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Rough Trade | Lets Start a Pussy Riot | Book Launch


Storm in a Teacup are very excited to announce that “Lets Start a Pussy Riot” book will be launched at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival. The book has been created in collaboration with Pussy Riot, Emely Neu, Storm in a Teacup, Girls Get Busy and Not So Popular and will be available to buy from the 14th of June at the Southbank bookshop during  Meltdown festival, it will also be available on the 15th of June at the Book Launch, part of the Activism weekend. The book is available now for Pre-order and will be available at Rough Trade shops on 24th of June. All profits go directly to Pussy Riot and their families.




Loud, controversial, fearless — Pussy Riot undoubtedly ushered in a new era of feminism and political freedom with their protest acts.

The dialogue so explosively ignited by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich continues in the book Let’s Start A Pussy Riot. Exclusively created in collaboration with the band, this publication brings together artists, writers and poets to explore feminism, LGBT rights, the power of collaboration, the role art plays in activism, women’s rights, and freedom of speech through the personal voices of Judy Chicago, Yoko Ono, Antony Hegarty, Kim Gordon, and many more.


Antony Hegarty / Alice Bag / Anne Pundyk / Arvida Bystroem / Baby Dee / Battlekat / Bianca Casady / Billy Childish / Bobby Conn /Bo Ningen / Bruce LaBruce / Carolee Schneemann / Caroline Coon / Charlotte Richardson Andrews / Carolee Schneemann / Cornershop / CSS / Elias Koskimies /

Ellen Angus / Emil Schult / Fox / Franko B / Gaggle / Gera / Hannah Lew / Helen McCookery Book / Homoground / H PL ewis / Inga Muscio / Jeffrey Lewis / Jenny Holzer / Jon Gnarr / Judy Chicago / Kara Walker / Kembra Pfahler / Kerry McCarthy / Kids On Tv / Kim Gordon / The Knife / Koivo /

Laurie Penny / Lee Ranaldo / Lizzi Bougatsos / Lucky Dragons / Lucy O’Brien / Marissa Paternoster / Mary Beth Edelson / Meadham Kirchhoff / Molly Crabapple / Nastasia Alberti / No Bra / Nomi Ruiz / Olivier de Sagazan / Peaches / Peggy Seeger / Robyn / Rozhgar Mahmood Mustafa / Roz Kaveney / Sarah Lucas / Seth Bogart / Spartacus Chetwynd / Stephen Ira / Sunaura Taylor / Tamsyn Challenger / Tocotronic / Vaginal Davis / Victoria Lomasko / Vivian Goldman / Yoko Ono

Rough Trade


BOOK LAUNCH @ YOKO ONO’S MELTDOWN FESTIVAL || 15th of June  Lets Start a Pussy Riot book launch is part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival activism weekend.






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



Dear Teacups,

This months update is a little late so we thought we would combine it and send you a bumper update for both September and October! You will find below our extra awesome listings, highlighting our fave feminist and queer friendly events all the way through to November so you can start planning your autumn / winter calender now!

First up, a big thank you to all that braved the rain and miserable climate and attended our storytelling event “Her-Story” on Hampstead Heath. It wasn’t exactly the August bank holiday weather we had envisioned but was a fantastic event with lots of talented ladies and a magical campfire atmosphere – so it was a great success all the same. A special thank you to Vanessa Woolf for hosting and Kath Woolf for capturing the event on camera. Check out our gallery to see some photos and keep your eyes peeled for the next Storm in a Teacup storytelling event.

SIATC has finally got a domain name! You can now find our wonderful blog site at or the usual We are also planning on reviving our Ning social network. In order for us to keep this fun interactive site up to date, we could use a hand from some tech savvy ladies- so if you fancy helping us nurture our community and get SIATC more interactive- please do get in touch:

Storm in a Teacup are also extra excited about our involvement in the East London Fawcett Society upcoming fundraisers. SIATC has been involved in organising one of the first in a series of Seminars tackling feminist issues in East London. ELF Seminar | ART will be taking place on Wednesday October 19th at the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green- get the date in your diary and keep your eyes and ears peeled for when we announce the lineup of speakers very, very soon! Also worth noting is the ELF fundraiser at Stav Bees liqueur bar on Saturday 15th October.

East London Fawcett group is relatively new and launched in June 2011 so there are plenty of ways to get involved. Email: to join the mailing list and to find out more. Or visit the wordpress: or visit facebook group:

As usual, this month there are lots of great open submission opportunities for all you writers and artists out there to sink your teeth into. See below!

Roll up, Roll up one and all, as we have lots of OPEN SUBMISSIONS that you can get involved in! Underwire Festival submissions are open for this years female film talent festival.Directors, Producers, Writers, Editors, Cinematographers, Composers and Film Journalists can all be part of the competition to win plenty of awards for Underwire Festival in November 2011! Also worth highlighting the wonderful Magpie Magazine call for submissions for their upcoming 5th edition. More info below!

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


East London Fawcett Group (ELF) was launched in June 2011 and we are cooking up a fantastic programme of feminist seminars, events and campaigns. Email: to join the mailing list and get involved.

Magpie Magazine Open Submissions: Magpie is currently accepting submissions for its fifth edition. Magpie is especially on the lookout for articles, short stories, poems, painting, illustration and photography that respons to and re-interpets the theme of ‘metamorphosis’
Deadline: October 15th
More Information:

Stories, Tales & Fables; Collaborative project seeking storytellers!
We are a team of all female creative individuals working with the artistic disciplines performance, dance, music, poetry and storytelling.
We are currently researching a wide range of potential areas to develop further into our practice for Stories, tales and fables.

  • Ancestry, heritage, history, culture and individual backgrounds
  • Ancient traditions, folk tales, myths and fables from around the world
  • A closeness and respect for the Earth, natural cycles, sustainability and environment
  • Activism – communicating, human rights, freedom of speech
  • Sense of empowerment for human beings to create and make a change

More information:

Underwire Festival Submissions
Female film talent wanted! UnderWire Festival is looking for short film submissions. Directors, Producers, Writers, Editors, Cinematographers, Composers and Film Journalists can all be part of the competition to win plenty of awards.

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 September 2011

21 September || TEETH “Whatever” Album launch party @ The Lexington, London.
LIVE: TEETH, Pens, Gross Magic plus DJs. 8.00pm

22 September || Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century @ The Womens Library. Renowned feminist historian Sheila Rowbotham discusses the history of the early women’s movement from 1880s- 1920s. Ticket: £8, from 7pm.

22 September || Fundraising & Publicity meeting @ The Feminist Library. Have you got experience in Fundraising or Publicity?  Would you like to gain experience and help the  Feminist Library at the same time?  This is your chance!

22 September || MOTHER FESTIVAL 2011 in Berlin. Mother Festival is dedicated to WOWmens contemporary music and art. 2009 Tel Aviv, 2010 London. 2011 in Berlin. For full lineup see links.

23 September || Cross Cruising fundraiser for the Sex Workers University @ The Oak Bar, London.  A night of dancing, performances, an auction and a raffle! LIVE: A Ona (Poopsy Club/Berlin), Lola Love, Nikki Lucas (Liberte/Habibi), Lakuti (Uzuri Recordings/Süd Electronics) £5.00

23 September || Supernatural Urban Forest with Vanessa Woolf @ Elephant & Castle urban forest. Vanessa Woolf tells ghost stories from the metropolis with musical ghost songs from her husband Nigel of Bermondsey. We’ll be in the heart of the Elephant and Castle Urban Forest, and it’ll be getting dark! You can be sure the bats will come to hear the spooky tales. 8PM

23 September || UNSKINNY BOP @ Bethnal Green Working Mans Club, London.
Entry: £5 on the door 9.00pm – 2.00am

23 September || Upset the Rhythm : UT, TRASH KIT & PEEPHOLES @ The Lexington, London. New York punk legends UT also LIVE: Trash Kit and Peepholes.

24 September || Stitch, Stitch, Stitch  @ Womens Library guided tour. This tour traces the development of arts and crafts produced by centuries of women on the fringes of the City, once the centre of London’s silk and sweated tailoring industries. Today the same streets and buildings are home to vibrant markets, designer makers and cutting edge shopping. Book your place £10.00. Tour starts at 11.00am

25 September || Sheffield Zine Fair @ Brezza, Sheffield. The First ever Sheffield Zine Fair. Lots of great distros and zine makers. Including; Vampire Sushi Distro.

27 September || GIRLS GET BUSY present “Dont Need You” screening @ The Alibi, London. Screening of legendary riot girl documentary Plus GGB Djs. FREE entry 9.00pm

27 September || Shout! Shout! Up With Your Song with Sandi Toksvig @ The Womens Library. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Ethel Smyth’s suffragette anthem ‘March of the Women’. To celebrate, join Sandi Toksvig and special guests  to discuss the role singing has played in the lives of activists and campaigners. Hear acclaimed feminist choir Velvet Fist perform songs spanning the century. From 6.30pm £10.00

28 September || GAGGLE “The Brilliant & The Dark” @ The Royal Albert Hall. A One-off performance of Gaggles reworking of choral masterpeice the original was performed at the RAH with the help of 1000 women in 1969. Featuring Kate Tempest and Huw Stevens (Radio 1 DJ).

30 September || SEVERIN live @ Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Liverpool. Chew Disco presents bands at AND festival. Festival of new cinema and digital culture.

Coming up in October 2011

1 October || Bad Reputation @ Resistance Gallery. New Monthly disco for queers, riot grrrls, punx, and geeks. We play bedroom dancing songs for the socially awkward and the socially awesome. indie punk pop riot grrrl emo hip hop dance party hits. With special guest DJ Pierre Evil from Shake Yer Dix! 9pm-2am £3 entry.

4 October || Ending Child Pornography & premiere of Hooray for Hollywood @ Amnesty UK EC2A 3EA. Screening of “Hooray for Hollywood”  This semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Raven Kaliana, a survivor of these crimes, delivers a rare insight into this most abhorrent form of exploitation. Bringing together charity organisations, politicians, and law enforcers this event will discuss specific action to end the ever-expanding child pornography industry. Confirmed panel members are: Donald Findlater, Director of Stop it Now and Belinda Hollows, Supervisor for Childline.

7 October || Rumpus Vol 6. Day of the Dead Creatures @ Islington Metal Works
6 rooms of Bands, DJs, performance art, film and Circus! Featuring Verity Flecknell from SIATC leading the RUMPUS KAZOO ORCHESTRA! 9.00pm-6.00am. Tickets from £10.00

8 October || Other Peoples Property Warehouse Party @ Secret Location.
Guest and OPP DJs. 10.00pm – 6.00am

8 & 9 October || Renegade Craft Fair @ The Old Trueman Brewery, Brick Lane.
The Renegade Craft Fair from the US of A is headed across the pond for our 1st Ever London Fair! Along with hundreds of today’s best makers of handmade goods, we’ll be hosting hands-on crafting workshops and planning a handful of fun surprises! 11.00am-6.00pm.

15 October || Stav B’s Liquor Bar EAST LONDON FAWCETT SOCIETY fundraiser @ The Slaughter House, London. 6.00pm – 2.00am.

19 October || ELF Seminar | ART Gemma Rolls Bentley chairing a panel discussing the most pressing challenges facing women in the arts in East London From 7pm. The Gallery Café, Bethnal Green

22 October || FAWCETT SOCIETY AGM From 10 am (until lunch)
The Resource Centre, N7 6PA

30 October || The Wheel & Magpies Nest presents; Halloween Music Fair @ Cecil Sharp House. A spectacular autumnal delight, The Halloween Music Fair will amaze with three stages of psychedelic audial treats. Over 15 music artists including; Urban Folk Quartet, Lulu and the Lampshades.

Coming up in November 2011

2 November || I Heart Consent Party: A fundraiser for RapeCrisis South London @ Horse and Groom, Shoreditch. Evening of music in celebration of everyone who hearts consent before sex. Line up TBC. Tickets £10.00 (or donate what you can):


9 November || Cut in All Ways: The Impact of Equality talk @ The Womens Library. This discussion looks at those who are most affected by the impacts of the recession. Research shows women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds and older people are often the ones who lose out. Guest speakers include Diane Abbott MP; Anna Bird, Acting Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society and Sarah Veale CBE, TUC Head of Equality and Employment Rights. Ticket £8.00 from 7pm

10 November || Womens Suffrage Movement in Britain 1865-1928 @ The Womens Library Professor June Purvis gives a special talk focusing on suffragettes’ experiences of the campaigns, including the force feeding of Emily Wilding Davison and the Cat and Mouse Act. Tickets £8.00 from 7pm

12 November || Fem 11 | UK Feminista’s National Conference @ The Friends House, London. Featuring workshops and seminars organised by leading feminist organisations, including: Fawcett Society, Abortion Rights, OBJECT, Southall Black Sisters, Women for Women International, Imkaan, Women’s Resource Centre, Platform 51, Rights of Women, Centre for Women and Democracy, Women’s Environmental Network, End Violence Against Women coalition, Imkaan, Women for Refugee Women and the White Ribbon Campaign.

15 November || She Makes War Album #2 Launch @ Viner Street, London. SMW (Ladyfest Ten performer)  introducing her all star band The Olympians, this night marks the official launch of album 2! Support from Lesley Spiers and This Is Radio Silence + a very special guest TBA!

19 November || Ladyfest Nottingham 2011 @ Various venues across the city. Showcasing the best in female talent from Nottingham and beyond. Also craft fair, art exhibitions, workshops, acoustic venue, comedy venue and dance and performance arts.

23-26 November || UNDERWIRE film festival 2011 @ Various venues in East London. A short film festival dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women. Open for submissions!

26 November || Reclaim the Night March Assemble @ Whitehall Place and march up towards Trafalgar Square. Mixed Rally with speakers, stalls, hot food, bar and DJ until late. March for NO to male violence against women, NO cuts to women’s services. Nearest Tube Embankment. FACEBOOK EVENT:

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Feminist Arts Collective

Magpie Magazine || Open Submissions!

Magpie Magazine Open Submissions

We are so excited that the wonderful Magpie Magazine has just announced open submissions for the fifth edition of their beautiful publication! Magpie is looking for writers, illustrators, paintings, photography, poems and short stories. Follow the links below for more information.

Buy Magpie Magazine :

Visit Magpie Magazine:

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 @ Books & Blues | Presented by For Books’ Sake



Come one, come all, for an afternoon and evening of live blues music, spoken word and storytelling in the gorgeous beer garden at the Fox – a beautiful boozer with notoriously cheap bar prices.

Featuring live music from…
John Fairhurst: A jaw-droppingly brilliant blues legend, a fingersmith guitar genius, and a songwriter clever enough to enlighten the genre with his own unique baroque style.

Siobhan Parr: Mates with Glen Tillbrook, supported Evan Dando and Jimmy Cliff, South London blues country and folk legend by the age of 20. Siobhan is a songsmith with a haunting voice and a gentle charm who seems to have been there and done it all already.

Verity Flecknell (Storm in a Teacup): “Effortlessly enveloping classic Americana, guttural blues and sweet folk sounds, Verity is a rare breed of performer. Simultaneously theatrical yet utterly without pretence”

And storytelling from Vanessa Woolf from London Dreamtime, and award-winning short-story writer Kerry Ryan. Plus zines for sale from Fat Quarter and Alpha Betty.

Entry is £3, and the first twenty-five will get a free copy of Margaret Atwood’s Booker Prize winning novel The Blind Assassin.

Our Books & Blues event at Chorlton Arts Festival last month was a standing-room-only smash, so get there early to bag the best places…

The Fox is located at 316 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6JZ. A mere five minutes walk from Ladywell BR, or five minutes on the bus from Lewisham BR/DLR.

Thanks to the wonderfully talented designer Elodie Flamant for allowing use of the recycled guitar case image.


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,

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