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Events: 7 – 13 October

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Diary, women-centric events around the UKHere are some dates for your diary of woman-centric events going on around the UK this week.

Bristol:

11 October: When Racism and Sexism Collide at Unit BG4, The Galleries, 25 Union Galley, Broadmead, Bristol, from 6pm.

As part of the End Racism This Generation campaign, the evening will feature short films and discussion exploring how stereotypes applying to race and gender collide to negatively impact our lives, and how we can work together to end this.

The event will include a panel of inspirational women who dedicate their work to overcoming these odds, including co-founder of Daughters of Eve, Nimco Ali, writer Reni Eddo Eodge, Jude Smith Rachele from diversity consultancy Abundant Sun and Lia Latchford from Imkaan, a UK-based black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls.

Cardiff:

11 October: A Woman Walks into a Bar at The Gate Arts and Community Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, from 6.30pm.

Join Welsh Women’s Aid for a night of fun and feminist banter in this comedy fundraising event. Woman Walks into a Bar celebrates all that is female funniness and showcases some of the most upcoming and popular female stand-up comedians around. Line up includes: Kate Smurthwaite, Helen Arney, Nadia Kamil, and Joe Wells.

Tickets £18.

Edinburgh:

12 October: Reclaim the Night at Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, from 1pm.

Reclaim the Night is an inclusive, community-led event aimed at raising awareness of the harm done by street harassment, as well as broader issues of abuse and sexual violence.

Every day, across Edinburgh, people are faced with sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, and ableist harassment, abuse and violence. From cat-calling to groping, the use of slurs to violent attacks, people are afraid to be in the spaces which belong to all of us, and all too often, after these experiences, rather than being supported, people are isolated and blamed for what has happened to them.

Reclaim the Night stands in solidarity with all those who have experienced abuse, whether on our streets or in our homes, to say we will not tolerate this behavior, and to reclaim our public and private spaces, because – day or night – we all have the right to live our lives freely and fully, without fear of harassment and violence.

The schedule for the day: 1pm-4pm: Workshops; 5pm: Activism Fair and placard making; 6pm: March assembly in Bristo Square; 6:30pm: March begins; 7:45pm: Speeches; 8pm-Late: Live music, DJs and dancing

Glasgow:

10 October: This Is Who We Are: Firebrand Women: The Suffragettes at Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow, from 5.30-7pm.

Go along to Glasgow Women’s Library to find out about the local women who campaigned for women’s suffrage. Women who marched, smashed windows, set fire to post boxes and were force fed in prison for the cause. You’ll be introduced to Flora ‘The General’ Drummond, Helen Crawford and Jessie Stephen, and to some of the intriguing items in the collection – jewellry, banners, drawings, and postcards that tell fascination stories about the Suffragettes.

Free.

Every Thursday until 17 October: Read, Relax, Recharge at Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow, from 12-2pm

Are you a book lover? Or maybe you want to get back into reading again after a long break and don’t know where to start? This friendly read-aloud group, led by Magi Gibson and Librarian Wendy Kirk, offers the perfect chance to relax and recharge for a couple of hours.

Bring along your lunch and explore stories and poems by a range of amazing women writers from around the world, all washed down with lots of tea and friendly chat.

A small donation of £2 (or whatever you can afford) is requested, to cover the costs of running the group, but free places are also available. Click here if interested or more information.

Leeds:

12 October: Cake My Day II: Cupcake competition at Heart Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds, from 1pm.

Following the huge success of Leeds Roller Dolls last cupcake contest, ‘Cake My Day’ is back for round two and will be even bigger and better, with added craft stalls to browse in between chomping on tasty cupcakes.

For those wanting to compete in the cupcake contest; entry costs £2 and you need to provide 5 cakes for tasting and up to 10 more for sale. To register, please email.

All proceeds from this event will go to Leeds Roller Girls.

London:

8 October: Girls & Boys: Not Just Beer and Bingo! A Social History of Working Men’s Clubs at the Bishopsgate Institute, London, from 7.30pm.

Part of the ‘Girls & Boys’ series. This talk opens the doors on that bastion of the British entertainment scene, the working men’s clubs. Explore their development in the mid-19th century to their current period of decline. Why were they set up? What went on in them? And how did women come to find their own place in them?

Drawing on personal accounts and experiences of those attending the clubs, this talk highlights the major roles they played and what made them such a central part of working class leisure.

Tickets £9/ £7.

Until 11 October: Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale, at Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1, from 2pm and 7.30pm.

It is 1896 at Girton College, Cambridge, and Elizabeth Welsh is preparing for battle. Girton is the first college in Britain to admit women. The girls risk their reputations for their education. They study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the girls leave empty handed, with nothing but the stigma of being a ‘blue stocking’ – and unnatural, educated woman – to their names. They are unqualified and unmarriageable.

Principal Elizabeth Welsh is determined to win the girls the right to graduate, whatever the cost Can they persuade the University? Not if the average fellow or undergraduate can prevent it.

Meanwhile, Cambridge offers far more than merely educational opportunities to the Girton Girls. The battle for the vote, it seems, is the least of Elizabeth’s worries. Blue Stockings follows Welsh and the Girton Girls over this tumultuous year in their fight to change the history of education.

13 October: Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R, from 11am.

Peggy Kelsey is a professional photographer who was inspired to begin the Afghan Women’s Project after meeting with a delegation of Afghan women who passed through Austin, Texas in 2002. She travelled to Afghanistan the following year and created a photo-documentary chronicling the narrative histories of forty women. In the spring of 2010, she revisited the country to meet additional women and gain new insights.

Tickets £5 in advance/free to members.

Norwich:

10 + 11 October: International Day of the Girl Norwich at Café Bar Marzano in The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich.

Norwich will be celebrating the UN’s “International Day of the Girl” with this 2-day event of ‘Café Conversations’ on topics including: ‘Representations of Girlhood in Fantasy and Literature’, ‘HBO’s Girls: Voices of a Generation’, and ‘’Keep Her in the Game: Girls and Sport’

All the discussions will be free to attend and hot drinks will be provided.

Oxford:

11 October: AspireFly 3 at Oxfork, 39 Magdalen Road, Oxford from 7.15pm.

Inspiring, entertaining and empowering, the third AspireFly event promises more spoken word and lyrical delights.

Hosted by Tina Sederholm, of the Edinburgh Fringe ***** show, featuring spoken word performances by Laila Sumpton and Tiffany Anderson, and live music from The Antipoet.

All profits will go to Oxford International Women’s Festival.

Tickets £6/£5.

12 October: Francesca Martinez and Jen Brister at the Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford, from 8pm.

Pegasus patron and star of ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ and Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’, returns to Pegasus for one night only. Francesca’s award-winning comedy show is for anyone who’s ever struggled to fit in, felt different or wondered what the **** normal means? Apart from a cycle on a washing machine of course.

Star of Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ and BBC6 Music, Jen has toured internationally, including sell-out runs at the Edinburgh and Melbourne Festivals. Fresh from a sold-out London West-End run, Jen’s show is full of hilarious stories, spot-on impersonations and larger-than-life characters.

Tickets £12/£8/£6.

York:

7 October: FemFilm October Screening at 1331, 13 Grape Lane, York, from 7.30pm.

The October Screening for FemFilm York is ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, a film based on a true story and the distinguished feature debut of director Kimberly Peirce.

Free.

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