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For Books’ Sake & Pulp Press || Competition for Women Writers


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Our lovely friends 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.

Got a story with a heroine hell-bent on vengeance? A gang of girl gangsters, assassins or other deadly dames? If you’re a woman writing pulp fiction, For Books Sake and Pulp Press want to hear from you!

Winning entries will be featured in an anthology of short stories published by Pulp Press later this year, featured on For Books’ Sake, and invited to read their stories at the launch party in London.

Want to be in with a chance to win? All you need to do is send your pulp fiction short story to For Books Sake by midnight on Monday 15th August 2011. For more information about how to enter and the terms and conditions of the competitions please click here.

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SIATC@ Latitude Festival 2011

SIATC @ Latitude Festival 2011

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

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

Latitude YARN fest listing:

Latitude FULL festival listings:

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




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

Storm in a Teacup presents;

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

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


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

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

Admission is FREE but spaces are limited so please email:

What to bring:

>Small item that is meaningful to you

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

>Candles in a Jar or a Torch


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

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

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

Call for submissions!

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

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

SIATC @ Womens Library | ZINE FEST 2011

ZINE FEST 2011 @ The Womens Library

**Storm in a Teacup will be at the annual Womens Library Zine fest on Saturday the 25th of June. As well as the Storm in a Teacup zine (Issue 2) we are very excited to announce that we will be stocking the Women of the World festival collaborative zine, created from participants of the Women of the World zine workshop lead by Soupa Creative Network at the Southbank in March this year. With the help of inspiring zinesters like Magpie Magazine and Shebang Zine and all of the participants we have put together an inspiring zine and this will be your chance to get your hands on very limited copies. We will also be stocking a variety of feminist zines so If you have a zine that you would like us to stock at the Womens Library Zine fest please email: ***

(Blurb by Red Chidgey, organiser of Zine Fest! 2011)…

Zines are hand-made magazines made for love not money. Requiring few resources to self-publish – just a pen, a piece of paper, access to a photocopier – zines are made on the fringes of journalism, art systems, activist scenes, and bedroom cultures. Basically, they rock.

We’re super happy to confirm the 4th Zine Fest! to be happening at The Women’s Library, London.
The Women’s Library has a growing zine collection, covering the 1970s to now, which was first donated by the Ladyfest London 2001 collective.

The Zine Fest! event in June aims to showcase feminist, queer and women’s media projects, hold workshops and discussion spaces, bring together loads of zine makers and stalls, and make connections between different generations of feminist publishing.

The event is free and open to everyone. We hope to see you there!


Saturday 25th June 2011, 12pm-4pm, Free

The Women’s Library, 25 Old Castle Street, London

Workshops & Discussions

12-1.30pm. Comic-Making (Seminar room, ground floor): Hear some tips and tricks about how to make comic strips from Jay Bernard ( and Rachael House ( before we all get down and busy and make a page for a collective comic zine. (Dont worry if you cant draw. It don’t matter! There will also be plenty of magazines and stuff to use if you wanna try a collage/drawing mash up page).

1-2pm. Survivor Zines (Friends Room, ground floor): A discussion session on zines as a tool of self-expression, community support and active resistance for survivors of sexual violence. A look at how we can form more supportive communities and responses for survivors. Sarah Tea-Rex ( has written and compiled zines on surviving childhood sexual abuse, mental health, queer and trans youth resistance, reproductive autonomy, and unemployment. This discussion is open to people of all genders, to survivors and to their allies. A trained support person will also be present during the workshop.

1-2.30pm. Stenciling (Activities Room, ground floor): Marti and Alice will show you how to make stencils to use in zines and street art.

2.30-4pm. Feminist Media & Memory Panel (seminar room, ground floor): A look at feminist self-publishing over the past few decades and a chance to learn more about grassroots feminist media history. Speakers include Humaira Saeed from Race Revolt (a contemporary zine on race politics by feminists and queers), Ilona and Rebecca Oliver from Shocking Pink (magazine made by young women in the 80s and 90s), and Sue O’Sullivan from Sheba Press (feminist publishing collective in the 80s who prioritized writing by women of colour and lesbians). Presentations followed by a Q&A session. Chaired by Sita Balani.
Race Revolt:
Shocking Pink:


Zine Tours (1.30-2pm and 2-2.30pm. Meet in the Foyer): Catherine and Indy from TWL will do some tours of the library and show you more of the gems and history of the Zine Collection there.

Art Exhibitions (Cafe space, first floor)

Shape & Situate Exhibition: To celebrate the launch of the second issue of Shape & Situate, Melanie Maddison will be exhibiting a collection of DIY feminist history posters of inspirational women from this awesome zine.

More Crackers Please: A beautiful collage and visual archive of feminist/queer/DIY cultural activism in the UK over the past ten years. Made by Bill Savage as part of a backdrop for a Le Tigre karaoke booth, a super cute video of which you can check out here:

Feminist Disco Project:With a nod to Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, Rachael House is inviting people to come and draw a feminist on a paper plate. Past plates will also be on display.

Cross-Stitch Drop-In: Whether you’re a complete beginner or an old hand, kid or adult, come join Lisa Sleeps in some cross-stitching action. Have a bash at stitching animal masks from the Sleeps in Oysters pattern book, or have a go at designing your own. (

Interactive Monster Cafe: Squid + International Nobody are serving up deli-style mask-making in the Exhibition hall. Choose a theme or make up your own and select from an assortment of ingredients (cut-outs, markers, glue, wool, glitter.. ) + see what happens! Also, monster-drawing, third-eyes, irresistible cookies and check out their feminist & monster zines. (

(Mezzanine Space, first floor)

~ Marching Stars (
~ Princesa Pirata (
~ Other Asias (
~ Walrus Zines (
~ Fat Quarter (
~ Richochet! Richochet!
~ Cherry Bomb Comics (
~ Pamflet (
~ Storm in a Tea Cup (
~ will xyz (
~ Vampire Sushi (
~ Volume Magazine (
~ Scale Trees (
~ Jen Claptrap & hoojemaflap ( &
~ Sarah Tea-Rex (
~ Emma Jane Falconer (
~ Shebang Magazine (
~ Editions of You (
~ Alpha Betty (
~ Chloe Cook (
~ Nest Gallery (
~ Girls Get Busy (
~ Girls Who Draw (

(+ more TBC)

Contact: Red Chidgey, (

Documentation of past ZineFests!:!/zinefest/photos

Getting to the Women’s Library:

Accessibility info:

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.