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From the Back of the Room Screening

 

* FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM *
Documentary by Washington DC filmmaker Amy Oden, chronicling women in diy punk cultures, and exploding the myth that ‘every girl is a riot grrrl’.

Screening on Sunday 28th Oct, 6pm
@ The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Lane
E8 2EB
Tel: 020 7249 0810
Nearest tube: Dalston Kingsland
http://www.shacklewellarms.com/

Bands:

– WOOLF –
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Woolf/101311286594361
www.woolf.bandcamp.com

– SKINNY GIRL DIET –
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skinny-Girl-Diet/155342227835901?ref=ts

Online ticket link: http://www.shacklewellarms.com/listings/eventdetails/28-oct-12-from-the-back-of-the-room-screening-the-shacklewell-arms/

Nearest Tube station: Dalston Kingsland
Doors 6.00pm, film 6.30pm, bands 9.00pm
£5 on the door

http://youtu.be/R0o3Tsh0qyI

Synopsis:

In the early 1980s, American hardcore punk began to take shape in Washington, DC. This subculture blossomed in the United States, with bands like Minor Threat at the helm. Women, however, did not gain much visibility in this community until the 1990s, when Bikini Kill and their contemporaries spawned the riot grrrl movement.

Although Bikini Kill and riot grrrl made undeniably important contributions to underground music and culture, their peers and predecessors are often forgotten, both by music fans and feminists. From the Back of the Room aims to remedy this, beginning in 1981.

Cynthia Connolly, Tribe 8, Chris Boarts-Larson of Slug and Lettuce, and others take the viewer through these early years, exploring the development of the role of women in the national music scene through venues like ABC No Rio, and 924 Gilman Street. Kathleen Hanna and Allison Wolfe discuss the rise of riot grrrl, and the movement’s staying power in underground music is disputed by many of the women interviewed.

The film moves through the 1990s with interviews from Naked Aggression, Submission Hold, Look Back and Laugh, Sick Fix, and Detestation. Booking agents, zine authors, musicians, and artists are all featured, giving the film a well-rounded scope. Red Thread, Condenada and Bruise Violet bring the viewer into the present tense.

Although respect is given to the riot grrrl movement, the second half of the film focuses more specifically on the variety of issues that face women in underground music. Beauty ideals, sexuality, motherhood, race and sexual violence are all discussed. Hopes for the future, and advice for younger women close out this heartfelt portrait of women in music.

FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM ZINE!

We’re putting together a zine to commemorate the event.
Topics: women + punk! Love letters to yr favourite women in punk, celebrations of queer women in punk, constructive critiques on punk scenes/cultures, thoughts on being a female-identified punk etc. Submissions (200 words max for written pieces and/or b&w illustrations, A5 size) should include yr name and any email addy/web site info. Send ’em here: charlotte.richardson.andrews@gmail.com. Deadline: Sun 21st Oct.

Feminist Library Zine Day | 3 November

 

Feminist Library Zine Day!

Saturday, 3rd November

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/294761703970590/

A day of:
~ cut & paste activities
~ film screenings
~ book stalls
~ cake aaaaaaand
~ party games!

Taking place at the glorious Feminist Library from 1pm.
Zine-making happening 1-4pm.

All genders welcome. Wheelchair accessible building.

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.

LETS START A PUSSY RIOT | Open Submissions!

Let’s Start A Pussy Riot! – Please submit your own creative responses via tumblr, our blog or email letsstartapussyriot@yahoo.co.uk!

FACEBOOK PAGE http://www.facebook.com/pages/LETS-START-A-PUSSY-RIOT/212071305586673

WORDPRESS: http://letsstartapussyriot.wordpress.com/

Girls Get Busy | Zine Fest

SHACKLEWELL ARMS, Saturday 25th August

1-5pm, FREE

FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/459076654117060/

♡ ZINE STALLS ♡ 
Girls Get Busy, Walrus Zines, Vampire Sushi Distro, Cath Elms (Spill the Zines), Riots Not Diets Distro, Project: BABE, Rachel Aggs (Trash Kit)

♡ WORKSHOPS ♡
Suffragette Sashes by Shayane Lacey
Feminist Crowns by Beth Siveyer (Girls Get Busy)
Zine Workshop by Charlotte Cullen (Project: BABE)
Pussy Riot Zine by Not So Popular

♡ ZINE READINGS ♡
Tukru Hassinen, Felix Bear Lane, Cath Elms, Faridah Newman (Mind Over Matter)

♡ TALKS ♡
The Feminist Library – http://feministlibrary.co.uk/
Wears The Trousers – http://wearsthetrousers.com/
Not So Popular

Pop-up photobooth by Roxanne Werter

LOTS MORE TO BE CONFIRMED!

http://girlsgetbusyzine.tumblr.com/

Feminist Library | Summer Fete

 

A Weekend of summer fun in support of the the Feminist Library

Sunday the 26th of August – SUMMER FÊTE IN THE LIBRARY

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/443621965678268/

OPEN TO ALL – NOON UNTIL LATE

* Booksale
* Agit Prop
* Food and cake stalls
* Tea, coffee and bar

* Kids’ Space with Activities and face-painting

* Film Screenings:
5pm – Persepolis
9pm – Women Without Men

* Poetry Reading/Writers’ Workshop

Featuring readings from poets Rachael Allen: http://selectedpoems.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/selected-poet-4-rachael-allen-new-work/
http://clinicpresents.com/

and Cat Madden: http://www.catherinemadden.wordpress.com/

* Girls Get Busy Zine

More events and activities TBC

– Free Entry – Suggested Donation £4 –
Donate to Save our Library

The Summer fête is for everyone – we’d love your input and help. If you’d like to have a stall, suggest an activity, run a workshop, donate a cake or come along and lend a hand, please get in touch!

Are you part of a feminist group? Feel free to bring along leaflets etc. Get in touch if you would like to talk about your group, or give a talk/lead a discussion on any topic that interests you, particularly those related to women in the arts and/or activism.

email a.t.pigott@gmail.com/ruby.kearney@hotmail.com

FEMINIST LIBRARY: http://feministlibrary.co.uk/2012/08/14

LETS START A PUSSY RIOT | Call for Submissions

 

Back in April Storm in a Teacup, Girls Get Busy & Not So Popular joined together to organise a fundraiser in support of PUSSY RIOT.

We have joined forces once again to create a ZINE: LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT with your creative responses to the PUSSY RIOT trial, in celebration of our Freedom of Speech! Please submit your response to letsstartapussyriot@yahoo.co.uk

MORE INFO

FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/pages/LETS-START-A-PUSSY-RIOT/212071305586673?ref=ts

WORDPRESS SITE: http://letsstartapussyriot.wordpress.com/

TUMBLR: http://letsstartapussyriot.tumblr.com/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/startapussyriot

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

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