oin Sara Thomas (Wikimedian in Residence at The Scottish Library & Information Council) for a full day or training and content creation at the Scottish Poetry Library. This Wikipedia editathon will create and cultivate existing articles relating to forgotten female poets of Scotland using the resources available at the Scottish Poetry Library.
“Goat Girl are ready to turn indie music on its head
And rip its guts out” – The Guardian
“Goat Girl are the whip – smart, politicized young Londoners
breaking into the big time” – DIY
Goat Girl head up an emerging set of groups from South London who have been inspired by the burgeoning local scene there. A classic sketch by the late great comedian Bill Hicks inspired their band name.
‘Cracker Drool’ & ‘Scream’ will be released by Rought Trade on the 15th December on Limited edition 7”. The track is available on all streaming services now.
The band will head out on a 12-date UK headline tour this spring. Tickets go on sale the 13th December.
Goat Girl are: Clottie Cream, Rosy Bones, Naima Jelly and L.E.D.See more
Damnably Presents: Otoboke Beaver ATTYUUMA (Blink of an eye) 2018 Tour with support from Say Sue Me.
Otoboke Beaver おとぼけビ～バ～ are a punk-rock-garage quartet from Kyoto, Japan named after a local ‘Love Hotel’. Formed in the summer of 2009, the band comprises Accorinrin (Lead Vocal & Guitar), Yoyoyoshie (Guitar &Vocals), Hiro-chan (Bass &Vocals) and Pop (Drums &Vocals). Fair warning; they are a raucous live act. Yoshie is often seen crowd-surfing whilst somehow flawlessly shredding her way through the crazed, deranged garage, punk-rock-pop at break-neck speed - and of course everyone sings in Japanese, often in Kyoto slang.
2017 was a breakthrough year for the band with premieres in Pitchfork, NPR, i-D and The Fader, astonishing SXSW/Fuji Rock debuts, a sold-out 100 Club gig and their ‘Love Is Short’ 7” sat in the UK charts for 4 weeks. 2018 promises to just as exciting!
Support comes from Say Sue Me are a surf-inspired indie rock quartet from Busan, South Korea. Friends since the 5th grade Jae Young (Bass) and Kim Byungkyu (guitar) along with drummer Kang Semin played together until the winter of 2012, before meetng Sumi in a Nampo-dong tea shop. They liked Sumi's speaking voice so much that they immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in a new band that would become Say Sue Me. Sumi Choi turned out to be a natural at songwriting.
Shonen Knife are a ground-breaking all-female Japanese, pop-punk rock trio formed in Osaka in 1981, when Naoko Yamana first heard late ‘70’s punk-pop, particularly The Ramones. Inspired, the band crafted their own idiosyncratic songs, fashioned brightly coloured outfits and DIY albums.
In 1985, K Records released ‘Burning Farm’ in the United States. Deals with Sub Pop and various majors followed. 1989 saw the crème of the alt. rock scene (including Sonic Youth, L7 and Redd Kross) covering their favourite Shonen Knife songs on the tribute album ‘Every Band Has A Shonen Knife Who Loves Them’. They toured with Nirvana (on the ‘Nevermind’ tour), The Breeders, as part of Lollapalooza, wowed the Reading Festival and Roskilde, recorded sessions for John Peel and appeared on MTV’s ‘Beavis and Butthead’. The band returned to the UK after a gap of 16 years in 2009 and since toured regularly throughout Europe gaining many generations of fans.
Artist Brigid Collins and novelist Kirsty Gunn discuss the concept behind the book ‘For A’That’, illustrated by Collins and edited by Gunn alongside Anna Day, Cultural Project Manager for the University of Dundee. They will discuss the myriad of responses by invited contemporary writers to the work of Burns and how Collins visually responded, forming a unique contribution to our understanding of Burns, as a man and writer.
Brigid Collins Biography: Brigid Collins is an artist, illustrator and educator. She runs creative workshops for all ages and is also a lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Dundee. Collins forges relationships between images and poetry, creating paintings and assemblages in 2 and 3D, often in collaboration with writers, poets and other artists. Publications have included ‘Room to Rhyme’, 2004, an illustrated edition of the text of a speech given by the poet Seamus Heaney, ‘a place where thought happens…’, 2006, an Artist’s Book with poet, Larry Butler and jewellery designer Teena Ramsay and ‘For A’ That’, 2009, an anthology of contemporary writing made in response to Robert Burns, with contributions from Janice Galloway, Kirsty Gunn, Bill Manhire, DBC Pierre and others.
Burns Unbroke is a new contemporary multi-arts festival celebrating new interpretations of the life and work of Robert Burns at Summerhall between the 25 January – 10 March 2018. Throughout the festival there will be a series of artist talks giving insight into their practice and relationship to the life and work of Burns. Burns Unbroke is a partnership between Artruist – Independent Art Consultancy and Summerhall, it is supported by Creative Scotland, Burns Night – Scotland’s Winter Festivals and Arran Whisky.
script reading and debate series for the female-identified voice in stage and screen. Male, male-identified, and gender fluid audience members are also very welcome.
Persistent & Nasty is a platform with a focus on the voices of female-identified humans working, writing, and performing in the stage and screen industry. It was born from the frustration and anger of four actresses/writers, fed-up with the treatment of women across the industry; from the lack of profile female writers get, to the way that women are treated in the casting process.
All are welcome to this first event in our Persistent & Nasty series (men/male-identified people are encouraged to join us too). Just come on the evening of the event and pay a small (£3-£5) donation on the door.
Five poets respond critically, wittily, whimsically and bitingly to a Burns poem of their choosing. With bespoke sets, and a raised eyebrow (and a raised glass) to Rabbie, come join five of Scotland’s best loved poets and spoken word acts as they take on and respond to Burns’ work with their own provocations and verse. Featuring Liz Lochhead, Billy Letford, Harry Giles, Iona Lee and Andrew Blair; hosted by Jenny Lindsay.
Jenny Lindsay founded Flint & Pitch Productions in 2016, after four successful years as the ‘Rally’ of acclaimed literary cabaret Rally & Broad – “a beacon of brilliance on the live lit scene.” (The List)
An informal one-day workshop, led by Alberta Whittle, offering the opportunity to read and discuss texts related to radical self-love, race and representation through the lens of care and solidarity.
Refreshments will be provided; please let us know you dietary requirements in advance.
If you're interested in participating in this event please email Alberta for further information – email@example.com
Gender and sexuality take centre stage… #BritLitBerlin 2018 will connect a new generation of writers and readers. Join the discussion and engage with new and established UK writers first hand in workshops, discussions and readings. Registration is now open for the 33rd British Council Literature Seminar. We are delighted that the renowned writer Professor Bernardine Evaristo MBE has agreed to chair the event once again. The seminar will take place at the Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr. 32, 12049 Berlin, from Thursday, 25 January, to Saturday, 27 January 2018. The focus will be on gender diversity in contemporary UK writing.
The year is 1797, and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing, fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors. The people of Segu, the Bambara, are guided by their griots and priests; their lives are ruled by the elements. But even their soothsayers can only hint at the changes to come, for the battle of the soul of Africa has begun. From the east comes a new religion, Islam, and from the West, the slave trade.
Based on actual events, Conde’s glittering epic Segu transports the reader to a fascinating time in history, capturing the earthy spirituality, religious fervor, and violent nature of a people and a growing nation trying to cope with jihads, national rivalries, racism, amid the vagaries of commerce.
The reading group provides a free, friendly and gentle environment in which opinions are shared and new appreciations can be discovered. There is wine, curious minds and relaxed conversation. Come and join our warm bookish group – all are welcome. We usually start at 8pm, but just for the cold dark month of January we’ll run the reading group from 7-8!
This January don’t fight the darkness, embrace it! Kaite Welsh shares her irresistible gothic murder mystery at our next candlelit crime night…
Set in 1890s Edinburgh, Kaite’s The Wages of Sin is a gruesome, feminist crime novel featuring a female medical student-turned-detective, and some magisterial twists. We’ll be serving up mulled wine to complement spine tingling, skin crawling readings.
Kaite Welsh is a novelist, critic and journalist and one of the bookshop’s favourite queer writers and commentators as well as the Books editor for Diva Magazine. The Wages of Sin is the first in a spectacular series and it’ll be fresh off the presses as a paperback – we’re sure you’ll be as hooked as we were.
Sarah Gilchrist has fled from London to Edinburgh in disgrace and is determined to become a doctor, despite the misgivings of her family and society. As part of the University of Edinburgh’s first intake of female medical students, Sarah comes up against resistance from lecturers, her male contemporaries, and – perhaps worst of all – her fellow women, who will do anything to avoid being associated with a fallen woman…
When one of Sarah’s patients turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into Edinburgh’s dangerous underworld of bribery, brothels and body snatchers – and a confrontation with her own past.
A regular reading group focusing on texts and screenings ranging from art, culture, politics, philosophy, anthropology and sociology.
If you would like to suggest reading material and chair an informal discussion, or deliver a presentation, please make this known on the group page, or alternatively send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also join the Bookmark: Reading Platform Facebook group page to keep up with events, share information, and join the debate.
Austerity, a response to the aftermath of the financial crisis, continues to devastate contemporary Britain. Economist Annie Miller, academic Vickie Cooper and researcher Ruth Patrick are three of Britain’s leading, and most incisive minds on social policy.
Annie Miller, in A Basic Income Handbook exhaustively examines and explains what basic income is and how to implement it, using extensive economic data to back up her conclusions. In For Whose Benefit? Ruth Patrick investigates the day to day lives of those on benefits, and how the political attitude to those on welfare reflects, or doesn’t reflect, reality. Annie and Ruth are joined by Vickie Cooper, editor of the shocking exposé of how austerity harms people in the United Kingdom The Violence of Austerity.
Though each of these three authors approach questions of economic inequality and neglect from different angles, they reach the common conclusion that the current status quo of British economic politics is damaging to an overwhelming number of its people. Together, they will discuss what needs to change to develop a society that works on an economic level without hurting those who are in most need of help.
Civil rights campaigner, author, politician. Shami Chakrabarti has been one of the most influential voices in British politics over the last decade and a constant presence in the frontlines of political debate.
Chakrabarti opens the 2017 Radical Book Fair inspired by her new book Of Women, a powerful, urgent and timely polemic on why women still need equality, and how we get there.
As we move forward in the twenty-first century, a time of crises the world over, Shami Chakrabarti lays out the huge challenges we face with honesty and clarity. We have not yet done enough to create a more equal world: one where women and men share power, responsibility and opportunity. One that is potentially happier and more peaceful. One where no life is wasted, and everyone has a chance to fulfill their potential. Instead, we’ve been playing around at the edges. What’s needed now is radical change.
From the disparity in the number of births to issues of schooling, work, ownership, faith, political representation and international diplomacy, Of Women outlines what needs fixing and makes clear, inspiring proposals about what we do next, putting women’s rights at the centre of the progressive political agenda.
Chakrabarti Currently serving as the Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales, Shami was also one of the panel members of the Levenson Enquiry, chaired the 2016 investigation into anti-semitism in the Labour Party and was the only person nominated to gain a lifelong peerage by Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Prime Minister’s Resignation Honours.
Jackie Kay will be reading her contribution to Refugee Tales II: The Smuggled Person’s Tale. Modelled on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the second volume of Refugee Tales sets out to communicate the experiences of those who, having sought asylum in the UK, find themselves indefinitely detained.
Often called the `Jungle’, the refugee camp near Calais in Northern France epitomises for many the suffering, uncertainty and violence which characterises the situation of refugees in Europe today. Voices from the Jungle collects the astounding, inspiring, defiant stories of the people who have fled conflict-torn countries such as Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan and Eritrea.
Through its pages, the refugees speak to us in powerful, vivid language. They reveal their childhood dreams and struggles for education; the wars and persecution that drove them from their homes; their terror and strength during their extraordinary journeys. They expose the reality of living in the camp; tell of their lives after the `Jungle’ and their hopes for the future. Through their stories, the refugees paint a picture of a different kind of `Jungle’: one with a powerful sense of community despite evictions and attacks, and of a solidarity which crosses national and religious boundaries.
Sometimes just listening can be an act of welcome – come hear their stories.
Bed: cosy, safe, haven of rest.
Presented as a part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, Duvet Day is a dance theatre piece which portrays an intimate struggle with depression. Lying in bed for hours on end, in a state of complete isolation and mental weariness, can make it feel like a prison. Personal experiences of depression, enhanced by research, fueled a physical exploration of the condition. Incorporating props locates the piece within the familiar landscape of bed. Duvet Day reveals the trajectory of a depressive episode, through embodiment and evocative imagery.
Performance followed by a Q&A.
C&O emerged in 2015 as a collaborative dance practice between Claire Pritchard and Olga Kay. Our work is inspired and informed by the landscape of mental health. Drawing on our lived experiences of mental health, we aspire to create performances which stimulate dialogue about it.
Join us for WOW Perth - a weekend of music, comedy, talks, debates, speed mentoring, performance, activism and more. Celebrating women and girls and taking a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential, at WOW Perth there will be hundreds of stories shared, feelings vented, fun had, minds influenced and hearts expanded.
Topics include: International Activism, Whose Land is it Anyway, Is 60 the New 30? an Intergenerational Dance Party, a ‘How To’ Marathon where you can learn everything from rewiring a plug to mastering a budget, and much more!
WOW is the largest women’s festival in the world, and since launching at London’s Southbank Centre in 2010, now takes place in over 20 countries on 5 continents from Finland to Pakistan and from New York to Katherine in Australia’s Northern Territory with the Indigenous group of women there. Join the movement - and see you at WOW Perth.
With a big thanks to all of those who contributed to the WOW Thinkins - the open planning sessions across Perth and Kinross - that helped create the programme.
Saturday 28 October: 10.30am - 5.30pm + Sunday 29 October: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Bring your friends for some fizz and eight stunning fashion collections including Malawian fashion just in from Malawi’s Mzuzu fashion week. We’re proud to announce that Halina North, the winner of the prestigious Christopher Bailey Gold Award at the London Graduate Fashion Week, is showcasing her trailblazing womenswear collection on the catwalk. Halina is a recent graduate from the Edinburgh College of Art.
And the entertainment continues with our host Liz Kristiansen and performances by emerging talent Isla Ratcliff, plus plenty of prizes for the winning.
“My Name is Hope” highlights the transforming work EMMS International does with local partners to lift young girls and women out of poverty in remote areas of Malawi. Incredible advances are already being made in preventing HIV transmission from HIV+ mothers to their babies. It is an honour to welcome Linda Fabiani, MSP, who will share her heart for these young mums.
All proceeds raised on the night will go towards better healthcare and support for women living in very different conditions from ours; preventing life threatening illnesses, restoring their dignity and bringing them hope.
Cult television programmes and films of the 1960s and 70s are inspiring a new generation of poets, writers, artists and musicians with their atmospheric themes of contemporary individuals interacting with a uniquely British world of ancient mythology and magic, often uncanny and unsettling.
These special events will feature talks, film screenings and performances to explore themes of cultural rituals, earth mysteries, psychogeography and folklore. Come along and prepare to be scared! Named after an uncanny host of supernatural beings in Scottish folklore, The Unseelie Court comprises of two events- a day event largely focussed on talks and a night event focussed on music. A separate ticket will be required for each event, with a discount for those attending both. This is a follow up to last year’s sold out Otherworldly event at the British Museum.
Join Engender, NUS Scotland and the Glasgow Women’s Library for an evening of short film, spoken work and discussion exploring issues of history, identity, and feminism for black and minority ethnic women.
This event open to all and is free to attend. Please book below (you will be taken through the shopping cart but no charge will be made) or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know so that we can make your place available to someone else.
See this iconic album performed in its entirety. This is a show which has been selling out it’s all London dates faster than you can say Jackie Robinson. In one of our most exciting live musical coups so far, we bring you a live musical rendition of one of the greatest albums of all time. Lauryn Hill released the straight-to-classic ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ back in 1998. It immediately, totally redefined the role of women in Hip Hop, R&B & Soul Music, openly embracing motherhood & musicality, with an organic warmth, love & understanding that still resonates, remaining as relevant today, as it was a full 19 years ago.
An exclusive group of London’s finest session musicians & stunning vocalists have come together on this project. None of them have ever visited or played Edinburgh before & they are coming to the city as our guests, to share the magic that this amazing album embodies, in a stunning live performance that will nail every open heart. So join us this October, for this special, early evening concert, at the Dissection Hall of Summerhall, Edinburgh.
Sue Innes was an inspiring and influential historian, journalist and feminist activist. She was among the founding members of Women's History Scotland (then known as Scottish Women's History Network), and was co-editor of the Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, which is dedicated to her. Sue died in 2005, and the annual Sue Innes Memorial Lecture serves to celebrate her life, including her commitment to encouraging women's and gender history - in and of Scotland.
This year's speaker is Dr Lesley Orr (University of Edinburgh).In common with others who have been invited to give the lecture, she knew Sue personally. Her lecture, entitled '“To Build the New Jerusalem” Women’s claims to equal citizenship in Scottish church and nation, c.1918 - 1945', takes a central theme of Sue's own doctoral thesis - the meaning of citizenship to newly enfranchised women in Scotland - as its starting point.
This public lecture is organised by Women's History Scotland, and co-hosted by the University of Edinburgh Centre for Theology and Public Issues. It will be followed by a drinks reception in the Rainy Hall, New College. All welcome - attendance is free, but registration is required.
An egalitarian and inclusive platform for wordsmiths of all genres.
Monthly open-mic evening of poetry, rap, theatre, music and song.
All contributors and audience welcome, come and share your own or other writer’s work.
It began in Paris, spread to Berlin, London, Istanbul and now it’s here.
Sign up for your five minute slot from 20:30 on the night or in advance via email@example.com
Free speech and censorship are at the heart of contemporary political debate – but how has our conception of censorship evolved? The list of books suppressed in the English language features the sacred and profane, poetic and pornographic, famous and infamous. Why these books, and how?
A history of literary censorship is a history not only of texts but of the authorities that have attempted to prevent their circulation: sovereigns, politicians, judges, prison officers, slaveholders, school governors, librarians, teachers, parents, students, editors and publishers. Censored deals with some of the most contentious and fascinating cases, including works now praised as literary masterpieces, such as James Joyce’s Ulysses and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita; as well as a troubling book about assassination that was implicated in a murder case.
In Censored Inglis and Fellion offer a fascinating showcase of the variety of suppressed literature, the methods and consequences of censorship, and landmarks in the history of free speech. A book dedicated to those who, free to speak, are powerless to be heard, Censored is a vitally important, concrete contribution to a debate so often disconnected from fact, and from history.
Join this Community Screening fully funded by the £eith Decides award.
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
The film is rated PG.
The Community Cafe will also be open from 1.30pm serving fresh coffee/tea and home baking, soft drinks and snacks.
Leith Community Cinema is a linkup activity with Inspiring Leith hosted by Bethany Christian Trust and Pilrig St Paul's Church
Using material gathered and produced throughout the Speaking Out: Recalling Women's Aid in Scotland project, including oral histories of women associated with the Women's Aid movement over its 40 plus years of history in Scotland, we'll look at what Women's Aid has meant and still means to both workers and survivors. We'll examine how Women's Aid has changed over the years and how the Speaking Out project has been sharing the history of this incredibly important social movement with the public over the past year and a half.
The day will feature keynote speeches from Dr Lesley Orr, historian, writer and activist, and Lesley Riddoch, journalist, commentator and broadcaster, along with talks from additional speakers, a volunteer panel and a performance by Dundee Women's Aid choir.
Lunch will be provided and a creche will be available at the venue (provided by Rise & Shine Childcare). If you have any special dietary requirements, accessibility needs or will be using the creche please contact Susie Dalton. A limited number of travel bursaries are available for members from the Women's Aid network. For further information please contact Susie Dalton.
Norwegian artist and writer Jenny Hval has developed her distinct take on intimate sound since the release of her debut album in 2006. For her last two solo albums, 2013’s Innocence Is Kinky and 2015’s Apocalypse, girl, Hval’s debut for Sacred Bones, she has received thoughtful and widespread international acclaim for her fascinating voice, singular delivery and markedly non-traditional arrangements which incorporate elements of poetry, prose writing, performance art, and film. The New York Times defines her writing as “taking a scalpel to the subjects of gender politics and sexuality.” Hval has eloquently brought to light issues of both male and female gaze, which for years had been swept under the rug and/or denied altogether.
Join poet and activist Nadine Aisha to consider the role that women' s voices, particularly women' s poetry as protest, play in providing resistance against the current. Through poetry and storytelling, Aisha will explore and illustrate the power of women' s voices to resist and create change.
Nadine Aisha (Nadine Aisha Jassat) is a poet, writer and creative practitioner. Her debut poetry pamphlet, Still, was published by Appletree Writers Press in 2016, and explores women?
Since bursting onto the Madrid DIY scene, Hinds – Ana Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen – have mastered a raw and playful sound all their own. With just a handful of released singles under their belt, Hinds already earned early support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, NME, Guardian, Beats 1, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Gorilla vs. Bear, and many many more. Now with their eagerly awaited debut album released, Hinds have embarked on a world tour selling out all the venues and have firmly established themselves as one of the most exciting emerging acts around, and show no sign of slowing down.
Join Amanda Craig for a women-only screening of Fish Tank, directed by Andrea Arnold, followed by discussion of the film.
National Theatre of Scotland
Eve tells the story of a child raised as a boy, when she knew all along that was wrong. That child grew up to be one of the 10 Outstanding Women in Scotland in 2017.
What does that do to our understanding of what it is to be human in times of revolutionary change?
With trans rights again under threat, legendary playwright, performer, father and grandmother Jo Clifford tells a story both gentle and passionate, intimate and political, to remind us that the journey towards our real selves is one we all need to make. Wherever it leads us…
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