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Ladyfest EAST London | April 1st 2012


Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, Hoxton Square, London. Here’s a map:
April 1st 2012

Doors open 2pm.

ALL DAY TICKETS just £5 in advance from (£6 on the door)

From 2pm and running all day- Stalls including zines, cakes, book swap, tombola, jewellery and much much more!

Please note, times are correct as we go to press but MAY be subject to change.

2.45-3.45pm- Days for Girls WORKSHOP

What if not having tampons or pads kept you isolated during menstruation?

• No study for days.
• No income for days.
• No access to hygiene … for days.

It happens every day worldwide to women in impoverished communities.
Join Days for Girls at LadyfestEASTLondon in making washable menstruation kits to be distributed across the globe.

No need to book: Just turn up!

4.00- 5.00pm- Alpha Betty collage WORKSHOP

Share the Ladyfest message with the streets! Join Alpha Betty in creating a collaged paper protest pennant to add to the LadyfestEASTLondon bunting.
Come and cut, paste, draw, scribble, letraset and stencil to add to a collaborative string of artwork that we’ll hang around Hoxton Square!

No need to book: Just turn up!

5.15-6.15pm- Urban Gardening WORKSHOP

Author Helen Babbs, author of My Garden, the City and Me: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London reads from her book,
and gives you tips and inspiration for creating your own garden, however little space you have. PLUS- We will supply pots, seeds and compost
so you can start your own little piece of urban paradise!

No need to book: Just turn up!

Live Entertainment

6.45- 7.20pm

Poetry and comedy from:

Rachael Allen

Emily Hasler

Viv Groksop

Live music

7.30-7.50pm- Minnie Birch

8- 8.30pm- Pettybone

8.45-9.15pm- Thought Forms

9.30-10pm- Lilies on Mars

PLUS- Dancing til late!

Get your dancing shoes on….

LadyfestEASTLondon DJs spin classic tracks from girl groups to riot grrrl to the best of the new female music scene!





SIATC DJ @ Girls Get Busy Zine | Le Tigre Documentary Film Screening

WHO TOOK THE BOMP FROM THE BOMPALOMPALOMP?29 November @ The Alibi, 91 Kingsland Road, Dalston
9.00pm – 2.00am FREE ENTRY

Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup & Ladyfest Ten will be DJing!

‘Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour’ is a film by Kerthy Fix that follows the iconic feminist electronic band Le Tigre on their 2004-2005 International tour. Supported by a community of devoted fans and led by outspoken riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Le Tigre confronts sexism and homophobia in the music industry while tearing up the stage via performance art poetics, no-holds-barred lyrics, punk rock ethos and whip-smart wit in this edgy and entertaining documentary. Who Took the Bomp? features never-before-seen footage of live performances, interviews and backstage footage with these trail-blazing artists.

♥ Screening at 10pm with GGB djs afterwards – GGB 9 will be available ♥

Party with us and dance to:
Daisy Chainsaw / The Ronettes / B-52’s / Hole / TLC / Bikini Kill / L7 / The Crystals / The Gossip / Babes in Toyland / Destiny’s Child / Huggy Bear / Spice Girls / Bratmobile / Bobbyteens / Delta 5 / Shangri-las / Joan Jett / Lil’ Kim / Le Tigre / Britney Spears / Tom Tom Club / The Pandoras / Patti Smith / Foxy Brown / Kate Bush / The Fakes / The Slits / Sleater-Kinney / Salt-n-Pepa / Heavens to Betsy / PJ Harvey / Aaliyah / The Frumpies / Shampoo / MEN / The Breeders / Cyndi Lauper / The Waitresses / Garbage / Julie Ruin / Chicks On Speed / ESG / Gravy Train!!!! / The Trashwomen / The Brentwoods / The Donnas


Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour “Deceptacon”Clip
UNSKINNNY BOP & LADYFEST TEN ; “Keep On Living” Karaoke



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




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 @ 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.


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.

Red Letter Events @ Ladyfest Ten Festival





The Big Debate || Ten Years of Ladyfest:
3 – 6pm (TBC) @ The Horatia

On the tenth birthday of Ladyfest, we consider the achievements of the previous decade and look forward to the next ten by asking the often – posed question: do we still need Ladyfests? Are they still relevant? How have attitudes to female creativity, empowerment, feminism, and DIY culture changed in the last decade? Where will the next decade of Ladyfests take us? Join us and our panel of speakers (TBA) for an afternoon of friend-making, discussion and celebration. FACEBOOK EVENT

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, burlesque’s woolliest egomaniac Lambchop Magoo and 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, DJs and dancing til late plus the ‘Pound Shop Beauty Parlour’ offering makeovers. FACEBOOK EVENT

10pm – late @ The Horatia

“If I can’t dance, it’s not my revolution”

Fight! For your right! To partaaaaay! Ladyfest is ten years old, and my my my, are we going to celebrate in style. With the Unskinny Bop ladies leading you through the early hours, a temporary tattoo parlour, moustache bar, Ladyfest Ten Birthday Message photo booth, and The Great Cake Escape providing us with birthday sweet treats, this is going to be night to remember. And if it all gets a little too much, you can cure that beastly hangover with a cosy roast at The Horatia the next day. FACEBOOK EVENT

Art @ Ladyfest Ten Festival







THUR 11th – SUN 14 NOVEMBER || Ladyfest Ten Exhibition || Ground Floor Left

Sponsored by CASS ART

A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction. – Oscar Wilde

This year’s Ladyfest exhibition invites you on a journey through new representations of women past, present and future. A culmination of months of work, the Ladyfest Ten exhibition will feature a range of submissions including :

Entries from the Ladyfest Ten Postcard Project

Photos and Life-drawings from the infamous Swallows and Amazons life-drawing salons.

A series commissioned for the Ladyfest Ten exhibition, of the latest work of emerging female artistBex Massey

The featured work of artists from the Ladyfest Art blog zine

Hosted by the fabulous GROUND FLOOR LEFT exhibition space/ artist collective in their warehouse space at the top of Mare Street


Ladyfest Ten Life Drawing Salon
3-4pm @ Studio La Danza

Feeling inspired by the art exhibition? Fancy a bit of afternoon sketching fun? An intimate life drawing salon celebrating women in all of their naked and knickerbockered glory. Grab a pencil and be inspired by female performers in theatrical poses at this special festival salon that will challenge you to capture movement in your mark making. With support and direction on hand from Ladyfest Ten hosts, drawing games and music to draw girls by, it’ll be the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Basic materials provided, thanks to Cass Art. Feel free to bring your own sketchpads and favourite pens etc.

The Lady Garden
12 – 5pm @ The Resource Centre

The Lady Garden is a relaxed utopia of creativity and craftivism, an installation space dedicated to participation and collaboration that will grow and evolve across the weekend with those that inhabit and contribute to it.

The Lady Garden is a place where there are secrets to be discovered and tales to be unearthed. Where organic stories are grown, poems are ripe for the picking and white picket fences await protest messages.

It may be winter outside, but here in the Lady Garden the grass is green and the seeds of creative ideas are ready to burst into full bloom. Kick off your shoes, find a comfy cushion and get stitching, scribbling, printing, weaving and chatting to your heart’s content. ‘Guest Gardeners’ throughout the weekend to help support and inspire you include:

– Craftivist Collective
– Shoreditch Sisters WI
– Sally Crabtree
– Tatty Devine
– Pedalkraft
– London Word Festival Landgirls
– more to be announced!

To read more about the workshops and creative participation at The Lady Garden, please click here.