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Wonder Women: Written in the Margins

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We’re delighted to be part of this year’s Wonder Women, Manchester’s annual feminist festival, running 3-13 March 2016.

Brighter Sound presents original live music and discussion as part of Written in the Margins, an after hours event at Manchester Jewish Museum.

We’ve put together a panel of journalists and musicians, chaired by BBC’s Stuart Maconie, discussing how gender has become a genre and the impact of written media on female representation and stereotyping. Celebrated panellists include Vanessa Reed (CEO PRS for Music Foundation), Laura Snapes (freelance culture writer Pitchfork, NME, The Guardian) Chris Long (BBC Manchester Introducing) and Roxanne De Bastion (independent singer and songwriter).

Hear acclaimed poet Clare Pollard‘s new free verse translation of Ovid’s Heroides, a 20BC poem written in the voices of women from Greek and Roman myth. Pollard rediscovers the work for the 21st Century, bringing to life a cast of women who are brave, bitchy, sexy, horrifying, heart-breaking and surprisingly modern.

In response to Pollard’s poems, multi-instrumentalists Serafina Steer and Natalie Sharp debut an original piece of music commissioned by Brighter Sound as part of Here Come the Grrrls.  Serafina and Natalie have devised an operatic TV mini drama, or noise poem, around the character ‘Medea’, inspired by works such as ‘Soused’ by Scott Walker + Sunn 0))) and Robert Ashley’s ‘Perfect Lives’.  Their theatrical performance presents Medea as an ultimate comic book super hero gone bad.

The evening will also include a chance to contribute to the Wonder Women Zine in a hands-on workshop led by Manchester based artist and creator of The Chapess zine, Cherry Styles.  This drop in workshop is the perfect introduction for beginners to the art of zine-making and all age and abilities are welcome.



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This event is part of Wonder Women, Manchester’s annual feminist festival. From 3-13 March 2016, we celebrate the women’s movement born in our city through film, art, music, walking tours, gallery takeovers, comedy and debate, asking how far we’ve come in 100 years – and how far we have yet to go. Visit www.creativetourist.com/festivals-and-events/wonderwomen/.

Here Come the Grrrls is a programme designed to celebrate, profile and inspire female musicians.  It is supported by Youth Music and PRS for Music Foundation.  More information here.