Sunday, 11 September 2011

Must Read! Our pick of feminist and political events in London

Organising your life is hard. I don't know about you, but I normally don't know what I'm doing on a Friday night until about 9pm, at which point I have to wash my hair and hobble up the road looking like a cat that just got off a roundabout. When you take into consideration schoolwork, extra-curriculars, and - seeing as it's UCAS season - all those extra things that you're supposed to be doing to enrich your life, even remembering to also keep clean, fed and watered seems stressful.
So we - your empathising, terribly disorganised fairy godmothers - have compiled a list of London-or-thereabouts-based events that you should be attending (or planning to attend until you wake up and realise you haven't done your coursework and it's due on Monday). Note - they're not all feminist/women's issues related; some are political, some are literary, but on the whole they're female-focused.

15th Sept - The FPA Debate: "Do we live in a sexualised society?" 6.30pm - 9pm at The Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street, W1B 2UW
27th Sept - "Big Ideas" - a forum for discussion and debate, 8pm at The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place

5th Oct - "Sylvia Pankhurst: Anything is possible" SERTUC Film Club, TUC Congress House, 7pm
6th Oct - DEVI: "The Goddess and the Modern Indian Woman" SOAS London, 7pm-8.15pm
8th Oct - Diana Athill and Suzy Feay: "Instead of Book - Letter to a Friend" Kings Place, 3.30pm
11th Oct - "The State of the Nation: Talking Stock" Lunch Hour Lecture by the Provost at UCL, 1.15pm
18th Oct - "Voicing Slavery", a look at women and slavery by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Mary Prince, Lunch Hour Lecture at UCL, 1.15pm
26th Oct - Private Eye: "The First 50 Years" Adam McQueen lecture at the V&A Lecture Theatre, 1pm
Until 29th Oct - "Top Girls" at Trafalgar Studios, a play by Caryl Churchill commenting on, among many other things, Thatcherism and feminism

23rd - 26th Nov - UnderWire Festival showcasing women in cinema

24th Nov - "Did Democracy cause the American Civil War?" Lunch Hour Lecture at UCL, 1.15pm
26th Nov - Opening night of "Tosca", Puccini's famous opera of sexual intrigue and political turmoil, London Coliseum
26th Nov - "Is this as good as it gets?" Socialist Feminist Conference, 12pm-6pm at UCL

12th Dec - "What's in your head?" Christmas lecture on the brain, The Royal Institution of Science, 6pm
15th Dec - Shadi Sadr, women's rights activist: "Violence Against Female Political Prisoners in Iran", SOAS 5pm - 6.30pm
26th Dec - "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" opens in British cinemas, film adaptation of Stieg Larsson's controversial novel about Salander the misogynist-slayer

There are a million and one other exciting political and feminist events taking place in London over the next few months; I'll be updating this page as I remember/find them, so keep an eye out.

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