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Dear Teacups,

What another wonderfully busy month ahead! A variety of treats for you all. First up, we are very excited to have just announced a Storm in a Teacup event on the 27th of August at the Hampstead Heath Ladies pond “Her-story, Your-story, Our-story: True Stories on the Heath” a story and song sharing event hosted by Vanessa Wolf from London Dreamtime, please see details below about how to attend and get involved.

The first ever Ladyfest Paris is happening this month and our lovely Ladyfest Ten friends are hopping over the channel to support and get involved. VV Collective have work included in the art exhibition and Art Macabre are presenting a drawing salon at the festival. Bon Voyage mes amis!
Also check out this interesting article in the Guardian about the resurgence of feminist activism in France:

We are so excited that Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup will be joining Yarn fest for their “Ten Stories About Smoking” performance at the Literary arena @  LATITUDE FESTIVAL  on Friday 15th of July. Verity will be performing her rewritten Johnny Cash songs with blues and kazoos. Which nicely leads onto…

Roll up, Roll up writers and artists one and all, as we have lots of OPEN SUBMISSIONS that you can get involved in! For Books Sake and Pulp Press have launched a competition to find the best female pulp fiction writers. Submit your stories, poetry or artwork about SMOKING to be projected live at Latitude festival as part of Yarn Fest’s Ten Stories about Smoking show and last but not least if you would like to share a true story at the next Storm in a Teacup event at Hampstead Heath please see details about all the open submissions in the section below.

East London Fawcett group has just launched and we are cooking up a fantastic programme of feminist seminars and events. Email: to join the mailing list and get involved.

We are so excited to hear about The UK Feminista Summer School 2011 being held on 13th and 14th of August at Birmingham University. It’s a unique two-day event for anyone who is or wants to get active in feminism. You’ll learn crucial campaigning skills in everything from how to use the media to how to take direct action.Two days of training, inspiration and solidarity. And best of all, its FREE! Last year’s event booked up in a matter of days so book your place now! MORE INFO:

Lastly we had a wonderful time at the Womens Library Zine Fest, saw lots of old friends and made lots of new ones. If you didnt manage to get your hands on a copy of the Women of the World festival @ The Southbank collaberative zine. Please email: or check out the zine online here:

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


Ten Stories about Smoking @ Latitude Festival ||  If you have any images/illustrations/written work related to SMOKING in some way. If you do supply us with something your work will feature on the big screen in front of 700+ people at the festival and also in the book which will be published after the event. You will be fully credited of course. Deadline 15th July 2011
Post your submissions on the FACEBOOK EVENT wall :

Pulp Press Competition @ For Books Sake || For Books’ Sake and contemporary pulp publishers Pulp Press have teamed up to announce an exciting new project; a competition to find the best pulp fiction written by women. If you’re a woman writing pulp fiction, For Books Sake wants to hear from you! Winning entries will be featured in an anthology of short stories published by Pulp Press later this year. Entry £5.00, Deadline 15th August 2011 MORE INFO:

Her-Story, Your-Story, Our Story @ Storm in a Teacup || Calling all storytellers, poets, writers, musicians AND artists! How did you get this far? Do you have a true story to tell? Did something change your life or give you a new perspective on the world? Perform at our story telling event! Stories should be TRUE, strictly under 7 minutes long. Please email:  MORE INFO:

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 July 2011

Latitude Festival 2011 || Verity Flecknell (Storm in a Teacup) performs Johnny Cash – Blues and Kazoos in the Literary Arena as part of YARN: Ten Stories about Smoking showcase. 10.30pm @ Literary Arena, Friday 15th of July.

Saturday & Sunday 2nd & 3rd July || Ladyfest Paris feat. VV Collective & Art Macabre For more info about Ladyfest Paris including the line up of many amazing events go to:
Facebook page:
VV Collective
Art Macabre:

Tuesday 5th of July || For Books Sake Presents; The Oxfam Literary Quiz at Oxfam Bookfest Another instalment of For Books Sake popular quiz, this time as part of Oxfam’s annual books donation drive. Assemble up to five of your cleverest cohorts and book your team in advance to be in with a chance to win all sorts of booksy booty generously provided by Oxfam. Only £1 per person. 8pm @ Oxfam Dalston
Wednesday 6th & Saturday 16th of July || Two feminist walks in aid of the Reclaim the Night; £10.00. Book via / 020 8883 4169 Wonderful Women of Whitechapel – Wednesday 6th July, 6pm & Battling Belles of Bow – Saturday 16th July, 2.30pm MORE INFO:

Thursday July 7th || Twat Boutique @ Dalston Superstore. 9pm-3am. New channel 5 Lesbian doc screening. Featuring: AUSTRA DJ set. FREE entry

Saturday 9th July || Pro-choice March
Old Palace Yard, Westminster. From 1.30pm

Friday July 15th || Twat Boutique 2nd Birthday @ XOYO || Ms Dynamite LIVE and DJs. 10pm-3am. EC2A

Friday July 15th || SPIT. Music presents; MC Envy, Bellatrix @ The Southbank Centre. As part of the Southbank Centre’s Intelligent Movement festival (in association with Channel 4’s Street Summer), spit. presents a free event showcasing some of the most exciting women on the hip-hop, grime and dub scenes. FREE entry 5pm – 7pm.

Saturday 16th of July || Unskinny Bop Farewell to the Star of Bethnal Green @ The Star of Bethnal Green. Moving to a new venue next month! 21.00pm -2.00am

Monday 18th of July || UK FEMINISTA presents; 10th Anniversary Screening of Hardcore Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA. 6.30pm £3.00 (suggested donation)

Thursday July 21st || Kicker Conspiracy Presents; Vivian Girls, Veronica Falls and Mazes @ X0Y0 with DJs Club.The.Mammoth & Dance Magic Dance DJs. From 8pm £12.00. EC2A 4AP

Friday July 22nd || SEVERIN (live & DJ sets) @ Goonite Club, Buffalo Bar. 9pm -4am. £5.00.

Coming up in August 2011

Thursday 4th -17th of August || VV Collective presents; Girls on Top Exhibition @ Dead Dolls Club. Private View: 4th August; running for 2 weeks. A new series from VV co-founders Ellie Green and Bex Massey. E9 7LG.

13th August || SwagOn Vs OPP @ Brighton Pride. Bring yourself to the seafront to celebrate the proudest weekend of the year. SwagON is 2 fully stocked rooms catering for all of your audio and dancing requirements. £6.00 10.00pm – 4.00am

13th & 14th of August || UK Feminista Summer School 2011 @ Birmingham University. A FREE two days of training, inspiration and solidarity where You’ll learn crucial campaigning skills in everything from how to use the media to how to take direct action.

Saturday 27th August || Storm in a Teacup Presents; Her-story, Your-story, Our-story: True stories on the Heath @ Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath. Hosted by Vanessa Wolf from London Dreamtime. Join us for story and song sharing, swimming, and picnic by the ladies pond in the magical surroundings of Hampstead Heath. FREE outdoor event from 7pm. BlOGPOST:

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Female Arts Collective

SIATC@ Latitude Festival 2011

SIATC @ Latitude Festival 2011

Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup collective has been invited by Yarn Fest to showcase her very special performance of re-written Johnny Cash songs “Final Cigarette Blues” (Folsom Prison Blues) and “Ring of Fire”, with kazoos!

If you’re at Latitude you can see Verity perform in the Literary Arena around 10pm on Friday 15th of July.

Latitude YARN fest listing:

Latitude FULL festival listings:

Verity was originally asked by YARN to interpret a story from Stuart Evers’ debut short story collection ‘Ten Stories about Smoking’ back in February 2011. YARN is a festival celebrating story and storytelling – showcasing film, theatre, music, illustration and literature and providing a platform for mixing them all up! It’s all about fun and exploration, devoted to letting the imagination run wild. Join us for a very special presentation of Stuart Evers’ ‘Ten Stories About Smoking’. See the collection interpreted into illustration, music and spoken word by artists including Verity Flecknell, Camila Fiori, Chimene Suleyman, Jarred McGinnis and Jo Spencer. In partnership with Picador.




SIATC presents; Her-story, Your-story, Our-story ; True stories on the Heath

Storm in a Teacup presents;

Her-story, Your-story, Our-story ; True stories on the Heath

Saturday 27th of August
7.30pm – 9.30pm, Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath
Meet outside the Ladies Pond West Gate between 7.00pm-7.30pm or outside Tufnell Park station at 6.30pm


Hosted by storyteller Vanessa Woolf of London Dreamtime
Join us for story and song sharing, swimming, and picnic by the ladies pond in the magical surroundings of Hampstead Heath.

Five women, five true stories. Join us at this very special true-life outdoor storytelling event. Plus- floor spots- Bring something with a story attached. It might be a photograph, or a baby tooth… it might be the first song you learned, the ticket that changed your life, or the poem that made you want to write.

Admission is FREE but spaces are limited so please email:

What to bring:

>Small item that is meaningful to you

>Food and drink (No Bar! Bring your own.)

>Candles in a Jar or a Torch


(A marquee will be provided in case of rain but you could bring an umbrella)

More info about about Kenwood Ladies’ Pond:
Kenwood Ladies’ Pond is a stretch of water and secluded meadow area off Millfield Lane, on the East side of Hampstead Heath. On the map it’s the northernmost triangle-shaped pond in the row of six. Note there are no public toilets nearby apart from those in the pond.

|| MEETING POINT ** 7.00pm SHARP Outside Hampstead Heath (EAST LONDON LINE)**Please note that we will be waiting outside Hampstead Heath overground station to escort people to our space at the Heath- we will be moving on 7.20pm SHARP so if you miss us, make your way to the pond and you should be able to spot our gathering!Travel information
Buses: 24, 46 , 168 , C11
Trains: Hampstead Heath (overground) EAST LONDON LINE

Call for submissions!

Seeking submissions: Calling all storytellers, poets, writers, musicians AND artists!
How did you get this far? Do you have a true story to tell? Did something change your life or give you a new perspective on the world? On 27th August we will be holding a true life outdoor storytelling event in the magical surroundings of Hampstead Heath. Stories should be TRUE, strictly under 7 minutes long, and can be told with or without notes. To get involved contact:

If you are new to storytelling, you may find the following format helpful.
This is how the story started:
Then this happened:
It ended like this:
This is what I learned:
Notes on true storytelling:
• stick to what actually happened
• start in the middle of the action
• rehearse your opening and closing lines
• notice what might be inessential to the plot and is best left out
• identify the drama – what did you need to overcome? What did you learn?

SIATC DJ @ Panic Lab presents; CUT IT OUT

PanicLab presents CUT IT OUT!


@The Victoria, Mile End

Words, music and dancing to combat the cut gloom and celebrate our talents!

She Runs With Wolves DJ set with Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup and Annette Barlow from The Girls Are…

Hosted by the brilliant Zoe Grisedale!

*Live bands*
Good Weather Girl
The Epilators
Maxwell Zachs

Leanne Moden

She Runs With Wolves DJ set

£3 on the door
8pm til late


Photo by Ellie Green VV Collective / Storm in a Teacup @ WOW festival, Southbank Centre.

SIATC *UPDATE* April 2011

Dear Teacups,

Spring has sprung and the teacups have started rustling up some exciting plans for our summer programme. Keep your eyes peeled as once we have announced some of our projects we will be opening up our meetings for all, so if you fancy helping out on an artistic or organisational level there will be plenty of opportunities coming up. Please email if you want to get involved.

Thanks to all you lovely people who came to our Zine workshops we organised for Women of the World Festival at The Southbank centre. It was an epic weekend, with lots of our favourite zinesters leading fantastic workshops. Special thanks goes out to Soupa Creative Network, Shebang Zine, Magpies Magazine, Nest Gallary, VV Collective and the fabulous music programmed by Emmy the Great, Kate Nash and Verity from Storm in a Teacup. Huge thanks to all the artists, musicians, zinesters and participants that got involved.  We will be showcasing and unleashing the WOW festival commemorative zine onto the world very soon. So if you want to see the fabulous work everyone contributed over the weekend look out for our May update. In the mean-time you can check out some pictures of the event taken by Clare Kelly from Soupa Creative Network here:

Dont miss this month;

Ellie Green from Storm in a Teacup and emerging artist Bex Massey recently launched Fine Art project; VV Collective, supporting and promoting female artists. Last week VV collective kicked off their new interactive street art exhibition ‘Goody to Guevera’. To view the series of 100 reproductions follow the trail from Pedley Street, E1 and even look out for a secret drawing. VV Collective invite artists and photographers to follow the trail and submit their interpretations and photos to be included on their blog and published in an artists book to be submitted to the Womens Library and Iniva – Institute of International Visual Arts. VV Collective:

This week our friends at Death Drawing will be hosting a very special life-drawing salon in aid of Japan; Knot for Profit on Tuesday 5th April. With Japanese rope bondage and live traditional Japanese music as well as an art auction. Also coming up this week RUMPUS Spring ball with 6 rooms of fantastical fun with live music, Cinema, Caberet, DJs, Circus and art exhbition on Friday 8th of April. Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup will be performing a blues set and leading the first ever RUMPUS Kazoo orchestra.

Also this month; Panic Lab collective are hosting CUT IT OUT! a night of live bands, poetry and comedy at The Victoria, Mile End on the 30 April. You will remember Panic Lab from their amazing theatre programme at Ladyfest Ten. Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup and Annette Barlow from The Girls Are… will be DJing as She Runs With Wolves.

Storm in a Teacup will also have a table at the London Zine Symposium on Sunday 17 April, so come along and meet Elizabeth Martin from Storm in a Teacup and buy the latest issue of the SIATC zine.

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


TUESDAY 5th April

Resist Pyschic Death || BFI Lesbian & Gay film festival : Event exploring the importance of DIY cultural production for queer community building with Unskinny Bop & Le Cinema des Femmes @ The BFI Southbank. More Info:

TUESDAY 5th April

Death Drawing & Shibari with Santi present;

KNOT FOR PROFIT || An evening of entertainment featuring Japanese rope bondage, alternative life drawing, live traditional Japanese music, performances and art. All profits raised will be donated to charities supporting relief work in Japan. 7.30pm until late £8.00 entry @ Islington Metalworks, EC1V 1NQ FACEBOOK EVENT:

THURSDAY 7th April

Papered Parlor presents; It’s Your Write: A Celebration of Self-Publishing || A mini festival celebrating DIY culture and activism @ V&A Museum of Childhood. With Young and Lost Club. 20 stalls of independent creatives. Talks, Discussions, Craft, Workshops and Live music! 6-9pm FACEBOOK EVENT:

THURSDAY 7th April -14th April

The Future Crayon || Exhibition exploring the works of contemporary female Stuckist painters as well as a journey into new sounds and visuals from female musicians and filmmakers @ The George Tavern, Stepney. Exhibition & Private View 6-9pm. Artists: Jacqueline Jones and Annie Zamero. Live Music: The Choo Choo Trains, Anne McCloy, LA Fours. DJ: Dee Sada. FACEBOOK EVENT:

FRIDAY 8th April

RUMPUS Vol 4: Spring Ball || 6 Rooms of live music, Art, DJs, Circus, Caberet, Cinema. Featuring Verity Flecknell (Storm in a Teacup) blues set and leading RUMPUS first ever Kazoo Orchestra @ Electrowerkz, Angel. 10pm – 6am  WEBSITE: FACEBOOK EVENT:

THURSDAY 7th – SUNDAY 10th of April

FRINGE! London Gay Film Fest || A long weekend of films, fun & parties – Fringe! film fest is a grassroots event centered around the Dalston Rio and nearby pop-up venues. Screenings, Workshops and talks. WEBSITE:

THURSDAY 14th of April

Fat Quarter Magazine : Issue 3 Launch Party || Live performances: Verity Flecknell (Storm in a Teacup Collective), Flavia Anneccheni. DJ sets: NO FICTION, Severin @ The George Tavern, Stepney. FACEBOOK EVENT:

THURSDAY 14th of April

The Girls Are.. & For Books Sake present; The Quiz Round 2 || Entry is £5 per person, teams of no more than four to be booked in advance by emailing Doors from 6.30pm, quiz commencing at 7.30pm. Plus cakes, book stall, DJs and more. @ The Old School Yard, London Bridge. FACEBOOK EVENT:

SUNDAY 17th of April

London Zine Symposium 2011 || Storm in a Teacup will have a table selling Issue 2 of our zine. 12pm – 6pm @ The Rag Factory, E1 5LJ

SUNDAY 17 April

Les Cinema Des Femmes || @ The Horatia, N7 8JE Doors 17:00pm. First film 18.00pm £4.00

FRIDAY 22 April

Kill Yr Idols || Live performance: Hold Kiss Kill. DJs: No Fiction, YourOtherLover, Severin @ The Victoria, Mile End. FREE entry FACEBOOK EVENT:


Panic Lab presents; CUT IT OUT || *Live bands* Good Weather Girl, The Epilators, Maxwell Zachs *Poetry* Leanne Moden *DJ set* She Runs With Wolves (Annette Barlow; The Girls Are.. & Verity Flecknell; Storm in a Teacup) @ The Victoria, Mile End. 8pm. FACEBOOK EVENT:

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell

Storm in a Teacup

Female Arts Collective


SIATC *UPDATE* February 2011

Dear Teacups,

2011 is turning out to be yet  another year of female friendly festivities and our plans are fast taking shape for the next few months. Our focus being our appearance at The Southbanks new annual festival: Women of the World and opening up the collective to new members and ideas. Also news about the next issue of the SIATC zine which will be with us this month!

First news about YARNfest 2011; Our wonderful friends at YARNfest short story and storytelling festival  have invited Verity Flecknell from SIATC collective to perform at their finale event sponsored by publisher Picador. Join us in a smoky underbelly of the Queen of Hoxton to launch Stuart Evers new book a  collection ‘Ten Stories about Smoking’.  See the collection of short stories interpreted into film, theatre, music and spoken word by artists including The Strumpettes, Quattro Formaggio, Verity Flecknell (SIATC), The Android Angel and Camila Fiori.

For full listings of all the YARNfest 2011 events please visit :

Storm in a teacup are excited to announce our involvement in the first ever Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre. A three day festival from 11th-13th of March celebrating the 100year anniversary of International Womens Day.

‘Through a series of debates, conversations, networking opportunities, presentations, showcases and places to meet and talk, Wow – Women of the World celebrates the potential and achievement of women and addresses some of the obstacles that women face across the world. Joining us are leading women across all sectors, and together we explore in depth some of the most potent topics for women today.’ (Jude Kelly, Women of the World Festival Director)

You will need a Saturday or Sunday conference ticket to come along and visit the Storm in a Teacup area where we will be leading some zine making workshops, initiating some networking opportunities plus lots more to be announced in our March update!

Buy your tickets here:

We are also looking for volunteers to help us over the weekend so if you fancy getting involved please email:

Exciting news about the Storm in a Teacup zine Issue 2 : After the success of our first edition, the latest edition of the SIATC zine is cut, pasted and poised to be sent to the photocopier. Featuring contributions from super talented female writers, illustrators, and DIY collaborators, the zine will be out in late February – in time for our appearance at Brighton Zine Fest 2011, where we will be sharing a table with Katie Allen from Fat Quarter Magazine: Email for more info about how to get your hands on a copy.

GET INVOLVED: There are lots of ways you can get involved with Storm in a Teacup, we are always on the look-out for new ideas, collaborations, organisers, artists, zine makers, so please get in touch and look out on our website and facebook for news about our OPEN MEETINGs that are coming soon.

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


TUESDAY 15th February

Art is Dead || Romance is Dead alternative life drawing. Anti Valentines special @ The Victoria, Mile End £8.00. 20.00pm

THURSDAY 17th February

NO FUN || Comedy with Kerry Godliman, Jeff Leach, Gerry Howell, Mae Martin, Paul Ricketts, Cara Cummings, Zoe Grisdale (MC) @ The George Tavern 8pm. £4.00

SATURDAY 19th February

The Feminist Library 35th Birthday Benefit || Performances from Viv Albertine, Martha & Eve, Trash Kit, Lorraine Jordan and Girl Germs DJs. The Round Chapel, Powerscroft, Hackney E5 OPU 19.00-23.00

SUNDAY 20th February

Le Cinema des Femmes || True Homance Double Bill ‘Ghost World’ & ‘Romy & Michelles High School Reunion’ screenings @ The Horatia, N7 8JE Doors 17:00pm. First film 18.00pm £4.00

SUNDAY 20th February

Brighton Zine Fest 2011 || Come and find the Storm in a Teacup & Fat Quarter table!

WEDNESDAY  23rd February

YARNfest 2011 || Ten Stories About Smoking || See the collection of short stories interpreted into film, theatre, music and spoken word by artists including The Strumpettes, Quattro Formaggio, Verity Flecknell (SIATC), The Android Angel and Camila Fiori. PLUS more events from 15th -23rd of February. 19.30pm £5.00

SATURDAY 26th February

Fannypack || DJs from Ladyfest Ten; Girl Germs and The Girls Are…||nostalgic  indulgence; an evening of 90s Music and culture. 9pm – 2am @ The Horatia £4.00 FACEBOOK EVENT:


SATURDAY 5th March

Million Women Rise March & Rally || Meet at Hyde Park, 12pm

SATURDAY 5th March

|DU|AT | || An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (Live Set & DJ set) , Teeth of the Sea (Live Set), Le Mondrum (Live Set) Plus DJs  @ 11 Gales Bethnal Green FACEBOOK EVENT

TUESDAY 8th March

International Womens Day

SATURDAY 12th & SUNDAY 13th March

Women of the World Festival || Southbank Centre || Storm in a Teacup presents Make a zine in a day’ Creative? Crafty? Got something to say? Join female arts collective Storm in a Teacup in creating your very own zine in a day. With workshops, zine makers, scissors and glue on hand, all the tools will be provided for you to produce your very own DIY publication. For full listings and tickets:

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell

Storm in a Teacup

Female Arts Collective


Dear Teacups,

What a truly phenomenal year we have had! Since our launch party in February this year, we have distributed our zine far and wide from the Womens library zine fair to the archives of the British library, we have DJ’ed at the George Tavern and shoulder to shoulder with JD Samson at Club Motherf*cker, put on events at our fave local; the Victoria and on the other end of the spectrum: The Southbank Centre– oh and not to forget we nearly killed ourselves helping to organise Ladyfest’s ten year anniversary celebration festival. In a nutshell we have worked with some of the most talented and influential feminist artists and organisers in London and we are extremely proud of the progress Storm in a Teacup collective has made over the past year. Enough gushing for now- we will save that for the January update and the 2010 year retrospective! Right now we are still feeling the gaping chasm that is the Ladyfest Ten hangover, trying to keep warm and scratching our collective brain trying to come up with some exciting plans and special treats for everyone in the New Year. Keep your eyes peeled for more open submissions, open meetings and lots of awesome cross-arts events.

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

First up, Ladyfest Ten festival pictures have just been published on The Girls Are… Cast your eyes towards this feast of female creativity:

Ladyfest Ten Festival Images

Art @ Ladyfest Ten – COMING SOON!

Friday Music @ Ladyfest Ten:

Saturday Music @ Ladyfest Ten:

Sunday Music @ Ladyfest Ten:

Ladygarden @ Ladyfest Ten :

Before we run for the hills on our much deserved Christmas break Verity Flecknell (SIATC collective) and Annette Barlow (The Girls Are..) will be DJing at Club Motherf*cker show part 2 as their DJ moniker: She Runs With Wolves. Come celebrate with us on the 18th of December at Corsica Studios. That lovely lady; Romy from Mercury award winners The XX will be Djing too!

18 December | She Runs With Wolves DJ @ ClubMotherf*cker Show Part 2 | Corsica Studios, Elephant and Castle, 21.00pm – 4.30am. Live bands & DJs!


Keep warm,

Verity Flecknell

Storm in a Teacup

Female Arts Collective

Performance & Theatre @ Ladyfest Ten Festival





A Night at the Theatre
@ Studio La Danza, from 8pm

An engaging and dynamic evening of performances from two of London’s most exciting theatre companies! Comprising dialogues on feminism, ideas about identity and wry humour, this evening will include:

A non-verbal piece introducing three women struggling to be ‘ladies’, but failing outrageously in that task. Blending pop and classical music, a concise and colourful design, and a stunning physical language, it addresses the complexity of femininity. With a dark sense of humour, it touches upon issues such as body image, eating disorders, and sexuality.

“Physical theatre blended with touches of contemporary dance” – Three Weeks Magazine, Edinburgh 2008
” A fantastic piece of theatre” – Murray Healy
“Ladies acting like sexless loons” – The Scotsman, 2008

Antique Women Presents: Mu•li•eb•ri•ty (myo͞oˌlē-ĕbˈrĭ-tē)
– noun
1. the condition of being a woman
2. femininity (late 16th century: from late Latin muliebritas, from Latin mulier ‘woman’)

Created by a collective of eight female performers, and drawing on their shared and disparate histories and understandings, ‘Muliebrity’ is a work about notions, ideals and experiences of ‘femininity’. This is an intimate, touching and humorous piece exploring bodies, love, motherhood, gender, sex, rules, fear, images, stories and façades Using a rich blend of artistic forms and a sensory and immersive approach to space and audience-performer relationships, the Antique Women invite you to enter their world.

“the strain of an unresolved equation, of surface tension vs. mass, of internal meeting external, of flesh trying to cope with skin.”

For Ladyfest Ten, The Antique Women present a work-in-progress showing of this new piece. The Antique Women are an all female cross-artform company, with diverse backgrounds in singing, music, live art, dance, writing, and theatre. The company aims to create contemporary live work in which the audience’s experience is central, and which engages all of the senses. Between them, the members of the company have previously worked as creative collaborators with the People Show,You Me Bum Bum TrainThe House of Fairy TalesPanic LabBristol Old Vic Young CompanyTinned Fingers, and Living Structures. The Antique Women have previously presented ‘Hug’, a short interactive performance for four audience members at a time, composed of original text and a capella harmony singing, and ‘Muliebrity’ will be the company’s first full-length piece of work.

The Antique Women are: Ira Brand, Sonya Cullingford, Natalie Clarke, Jane English, Jenny Minton, Ellie Showering, Verity Standen and Theodora Van Der Beek.

Important: This performance has a limited capacity and pre-booking is essential. To reserve a slot, please email or call Ira on 07811 861 831.
Please note: You will need to present a valid Ladyfest ‘rest of the fest’ pass for Friday to gain entry to this performance, but buying a pass does not guarantee your entrance. You will need to additionally reserve a slot.

Miss Ladyfest X- A Twisted Beauty Pageant Cabaret Contest
10pm – 1am @ The Horatia

Who will be crowned ‘Miss Ladyfest X’ at the most twisted beauty pageant in town? Witness the talents, tears and tantrums of a whole host of cabaret contestants including reigning queen of the comedy burlesque scene Shirley Windmill, fellow Tournament of Tease contender Miss Apple Tart, queer feminist punk performer Ste McCabe, cabaret’s wooliest egomaniac Hannah Ballouand many more. With the title open to contenders of any gender, sexuality and style, who knows who the ultimate winner will be? With a panel of special guest judges including Nicky Click, DJs and dancing til late plus the ‘Pound Shop Beauty Parlour’ offering makeovers.

So She Said: ‘Eat My Words’ Sunday Lunch Special & For Books’ Sake Poetry Showcase //
12-3pm @ The Horatia

So She SaidLadyfest Ten and Storm in a Teacup’s monthly performance night, celebrating women and words, has teamed up with For Books’ Sake to presents a super sized portion of poetry, spoken word and storytelling from some of the tastiest talented performers around. A feast for your ears as you tuck into a traditional pub-cooked Sunday lunch.

Taking place from 12pm until 1.3opm, the poets, spoken word artists and storytellers presented bySo She Said will include: Laura Dockrill, the secret lovechild of Tim Burton and Roald Dahl, with the best undercut and taste in footwear on the spoken word scene; Zorras, a trio who perform poetry-music-weirdness fusion with megaphones; Liz Bentley, one of the quirkiest voices on the UK’s spoken word scene, a sit-down comedienne and host who entertains audiences with poetry, stories, ukulele and casio keyboard; Dzifa Benson, a “weaver of well-crafted poems and captivating contemporary myths” (Apples & Snakes); Jay Bernard, a powerful, engaging, and surprising poet;Sally Crabtree, the pink-wigged pocket Venus from Cornwall and a delightfully eccentric performance poet; and Kate Tym, with carefully-crafted creations of the spoken word.

The For Books’ Sake Poetry Showcase (taking place from 1.30pm until 3pm) will feature: Alex Pryce, published in Agenda BroadsheetMslexiaFortnight, StapleRoom Magazine and The Interpreter’s House, and Director of PoetCastingKaty Price, a poet who has been featured in such publications as Seam and Blackbox ManifoldShelagh M. Rowan-Legg, writer and film critic who has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies such as Taddle Creek,Pottersfield Portforlio, and Gaspereau Review; and Sophie Mayer, Commissioning Editor for queer literary journal Chroma who writes regularly for Sight & SoundLittle White Lies andVertigo about film, and for The F-WordVenuszine and Shebytches about women and culture, co-editor of There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond and the author of The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Poetics of LoveHer Various Scalpels and The Private Parts of Girls.

Comedy @ Ladyfest Ten Festival


LADYFUN || Curated by No Fun

Ladyfest gets silly!

Join us for 2 days of the funniest women you’ll see in one place at the same time.

Curated by No Fun’s Zoe Grisedale, supported by Funny Women and MC’d by Laughing Cows’Maureen Younger and Katerina Vrana, Ladyfun is an eclectic mix of the strongest women on the comedy circuit. So come and laugh till you drop, pop or just can’t stop.

Featuring: Shazia Mirza, “the Lenny Bruce of Female stand up” – Metro; A Ant (aka Bridget Christie), “brilliantly, uniquely funny; what truly alternative Fringe comedy should be” – Chortle; Nat Luurtsema, “a distinctive comedy voice, strikingly original, a talent for dry, off-the-wall wit” – Chortle;Jen Brister, “confident, energetic and knows how to deliver a line for maximum laughs” – The Scotsman; Kate Smurthwaite, “a powerhouse of observational wit” – The Spectator; Shelagh Martin, “an intellectual stocking filler” – The Scotsman; Sara Pascoe, “an enjoyable fusion of silliness and intelligence” – Chortle; and much more!







@ The Horatia


@ The Horatia

Laugh your way through Sunday blues with this brilliant line up, including performances from:

Sun 14 Nov @ The Resource Centre, 13.30 – 14.30

For the last eight years Funny Women has been nurturing and promoting female comedy talent – from finding and developing new acts through its annual competition, the Funny Women Awards, to working with established performers.

Funny Women also runs regular workshops devoted to helping women explore their funny side. Humour can be an invaluable attribute in many aspects of life including relationships, confidence building and communications. Over the last eight years over 1,500 women have found their comic voice through Funny Women’s workshops and live events.

Believing that humour is a valuable form of self expression that women can develop we are running a special Ladyfest workshop. With more women compelled to make speeches at social events and professional women increasingly sharing their experiences on public and media platforms, confidence and communication skills are essential for achieving personal and professional success. So Funny Women will share a few tricks of the comedy trade to help you on your way. Whether you want to become a professional comic or would like to be more self confident in your everyday life – this workshop might be just the start of funnier things to come.


Dear Teacups,

It’s the final countdown (toodle dooo dooo toodle ooh oh oh) ! Yes it’s the final countdown before Ladyfest Ten Festival. Storm in a Teacup collective have worked hard all year organising fundraisers so this amazing festival would have the best lineup its seen in years. This fantastic feminist cross-arts festival is celebrating ten years of the global DIY movement; Ladyfest Ten is happening across 5 venues in North London over 3 days. We have been beavering away behind the scenes helping to programme the performing arts, comedy, art and music and we have been working with some of the most inspiring and influential individuals and collectives in London. So don’t miss the ten year celebration of Ladyfest and get your tickets now!

Before the festival kicks off we have the fabulous “Girl Fawkes Night: A Ladyfest Ten Celebration” at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on the 5th of November. Featuring fire jugglers, Lulu and the Lampshades, Vanessa Wolf > Storyteller and the craftavism collective. So come along and find us- if you would like to volunteer or ask us any questions about the festival.

To top of our epic month we will be going to the Bust Magazine Christmas Craftacular on Sunday the 28th of November. Verity Flecknell from (SIATC) and Annette Barlow from (The Girls are..) will be DJing as She Runs With Wolves.

Facebook event:

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


Ladyfest Ten Full Programme:

Ladyfest Ten Tickets:

Music @ The Garage

Friday 12 >

Saturday 13 >

Sunday 14 >

Art Exhibition Private View @ Ground Floor Left Gallery

Thursday 11 >

Performing Arts @ Studio La Danza

Friday 12 >

Comedy @ The Horatia

Saturday 13 >

Sunday 14 >

Ladyfest Red Letter Events @ The Horatia



Ladyfest Workshops @ The Holloway Resource Centre

Friday 12, Saturday 13, Sunday 14 November >


>5th November > Girlfawkes Night | Ladyfest Ten presents; Lulu and the Lampshades, Storytelling, spokenword and craftavism. 5.30pm @ QEH Southbank Centre. Free.

>LADYFEST TEN Festival > 12th, 13th, 14th November 2010

Tickets now available from We Got Tickets:

> 28 November > BUST Christmas Craftacular @ York Hall, Bethnal Green 12pm-7pm. DJ sets from She Runs With Wolves/Ladyfest; Verity Flecknell (SIATC) & Annette Barlow (The Girls Are…)

Facebook event:

>18, 19, 20 November UNDERWIRE Female Film Festival @ Queen of Hoxton & Amnesty International UK 7.00pm.

Over and out,

Verity Flecknell

Storm in a Teacup

Female Arts Collective