The cast and crew of a new play opening shortly at Leeds Playhouse visited the FAN office recently to look at feminist posters and other materials from the 1970s. There Are No Beginnings focuses on the lives and relationships of four women during the time of the Ripper, including how the Reclaim the Night movement started. It opens on 11 October, and Feminist Archive North will be leading a post-show discussion after the matinee performance on Thursday 31 October. More information and how to book tickets here.
Feminist campaigners, activists, artists, academics and revolutionaries will be descending on Bradford for this year’s Filia conference, which takes place on 19 and 20 October. The conference brings together sisters taking down patriarchy, fighting injustices across the world, fighting violence towards women, pay disparity, discrimination against refugees, racism, classism… and more. With over 30 workshops, inspiring speakers and a fabulous Saturday night party, it’s an event that always energises the women who attend. More information and how to book tickets at filia.org.uk
Leeds, Saturday 7 September
March leaves City Square 2pm, Rally at Millennium Square
The purpose of the rally is to celebrate all lesbians past and present from all walks of life, to draw strength and inspiration from a rich lesbian and feminist history, and to recreate and reaffirm lesbian culture and lesbian spaces.
The organisers say: “We acknowledge and condemn the lesbophobia and misogyny still very much present in our communities today all over the world and the resulting prejudice, persecution and violence our lesbian sisters face every day.”
Leeds Playhouse has been in touch with Feminist Archive North for help in making contact with women who were at Greenham Common. The Playhouse is supporting writer Grace Barnes in her early research for a play about Greenham Common and specifically about women from Leeds and the wider north who were part of the protest.
Grace is coming to Leeds in the week starting 4 November, and we are hoping to put Grace in touch with some local women with first-hand accounts of Greenham. If you were at Greenham and can help please get in touch with FAN and we will pass on your contact details.