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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CENSORED: An evening with Matthew Fellion & Katherine
Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

CENSORED: An evening with Matthew Fellion & Katherine

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.

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Hidden Figures Film Screening
Sep
9
2:00 PM14:00

Hidden Figures Film Screening

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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 

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Speaking Out Celebration Conference
Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

Speaking Out Celebration Conference

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.

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Jenny Hval
Aug
20
8:00 PM20:00

Jenny Hval

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.

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The Lady Doth Protest Too Much: Poetry in Resistance
Aug
18
7:30 PM19:30

The Lady Doth Protest Too Much: Poetry in Resistance

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?

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Hinds
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

Hinds

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.

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Eve
Aug
3
to Aug 27

Eve

World Premiere
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…

nationaltheatrescotland.com / @NTSonline / #NTSeve

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Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry with Lynne Jones
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry with Lynne Jones

Drawing from her own experiences, Jones provides an account of mental-health related issues in parts of the world devastated by natural disasters and war, such as post-earthquake Haiti and war-torn Iraq. Her latest work considers questions such as; what is it like to see your family killed in front of you when you are twelve years old? And, what can mental health professionals do to help in such challenging circumstances?

In addressing two increasingly prominent issues, namely humanitarian disasters and mental health, Jones reveals the courage and resilience of people who have to survive and endure some of the most frightening situations in the world.

Jones has an MA in human sciences from the University of Oxford. She qualified in medicine before specialising in psychiatry and has a PhD in social psychology and political science. As well as continuing relief work, she is currently working as a child psychologist in Cornwall, is an honorary consultant at the South London and Maudsley NHS trust in London and is a visiting scientist at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.

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Clare Woods: Victim of Geography
Jun
24
to Sep 10

Clare Woods: Victim of Geography

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Clare Woods’ exhibition Victim of Geography is a solo show of raw and powerful new paintings. These vast oil-painted aluminum sheets, the largest measuring 3 x 2 metres, punctuate DCA’s light and spacious galleries. Woods paints from found images, her selection of photographs featuring people at their most vulnerable, bodies that are exposed or in a remote landscape.

Through long, curved brushstrokes, faces, limbs and outlines come to the fore and are distorted into apparitions that are just out of reach. Yellows, browns, blues, reds, greens and pinks – each work features a single colour which is then pulled apart across the painting, with the daintiest of light hues worked through to the darkest shades.

Clare Woods is a renowned painter who lives and works in the Welsh borders. Her work is held in many major international collections including the Arts Council England Collection, the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, USA. Recent exhibitions include Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales, National Museum of Wales, Buchmann Gallerie in Berlin, and a permanent public commission for the London 2012 Olympic Park.

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Every Woman Super Woman 2
Jun
15
to Jun 17

Every Woman Super Woman 2

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Every Woman Super Woman 2 (part 2) is an exhibition of prints at Out of the Blue Drill Hall created by young women from Young Saheliya to mark the launch of the second edition of the Every Woman Super Woman zine for LeithLate17. 

The zine, designed by artist Rumana Sayed and produced in workshops with Young Saheliya and Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, examines the experiences of street harassment as experienced by young women of colour and/or young Muslim women.

Every Woman Super Woman (EWSW) was developed in partnership between Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre, Stills Centre for Photography and Out of the Blueprint. The EWSW project was inspired by Ciara Phillips Every Woman, co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW Centenary Commissions for the 2016 Edinburgh Art Festival. 

The publication of the second zine marks the 25th anniversairy of Saheliya; a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area. Visit saheliya.co.uk to find out more and support the charity.

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Working together to end FGM in Scotland
Jun
15
9:30 AM09:30

Working together to end FGM in Scotland

This event is intended to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Scotland and hear from community campaigners and local service providers about what progress has been made in tackling FGM, and what needs to happen to positively move forward. The day will be about sharing the work of Scottish and UK based African FGM community organisations.

Integrate UK from Bristol, will have prominent young activists speaking on the day. Hibo Wardere, an FGM activist and the Author of 'Cut: One Woman's Fight Against FGM in Britain Today' will add a personal and global dimension to it.

Most importantly, Queen Margaret University Lecturer and Researcher, Oonagh O'Brien and Waverley Care FGM Network Coordinator, Fatou Baldeh, will be presenting their work on the recent peer research project ‘My Voice 2’. The project was centred around communities affected by FGM and helping to promote the end of this harmful and illegal practice in Scotland.

This free event is, for community members, campaigners, health service providers, social work, policy makers, law enforcers, trainers and practitioners.

The spirit of the day is ‘to share knowledge and good practice also, to strengthen collaboration’.

This event is supported by the Scottish Government's Violence Against Women and Girls Fund and Edinburgh Child Protection Committee.

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The Phoenix Choir Leith
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

The Phoenix Choir Leith

The Phoenix Choir Leith are an up-beat and energetic community choir based in the heart of Leith!

They're very excited to bring you an evening of music as part of the Leith Festival to support the Leith Theatre Trust.

They've got a whole range of music from George Michael to Frankie Valley, Primal Scream, Adele, Marvin Gaye and more!

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History History History
Jun
13
6:30 PM18:30

History History History

History History History: A documentary narrated live by Deborah Pearson

This is a 90-minute solo piece that is part screening, part experimental performance and part live documentary. Deborah Pearson performs alongside a Hungarian film made in 1956 that stars her own grandfather. The film, a football comedy, was produced in Communist Hungary, a political regime from which Pearson’s grandfather soon fled. Unfolding from the film, the performance investigates how personal narratives fit within the grand political narratives of history, and what it means as a second generation immigrant to be cut off from one’s history.

Deborah Pearson is an artist, writer and performer and co-director of the Forest Fringe. This forms part of Open Out – a week of performance, film and music at The Fruitmarket Gallery.

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All Women Poetry Slam
Jun
9
6:30 PM18:30

All Women Poetry Slam

Hosted by award-winning writer and spoken word poet Carly Brown, this slam promises to be an incredible night of spoken word so book early to avoid disappointment. If you’d like to compete in the slam, call us on 0141 550 2267 for more information or e-mail your name and contact details to rebecca.jones@womenslibrary.org.uk. Performers names will be randomly selected one week before the slam date and the deadline for registering to perform in the slam is midnight, Thursday 1st June, so get in touch soon!

If you’d love to compete in the slam but would like to build your confidence and brush up your skills, come to one of Carly’s poetry performance workshops at GWL or in Edinburgh. In partnership with Edinburgh City Libraries, the Bonnie Fechters and the Harpies Fechters and Quines festival. 

Attendance at this event is open to all (16+) and performers are women only. Please book here (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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Wildfire Theatre Free Writing Workshops
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Wildfire Theatre Free Writing Workshops

We are on the hunt for new women writers who have an interest in writing for the stage. We regularly hold sessions all over Edinburgh. This session will include:

  • Readings of participants’ work by professional actors.
  • Writing advice from professional writers
  • Information on drama training and opportunities in tv, radio and theatre.
  • Providing a link between local communities and Edinburgh theatres such as The Traverse and The Royal Lyceum which we hope will create new theatre audiences and participation

Please bring ideas, stories, bits of writing or simply come along if you're interested but don't know where to start.

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