The Paula Principle: Tom Schuller on why women lose out at work – and what needs to be done about it.
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Paula Principle: Tom Schuller on why women lose out at work – and what needs to be done about it.

Women now outperform men at every level of education, yet almost 50 years since the Equal Pay Act, they are still under-promoted and under-paid. Innovation expert Tom Schuller highlights two things that should concern us all: a persistent unfairness or injustice in the way education is rewarded; and a waste of proven talent. In his new book he illustrates how many capable women are losing out at work, and that this harms businesses, individuals, and society.

On May 23rd Schuller joins us for a discussion of his fascinating book The Paula Principle: Why women lose out at work – and what needs to be done about it.

In The Paula Principle Schuller identifies five factors which prevent women from achieving their full potential. He argues convincingly that addressing these will not only make society fairer but also make workplaces function more effectively – yet this will only happen if men change their patterns of work and attitudes to careers.

The Paula Principle applies as much to the clerk who does not apply for a supervisor’s job because she does not have the confidence, as it does to the deputy CEO blocked from the top job by covert discrimination or male cliquery. It is a system-wide – or, rather, system-deep – principle, not the top layers only, that we need to focus on if we want to see real change.

‘In a world where women’s work, despite changes in the last decades, is still given less recognition than men’s at every level, and where the gap is closing slowly if at all, it lifts the spirits to find Tom Schuller’s thoughtful book analysing with subtlety and elegance why this might be so. He reminds us, as if we needed reminding, that the problem of equality is by no means solved and needs continually to be rethought.‘ — Ursula Owen founder-director of Virago Press

 

`Essential reading for anyone who thinks about the future of work; compelling evidence showing how unions help women and men build alternative working lives; and a powerful argument for radical changes to achieve genuine equality.’ -Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC

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Power, Gender and The Arts
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Power, Gender and The Arts

Performers, producers, activists and cultural workers come together to investigate where power really lies and what needs to be done to ensure genuine diversity and equality of expression. This exploration of one of the most hotly  Debated issues of our time is hosted by the International Festival in collaboration with Edinburgh’s Fringe, Book, Art and Film Festivals, alongside the actors' union Equity and the Musicians’ Union.

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SHONEN KNIFE
May
1
8:00 PM20:00

SHONEN KNIFE

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.

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Hollie McNish
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Hollie McNish

With Benjamin Zephaniah stating ‘I can’t take my ears off her’, Kate Tempest describing her poetry as ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’ and fans ranging from Robin Ince, Pink and Tim Minchen, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She is an Arts Foundation Fellow in Spoken Word, has garnered over ten million YouTube views for her online poetry performances and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.

Here, she will be joining us to perform poems, read from and chat honestly and openly from her latest poetry collections.

Expect strong language as she talks fruit and flesh, guilt, sex, politics, death, breasts, transformers and more.

Books will be available to purchase at the event. There will be a book signing afterwards.


Hollie McNish is a published UK poet based between London, Cambridge and Glasgow. She has two previous poetry collections – Cherry Pie and Papers and an album, Versus, which made her the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios, London.

In February 2016, Blackfriars published her memoir of poetry and parenthood, Nobody Told Me, with which she won the Ted Hughes award. Her latest poetry collection, Plum, is published by Picador.

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A Mindful Choice
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

A Mindful Choice

‘A Mindful Choice’ is a recent, award winning documentary film that follows the experience of a diverse range of people from across the world, making the choice for a better life through meditation.

From maximum security prisoners in Mexico, ballet dancers in Cuba, professional musicians and play writes exploring their creativity and a house wife facing cancer, there is a story to touch everyone.

Follow film makers and modern day ‘monks’ Greg and Sally Hopkins on an uplifting and inspirational journey to explore how the power of ‘choice’ can change our lives and the world, no matter how busy we are.

There will be a short talk after the film and a chance to meet some of the meditation teachers who are involved in the film’s promotion.

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Otoboke Beaver
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Otoboke Beaver

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.

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Hara Hotel: Teresa Thornhill’s Tale of Syrian Refugees in Greece
Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

Hara Hotel: Teresa Thornhill’s Tale of Syrian Refugees in Greece

Hara Hotel chronicles everyday life in a makeshift refugee camp on the forecourt of a petrol station in northern Greece. In the first two months of 2016, more than 100,000 refugees arrived in Greece. Half of them were fleeing war-torn Syria, seeking a safe haven in Europe. As the numbers seeking refuge soared, many were stranded in temporary camps, staffed by volunteers. Hara Hotel tells some of their stories.

A British child protection barrister by profession, Teresa Thornhill, like countless other citizens of the world, had been moved by the plight of mostly Middle Eastern refugees who seek better lives in Europe but instead end up herded into camps like cattle. Thornhill arrived in Greece in April 2016 as a volunteer. She met one refugee, a young Syrian Kurd called Juwan, who left his home and family in November 2011 to avoid being summoned for military service by the Assad regime. Interweaving memoir with Juwan’s story, and with the recent history of the failed revolution in Syria, and the horror of the ensuing civil war, Hara Hotel paints a vivid picture of the lives of the people trapped between civil war and Europe’s borders.

“Thornhill overlays the wrenching refugee sagas with her personal quest to understand why Syria began its alarming unraveling in 2011. What she learned…will certainly enlighten casual followers of that nation’s bloodshed. A brave, affecting book about a continuing humanitarian crisis.”

– Kirkus Reviews

 

Teresa Thornhill is a linguist, writer and child protection barrister with a special interest in the Middle East. Her previous publications include Sweet Tea with Cardamom: A Journey through Iraqi Kurdistan and  The Curtain Maker of Beirut.

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Goat Girl plus guests
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Goat Girl plus guests

“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

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Clt Alt Del Showcase with Heir of the Cursed
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Clt Alt Del Showcase with Heir of the Cursed

Join the young women from Youth Community Support Agency's group, Clt Alt Del, along with two of their tutors, poet Marjorie Gill and singer songwriter Heir of the Cursed, as share their work generated in a project supported by the SPL.

The showcase will be the work generated over the four week poetry block delivered by SPL‘s engagement programme. The women will also be joined by two of the project’s tutors, acclaimed poet Marjorie Gill and singer songwriter, Heir of the Cursed who will be performing their work.

Clt Alt Del is YCSA’s reboot programme to reduce social exclusion and poverty. The programme aims to support and empower young BME people, aged 16 – 25, to take control of their lives, identify barriers to themselves and their community and, in deleting those barriers, find alternatives towards positive destinations.

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Eileen Myles: Afterglow
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Eileen Myles: Afterglow

Prolific and widely renowned poet, novelist, and essayist Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work “set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match” (New York Review of Books). Afterglow (a dog memoir), Myles’ first foray into memoir, paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie. Join Myles for the launch of this bold step into memoir.

Myles’ entry into the grand literary tradition of writers paying homage to a beloved pet subverts both genre and tradition. Combining screenplay, monologue, science fiction, and lucid memory, the text is animated with photos, diagrams, drawings, and poems to craft a mosaic of their life together.

Moving from an imaginary talk show where Rosie is interviewed by Myles’s childhood puppet, to a critical reenactment of the night Rosie mated with another pit bull; from lyrical transcriptions of their walks, to Rosie’s enlightened narration from the afterlife, Afterglow joyously transcends the parameters of memoir and illuminates the surreal and familiar aspects of what it means to dedicate your existence to a dog.

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Lost Poets of Scotland: Wikipedia Editathon
Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Lost Poets of Scotland: Wikipedia Editathon

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.

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BRIGID COLLINS & KIRSTY GUNN – ARTIST & NOVELIST TALK
Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

BRIGID COLLINS & KIRSTY GUNN – ARTIST & NOVELIST TALK

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.

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Rehana Zaman: Speaking Nearby
Feb
10
to Mar 25

Rehana Zaman: Speaking Nearby

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Rehana Zaman’s moving image practice explores the ways in which social expectations and identities are produced and performed. Often humorous in her use of tropes from cinema and television, from forms of documentary to soap opera, her works are generated through careful collaboration and discussion with groups and individuals. The resulting films take up the entanglement of social life and individual experience, where intimacy is set against the hostility of state legislation, surveillance and control.

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Persistent and Nasty
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Persistent and Nasty

 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.

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FLINT & PITCH: A FLYTING
Jan
27
4:00 PM16:00

FLINT & PITCH: A FLYTING

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)

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Alberta Whittle Shape shifting Otherness towards technologies of care
Jan
26
11:00 AM11:00

Alberta Whittle Shape shifting Otherness towards technologies of care

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 – albertawhittle@gmail.com

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Writing Gender – Sexuality, Feminism and Masculinity
Jan
25
to Jan 27

Writing Gender – Sexuality, Feminism and Masculinity

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.

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Women in Translation Fiction Reading Group
Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Women in Translation Fiction Reading Group

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!

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Candlelit Crime : Kaite Welsh’ The Wages of Sin
Jan
11
7:30 PM19:30

Candlelit Crime : Kaite Welsh’ The Wages of Sin

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.

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Bookmark: Reading Platform
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Bookmark: Reading Platform

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 bookmarkreadingplatform@gmail.com.

You can also join the Bookmark: Reading Platform Facebook group page to keep up with events, share information, and join the debate.

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Building a Fairer Society : Annie Miller, Ruth Patrick & Vickie Cooper
Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

Building a Fairer Society : Annie Miller, Ruth Patrick & Vickie Cooper

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.

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Shami Chakrabarti on Women
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Shami Chakrabarti on Women

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.

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Humanity behind the headlines: Refugee Tales with Jackie Kay & Voices from the Jungle
Nov
16
5:00 PM17:00

Humanity behind the headlines: Refugee Tales with Jackie Kay & Voices from the Jungle

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.

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Duvet Day
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Duvet Day

Bed: cosy, safe, haven of rest.

Bed: prison.

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.

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WOW - Women of the World - Festival Perth
Oct
28
to Oct 29

WOW - Women of the World - Festival Perth

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 ActivismWhose Land is it AnywayIs 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

WOW PERTH 2017 Festival Programme is here

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FUNDRAISER FASHION SHOW: MY NAME IS HOPE
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

FUNDRAISER FASHION SHOW: MY NAME IS HOPE

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.

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Folk Horror Revival: The Unseelie Court
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Folk Horror Revival: The Unseelie Court

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.

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Black Women’s Voices: An Evening of Film, Performance and Discussion
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Black Women’s Voices: An Evening of Film, Performance and Discussion

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.

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The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

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.

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The Sue Innes Memorial Lecture: Dr Lesley Orr - '“To Build the New...
Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

The Sue Innes Memorial Lecture: Dr Lesley Orr - '“To Build the New...

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.

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Spoken Word
Oct
18
8:30 PM20:30

Spoken Word

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 the.art.of.jw@mail.com

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Othering
Oct
14
to Oct 21

Othering

An exhibition of boundary pushing female art.

Including work from:

Ally Kay
Hari MacMillan
Heather Andersen Ower
Katriona MacLeod
Lucie Rachel
Kirsten Mae Wallace
Lotte Hardeman
Lucy Wayman

Exhibition preview: 13 October 7-9pm

Curated by Aylson Stewart

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