Monthly Archives: August 2012

Poets for Pussy Riot @ Rich Mix | 29th August

Poets for Pussy Riot @ Rich Mix

Wednesday 29th August, 7pm FREE

With the news that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich of the Russian punk collective, Pussy Riot, were sentenced to two years in prison for a wholly necessary and valid political protest, contemporary poets in London will come together in a unique evening of readings, featuring original poetry and text, as well as the words of Pussy Riot themselves. This event is an act of solidarity through the medium of poetry – a celebration of the courage and spirit of fellow writers of this generation, writing for real political change in a country that needs it.

Featuring readings from over 30 poets including Tim Atkins, David Berridge, Becky Cremin, Kirsty Irving, Francesca Lisette, Chris McCabe, Reza Mohammadi, Sandeep Parmar, Jack Underwood, James Wilkes and many others.


LETS START A PUSSY RIOT | Open Submissions!

Let’s Start A Pussy Riot! – Please submit your own creative responses via tumblr, our blog or email!



Girls Get Busy | Zine Fest

SHACKLEWELL ARMS, Saturday 25th August

1-5pm, FREE


Girls Get Busy, Walrus Zines, Vampire Sushi Distro, Cath Elms (Spill the Zines), Riots Not Diets Distro, Project: BABE, Rachel Aggs (Trash Kit)

Suffragette Sashes by Shayane Lacey
Feminist Crowns by Beth Siveyer (Girls Get Busy)
Zine Workshop by Charlotte Cullen (Project: BABE)
Pussy Riot Zine by Not So Popular

Tukru Hassinen, Felix Bear Lane, Cath Elms, Faridah Newman (Mind Over Matter)

The Feminist Library –
Wears The Trousers –
Not So Popular

Pop-up photobooth by Roxanne Werter


Feminist Library | Summer Fete


A Weekend of summer fun in support of the the Feminist Library

Sunday the 26th of August – SUMMER FÊTE IN THE LIBRARY



* Booksale
* Agit Prop
* Food and cake stalls
* Tea, coffee and bar

* Kids’ Space with Activities and face-painting

* Film Screenings:
5pm – Persepolis
9pm – Women Without Men

* Poetry Reading/Writers’ Workshop

Featuring readings from poets Rachael Allen:

and Cat Madden:

* Girls Get Busy Zine

More events and activities TBC

– Free Entry – Suggested Donation £4 –
Donate to Save our Library

The Summer fête is for everyone – we’d love your input and help. If you’d like to have a stall, suggest an activity, run a workshop, donate a cake or come along and lend a hand, please get in touch!

Are you part of a feminist group? Feel free to bring along leaflets etc. Get in touch if you would like to talk about your group, or give a talk/lead a discussion on any topic that interests you, particularly those related to women in the arts and/or activism.




Pussy Riot: Final Verdict will take place in the Royal Court Theatre’s café bar at 11am on Friday 17 August. The event is free and non-ticketed.


The Royal Court Theatre joins a global day of protest in solidarity with Moscow’s feminist punk band Pussy Riot on Friday 17 August at 11am before the final verdict is delivered at 12pm (3pm Moscow time).

The families and defence lawyers of the three women, who have been held in custody for five months after being arrested for an impromptu anti-Putin protest in M
oscow’s main cathedral, have asked people around the world to unite on 17 August to support the cause.

In response to this, the testimonies of the three arrested members of the collective; Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich will be brought alive by actors in a rehearsed reading in the Royal Court’s café bar. Labour MP Kerry McCarthy will reflect on her experiences of being present in the courtroom during the trial and playwright E.V Crowe will give a short introduction.

Crowe, whose play Hero opens at the Royal Court on 23 November first proposed the idea of creating an event in dedicated to Pussy Riot after hearing of the arrest of three of their members. As well as Friday’s event, she will curate an event in November at the Royal Court to explore and debate the ideas behind the movement.

Sasha Dugdale, a writer and translator who has worked extensively with the Royal Court, has been following the live feeds from the trial and is translating their testimonies into English. She described the women’s words as ‘extraordinary, poetic, full of passion and innocence’.

“The Pussy Riot trial is of concern to those who believe that the right of artists to question the actions of the state is central to an egalitarian society. As a London home for theatre artists to ask challenging questions, the Royal Court feels like the obvious place for the women’s words to be heard in English.”
Dominic Cooke, Artistic Director of the Royal Court

“Watching their activism on youtube and hearing their courtroom statements, I felt inspired in a way no other cultural movement in my lifetime has captured my imagination or responded to my perception of women’s place in the cultural and political landscape. What Pussy Riot does is take a stand, through art, and then maximize its impact through social media. They are women who make me want to understand the world I’m living in, to write about it, and to be brave whatever the cost.”
E.V Crowe, Playwright

“The trial of these three brave young women has enormous consequences. Like no other case in recent history, it has demonstrated to a huge number of Russians and people around the world that it is possible to fight back, to stand up for justice and to be fearless in the face of cruelty and corruption.”
Sasha Dugdale, Writer



Pussy Riot Flashmob @ Southbank Centre | Sunday 12th August


@ Southbank Centre | Sunday 12 August, 2pm


Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls!

Come dressed in your tights, capes, eyemasks, underwear and your sunday best multi-coloured balaclavas for the Pussy Riot Superheroes Freeze Flash Mob.

Arrive a few mins before 2pm in front of the Southbank Centre (on the walkway close to the waterfront) then when the clock strikes 2:00pm freeze in your best Superhero pose!

The freeze will last for 5 minutes so choose your pose wisely!

After the freeze we’ll do a Superheroes March down Southbank and over Westminster Bridge. From there you can off wander into the city with your new found Superhero friends and save the day if it needs saving!

This is not a protest, the aim is to create a spectacular visual impact that intrigues the public and encourages them to learn more about Pussy Riot.

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Here’s how it’s done!:

We’re looking for people to document the happening so please bring your photographer/videographer friends!

Here’s some inspiration for your homemade costumes:

LETS START A PUSSY RIOT | Call for Submissions


Back in April Storm in a Teacup, Girls Get Busy & Not So Popular joined together to organise a fundraiser in support of PUSSY RIOT.

We have joined forces once again to create a ZINE: LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT with your creative responses to the PUSSY RIOT trial, in celebration of our Freedom of Speech! Please submit your response to