Drop-in zine making workshop with Manchester LGBT Zine Library 

10.00 – 17.00

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


Performances throughout the day – Maya Chowdhry

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Immerse yourself in ‘What’s Eating Reality: an ‘interactive experience’, delve and dive into the layers of food, and explore the disconnection of people from the process that brings food to their forks. This immersive artwork uses augmented reality delivered via the audiences’ smartphones to enquire if what we eat is a political act.
Maya Chowdhry describes herself as an inter-aCtive artist, she tells stories, weaving the place she’s in with the layers the world imposes on them by using augmented reality. Her previous work includes ‘Tales from the Towpath’ an immersive story exploring Manchester’s waterways for Manchester Literature Festival.





Finding the words collage workshop

11.00 – 12.00


This workshop is all about expressing yourself through the power of collage; we’ll be creating poems, stories and messages using words cut from books, magazines and leaflets. You could make a motivational poster, a placard or a postcard- it’s a very open-ended task which you can make your own!


I’m Molly, some of my favourite things include art, activism, writing and running! I work with students to develop campaigns at the Union Manchester Met, and have volunteered as a facilitator with artists experiencing social barriers and mental health challenges. I love to hold creative workshops because it’s a great opportunity to have fun, share ideas and be inspired.




11 – 12pm / 12.15 – 1.15pm – Cycle Maintenance

Any niggles with your bike? Bring it along and qualified and experienced women mechanics will show you how to fix it. Small repairs and adjustments (e.g. adjusting brakes and gears, punctures) and advice about more extensive work you might need.
in the workshop are 3 women who volunteer  at the bike hive, a community cycling group based in Alexandra Park. The bike hive offers learn to ride sessions for adults in association with transport for greater manchester  (TFGM). We also take donated bikes, repair them and give them to refugees and asylum seekers. Connect with us on


Invisible Lesbians


12.15 – 13:15

vickyLearn how to make unique digital art from your photographs, using the basic tools found on any PC. Make some Glitch art personal to you….what have you got to say about lesbian invisibility? Along with the workshop, artist Vicky Boylan is looking to photograph fellow lesbians for a her new project based around lesbian invisibility.


Lens based conceptual visual artist.  Vickys’ recent work has been concerned with Sexuality, Gender, sexism and the consumption of images through “The male gaze”. Often tinged with humour; Vicky’s’ work is both thought  provoking and challenging.


Women’s Peace Crusade

13.30 – 14.30

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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




K on trainSurvivors voices- a call out for lesbian and bisexual women’s input

14.30 – 14.35
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 and on Twitter @VOSGM.




aliWomen and comedy workshop

14.45 – 15.45

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.

Ali Kahn is a professional comedy actress and comedienne who runs Big Comedy Shop facilitating comedy issue based workshops specialising in youth work since 2007. Ali is an improvisation guru, motivational speaker and is grateful to have a funny Jewish father and witty Irish mother.


60 second films

14.45 – 15.45 / 15.30 – 18.30

Erinma-OchuMake a film on your mobile to raise your ideas, voice, protext

Erinma is a media maker and lecturer at Salford University. She trained originally as a neuroscientist before turning to storytelling and filmmaking, working in broadcast TV and film. She has curated for independent film festivals including Sheffield Doc/Fest. She is currently developing a media project to unearth hidden pioneers and ideas connecting the US civil rights movement and the birth of the environmental movement. She was recently a Jerwood Fellow attached to Yael Bartana’s Manchester International Festival production ‘What If Women Ruled the World’


Art auction; help to fund raise for next years festival

17.00 – 17.30

1988 Manchester Stop Section 28 March Project

17.30 – 18.30pm


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.louiseA 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