Monthly Archives: November 2012



Dear Teacups,

Last month we saw some amazing feminist action from UK Feminista at their Feminist lobby of Parliament on 24th of October. Good news for womens rights and gay rights in the US and beyond with Obama being re-elected for a second term. Plus Katja, one of the Pussy Riot three, was released on probation in October. Also good news about the future of The Women’s Library. A new home has been found at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) the downside is they will not be able to maintain the building and will be vacating the purpose built library in Aldgate in 2013. Still it’s nice to have some good news and lots more positive feminist events and actions coming up this month and we all must keep standing up and speaking out to see real, positive progress happening.

This month don’t miss the Music & Liberation exhibition.This amazing collection of zines, photos, art and music of the UK Women’s Liberation Movement from 1970-1989 and has been touring the UK this Autumn. Its final stop is London at Space Station Sixty-Five in Oval. Come along to the free opening event on the 30th November with a performance from folk legend Frankie Armstrong and a talk from Sadista Sister Jude Alderson. The exhibition runs from the 1st of December until the 13th January with a closing event featuring a documentary about Gina Birch (The Raincoats) band; The Gluts. For more info about the archive check out the Women Liberation Music Archive website.

The  Reclaim the Night women-only national march against sexual violence and for gender equality, organised annually by the London Feminist Network is happening on Saturday 24th of November from 6pm. The Feminist Library are hosting a social on Saturday 24th at 2pm with bring and buy book-sale and refreshments. East London Fawcett Group will be marching together and hosting a info stall, so get in touch with them if you want to get involved.

This month there are also some fantastic feminist film festivals coming up; Underwire Fest from the 20th – 24th November and London Feminist Film Fest at Hackney Picturehouse from 29th November until 2nd December with a selection of Feminist films and documentaries. Underwire Festival boast a full week long programme of short films shortlisted for prizes in screenwriting, directing and producing. For full programme of film showings and events please follow links below.
Underwire 2012:
London Feminist Film Fest:

Another date for the diary; Saturday 8th December is the first ever Queer Zine Fest London. It’s a fantastic lineup of zine distros, zine artists, workshops and much, much more. They got some great coverage in The Independent last week. For full Zinster lineup see the Facebook Event. Also in South London is a new Riot Grrl/queer night; Bloody Ice Cream on Saturday 1st December with an awesome lineup; Skinny Girl Diet, Ethical Debating Society and My Therapist Says Hot Damn. For more information see the Facebook Event.

In October Storm in a Teacup and The Girls Are.. presented a show at the Lexington for New York band The Shondes, with support from The Tuts and AmiTY. Thank you to all involved and that came along in support it was a great night, great crowd and check out The Girls Are review which features some great photos (yip I just said great three times!!!). and hopefully we might have some more fem fronted gigs on the cards in the new year. In other Storm in a Teacup news we are itching to tell you about the project that has been brewing for a few months now for Lets Start a Pussy Riot. We hope to soon be able to reveal what we have planned alongside some amazing artists, musicians and collectives. We really wanted to create a lasting legacy and impact with this project and so its well worth the wait.

East London Fawcett Group
launched their new website and continue their amazing work with the Great East London Art Audit and getting some well deserved press coverage. They have also got some great events coming up including; a discussion about Women & Sport on the 25th November, which includes a special screening Melanie Brown’s photo-film, Fighting for Peace: Kabul’s Female Boxers, the event is also a fundraiser to support female boxers in Afghanistan. Also on Saturday 24th November ELF free Artist Talk; “The role of the Artist” where artists Rose Gibbs and Leah Capaldi will discuss Capaldi’s new work at the Zabludowicz collection with a special emphasis on the role of the artist, and the trials and tribulations of an art education. For more information about attending these events please email:

Check out some recent press about ELF’s art audit  in Time Out and Huffington Post;

Find out how to get involved with the East London Fawcett Group’s campaign to find out the truth about representation of women in the art world. For more information about these events or becoming a member please check out the ELF audit website and contact East London Fawcett Group at

Please visit the Storm in a Teacup blog site to find out how to get involved in the collective and to keep up with the latest news.
If you are a promoter or organiser and you would like us to list your event, project or campaign or distribute flyers or zines on our info stalls, please get in touch.



FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have just been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;

East London Fawcett Group (ELF) Get involved with the “Great East London Art Audit” research and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email

UK Feminista London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month.
Email to get get involved;

A Safe World for Women Please follow the wonderful work of this organisation, which connects grassroots organisations worldwide via:MORE INFO:

Climate Rush Climate Rush seeks craftswomen of all kinds to support the campaign and help to create a beautiful future. The group meets every Thursday at 7pm, Carnaby Street.



Lets Start a Pussy Riot zine open submissions
You are invited to submit a creative response in celebration and investigation of freedom of speech, feminism, Pussy Riot and our own place within democratic society. We are accepting submissions in forms of essays, poetry, short stories, investigative journalism, and letters of support. Scholarly, creative and non- fiction writing and artwork. Photos, artwork, music, lyrics. Submissions should be sent to:

Storm in a Teacup collective plan to put on some great feminist friendly art parties in 2012 so contact us  if you would like to get involved or


Ongoing || Long March to Equality Exhibition @ The Women’s Library Spanning over four hundred years, this exhibition offers the opportunity to delve into and discover “the greatest collection of women’s history in the world”.The Long March to Equality brings together for the first time some of the rarest items from the Womens Library collections.

Ongoing || Lets Hear it for the Boys Exhibition @ The Women’s Library Let’s hear it for the boys! will showcase the men who have worked with, helped shape, and appear in The Women’s Library collections

15 November || T-Club @ Dalston Superstore. DJs THE LIBRARIAN, FELIX the BARBER, RICKY ALMEIDA, SHAMPAIN. Plus much more. Free. 8.30pm onwards.

16 November || Unskinny Bop @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club Anything goes knees up for queers & misfits. DJs play bubblegum pop, girl punk, rock&roll, soul, divas & women who ROCK.  £5 (£3 conc / flyer) 9.00pm – 2.00am. No entry after 12am.

16 November || Club Lesley @ Dalston Superstore. 9pm onwards. MDMX + MAXX DMX
BISOUX + JOHN RENAUD in the steampit basement £5 after 10.

17 November || OBJECT! Turn Your Back on Page 3 Protest @ News International HQ. 2pm. Turn Your Back on Page 3 campaign and other feminist groups, we’ll be marking the anniversary of Page 3 with a protest outside News International HQ calling for an end to sexist misrepresentations of women in our press.

18 November || Feminist Film Evening @ House of Brag, Kennington. 5pm onwards. Film, raffle and refreshments. Suggested donation £2 -£5 raising funds for Feminism in London’s 2013 conference.

20 – 24 November || Underwire Film Fest 2012 @ Ritzy, Brixton. Celebrating shorts by Women. Submissions for short films now open.

23 November || Giddy Up! @ The Betsey Trotwood.An alternative night for the homosexually inclined and their friends.  9pm onwards. Free.

24 November || Reclaim the Night Social @ The Feminist Library, 2pm onwards. Social gathering before the march.

24 November || Reclaim the Night March assemble @ Whitehall Place, 6pm. Join with thousands of women to shout a loud NO to rape and male violence against women and demand justice for survivors.

24 November || ELF Artist Talks “The role of the Artist” with Rose Gibbs and Leah Capaldi @  Zabludowicz Collection (Library room), NW5 3PT. 1pm. Artists Rose Gibbs and Leah Capaldi will discuss Capaldi’s new work at the Zabludowicz collection with a special emphasis on the role of the artist, and the trials and tribulations of an art education.RSVP to add your name to the list:

24 November || TWAT b. presents; AUSTRA, DAM MANTLE (live), Planningtorock, Anika (DJS) plus much more. @ Victorian Volts, EC2A 3JF 10pm – 5pm £10.00.

24 November || Sister Sister @ The Victoria, Mile End. Djs include: Girls Get Busy & Not So Popular. Playing the best & biggest female fronted sounds from hip hop, UK garage, rap and r’n’b, to d’n’b & reggae.

25 November || East London Fawcett Group hosts Women & Sport discussion @ Body Studio, EC2A 3AY. With a special screening of Melanie Brown’s photo-film, Fighting for Peace: Kabul’s Female Boxers, the event is also a fundraiser to support female boxers in Afghanistan. A discussion will be led by Francesca Brown (Fair Game Campaign, Stylist Magazine), Naomi Gibson (Founder, Girls in Gloves), Margaret Pope (Director and Founder, Body Studio), Trecia-Kaye Smith (Jamaican athlete and triple jumper) and Laura Williamson (Sports Writer, The Daily Mail) . £5.00 entry (£2 unwaged) on door. RSVP to add your name to the list: LONDON FAWCETT GROUP:


29 November || Women Make Noise @ Power Lunches. LIVE: Trash Kit, Covergirl, Sisters, Woolf. Launch gig to celebrate the publication of Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to Modern. Out now on Supernova Press (special women & arts imprint of Aurora Metro)  FREE GIG! Though contributions for the bands are very welcome. Get there early as there is limited capacity.Bands start at 8pm. RSVP:

29 November-2 December || London Feminist Film Festival @ Hackney Picturehouse. Join the mailing list by sending an email with the header “mailing list” to

29 November – 9 February 2012 || Donmar Warehouse presents; Julius Caesar Phyllida Lloyd directs an all-female company in Shakespeare’s raw and eternal study of power. The poster for the production shows women dressed as PUSSY RIOT. This production marks Phyllida Lloyd’s return to theatre, and to the Donmar stage, after her film The Iron Lady. Tickets on sale now, only limited tickets still available.

30 November – 15 January 2013 | Music & Liberation: Feminist Music Making in the UK 1970-1980’s Exhibition @ Space Station Sixty Five, London. How feminists used music as an activist tool to entertain and empower women during the 1970s and 1980s. It brings together for the first time a diverse collection of women’s cultural heritage to inspire and inform contemporary audiences about the politics of music making. Come along to the opening party on Friday 30th November.

30 November || Debbie @ Resistance Gallery. DEBBIE is a night of female-fronted rock, pop & indie, for gays, girls, freaks and geeks. 9.00pm onwards. Free before 10, £3 till 11, £5 after 11. Last entry 11.45 pm.


1 December || Bloody Ice Cream launch night @ The Grosvenor, SW9. Live: Skinny Girl Diet, Ethical Debating Society, My Therapist Says Hot Damn. Plus Zines and DJs including Girl Germs spinning the best of riot grrrl/indie/90s Doors at 8.30pm, £5/£4 with a flyer. FACEBOOK EVENT:

8 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11. Expect talks, workshops, music, art, films, exhibitions, food and stacks of queerific zines. 12.00pm – 7pm.

15 December || Club Motherfu*ker Christmas Party @ Shacklewell Arms. Line up TBA
£5.00adv £7.00 on door.

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Feminist Arts Collective

Music & Liberation Exhibition (Women’s Music & Activism from 1970 -1989) & Launch Night

Music & Liberation Archive Exhibition & Launch Event

Launch Night: 30 November
Exhibition Run: 1 Dec – 13 Jan

Don’t miss ‘Music & Liberation’, an exhibition about music and activism in the UK Women’s Liberation Movement 1970-1989, has been touring the UK this Autumn.

Its final stop is the bright lights of London, at the fantastic Space Station Sixty-Five, 373 Kennington Rd, nearest tube is Oval.

We want you to come to the grand opening event, which will feature wine, tea, fizzy water and nibbles, as well as some songs from folk legend Frankie Armstrong, and a talk from Sadista Sister Jude Alderson.

Come along and see the exhibition in its new London home for the first time!


Exhibition runs: 1 Dec – 13 Jan
Space Station Sixty-Five, Building One, 373 Kennington Road, London SE11 4PS
Thursday- Sunday 12-6.00 pm
The gallery is closed from 17 December – 9 January and will open again for the last weekend of Music & Liberation on 10 December.


6.30-8.30 pm – All Welcome
Legendary folk singer Frankie Armstrong will sing a few songs and Jude Alderson, founder of cult performance act the Sadista Sisters will share her memories.

8 December
The inaugural Queer Zine Fest London, 12-7pm. With its own programme of talks and DJ’s

8 December- 13 January
An exhibition of posters from Melanie Maddison’s Shape & Situate fanzine of inspirational women.

Closing Events – 13 January
2.00 – 3.30pm
A conversation between Barby Asante, founder of the South London Black Music Archive, and exhibition curator Deborah Withers about community memories, generational transmission and music. Chaired by Tom Perchard, author of Lee Morgan – His Life, Music and Culture.

Film showing of a documentary about The Gluts, who are comprised of Hayley Newman, Gina Birch and Kaffe Matthews. ‘The Gluts resist the current dismantling of culture and our welfare state – market-led solutions, corporate greed, millionaire government types, capitalism and their roles within climate change and its ongoing effect on our world and people. We want life, not death: education not poverty: fulfilment not oppression. We want libraries with books in them, a healthy health service and a global commons for everyone to share and enjoy, now and in the future!’
The film will be followed by a Q & A, and the showing of Gluts’ pop videos.

This event is absolutely free to attend, and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

The exhibition will thereafter be open Thurs-Sun 12-6pm until 13 January.

Space Station Sixty-Five is closed from 17 December – 9 January. The gallery will open again for the last weekend of Music & Liberation on 10 January.

Contact for more information

Queer Zine Fest London | Saturday 8 December


Queer Zine Fest London @ Space Station Sixty-Five

Saturday 8th December

Join us for the inaugural Queer Zine Fest London, which takes place on Sat 8th Dec at Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11 Expect talks, workshops, music, art, films, exhibitions, food and stacks of queerific zines.


Zinesters, distros, organizations and publications who are tabling/appearing/exhibiting/speaking at Queer Zine Fest London 2012 (more tbc):

Cinnamon Buns (UK)
Riots Not Diets (UK)
Pink Mince (UK)
Sarah Tea-Rex (UK)
Vampire Sushi (UK)
Chroma Literary Journal (UK)
Chella Quint (UK)
Cherry Bomb (NZ/UK)
Princesa Pirata (UK)
Ricochet Ricochet! (UK)
Fight Boredom Distro (UK/Canada)
Kirsty Fife (UK)
Shape & Situate (UK)
Avant Gardening (UK)
Old Zines for Old People (Unskinny Bop + Bill Savage) (UK)
Larry-bob Roberts (US)
Out Here/Juggling The Rainbow (NZ)
Michelle Mendonca (UK)
Rachel Aggs (UK)
Howard Hardiman (UK)
Bettie Walker (UK)


Deborah Withers’ Music & Liberation: Women’s Liberation Music Making in the UK, 1970 -1989

Melanie Maddison’s Shape & Situate zine poster exhibition.


London Feminist Film Festival @ Hackney Picturehouse

London Feminist Film Festival @ Hackney Picturehouse

29 Nov – 2 Dec 2012

The first London Feminist Film Festival will take place at Hackney Picturehouse from 29 November to 2 December 2012. The festival will screen feminist shorts and feature films from women directors around the world, including films by up-and-coming directors as well as feminist classics. Each film session will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring prominent filmmakers, feminists, academics, and arts critics.

The London Feminist Film Festival was set up as a response to the underrepresentation of women in the film industry, as well as to the lack of films addressing feminist issues and the fact that the representation of women on screen is often narrow and stereotypical.

The festival aims to celebrate women creatives whilst ensuring that this feminist ethos also extends to the films we show. It will be a celebration of feminist films past and present. The aim is to inspire discussion about feminism and film, to support women directors and to get feminist films seen by a wider audience.

More details here...


Lesbiana – A Parallel Revolution UK PREMIERE + panel discussion
Documentary about the lesbian writers, philosophers, and activists who were key players in creating a revolutionary sisterhood in the 1980s.

FEMINIST CLASSIC: A Question of Silence + panel discussion
30th anniversary screening of Marleen Gorris’ award-winning film exploring themes of living in a patriarchy. A rare opportunity to see this cult classic!

HERSTORIES: shorts + panel discussion
Documentary about Boury, a taxi driver in Dakar, Senegal, as she forges her way in a male-dominated profession.
As a Warrior (Como una Guerrera) EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Drama about a victim of domestic violence who finds the strength to be her own knight in shining armour.
Seating Code
Deals with the myth in China that it is bad luck if a woman sits on a camera box on a film set.
Sari Stories
A group of women in rural India are being trained as video journalists. We see them as they document their everyday lives and talk about the problems of growing up as women in a patriarchy.

PRISONS + panel discussion
Beautiful Sentence
Women prisoners in the UK experience the therapeutic effect of creative writing.
The Witches of Gambaga
Award-winning documentary about a community of women condemned to live in a camp for ‘witches’ in Northern Ghana.

Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992
+ panel discussion
Documentary on award-winning African-American lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde and her contribution to the Afro-German movement.

Ladies’ Turn + panel discussion
Documentary about a women’s football tournament in Senegal. An inspiring story of women pushing boundaries.

MEMORIES + panel discussion
I Too Have a Name (Enakkum Oru Per) UK PREMIERE
A Tamil woman goes about her daily existence as a nun in the ravaged northeast of Sri Lanka at a time when her country is slipping in and out of war.
The Border Crossing
An award-winning, highly original exploration of the director’s memories of violence whilst hitchhiking through the Basque Country 30 years ago. The film melds past and present, fiction and documentary, to create a spellbinding montage of memories.

FIGHTING BACK! shorts + panel discussion
A session of short films dealing with issues around sisterhood, the links between sexism and violence against women, and women fighting back. The panel discussion will explore these themes and how people can get involved in feminist activism.
The Womanhood UK PREMIERE
A girl is inducted into ‘The Womanhood’ and learns about the special powers she will gain as a result.
Give Us a Smile
Animation dealing with sexual harassment, women’s objectification in the media, and ways women are fighting back.
She Was No Greta Garbo UK PREMIERE
This animated short shows some of the rape myths and victim blaming attitudes that prevail when women report rape.
Kung Fu Grandma
Elderly women in Kenya undertake a self-defence course to help protect themselves from rape by young men in their community.

Underwire Festival 2012

Underwire Festival 2012 @ The Ritzy, Brixton 

20 – 24 November

Underwire, the UK’s only short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw
cinematic talents of women, have announced the programme for their third annual festival, running 20 – 24 November at The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, London. Featuring an eclectic mix of genres, themes and aesthetic styles across ten programmes, the festival welcomes two new award categories this year for Best  Sound Designer and Best Actor. These ten craft awards aim to recognise outstanding female film practitioners working in the UK today.

Highlights from this yearʼs festival include The Art of Science, sponsored by the
Wellcome Trust – a programme of weird and wonderful biomedical shorts, made by women, followed by a discussion and drinks with scientists; LOCO presents Live Wire, a night of live and filmed comedy, featuring up and coming talents Lady Garden, Hils Barker and Lou Sanders; Carol Morley (Dreams of a Life) and guests look forward to a time when the question “How does it feel to be a woman filmmaker?” is never asked again in Why Women Canʼt Make Features, andUnderwire and Sight & Sound launch their exciting new competition for women film journalists.

“Underwire has boomed this year”, says Helen Jack, festival co-Director. “Our 2012 Tour across the UK has opened our eyes to the amount of female film talent we have in this country, and the duty we have to nurture it”.

Founder & co-Director Gemma Mitchell adds, “With a trebling in submission numbers this year, weʼre reminded of how necessary a festival like Underwire is. Inequalities still exist in the industry – for a multitude of reasons – and with each festival we try and address these issues and push progress forward”. The films in this yearʼs festival put interesting female characters at their center,  featuring an OAP activist, an eccentric engineer, and a female boxer who battles with discrimination. With a mix of animation (Belly, Tosh), documentaries (Another Note, Racing Time), drama (Summit, Wild) and experimental film (Anatidae, Moments), these films will inspire and excite audiences. Alongside the film programme, UnderWire is hosting a day of affordable industry events on Saturday 24 November.

Sessions include Walking the Wire, a marathon workshop providing practical and empowering information vital for women working in the creative and media industries; In Your Own Hands, which looks at why DLSRs are changing DIY filmmaking from the avant-garde to the mainstream, and Script, Shoot, Slice, Screen will take an in-depth look at the craft of a short film from start to finish, through a series of Q&As and screenings.


OBJECT Against Page 3 || Protest @ News International

On November 17th at 12pm, along with the Turn Your Back on Page 3 campaign and other feminist groups, we’ll be marking the anniversary of Page 3 with a protest outside News International HQ calling for an end to sexist misrepresentations of women in our press.

These Page 3-type portrayals of women would not be broadcast on TV, and they are prohibited from the workplace because they are considered a form of sexual harassment. Yet, in a situation unusual to the UK, newspapers are free to print these discriminatory images on a daily basis.

We object!

Along with other women’s organisations, OBJECT gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry calling for an end to this form of institutional sexism. Now is our chance to join together and take to the streets to call for an end to Page 3, and to make the links between the sexual objectification of women in our press and the unequal and discriminatory ways in which women and girls are viewed and treated in our society.

Join us to challenge media sexism, and to call for an end to the Page 3 portrayal of women!


For feminists in London: Join us at News International HQ on November 17th at 12pm, ready to make a lot of noise and to demand an end to the discrimination of women in our press.

What to bring: Bring a white T.shirt and a marker pen, and write your personal message against Page 3 and the culture it promotes. If you want an OBJECT T shirt to wear on the day, you can buy them here:, and you can always write on a bit of paper which you safety pin to your T Shirt if you want to preserve the shirt! Please also bring banners and placards with your anti-sexism slogans, as well as musical instruments and a readiness to sing and chant!

For all feminists across the country:

– Take photos of where you see Page 3 images (on the bus, on the tube, in a cafe, on a park bench, on the front page of The Sport, The Sun or The Star in your local newsagent or supermarket) and tweet them to @objectupdate #NowhereFreeFromPage3 (try and get the context in the photo as best as you can).
– Tell us why you object to Page 3 – tweet @objectupdate #IObject2Page3 or email
– Send your MP the OBJECT/Turn Your Back on Page 3 evidence to the Leveson Inquiry asking for support, and email any responses to
– Email the Leveson Inquiry at asking that the issue of the portrayal of women in the press, and of prejudicial reporting of violence against women and girls, is addressed in their recommendations – you can refer them to the joint submission by OBJECT, Eaves, Equality Now and the End Violence Against Women Coalition.

Also, as well as the protest at News International HQ, it would be great if November 17th marked a national day of action against media sexism. If you are up for planning a local action (big or small) please post details and share suggestions, and remember to take lots of photos! And, feel free to email for ideas and support.

We look forward to joining with all of you who want to see an end to this sexist portrayal of women in the press:

‘Turn your back on Page 3, stand up to misogyny!’