Monthly Archives: October 2013




Dear Teacups,

This month is such an exciting month – it really is! There are just so many feminist events happening across the country. As always we do our best to list them all here on the Storm in a Teacup blog.  Last month we revealed that Storm in a Teacup will be working in partnership with the Feminist Times to bring you monthly feminist event highlights. We will still be publishing our full listings on this blog as usual so please contact if you would like your event listed on Storm in a Teacup and the Feminist Times. Anyone can be a part of the Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;

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This month there are some fantastic feminist events happening not only in London but also nationally. The first ever Womens Comedy Festival takes in Manchester from the 1st until the 27th of October with over 100 events across 16 venues. Goldsmiths University are launching the new Feminist Research Centre (FRC) and will be holding an opening lecture on 10th October and panel discussion on the 31st of October. Feminism London Conference  is at the Institute of Education on October 26th and is followed by  Reclaim the Night March  in the same evening. On the 12th of October the History of Feminism Network Conference takes place at the British Library where they will host a day of discussions that explore ‘The Women’s Liberation Movement: Intergenerational Histories of Second Wave Feminism’ . Also happening across the country Ladyfest Leeds on October 19th and the North East Feminist Gathering in Newcastle from 12-13th October.


There are also some great feminist events happening in East London this month with launch of Carousel, ‘a new platform which promotes equality in the arts and showcasing emerging and underrepresented talent’ celebrating with a two evenings of music 11th & 12th of October, featuring one of our fave bands; The Hysterical Injury and The Girls Are..DJ set at Power Lunches, Dalston.

East London Fawcett presents their second event as part of the “Are Men Doing it?” campaign. The Bad Boy Of Feminism, James Mullinger’s first solo stand-up UK tour, was a huge hit critically and commercially ending with a sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre.

The premiere screening of short film “Honest Lies” based on a story written by a woman previously involved in prostitution and funded by a kickstarter project. The screening takes place at Amnesty International UK,  followed by a discussion with a panel that includes Kat Banyard (UK Feminista), Fiona Mactaggart MP (Slough), Ruth Jacobs (writer and campaigner) and Cheryl Stafford (Eaves for Women).

Theatre Spotlight

This October update we thought it was important to highlight some of the groundbreaking feminist theatre that is currently storming the stage in London. First up, set in 1898, ‘Blue Stockings’ concerns the hurdles faced by the first generation of women to attend Cambridge University. Written by Jessica Swale and directed by John Dove at the Shakespeares Globe Theatre until 11th October.

Celebrated theatre company Clean Break return to Soho Theatre with Katie Hims’ ‘Billy the Girl’ which runs from 29 October to 24 November. Clean Break is a women’s theatre company using theatre for personal and political change and working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system. On 12 November, a post-show panel conversation features past and present Clean Break commissioned writers discussing the Clean Break commission and its impact on their writing lives. On 13 November, post-show panelists from various disciplines discuss concepts of chaos and women in the criminal justice system.

The Camden People’s Theatre present a festival of feminist theatre “Calm Down Dear” a gathering of artists and companies presenting a three-week season of innovative theatre, performance, comedy, cabaret and discussion about feminism. Programme runs from 23rd October until Sunday 10th of November.

Please see below for the latest Feminist event/Art event and party listings for London and beyond! If you would like your event listed – get in touch;




The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter.

LOSE THE LAD MAGS are off to Parliament! On Tuesday 15 October we’re holding a crucial meeting in the House of Commons with Caroline Lucas MP to call on Tesco to lose the lads’ mags.

Email your MP now and ask them to attend – it only takes a couple of minutes using our online form:

You can also register to attend the meeting here:                                    For more details about the campaign visit


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;                                                                                                                                       FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:


EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email

ELF is recruiting for the following:                                                             Group Coordinator : coordinating the team, meetings and ELF updates                  Sports Campaign Manager: after 2 successful events and press interest, would you like to take the lead on a campaign around women and sport?                              Please also get in touch if you are interested in getting involved in campaigns for Politics, Heartbreak Launderette, Are Men Doing It?, Art or Sport. Do get in touch if you have any other ideas.                 WEBSITE:

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 involved;                                                   MORE INFO:



STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please


Until 11th October || Blues Stockings @ Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Set in 1898, ‘Blue Stockings’ concerns the hurdles faced by the first generation of women to attend Cambridge University. Written by Jessica Swale and directed by John Dove.                                                                                                             MORE INFO:

1-13 October | The Age of The Feminine exhibition @ Brighton Arts Club. BN1 4GE. This solo show brings together work created over the last 8 years by the Brighton-based artist and artistic anthropologist Marga Beuth.           MORE INFO:

1 October || Women in Comedy Festival UK Launch Night @ Frog & Bucket Comedy Club, Manchester. The first ever UK Women in Comedy Festival will be held in Greater Manchester in October 2013. Find out more via or email Tickets £8 in advance. Doors 7pm, show start at 8pm                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT:

2 October || She Grrrowls @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ. Hosted by Cat Brogan. Comedy from Helen Keen. Poetry from Hannah Chutzpah and Ebele. Music from Hannah Rose Tristram. Showcasing a range of female spoken word – including poetry, comedy and a music finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: SPACE. 7.30pm. £5.00     FACEBOOK EVENT:                                            MORE INFO:

2 October || Big Sexy Noise (Featuring Lydia Lunch) @ The Lexington. Post Punk Poet legend; Lydia Lunch with SUPPORT from: Fat White Family, Broken DC. £11.00                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT:

7 October || Ada Lovelace Day.  Is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. For more information on how to get involved, see the Finding Ada blog andFacebook group.Finding Ada on Twitter

9 October || Women in Comedy Festival Presents; Zoe Lyons and Friends @ The Frog and Bucket, Manchester. Zoe Lyons, Hayley Ellis, Dotty Winters and Kerry Leigh will form one of the many fantastic lines ups at the inaugural UK women in comedy festival.Doors 7pm, show 8pm                                     FACEBOOK EVENT:

10 October || Launch of Centre for Feminist Research (CFR)@ Goldsmiths University, London. Opening Lecture Professor Angela McRobbie “Feminism: The Family and Working Life: the Rise of Neoliberal Sexual Politics.” 5pm-6.30pm in RHB Cinema. MORE INFO:

11 October || Carousel Presents; Bands- Hysterical Injury, H Grimace, Oh Boy @ Power Lunches, Dalston. £4.00. A power-punching noise-pop duo, a dose of post grunge, psych surf and some songs about bodies and blood.                                                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT:

12 October || Carousel Presents; Bands – Shopping, Cat Bear Tree. DJs: The Girls Are..@ Power Lunches, Dalston. £4.00. A post-punk, DIY riot. ‘Primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass.’                   FACEBOOK EVENT:

12 October || History of Feminism Conference 2013: Intergenerational Histories of Second Wave Feminism @ The British Library. £15.00 A day of dialogues between Women’s Liberation activists and younger feminists.Today Britain is experiencing a resurgence of feminist activity. From online activism to protests at the impact of government policies, women are on the march again. What is the relationship between this new feminism and the Women’s Liberation movement of a generation ago?                                                                                                                             MORE INFO:

12-13 October || North East Feminist Gathering @ Newcastle-Upon-Tyne This unique women-only space will combine opportunities for discussion, learning and planning with creative and artistic elements.                                                 MORE INFO:

14 October || Honest Lies Premiere/Film Screening @ Amnesty International UK,  EC2A 3EA. The premiere screening of this short film based on a story written by a woman previously involved in prostitution during volunteer-led workshops. Following the screening will be a discussion of the challenges facing women exiting prostitution, ways in which they can be supported, and a clear message of support for a change in UK law, calling for those who are prostituted to be decriminalised. Panellists include Kat Banyard (UK Feminista)                                                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT:

19 October || Ladyfest Leeds @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds. Host of wonderful speakers, workshops and bands ready to inspire you to release your inner activist, get creative and have a wonderful time. BANDS: Etai Keshiki, Nervous Twitch, Esper Scout, The Three Amigos. 12pm start for the day panel and workshop events. 7pm start for the evening gig. 12pm – 11pm                               FACEBOOK EVENT:

23 October || East London Fawcett Present; Are Men Doing it? @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, E2 6NB The Bad Boy Of Feminism, James Mullinger’s first solo stand-up UK tour, was a huge hit critically and commercially ending with a sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre. Tickets £5.00                                                                                                                                                     TICKETS :                                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT:

23 October – 10 November | CALM DOWN, DEAR, a festival of feminism @ Camden Peoples Theatre. Calm Down, Dear is the venue’s latest gathering of artists and companies, here presenting a three-week season of innovative theatre, performance, comedy, cabaret and discussion about feminism.  What did it mean then? What does it mean now? Why is it resurgent? Ticket £10 (£8.00 concessions) or double bill shows £15.00 (£12.00 concessions).                                                                                                                          GUARDIAN ARTICLE:                                                                                                                                    MORE INFO:

23 October || Clitrock III @ Rattlesnake of Angel, Islington. All funds raised go to Daughters Of Eve, who are committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). LIVE BANDS: DEUX FURIEUSES, DANA JADE, PEARL HARTS. DJs: Club Motherfucker. £5.00 entry.                                                                                                                                             FACEBOOK EVENT:

26 October || Feminism in London Conference @ Institute of Education, University of London, WC1H 0AL. 9am-5.30pm. Followed by Stop Porn Culture event, Finishing with the London Reclaim the Night March and afterparty.                                                                                                                                 TICKETS:                                                                                      MORE INFO:

26 October || Reclaim the Night March @ assemble outside Institute of Education (Bedford Way), 6.30pm (nearest tube Russell Square).  For the 10th year running, London Feminist Network will be welcoming women from all over UK and the rest of Europe to march through central London for women, put your feet on the streets to shout a loud NO to rape and all forms of male violence against women.                                                                                                                                     MORE INFO:

26 October || What the Frock! Exeter @ The Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter. 8pm After selling out more than 15 comedy nights in Bristol, What The Frock! is coming to Exeter! Headlined by the inimitable Jayde Adams (Time Out award nominee), the line-up also includes Alice Frick (‘exuberant and perfectly pitched’ – Three Weeks), Viv Groskop (‘my god girl, you’ve got some guts’ – Dame Judi Dench), and Laura Lexx (‘next generation Lucy Porter’ – Chortle)       TICKETS & MORE INFO:

29 October – 24 November || ‘Billy the Girl’ @ Soho Theatre. Clean Break is a women’s theatre company using theatre for personal and political change and working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.                                                                                                                                                     MORE INFO:

31 October || Launch of Centre for Feminist Research (CFR)@ Goldsmiths, London.  Feminism @ Goldsmiths. Short presentations by Joan Anim-Addo (English Lif/Centre for Caribbean Studies), Lisa Blackman (Media and Communications), Rosalyn George (Educational Studies/Centre for Identities and Social Justice), Nirmal Puwar (Sociology) and Helena Reckitt (Art).5-7pm, in NAB, LG02. Followed by reception in NAB Atrium.                             MORE INFO:


19 – 23 November || Underwire Festival 2013 @ Venue + Programme TBC. A short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women.   MORE INFO:

20 November || International Transgender Day of Remembrance @ Worldwide. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside each year to memorialise those who have been killed as a result of transphobia (anti-trans hatred of prejudice)                                                                                                                 MORE INFO:


1 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11 4PS     Tablee applications are now open! Drop me an email if you’d like to talk/workshop/table at this year’s Queer Zine Fest London event, which takes place on Dec 1st at Space Station Sixty-Five All details TBC                                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT:                                                MORE INFO:

Over and Out,

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