Category Archives: The Women’s Library

SIATC *UPDATE* MARCH 2014

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Dear Teacups,

March is always the busiest month of the year for us fabulous feminists! International Women’s Day takes place on the 8th of March; a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This means we have a bumper update for you this month – with many inspiring and empowering events happening up and down the country.

This month, don’t miss- Wowzers  a new community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014.Their mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.The event’s content is entirely crowd-sourced and funded by donations, making it open access and free for all to attend. Get your FREE tickets now!

Let’s Start a Pussy Riot  collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) are continuing their University tour with dates at Central St.Martins coming up – 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 at this year’s Women of the World Festival on Sunday 9th of March as well as at WOWZERS Fringe festival on Saturday 8th of March . 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.

The latest on Pussy Riot – the original Pussy Riot collective announced earlier in the month that they consider Nadia and Masha no longer members of the collective. This announcement came just before Nadia and Masha made an appearance at an Amnesty International gig along side Madonna in New York. Nadia and Masha have since returned to Russia and made news headlines when they were arrested numerous times for staging performances around Sochi and the Olympics. They released a new music video “Putin will teach you how to love the Motherland” with footage of them being whipped and beaten by Russian Cossack police. For a balanced and reflective view on the Pussy Riot collective split please read this article posted on The Feminist Times “Pussy Riot split confusion: cultural action always has blurred lines.” My personal view is optimistic and I support both groups in their activism going forward.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via: Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                     Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                                                      Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

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

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADEhttp://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | Activist Groups

Join a feminist campaigning group: Getting involved in your local feminist group is a great place to start. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest grassroots group.

Set up a group: If there isn’t a group near you, don’t worry! Take a look at UK Feminista’s guide to setting up a feminist group packed with tips on getting your own strong action group running.

Get skilled up: UK Feminista runs regional and national training events throughout the year to help you plan creative and powerful actions and campaigns. We are also developing a series of online resources which will be available to download soon. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to hear first about our events and resources

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

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FOR BOOKS SAKE – CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

Furies Poetry Anthology will be published in Autumn 2014, and will showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. We interpret Furies in the widest possible sense, and your hellcat heroines may be modern, mythic, animal or cyborg, women from film, fiction, history, music, art and activism, or rebels in their own home. Whether you’re penning a tribute to Pussy Riot, a sonnet about suffragettes, a love letter to women warriors from fairytale or folklore, or something else entirely, we can’t wait to read your writing.

All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

DEADLINE: 30th of March                                                                                                      HOW TO SUBMIT: http://forbookssake.net/furies-poetry-anthology/

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:.storminateacup2009@gmail.com

MARCH 2014

1 March || African Initiatives presents: International Women’s Rights Conference @ Bristol City Centre. A series of inspirational workshops to discuss diverse issues facing women around the world today, such as sex work, forced marriage, the fashion industry, sexuality and the impact of Colonialism. When booking your place, please select which workshops you would like to attend. Featuring key note speaker José Sluijs-Doyle, Chief Executive of African Initiatives &  Guest speaker Maanda Ngoitiko, African Initiatives’ partner in Tanzanian Suggested donation: £10.00.                                   MORE INFO: info@african-initiatives.org.uk or phone 0117 915 0001.       BOOK TICKETS:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rights-and-reasons-international-womens-rights-conference-registration-9274210413

1 March || Laughing Calves Comedy @ The Hough End Centre, Manchester. Laughing Calves in association with the Women in Comedy Festival hosted by Kerry Leigh with Ali Kahn, Madge Hooks, Nina Gilligan, Gaye Jones, Liz Allan, Janet Taylor, Mel Medfor and Debra Fayer. Doors 7pm, Show: 8pm, Food: 9.30pm. Price: £5.00. Comedy, Club and meal deal = £9.95. Contact: 07958 642090 / 07854 346433. Followed by Rapture Club night until at least 1am, here is the FB event link for the evening:                                                       RAPTURE CLUB NIGHT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1377432389174559/                          FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/790566504293892/

1 March || Reclaiming the F Word @ St. Peter’s House, Manchester. A conference for anyone interested in faith and feminism from a Christian perspective. The day will include workshops, discussion, presentations, prayer and refreshments. We are asking people to consider donating £5 to cover costs. We will not be providing lunch; you are welcome to bring your own or buy food from nearby shops. Please book in so we have an idea of how many people are attending and you can donate on the day. BOOK HERE:  http://goo.gl/7zhXsG

1-21 March || BP Spotlight: Sylvia Pankhurst @ TATE Britain. Tate Britain shines a light on Sylvia Pankhurst and her artistic skills in the fight for women’s rights, designing badges, banners and flyers, and recording the lives of working women. Sylvia Pankhurst (1882–1960) made a profound impact on the fight for women’s rights as both an artist and a campaigner. Trained at the Manchester Municipal School of Art and the Royal College of Art, she was a key figure in the work of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) set up with her mother Emmeline and sister Christabel in 1903, using her artistic skills to further the cause. This display has been devised by curator Emma Chambers with The Emily Davison Lodge. FREE. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/7zSvG8

3 March || London Feminist Discussion Group: Feminism and Porn @ Bahn Mi Bay, Vietnamese restaurant in Holborn. For the March discussion they will be tackling the thorny issue of feminism and porn. 4-6 Theobolds Road WC1X 8PN. Please RSVP by Thursday 27 February so that we can book for the right number of people.                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/611284308941642/

3-8 March || Royal Central School of Speech & Drama present;  Women in Theatre Festival @ The Etcetera Theatre, Camden. The Etcetera Theatre is one of London’s best known pub theatres and is running a Women’s Theatre Festival from 3rd to 8th March l for International Women’s Day 2014.  The festival will consist of talks, a panel discussion, performances and workshops.  There will be professionals representing women working in theatre today, alongside a diverse range of community arts practitioners and performers from across London to celebrate the achievements of women in theatre, and the work of theatre with women and girls.                                                      Love or Something Like It Monday 3 March at 2pm. Tickets £7.50 / £6.50            Passion Monday 3 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £8.50                                                   The Monotonous Drum Tuesday 4 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £10                              Less Talk, More Action: Future Female Collaborators Wednsday 5 March at 1pm. Tickets £5.00                                                                                                                              The Funny Women Players present… The Road to International Women’s Day Wednesday 5 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £10 / £8                                                 YFronts the Workshop Thursday 6 March at 2pm £6 / £12 with show on 7th         The Weetabix Cure for Lonely Hearts Thursday 6 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £6.50                                                                                                                                                           The Spinsters of Lavender Lane Friday 7 March at 1pm. Tickets £8                         Simple Procedures Friday 7 March at 4pm. Tickets £6.50                                         YFronts: A Contemporary Dance Friday 7 March at 9.30pm. Tickets: £10 / £8     Bite the Apple Saturday 8 March at 12.30pm and 3pm. Tickets £8                             Bite the Apple Panel Discussion Saturday 8 March at 2pm. Tickets £4 or £2     when seeing 12.30pm or 3pm show.                                                                                             The Best of Short Cuts Saturday 8 March at 9.30pm. Tickets: £8                             Book by telephone: 020 7482 4857                                                                                 Theatre Twitter: @EtceteraTheatre                                                                                       BOOK TICKETS: http://etceteratheatre.com

4 March || Gender Institute Series of Conversations to welcome The Women’s Library @ London School of Economics. This conversation is “Money and Inequality” Speakers include: Professor Ruth Lister and Professor Diane Elson.   MORE INFOhttp://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

4 March || Women and Health Camden – Fundraising dinner @ Kentish Canteen, NW5 2TG. Women + Health is a community-based health centre that delivers affordable complementary therapies and counselling to women in Camden through a range of projects and services. All are invited to a fundraising dinner hosted by Women & Health’s patron Dame Tessa Jowell MP. Informal evening with food and wine and a raffle. £50.00 ticket (with half proceeds going to Women & Health Camden). 7.30pm.                                               MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/wmBIjr

4-8 March || Tidy Carnage collective present “Passion” @ Vault Festival, London. ‘Passion’, a one woman rave tells the story of Edan, a young lesbian party girl in meltdown following her return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Exploring our gender assumptions about combat zones, our complex understanding of mental health (especially women’s mental stability) in extreme circumstances and profiling an openly gay, strong and challenging female character. Glasweigan Theatre collective; tidy carnage are  a dynamic collective of multi-arts professionals, creating exciting contemporary theatre that shares space with dance, spoken word, video, sound & visual art                     MORE INFOwww.thevaultfestival.com/passion

4-24 March || Gazebo Theatre presents; The Sistren (National Tour).Comedy entwines with powerful drama in this exciting new play celebrating Womens’ History Month 2014.Mary Wollstonecraft, considered to be the ‘founder of modern feminism’, Claudia Jones, activist, communist & founder of the first Black British weekly newspaper & Emma Lloyd Sproson, suffragist and Wolverhampton’s first female councillor, are brought together in their after lives.

National Tour Dates:

– Ucheldre Centre, Anglesey – 04/03/2014 – 7.30pm www.ucheldre.org                  – Eastgate Theatre, Peebles – 05/03/2014 – 7.30pm www.eastgatearts.com            – Guildhall, Derby – 06/03/2014 – 7.30pm – www.derbylive.co.uk                                – Forest Arts Centre, New Milton – 07-03-2014 – 7.30pm  www3.hants.gov.uk/forest/                                                                                                             – Astor Community Theatre, Deal – 08/03/2014 – 8.00pm – www.theastor.org     – The Brindley, Runcorn – 11/03/2014 – 7.30pm –www.thebrindley.org.uk             – Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – 12/03/2014 & 13/03/2014 – 7.30pmwww.arenatheatre.info                                                                                                       – The Heritage Centre, Wolverhampton – 14/03/2014 – 8.00pm – 01902 421792/07815 522668                                                                                                                        – The Drum, Birmingham – 21/03/2014 – 8.00pm – www.the-drum.org.uk               – Fairfield Halls, London – 23/03/2014 – 7.45pm – www.fairfield.co.uk                     – Artrix, Bromsgrove – 24/03/2014 – 8.00pm – www.artrix.co.uk

For further information contact Gazebo Theatre on 01902 497222 /admin@gazebotie.org, visit our website www.gazebotie.org or follow us on Twitter @gazebotheatre or Facebook www.facebook.co.uk/gazebo arts.

5 March || Women’s Aid Conference: Child abuse and domestic violence – time for early intervention?, London. Women’s Aid is bringing together experts and survivors from the domestic violence sector with experts and survivors in the children and young people’s sector for a unique conference to look at the common themes in the many instances where domestic violence and child abuse occur together. 9.00am – 16.00pm                              MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk

5 March || Layers of Inequality – the impact of public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women @ House of Commons, Committee Room 16. Join us as we discuss the impact of the public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women. The meeting will consider evidence that BAME women are being disproportionately affected by the cuts based on research carried out in Coventry by the University of Warwick and Coventry Women’s Voices. Whilst this research focuses on Coventry, BAME women across the country are likely to be similarly affected and this is therefore a much wider issue. To confirm your place at the event please email: equality@unitetheunion.org and let us know your name, organisation, email address and telephone number.                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/611875185549676/

5-9 March || Women of the World Festival 2014 @ The Southbank Centre. A weekend of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls. The WOW weekend is for everybody. Talks, debates, comedy, workshops, activism and performance on everything from politics, science and sex to fashion, war and power.  Previous WOW festival speakers have included Julie Walters, Alice Walker, Gordon Brown MP, Naomi Wolf, Shami Chakrabarti, Bridget Christie, Ruby Wax, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai, Ahdaf Soueif, Angélique Kidjo and many more. Book your day or full weekend passes now. MORE INFO:http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/wow-women-of-the-world-festival

5-16 March || 25th Anniversary of Oxford International Women’s Festival @ Various venues around Oxford. A very special line-up of activities is taking place during this milestone Festival, ranging from theatre, to poetry and storytelling, plus talks, film screenings, cabaret, a Dinner, and more. The Festival exists to celebrate the achievements of women from Oxford and beyond, and it’s organised by local volunteers.                                                                 MORE INFO: http://www.oxfordinternationalwomensfestival.co.uk/2014-festival/

6 March || The Gender Institute and The Women’s Library present the opening of the new reading room @ The Women’s Library, London School of Economics. Research Using The Women’s Library will bring together a panel academics and archivists, who have used The Women’s Library for their PhD research, their research on suffragette history and their archival work. The speakers on the panel will be Professor June Purvis, Dr Mari Takayanagi and Professor Sally Alexander. 5.00pm – 6.30pm. Open to the public on a first come first served basis. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/wIaVsL

6 March || LaDIYfest Sheffield presents; Film Night: “Transamerica” @ Harrisons 1854, 15-29 Regent Terrace, S3 7QA Sheffield. Feminist film nights are BACK! Every other Thursday LaDIYfest Sheffield will be screening a film at Harrisons 1854 so grab a drink from the bar, bring some popcorn or snacks to share and come hang out! For LGBT History month we asked you to tell us your favourite LGBT-themed films. Next up, Transamerica, the story of a trans woman called Bree who goes for a roadtrip with her long-lost son. This will be funny and probably heart-warming too. 8pm. Free entry. All welcome.                                                                                                                 MORE INFO:http://ladiyfestsheffield.wordpress.com/                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/537165856382699/

6 March – 1 April || Cultivate Gallery Presents; International Women’s Day Wall @ Vyner St, London, E2. An artist take-over and art occupation of my one slice of wall at CULTIVATE EVOLVED gallery in celebration of International Women’s Day 2014.Cultivate has now Evolved; we are ten artists each with our own distinct wall spaces, ours to use in whatever way we wish and for the month of March artists will occupy my wall space with me to mark International Women’s Day 2014. Opening night; Thurs 6 March, 6-9pm. If you want to get involved please email info@cultivatevynerstreet.com for more info (mark your emails FAO Emma)                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/268884226621956/

6 March || Clam Jam @ Dalston Superstore. Seventh or as We Like To Call it ” Minge Invasion of the Foreign Kind ” Instalment of the Superbly Fabulous and not so Quaint Lesbian Entertainment in Dolby Suround System that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. Ladies! This One is Gonna be More Lesbiany then a Russian Olympics Team, More Surprising then Cara Delevigne Anouncing Her Love of Latino Lady Bits and Defo more Dykey Than Ellen Degeneris in a Three Piece Suit at Your Wedding. 9pm – 2am                                                                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427639637474163/

6 March || Central America Women’s Network present; ‘El Salvador: Not even to save a woman’s life’ @ Latin American House, London. ‘El Salvador: Not even to save a woman’s life’ is a screening and discussion forum on the issue of abortion and the consequences on women’s lives, health and access to rights and justice, with a focus on the situation in Central America. (screening in English; discussion in Spanish and English). FREE MORE INFOwww.cawn.org

7 March || IWD unplugged: Grace Petrie, Cat Brogan, Lo Behold, Nouria Bah @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London. Join us on the eve of International Women’s Day, as we mark the occasion with militancy and spectacularly good music. All are welcome to come gather for a night with some of the most talented, radical women songwriters and musicians – before Hug the DJ and DOMO’s Bethany hit the decks as we dance into women’s day itself. £7.00 advanced, £8.50 OTD. 7pm – 2am                                                                     BUY TICKETShttp://www.workersplaytime.net/TICKETS.htm                  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1391107614479996/

7 March – 9 March || Magpie Mag presents new anthology: Viriditas @ WOW marketplace, Southbank Centre. Magpie Mag will be presenting Viriditas a new published anthology celebrating the work of a group of international & contemporary women artists. World Wide Women is a female arts collective based in Paris. There will be art prints for sale, information about the publication and the artists involved in the collective. We will be exhibiting for all three days in the WOW marketplace, which is free and open to the public. WOW is a festival that includes talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls.                                                                                             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/698255026893025/

8 March || International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.   MORE INFO: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

8 March || Million Women Rise March and Rally @ London.  A woman’s right to live free from violence and / or the fear of violence has not been achieved. Women continue to be attacked and violated in many different ways, in our homes, on our streets, on our public transport, at our places of work. The government, the TV and newspapers do very little to address this issue; instead they often blame women for wearing the wrong clothes or being in the wrong place.  If you think this needs to change, then join us on this women only critical mass. We need to be strong together and in large numbers. Unity is strength; the voices of many are louder together than a single voice.

MEET: 12:00 NOON, OXFORD STREET, LONDON

SET OFF: 1:00

RALLY : 3:00 @ TRAFALGAR SQUARE

AFTER PARTY: 5:00 @ THE 52 CLUB, 52 GOWER STREET

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/246935428810959/

8 March || International Women’s Day festival Sheffield @ Sheffield Town Hall, S1 2HH. The Women’s Network IWD planning group has been hard at work putting together a great event for International Women’s Day. Including singing on the front steps of Town Hall, keynote presentation from the Women of Steel, various workshops, an international women’s voices panel and information stalls. 10am – 1pm Here are the workshops planned so far;                      -100 years of change, manufacturing and STEM – WEA/Glass Academy                   -Challenging stereotyping – Women in Engineering                                                               -Celebrating feminist activism – Sheffield Feminist Network                                           -Women inspiring women collage – Sheffield Futures                                                            -One Billion Rising – Cllr Nikki Bon                                                                                              -A history of protest – WILPF                                                                                                         -Women and domestic violence                                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/FCicVS

8 March || AFRO PUNK presents; The Girls for International Women’s Day @ Windmill, Brixton. LIVE BANDS: VODUN, 11pm, THE NUNS, 10pm, MADAME SO, 9pm. AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. Originating with the 2003 documentary that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, it is a platform for the alternative and experimental. Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of. Tonight, three female led bands come together to celebrate both International Women’s day and the Afropunk ethos. £5.00. 8pm.                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/798711686811244/

8-9 March || WOWZERS Festival 2014 @ TBC, Waterloo, London. Kicking off on International Women’s Day, Wowzers is a community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014.Wowzers is driven by a need for a dynamic, inclusive and fresh approach towards celebrating the creativity of women and girls around the globe. Our mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.The event’s content is entirely crowd-sourced and funded by donations, making it open access and free for all to attend.               TICKETS: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wowzers-festival-tickets-5722225330                                                                                                                                     MORE INFO:  http://wowzersfest.org/

8 March || Suffragette Legacy event @ People’s History Museum, Manchester, M3 3ER. Suffragette Legacy: How does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester? Camilla Mørk Røstvik, PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, and Louise Sutherland, Head of Collections and Engagement at the People’s History Museum, started planning an interdisciplinary conference to celebrate the legacy of the suffragettes in Manchester and beyond. We wondered if the first wave of feminism is still relevant to our artists, scholars and activists. Can we still learn from the suffragettes? Can we enter a dialogue with them? As the proposals started coming in we understood that the answer was yes and that the legacy of the suffragettes is thriving in Manchester. In our packed one-day conference we hope to show off the people and ideas who keep the spirit of these women (and men) alive. MORE INFO: http://wonderwomenmcr.blogspot.co.uk/

8 March || The Working Class Movement Library celebrates IWD @ 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX. June Hannam, Professor of History at the University of West of England, will speak on the topic ‘Socialist women of the Independent Labour Party – political propagandists and trade union organisers, 1890s-1914’.Lynn Collins, Regional Secretary North West TUC, will also speak, on the topic ‘The struggle continues – trade union women today’.This event is part of Wonder Women: Radical Manchester. 2pm. FREE                                           MORE INFO: http://www.wcml.org.uk/

8 March || Birds Eye View Presents; “Wonder Women!” @ BFI Southbank. Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and produced by Kelcey Edwards, Wonder Women! offers an informative and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre, and is the perfect film to celebrate both International Women’s Day, and the official launch of the 2014 Birds Eye View Film Festival. Wonder Women! traces the fascinating birth, evolution and legacy of the Wonder Woman figure, from the 1940s comic book heroine to the blockbusters of today, and introduces us to a dynamic group of fictional and real life superheroines who are fighting for positive role models for girls – both on screen and off.                                                                                                                                         BUY TICKETS: http://goo.gl/qrxmmo                                                                                MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/lJZb5b

8 March || Club Debbie presents; Cher night @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. Sina Sparrow & Bitchcakes will be joined by Special Guest DJs Trinny and Susannah as well as performers Holestar, Shy-Charles Alderwick and Kev Clarke to delight you with female-fronted rock, pop, and disco. 10pm-Late. £3 entry.                                                                                                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/501241323321409/

8 March || Film Screening “Ruins” @ Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne. As part of Northumbria University’s contribution to IWD2014, we are very pleased to host the screening of an important new film which tells the story of the persecution of HIV-positive women in Greece. RUINS is a documentary about a shocking case of HIV criminalization in Greece when a group of HIV-positive women were detained by the Hellenic Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their faces and personal data were published in the media in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections. The persecution and public shaming of HIV-positive women received considerable publicity in Greece and caused an international outcry. However, no political figures or media opinion-makers were made accountable. RUINS exposes the truth behind this grim moment in Greek democracy. 1.30pm including introduction by Zoe Mavroudi (Director), screening and Q/A                                                                                                                      MORE INFO: contact Karen Ross – karen.ross@northumbria.ac.uk

8 March || Let’s Start a Pussy Riot @ WOWZers fringe festival, Waterloo Join us for a talk and discussion about Pussy Riot, the book and collective activism. Venue TBC. Keep eyes peeled on our Facebook page and the WOWzers website for more info.                                                                                   FACEBOOK PAGE: http://goo.gl/nZmGQf                                                                          MORE INFO: http://wowzersfest.org/

9 March || Let’s Start a Pussy Riot @ WOW festival, Southbank Centre. Join us for a talk and discussion about Pussy Riot, the book and collective activism. Venue TBC. Keep eyes peeled on our Facebook page and the WOW website for more info.                                                                                                           FACEBOOK PAGE: http://goo.gl/nZmGQf                                                                          MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/49GfdY

9 March || Fundraiser for Rape Crisis, Edinburgh @ The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland. LIVE BANDS; Blueflint, Obehi and Dirty Red Turncoats. Live music and raffle to raise funds for the local Rape Crisis centre Edinburgh. 7.30pm.                                                                                                                             MORE INFOhttp://www.ewrasac.org.uk/previous-news-and-events.html

9 March || Stand up for Choice @ Mandela Hall, Belfast. An evening of Live Stand Up Comedy in support of a Woman’s Right to Choose featuring :BRIDGET CHRISTIE, GEMMA HUTTON, JOSIE LONG, ROBIN INCE & MARK THOMAS This event is part of the International Womens Day Celebrations and part of Mark Thomas’ 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. All proceeds to Pro-Choice Advocacy Work in NI.                                                                                   TICKETS: http://goo.gl/FgQX8D

9 – 30 March || Translation/Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Space and Time – Film Season @ Watershed, Bristol. Over Women’s History Month in March 2014, Translation/ Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Time and Space will celebrate the diverse ways women activists have communicated their struggle and resistance through film.  Translation/ Transmission features activist documentaries and women filmmakers from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain, Jamaica, Palestine, Germany, Vietnam, USA, Iran and France/ Cameroon, highlighting the diversity of different feminisms across geographical locations and historical moments.             FULL LISTINGS & MORE INFO: http://translationtransmission.wordpress.com/                                                        FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/761938503821442/

12 March || The Story Sessions presents; Feminist Folk Tales @ The Ivy House, Nunhead, SE London. Old Wives’ Tales international women’s day tie in feminist fables and folk tales, Think Sisters Grimm… featuring Cath Blackfeather on Sleeping Beauty, Cherry Potts’ The Bone Box, Emily Cleaver The Frog , Jelena Ćurčić with a couple of Serbian folk tales. plus Flash from the Floor, your opportunity to tell us a feminist folk tale in 100 words or less…             FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/214381402102102

13 March || The Big Idea: Why Write a Feminist Play @ The Royal Court Theatre, London. Playwrights Abi Morgan and Nick Payne discuss the social, political and artistic imperatives of writing a play about feminism. Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract runs in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court from 30 January to 22 March.. Nick Payne’s credits include Blurred Lines, Constellations (which won the Evening Standard Best Play Award). Why Write a Feminist Play is part of The Big Idea bringing together artists, activists and an anthropologist to interrogate the relationships we form and how we talk about them. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/8KGfuq

14 March || What the Frock Comedy Show @ Mauretania, Park Street, Bristol. Joining our resident MC Cerys Nelmes will be Jessica Fosteskew (“intensely talented and very funny”, Time Out), Alice Frick (“exuberant and perfectly pitched”, Three Weeks), and Tash Bartlett (“confident, cute and crude”, Open Comedy). Tickets £10 advance, £12 door. Doors 7.30pm, comedy from 8pm                                                                                           MORE INFO: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-14/c1ra3

14-15 March || Stop Porn Culture UK Launch Conference @ Wedge House, London, SE1 8PB. Please join Gail Dines, Julie Bindel and SPC Intl. leaders and collaborators at our two-day launch conference. This conference is a progressive, feminist collaboration against the sex industry. March 14 (day 1): Conference With Expert Speakers and Panel. March 15 (day 2): Workshop with SPC Collaborators and Volunteers. Workshop to set up SPC in the UK.               MORE INFO: http://stoppornculture.org/events/5/spc-intl-conference-london-march-15/

15 March || Unskinny Bop presents; 10th B-Day Party; HEROS @ The Star of Bethnal Green, E2 6LG. In March 2004 we held our first disco event at 359 Bethnal Green Road, then called the Pleasure Unit, now the Star. Over the past ten years we have espoused a number of high-falutin’ theories, slogans, and ruminations on what Unskinny Bop is, what it should be, what it means, why we keep on doing it. Really, it comes down to a few very simple premises though:                                                                                                                                1. providing a welcoming, inclusive, queer-identified space for good times              2. encouraging dancefloor participation for all, especially fat people, shy people, weirdos and wallflowers                                                                                                      3. playing records we love, and only records we love, irrespective of genre, for your pleasure                                                                                                                                           So, please come and pay tribute with us. We invite you to get dressed up as your hero(ine)/love/joy/inspiration, whatever/whoever that may be – there will be prizes (probably) Fancy dress: HEROES. £5 on the door (£3 before 10 / concessions all night / in costume).                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.unskinnybop.co.uk/                                                            FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/504662936309582/

15 March || The Oppression and Resilience of Women @ Conway Hall, London. Central London Humanists, Conway Hall Ethical Society and the National Secular Society are please to announce a join event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The conference will celebrate women’s achievements in the arts, sciences and politics, we will also look at health, wealth and education and how society, men and religions tend to impede women. We will be highlighting the appalling oppression that many women still have to cope with in the 21st century and the postive achievements of women despite the many challenges they face, and we will end the day with some comedy. See website for full list of speakers. The conference will run from 10.00am – 17.00pm.                                                                                                                                                MORE INFO: http://www.conwayhall.org.uk/special-events

16 March || What the Frock presents Comedy Skills Workshop and Showcase @ Halo, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol.  What The Frock! Comedy is pleased to be teaming up with award-winning comedian, broadcaster and all-round superstar Kate Smurthwaite.                                                                               WORKSHOP: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-16/c1tb3          The workshops are aimed both at those who’ve always wanted to try stand-up and those who have done a few gigs but are keen to develop their skills. Whether you’re looking for a new career or just a speedy confidence boost (or even a truly original gift for a friend!), we guarantee you’ll have a great time. £65.00. 11am-1pm, 2pm-5pm                                                                                                           SHOWCASE: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-16—showcase/c1243                                                                                                                          Following on from the comedy workshop at Halo led by Kate during the day, come and show your support for the workshop graduates by joining the audience for the evening showcase – where they will be trying out their new comedy skills.  £5.00. 7pm -9pm                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/

17 March || She Grrrowls: Humans Vs Machines @ Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green. SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent 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: Humans vs. Machines. Every third Monday of the month. Hosted by Carmina Masoliver, Poetry by Rosie Garland and Rosemary Swainston & Chris Lawrence, Comedy by Lizanne Davies, Music by Mushana. Just £5 on the door, £4 when booked in advance online.                                                                                                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/327797054025503/

18 March || Coming off Clean Symposium @ Corpus Christi College, Oxford. When women have expressed their own sexuality in public it has often spelled trouble in the eyes of mainstream society. In this conference, cultural practitioners and academics reflect on female sexual autobiography, untroubled by the trouble they may cause. ‘Coming Off Clean’ is a phrase taken from art critic Chris Kraus’s ‘theoretical fiction’ book, I Love Dick. In the book, Kraus is preoccupied with how the ‘I’ of women writers and artists has tended to be pathologised, and cast as narcissistic, confessional, and totally at odds with the analytical. Speakers: ANNA KEMP (Queen Mary University of London), HELEN HESTER (Middlesex), SHIRLEY JORDAN (Queen Mary University of London), ALEX DYMOCK (Reading), OCTAVIA BRIGHT (UCL / writer) ALISON J. CARR (Sheffield Hallam / artist). 10.30am – 18.00pm                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/coming-clean

19 March || Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about FGM @ Grant Museum of Zoology, London. Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey investigate issues around female cutting through story and song. This event takes place among the skeletons and specimens of UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology. Post-event discussion with UCL Medical School’s Dr Jayne Kavanagh & Dr Katherine Woolf. 50 free places. 7pm – 9pm.                                                           TICKETS:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-from-the-soul-stories-discussion-about-fgm-tickets-10150577651                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/235214376651410/

19 March || The Fawcett Society: How to conduct your own assessment of the impact of public spending cuts on women in your local area: a one-day workshop with Mary-Ann Stephenson @ London TBC. The Fawcett Society is running a one-day workshop for women’s groups in London on how to conduct a gender equality impact assessment of the spending cuts at a local level. Mary-Ann Stephenson, author of TUC’s ‘Women and the Cuts Toolkit’ and Chair of Coventry Women’s Voices, will lead the workshop and offer tailored support through hands-on practical sessions. This workshop is free but limited to 14 participants, so early registration is essential. In order to make the workshop available to as many groups as possible, we can only accept one delegate per organisation. FREE. How to register: To register, please email Ava.Lee@fawcettsociety.org.uk with your name, organisation, and contact details. The workshop will be held in Central London and lunch and refreshments will be provided. 10.30am – 4.30pm                                                             MORE INFO:www.fawcettsociety.org.uk

30 March || Love London – Hate Street Harassment @ All over London! As part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week (30th March – 5th of April 2014), Rape Crisis South London will be again running the fabulous London Landmarks Against Street Harassment. All week we will be inviting participants to take a photo of themselves, of friends or of bystanders holding a message of support for loving London streets, hating street harassment, outside of London’s many stunning Landmarks. So that could be a photo of you in front of Big Ben with a poster calling time on street harassment in London.                      MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/MeetUsOnTheStreet             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405046029753784/

COMING UP IN APRIL

4 April || CLIT ROCK # 4 @ Underbelly, Hoxton, London. LIVE BANDS: Dana Jade, Blindness. DJs; Sina Sparrow. A celebration of women who rock! Music events to raise awareness and funds for Daughters Of Eve an organisation committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating FGM. £5.00     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393578667568745

5 April || UK Feminista; Scotland Activist Training @ TBC Venue, Glasgow. This event is perfect for anyone organising for a world without sexism, from seasoned campaigners to those looking for confidence to get started. It’s a great opportunity for those involved in women’s and feminist groups as well as individuals to learn and share ideas and skills to make change happen. FREE                                                                                                                                 BOOK ONLINE: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/scotland-activist-refresher/

8-13 April || Birds Eye View Film Festival 2014 @ Various venues including; Barbican, BFI Southbank and ICA. The Festival will also feature UK premieres, cutting edge features, insightful personal documentaries, live music, silent film and special events featuring some of the world’s leading female filmmakers and rising new talents. There will also be industry training opportunities supported by the British Council and Creative Skillset. Full programme to be announced on 8th of March. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/JlHZUH

11 April || Revisiting the Sadeian Woman – Postgraduate Conference @ Swansea University. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the Marquis de Sade’s death, but Sadeian influences remain prominent in contemporary literature, criticism, and culture.This one-day postgraduate conference, funded by GENCAS and RIAH (The Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University), aims to revisit the Sadeian debates first established in the 1980s, and to investigate how these ideas are relevant to contemporary society. How have evolutions of feminism and post-feminism impacted upon Sadeian influences? CONTACTswanseagenderconf@gmail.com

11 April || What the Frock! Comedy Awards @ Maurentania, 9 Park Street, Bristol. The all-female What The Frock! Award returns for a second year. Last year, all the places were filled within 24 hours of the competition being announced, and this year they were filled within 10 hours! This is one of only two all-female comedy awards in the UK, and is free to enter. Our compere for the evening will be Cerys Nelmes, and we will have a performance from Annabel O’Connell, who was a finalist in 2013. Tickets £10.00                                     MORE INFO: http://www.wegottickets.com/whatthefrockcomedy

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                 Storm in a Teacup                                                                                     Feminist Arts Collective                                                                         http://joinourteaparty.org

SIATC *UPDATE* FEBRUARY 2014

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Dear Teacups,

February is LGBT history month and there are lots of events happening across the country. February 7th is also the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. As the world comes together to celebrate the Winter Olympics the global community stands by those suffering discrimination and intimidation for identifying as homosexual. Show your support and join the protest outside the Russian Embassy on Friday, February the 14th. The protest will be a Valentine’s Day Carnival for equality, love and human rights in response to the continued human rights abuses sanctioned by Russia’s new anti-gay law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors”, which has caused an upsurge in anti-gay violence in the country. For more info please see the Facebook event; For Russia, With Love.

Also on February 14th millions from across the world will be taking part in One Billion Rising/V-DAY–  a global campaign started by Eve Ensler to support and empower women who are survivors of violence. Check out the event listings to find an event happening near you.

On Friday 21st of February Let’s Start a Pussy Riot are continuing their University tour and have been invited to talk at BIMM Bristol Music University. 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 and Oxford University and we have some Uni appearances happening in the new year at Bristol BIMM, Goldsmiths and Falmouth Universities.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

Looking ahead to March, its a packed month! March 8th is International Women’s Day and there are lots of events happening up and down the country. Women of the World (WOW) festival at the Southbank Centre runs from the 5th until the 9th of March and WOWZERS – WOW Fest’s fringe event runs from the 8th-9th of March.

OPEN SUBMISSIONS SPOTLIGHT

This month we have quite a list of Open Submission calls to get your teeth into! There is a little something for everyone. WOWZERS Fest, the new fringe event running alongside Women of the World Festival, is looking for people to run activities, workshops, events. For more info please see their website. LGBT artists can submit their work to win the Winter Pride Art Award and £1000. The competition is open to all LGBT emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative works. CUNTRY LIVING is a free print zine by Oxford University students that offers a voice to people who care about gender equality & feminism. Cuntry Living zine are taking submissions for the next issue and are looking for factual articles, opinion pieces, prose, and poetry. Fabulous literary site: For Books Sake have just announced that they will be publishing a Poetry Anthology “Furies”. Female poets are invited to submit poetry about hellcat heroines, modern, mythic, cyborg – women in film, fiction, history, music art and activism. All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via:                                                                           Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                               Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                            Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

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

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | Activist Groups

Join a feminist campaigning group: Getting involved in your local feminist group is a great place to start. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest grassroots group.

Set up a group: If there isn’t a group near you, don’t worry! Take a look at UK Feminista’s guide to setting up a feminist group packed with tips on getting your own strong action group running.

Get skilled up: UK Feminista runs regional and national training events throughout the year to help you plan creative and powerful actions and campaigns. We are also developing a series of online resources which will be available to download soon. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to hear first about our events and resources

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

WOWZERS FESTIVAL – CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS

Kicking off on International Women’s Day, Wowzers is a community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014. Our mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.

What would you like to see at a festival celebrating women and girls? What topics around gender do you think should be covered?

If you’ve got an idea for an activity you’d like to run at Wowzers Festival on 8th-9th March 2014, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for individuals and groups to host highly interactive group sessions focusing on a particular issue relating to gender/women and girls. It could be a discussion, workshop, skillshare, brainstorm… or something else!

To submit your session idea, fill in the form on our page: ‘Host a Session

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/WowzersFest                           MORE INFO:  http://wowzersfest.org/

FOR BOOKS SAKE – CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

Furies Poetry Anthology will be published in Autumn 2014, and will showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. We interpret Furies in the widest possible sense, and your hellcat heroines may be modern, mythic, animal or cyborg, women from film, fiction, history, music, art and activism, or rebels in their own home. Whether you’re penning a tribute to Pussy Riot, a sonnet about suffragettes, a love letter to women warriors from fairytale or folklore, or something else entirely, we can’t wait to read your writing.

All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

DEADLINE: 30th of March                                                                                              HOW TO SUBMIT: http://forbookssake.net/furies-poetry-anthology/

CUNTRY LIVING ZINE – CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

CUNTRY LIVING is a free print zine by Oxford University students that offers a voice to people who care about gender equality & feminism. Cuntry Living zine are taking submissions for this term’s zine! We’re looking for factual articles, opinion pieces, prose, poetry, crosswords, jokes, artwork everything and anything. as long as it’s about feminism/gender/sexuality. be creative!

DEADLINE: 3rd February                                                                                                      MORE INFO ABOUT CONTRIBUTING:  https://www.facebook.com/events/642292349167629/                      WEBSITE: http://cuntrylivingmagazine.tumblr.com/

WINTER PRIDE Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money.

Open to all LGBT artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea.

DEADLINE: 8 February                                                                                                                TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

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:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY 2014

February || LGBT History Month: For event listings for around London and the UK: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/event-calendar/

1 February || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, Glasgow. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace. MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk

1 February || The Freedom Train: Standing in Solidarity with the Women of Spain against Abortion Reform @ Hungerford Bridge, London. On the 1st of February, trains depart from all over Spain (and one from France), carrying pro choice campaigners to Madrid, where they will hand Spanish MPs the text ‘Because it’s my choice’. The right of Spanish women to access safe and legal abortion is currently under threat with the proposal to reform the law in a highly restrictive fashion by Spain’s ruling party, the Partido Popular. We stand in solidarity with Spanish women and their right to access safe and legal abortion and we wish to show our support from the UK. The Bellyhanger Revolution begins here! Meeting at Hungerford Bridge at 1pm. EMAIL: mybellyismine@gmail.com                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/443706625757112                                     FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/mybellyismine

1-22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO). MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth

3 February || Feminist Discussion Group: Feminism and religion @ Holborn. 4-6 Theobolds Road, WC1X 8PM. Monthly discussion group. RSVP.    FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LondonFeministDiscussion/     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/570599019696478

6 February || Rainbow Jews Exhibition and Film Launch @ London School of Economics. The Rainbow Jews collection will be the first ever source of Jewish LGBT History in Britain. Be part of this legacy and join us tonight to celebrate our pioneers and milestones! 6.30pm @ LSE New Theatre/East Building:  Opening Speeches hosted by Liberal Judaism CEO Rabbi Danny Rich & world premier of the Rainbow Jews series mini documentaries. 8pm @ LSE Atrium Gallery/Old Building: Exhibition launch reception with special guests and entertainment. MORE INFO & MORE EVENTS: http:// www.rainbowjews com                                                                                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/205053153014958/

6 February || Clam Jam # 6 @ Dalston Superstore. E8 2PB. Sixth Instalment of the Joyous Lesbo Gathering that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. DJs: Lina Bradford and Packin’C (aka CATHAL). 9pm – 2.30am. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/572958212787461/

7-21 February || SOAS Women’s Society event series; Ain’t I A Woman? What’s race got to do with it? @ SOAS University, London. The Women Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has put together ‘Ain’t I A Woman? What’s race got to do with it?’ This will explore the intersectionality of gender and race in a week-long series of events centred around Ntozake Shange’s play ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.’ For full listings of events please see links.                       MORE INFO: http://aint-i-a-woman.tumblr.com/                                          FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/aintiawomansoas

8 February || Winter Pride Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money. Open to all artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea. TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

7 February || Vested Interest presents; Joanna Gruesome @ Power Lunches, Dalston. A full lineup of bands; Joanna Gruesome, Plaids, Crows an Wra, Kin Shot, Nudes. Plus much more. 7.30pm onwards. £5.00                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/239616896207641/

7 February || Traumfrau: A Night of Fairy Tales @ The Bermuda Triangle, Brighton. Enter a world of enchanted tunes, dark and magical stories, symbolism and metamorphosis. Bring your fantasies to life: come as the imagined creature that lives within you, the beast that scared you in your childhood tales, or the heroine you wanted to grow into. Fairies, ogres, goblins, gnomes and all folkloric characters welcome. LIVE: Olivia Louvel                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/628285567232676/

8 February || Club Debbie: Febbie @ Resistance Gallery, E2 9RF. Sick of the cold, the grey and the gloom? So are we. DEBBIE loves you and she’s coming back in FEBBIE to show you what FUN is all about. 10pm til 3am. £3.00 entry FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/575913775835773/

8 February || Winter Pride UK 2014 @ Tobacco Dock, E1, London. Immerse yourself in the party atmosphere as LGBT London comes together for the first-ever Winter Pride UK on 8th February 2014. More info and full lineup – check links below. MORE INFO: www.winterprideuk.com                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410151369221725

10 February – 3rd March | Women in Philosophy @ Manchester Metropolitan University. In a series of public talks coordinated by researchers from the Department of Philosophy, issues of gender will be addressed by four women scholars who are by profession eminent philosophers in their respective fields. Women have arrived as practitioners in philosophy relatively recently when compared to the first 2,500 years of the discipline. This series of talks will look at whether the inclusion of women in philosophy has changed the landscape of what is being researched, learnt and taught in this fundamentally important subject. If philosophy is the study of how, what and why we think, what do women have to say about it? Come and join the debate! Women in Philosophy will present the following talks:

Monday 10th February 2014: Dr Anna Bergqvist (MMU) Moral particularism: a contribution to feminist thinking

Monday 17th February 2014: Professor Jennifer Saul (Sheffield)Stop Thinking (So Much) About ‘Sexual Harassment’

Monday 24th February 2014: Professor Tina Chanter (Kingston) The public, the private and the aesthetic unconscious: Reworking  Jacques Ranciere

Monday 3rd March 2014: Dr Meena Dhanda (Wolverhampton) Facing Prejudice: Negotiating the Cultural Politics of Identity

All talks take place in Geoffrey Manton Lecture Theatre 4 at 5.30pm (tea and coffee in Geoffrey Manton atrium from 5.00pm)

14 February || For Russia, With Love – LGBTQ Valentines Carnival @ Russian Embassy, London. W8 4QX. Join the Carnival outside the Russian Embassy in London in response to the continued human rights abuses sanctioned by Russia’s new anti-gay law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors”, which has caused an upsurge in anti-gay violence in the country. As the world comes together to celebrate the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we demand that the global community stands by those suffering discrimination and intimidation for just existing. Show your support and join the carnival                                                                                                                                                  SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.allout.org/en/actions/russia-attacks-taf                                                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393565987568279/

14 February || One Billion Rising for Justice.One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.                                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

15- 16 February || Feminist Libraries and Archives Gathering @ Feminist Library and Nottingham Women’s Centre, Nottingham. A gathering of UK-based women’s libraries and resource centres. The event will give us all an opportunity to meet and forge relationships between one another, as well as share ideas, knowledge, and resources. We are hoping to hold a variety of discussion groups, talks, and workshops on topics pertaining to women’s libraries and resource centres. EMAIL: zaimal@nottinghamwomenscentre.com                                                WEBSITE: www.nottinghamwomenscentre.com

15 February || Mary Quaile Club First Meeting @ Cornerstones Community Centre, Salford. The  Mary Quaile Club was set up in December 2013. It will hold regular discussions on working class history and its links with  the political issues facing working people. The speakers will be Paula Bartley and Hugh Caffrey. Paula  Bartley will discuss the life and politics of Ellen Wilkinson. Paula is the author of Ellen Wilkinson, from Red Suffragist to Government  Minister,  to be published by Pluto Press in February 2014. 2pm.     MORE INFO: http://maryquaileclub.wordpress.com

15 February || Riots Not Diets, Riot Grrrl Valentines Ball @ West Hill Hall, Brighton. Third annual valentines ball. Always a hoot. Live bands & Djs; RAVIOLI ME AWAY // NOT RIGHT // BIG JOANIE // YUCKERFLATS.. £5,  8pm-10.30pm.                                                                                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/555617684520056/                                    TICKETS http://www.wegottickets.com/event/251499

15 February || Kilburn Comic and Zine Fair @ South Kilburn Studios, NW6 5SW. OOMK Zine are hosting a FREE zine and comics fair in South Kilburn Studios, with talks, workshops and zines for sale. Follow links below for full listings of distros. 12.00pm onwards.                                                        MORE INFO:http://oomk.net/kczf                                                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/657152920997461/

17 February || She Grrrowls: Anti/Valentines @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ. SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent 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: Anti/Valentines. Bring your poems of both love and hate for the open mic, but don’t forget the passion! Every third Monday of the month. Hosted by comedian Rosie Wilby, Poetry by Lisa Robinson-Grindey and Selina Nwulu, Comedy by Figs in Wigs Music by Cat Bear Tree  Just £5. 7.30pm -10.30pm.                                                                                FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/629603037085260/

17 February || Women and Alcohol: Different Perspectives – Conference, Bristol. A conference for alcohol and health professionals and the voluntary and independent sector, interested in sharing expertise, and hearing from other professionals and service users. 9.30am – 4.30pm                        MORE INFO: http://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/events/women-alcohol-and-domestic-abuse

18 February || Gender Institute Series of Conversations to welcome The Women’s Library @ London School of Economics. This conversation is : “Is there a sexual history?” Speakers include: Professor Jeffrey Weeks and Professor Clare Hemmings. Next event is on the 4th of March “Money and Equality”.  MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

21 February || NUS National Summit on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education @ London South Bank University.  The summit will be an opportunity to look in depth at some of the key issues surrounding ‘lad culture’ in higher education and develop a shared vision amongst participants about how to move forward.Speakers include Laura Bates from Everyday Sexism Project and Lucy Holmes founder of the No More Page 3 Campaign. 10am – 5pm.                                                                                                                                          BUY TICKETS: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/ents/event/896/                    MORE INFO: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/campaigns/womens/

21 February || Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century until Now” @ St Aidan’s College, Durham University. We seek to examine and discuss how presentations of femaleness in text contributes to and creates what it means to be female. Keynote speakers at the conference include the winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Jane Smiley; Professor Maggie O’Neill (Durham University); Dr Kate MacDonald (University of Ghent). MORE INFO:http://readdurhamenglish.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/literary-dolls-the-female-textual-body-from-the-19th-century-to-now/.

22 February || Women’s Assembly Against Austerity @ Conway Hall, London. The People’s Assembly is pleased to announce the Women’s Assembly conference 2014. More details and a FAQ to follow soon.                           MORE INFO: http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/women/                          TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-assembly-against-austerity-tickets-9613437049

25 February || Rosie Wilby “Nineties Woman” @ Rich Mix, London. Nineties Woman is a new show from award winning comedian Rosie Wilby using live interactive storytelling interspersed with video interviews, music and photo archive to trace a journey through early 90s feminism, refracted through a very personal lens. There will also be a post-show panel discussion with Jane Czyzselska, CN Lester, Kaite Welsh and Naomi Paxton.

BOOK TICKETS: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/rosie-wilby-nineties-woman/                                                                                                                                MORE INFO: http://www.rosiewilby.com/

26 February || Men’s discussion group @ The Feminist Library, London. Starting in February, the Feminist Library in Lambeth will be hosting a monthly Men’s Group meeting to discuss books and articles on feminist themes, with the aim of developing a better understanding of those themes and how they as men respond to them. For more information, or to join the mailing list, contact: mendiscussfeminism@yahoo.co.uk

27 February || Reclaim the Night Manchester 2014 @ Owens Park, Manchester. This year’s theme will be ‘sound and voices‘ – we’re going to fill the streets with sound and light our united energy against sexual harassment and sexual violence. The march starts at Owens’ Park, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield at 7pm and a neon parade will head down Wilmslow Road towards Manchester Students’ Union.  The evening continues with the Reclaim the Night After Party, a festival of the finest women talent, with live comedy and music, arts & crafts, fun activities, community stalls & awesome DJs till late – at Manchester Students’ Union from 9pm. EMAILtabz.obrien-butcher@manchester.ac.uk      FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/ReclaimTheNightManchesterUk              FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/439068732888265/?ref=22

COMING UP IN MARCH 2014

1 March || African Initiatives presents: International Women’s Rights Conference @ Bristol City Centre. A series of inspirational workshops to discuss diverse issues facing women around the world today, such as sex work, forced marriage, the fashion industry, sexuality and the impact of Colonialism. When booking your place, please select which workshops you would like to attend. Featuring key note speaker José Sluijs-Doyle, Chief Executive of African Initiatives &  Guest speaker Maanda Ngoitiko, African Initiatives’ partner in Tanzanian Suggested donation: £10.00.                                MORE INFO: info@african-initiatives.org.uk or phone 0117 915 0001.                BOOK TICKETS:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rights-and-reasons-international-womens-rights-conference-registration-9274210413

1 March || Laughing Calves in association with The Women in Comedy Festival, Manchester. Laughing Calves showcase in association with the Women in Comedy Festival hosted by Kerry Leigh with Madge Hooks, Nina Gilligan, Gaye Jones and Debra Fayer . Followed by Rapture Club night until at least 1am. Doors 7.30pm, £3.00 before 9pm.                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/790566504293892

4 March || Gender Institute Series of Conversations to welcome The Women’s Library @ London School of Economics. This conversation is “Money and Inequality” Speakers include: Professor Ruth Lister and Professor Diane Elson.   MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

5 March || Women’s Aid Conference: Child abuse and domestic violence – time for early intervention?, London. Women’s Aid is bringing together experts and survivors from the domestic violence sector with experts and survivors in the children and young people’s sector for a unique conference to look at the common themes in the many instances where domestic violence and child abuse occur together. 9.00am – 16.00pm MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk

5-9 March || Women of the World Festival 2014 @ The Southbank Centre. A weekend of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls. The WOW weekend is for everybody. Talks, debates, comedy, workshops, activism and performance on everything from politics, science and sex to fashion, war and power.  Previous WOW festival speakers have included Julie Walters, Alice Walker, Gordon Brown MP, Naomi Wolf, Shami Chakrabarti, Bridget Christie, Ruby Wax, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai, Ahdaf Soueif, Angélique Kidjo and many more. Book your day or full weekend passes now.                                                                                                       MORE INFO:http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/wow-women-of-the-world-festival

8-9 March || WOWZERS Festival 2014 @ TBC, Waterloo, London. Kicking off on International Women’s Day, Wowzers is a community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014.Wowzers is driven by a need for a dynamic, inclusive and fresh approach towards celebrating the creativity of women and girls around the globe. Our mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.The event’s content is entirely crowd-sourced and funded by donations, making it open access and free for all to attend.                                               TICKETS: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wowzers-festival-tickets-5722225330                                                                                                                                      MORE INFO:  http://wowzersfest.org/

8 March || International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.   MORE INFO: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

8 March || Suffragette Legacy event @ People’s History Museum, Manchester, M3 3ER. Suffragette Legacy: How does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester? Camilla Mørk Røstvik, PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, and Louise Sutherland, Head of Collections and Engagement at the People’s History Museum, started planning an interdisciplinary conference to celebrate the legacy of the suffragettes in Manchester and beyond. We wondered if the first wave of feminism is still relevant to our artists, scholars and activists. Can we still learn from the suffragettes? Can we enter a dialogue with them? As the proposals started coming in we understood that the answer was yes and that the legacy of the suffragettes is thriving in Manchester. In our packed one-day conference we hope to show off the people and ideas who keep the spirit of these women (and men) alive.MORE INFO: http://wonderwomenmcr.blogspot.co.uk/

9 – 30 March || Translation/Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Space and Time – Film Season @ Watershed, Bristol. Over Women’s History Month in March 2014, Translation/ Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Time and Space will celebrate the diverse ways women activists have communicated their struggle and resistance through film.  Translation/ Transmission features activist documentaries and women filmmakers from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain, Jamaica, Palestine, Germany, Vietnam, USA, Iran and France/ Cameroon, highlighting the diversity of different feminisms across geographical locations and historical moments.              FULL LISTINGS & MORE INFO: http://translationtransmission.wordpress.com/                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/761938503821442/

14 – 15 March || Stop Porn Culture UK Launch @ Wedge House, London, SE1 8PB. Please join Gail Dines, Julie Bindel and SPC Intl. leaders and collaborators at our two-day launch conference. This conference is a progressive, feminist collaboration against the sex industry.

March 14 (day 1): Conference With Expert Speakers and Panel.

March 15 (day 2): Workshop with SPC Collaborators and Volunteers. Workshop to set up SPC in the UK.

MORE INFO: http://stoppornculture.org/events/5/spc-intl-conference-london-march-15/

19 March || Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about FGM @ Grant Museum of Zoology, London. Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey investigate issues around female cutting through story and song. This event takes place among the skeletons and specimens of UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology. Post-event discussion with UCL Medical School’s Dr Jayne Kavanagh & Dr Katherine Woolf. 50 free places. 7pm – 9pm.  TICKETS:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-from-the-soul-stories-discussion-about-fgm-tickets-10150577651                                              FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/235214376651410/

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                Storm in a Teacup                                                                                                                 Feminist Arts Collective                                                                        http://joinourteaparty.org

SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2012

Copy of Votes for Women 1911

SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2012

Dear Teacups,

*Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year!*

2012 has been an action packed year full of feminist activism, and Women’s equality and LBGTQ rights have increasingly become the frontline for discussion and debate in our evolving and changing society – from the US elections, to the Church of England; it’s very exciting times and feminism has been more relevant than ever. This year has also seen Pussy Riot raise the bar for feminist activism in the arts, reminding us to hold onto the freedom of expression that sometimes we take for granted, and inspired us all to remember the power of politics in our art, and we have responded with art, collaborative projects, protest and events that have shown the power of feminist action on a global scale.

Thanks to all that have been involved and those of you who came along to our events like the “Pussy Riot Fundraiser” presented by Storm in a Teacup alongside; Not So Popular & Girls Get Busy at The Shacklewell Arms in April, our “Herstory” Storytelling event on Hampstead Heath presented alongside London Dreamtime in August and The Shondes, The Tuts and Amity show presented by SIATC alongside The Girls Are at The Lexington in October.

We are also really excited about the new year, when we have an exciting announcement to make about our Lets Start a Pussy Riot zine in January and we are planning to be involved in the Women on the World Festival at The Southbank in March.

Some great seasonal delights coming up in the lead up towards Christmas; The first ever Queer Zine Fest in London is happening on Saturday 8th December. Check out the coverage in The Independent  and Diva Magazine. 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.

On 6th December East London Fawcett Group are launch their Cutting Women Out report into how austerity cuts have affected women living in Islington. With a panel including Emily Thornberry MP  and Clr Catherine West of Islington Council. Places are limited so please get in touch by emailing; info@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk  if you wish to attend. East London Fawcett group also have their Christmas drinks social planned for the 14 December and The next ELF: Artist talk is on 12 January at Bloomberg Space with artist Hannah Sawtell. For more information please see: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

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. http://joinourteaparty.org
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.


OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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;
FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:
http://freepussyriot.org/
http://www.causes.com/causes/787323-free-pussy-riot-now-pussy-riot
LATEST NEWS:
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/pussy-riot-suspects-go-on-hunger-strike/461594.html

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 eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
WEBSITE:
http://elf-audit.com/

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;
activist@ukfeminista.org
MORE INFO:
http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

A Safe World for Women P
lease follow the wonderful work of this organisation, which connects grassroots organisations worldwide MORE INFO:http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/aware-uganda/awu-stories/2559-teddy-curran.html

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.
MORE INFO
: http://www.climaterush.co.uk/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

Lets Start a Pussy Riot zine open submissions
DEADLINE: Ongoing
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
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: letsstartapussyriot@yahoo.co.uk
MORE INFO:
 http://letsstartapussyriot.wordpress.com/get-involved/
FACEBOOK PAGE:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/LETS-START-A-PUSSY-RIOT/212071305586673

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 collaborate.storminateacup2009@googlemail.com


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COMING UP IN DECEMBER 2012

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.
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/196908370424852/
MORE INFO:
http://music-and-liberation.tumblr.com/

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.
MORE INFO
: http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/pl153.html

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.
FACEBOOK EVENT
:http://www.facebook.com/events/222482641210886/
WOMENS LIBRARY:
http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

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
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/334012556692699/
WOMENS LIBRARY:
http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

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:
http://www.facebook.com/events/527239767292154/

6 December || ELF CAMPAIGNS: Cutting Women Out Launch, 7.30pm.Launch of report into how austerity cuts have affected women living in Islington. With a panel including Emily Thornberry MP  and Clr Catherine West of Islington Council. Places are limited so please get in touch if you wish to attend.
EMAIL:
info@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to book your place.
MORE INFO:
http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

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.
THE INDEPENDENT COVERAGE:
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/zine-and-done-it-8300830.html
DIVA COVERAGE:
http://www.divamag.co.uk/category/arts-entertainment/queer-fanzines-diy-for-life.aspx
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/232251613569656/


14 December || ELF: SOCIAL Christmas drinks
, 7pm. Location TBC
2012 has been an extraordinary year for ELF. Join them for Christmas drinks!
MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

15 December || Club Motherfu*ker Christmas Party @ Shacklewell Arms. Line up TBA
£5.00adv £7.00 on door.
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/109039439258583/?fref=ts

16 December || Bust Magazine; Christmas Craftacular @ York Hall, Bethnal Green. SHOP at over 75 stalls of the very hottest in handmade. CRAFT a sequine bauble with the ladies of GranMade at Great Croft; fashion a festive fascinator with Hatastic; stitch up a storm with Craftivist Collective. Plus DJS! 12.00pm -6.00pm, £2.00 admission
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/438805086180680/

17 December || Violet Noise present; Christmas Noise @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 8pm, FREE.  DEE PLUME of Robots in Disguise fame (LIVE) THE BEAUTIFUL WORD (LIVE) CRAFT MY LEFT ONE arts collective and VIOLET NOISE (DJ SET)
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/252650198194284/

20 December | T-Club @ Dalston Superstore, 8.30pm – 2.30 am. DJs Film Screening, Art.
FACEBOOK EVENT: 
http://www.facebook.com/events/1233097696830778/

21 December || Unskinny Bopalypse@ Bethnal Green Working Mens Club. Complimentary glass of sherry and mince pie (for early-comers), Santa’s grotto, Extra downstairs lounge bar with Xmas karaoke, Top 10 countdown of our best songs of 2012, Xmas hits including top secret end of the night dancing to a very special song. 10pm-2am *no entry after midnight* £5 (£3 before 10pm / concessions)
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/395030787244285/

21 December || Club Lesley Christmas Do @ Dalston Superstore.  
MAXX DMX , BISOUX, WOLF, VICKI JEAN ROSIE MAE + dancing elves & tinsel , 9.00pm – 3.00am.
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/307634346007715/

21 December || OPP Christmas Warehouse Party @ Corner of Hoxton st and Drysdale St, N1 6NG. 10pm-6am. £8 on the door £6 in advance via ticket web
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/382832568463076/


COMING UP IN JANUARY 2013

12 January || ELF Artist’s Talk @ Bloomberg Space ELF members are invited to listen to artist Hannah Sawtell discuss her work during the exhibition of her current project Vendor. The work has been specially commissioned to create two linked, site-specific exhibitions, Vendor at Bloomberg SPACE and Osculator at the ICA, These exhibitions of video work and installation mark Sawtell’s first solo projects in the UK. RSVP: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com for more info and to reserve a place
MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Feminist Arts Collective
http://joinourteaparty.org

SIATC *UPDATE* NOVEMBER 2012

SIATC *UPDATE* NOVEMBER

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:
http://www.underwirefestival.com/2012festival/
London Feminist Film Fest:
http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

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: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Check out some recent press about ELF’s art audit  in Time Out and Huffington Post;
TIME OUT:
http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2012/09/03/is-there-equality-for-women-in-the-arts/
HUFFINGTON POST:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/23/sexism-art-world_n_2005498.html?1351008965

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 eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

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. http://joinourteaparty.org
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.


OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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;
FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:
http://freepussyriot.org/
http://www.causes.com/causes/787323-free-pussy-riot-now-pussy-riot
LATEST NEWS: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/pussy-riot-suspects-go-on-hunger-strike/461594.html

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 eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/

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; activist@ukfeminista.org
MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

A Safe World for Women Please follow the wonderful work of this organisation, which connects grassroots organisations worldwide via:MORE INFO:http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/aware-uganda/awu-stories/2559-teddy-curran.html

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.
MORE INFO: http://www.climaterush.co.uk/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

Lets Start a Pussy Riot zine open submissions
DEADLINE: Ongoing
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
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: letsstartapussyriot@yahoo.co.uk
MORE INFO:  http://letsstartapussyriot.wordpress.com/get-involved/
FACEBOOK PAGE:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/LETS-START-A-PUSSY-RIOT/212071305586673

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 collaborate.storminateacup2009@googlemail.com


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COMING UP NOVEMBER 2012

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.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/222482641210886/
WOMENS LIBRARY: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

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
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/334012556692699/
WOMENS LIBRARY: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

15 November || T-Club @ Dalston Superstore. DJs THE LIBRARIAN, FELIX the BARBER, RICKY ALMEIDA, SHAMPAIN. Plus much more. Free. 8.30pm onwards.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/470860299625148/

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.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/518692738140955/

16 November || Club Lesley @ Dalston Superstore. 9pm onwards. MDMX + MAXX DMX
BISOUX + JOHN RENAUD in the steampit basement £5 after 10.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/282585795186674/

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.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/422543917805364/
MORE INFO: http://www.object.org.uk

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.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/109419022556024/

20 – 24 November || Underwire Film Fest 2012 @ Ritzy, Brixton. Celebrating shorts by Women. Submissions for short films now open.
FULL PROGRAMME: http://www.underwirefestival.com/2012festival/
MORE INFO: http://underwirefestival.com

23 November || Giddy Up! @ The Betsey Trotwood.An alternative night for the homosexually inclined and their friends.  9pm onwards. Free.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/489027364463767/

24 November || Reclaim the Night Social @ The Feminist Library, 2pm onwards. Social gathering before the march.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/113179455510343/

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.
MORE INFO: www.reclaimthenight.org
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/275013282618165/

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: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

24 November || TWAT b. presents; AUSTRA, DAM MANTLE (live), Planningtorock, Anika (DJS) plus much more. @ Victorian Volts, EC2A 3JF 10pm – 5pm £10.00.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/136562446491341/

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.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/293329184105047/

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: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com.EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

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: rebecca@aurorametro.com
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/478924028797272/

29 November-2 December || London Feminist Film Festival @ Hackney Picturehouse. Join the mailing list by sending an email with the header “mailing list” to info@londonfeministfilmfestival.com.
FULL PROGRAMME: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/programme/
MORE INFO: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

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.
MORE INFO: http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/pl153.html

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.
OPENING PARTY FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/121988741290913/
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/196908370424852/
MORE INFO: http://music-and-liberation.tumblr.com/

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.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/477729758937296/


COMING UP IN DECEMBER 2012

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: http://www.facebook.com/events/527239767292154/

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.
THE INDEPENDENT COVERAGE: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/zine-and-done-it-8300830.html
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/232251613569656/

15 December || Club Motherfu*ker Christmas Party @ Shacklewell Arms. Line up TBA
£5.00adv £7.00 on door.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/109039439258583/?fref=ts

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Feminist Arts Collective
http://joinourteaparty.org

SIATC *UPDATE* SEPTEMBER 2012

SIATC *UPDATE* SEPTEMBER 2012

*Freedom is in Peril defend it with all your might” –  Street Art by Expanded Eye

Dear Teacups,

It’s been a very busy summer and Storm in a Teacup have been focussing their time and energies on supporting, raising awareness and coordinating projects around the Free Pussy Riot campaign. Storm in a Teacup joined forces yet again with Girls Get Busy Zine and Not So Popular, who we worked with back in April to put on London’s first Pussy Riot fundraiser. This time we decided we would form a collective: Lets Start a Pussy Riot to collect people’s creative responses to the Pussy Riot saga, the goal being that we will be compiling creative submissions with the aim of publishing a zine. We have also been sharing the submissions via our wordpress site, tumblr and Facebook page. Check out the website to see all the submissions we have shared so far. We also have just confirmed a publisher for the zine, but we can’t share the details just yet – but let us tell you this – its very exciting!

Lots of fundraising and support events for Pussy Riot have popped up around London from the Royal Court to the upcoming Donmar Warehouse’s production of Julius Caesar (with Pussy Riot balaclavas and an all female cast) the Pussy Riot grrls have penetrated far beyond the media hype, they have inspired a generation, and have mobilised support from the DIY grassroots and beyond. Pussy Riot have raised the bar for Feminist Activism and we want everyone to be a part of the revolution! Come along to one of the upcoming Pussy Riot fundraisers in London and show your support; On Sunday 9th of September, three promoters; Popular,  White On White and Shatterjapan present a cracking lineup of bands and artists most notably Gaggle, Peggy Sue and Skinny Girl Diet plus much more at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. Then on Sunday 23rd September Positive Action present another great Pussy Riot benefit with a great lineup; with headliners; Covergirl at the Buffalo Bar. There is also a protest being organised in London for Saturday, September 15 as part of another Global Day of Action for Pussy Riot.

Also DON’T MISS this month; UK Feminista Summer School on the 15th & 16th of September and SLUTWALK march in London on Saturday 22nd of September

Here is a selection of links to press coverage of our project: Lets Start a Pussy Riot!
BUST:
http://www.bust.com/blog/lets-start-a-pussy-riot-make-your-voice-heard-with-this-new-project.html
DAZED & CONFUSED:
http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/14201/1/starting-a-pussy-riot
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL:
http://www2.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/digital-amnesty/free-pussy-riot-freedom-expression-and-creative-protest

Latest PUSSY RIOT VIDEO

Latest PUSSY RIOT SONG “PUTIN LIGHTS UP THE FIRES” http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/video/2012/aug/17/pussy-riot-release-new-single-video

LYRICS IN ENGLISH: http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/820277/read-the-lyrics-to-pussy-riots-first-single-from-behind-bars-putin-lights-up-the-fires

We are very excited to announce that Storm in a Teacup will be joint promoting a gig with The Girls Are... on the 21st of October at The Lexington. The Shondes from Brooklyn, New York are hopping over the pond for their hugely anticipated first-ever European tour and we are proud to be putting on their London show. Throwing Up and The Tuts are supporting and  Girls Get Busy will be DJing. Don’t miss this amazing lineup. You can buy your tickets for £5.00 at We Got Tickets and check out the Facebook event here.

The Great East London Art Audit continues this month with the East London Fawcett Groups free gallery talk on Saturday 15th September visiting four commercial galleries in London’s West End, hosted by artist Rose Gibbs. ELF also presents their first ever feminist film screening at Cremer Street Salon. Join them for a screening of ORLANDO an adaptation of Virgina Woolf’s radical novel by acclaimed British filmmaker: Sally Potter. 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 eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

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. http://joinourteaparty.org 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.


OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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;
FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:
http://freepussyriot.org/
http://www.causes.com/causes/787323-free-pussy-riot-now-pussy-riot
LATEST NEWS: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/pussy-riot-suspects-go-on-hunger-strike/461594.html

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 eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/

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; activist@ukfeminista.org
MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

A Safe World for Women Please follow the wonderful work of this organisation, which connects grassroots organisations worldwide via: MORE INFO:
http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/aware-uganda/awu-stories/2559-teddy-curran.html

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.
MORE INFO: http://www.climaterush.co.uk/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS

Lets Start a Pussy Riot zine open submissions
DEADLINE:
31st October
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
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: letsstartapussyriot@yahoo.co.uk
MORE INFO:  http://letsstartapussyriot.wordpress.com/get-involved/
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/pages/LETS-START-A-PUSSY-RIOT/212071305586673

For Books Sake – Roller Derby Anthology
DEADLINE:
October 28th
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
Write us a story about roller derby – all styles and genres are welcome – and email it to us by Sunday 28th October 2012. With the London Rollergirls, we’ll compile our favourites into an anthology, to be published early 2013.
MORE INFO: http://forbookssake.net/for-books-sake-london-rollergirls-want-you/
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/ForBooksSake

Underwire Film Festival 2012 open submissions for a variety of different film, producing, composing and screenwriting awards.
DEADLINE:
September 21st
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION: http://www.underwirefestival.com/programme/
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/underwirefestival

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 collaborate.storminateacup2009@googlemail.com


SEPTEMBER 2012

8 September || NO LAPDANCING CLUBS IN TOWER HAMLETS DEMO
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/274241759253674/

9 September || For Books’ Sake @ Thames Festival. Part of Where the Wild Words Are..Around the site, they will be releasing hundreds of words into the wild. It will be down to you to find them, tame them, and turn them into stories, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with. There will be a base camp with a free book swap where you can come and see us, and there’ll be all sorts of shenanigans going on throughout the day too.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/482032781814680/

9 September || Pussy Riot Fundraiser @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Live: PEGGY SUE, GAGGLE, NEUROTIC MASS MOVEMENT, SKINNY GIRL DIET
NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB (DJ), ESBEN AND THE WITCH (DJ), KARIN PARK (DJ), NOVELLA (DJ), NIGHT WORKS (DJ), VUVUVULTURES (DJ), ZOETROPE (DJ) FREE ENTRY – YOUR DONATION. 6PM onwards
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/340744939347143/

12 September || ELF present: film screening of ORLANDO @ Cremer Street Salon, Unit 3, E2 8HD. In conjunction with Cremer St. Salon and Milly Abraham, ELF is delighted to present the first in its feminist film series. Acclaimed British filmmaker, Sally Potter’s on-screen adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s radical 1928 novel of the same name. £2.00. Reserve your place: gabrielacalalesina@gmail.com EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://elf-audit.com/

15-16 September || UK FEMINISTA Summer School 2012 @ University of Bristol Student Union. UK Feminista’s Summer School 2012 is a unique opportunity to learn skills, share ideas and prepare to organise with feminists across the UK. Weekend pass: £15.00 / Day Pass: £8.00
BOOK TICKETS NOW: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/book-for-summer-school-2012/

15 September || ELF Free Gallery Tour@ Spruth Magers, W1S 4EJ. This rescheduled tour, hosted by artist Rose Gibbs, will comprise visits to four commercial galleries in London West End (Spruth Magers, Hauser & Wirth, Sadie Coles, Frith Street Gallery). We will, as always end in the pub for discussion and fun. 2pm FREE
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

15 September || London Protest @ Global Day of Support for Pussy Riot
Demonstration supporting Global “Pussy Riot” Day ifrom 11 am till 2 pm, opposite the Russian Consulate at Bayswater Road.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/278450275589875/

From 17 September || 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
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/334012556692699/
WOMENS LIBRARY: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

18 September | ELF Talks: POLITICS @ Cremer St Salon, Unit 3, , E2 8HD. 7pm. Join us as we debate women’s influence in campaigns and politics. The event will centre on debate across a panel including Hannah Lownsborough (38 Degrees), Lucy Pearce (Friends of the Earth) and Councillor Amy Whitelock (Labour, Tower Hamlets). Register to attend by emailing rachel.n.blake@gmail.com.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

19 September || East London Fawcett Group hosts a Free Film Screening of PINA @ Hoxton, 6.30pm (Unit 3, 37 Cremer Street, Cremer Business Centre, E2 8HD) Hosted by the East London Fawcett Group and Gabriela Cala-Lesina, this screening of PINA marks the first in an ongoing series of free film screenings, dedicated to celebrating women.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

21 September || Mad Women, Bad Women @ Cinema Museum Celebrate the Anti-Heroine of film and fable! Films from Mucky Puppets and Live storytelling with Vanessa Woolf-Hoyle with special guest Rindhouse Films!. Premiere of new short film Spring Heeled Jane! SE11 4TH. £8.00 / £6.50 ADVANCED
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/436456186394700/

21 September || Breakfast with Apollo #2 -She Makes War, Single Launch @ The Half Moon, Herne Hill. She Makes War and My Big Sister Present “Breakfast With Apollo #2” – “Minefields” Single Launch Extravaganza Lineup: SHE MAKES WAR & THE OLYMPIANS, [this is radio silence], Erin K, Helen Arney (compere).
BUY TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/181660
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/270881886354513/

21 September || 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
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/101981083288123/

22 September || SLUTWALK LONDON 2012 The radical notion that nobody deserves to be raped – Coming to London again on Saturday 22nd September 2012! MEET 12.30 at Top of Piccadilly. SET OFF at 1.30pm.
Donate to SlutWalk 2012: http://bit.ly/slutwalk2012donate
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/slutwalklondonuk
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/405993389462416/
MORE INFO: http://slutmeansspeakup.org.uk/

22 September || CLUB LESLEY @ Dalston Superstore. dance, funk-doom, electronic, RnB, garage + a rave cave and more…9.00pm onwards. £5.00
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/458468267509988/

23 September || Pussy Riot Fundraiser @ Buffalo Bar. Live: Covergirl, The Ethical Debating Society, My Therapist Says Hot Damn, Riots not Diets DJs. £5.00. 20.00pm – 1.00am
BUY TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/182961
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/342836132468178/

23 September || ELF Arts Monoculture workshop with Tamsyn Challenger @ Beaconsfield Gallery, SE11 6AY, 204pm. Challenger invites ELF members to join her at the Beaconsfield Gallery, where she is currently in residence, to interact with her lifelong Tamsynette project. At this artist-led workshop participants will have the opportunity to don a wig, make like Tamsyn and visit her photobooth in the first of the Monoculture experiments.
This workshop is free to ELF members but please register by emailing ELF Art Director Gemma Rolls-Bentley: gemmarollsbentley@gmail.com.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

COMING UP IN OCTOBER 2012

5 October || TWAT BOUTIQUE Warehouse Party @ Secret Location. LIVE: Planningtorock, No Bra, MDMX plus much more. £7.00 advanced £10.00 on door.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/517952861552577/

October TBC || Cutting Women Out, Islington report launch @ Houses of Parliament, Westminster. This event marks the official launch of ELF research into how austerity measures have disproportionately affected women.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

From 17 October || 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.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/222482641210886/
WOMENS LIBRARY: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

21 October || Storm in a Teacup & The Girls Are… Present; THE SHONDES, THROWING UP & THE TUTS @ The Lexington. £5.00 (Adv) £6.00 (Door).Brooklyn’s THE SHONDES rock up in London as part of their inaugural European tour.
BUY TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/182405
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/435970496453948/

23 October || UK Feminista Lobby of Parliament. Come together with activists and organisations from across the country at a feminist lobby of parliament and call on MPs to stop eroding women’s rights and start driving forward women’s equality.
> 11:00 – 13:00 Rally event and training
> 14:00 – 16:00 Lobby your MP at the Houses of Parliament
MORE INFO: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/feminist-lobby-of-parliament/
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/408676299189713/

27 October || London Anarchist Bookfair @ Queen Mary’s University. 10am – 7pm. Books, zines, workshops, lectures and meetings.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/315791458486570/

28 October || *From the Back Room* screening @ Power Lunches with Skinny Girl Diet live. From 6pm. £5.00. Documentary by Washington DC film-maker Amy Oden, chronicling women in diy punk cultures, and exploding the myth that ‘every girl is a riot grrrl’.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.co

COMING UP IN NOVEMBER 2012

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.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/196908370424852/
MORE INFO: http://womensliberationmusicarchive.wordpress.com/music-liberation-exhibition/

20 – 24 November || Underwire Film Fest 2012 @ London venues TBA. Celebrating shorts by Women. Submissions for short films now open. Deadline: September 21st
OPEN SUBMISSION INFO: http://www.underwirefestival.com/programme/
MORE INFO: http://underwirefestival.com

29 November-2 December || London Feminist Film Festival Join the mailing list by sending an email with the header “mailing list” to info@londonfeministfilmfestival.com.
OPEN SUBMISSION INFO: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/2012/05/21/call-for-submissions/
MORE INFO: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

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 from the 1st of October.

SIATC *UPDATE* JULY 2012

SIATC *UPDATE* JULY 2012

Dear Teacups,

First up big apologies for the no-show of the June update (and the slight lateness of this July update) various difficult personal matters prevented me from getting it published in time. Hey-ho and on we go- here we are again for another bumper July update full of wonderful feminist friendly events the ‘big smoke’ has to offer. Not only is it World Pride this coming weekend, it’s also the Fattylympics! And out of town we must not forget to mention Bristol Ladyfest 2012, with an amazing lineup of music, comedy, film and workshops.

If you’re as sick as I am about hearing about the Olympics, or even sick of people saying they are sick of the Olympics then trot on down to the Fattylympics happening this Saturday 7th of July. Amazing body-positive event, with lots of alternative sporting events to take part in or you can just come along to lend some friendly support. Also there is a very special Unskinny Bop Prom happening in the evening as the Fattylympic’s official afterparty.

Storm in a Teacup got some great press last month when TNT published an article “ The Rebirth of the Riot: Feminist zines and bands making a comeback”  where we were interviewed about the resurgence of feminist art activity in London. We are also very excited to announce that we are joining forces with London Dreamtime to bring you anotherTrue Stories on the Heath” event at Hampstead Heath Ladies pond on Friday 27th July. This is a truly special event where you will be treated to 5 artists sharing true stories in a twilight setting, with picnics and swimming in the magical surroundings of the Ladies pond. If you are planning to come along please make sure you book your place by emailing; neckingernell@yahoo.com

The Great East London Art Audit continues this month with a free gallery talk on Saturday 14th July at WW Gallery and a free gallery tour on Sunday 29th July still TBA ! 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 please see this blog post and contact East London Fawcett Group at eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

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. http://joinourteaparty.org
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.

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who currently have 3 members in prison ON HUNGER STRIKE  awaiting trial for a performance in an Orthodox Church. Find out how to support;
FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:http://www.causes.com/causes/787323-free-pussy-riot-now-pussy-riot
LATEST NEWS: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/pussy-riot-suspects-go-on-hunger-strike/461594.html

East London Fawcett Group (ELF) Get involved with the “Great East London Art Audit” research. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

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; activist@ukfeminista.org
MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

A Safe World for Women Please follow the wonderful work of this organisation, which connects grassroots organisations worldwide via: MORE INFO:
http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/aware-uganda/awu-stories/2559-teddy-curran.html

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.
MORE INFO: http://www.climaterush.co.uk/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS

London Feminist Film Festival 2012  open submissions
DEADLINE: August 30th
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/submissions/
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/270989579633875/

Underwire Film Festival 2012 open submissions
DEADLINE: September 21st
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION: http://www.underwirefestival.com/programme/
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/underwirefestival

Feminist Studio Space Available
Caroline Halliday, a Director of the CASS Feminist Group is setting up a feminist studio space in Hackney. Please get in touch if interested: carohalliday@phonecoop.coop

VV Collective Are you a female visual fine artist? Join VV members lounge, and sign up to their mailing-list to find out about open submissions for upcoming exhibitions.
MORE INFO: http://wearevv.wordpress.com/members-lounge-2/
APPLY: http://wearevv.wordpress.com

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 collaborate. storminateacup2009@googlemail.com

COMING UP IN JULY 2012

3 July || Club Wotever World Pride Film
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/243466072431352/

4 July || Club Wotever World Pride Music/Comedy
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/238846376230649/

7 July || World Pride 2012 @ Various events across London
MORE INFO: http://www.pridelondon.org/

7 July || FATTYLYMPICS! @ Grassroots, Memorial Park, West Ham. 12.00pm onwards. A fat-positive event. The Fattylympics is a non-profit community event satirising the You Know Whats in East London 2012, and featuring fat activism, games, performances, stalls and other DIY activities
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/144455532344895/
MORE INFO: http://fattylympics.blogspot.co.uk/

7 July || Unskinny Bop Prom @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club (afterparty for the fatty olympics) Unskinny Bop presents the PROM night of your dreams featuring THREE rooms of high school entertainment and HOURS of non-normative disco fun including: live covers band, class photographer, spiked punch, chaperones, slow dances
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/320267381387712/

7 July || FOR BOOK SAKE present THE QUIZ @ Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Fringe. 19.30pm – 21.30pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/420717747956192/

12 July || South East London Folklore Society presents; Sheila Nar Gigs and The English Goddess @ The Old Queens Head, SE1 1NA. Simon Brighton, author of “Echoes of the Goddess: A Quest for the Sacred Feminine in the British Landscape” will be giving this month’s talk. £2.50/£1.50 concs
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/153849464751356/

14 July || East London Fawcett Group Free Gallery Talk @ WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden EC1N 8DX. Curators Debra Wilson & Chiara Williams will be giving a free talk and tour of solo show of new works by Sadie Hennessy. FREE
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

14 July || When Woman Created the World @ Rich Mix, Bethnal Green.16.00pm -17.00pm, FREE. A mischievous and lyrical celebration of WOMAN in word, music, song, dance and image. This is a vibrant ‘work in progress showing’ with discussion and feedback afterwards..
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/338284332913276/

14 July || CLUB LESLEY @ Dalston Superstore. dance, funk-doom, electronic, RnB, garage + a rave cave and more…9.00pm onwards. £5.00
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/405215876181374/

14 July || DICK AND FANNY @ Camp Basement, EC1 Club night for homosexuals of all persuasions , is back for its sweltering July outing. Our sizzling midsummer line up includes DAVE KENDRICK (MACHO CITY), NADIA KSAIBA, DJ SVETA (AUSTRALIA) and EL NINO DIABLO, 22.00PM – 4.00AM
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/249049991877407/

14 July || BAD REPUTATION @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. Monthly disco for queers, riot grrrls, punx, and geeks.  10pm-2.30am.£3 entry as usual.We play indie punk pop riot grrrl emo hip hop dance party hits.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/330233007060290/

19 July || T-CLUB @ Dalston Superstore. Featuring DJs; THE LIBRARIAN, FELIX the BARBER, RICKY ALMEIDA, TATU V. 20.30pm – 2.00am
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/405942379452248/

20 July || JD SAMSON @ TRAUMFRAU @ Blind Tiger Club, Brighton. Brighton’s newest queer night for girls and their friends is back: music you actually like, talented performers and a touch of DIY FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/250039848440602/

20 July || HOWLERS @ Vogue Fabrics. 22.00pm – 3.00am Throbbing RnB, effervescent pop, and power disco  FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/419094154810118/

21 July || The Legacy of Octavia Hill @ Guided Walk with the Women’s Library 2.30pm (120 mins), £10.00.Join this walk to commemorate the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill, a tireless social reformer and co-founder of the National Trust. The tour explores Borough and Southwark where Octavia’s legacy of artisan housing, Army Cadets and ‘open sitting rooms’ remain. BOOK IN ADVANCE: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/whats-on/events/guided-walks.cfm

26 July || South East London Zines Presents; Zine picnic @ Hilly Fields, Brockley. Come and play at South East London Zines’ summer craft session! We’ll make a collective zine on the day, so please feel free to send work to us in advance. Bring snacks and craft materials.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/304158493013460/304189319677044/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

27 July || London Dreamtime in association with Storm in a Teacup Present; True Stories on the Heath @ Hampstead Heath Ladies Pond. 5 artists sharing true stories in a twilight setting, with picnics and swimming in the magical surroundings of the Ladies pond. If you are planning to come along please email; neckingernell@yahoo.com
MORE INFO: https://joinourteaparty.org/2012/06/23/siatc-london-dreamtime-present-true-stories-hampstead-heath-ladies-pond/
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/459925054020048/

28 July || Riots not Diets present; The Nuns @ The Green Door Store, Brighton. 7pm, £6.00. All grrrl tribute act playing the songs of 60s beat herberts, THE MONKS (beloved of The Fall, Iggy Pop, Raincoats, etc etc etc etc). The Nuns feature members of Echobelly, Mambo Taxi and many other great bands.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/255742314534602/

28 July || CLUB MOTHERFU*KER Summer Special @ Corsica Studios, SE17 1EB, 9.00pm – 4.00am. £8.00. LIVE: Teengirl Fantasy, Becoming Real, Seams, Eaux, plus much more. FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/195908290537414/

29 July || East London Fawcett Gallery Tour @ TBC in West End Curated by the artist, Rose Gibbs, this tour will focus on commercial galleries and poses the question, ‘how can commercial galleries adopt and maintain a mandate to support female artists’? FREE
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/


COMING UP IN AUGUST 2012

3 August || Wotever World meet Pussy Whipped @ Hot August Fringe, Royal Vauxhall Tavern. From 7.00pm.  Pussy Whipped is Edinburgh’s queer-feminist bizarre alternative band night, hosting the most talented queer and female bands from across Europe. Tonight Pussy Whipped presents live Maria and The Gay, Ste McCabe, Shrag and Citizen 2, four queer and/or feminist mind-blowing performances you will never forget!
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/382511175146157/

Until 25 August  || All Work and Low Pay Exhibition @ The Women’s Library. FREE entry, library opening hours.
MORE INFO: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/whats-on/exhibitions/all-work-and-low-pay-the-story-of-women-and-work.cfm


COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER 2012

September TBA || SLUT WALK LONDON 2012 The radical notion that nobody deserves to be raped – Coming to London again in September 2012, Date TBA! Donate to SlutWalk 2012:http://bit.ly/slutwalk2012donate
FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/slutwalklondonuk
MORE INFO: http://slutmeansspeakup.org.uk/

8 September || NO LAPDANCING CLUBS IN TOWER HAMLETS DEMO
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/274241759253674/

Until 8 September || Cycling for Women’s Suffrage @ The Women’s Library. FREE entry, library opening hours.
MORE INFO: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/whats-on/exhibitions/cycling-to-suffrage-the-bicycle-and-womens-rights-1890-1914.cfm

15-16 September || UK FEMINISTA Summer School 2012 @ University of Bristol Student Union. UK Feminista’s Summer School 2012 is a unique opportunity to learn skills, share ideas and prepare to organise with feminists across the UK. Weekend pass: £15.00 / Day Pass: £8.00
BOOK TICKETS NOW: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/book-for-summer-school-2012/

19 September || East London Fawcett Group hosts a Free Film Screening of PINA @ Hoxton, 6.30pm (Unit 3, 37 Cremer Street, Cremer Business Centre, E2 8HD) Hosted by the East London Fawcett Group and Gabriela Cala-Lesina, this screening of PINA marks the first in an ongoing series of free film screenings, dedicated to celebrating women.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

September TBA || ELF Talks: POLITICS Join a distinguished panel of leading political representatives, activists and lobbyists to discuss the challenges facing women in accessing positions of leadership and influence.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

COMING UP IN OCTOBER 2012

October TBC || Cutting Women Out, Islington report launch @ Houses of Parliament, Westminster. This event marks the official launch of ELF research into how austerity measures have disproportionately affected women.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

COMING UP IN NOVEMBER 2012

30 November – 15 January 2012 | 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.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/196908370424852/
MORE INFO: http://womensliberationmusicarchive.wordpress.com/music-liberation-exhibition/

20 – 24 November || Underwire Film Fest 2012 @ London venues TBA. Celebrating shorts by Women. Submissions for short films now open. Deadline: September 21st
OPEN SUBMISSION INFO: http://www.underwirefestival.com/programme/
MORE INFO: http://underwirefestival.com

29 November-2 December || London Feminist Film Festival Join the mailing list by sending an email with the header “mailing list” to info@londonfeministfilmfestival.com. Now open for film submissions, deadline 31st August.
OPEN SUBMISSION INFO: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/2012/05/21/call-for-submissions/
MORE INFO: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Feminist Arts Collective
http://joinourteaparty.org

East London Fawcett Group NEWS | July 2012

East London Fawcett NEWS | JULY 2012

2 pm – Saturday 14th July – Free Gallery Talk
WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden EC1N 8DX
Curators Debra Wilson & Chiara Williams will be giving a free talk and tour of solo show of new works by Sadie Hennessy.

2 pm – Sunday 29th July – Free Gallery Tour
TBC – West End
Curated by the artist, Rose Gibbs, this tour will focus on commercial galleries and poses the question, ‘how can commercial galleries adopt and maintain a mandate to support female artists’?

6:30 pm – Wednesday 19th September – Free Film Screening of PINA
Hoxton (Unit 3, 37 Cremer Street, Cremer Business Centre, E2 8HD)
Hosted by the East London Fawcett Group and Gabriela Cala-Lesina, this screening of PINA marks the first in an ongoing series of free film screenings, dedicated to celebrating women.

September – ELF Talks: POLITICS
TBC
Join a distinguished panel of leading political representatives, activists and lobbyists to discuss the challenges facing women in accessing positions of leadership and influence.

October – Cutting Women Out, Islington report launch
Houses of Parliament, Westminster
This event marks the official launch of ELF research into how austerity measures have disproportionately affected women.

OTHER EVENTS AND NEWS

Save the Women’s Library
Public Meeting – 7pm – Friday 6th July – The Rocket, 166-220 Holloway Road N7 8DB
Get together to work out how together we can protect this world-famous resource on women and their struggles for freedom. Please sign the petition here.

Strange Hungers Exhibition (Sadie Hennessy)
20 June-14 July – WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden EC1N 8DX
Taking its title from the 1963 British Pulp Fiction book, Strange Hungers delves into the mysterious workings of desire, and the insistent lusts and yearnings of the sexual appetite.

True Stories on the Heath
7:30 pm – Friday 27 July
Presented by London Dreamtime in association with Storm in a Teacup, including five people and five amazing true stories at the ladies’ pond. £2 per person. Booking essential via: neckingernell@yahoo.com.

UK Feminista Summer School
15th–16th September – University of Bristol Student Union
A weekend of training, skill-sharing and planning for feminist action. Tickets available from the UK Feminista website.

London Feminist Film Festival
29th November-2nd December
Join the mailing list by sending an email with the header “mailing list” to info@londonfeministfilmfestival.com.

A Safe World for Women
Please follow the wonderful work of this organisation, which connects grassroots organisations worldwide via: http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/aware-uganda/awu-stories/2559-teddy-curran.html

Free Pussy Riot
Three members of the female punk rock group Pussy Riot remain incarcerated in Russia for performing an anti-Putin song in a church. Support the campaign to free the political prisoners .

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.

Feminist Studio Space Available
Caroline Halliday, a Director of the CASS Feminist Group is setting up a feminist studio space in Hackney. Please get in touch if interested: carohalliday@phonecoop.coop

With love and optimism,
Rachel and Hannah
http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

SIATC *UPDATE* MAY 2012

SIATC *UPDATE* MAY 2012

Dear Teacups,

First of all a HUGE thank you to everyone who came down to show their support at the Free Pussy Riot Fundraiser @ The Shacklewell Arms on the 23rd of April! We raised £370.00 for the Pussy Riot grrls. If you didn’t make it to our event and would like to donate to the cause please visit the Free Pussy Riot website. Storm in a Teacup, Girls Get Busy and Not So Popular are working on a collaborative zine to continue to raise funds and awareness of the Free Pussy Riot campaign. Keep your eyes peeled for more news about this soon.

Not So Popular interviewed Viv Albertine (The Slits), watch the interview here where Viv talks about Pussy Riot and Feminism.

Another great video from the event; Viv Albertine performing “Don’t Believe in Love”

 

We were really upset to hear that the UK’s finest Women’s archive The Women’s Library is under threat.  The library, home to the largest collection of women’s writing in Europe, will see its opening hours slashed if it can’t secure extra funds by the end of the year. This could mean if they can’t rehome, find a sponsor or secure a huge amount of funding they may only be able to open one day per week from December 2012. Help save The Women’s library by spreading the word and SIGN THIS PETITION NOW!

One of our alltime favourite magaZINEs Magpie Mag Issue 5 has just become available, and it includes an interview with me, where I talk about Storm in a Teacup, folk and feminism – it’s a beautiful publication that also includes a compilation CD, to get your hands on a copy visit the Magpie Magazine website. A little quote from the interview; “People are walking up to the fact that they shouldn’t wait around for things to change or for people in power to change them, we need to stand up, speak out and make positive change happen ourselves”.

The Great East London Art Audit continues this month on Saturday 12th of May at the TATE modern! 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 please see this blog post and contact East London Fawcett Group ateastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

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. http://joinourteaparty.org
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.

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who currently have 3 members in prison awaiting trial for a performance in an Orthodox Church. Find out how to support;
FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE: http://freepussyriot.org/
BBC NEWS: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17366601

East London Fawcett Group (ELF) launched in June 2011 and are currently looking for volunteers for “Great East London Art Audit” research. For more info info please email eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

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; activist@ukfeminista.org
MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

The Girls Are… Are- Our favourite music review website -are RECRUITING; Project Manager, Camera Ops and Albums Editor (All voluntary positions)
CLOSING DATE: 8th May
MORE INFO: http://www.thegirlsare.com/2012/04/24/read-all-about-it-the-girls-are/

VV Collective Are you a female visual fine artist? Join VV members lounge, and sign up to their mailing-list to find out about open submissions for upcoming exhibitions.
MORE INFO: http://wearevv.wordpress.com/members-lounge-2/
APPLY: http://wearevv.wordpress.com

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 collaborate. storminateacup2009@googlemail.com

COMING UP IN MAY 2012

3-5 May || Her Noise Archive Symposium @ Tate Modern A three day event investigating feminist discourses in sound, launching with a performance and talk by Pauline Oliveros.The event marks the donation of the Her Noise Archive to University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections housed at London College of Communication, and is realised as a collaboration between CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice), Electra and Tate.
INFO:http://www.furtherfield.org/netbehaviour/soundgenderfeminismactivism-call-contributions

5 May || NMR#15 The Sticks, Covergirl, Trash Kit @ Power Lunches, Dalston. 7pm onwards
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/272185176175273/

12 May|| East London Fawcett Gallery Tour #2 @ TATE modern gallery. From 2pm onwards. Get involved with the East London Art Audit!
MORE INFO: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

12 May || Where are the Women? @ Brunei Gallery SOAS “Where Are The Women?” will bring together many voices to discuss current issues that affect both students in the UK and women internationally. From the cuts to Higher Education in the UK, to international issues. Talks, debates and workshops.
MORE INFO: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/event/where-are-the-women-2/

12 May || Club Motherfucker @ The Shaklewell Arms. Featuring Hunx and his Punx plus Guests. £7.00. 5.30pm- 10.00pm.
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/281835438578188/

12th May || *Club Leslie* Launch @ Dalston Superstore. Guests include: Trust. £5.00. 9pm-3pm FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/114345138700776/

12th May || BAD REPUTATION  @ Resistance Gallery. Monthly disco for queers, riot grrrls, punx, and geeks. We play bedroom dancing songs for the socially awkward and the socially awesome. We play indie punk pop riot grrrl emo hip hop dance party hits. 9pm-2am £3 entry FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/234986459949266/

15th May || Female Band, Goodbye Leopold, US Girls @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. 8pm. £6.00. Presented by Upset the Rhythm
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/142072192583989/

17th May || Women Know Your Place @ Bush Theatre, W12 8LJ. WOMAN! know your place will be part of an exhibition about Women & Politics
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/402597263104136/

18th May || Unskinny Bop @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club Animal, mineral, spiritual, physical. £5 on the door (£3 with flyer / concession)
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/403237719697122/

23 May || ELF:Talks POVERTY – with Rachel Reeves MP, Liz Truss MP, Guardian journalist Zoe Williams and Katharine Sacks Jones of Crisis. 7 pm : Aubin Gallery, 64-66 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch E2 7DP
MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

25 May || The Map for Women: Politics & Media @ The Royal Academy of Arts part of the Jubilee Salons. 6.00pm. Producer Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) and Diane Abbott MP debate the depiction of women in power in film, television, and the media.
MORE INFO: http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/events/talks/the-map-for-women-politics-and-media,2044,EV.html

26 May || All Work and Low Pay Exhibition @ The Women’s Library. FREE talk/tour. 12.00p-15.00pm.
FACEBOOK EVENT:  http://www.facebook.com/events/349505015097888/

27 May || CLIT ROCK Episode 2 @ The Lexington An event to raise awareness and funds for Daughters Of Eve an organisation committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Bands: Throwing Up, Dana Jade, DJs, Visuals plus more!  FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/307711645966488/

COMING UP IN JUNE 2012

1 June || Fanny Pack @ The Waiting Room. Time Out recommended, 90s goodness! 10.00pm-4.00am. £3 before 11, £4 after 11
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/164562343672581/

14th of June || Cycling for Women’s Suffrage @ The Women’s Library Dr. Sheila Hanlon discusses her research for the display and highlights some major issues in the gender politics of cycling past and present. Illustrated with materials from The Women’s Library collection. 7pm £8.00 or £6.00 concessions.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/224245634346864/

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Feminist Arts Collective
http://joinourteaparty.org

SAVE The Women’s Library!

The most extensive collection of women’s history in the UK is under threat

Katie Allenwrites;

Author, comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig has spoken out about the threatened Women’s Library in east London, which is facing severe cuts.

The collection, which is based in a special building within London Metropolitan University, includes books and periodicals dating back to the 16th century, including first editions of novels by Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf and the Bronte sisters.

Toksvig, who has given talks at the library, said: “The Women’s Library is one of the most inspiring places in Britain. The collection is irreplaceable and having access to it should be a right for all.”

The museum also hosts hundreds of other printed items, letters, textiles and other objects pertaining to women’s history, including the papers of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who was famous for stepping in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby, dying later from her injuries.

The university’s board of governors said the library will have to cut its opening hours to one day a week instead of five if a new home is not found for the archive.

SIGN THE PETITION

Understanding Feminist Art in an International Frame @ The Women’s Library

Wednesday 16 May
11am – 4pm @ The Women’s Library
£3.00

FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/283112521774363/

n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal has published more than 400 articles from women artists, writers, critics and curators from more than 50 countries around the world. The journals of n.paradoxa, are now available at The Women’s Library. This day includes a chance to browse the journals in an open reading session, and includes a chance to see 50 rare exhibition catalogues and books from around the world on feminist art. This will be followed by a talk from the editor, Katy Deepwell.

Booking Information