Events at The Women’s Library (London) – November/December 2008

Events at The Women’s Library – November/December 2008 

Between the Covers: Women’s Magazines and their Readers

Study Day 

Saturday 22 November, 10am – 4.30pm,

£20 / £15 concs 

The day looks at the influence of women’s magazines and the changing representations of femininity, examining how readers have been shaped by the magazines they read, from the early 1800s, introducing ideas of femininity and fashion styles to the influential liberation journals of Spare Rib in the 70s.  

Speakers include Margaret Beetam, Manchester Metropolitan University; Janice Cheddie, Goldsmiths College; Alice Beard, Kingston University; Sue O’Sullivan, editor of Spare Rib 1979 to 1984. 

Blonde Roots: Bernardine Evaristo in conversation with Dr Caroline Bressey


Wednesday 3 December, 7pm, (90 mins)

£6/£4 concs 

Bernardine Evaristo reads from her first fully-prose novel Blonde Roots published by Penguin. It’s a slavery story with a difference: Africans enslave Europeans over a four hundred year period.  

The protagonist is a white woman from Europa who lives out her adult life as a slave in the New World. Satirical, tragic, imaginative – it’s a new spin on slavery and women. 

Bernardine Evaristo is the author of the novel-in-verse Lara which traces the roots of a mixed-race family over seven generations, and The Emperor’s Babe, the groundbreaking story of a Sudanese girl who grows up in Roman London 1800 years ago. 

Zine Fest!


Saturday 24 January, 12-4pm


Ever wanted to make your own magazine or comic? Zine Fest is a hands-on day celebrating women’s involvement in selfpublishing. 

Join zine producer Red Chidgey for a creative workshop on how to get started on your own zine, and then browse stalls, meet zine distributors and hang out with the finest zine producers! 

15 years of DIVA Magazine

Evening event 

Thursday 19 February, 7pm

£6 / £4 concs 

To celebrate 15 years of DIVA, Europe’s biggest-selling lesbian magazine, this special event explores the role of DIVA magazine and how it has filled a gap in the magazines market.  

Join Jane Czyzselska and Louise Carolin, the editor and deputy editor of DIVA magazine in conversation with Stella Duffy who will discuss how magazines like DIVA cater for their readers. 

From Miss Appleyard’s Awakening to Monstrous Regiment

Drama Workshop 

Saturdays 14 & 21 February, 10.30am-3.30pm

£25/£20 concs 

These fun and informal workshops will introduce a fascinating selection of scripts from The Women’s Library collections, from suffrage plays to the drama of the Women’s Liberation Movement.  

Through ‘play’, drama exercises and performance, we’ll explore some of the triumphs and pitfalls of feminist theatre!  

Workshops are led by Joanna Ingham (Soho Theatre and Writers’ Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, the Almeida Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company).  

Enthusiasm rather than experience required! 

All events taking place at: 

The Women’s Library

25 Old Castle Street


E1 7NT 

For more information/bookings please contact: 

0207 320 2222


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