The other week I wanted to show Bande de Filles aka Girlhood, to 6th Form students in order to get them to come along to the Feminist Club. They had been keen after having Feminista UK coming in to run a workshop with them. Sadly, my efforts at putting colour-posters up, guying popcorn and even buying the DVD specifically to show the film were wasted at this time. It was rather depressing to hear the music at the start repeat in an empty classroom. I guess they’re overworked. And as an English Mentor, I keep giving them extra reading to do as it is!
I’ve been writing for The Norwich Radical for a year now, where I look at the arts through a feminist lens. Girlhood was a film I highlighted for its Feminist credentials. So, I thought this would be an opportune time to highlight the articles I’ve written thus far. You can get a whole list by clicking here.
In order of appearance:
I’m Sorry You’re Offended
Sirens at Soho Theatre
Soho Comedy: Women, ‘It’s Like They’re Real People’
Emmy the Great: Oslo, Hackney
The Bechdel Test Fest
Women of the World Festival 2015: Part 1 and Part 2
Three Women Poets
Women Fashion Power: Not a Multiple Choice Question
Woman Verses World
The Place for Poetry: Fragment and Process, Visual Culture and Performance
The Last Word
Soon Every House Will Have One
To Kill a Mockingbird – Is it Just Me?
In Defence of Telling Girls They Can
Let’s Talk About Sex: The Institute of Sexology and Sex in the Afternoon
Feminist Picks: Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Homework: Molly Naylor and Katie Bonna
Arts Funding: Young People, Women and Intersectionality
Suffragette: The Fight is Not Over
The Hollow of The Hand
Hannah Silva’s ‘Shlock!’
The World Goes Pop
Warsan Shire’s Her Blue Body
Richard Yates: An Accidental Feminist?
In case you hadn’t heard, Ideas Tap is facing closure on 2nd June, unless more funding is secured before then. As they have tried already to get more funding, this is obviously not a sure thing. This news came as a great shock to me, and I had taken for granted that Ideas Tap was a new essential to the picture of the arts today, something that would stand the test of time.
Sabrina Mahfouz has set up a campaign to save Ideas Tap from this terrible fate. A fate that highlights the reality of the arts today, a landscape where funding is constantly being cut, and a government that often devalues the arts, evidenced by these cuts.
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