10 – 5pm Drop-in zine making workshop with Manchester LGBT Zine Library
Join Hebe (Manchester LGBT Zine Library) for two drop in zine sessions, suitable for curious beginners and seasoned zinesters. Using zines, books and donated historical magazines from the library at the LGBT Centre we will explore the theme of the festival ‘Against the Grain’ by creating personal and collaborative zines with a focus on how women who love women navigate the world now and what the future looks like for us.
Hebe is an lesbian artist + feminist youth worker from Manchester and co-founder/volunteer zlibrarian at Manchester LGBT Zine Library. Interested in how art brings people, women in particular together and allowed them to tell stories. Lover of cats, bumbags and being in the green. Collects purple flowers in her spare time.
All materials provided
11 – 12pm Finding the words collage workshop
1.30 – 2.30pm Women’s Peace Crusade
Forgotten women. Ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Women hidden from history. This short film is about a whirlwind campaign in Manchester and Lancashire against
WW1 led by weavers, socialists and suffragists which is not in the history books!
Ali has re-invented herself from youth worker to feminist historian. She has a background in arts based community work and conflict resolution. She is currently Chair of the Proud Trust and a founder member of Feminist Webs. Her motto at the moment is ‘No need to hurry’.
2.30 – 2.35pm Survivors voices- a call out for lesbian and bisexual women’s input
Kate will be explaining the Voices of survivors research, which is asking women survivors’ for their views on the kinds of support that make a difference after any form of sexual violence. The project is already online at http://vosgm.org.uk/ and on Twitter @VOSGM.
2.45 – 3.45pm Women and comedy workshop
A comedy drama workshop using improvisation games and funny team building style exercises to explore the issues around discrimination and how people are judged in society. Facilitated by comedienne Ali Kahn who will guarantee participants giggles whilst encouraging them to drop their inhibitions and increase their confidence.
2.45 – 3.45 / 5.30 – 6.30 60 second films
Make a film on your mobile to raise your ideas, voice, protext
Were you there on 20th February 1988.
I was right up at the front, stage left stood chin up and proud. The cute baby butch next to an artist dressed as Margaret Thatcher.
And I was absolutely queer and absolutely livid.
However, I felt so strong and brilliant with 25000 of you who travelled from all over the UK, you were all behind me. I will never forget that feeling.
That day was a turning point in Queer history in the U.K. It was the biggest ever public demonstration to take to the streets of Manchester and on that day the biggest queer demo in the world. Others soon took over and we carried on fighting until we won the repeal of catalyst of a law. It strengthened us, we marched so our kids wouldn’t have to. 30 years later we need to be vigilant and ready to defend our rights. We are still illegal in 72 countries.
Next year is the 30th Anniversary of the Manchester Stop Clause 28 Demonstration. I am creating a living breathing on social media artwork.
A Facebook twitter tumblr wave, to commemorate the wave we crashed through the streets to smash this homophobic law.
The response so far has been outstanding
I want 25000 names…help me get there
Please share this post find me on twitter share your names and stories
Where did you come from?
How did you travel?
How was it a turning point for you?
There were 25000 of us there #Manchester #StopClause28
1988 please tag yourself #nevergoingunderground
A renowned and award-winning poet, playwright and performer from Manchester, Louise Wallwein has made a name for herself as an explosive artist that detonates her audiences’ imaginations