Last week Lets Start a Pussy Riot collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) delivered their first talk to undergraduate sociology students as well as an afternoon talk for the new social movements group at Manchester University. Lets Start a Pussy Riot are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism. If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

As Storm in a Teacup are now collating listings for Feminist Times our remit has widened and we are now listing Feminist Events outside of the London area as well as listing more training events, conferences and feminist art events that appeal to different audiences. If you have any feedback or would like to get your event listed – please get in touch. Anyone can get involved in the  Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;

Become a Member                                                                                                                          Follow on Twitter                                                                                                                                  Like on Facebook                                                                                                                                  Join the Mailinglist

Looking ahead to December – don’t miss the second year of Queer Zine Fest at Space Station in South East London. On Sunday 1st of December whet your appetite for all things zine and queer with lots of great zinesters selling their self-published wares. Lets Start a Pussy Riot will be there selling our book. Please see more info here.


Nationally there are plenty of Feminist events happening for all taste and politics. Reclaim the Night march is happening in Leeds on the 16th of November. The Houses of Parliament outreach service presents a day of training and discussion “Women in Politics: Yes We Can!” in Bradford on 15th of November. The North West Labour History Society presents “Women’s History Conference” in Manchester on 23rd of November. We are most excited to hear about this year’s LaDIYfest Sheffield on the 30th of November featuring a day of workshops and an evening of live local bands!


As usual London is buzzing with lots of great feminist events, especially feminist art events. This month don’t miss “Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about Female Genital Mutilation” at University of London Medical School on the 12th of November. Booking is essential. Enemies of Good Art present a discussion entitled “Structures of the Future” at the Photographers Gallery investigating possibilities and issues surrounding art practice and family commitments. Click here for more Info. And lastly don’t miss HQ by Miss Pokeno and the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance exhibition running from the 14th of November until the 13th of December. The Sisters Of Perpetual Resistance are a unified group of militant feminists drawing on the disruptive aesthetic and techniques of Femen, Pussy Riot , Slut Walk and the women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th century to further their aims. Read the Huffington post article about the show here.

Film Spotlight

This November update we thought it was important to highlight two groundbreaking Feminist Film festivals happening in London this month. Underwire Short Film festival at the Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick (19-23 November) showcasing the cinematic talents of women working in film as well as the London Feminist Film Festival (24 November – 2 December), in its second year with a week long programme of feminist film screenings and panel talks at Hackney Picturehouse.

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. In its second year, the festival will take place at Hackney Picturehouse over seven days and will screen 10 feature length films and 21 short films, from 18 different countries, including eight UK Premieres, eight European Premieres, and six World Premieres. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring feminist directors, activists, academics, and arts critics. You can see the full programme here.

Underwire, the UK’s only short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women return for their 4th annual festival, running 19-23 November at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, London. Featuring an eclectic mix of genres, themes and aesthetic styles across 10 competition screenings. These ten craft awards aim to recognize outstanding female film practitioners working in the UK today. This year’s festival also includes 23 dynamic events, bringing industry icons and familiar faces to our audience.  Underwire Festival 2013 is focusing on feminist issues more so than ever before, bringing women in film and feminist discussion back to the heart of Hackney. With an exciting programme of industry events, this year’s festival questions what it means to be a woman, as a filmmaker and with our society. You can see the full programme here.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM                



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               WEBSITE:

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon)

Let ELF know your ideas via:

Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                                       Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                              Email – Send us an email to


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.

For more details about the campaign visit


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


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;                   MORE INFO:



SKY ARTS FUTURES FUND @ IDEAS-TAP                                5 x £30,000 bursaries available for artists, musicians, practitioners, producers and writers (aged 18-30)                                                     DEADLINE: 6 December 2013                                                                           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


3 October – 21 December || Inspirational Women North East: An Exhibition @ Hatton Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne. A portrait exhibition featuring the work of photographers Bryony Bainbridge and Kami Dodds, celebrating the achievements of women who have played a vital role within the North East including politician Mo Mowlam, suffragette Emily Davison and explorer Gertrude Bell. MORE INFO:

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:

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:

4 November || Policy & Parliament Training @ Womens Resource Centre, day policy and parliament training session in London in partnership with the Parliamentary Outreach serviceand Voice4Change. 10.30am-4pm. The course will cover: Parliament; The House of Commons and House of Lords, the role of MP’s and Members of the House of Lords, The policy making process & how to make your voice heard, How to plan your lobbying or policy work MORE INFO:

5 November || Art Macabre & For Books’ Sake Present; Derby of the Dead – Disco Inferno @ Wenlock & Essex, N1 8LN. An explosive mix of roller derby models posing for death drawing/life drawing, dancing, drinking and DJs. £10.00 Advanced tickets/£12.00 on the door. 7.30pm                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT:

5 November || London Fields Feminist Book Club: Angela Davis: Women, Race & Class @ Pub in the Park, Hackney, E8 3PE. More info:                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT:

7 November || Garconne – Girl.Boy.Other.All @ CLF Art Cafe, SE15 4ST. From the organisers of Traumfrau in Brighton a new night with Live acts; Sabrina Chap, Sakima and DJs, art installations, live illustration – plus much more. 10pm onwards.             FACEBOOK EVENT:

7 November || Why Gender Should be on Europe’s Agenda @ Amnesty International, EC2A 3EA. Organised by National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO) Bringing together academics, NGOs, political bodies and youth voices to explore how and why young women can and should get involved in the European agenda. Speakers include: Mary Honeyball MEP, Dr Roberta Guerrina, Rebecca Taylor MEP, Catherine Bearder MEP, Serap Altinisik – Member of EWL Free event. RSVP to attend; MORE INFO:

8 November || Enemies of Good Art: Your Right to Practice @ Photographers’ Gallery, W1F 7LW.  chaired by Rachel Anderson – Freelance Creative Producer and Producer – Collaborative Projects at Artangel. Enemies of Good Art seeks to investigate the possibilities of combining art practice and family commitments. In particular it seeks to encourage participation by parents and their children in a series of public discussions and art based events. 11am to 13.00pm. Free Event. Children welcome.             EVENT INFO:                                                                                                                          MORE INFO:

8 November || Future Listening Party @ Upstairs at The Garage, N5 1RD. Organisers of Club Motherfucker present new night. LIVE: Telepathe (NYC), MAXIXE(London) plus DJs. 10.30pm onwards.FACEBOOK EVENT:

9 November || Bloody Ice Cream #5: Frau, Dog Legs, Witching Waves @ The Grosvenor, SW9 0TP. 3 Female fronted – lo-fi, riot grrrl, post punk bands. Zine stall from Sister Ectoplasma and DJs til 2am. £5.00.FACEBOOK EVENT:

9 November || Debbie: Work Bitch @ Resistance Gallery, E2 9RF. DEBBIE is a Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie Electro Big Gay Dance-Party for Everyone. Rock Chicks, Girl Groups, Disco Divas, Witchy Women. Love, Pop, Power. 10pm onwards. £3.00. FACEBOOK EVENT:

9 November || Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival Fundraiser @ Vogue Fabrics, N16 7XB. Film screening @ 9pm. 10.15pm onwards – DJs £5.00 minimum donation. FACEBOOK EVENT:

12 November || Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about FGM @ University College London Medical School. Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey investigate issues around female cutting through story and song. This event takes place among the mysterious and ancient artefacts of UCL’s Petrie Museum. Post-event discussion with UCL Medical School’s Dr Jayne Kavanagh & Dr Katherine Woolf. 50 free places. 7pm – 9pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL: :

13 November || Zero Tolerance: Eradication Female Genital Mutilation @ London venue. Organised by Public Policy Exchange.  It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM.This timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to; Understand the current legal framework for eradicating female genital mutilation, Explore how to overcome sensitive cultural barriers and improve protection, support and the services available, Discuss ways in which to engage with schools and the wider public to raise awareness of FGM,Examine new strategies that encourage communities to challenge FGM and develop a stronger response at a local level. MORE INFO:

14 November – 13 December || HQ by Miss Pokeno and the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance exhibition @ 1 Doyce Street, SE1 0EU. Open Fridays & Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. The Sisters Of Perpetual Resistance are a unified group of militant feminists drawing on the disruptive aesthetic and techniques of Femen, Pussy Riot , Slut Walk and the women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th century to further their aims. They have renounced a full manifesto in favour of celebrating all women, by any means considered appropriate. Exhibition of Miss Pokeno work and furnishings for a south London HQ, the only brief being “to glorify that which is deemed too ugly for words”.                                                     MORE INFO:

14 November – What The Frock! Comedy: Fundraiser – Colston Hall, Colston Avenue, Bristol See the “witty, charming, amazing” (Chortle) Lucy Porter headline this all-female comedy night to raise money for Whiteladies Picture House in Bristol. The line-up also features Tania Edwards. Tania is fresh from her spectacular Edinburgh Fringe show, The Art Of War. She is billed as “a star of the future” by SW Magazine, and “born to perform” by The List. The compere is Rosie Wilby, and the line-up is completed by Laura Lexx. 8.00pm to 10.30pm – Tickets £13 (£11 concessions) TICKETS: m            MORE INFO: What The Frock! website

15 November – Women in Politics: Yes We Can! – City Training Services, 39-41 Chapel Street, Bradford BD1 5BY. An event that will discuss how women can get involved in politics, Parliament and campaigning. Find out how you can raise important issues and hear from three experts with unrivalled experience of campaigning on behalf of women inside and out of Parliament:The Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Paralympian, Crossbench Member of the House of Lords), Ann Cryer (former MP for Keighley)10am to 12pm                                               BOOK TICKETS:                         This event has been arranged by the Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service. Further information on their work can be found at

15-23 November || OUTBURST Gay Arts Festival 2013 @ Belfast, Ireland The 7th Annual OUTBURST Queer Arts Festival brings you nine days of world class and local community theatre, film, talks and performance, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender creativity in venues across the city of Belfast. The festival showcases international and homegrown talent, with the aim of sharing and exploring LGBT experiences and bringing exciting, entertaining and challenging new work to the Belfast stage.                    MORE INFO:

16 November || Reclaim the Night: LEEDS. Reclaim the Night Leeds will be setting off from Victoria Gardens (outside the Art Gallery) at 6.30pm and arriving at Leeds Met Student Union Bar for approx. 7.30pm for speakers and stalls.                                     FACEBOOK EVENT:

16 November || Hollaback Riot Grrrl Gig night @ University of London Union, WC1E 7HY. LIVE: The Tuts, Perkie & The Perkettes, Oh Boy & My Therapist Says Hot Damn. A night of bad ass feminist punk/pop/indie bands at The Library Bar. 7.30pm.                                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT:

17 November || Womens Round Table Event @ Bolton Socialist Club, Bolton, BL1 1DY.  from 10.00 am – 12 noon.  The aim is to set up a women’s network in the North-West to highlight, challenge and campaign for women’s involvement in the Union, as well as provide a safe and supporting social network for discussion. MORE INFO:

18 November || She Grrrowls; IDENTITY @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ.  Featuring; Sophia Walker, Greta Bellamacina, Sarah Perry, Sarah Arnold, Hannah Rose Tristram. SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talented women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: IDENTITY. Every third Monday of the month. 7.30pm. £5.00.                                    FACEBOOK EVENT:

19 – 23 November || Underwire Festival 2013 @ The Yard Theatre, Hackney, London. A short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women. Including panel discussions on the representation of women in cinema called “Girls on Film” @ 71A Gallery, 12.00pm -17.00pm on November 23rd in partnership with Little White Lies. Also four other events aiming to tackle difficult questions and discuss issues at the heart of the representation of female characters in film. Also full film screening programme. 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:

22 November || Enemies of Good Art: Structures of the Future @  Photographers’ Gallery, W1F 7LW.  chaired by Rachel Anderson – Freelance Creative Producer and Producer – Collaborative Projects at Artangel. Enemies of Good Art seeks to investigate the possibilities of combining art practice and family commitments. In particular it seeks to encourage participation by parents and their children in a series of public discussions and art based events. 11am to 13.00pm. Free Event. Children welcome.              EVENT INFO:                                                                                                                            MORE INFO:

23 November || Womens History Conference @ Three Minute Theatre, Manchester. Morning session 10.30am -1pm; Women, Politics  and Music Claire Mooney  and Alice Nutter || Women as Political Activists (1) Sonja Tiernan – Delia Larkin and Women in the 1913 DublinLockout Michael Herbert and Rachel Austin – Hannah Mitchell:  Socialist, Suffragette, Writer. Afternoon Session 2pm – 5pm: Women as Political Activists (2)Alan Fowler – Alice Foley, Rae Street and Nick Wilding  – Enid Stacy: Socialist, Feminist, Campaigner and Clarion Vanner || Panel Discussion on Socialism and Feminism: Speakers: Lindsey German and Louise Raw Organised by the North West Labour History Society. £10/£5             MORE INFO:

24 November || Laughing Cows Comedy: 15th Birthday @ Frog & Bucket, Manchester. M4 1L3. Hosted by Janey Godley, Ellen Tomlinson, Penella Mellor and Susan Murray. Laughing Cows Comedy was established in Nov 1998 so this month we are celebrating 15 year of producing stand up comedy shows across the UK and Europe with Janey Godley described as “Compelling… ballsy… a breath of fresh air” (The Guardian) and “the most outspoken female stand-up in Britain. 8pm – 10.30pm. £7 advance tickets, £10 on the door.                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT:

24 November – 2 December || London Feminist Film Festival @ Hackney Picturehouse, E8 1HE. Some events are already SOLD OUT! A week of fantastic new submitted films as well as feminist classics Now in it’s second year, this popular festival celebrates feminist films both past and present and aims are to inspire discussion about feminism and film, to support women directors, and to get feminist films seen by a wider audience.                  FACEBOOK EVENTS:         MORE INFO:

26 November || Bristol Women’s Lit Fest presents: The glory of Pride and Prejudice @ Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX. The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival invites you to join us at Watershed on Tuesday 26 November for an evening of conversation, discussion and enthusiasm to find out. Chaired by Professor Helen Taylor, this panel discussion will explore Austen’s lasting appeal and the misconceptions that have dogged her public persona. Professor Taylor will be joined by Jean Burnett, author of Who Needs Mr Darcy, and Professor Jane Spencer. 6.15pm – Tickets £8.00 full (£6.50 concs)                                                                                                                  BUY TICKETS:  online                                                                                         MORE INFO:

29-30 November || Subversive Stitch Revisited; The Politics of Cloth @ Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Event exploring  the legacy of Rozsika Parker’s groundbreaking book, The Subversive Stitch: embroidery and the making of the feminine (1984) and two landmark exhibitions from 1988 that developed Parker’s ideas. It will consist of a one and a half day event held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and an online resource that will include documentation of all contributions. The event will be dedicated to the memory of Rozsika Parker, who died in 2010.Keynote Speakers include: Professor Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds                       MORE INFO:

30 November || LaDIYfest Sheffield Workshops @ The Quaker Meeting House by the Cathedral, running between 11am – 5:30pm, with vegan food and refreshments for sale, plus zines, stalls, a quiet room and a supervised children’s area. Workshops include: Workshop themes include: MEN AND FEMINISM,WOMEN AND ANTI-FASCISM, ORGANISING YOUR OWN GRASSROOTS EVENTS, SEX WORK SOLIDARITY, RACISM AND SEXISM IN PUNK AND DIY CULTURE, SOUND ENGINEERING, GETTING YOUR HEAD AROUND LOSE THE LADS MAGS + NO MORE PAGE 3 DEBATES                                                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT:

30 November || LaDIYfest Sheffield Gig @ Redhouse, Sheffield, S1 4BB. LIVE BANDS: Ethical Debating Society, Halo Halo, Weird Menace, Not Right. DJS: INVERT. Fundraising for National Ugly Mugs. From 8pm.  FACEBOOK EVENT:


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:

1 December || ELF Presents; Sarah Lucas – Free Exhibition Tour @ Whitechapel Gallery. Poppy Bowers, co-curator of the outstanding Sarah Lucas show is kindly giving ELF a personal tour of the exhibition.Exploring the bawdy euphemisms, repressed truths, erotic delights and sculptural possibilities of the sexual body, the exhibition takes us from Lucas’s 1990s’ foray into the salacious perversities of British tabloid journalism to the London premiere of her sinuous, light reflecting bronzes.. Please email – to register for a place. Very limited places for this event!                                                                                 MORE INFO:

4 December || Dykes! Ditch those Dungarees: Lesbians do Fashion @ Bishopsgate Institute, EC2M 4QH. Lesbian fashion. A misnomer? Surely, lesbians don’t do fashion. But contrary to perception, clothing and style have been a crucial part of establishing an identity for women who love women. But if what we wear says who we are, can we be sure we’re all talking in the same dialect or could we be misread? And is it possible to be outside the language of fashion?Speakers include Melanie Rickey ( and Campbell X (Film Director/writer). Live and Let Louche in partnership with the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA). Tickets: £7, £5 conc.                                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT:

16 December || Fundraiser for Rape Crisis South London @ Old Blue Last, London. Featuring music from Bat & Ball, Oh Boy, Katie Malco and Girls Get Busy DJs. £5.00 on door.                             FACEBOOK EVENT:


25 January || Rebel Coffee Club @ Cardiff, Wales. New monthly feminist meet-up. Coffee, relaxed chat, and intersectional badassery. Occasional guest speakers. LGBTQ+. Free to attend. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @RebelCoffeeClub. More TBA

26 January || ELF Presents; A Fine Art Degree, Will I Ever Practice? Discussion @ Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, E1 6LA. The ELF art audit campaign revealed 31% of artists represented by London galleries are women. The inevitable question remains: what can female graduates do to combat this inequality? A panel discussion with distinguished artists Sonia Boyce, Rose Gibbs, Sarah Maple, Kerry Campbell, Hannah Perry and Hannah Sawtell. More information to follow. Please email – to register for a place.                         MORE INFO:

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                     Storm in a Teacup                                                                                                                         Feminist Arts Collective                                                             

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s