO:

Lastly we had a wonderful time at the Womens Library Zine Fest, saw lots of old friends and made lots of new ones. If you didnt manage to get your hands on a copy of the Women of the World festival @ The Southbank collaberative zine. Please email: or check out the zine online here:

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


Ten Stories about Smoking @ Latitude Festival ||  If you have any images/illustrations/written work related to SMOKING in some way. 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. Deadline 15th July 2011
Post your submissions on the FACEBOOK EVENT wall :

Pulp Press Competition @ For Books Sake || For Books’ Sake and contemporary pulp publishers Pulp Press have teamed up to announce an exciting new project; a competition to find the best pulp fiction written by women. If you’re a woman writing pulp fiction, For Books Sake wants to hear from you! Winning entries will be featured in an anthology of short stories published by Pulp Press later this year. Entry £5.00, Deadline 15th August 2011 MORE INFO:

Her-Story, Your-Story, Our Story @ Storm in a Teacup || 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? Perform at our story telling event! Stories should be TRUE, strictly under 7 minutes long. Please email:  MORE INFO:

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.

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. 10.30pm @ Literary Arena, Friday 15th of July.

Saturday & Sunday 2nd & 3rd July || Ladyfest Paris feat. VV Collective & Art Macabre For more info about Ladyfest Paris including the line up of many amazing events go to:
Facebook page:
VV Collective
Art Macabre:

Tuesday 5th of July || For Books Sake Presents; The Oxfam Literary Quiz at Oxfam Bookfest Another instalment of For Books Sake popular quiz, this time as part of Oxfam’s annual books donation drive. Assemble up to five of your cleverest cohorts and book your team in advance to be in with a chance to win all sorts of booksy booty generously provided by Oxfam. Only £1 per person. 8pm @ Oxfam Dalston
Wednesday 6th & Saturday 16th of July || Two feminist walks in aid of the Reclaim the Night; £10.00. Book via / 020 8883 4169 Wonderful Women of Whitechapel – Wednesday 6th July, 6pm & Battling Belles of Bow – Saturday 16th July, 2.30pm MORE INFO:

Thursday July 7th || Twat Boutique @ Dalston Superstore. 9pm-3am. New channel 5 Lesbian doc screening. Featuring: AUSTRA DJ set. FREE entry

Saturday 9th July || Pro-choice March
Old Palace Yard, Westminster. From 1.30pm

Friday July 15th || Twat Boutique 2nd Birthday @ XOYO || Ms Dynamite LIVE and DJs. 10pm-3am. EC2A

Friday July 15th || SPIT. Music presents; MC Envy, Bellatrix @ The Southbank Centre. As part of the Southbank Centre’s Intelligent Movement festival (in association with Channel 4’s Street Summer), spit. presents a free event showcasing some of the most exciting women on the hip-hop, grime and dub scenes. FREE entry 5pm – 7pm.

Saturday 16th of July || Unskinny Bop Farewell to the Star of Bethnal Green @ The Star of Bethnal Green. Moving to a new venue next month! 21.00pm -2.00am

Monday 18th of July || UK FEMINISTA presents; 10th Anniversary Screening of Hardcore Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA. 6.30pm £3.00 (suggested donation)

Thursday July 21st || Kicker Conspiracy Presents; Vivian Girls, Veronica Falls and Mazes @ X0Y0 with DJs Club.The.Mammoth & Dance Magic Dance DJs. From 8pm £12.00. EC2A 4AP

Friday July 22nd || SEVERIN (live & DJ sets) @ Goonite Club, Buffalo Bar. 9pm -4am. £5.00.

Coming up in August 2011

Thursday 4th -17th of August || VV Collective presents; Girls on Top Exhibition @ Dead Dolls Club. Private View: 4th August; running for 2 weeks. A new series from VV co-founders Ellie Green and Bex Massey. E9 7LG.

13th August || SwagOn Vs OPP @ Brighton Pride. Bring yourself to the seafront to celebrate the proudest weekend of the year. SwagON is 2 fully stocked rooms catering for all of your audio and dancing requirements. £6.00 10.00pm – 4.00am

13th & 14th of August || UK Feminista Summer School 2011 @ Birmingham University. A FREE two days of training, inspiration and solidarity where You’ll learn crucial campaigning skills in everything from how to use the media to how to take direct action.

Saturday 27th August || Storm in a Teacup Presents; Her-story, Your-story, Our-story: True stories on the Heath @ Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath. Hosted by Vanessa Wolf from London Dreamtime. Join us for story and song sharing, swimming, and picnic by the ladies pond in the magical surroundings of Hampstead Heath. FREE outdoor event from 7pm. BlOGPOST:

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Female Arts Collective

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