Dear Teacups,

This months update is a little late so we thought we would combine it and send you a bumper update for both September and October! You will find below our extra awesome listings, highlighting our fave feminist and queer friendly events all the way through to November so you can start planning your autumn / winter calender now!

First up, a big thank you to all that braved the rain and miserable climate and attended our storytelling event “Her-Story” on Hampstead Heath. It wasn’t exactly the August bank holiday weather we had envisioned but was a fantastic event with lots of talented ladies and a magical campfire atmosphere – so it was a great success all the same. A special thank you to Vanessa Woolf for hosting and Kath Woolf for capturing the event on camera. Check out our gallery to see some photos and keep your eyes peeled for the next Storm in a Teacup storytelling event.

SIATC has finally got a domain name! You can now find our wonderful blog site at or the usual We are also planning on reviving our Ning social network. In order for us to keep this fun interactive site up to date, we could use a hand from some tech savvy ladies- so if you fancy helping us nurture our community and get SIATC more interactive- please do get in touch:

Storm in a Teacup are also extra excited about our involvement in the East London Fawcett Society upcoming fundraisers. SIATC has been involved in organising one of the first in a series of Seminars tackling feminist issues in East London. ELF Seminar | ART will be taking place on Wednesday October 19th at the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green- get the date in your diary and keep your eyes and ears peeled for when we announce the lineup of speakers very, very soon! Also worth noting is the ELF fundraiser at Stav Bees liqueur bar on Saturday 15th October.

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 wordpress: or visit facebook group:

As usual, this month there are lots of great open submission opportunities for all you writers and artists out there to sink your teeth into. See below!

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! Also worth highlighting the wonderful Magpie Magazine call for submissions for their upcoming 5th edition. More info below!

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


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.

Magpie Magazine Open Submissions: Magpie is currently accepting submissions for its fifth edition. Magpie is especially on the lookout for articles, short stories, poems, painting, illustration and photography that respons to and re-interpets the theme of ‘metamorphosis’
Deadline: October 15th
More Information:

Stories, Tales & Fables; Collaborative project seeking storytellers!
We are a team of all female creative individuals working with the artistic disciplines performance, dance, music, poetry and storytelling.
We are currently researching a wide range of potential areas to develop further into our practice for Stories, tales and fables.

  • Ancestry, heritage, history, culture and individual backgrounds
  • Ancient traditions, folk tales, myths and fables from around the world
  • A closeness and respect for the Earth, natural cycles, sustainability and environment
  • Activism – communicating, human rights, freedom of speech
  • Sense of empowerment for human beings to create and make a change

More information:

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.

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 September 2011

21 September || TEETH “Whatever” Album launch party @ The Lexington, London.
LIVE: TEETH, Pens, Gross Magic plus DJs. 8.00pm

22 September || Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century @ The Womens Library. Renowned feminist historian Sheila Rowbotham discusses the history of the early women’s movement from 1880s- 1920s. Ticket: £8, from 7pm.

22 September || Fundraising & Publicity meeting @ The Feminist Library. Have you got experience in Fundraising or Publicity?  Would you like to gain experience and help the  Feminist Library at the same time?  This is your chance!

22 September || MOTHER FESTIVAL 2011 in Berlin. Mother Festival is dedicated to WOWmens contemporary music and art. 2009 Tel Aviv, 2010 London. 2011 in Berlin. For full lineup see links.

23 September || Cross Cruising fundraiser for the Sex Workers University @ The Oak Bar, London.  A night of dancing, performances, an auction and a raffle! LIVE: A Ona (Poopsy Club/Berlin), Lola Love, Nikki Lucas (Liberte/Habibi), Lakuti (Uzuri Recordings/Süd Electronics) £5.00

23 September || Supernatural Urban Forest with Vanessa Woolf @ Elephant & Castle urban forest. Vanessa Woolf tells ghost stories from the metropolis with musical ghost songs from her husband Nigel of Bermondsey. We’ll be in the heart of the Elephant and Castle Urban Forest, and it’ll be getting dark! You can be sure the bats will come to hear the spooky tales. 8PM

23 September || UNSKINNY BOP @ Bethnal Green Working Mans Club, London.
Entry: £5 on the door 9.00pm – 2.00am

23 September || Upset the Rhythm : UT, TRASH KIT & PEEPHOLES @ The Lexington, London. New York punk legends UT also LIVE: Trash Kit and Peepholes.

24 September || Stitch, Stitch, Stitch  @ Womens Library guided tour. This tour traces the development of arts and crafts produced by centuries of women on the fringes of the City, once the centre of London’s silk and sweated tailoring industries. Today the same streets and buildings are home to vibrant markets, designer makers and cutting edge shopping. Book your place £10.00. Tour starts at 11.00am

25 September || Sheffield Zine Fair @ Brezza, Sheffield. The First ever Sheffield Zine Fair. Lots of great distros and zine makers. Including; Vampire Sushi Distro.

27 September || GIRLS GET BUSY present “Dont Need You” screening @ The Alibi, London. Screening of legendary riot girl documentary Plus GGB Djs. FREE entry 9.00pm

27 September || Shout! Shout! Up With Your Song with Sandi Toksvig @ The Womens Library. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Ethel Smyth’s suffragette anthem ‘March of the Women’. To celebrate, join Sandi Toksvig and special guests  to discuss the role singing has played in the lives of activists and campaigners. Hear acclaimed feminist choir Velvet Fist perform songs spanning the century. From 6.30pm £10.00

28 September || GAGGLE “The Brilliant & The Dark” @ The Royal Albert Hall. A One-off performance of Gaggles reworking of choral masterpeice the original was performed at the RAH with the help of 1000 women in 1969. Featuring Kate Tempest and Huw Stevens (Radio 1 DJ).

30 September || SEVERIN live @ Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Liverpool. Chew Disco presents bands at AND festival. Festival of new cinema and digital culture.

Coming up in October 2011

1 October || Bad Reputation @ Resistance Gallery. New Monthly disco for queers, riot grrrls, punx, and geeks. We play bedroom dancing songs for the socially awkward and the socially awesome. indie punk pop riot grrrl emo hip hop dance party hits. With special guest DJ Pierre Evil from Shake Yer Dix! 9pm-2am £3 entry.

4 October || Ending Child Pornography & premiere of Hooray for Hollywood @ Amnesty UK EC2A 3EA. Screening of “Hooray for Hollywood”  This semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Raven Kaliana, a survivor of these crimes, delivers a rare insight into this most abhorrent form of exploitation. Bringing together charity organisations, politicians, and law enforcers this event will discuss specific action to end the ever-expanding child pornography industry. Confirmed panel members are: Donald Findlater, Director of Stop it Now and Belinda Hollows, Supervisor for Childline.

7 October || Rumpus Vol 6. Day of the Dead Creatures @ Islington Metal Works
6 rooms of Bands, DJs, performance art, film and Circus! Featuring Verity Flecknell from SIATC leading the RUMPUS KAZOO ORCHESTRA! 9.00pm-6.00am. Tickets from £10.00

8 October || Other Peoples Property Warehouse Party @ Secret Location.
Guest and OPP DJs. 10.00pm – 6.00am

8 & 9 October || Renegade Craft Fair @ The Old Trueman Brewery, Brick Lane.
The Renegade Craft Fair from the US of A is headed across the pond for our 1st Ever London Fair! Along with hundreds of today’s best makers of handmade goods, we’ll be hosting hands-on crafting workshops and planning a handful of fun surprises! 11.00am-6.00pm.

15 October || Stav B’s Liquor Bar EAST LONDON FAWCETT SOCIETY fundraiser @ The Slaughter House, London. 6.00pm – 2.00am.

19 October || ELF Seminar | ART Gemma Rolls Bentley chairing a panel discussing the most pressing challenges facing women in the arts in East London From 7pm. The Gallery Café, Bethnal Green

22 October || FAWCETT SOCIETY AGM From 10 am (until lunch)
The Resource Centre, N7 6PA

30 October || The Wheel & Magpies Nest presents; Halloween Music Fair @ Cecil Sharp House. A spectacular autumnal delight, The Halloween Music Fair will amaze with three stages of psychedelic audial treats. Over 15 music artists including; Urban Folk Quartet, Lulu and the Lampshades.

Coming up in November 2011

2 November || I Heart Consent Party: A fundraiser for RapeCrisis South London @ Horse and Groom, Shoreditch. Evening of music in celebration of everyone who hearts consent before sex. Line up TBC. Tickets £10.00 (or donate what you can):


9 November || Cut in All Ways: The Impact of Equality talk @ The Womens Library. This discussion looks at those who are most affected by the impacts of the recession. Research shows women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds and older people are often the ones who lose out. Guest speakers include Diane Abbott MP; Anna Bird, Acting Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society and Sarah Veale CBE, TUC Head of Equality and Employment Rights. Ticket £8.00 from 7pm

10 November || Womens Suffrage Movement in Britain 1865-1928 @ The Womens Library Professor June Purvis gives a special talk focusing on suffragettes’ experiences of the campaigns, including the force feeding of Emily Wilding Davison and the Cat and Mouse Act. Tickets £8.00 from 7pm

12 November || Fem 11 | UK Feminista’s National Conference @ The Friends House, London. Featuring workshops and seminars organised by leading feminist organisations, including: Fawcett Society, Abortion Rights, OBJECT, Southall Black Sisters, Women for Women International, Imkaan, Women’s Resource Centre, Platform 51, Rights of Women, Centre for Women and Democracy, Women’s Environmental Network, End Violence Against Women coalition, Imkaan, Women for Refugee Women and the White Ribbon Campaign.

15 November || She Makes War Album #2 Launch @ Viner Street, London. SMW (Ladyfest Ten performer)  introducing her all star band The Olympians, this night marks the official launch of album 2! Support from Lesley Spiers and This Is Radio Silence + a very special guest TBA!

19 November || Ladyfest Nottingham 2011 @ Various venues across the city. Showcasing the best in female talent from Nottingham and beyond. Also craft fair, art exhibitions, workshops, acoustic venue, comedy venue and dance and performance arts.

23-26 November || UNDERWIRE film festival 2011 @ Various venues in East London. A short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women. Open for submissions!

26 November || Reclaim the Night March Assemble @ Whitehall Place and march up towards Trafalgar Square. Mixed Rally with speakers, stalls, hot food, bar and DJ until late. March for NO to male violence against women, NO cuts to women’s services. Nearest Tube Embankment. FACEBOOK EVENT:

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Feminist Arts Collective

One response to “SIATC *UPDATE* SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2011

  1. Thank you for this newsletter. It’s so reassuring to know all these things are going on!

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