Tis the merry month of May and this month we are particularly excited about the national cinematic release of “The Punk Singer: the story of Kathleen Hanna” on May 23rd. Kathleen will be attending Q&A sessions in London at preview screenings hosted at the ICA (and Julie Ruin are also playing a sold out show on Thurs 22nd of May at The Dome, Tuffnell Park) and Siri Anderson will also be doing a live Q&A via Skype at the Rich Mix screening. Find out where the screenings are being held across the UK in the listings below!
This month, don’t miss two fantastic self publishing events; The London Radical Book Fayre & Alternative Press Takeover at Bishopsgate Institute on the 10th of May and DIY cultures event at Rich Mix on 25th of May – both boasting great lineup of exhibitors and workshops, there will be some great DIY feminist publishers there – so come along and be inspired!
Let’s Start a Pussy Riot collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) are continuing their book tour – please keep your eyes peeled for more info on our facebook page. We also are delighted to announce we will be presenting our “Lets Start a Pussy Riot” talk and discussion at Central St. Martins on the 12th of May. We look forward to seeing you there! Last year we launched and published “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” book, a collaborative project bringing together voices from across the arts and generations in support of Russian punk collective; Pussy Riot. We are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism. The tour so far has included; Manchester University, Oxford University, BIMM Bristol and we have some Uni appearances coming up at Central St.Martins and Goldsmiths. If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.
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LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT
The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter. For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk
NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3
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STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.firstname.lastname@example.org
COMING UP IN MAY
May – June || The Punk Singer, a film about Kathleen Hanna | Screenings across the UK Kathleen Hanna, will be in London for two very special Q&A screenings of The Punk Singer. If you are not London based, don’t fret- there are lots of events happening up and down the country coinciding with the cinema release- full listings below. The film will be released in cinemas nationwide on May 23rd, we are really excited to hear that Kathleen will be attending a Q&A session following special preview screenings of the film at the Curzon Soho on 13th May at 6.30pm, hosted by Lauren Laverne, or at the ICA cinema on 14th May at 6.45pm. Director- Siri Anderson will be doing a Skype Q&A for the screening at Rich Mix on Thursday 15th of May.
Synopsis: Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews, The Punk Singer tells the story of Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre. Kathleen Hanna rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became the most famously outspoken feminist icons in music.
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Friday 09 May
Derby – Derby Quad – Derby Film Festival
Tuesday 13 May
Sheffield – Showroom – Preview
Wednesday 14 May
Thursday 15 May
London – Rich Mix – DocHouse Preview
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1-31 May || W*NK: Erotic art exhibition by Sophie Crow @ Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium, Hoxton, London. Coming just in time for International Masturbation Month, artist Sophie Crow’s début London exhibition of drawings, W*NK, features frank and erotic illustrations of women’s most intimate moments garnered from real life experiences. Men must be accompanied by a woman, except on Tuesday evenings. Opening night: 1st May 6pm – 8pm. Exhibition continues until 31st May. Opening times: Mon-Sun 12pm-8pm MORE INFO:www.sophiecrow.tumblr.com
8 May – 7 June || Bunny Collective: The Young Girl’s Gaze @ Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford, Ireland. Opening night; Thurs 8th May from 7pm-9pm. Bunny Collective: The Young Girl’s Gaze will feature work from a number of emerging artists based in Cork and London. Their work will engage with themes such as identity construction online and alter egos; consumerism; the body as capital; fragmentation of self; teenage obsession; and how the internet can provide a positive alternative to male-dominated areas of artistic tradition. MORE INFO: http://bunnycollective.com/ FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/423417864469849/
10 May || The London Radical Book Fayre & Alternative Press Takeover @ Bishopsgate Institute, London. Radical booksellers and publishers / comics and zine makers / artists and activists / book fair / small press fair / exhibitions / talks / workshops / book awards. In the first event of its kind, AP will be bringing the small press to a new audience – championing zine-making and DIY alongside radical publishing and bookselling. Spread across three floors, artists will be exhibiting and selling their self published comix, zines, art books, and prints. MORE INFO:www.alternativepress.org.uk FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/257491244425198/?
12 May || Fans of Feminism @ Cass School of Art and Architecture. Panel Discussion: Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design Fans of Feminism invite you to discuss: Fighting the art establishment or creating a new one: How can we achieve equality?’ The art establishment in Britain is a hostile environment for under represented artists. Despite encouraging statistics showing a gradual rise in the number of women artists showing in galleries, we are by no means near achieving equality. This panel seeks to tackle some of the issues that women and other under represented artists face, and discuss what we can do to drive change.An interactive discussion With Panelists: Dr Mo Throp, Helena Reckitt, Martina Mullaney, Phoebe Collings-James and Maria Kheirkhah. 17:30 -21:00pm MORE INFO:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fans-of-Feminism/305108512965710
12-19 May || Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring her Pussy and little else! @ Soho Theatre, Dean Street. Time Out recommends: In 2013 Adrienne Truscott’s Foster’s Panel Prize-winning political, satirical and experimental solo show got the Fringe set talking. Now she’s taking over Soho Theatre for a 19-date run of her acclaimed part-stand-up, part-performance and part lecture. Rape culture apologists Todd Aiken and Daniel Tosh don’t escape Truscott’s logical and belly achingly funny social commentary on laws surrounding date rape and the controversial ‘what were you wearing’ argument. Truscott is fearless in her commentary on the prevalence of rape joke culture, it’s set to pop music, and oh yeah, she’s starkers from the waist down and ankles up. £10-£17.50 MORE INFO: http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/adrienne-truscottandrsquo-s-asking-for-it-a-one-la/
16 May – 13 July || Cherchez La Femme @ SPACE gallery, London. There exists a rich history of radical, pioneering feminist video collectives in France that is largely unknown to Anglophone audiences. These activists produced videos at a time when society did not expect women to embrace technology, and by sharing sources, equipment, technical skills, common goals and interests they strove to produce new representations of female behaviour. The videos in this presentation are just a small selection of the hundreds in the collection of the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir,and they are meant to introduce marginalized forms of feminist organisations in France and to look for the women who resisted normativity by creating their own identities. Open weekdays 10am – 5pm / Weekend Midday – 6pm PREVIEW EVENT: 15 May 6-9pm MORE INFO:http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/cherchez-la-femme
16 May || Women’s Spaces and Feminist Politics- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow @ Queen Mary University of London. This one-day conference will explore the role of women’s spaces in feminist politics, focusing on women’s centres and other women’s spaces in the past, present and future. During the past decade a new generation of feminists has started to campaign against the objectification of women in the media, the expansion of pornography, sexism in the workplace and on the street, the lack of representation of women in public life and the sexualisation of young children. This new generation of feminists is largely organized via social media rather than in physical spaces. Admission: £38.00. 9.30am-5.00pm. MORE INFO:http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/newsevents/events/126674.pdf
16 May || What the Frock! 2nd Birthday Party @ The Maurentania, Bristol. Join Bristol’s award-winning all-female comedy night as they celebrate their second birthday, with a night of fabulous comedy. With Cerys Nelmes at the helm all night, the team welcome back the return of the larger than life Jayde Adams to the headline spot, as well as cabaret from Ada Campe and stand-up from Hatty Ashdown. There is also a star prize raffle. Tickets: £12 adv, £15 on door. TICKETS:http://www.wegottickets.com/event/265802
17 May || Rosie Wilby ‘Nineties Woman’ @ Watershed, Bristol. Award-winning performer Rosie Wilby uses live interactive storytelling interspersed with video interviews, music and photos to trace a journey through early 90s feminism, refracted through a very personal lens. Against a backdrop of John Major and riot grrrl she tells a ‘hilarious adventure story involving a blurring of personal and political history grounded by a good dose of twenty-first century cynicism’ (The F-Word). In association with What The Frock! Comedy and the Bristol Festival of Ideas.Tickets £7.00. TICKETS: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/4744/rosie-wilby-nineties-woman/
17 May || Sally Heathcote ‘Suffragette’ singing @ Gosh Comics, London. Time Out recommends; In the 1990s graphic novels were at the helm of the riot grrrl movement, and have provided a medium for gender commentary that’s prolific today. ‘Sally Heathcote, Suffragette’ is a beautifully illustrated but cruelly insightful chronicle of the loyalty, courage and feminist militancy ingrained in the campaign for suffrage including the rallies on the streets and debilitating hunger strikes. Mary and Bryan Talbot and illustrator Kate Charlesworth will be signing copies of ‘Sally Heathcote, Suffragette’ at Gosh! Comics. MORE INFO:http://www.goshlondon.com/2014/04/sally-heathcote-suffragette-signing/
17 May || Bitter Women: Gals who like real ale and craft beers @ The Craft Beer Pub, EC1N 7TR. Hello and welcome to BITTER WOMEN a Real Ale social group for women who like Real Ale and Craft Beer. We gather upstairs from 6pm (nice early start for an early finish!) to sample the beer and enjoy friendly banter, good conversation, meeting of minds and sharing of friendships. Come join us, bring friends and have an amazing social with gals who love real ale. FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/239472816256650/
17 May || Unskinny Bop @ The Star of Bethnal Green.Party times in Bethnal Green for all kindsa misfitz, fagz, fatz, freakz & wallflowerz. £5 on the door / £3 before 10.30 and concessions. Deets including exciting playlists for your aural pleasure at. 9.30pm – 2.00am MORE INFO: http://www.unskinnybop.co.uk/ FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1506466329581319/
18 May || T-Club is Sunday Best @ Dalston Superstore, London.The T club is a safe and inclusive night for transgender, genderqueer and anyone in between. DJs Bamboo Herman, Uncle Stan. Performance: Jai Bernarde. Screening: Paris is Burning. Photographs: Paul Grace. Every third Sunday. FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/689722421074679/
19 May || She Grrrowls: Lost & Found @ Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green, London. She Grrrowls showcases a range of talented women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Lost and Found. Every third Monday of the month. Guest hosted by Leanne Moden, Poetry by Sabrina Mahfouz and Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson, Comedy by Mia Lane, Music by Mama Tokus. Just £5 on the door, £4 when booked in advance online. 7.30pm MORE INFO: www.facebook.com/SheGrrrowls FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/568507323257302/
22 May || HOMETRUTHS Conference 2014 ‘Womb to Womanhood’ @ The Meadow, Swindon, Wiltshire. HOMETRUTHS is an independent, community based specialist service for survivors of domestic violence and abuse aged 16+ living in Swindon and Wiltshire, who have experienced domestic violence and abuse including stalking and harassment from partners or ex-partners. This is our 2nd Conference and we are pleased to welcome presentations from local and national speakers, looking at the impact of domestic abuse on women and their children MORE INFO:http://thewomensresourcecentre.org.uk/hometruths-conference-2014-womb-to-womanhood-swindon/
25 May || DIY Cultures 2014 @ Rich Mix, London. 2nd Edition of DIY Cultures – A day-long festival of zines, artist books, comics, artists-run spaces, talks, films, animation, poetry, video art, exhibition, workshops – the spirit of independence, autonomy & alternatives. Programmes of events including talks on mental health, prison creative and solidarity networks, fashion industry. For full list of workshop and exhibitors please see facebook event. 12.00pm – 7.30pm FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/1452959404937771/
25 May || Laughing Cows Comedy @ The Frog & Bucket, Manchester. Laughing Cows hosted by Kerry Leigh with Jo Enright, (Lab Rats / Ideal / The Job Lot) Jenny Ross (The Sunday Show) and Hawkeye & Windy. 7.00pm. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/729850423711694/
Coming up in June
10–11 June || Thinking Afresh – Feminism and Youth Work @ Hinsley Hall, Leeds. The fourth ‘Youth and Policy’ Thinking Seriously conference will be a women only event focusing on the subject of feminism and youth work. The 2014 conference, Thinking Afresh: feminism and youth work, will give particular emphasis to current issues of gender inequality and difference as they impact upon girls and young women and female youth workers. It will seek to develop a critical feminist understanding of current policy agendas and the particular professional specialisms associated with work with girls and young women. MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/thinking-afresh-feminism-and-youth-work/
Over and Out,
Verity Flecknell Storm in a Teacup Feminist Arts Collective http://joinourteaparty.org