Film Screening: Vivian's Garden followed by Q and A with Rosalind Nashashibi and Laura Mulvey
Wednesday 12th September 7pm-9.30pm
Rosalind Nashashibi’s film Vivian’s Garden is a sensitive portrait of two Swiss / Austrian émigré artists living in Panajachel, Guatemala, where they have developed a matriarchal compound in an environment that offers both refuge and terror. Elisabeth is in her nineties and Vivian in her sixties and they are as close as maiden sisters, in fact the family relationship is shifting, each is at times mother and daughter to the other. This film takes a close and dreamy look at their artistic, emotional and economic lives, with their extended householders: Mayan villagers as guardians and home help, and an assortment of dogs, it offers a tender look at an instance of post-colonial complexity. The film screening will be followed by a Q and A with Rosalind Nashashibi and film theorist Laura Mulvey.
Women Writing Women Reading: with Alice Albinia, Emily Berry, Sophie Collins, Nell Dunn and feminist publisher Silver Press
Thursday 20th September 6.30pm-9pm
“The gift of the written story which connects thoughts and saves one from letting herself go is an exquisite image of what we have tried to explain, that is, than in women’s struggle, the symbolic revolution – the representation of oneself and of one’s fellow women in relation to the world – is fundamental and must come first” The Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective
The poet Adrienne Rich describes women's need for writing by women: "she goes to poetry or fiction looking for her way of being in the world, since she too has been putting words and images together; she is looking eagerly for guides, maps, possibilities; and over and over in the "words' masculine persuasive force of literature" she comes up against something that negates everything she is about: she meets the image of Women in books written by men".
A key practice of Italian feminism was the reading and re-reading of women's writings in order to chart a geneology of women, where women could define themselves not in relation to how they are seen or written about by men, but with or through other women.
The need for an alternative to the image of Women as written in books by men, as Adrienne Rich described, continues to be felt.
These writers, poets and publishers address that need.
For this event women who write about women will read their works. This will be followed by a conversation with feminist publishers Silver Press exploring their own influences and charting the women they have looked to to mediate their position in the world.
Alice Albinia is an award-winning author of interlinked works of fiction and non-fiction. Empires of the Indus (2008) and Leela's Book (2011) explore the territory, histories and politics of South Asia. Her new project focuses on the archipelago identity of Britain. Her books have been translated into several languages, pirated into Sindhi, and have won and been listed for many prizes, such as the Somerset Maugham Award. She is the mother of two young daughters.
Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and now lives in Edinburgh. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, was published by Book Works in 2017 as part of a commissioned residency at Glasgow Women’s Library. Her first poetry collection, Who Is Mary Sue?, was published by Faber & Faber in February 2018, when it was named the Poetry Book Society’s Spring Choice. She is currently translating a full-length poetry collection and a novel (provisionally titled, in English, The Opposite of a Person) from the Dutch of Lieke Marsman.
Emily Berry is a poet and editor living in London. She has published two books of poems with Faber & Faber, Dear Boy (2013) and Stranger, Baby(2017). She is the editor of The Poetry Review and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Nell Dunn (born 9 June 1936) is an English playwright, screenwriter and author whose works have been adapted for television and film directed by Ken Loach. Her short stories, first published in The New Statesmen were brought together in Up The Junction (1963) and awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. This collection was a controversial success at the time for its vibrant, realistic and non-judgmental portrait of its working-class protagonists. It was adapted for television by Dunn (and Ken Loach) for The Wednesday Play series, directed by Ken Loach. A cinema film version was released in 1968. In her second book a collection of interviews, Talking to Women (1965), Dunn spoke to nine of her friends over a bottle of wine about sex, work, money, babies, freedom and love. Her first novel Poor Cow was made into a film starring Carol White and Terence Stamp, under Loach's direction. Her later books are Grandmothers (1991) and My Silver Shoes (1996). Dunn's play Steaming was produced in 1981 and a television film Every Breath You Take, was transmitted in 1987. She has also written Sisters, a film script commissioned by the BBC. She won the 1982 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Silver Press is a new feminist publisher based in London. In 2017, Silver Press published The Debutante and Other Stories, the first collected edition of Leonora Carrington's short stories, and Your Silence Will Not Protect You, which brought Audre Lorde's essays and poems together in one volume for the first time. In 2018, they published a new edition of Nell Dunn's book of conversations from 1965, Talking to Women. Silver Press is Joanna Biggs, Sarah Shin and Alice Spawls.
Declaration of Independence Workshop
Sunday 23rd September 2-5pm
Declaration of Independence workshop
Sunday 23rd September 2-5pm
Join Barby Asante and collaborators for a workshop exploring ideas of independence and storytelling based on her current artistic research project As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence. For Ama. For Aba. For Charlotte and Adjoa.
Declaration of Independence brings together womxn of colour in a discursive performative moments to explore what it is to find a sense of place and navigate life a world where their stories are rarely heard. With many of womxn of colour doing work to create a more equitable world, through creativity, activism or in our everyday actions, Barby invites womxn to share her- stories in a backdrop of postcolonial/decolonial and migration to intervene in the archive of these cultural histories.
Participants in the workshop will also be invited to take part in a public performance at 7.30pm if they would like to.
Declaration of Independence
Sunday 23rd September 7.30pm
Declaration of Independence
SUNDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 7.30PM
Please join us for a performance by Barby Asante and collaborators exploring ideas of independence and storytelling based on her current artistic research project As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence. For Ama. For Aba. For Charlotte and Adjoa.
Declaration of Independence brings together womxn of colour in a discursive performative moments to explore what it is to find a sense of place and navigate life a world where their stories are rarely heard. With many of womxn of colour doing work to create a more equitable world, through creativity, activism or in our everyday actions, Barby invites womxn to share her-stories in a backdrop of postcolonial/decolonial and migration to intervene in the archive of these cultural histories.
Double Film Screening
It Takes A Million Years to be a Woman – Sisters of Jam (2011, 36 minutes)
Three Lives – Kate Millett (1971, 70 minutes)
Saturday 29th September 3.30pm-6pm
Double Film Screening
Scuola Senza Fine - Adriana Monti (1983)
Privilege - Yvonne Rainer (1990)
Saturday 29th September 6.30pm-9.30pm