Dear Teacups,

Another fabulous feminist themed month ahead with some great exhibitions, nights out and best of all open submissions for you to get involved in. First up, we are getting so excited about the next 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. Join us for a swim, a picnic and story sharing around a cosy camp setting amongst the magic of Hampstead Heath. Its free to attend and we are looking for people to come along and share stories; if you are planning on coming please email; storminateacup2009@googlemail.comso we can keep a track of attendance and let you know the “secret” details of where we will be meeting and what to bring along.

Coming up next weekend is the annual  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! Its now fully booked, but if you want to attend and haven’t signed up you can get your name on the reserve list. See article that was in Saturdays Guardian about resurgence of Feminist activism. MORE INFO:

ELF: East London Fawcett Group *Update*
First up, the next East London Fawcet Group meeting is scheduled for 10th of August at The Fawcett Sociey building to plan and finalize the groups manifesto.The Fawcett Society, 1-3 Berry Street, London, EC1V 0AA

Fundraiser – We need ELF members to volunteer at Stav Bee’s Liquor Bar for the first East London Fawcett Society Fundraiser. This feminist cocktail event will take place from 6 pm and is kindly being organised by Stav to raise money for the group. Please get in touch with ELF or Stav; if you are able to help out.

Outreach and campaigns – a group of us met last week to plan our outreach and campaigns approach. We’ll be starting to contact other groups in East London to talk about how we can make the group as inclusive as possible and work together towards making East London gender equal.

East London Fawcett group is relatively new and launched in June 2011 so there are plenty of ways to get involved. Email: to join the mailing list and to find out more. Or visit the facebook group:

Roll up, Roll up one and all, as we have lots of OPEN SUBMISSIONS that you can get involved in! Underwire Festival submissions are open for this years female film talent festival.Directors, Producers, Writers, Editors, Cinematographers, Composers and Film Journalists can all be part of the competition to win plenty of awards for Underwire Festival in November 2011! There is also still time for you to submit a s story for For Books Sake and Pulp Press’s competition to find the best female pulp fiction writers. Deadline 14th August.

Spectucular all-girl choir GAGGLE are performing their epic reworking of Women’s Institute opera “The Brilliant and the Dark” at the Royal Albert Hall in on 28 September and are looking for SINGERS to perform. You must be able to commit to all day rehearsals on Sat 17 & Sat 24 September. Please email: ms.deborah.coughlin@goog​

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 on the 28th of August. Please see details about all the open submissions in the section below.

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 ||  Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup collective performed at Latitude festival with her rewritten Johnny Cash songs and 200 kazoos! We asked you to submit stories and illustrations about smoking and here is the amazing companion book which Jo Spencer from Soupa Creative Network created live on stage at the Yarn Fest show in the literary tent at Latitude

WoW Festival collaberative Zine
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 didn’t manage to get your hands on a copy of the Women of the World festival @ The Southbank collaborative zine. Please email: or check out the zine online here:


East London Fawcett Group (ELF) was launched in June 2011 and we are cooking up a fantastic programme of feminist seminars, events and campaigns. Email: to join the mailing list and get involved.

Gaggle performance @ Royal Albert Hall, CALL-OUT FOR SINGERS : Would you like to be part of GAGGLEs ever-so special performance of the rediscovered Women’s Institute opera “The Brilliant and the Dark” at the Royal Albert Hall in on 28 September? You must be able to commit to all day rehearsals on Sat 17 & Sat 24 September. Please email: ms.deborah.coughlin@goog​

Underwire Festival Submissions || Female film talent wanted! UnderWire Festival is looking for short film submissions. Directors, Producers, Writers, Editors, Cinematographers, Composers and Film Journalists can all be part of the competition to win plenty of awards.

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

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:

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 August 2011

3rd August – 3rd September || Girls + Zines exhibition @ Tatty Devine, Bricklane, E2 7EB. Showcasing and celebrating zines made by girls. Come and browse the library, relax by reading and even bring your own publication to swap at the zine exchange.

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

9th August-9th September || BECKY BOSTON Solo exhbition @ Gallery 320. Becky showed her work at Storm in a Teacups “Have your Cake and Eat It” party last August. Becky will be exhibiting a collection of portraits after winning a competition held by the gallery seeking new up and coming talents. The exhibition will be held from the 9th of August for a month with the private view being held on the 11th of August 2011.

10th August || KNIT & NATTER with the Shoreditch Sisters @ Leon, E1 6DW Regular knitting, nattering and stitching group.  Bring your knitting or other crafts, share your knitty successes and woes, get some helpful advice or learn the basics with a free knitting lesson (£3 to buy the needles & wool or bring your own.)

12th August || QUEER RIOT @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Hosted by Ste McCabe night of in-yer-face, inspiring, fuck-you underground queer music. Crammed into 3 hours are 5 of most energetic, fun and political queer/feminist musicians in the UK. Performances:  Atomizer, Candy Panic Attack, Ethical Debating Society, Maria and the Gay & Ste McCabe. 7.00pm -10.00pm

13th August || BAD REPUTATION @ Resistace Gallery, Bethnal Green.
Brand new dance party queers and punx and grrrls and geeks and you!
£3.00 9pm-2am

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.

16th August || Climate Rush demo: STOP THE FARE HIKES! Demo for fair fares. As part of their austerity cuts, the government is planning to raise fares by 28% by 2015. We want to stop them.For more info see facebook event page.

19th August || Unskinny Bop @ Bethnal Green Working Mans Club *New Venue* £5 / £3 (concessions / flyer) **nb no entry after midnight** FACEBOOK EVENT:

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. 



Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Female Arts Collective