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For women in London it's also worth checking out this list hosted by Women in London.

2014 Events:

January 2014

  • 6 January - Evening class (10 weeks) - The history of radical women in Greater Manchester - Aquinas College, Stockport

    Aquinas College, Stockport is offering a 10 week course, beginning on 6 January, on the history of radical women in Greater Manchester.

    Greater Manchester was at the centre of the social, economic and industrial upheavals of the Industrial Revolution, which gave rise to radical political movements. The course will look at women's role in movements and events such as Peterloo, the Luddites, Owenite Co-operation, Chartism and Votes for Women and will also include three walks in Manchester city centre.

    The course is being tutored by Michael Herbert, MA, who has been researching and writing about radical history for many years. His most recent book is "Up Then Brave Women: Manchester Radical Women, 1819-1918" which was published in October 2012. He regularly leads history walks and in the summer did some filming for the BBC programme the Culture Show with Maxine Peake and Miranda Sawyer. A clip can be viewed at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01cx83y

    Michael said, "I am delighted to be working with Aquinas College to present this course which will highlight the role of women in movements for social change and democracy".

    For more information on the course, please contact Sheila Lahan at Aquinas College, telephone 0161 419 9163, email : Sheila@aquinas.ac.uk.

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 17 January - What The Frock! Comedy - Mauretania, 9 Park Street, Bristol, Avon, BS1 5NF - Doors 7.30pm, comedy from 8pm - Tickets £10 advance, £12 door

    Joining our resident MC Cerys Nelmes will be Rachel Parris ("One sometimes doubts that Britain's got talent, but Parris has it in spades", The Guardian), Cecilia Delatori ("a comedian of great calibre," The Stage), and Katie Lane (Funny Women runner-up 2013).

    More info - http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!january-17/c474

    Tickets - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/244205

    This venue is fully accessible.

  • 22 January - Nerd Nite London - Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AH - Doors at 8pm - early nerd tickets £5 and £6 afterwards

    Nerd Nite London is a bi-monthly event where three speakers give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines - while the audience drinks along.

    This month speaking at Nerd Nite are:

    Dr. Gemma Angel, a tattoo historian at UCL, will talk about tattoo interpretation and collecting in the 19th Century and even show some of the more interesting examples. The second speaker, Hugh is a scientific adviser for Hollywood and has worked on big budget movies such as Prometheus - he will talk us through the science behind sci-fi. And finally Seb Collett, will be exploring everyone should be reading JG Ballard.

    All profits from the night will go to Transform the drug policy foundation. You can find Nerd Nite London on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NerdNiteLondon or on Twitter @nerdnitelondon

    Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/NerdNiteLondon

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 31 January-9 February - Marie-Louise Jones The Little Paper Slipper, Mother Project Space Gallery, Mother Studios, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN - Gallery open daily 11am to 6pm - Free entry

    Notions of power, trauma, vulnerability, control and aspiration hang delicately by a thread. Little paper shoes adorned with desires, hopes, fears and pain form a suspended installation embodying personal accounts of the lingering shadow of domestic abuse; a culmination of twenty art therapy workshops across ten women's refuges throughout the UK. Deconstructed memories and encounters manifest in 'The Little Paper Slippers' forming a fragile testimony of strength. The public display provides a voice of delicate tribute to the women, the artist and the power of art as therapy.

    Emaciated wedding dresses, torn, shredded, punctured with fragments of glass, 'The Power Behind The Throne' and 'Til Death Do Us Part' evoke fears of intimacy, insecurity, internal suffering and an unravelling of debilitating emotion. A power struggle exists within the dishevelled forms - the need for power over oneself in conflict with a simultaneous necessity to relinquish a need for power - bearing a violent paradox. 'The Paper Dress', a blossom of temporary hope, provides an opportunity to contemplate aspiration and dreams both literal and metaphorical.

    Created by Marie-Louise Jones, The Little Paper Slipper began as a new body of work exploring traumatic experiences and the effects of these experiences on the psyche. The work involved a series of socially engaged art workshops in refuges with women who have experienced domestic abuse. The year-long project involved a 2 month nationwide tour whereby women deconstructed notions of power, using the workshop as a therapeutic tool for expressing the effects of their abusive relationships. 'The Little Paper Slippers' contribute their responses whilst the remaining sculptures are a direct response by the artist herself.

    www.marielouisejones.com

    Press contact: info[at]marielouisejones.com
    Tel 07535 650 153

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

February 2014

  • February is LGBT History Month

    Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

    2014 is dedicated to music.

    See the LGBT History Month website for more information.

  • 1 February - Beehayve: monthly queer mingling night for gay women - Hackney Attic, on the top floor of the Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1EH - 7pm to 1am - Free admission

    Beehayve offer monthly queer mingling nights catering for local lesbians and queer women who enjoy a meet and mingle, away from Soho's club life, with NO DOOR CHARGE but an atmosphere more like your Local where you can pop by and see some friendly faces and have conversations, over background music.

    http://www.hackneyattic.com/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 4 February - Wasted Cabaret: Garden Of Eden

    Embrace temptation with this urban Cabaret Company as they lead you through the garden of delights. Feast your eyes upon burlesque dancers, clowns and many more tantalizing acts. This young and vibrant company promises an evening to remember as the talented artists enchant you to join their world of gluttony... as you peer with them beyond the garden walls. Featuring Miss Fortune, Francoise the Clown and many more. Music by DJ Rugrat.

    https://www.facebook.com/WastedCabaret

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 6 February - Juice Vocal Ensemble: Valentine's Single Launch Party - The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EB - 8pm Door; 9pm Music - Tickets £5 Advanced; £6 Door

    Forget the cheesy crooners for Valentine's and get serenaded by the all-female vocal trio, Juice Vocal Ensemble.

    Nonclassical celebrates the launch of Juice's single "Heal You" by Anna Meredith and lyrics by Philip Ridley. The night will include a diverse range of love songs that the trio commissioned for their upcoming album, Laid Bare, with works by Mica Leva aka Micachu (of Micachu and the Shapes), award-winning UK folk artist Jim Moray, Dai Fujikura, Gavin Bryars, Phillip Neil Martin, Samuel Hall and more. Additionally, there will be adaptations of classics by Mariah Carey, Ledbelly, Rihanna, Erasure and Dawn Penn.

    Juice is at the forefront of the UK's experimental/ classical scene, performing vocal music which draws on classical, world music, jazz, folk, pop, improvisation and theatre. They have appeared on BBC radio and television and the main London concert halls as well as a wide variety of other platforms from the Latitude Festival to the London College of Fashion Graduate Show, have had their music choreographed by Nederlands Dans Theatre, written film scores, and worked with internationally-renowned beatboxers Schlomo and Beardyman.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1385954614958616/

    Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/255926
    £5 Advanced; £6 Door

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 11 February - Brighton Open Rights Group CryptoParty - 68 Middle Street, Brighton - 6.30pm

    Cryptoparties are skill & knowledge sharing sessions which aim to teach people the basic ways of protecting themselves and their data from intrusive surveillance.

    Generally the parties deal with how to have private conversations over instant messaging, how to encrypt emails, how to browse anonymously and how to reliably encrypt your hard disk amongst other things.

    It is very important that you leave the CryptoParty with tools you can use on a daily basis, and explain to your friends how to do it too. All the attendees should come with device(s) they want to install tools on.

    • We'll discuss why Cryptography, anonymity and anti-tracking tools are important today
    • We'll install online anonymity tools
    • We'll secure our communications
    • We'll make sure we can't be easily tracked online
    • We'll have a drink and a chat

    No prior technical expertise or knowledge is assumed, so ask away about anything.

    For more information and to register, go to http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Brighton/events/164422692/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 11 February - London Open Rights Group CryptoParty - Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA - 7.00pm

    On February 11th we'll be launching our Don't Spy on Us campaign to stop mass surveillance, along with a coalition of civil liberties organisations: ARTICLE19, Big Brother Watch, English PEN, Liberty, Open Rights Group, Privacy International.

    At the same time international actions against mass surveillance will be taking place, as the web stands up for the right to privacy.

    As part of the Day We Fight Back we're running a Crypto Party at the Free Word centre to show you how to improve your online security and privacy.

    There'll be short talks, opportunities to take action, learn about encryption, secure your communications and ask questions to the experts on GCHQ practices.

    For more information and to register, go to http://www.meetup.com/ORG-London/events/163545312/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 12 February - Sheffield Open Rights Group - Changes to medical confidentiality - Shakespeare pub, 146-148 Gibralter Steet, Sheffield - 6.30pm

    Significant changes to how your medical data is handled are happening now. Medical data that was previously under the control of your GP is going to be uploaded to a central location with in the NHS and shared with other organisations for a variety of purposes.

    Some of you may have had a 'junk mail' style leaflet through your door entitled 'Better infomation means better care'. Unfortunately, NHS England - the commissioning body that now runs the NHS in England - has decided not to include an opt out form with the leaflet and the information in it says you should "speak to your GP practice" if you want to stop your or your family,s confidential medical information being uploaded and passed on.

    Fortunately the medConfidential campaign have provided a form and a letter that you can hand in to your GP practice.

    The choice to opt out is yours. You don't have to justify it but if you want to keep your records private and confidential then you need to act now.

    We'll be discussing how to opt-out and stop your data from being uploaded. We'll also be discussing the implications of this change to how medical data will be used and shared and how it can be beneficial in some ways and damaging in others.

    For more information and to register, go to http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Sheffield/events/163095942/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 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, work places, 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.

    The campaign is a recognition that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces.

    See the One Billion Rising For Justice website for more information.

  • 15 February - Mary Quaile Club first meeting, Cornerstones Community Centre, 451 Liverpool Street, Langworthy, Salford, M6 5QQ - 2pm - Admission free

    A new historical and political discussion group, the Mary Quaile Club, will hold its first meeting on 15 February 2014 in Salford. The theme of the meeting will be "What Ever Happened to the Welfare State?"

    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.

    Ellen grew up in Manchester and was an active socialist and suffragist. She was a Manchester City councillor for a short time before becoming a Labour MP for Middlesbrough and later Jarrow. In 1936 she took part in the Jarrow Crusade, a march of the unemployed to London. In 1945 the Labour party won a landslide victory and set up the NHS and welfare State. Ellen became Minister of Education. She died suddenly in 1947.

    Hugh Caffrey is Secretary of Greater Manchester Keep our NHS Public which campaigns against the privatisation of the NHS. He will outline what is happening at the moment and explain what people can do to save the NHS from being taken over by the private sector.

    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 in Tory Britain eg bedroom tax, zero hours contracts, privatisation of the NHS etc. The Club takes its name from the Manchester trade unionist, Mary Quaile.

    More information: http://maryquaileclub.wordpress.com

    Email: maryquaileclub@gmail.com

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryQuaileClub

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 17-21 February - Event Series: 'Ain't I A Woman? What's race got to do with it?' - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG

    Brought to you by the SOAS Women Society, 'Ain't I A Woman? What's race got to do with it?' will explore sexism and racism as intersecting systems of oppression 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.'

    Open to all and, apart from the play, all events are free!

    Schedule:

    • Monday, 17 February 2014, 8pm: Play (DLT)
      'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf' + Q&A with director and actresses
      Directed by Adam Tulloch
    • Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 7pm: Workshop (JCR)
      Redefining the Strong Black Woman: recognising and resisting oppression
      Speakers: Mundia Situmbeko (Writer and Present of 'Kickin' It With The Kinks'), Femi Otitoju (Equality and Diversity Consultant), Chardine Taylor-Stone (Drummer for Black feminist punk band Big Joanie), michelle holmes (Yogi and blogger)
    • Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 7pm: Panel Discussion (JCR)
      Black (Mis)representation - Chaired by Brenna Bhandar, SOAS
      Talking points: Mainstream feminism versus Black feminism; Black women stereotypes; shadism; Black masculinity
      Panelists: Minna Salami - MsAfropolitan (blogger), Emma Dabiri-The Diaspora Diva (blogger), Lola Okolosie (Black Feminists), Ife Adedeji (journalist), Ini Dele-Adedeji (SOAS PhD Student)
    • Thursday, 20 February 2014, 7pm: Conversations (JCR)
      Black Feminism 101: Claiming spaces in mainstream feminism
      Facilitated by Charmaine Elliott, Black Feminists UK
      What is 'Black feminism'? How does it differ from 'mainstream feminism'? How do racism and sexism interact as systems of oppression? Get answers to these questions and many more during this conversation with Charmaine.
    • Friday, 21 February 2014, 7pm: Play (DLT) - sold out!
      'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf' + reception
      Directed by Adam Tulloch

    Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/event-series-aint-i-a-woman-whats-race-got-to-do-with-it-tickets-5718119048
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aintiawoman14
    Tumblr: http://aint-i-a-woman.tumblr.com/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 18 February - Women in the 21st Century - Queen Mary's University, London

    Women in the 21st Century is a day long event being hosted by Newturn (a volunteer lead organisation in London) at Queen Mary's University.

    We welcome anyone interested in gender equality issues. We will be covering topics from 'Is Generation Y too apathetic to take feminism forward?' to 'Women and Business'. The day will be a great balance of theoretical debates and practical discussions, with 15 topics being covered.

    Tickets can be purchased from http://conference.newturn.org.uk/ and cost £15 for members, £25 for non-members under 25 and £40 for full adult tickets.

    Website: http://conference.newturn.org.uk/

    Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/453455491433514/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 21 February - NUS National Summit on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education, London South Bank University - 10am to 5pm - Students' Union delegate: £25; Sector delegate: £50

    NUS invite you to participate in the event: Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education.

    Following the launch of That's What She Said in March 2013, a report into women students' experiences of 'lad culture' in higher education commissioned from the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Sussex, we found a pervasive culture of 'laddism', sexism, and harassment on campus.

    As a result of the report NUS recommended the convening of a national summit on this issue, to bring together members of the student movement with stakeholders within and outside of the higher education sector. 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.

    Since the report, we also conducted a consultation on lad culture in higher education, which was completed in November. Echoing the problems revealed by the March 2013 research, the consultation confirmed that 'lad culture' was prevalent at institution, specifically in relation to extra-curricular activities, social spaces, learning and teaching.

    We are excited to announce that Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, is confirmed as one of our keynote speakers and other participants include Lucy Holmes, founder of the No More Page 3 campaign. The agenda will feature workshops and plenaries from a diverse array of organisations dealing with issues related to 'lad culture' and will feature an opportunity to shape the direction of a national strategy to respond to 'lad culture' in higher education.

    For further information on the summit and consultation, please click here (You must be logged in to view this article).

    Participants of all genders are welcome; in order to actively challenge 'lad culture' we need all parts of the student movement and stakeholders involved.

    Students' unions will be limited to two delegates per union, though additional delegates can be placed on the waiting list.

    Sector delegates who wish to attend, please contact ladculture@nus.org.uk to obtain your Secure Code.

    How to book: To register for this event, please go to: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/ents/event/896/

    Website: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/campaigns/womens/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 21 February - 'Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the Nineteenth Century to Now' - St Aidan's College, Durham University - Waged £45; Unwaged/students £35

    Registration is open for this one-day interdisciplinary conference on 21 February 2014 at Durham University, UK. We seek to examine and discuss how presentations of femaleness in text contributes to and creates what it means to be female.

    We are interpreting "text" broadly to encompass all interpretable objects from all disciplines. We welcome creative practitioners, academics and community workers to examine how text informs the social understanding of femaleness, and how this impacts on the lived experience of women and female children around the world. We have speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds and details of the programme can be found at http://readdurhamenglish.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/literary-dolls-the-female-textual-body-from-the-19th-century-to-now/. The conference will be followed by a wine reception with folk singers to represent another form of text and a conference dinner with our keynote speakers.

    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).

    To register visit http://www.dur.ac.uk/r.a.white/literarydolls. Please contact the conference team if you have any questions about registration or payment at literarydollsconference@gmail.com

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 24 February to 9 March - Crochet installation at Manchester Town Hall (Ground Floor)

    We noticed that Manchester's municipal statues still only celebrate the achievement of historical men. We thought it was about time they honoured some great female role models, so we're yarnstorming the busts in the town hall with crochet masks representing eight inspirational women from Greater Manchester.

    For more information visit http://wearewarpandweft.wordpress.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/warp_weft

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 25 February - Manchester Open Rights Group - Threats to your medical confidentiality: NHS care.data - Friends Meeting House, Mount Street (Behind Central Library), Manchester, M2 5NS - 7.00-9.00pm

    Significant changes to how your medical data is handled are happening now. Medical data that was previously under the control of your GP is going to be uploaded to a central location with in the NHS and shared with other organisations for a variety of purposes.

    Phil Booth from medConfidential will be on hand to answer all your questions.

    For more information and to register, go to http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/164318842/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

March 2014

  • 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.

    Within an hour of need, three extraordinary women are drawn together in a compelling, funny and moving account of their struggle to make a difference, in amongst the daily tribulations of womanhood!

    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, in an imagining from the creators of the 'outstanding' Jamaica 50 & Sorry! No coloureds, No Irish, No Dogs.

    If you like laughing, crying, history, current affairs, women or hearing the things we all think but never talk about... (men - this will be an eye opener you won't want to miss!) then this exciting new play is definitely for you!

    National Tour Dates:

    - Ucheldre Centre, Anglesey - 04/03/2014 - 7.30pm - 01407 763361 - www.ucheldre.org
    - Eastgate Theatre, Peebles - 05/03/2014 - 7.30pm - 01721 725777 - www.eastgatearts.com
    - Guildhall, Derby - 06/03/2014 - 7.30pm - 01332 255800 - www.derbylive.co.uk
    - Forest Arts Centre, New Milton - 07-03-2014 - 7.30pm - 01425 612393 - www3.hants.gov.uk/forest/
    - Astor Community Theatre, Deal - 08/03/2014 - 8.00pm - 01304 370220 - www.theastor.org
    - The Brindley, Runcorn - 11/03/2014 - 7.30pm - 01519078360 - www.thebrindley.org.uk
    - Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton - 12/03/2014 & 13/03/2014 - 7.30pm - 01902 321321 - www.arenatheatre.info
    - The Heritage Centre, Wolverhampton - 14/03/2014 - 8.00pm - 01902 421792/07815 522668
    - The Drum, Birmingham - 21/03/2014 - 8.00pm - 0121 3332444 - www.the-drum.org.uk
    - Fairfield Halls, London - 23/03/2014 - 7.45pm - 0208 6889291 - www.fairfield.co.uk
    - Artrix, Bromsgrove - 24/03/2014 - 8.00pm - 01527 577330 - www.artrix.co.uk

    For price information please contact theatres directly.

    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.

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venues were not provided.

  • 5 to 16 March - 25th anniversary celebrations for Oxford International Women's Festival

    Oxford International Women's Festival celebrates its landmark 25th anniversary from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 16th March 2014.

    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.

    Full details at the OIWF website: http://www.oxfordinternationalwomensfestival.co.uk/2014-festival/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venues were not provided.

  • 5 March - Black Feminists presents... POwErTRY Collective - Level Four, Blue Bar, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London - 7.30pm to 9.30pm - £3 donation

    Black Feminists is proud to present an evening of celebration, showcasing the power and creativity of black women writers, spoken word artists and performers. This is the second in a series of Black Feminists events that aim to facilitate public platforms for black women's creative expression. The evening is also part of Women of the World festival's series of WoW parties that aim to celebrate the work of charities and organisations that support women in the UK and internationally.

    Performers include Bridget Minamore, Selina Nwulu, Kadish Morris, Anna Lau, Belinda Zhawi, Chimene Suleyman, and Laila Sumpton, as well as a reading by a member of the art collective One of My Kind (OOMK).

    We will also feature a community news slot, inviting audience members to take the stage publicising future community events. There will also be a fully licensed bar on the premises.

    Register now at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-feminists-presents-powertry-collective-2-tickets-10714016913

    http://www.blackfeminists.org/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 6 March - Lady In Red by Certain Curtain Theatre at The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston - 8pm - Tickets £8 (£6)

    The story of one woman's struggle to break the 'Chains of love'. Written by Claire Moore and John Woudberg.

    It is Christmas Eve and 'Rose,' a woman in a red dress, awakes to find that she has no memory of who or where she is. As she gradually weaves the threads of memory together, a dark and violent picture begins to emerge. Compelled to leave for fear of her life Rose begins to pack... but it's dark outside and the house is full of strange noises. Will she escape, before her attacker returns? Or is he still in the House?

    Lady In Red combines superb dialogue, a compelling plot, inspired performance and evocative colours to create an unforgettable experience - a journey through one woman's attempts to leave an abusive relationship. This contemporary look at domestic violence will leave you breathless!
    This performance includes an after-show discussion with the writers and actors.

    Website: http://www.newcontinental.net/whats-on/event/lady-red

    Tickets £8 (£6) available online - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/252748 - or in person from The Continental Pub or Preston Information Centre

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 7 March - Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves - the London Metropolitan Archives annual International Women's Day conference - 9am to 4:30pm - £10

    3.15pm - Girls Rights and Creative Campaigning

    Laila Sumpton, poet and campaigner, has been working with PLAN UK which works for children and their communities to help realise children's rights. Laila will present on recent work focused on girls' rights around the world.
    http://www.plan-uk.org/what-we-do/campaigns/because-i-am-a-girl/

    Laila has also been heavily involved in bringing together a poetry anthology, In Protest: 150 poems for Human Rights and will read poems about women's and girls' rights.
    http://www.sas.ac.uk/about-us/news/protest-new-poetry-anthology-explores-human-rights-and-social-justice

    Full schedule and tickets via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sisters-are-doing-it-for-themselves-tickets-8990196921

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 7 March - IWD at Tomorrow's Women Wirral - St. Laurence's School, Beckwith Street East, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 3JE - 10am to 3pm

    Tomorrow's Women Wirral is a local community charity project on the Wirral. We are based on an old school site in the centre of Birkenhead. TWW is a project for all self-identified women aged 18+ in the community. One of its principal aims is to reduce reoffending and divert women from custody. We can provide help with improving thinking skills, isolation, housing, finances, benefits, job hunting, healthcare, beating addictions, escaping domestic violence etc.

    TWW receives no central Government funding and relies on donations, bid applications and fundraising. TWW offers a welcoming space to meet individual female needs often through a multi-agency, problem solving approach. The centre is open every day Monday to Friday and enables all women (not just women involved in the criminal justice system) to drop in voluntarily to use the service.

    In celebration of International Women's Day this Friday, hairdressers from Wirral Metropolitan College are visiting the centre and will be offering free cut and blows, along with nail treatments too! There will be cake decorating, hot food, reiki and much more.

    This event is open to all self-identified women.

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 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.

    Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote. The word 'Suffragette' is derived from the word "suffrage" meaning the right to vote. International Women's Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women's success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed.

    See the International Women's Day website for more information.

  • 8 to 9 March - Wowzers Festival, LSE Student Union building, Aldwych, London - Free admission but advance registration is required

    Kicking off on International Women's Day, Wowzers Festival is a community-led event celebrating the creativity of women and girls around the globe. Over two inspirational days on 8th-9th March, Wowzers Festival will play host to an exciting array of activities - from workshops and interactive talks to musical performances, comedy and late-night DJs.

    In its inaugural year, Wowzers Festival is an independently organised fringe event running in parallel to Southbank Centre's Women of the World conference. As a community response to the need for a dynamic, inclusive and fresh approach, it will 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.

    Held at the newly-opened LSE Student Union building in Aldwych, Central London, some of the event highlights include a Saturday evening of live entertainment courtesy of The Girls Are and Carousel, with DJs from Fanny Pack and Bad Reputation. Sunday night brings a packed line up of musical acts curated by Girl Germs, with performances from Actual Crimes, Woolf, and Big Joanie. During the afternoons, workshops and talks will be led by For Books' Sake, Let's Start a Pussy Riot, Hollaback London, Chayn Pakistan, Irreverent Dance, and more.

    Want to join the movement? The event is completely free to attend, although advance registration is required. Visit www.wowzersfest.org to book your free ticket. You can also join the community on Facebook and Twitter.

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 8 March - IWD event - Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2HH - 10am to 1pm

    The Women's Network IWD planning group has been hard at work putting together a great event for International Women's Day. To give you an idea of what we're thinking... singing on the front steps of Town Hall (although we're still looking for someone to lead this - any suggestions?), keynote presentation from the Women of Steel, various workshops, an international women's voices panel and information stalls.

    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 Bond
    • A history of protest - WILPF
    • Women and domestic violence

    Up to date information will be on our website soon. Please help spread the word.

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 8 March - Creative Campaigning: Writing for Women's Rights - Keats House, Hampstead, London - Tickets £8/10 - 1.30 to 4.30pm

    Join poet Laila Sumpton on International Women's Day for a creative workshop exploring how we can use poetry as a campaign tool to highlight gender equality and women's rights issue using news stories and human rights law as inspiration. In partnership with Spread the Word.

    Tickets via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-campaigning-writing-for-womens-rights-tickets-9788901869

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 8 March - The Working Class Movement Library celebrates IWD - 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX - 2pm - Free admission

    The Working Class Movement Library will celebrate International Women's Day on Saturday 8 March from 2pm with talks on women activists from the late 19th century to the present day.

    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'.
    Her talk will consider how socialist women highlighted the specific issues and inequalities facing working women and will explore the different, and often competing, strategies they put forward for improving their social and economic position, including trade union organisation and the vote.
    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.
    http://www.wcml.org.uk/ - 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX

    The event is free and open to all.

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 8 March - In Protest - Writing Women's Rights - Keats House, Hampstead, London - Free admission - 6.00 to 7.30pm

    Join Keats House Poets Laila Sumpton and Anthony Hett for a performance of poetry readings on the theme of women's and girls' rights from the University of London's Human Rights Poetry Anthology, now available in print and as a free download.

    Register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-protest-writing-womens-rights-tickets-9789541783

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 8 March - Birds Eye View International Women's Day Gala: Wonder Women! The untold story of American superheroes - BFI Southbank, London - 6.30pm

    Tracing the birth, evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman, Kirsty Guevara-Flanagan's super-doc spotlights the fictional and real-life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls. A hit at SXSW, the film includes original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, activist Gloria Stienem, Buffy writer Jane Espenson, Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hann and more. A vital counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre - and a joyful celebration of women who kick ass!

    Plus, join us from 4pm for a special pre-screening Future Shorts event.
    Full details and booking at: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/wonderwomen

    The screening is at BFI Southbank Saturday 8 March at 6.30pm. Tickets and more info on the days events here: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/wonderwomen

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 9-30 March - Translation/ Transmission: Women's Activism Across Time and Space film season, Watershed, Bristol

    Over Women's History Month in March 2014, Translation/ Transmission: Women's Activism Across Time and Space will host seven screenings at Watershed, celebrating the diverse ways women activists have communicated their struggle through film. Well-received and less well-known films will be shown together for the first time in a season that explores the potential of film and feminist media to translate across the boundaries of language, genre, time and culture.

    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.

    Screenings will take place on Sundays at 1pm and Tuesdays at 6pm every week from 9th March.

    The film season opens on 9th March at 1pm with a screening of Calypso Rose the Lioness of the Jungle, about the diva of Calypso music and pioneer of women's rights, Calypso Rose. There will also be a singing performance from Nia Melody.

    Ein El Hilweh, Kingdom of Women (2010) screens on 11th March. It tells the story of women from the Ein El Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon and the screening will feature a response by Rita from the Bristol-based Palestinian Embassy and Nakba Museum. Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair (1978) and In Our Own Time (1981), two films from the Women's Liberation Movement in Britain, screen on 16th March, with a response from Clarissa Jacob.

    Audre Lorde The Berlin Years: 1984-1992 (2012), a film about the poet's time spent in Berlin will be screened on 18th March alongside a video of Alexis Paula Gumbs reading her letter to Lorde. Trinh T. Minh-ha's personal documentary Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989) will be shown on 23rd March, followed by a discussion led by cultural translation expert Dr Carol O'Sullivan.

    A film from the Sistren Theatre Collective from Jamaica, Sweet Sugar Rage (1985) will be screened on 25th March. It will be followed by a response from Dr Gail Lewis. Screening on 30th March is Facing Mirrors (2011), set in contemporary Iran, the film is about a relationship between Rana, a traditional wife and Edi, who is transgender. Elhum Shakerifar, a documentary film maker, will offer her thoughts on this groundbreaking film.

    More information:

    Tickets available from Watershed and on the website: http://www.watershed.co.uk

    All tickets are £5.50 full/ £4.00 concessions or as part of the season, buy 4 Translation/ Transmission tickets and get a 5th free when bought in person or over the phone.

    Accessibility: Watershed is a wheelchair accessible venue.

  • 11 to 15 March - Tangled Thread Theatre present Close to You - Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD - Tickets £10

    Close to You follows the story of Jennifer and her ongoing turbulent relationship with Anorexia, an infliction that is intertwined with her love and idolisation of 70s pop sensation Karen Carpenter.

    Jennifer is a performer, full of self-criticism, who spends her time evaluating herself professionally and aesthetically. However her personal struggles are far from clear-cut as they are inextricably linked with the famed Anorexia sufferer Karen Carpenter. Struggling to get over both her disease and her obsession, it soon becomes apparent that it may never be her agenda to do so.

    Taken from real life experiences and featuring live music taken from The Carpenters' hits, Close to You addresses the world of eating disorders, the struggle for success and obsession with popular culture in a fresh and dynamic way.

    Close to You is suitable for those aged 14+.

    There will be a post show discussion on Thursday 13 March which is free to all ticket holders. The director and writer/performer will discuss the experience of having Anorexia, writing about it and what it means to be a young female in today's society.

    Box Office: 020 7407 0234

    Book online at http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/index.php/the-little/close-to-you/

    Accessibility: Full details of access information may be found on the Southwark Playhouse website - http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/index.php/your-visit/access-information/

  • 14 March - What The Frock! Comedy - Mauretania, 9 Park Street, Bristol - Tickets £10 adv, £12 door

    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: http://www.wegottickets.com/whatthefrockcomedy

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 19 March - Nerd Nite, Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3AH - Doors at 8pm - Tickets £6

    Discover how studying twins reveals why we are who we are, why the human desire to find order in randomness allows us to see Mother Theresa in a cinnamon bun, as well as how we'll avoid a Mad Max-style existence when we run out of oil at Nerd Nite London on Wednesday 19th of March. Nerd Nite takes place every two months, where three speakers give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines - while the audience drinks along.

    All profits from the night go to the Trussell Trust's Food Banks programme. More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NerdNiteLondon or visting www.nerdnite.com/london

    Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/NerdNiteLondon

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 22 March - Cooking People with Sophia Waugh (Talk, cookery demonstration and book signing) - Chawton House Library, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ - 2.30pm to 4.30pm - Tickets £12.50

    A chance to hear Sophia Waugh talk about her latest book, Cooking People: The Writers Who Taught The English How To Eat.

    The book focuses on five female writers who have revolutionised home cooking. From Hannah Wooley who was, in the 17th century, the first woman to make a living from cookery writing, to the much loved Isabella Beeton and Elizabeth David, Sophia will explore and demonstrate the how, why and what of English eating.

    A unique experience which will also include the opportunity to see the house's original kitchen and a display of cookery books and illustrations from the library's collection.

    Programme:
    - 2.30pm to 3.15pm Visit the old kitchen, sample food from the 17th and 18th century and see the books exhibited.
    - 3.15pm Listen to Sophia's talk and enjoy her cooking demonstration, in the Marquee on the South Lawn.
    - 4.30 p.m. Sophia's book will be on sale and she will be happy to sign and discuss with you.

    Tickets £12.50 from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cooking-people-with-sophia-waugh-tickets-10291846189

    http://www.chawtonhouse.org/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the event were not provided.

  • 29 March - Vanishing for the Vote: author talk & book signing - 3.00 to 4.30pm

    A fascinating insight into the events of Census Night 1911.

    The Liberal government demanded every household comply with its census requirements. So suffragette organisations urged women, all still voteless, to boycott. Many did. Some wrote 'Votes for Women' boldly across their census forms. Others hid in darkened houses or, in the case of Emily Wilding Davison, in a cupboard within the Houses of Parliament.

    Visit the Vanishing for the Vote exhibition and join author and research fellow Dr Jill Liddington for the fascinating insight into the events of Census Night 1911. Jill is co-author of One Hand Tied behind Us (Virago) which quickly became a suffrage classic. Her most recent book, Rebel Girls: Their Fight For The Vote (Virago) was shortlisted for the Portico Book Prize. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.

    Part of Manchester Histories Festival and Wonder Women Radical Manchester.

    Suitable for adults and young people.

    3.00 to 3.45pm talk, 4.00 to 4.30pm book signing.

    Booking required via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vanishing-for-the-vote-author-talk-and-book-signing-tickets-10200599267

    http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/vanishing-for-the-vote-author-talk-and-book-signing/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

April 2014

  • 5 April - The LGBTQIA+ Monologues - St Joseph's Hall, 63 High Street, Colliers Wood, SW19 2HS - Doors open 7:30pm - Admission fee: by donation, £5 suggested

    The LGBTQIA+ Monologues is a play illuminating an expression of each letter and the + which make up LGBTQIA+; it promises to be funny, unexpected, informative and entertaining [contains strong language].

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Freedomtobefestival

    Twitter: @lgbtqiasw19 #freedom_to_be

    Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

  • 10 & 11 April - Women of Letters & People Of Letters - The Leicester Square Theatre, London -

    Smash-hit Australian literary salon Women of Letters comes to the UK and Ireland from 7th April for the very first time, straight off the back of their second critically acclaimed US tour.

    Guests for the UK and Ireland dates include Katy Brand, Andy Zaltzman, Glen Duncan, Aisling Bell, Peaches Geldof, Isobel Davies, Bec Hil, Regi Claire, Jenny Lindsay, Rachel McCrum, Lake Montgomery, Katrina Bryan, Monica McInerney, Sinead Desmond.

    Co-curated by writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, the bestselling events revive the lost art of letter writing. In 2013, Women of Letters staged shows in Los Angeles, Austin, New York and Indonesia to huge acclaim. Their international stages have seen incredible women sharing stories - including acclaimed author Susan Orlean, Grammy award-winning musician Martha Wainwright, ukulele queen Amanda Palmer, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver, actress and founder of Rookie Magazine Tavi Gevinson, plus some highly esteemed gentlemen including author Neil Gaiman, troubadour Buck 65, musician and producer Moby, comedian Tim Minchin and many more.

    The basic premise involves five or six female (or male for People of Letters) writers, performers, actors, politicians, and artists joining together to revive the lost art of letter writing. Each guest is given a topic in advance ('A letter to the night I'd rather forget' 'A letter to my unfinished business'), they write a letter and read it aloud on the night. The Australian shows have been such a literary phenomenon that three collections have been published by Penguin - the most recent released in November 2013.

    More information about Women of Letters at the Leicester Square Theatre website:

    More information about People of Letters at the Leicester Square Theatre website:

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 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. From Angela Carter's 1979 polemic The Sadeian Woman: An Exercise in Cultural History, Andrea Dworkin's seminal text Pornography: Men Possessing Woman (1981) and the recent cultural phenomenon of E. L. James's Fifty Shades trilogy, Sade's work permeates both fiction and non-fiction, and is a central component of contemporary debates surrounding feminism, sexuality and pornography. The anticipated film release of Fifty Shades of Grey pays testimony to Sade's ongoing presence in literature and other media.

    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? Are images of sado-masochistic relationships changing? How do erotic and pornographic texts affect expectations of masculinity and femininity? Is the internet having a detrimental impact on our attitudes towards sex and relationships? What role does social media play in shaping our perceptions of gender? Are particular groups/individuals reluctant to identify with a feminist identity - if so, why?

    As part of the conference proceedings, we will also be holding a series of poster presentations. As an alternative to giving papers, students are invited to submit posters (up to A3 size) that encapsulate their ideas relating to the conference theme, and to give a 5 minute presentation discussing this.

    Although the deadline for receiving abstracts has now closed, we would still be interested to hear from anyone who would like to present their ideas in a poster format (A3 size). Enquiries are welcome.

    Contact Helen Snaith and Heidi Yeandle at: swanseagenderconf@gmail.com

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 11 April - What The Frock! Comedy Awards - Mauretania, 9 Park Street, Bristol - Tickets £10 adv, £12 door

    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: http://www.wegottickets.com/whatthefrockcomedy

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 26 April - Bloody Ice Cream #6, The Grosvenor, 17 Sidney Road, London, SW9 0TP - 8.30pm to 2am - £5/£4 with flyer

    A South London Riot Grrrl Club Night.

    Bloody Ice Cream continues the Sarf London revolution with its sixth installment on Saturday 26th April 2014!

    Live music from: Spanking Machine, Bad Vibes, Wolf Girl.

    Spinning the decks is guest DJ Kris Martin, guitarist extraordinaire for The Ethical Debating Society. We'll also have a zine stall from VAMPIRE SUSHI DISTRO and, as always, loads of free sweeties!

    Tumblr: http://bloodyicecreamnight.tumblr.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloodyicecreamnight
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BICnight

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

May 2014

  • 01 to 31 May - W*NK: Erotic art exhibition by Sophie Crow - Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium (Hoxton), 57 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB - Mon-Sun 12pm-8pm

    Coming just in time for International Masturbation Month, artist Sophie Crow's debut London exhibition of drawings, W*NK, features frank and erotic illustrations of women's most intimate moments garnered from real life experiences. The show is being held at SH! Women's Erotic Emporium, Hoxton, the first female sex shop in the UK and now in its 22nd year of business.

    The exhibition of twelve drawings are taken from Sophie Crow's recent book of the same name, depicting real-life inventive methods women have found to masturbate. Some of the more unusual objects turned into sex toys are a TV remote, a teddy bear and the corner of a sofa. Sex educator and blogger Nessa Jay says that "W*NK is a creative and sex positive look into female sexuality, being a combination of educational and inspirational images, it's a nice little pocket book to have on hand."

    Crow's drawings are far from lurid, treating the subject matter with delicacy and grace. Crow says her line work is inspired by the craftmanship of early Japanese erotica which has been recently brought to public attention in the British Museum's exquisite and popular Shunga exhibition. "It was great to see the British Museum celebrating the beauty of erotic art," says Crow. "It's a rich cultural history of which has often been ignored. I think of W*NK as a pillow book for contemporary life."

    W*NK hopes to readdress the images of women's pleasure that are prevalent in modern life. Either portrayed as bad girls, with sexually explicit, crude and exploitative imagery that target men, or as innocent girls who are coy about their sexual awakening and who must be delicately handled. Crow instead portrays ordinary women. There are no super-skinny models in these drawings, but a cross section of body shapes and appearances. "These drawing show women's sexuality in a matter of fact way that is still erotic," Crow explains. "My drawings don't shy away from detail, and show real women. This project celebrates beauty in diversity and I drew from live models for most of the illustrations which was a lot of fun!"

    Asked if she has tried all the techniques in the book herself she replied yes "But, to be honest, I am more likely to settle down with my favourite SH! Toy when I'm in need of a little erotic inspiration!"

    W*NK will demystify female sexuality in a way which remains passionate and expresses the artists sense of humour, human warmth and affection for her subject. "I have always been fascinated by the diversity of sexual expression and experimentation that humans engage in. One day I came across an internet forum where women explained their favourite ways to masturbate, I was really surprised at their inventiveness so started collecting stories and illustrating the most visually striking."

    Masturbation is still a surprisingly taboo topic for so many women, the most recent National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) found that less than a third of UK women (age 16-74) reported masturbation in the previous four weeks, which is half the percentage of men who had. Leading sexperts attribute masturbation with benefits such as menstrual cramp relief, stress reduction, resistance to yeast infections and, of course, having fun!

    Men must be accompanied by a woman, except on Tuesday evenings.

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 3 May - LGBTQIA+ Film Screening & Discussion Event, Johmard Community Centre, 65-67 High Street, Colliers Wood, SW19 2JF - Doors open 5:45pm - Admission fee: by donation, £5 suggested

    Film 1: United in Anger - can people really make a difference/change the world?
    Come and see how a small group of people from different races, classes, genders + sexualities came together to battle social indifference, corporate greed and governmental neglect...in order to save the lives of their friends.

    Film 2: Intersexion - What is it like for you if you are born with both female + male genitalia?
    How do you navigate a world where you are 'supposed to be' either one or the other and not both at the same time? Come and hear the Intersex tell their stories...

    The evening will also feature 2 special guest interviews:

    Matthew Hudson, CEO of sexual health charity GMFA
    Abby Tartellin, award-winning Intersex novelist of 'Golden Boy'

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Freedomtobefestival
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lgbtqiasw19

    Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible.

  • 3 May - The New Venus: 'The New Woman' - Brixton East Gallery, London

    The New Venus: 'The New Woman' is an event exploring the expression, strength, power and emotion of womanhood today. Through storytelling, music and art we celebrate women from all walks of life and experiences and aim to bring women's identity to the forefront.

    We are bringing over 40 artists including musicians, poets, dancers, singers, storytellers, DJs, live bands and visual artists together. Some of the artists joining us include: Belinda Zhawi, Sara Hirsch, Andrea Phillips, Kay Davis, Morganico, Thieu, Barka, Eli Domoney, Amy love, Lauren goodsmith, Harah Veavall and more.

    The afternoon provides various workshops from women's organisations, talks from Ishapebeauty, Making Herstory, presentations on DIY beauty products from Cel&Keta and Djying. Upstairs we welcome 'WOMEN IN RODA' showcasing women in capoeira through talks, workshops, and interactive performances.

    We will be winding the evening down with live art and performances, music and poetry. To close we invite you to celebrate one year of Starving Arts with an after party headlined by talented female DJs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=aLI8Q7djgNQ&app=desktop

    Early Bird tickets available on Eventbrite £5
    10th April-3rd May tickets £6 on Eventbrite

    £8 Tickets are available on the door.

    During the event we will have cocktails and fresh juice served at the New Venus bar.

    This is an I.D event as there will be alcohol on the premises.
    Please print off your tickets and bring them to the venue on the day.

    Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-new-venus-tickets-11047785223

    Blog: http://starvingartsevents.blogspot.co.uk/
    Tumblr: http://thenewvenus.tumblr.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/763595260327074/?fref=ts
    Brixton East Gallery: http://www.brixtoneast.co.uk/#0

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

  • 17 May - Who's Your Dandy? - Edinburgh FilmHouse - 9pm

    The event will feature short films by Erica Cho (USA), Sophie Norman (Scotland), Tina Takemoto (USA), minh-nathalie lemoine (Canada) and more. These will be followed by live music from Lake Montgomery (Scotland/Netherlands/USA), poetry and film by Andra Simons (England/Bermuda) and poetry/music/film by They They Theys (Scotland).

    For tickets: http://www.filmhousecinema.com/showing/whos-your-dandy/

    For more info: http://www.blissfultimes.ca/dandy.htm

    Accessibility: The event is wheelchair accessible, though it's advisable to book ahead. All films will be subtitled and the performances will be BSL-interpreted. Some audio description will also be provided.

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  • 13 September - FWSA 2014 Conference: 'Rethinking Sisterhood: The Affective Politics of Women's Relationships' - FWSA Interim Event, University of Bristol

    The emergence of intersectionality and the politics of difference within feminist theory have long critiqued the notion of a shared political 'sisterhood', yet the affective and ethical dimension of relationships between women requires further exploration. Whereas the trope of the mother-daughter relationship dominates feminist theory, comparatively little work has conceptualized the significance of horizontal relationships between women. Much feminist research has shown how central female ties have been to sustaining feminism within and beyond activism. Yet the depth of the (dis)affections between women does not necessarily translate into feminist transformation. This forthcoming conference asks how the much-contested notion of sisterhood requires redefinition for 21st century feminist politics and how the contemporary ethics and aesthetics of sisterhood could be reimagined.

    If the valorisation and re-signification of women's relationships is an important task of the feminist project, we need to consider:

    • How does sorority feature as a metaphor in contemporary feminist theory and practice?
    • How is this ideal lost and reconstructed?
    • Do we need new tropes to represent and practice female attachments?
    • How do we account for men's presences and absences, as well as transgender perspectives, when rethinking sisterhood?

     
    The conference seeks to engage with the conceptual resources generated by the affective turn, questioning the emotional politics of feminist solidarity and conflicts:

    • How do female attachments sustain feminism as a politics of feeling?
    • How have closeness, care, anger and envy between women been seen to either support or threaten the feminist project?
    • How does feminism and feminists represent issues of authority, power and hierarchy between women?

     
    For further information contact the organisers Dr Maud Perrier: maud.perrier@bristol.ac.uk or Dr Emily Falconer: falconee@lsbu.ac.uk

    Feminist and Women's Studies Association (FWSA) website: http://fwsablog.org.uk/

    Events Editor's note: Accessibility details for the venue were not provided.

October 2014

  • 14 October - Ada Lovelace Day

    Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

    For more information on how to get involved, see the Finding Ada website and Facebook group and Finding Ada on Twitter

November 2014

  • 20 November - Transgender Day of Remembrance

    The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside each year to memorialise those who have been killed as a result of transphobia (anti-trans hatred or prejudice).

    See the Transgender Day of Remembrance website for more information.

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