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Last summer our Riverside Terrace was sparkling and swaying in the sunshine as we collaborated with 15 LGBTQI+ organisations from across London to curate DJ sets, live music, comedy, cabaret and performances. It all seems so long ago.

As the current lockdown means we can’t celebrate Pride as we’d hoped right now, we reached out to some of the groups who joined us last summer so see what they’re up to during this year’s Pride. And so as you can’t go to Pride, let Pride come to you, with this quartet of events you can access and enjoy without leaving your home.

Raze Collective

Razed & Confuzed GOES DIGITAL sees Raze Collective team up with Something To Aim For, for special online event. Together they’ve commissioned four brilliant artists – Mr Wesley Dykes, Symone, Barbs and Brain – to GO DIGITAL and create magic online and keep you entertained from the comfort of your own space. Join them for an evening of captivating cabaret, colossal confessions and cult curiosity on Friday 26 June.

Razed & Confused GOES DIGITAL

 

 

Cocoa Butter Club

The Cocoa Butter Club are teaming up with Roundhouse to do a Pride take over – Pride Inside – with gender-bending, genre-ending sweetheart Lychee Bye delivering juicy blend of chair acrobatics, striptease and erotic floor work. Time to stop sitting on your chair and start dancing on it; join in from the comfort of your own space on Friday 26 June.

Lychee Bye’s Cheeky Chair Workshop

Pride Inside Digital Festival

 

 

Drag Syndrome

Drag Syndrome is the world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with down’s syndrome. For this year’s Pride month, they’ll be taking part in (deep breath) Nina West x Drag Syndrome x Special Olympics x Spread The Word Campaign. It’s scheduled for 6pm UK time, Thursday 25 June, on their Instagram channel. We’re not entirely sure what it entails, but we’re very keen to find out. 

Drag Syndrome on Instagram

 

 

Pecs: Victor Victorious make-up tutorial 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Pecs Drag Kings (@pecsdragkings) on

Pecs Drag Kings are an all-female/non-binary theatre and cabaret company who’ve been creating critically acclaimed shows for the LGBTQ+ community since 2013. Through their drag king cabarets and theatre shows, they explore gender identities, politics and sexuality to create cultural space for queer women, trans* and non-binary folk. Their shows are sexy, raucous and highly entertaining, using songs, dances and comedy to celebrate inclusivity, queerness and community. The group have recently started to share tutorials on their Instagram account, so we’ve picked out their Victor Victorious ‘Berlin Boy’ Drag King Makeup Tutorial to get you started on your Drag King journey.

 

 

The show must go on(line)

Sadly, for everyone’s safety, our venues are currently closed. But you can still get your Southbank Centre fix online. We will continue to share inspiring and thought-provoking arts stories through our website and social channels.

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As a charity, we rely on ticket sales for a huge chunk of our income. But now they’ve stopped. And it's a huge worry to us, and the people we work with. We all need the escape of art and culture; it can inspire and unite us. So please – if you can afford to – consider a donation to the Southbank Centre today, to help us be there for you in the future.

Southbank Centre’s Book Podcast: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton by Southbank Centre's Book Podcast

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton join the scholar Mary Beard to discuss their new book The Book of Gutsy Women: Favourite Stories of Courage and Resilience

In this UK-exclusive event, introduced by Southbank Centre Chief Executive, Elaine Bedell, the pair discuss how and why they chose to write this book, the challenges of working together and how they want men and boys to draw inspiration and gutsiness from these extraordinary women.

In this podcast recorded from their live talk, you’ll hear the stories of some of the women featured in The Book of Gutsy Women, including Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, and young Ruby Nell Bridges Hall, the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white Elementary School in Louisiana.

 

The Clintons also explain how they sought to talk about the women featured in a human way, and with a real appreciation for how hard it is to be a woman who stands up against those keeping her down. And they also talk about the challenges facing women politicians, and women in prominent public positions today. How can we get away from the media’s obsession with drawing on the appearance and fashion of female politicians?

 

There are roles assigned to women, and one is the victim role. You can be enraged and passionate and outspoken as a victim, it’s ok. But who wants to live as a victim? So if you try and get out of that role, they’re going to be trying to push you back into it.
Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

The show must go on(line)

Sadly, for everyone’s safety, our venues are currently closed. But you can still get your Southbank Centre fix online. We will continue to share inspiring and thought-provoking arts stories through our website and social channels.

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As a charity, we rely on ticket sales for a huge chunk of our income. But now they’ve stopped. And it's a huge worry to us, and the people we work with. In difficult times, we all need the escape of art and culture; it can inspire and unite us. So please – if you can afford to – consider a donation to the Southbank Centre today, to help us be there for you in the future.

Six things... that highlight how Grime is shaping identity

Jeffrey Boayke, author of Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials & the Meaning of Grime, looks at how the musical genre of grime is shaping male identity.

 

There really is black in the Union Jack

Black Britishness runs through the central nervous system of British society. The impact of colonial explorations, alliances and affiliations runs deep, not simply in the migration narratives of Afro-Caribbean communities, but in the evolution of popular culture throughout the 20th century and beyond. Grime is the millennial embodiment of this fact. Steeped in Jamaican heritage, it provides a visible, audible footprint of the impact of black culture in UK society. Not least of all the proliferation of Jamaican patois in youth vernacular, in which Grime has played an instrumental role.

 

The democratisation of black cool

Anyone who has ever been a teenager understands the appeal of rebellion. It’s part of the socialisation that takes you away from the parallel nests of school and home, pushing boundaries in the quest for self-empowerment in those exciting years before your prefrontal cortex has worked out exactly where to live in your brain. For the millennial generation, Grime offers a safe space for anti-establishment raging against the machine; intrinsically energetic, angry, loud and danceable at the same time. It’s little surprise that it has emerged as a dominant sound of the festival circuit, inviting young people to let go their inhibitions and act the rudeboy/rudegyal to a scream-if-you-wanna-go-faster soundtrack. Breaking rules is cool. Grime is cool. And liking Grime is like breaking the rules. Cool.

Anyone who has ever been a teenager understands the appeal of rebellion
Jeffrey Boayke

 

Inherent rebellion

The minute you start listening to grime, you’re plugging into a protest soundtrack. Grime emerged from the margins of social disenfranchisement, a music that in many ways was never meant to be, existing initially in a deeply underground rave scene, white label vinyl releases and illegal pirate radio. In its very existence it challenges dominant power structures, and in its millennial success, has started to upend them. Grime has unapologetically kicked its way into the mainstream consciousness and the kids in the house have welcomed the intrusion.

 

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Grime MC Giggs performs on the Royal Festival Hall stage during Meltdown 2017

 

Embracing black masculinity

When Lethal Bizzle teaches Dame Judi Dench how to MC, when Stormzy takes up the first leg in the Grenfell Tower charity single, when Jme has a coffee with Jeremy Corbyn, when 31 million people click the Man’s Not Hot parody single in less than a week, when two Grime albums get nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2016 and one of them actually wins it, when a statue of Wiley almost gets built in Mile End Park, when Form 696 gets scrapped, finally encouraging live music venues to welcome Grime after years of obstruction and mistrust, it’s clear that black masculinity has gone through the fear barrier, beyond tolerable, past cool, and into the warm and fuzzy realm of rather-quite-loveable.

In its very existence Grime challenges dominant power structures, and in its millennial success, has started to upend them
Jeffrey Boayke

 

Neoliberalism vs socialism

With its DIY, bootstrap origins and fierce entrepreneurship Grime can be read as a shining example of neoliberalism; self-empowerment through individual merits via competition. But it also operates as a deeply collegiate scene built of collaboration, shared creative energy and common values. If the results of the 2016 General Election are anything to go by, the selfie generation has leant away from the dull promises of the centre-right towards a far more liberal ideal, embodied by a Corbyn renaissance that came complete with a #Grime4Corbyn soundtrack. Arguably, Grime dances in that most rare of venn diagrams: socialism and neoliberalism, finding a comfortable balance between self-interest and open door tribalism.

 

We love poetry now

For all its posturing, bravado and implicit (sometimes explicit) politicising, it can be easy to forget that Grime is essentially a lyrical art-form. Nowhere else do we get such a focused concentration of poetic energy, showcasing the MC as wordsmith. In many ways Grime is deeply Romantic with a capital R, adventurous and searching, exposing the turmoil of the inner. It. Also happens to be characterised by an inexhaustible wit; with wordplay, rhyme, punning and slippages of meaning that push language to thrilling limits round hairpin turns. Poetry is dead. Long live poetry.

Nowhere else do we get such a focused concentration of poetic energy
Jeffrey Boayke

 

Jeffrey Boayke joins us 24 October 2019 as part of London Literature Festival. Boayke will be in discussion with writer Nels Abbey – author of Think Like a White Man – as they dissect, satitise, and share their thoughts on contemporary British culture, attitudes and roots.

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Pride ‘87 at Southbank Centre

In 1985 there was a change of direction for Pride celebrations in London. Jubilee Gardens (between Southbank Centre and the London Eye) became the venue for what was billed as ‘the biggest non-stop festival of entertainment in celebration of Lesbian & Gay Pride in Europe’. This event, The Lesbian and Gay Pride Carnival in the Gardens ran until 1988.

The photos in this collection depict the 1987 event, which included performances by Bronski Beat, Hazell Dean, Hope Augustus and the Beverley Sisters. These fascinating snapshots were found among the archive files of former Southbank Centre special events manager John Gill.

 

Were you here for Pride 1985, 1987 or 1988? Add your story to our record of Prides past and present by submitting your story online.

 

Simply click on an image below to find out more about it.

 

Marquee audience at Pride ‘87 Carnival
Audience seated inside the marquee at the Pride ‘87 Carnival
Marquee audience at Pride ‘87 Carnival
Following the Pride parade, the afterparty for Pride '87 was held at Jubilee Gardens, organised by Capital Gay and the Greater London Council. The venue included a cabaret tent, disco marquee and outdoor main stage. This photograph shows the audience seated inside the disco marquee n the early evening.
Two young men pose for a photograph at Pride '87 Carnival which took place at South Bank's Jubilee Gardens
Young Pride attendees
Blue shirts and ties, inside the marquee
Two young men pose for a photograph at Pride '87 Carnival which took place at South Bank's Jubilee Gardens
Young Pride attendees
Two young men pose together inside the Disco Marquee at Pride 1987 Carnival. Photo is dated as 27 June 1987
Hope Augustus appears on stage at Pride '87 Carnival in London's Jubilee Gardens
Hope Augustus singing on stage at Pride ‘87 Carnival
Hope Augustus singing acapella as part of the Pride ‘87 Carnival
Hope Augustus appears on stage at Pride '87 Carnival in London's Jubilee Gardens
Hope Augustus singing on stage at Pride ‘87 Carnival
Hope Augustus performs on stage at Pride ‘87 Carnival. Early on in her career, the Nottingham born artist regularly performed at London venues during the 1980s. Augustus went on to perform on the West End stage in a number of musicals including 'The Lion King' and 'Marilyn and Ella'. Photo is dated as 27 June 1987
Steve Bronski of Bronski Beat performs at Pride '87 Carnival at Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London
Bronski Beat perform at Pride ‘87 Carnival
Steve Bronski of Bronski Beat performs
Steve Bronski of Bronski Beat performs at Pride '87 Carnival at Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London
Bronski Beat perform at Pride ‘87 Carnival
Bronski Beat’s Steve Bronski (aka Steve Forrest) performs on stage at Pride ‘87 Carnival in Jubilee Gardens. Bronski is still performing and in 2017 released Out & About, a previously unreleased Bronski Beat album from the year in which this photograph was taken, 1987.
Plan for the site of Pride '88 at Southbank Centre, London
Pride ‘88 site plan
Plan for the site of Pride ‘88 at Jubilee Gardens
Plan for the site of Pride '88 at Southbank Centre, London
Pride ‘88 site plan
The 1988 Pride Festival was the last year the official celebrations took place in Jubilee Gardens. There were logistical difficulties in the run up to the event, as Erasure - both topping the list of performers and supplying the stage - had neglected to supply any technical specifications due to being on tour. The main stage on this provisional site map, created a little over a month before the event, is the only structure lacking dimensions. 
Drag artist David Dales performs in the cabaret tent at Pride '87 Carnival at London South Bank
Cabaret performance at Pride ‘87 Carnival
Drag artist David Dale performs
Drag artist David Dales performs in the cabaret tent at Pride '87 Carnival at London South Bank
Cabaret performance at Pride ‘87 Carnival
Drag artist David Dale performs in the Cabaret tent at Pride ‘87 Carnival. Dale would have been a familiar face in 1987, having made several appearances in Eastenders the previous year as John Fisher, a drag artist hired to perform at The Queen Vic. Still performing, Dale took part in events celebrating Birmingham Pride earlier this year. Photo is dated as 27 June 1987.
Quaker Dykes sign, photographed at Pride '87 Carnival in Jubilee Gardens, London
Quaker Dykes
Quaker Dykes’ labrys and placard
Quaker Dykes sign, photographed at Pride '87 Carnival in Jubilee Gardens, London
Quaker Dykes
For the first time since organising a Carnival after the parade, 1987 saw the introduction of a 'Women Only' space. This move by the organisers was contentious, with the year's programme urging for men to respect the spaces, and the right to create it. 
Three singers perform at Pride '87 Carnival at London's South Bank
Singers performing at Pride ‘87 Carnival
Three singers perform on stage at Pride ‘87 Carnival
Three singers perform at Pride '87 Carnival at London's South Bank
Singers performing at Pride ‘87 Carnival
A trio of unknown singers are pictured performing on the Pride ‘87 Carnival main stage. Do you know who they are? Get in touch with our archive, or via social media to let us know. Photo is dated 27 June 1987.
Main stage audience at the Pride’ 87 Carnival
Audience members at the Pride ‘87 Carnival Main Stage
Main stage audience at the Pride’ 87 Carnival
Audience members stand and watch the main stage at Jubilee Gardens in 1987. The stage was the venue for over five hours of entertainment, hosted by 1980s ITV star Chistopher Eymard. The day’s events also included a speech from future Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, then head of the Greater London Council. Photo is dated as 27 June 1987.

Five minutes with Roxane Gay

Celebrated cultural critic and novelist Roxane Gay came to the Southbank Centre in December 2018, to take to our Royal Festival Hall stage for her first ever UK in conversation event.

An associate professor of English at Purdue University, and a contributing writer for The New York Times, Gay released Bad Feminist in 2014, a collection of essays which merged pop culture with her own experience to explore the complexities of being a feminist in modern America.

Gay has become renowned for her humour, honesty and sensitivity; all of which are in evidence in her latest book, the New York Times best-seller Hunger (2017).  Drawing on her own experience once again, with startling intimacy, Gay looks at sensitivity about food and bodies to explore our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance and health.

Back in 2018 we grabbed five minutes with the best-selling writer and essayist to discuss finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture.

One of the things I like about The Bad Feminist, is your acknowledgment of a position on a spectrum of feminism. Is this a position you consciously sought to place yourself, or is it more a case of realising and embracing your place, rather than trying to force yourself to meet an expectation?

It's both, really. We have to make space for ourselves in the movements that matter most to us. But I was able to make space for myself within feminism by recognizing and embracing the ways in which I live my feminist ideals and the ways in which I fall short.

You’ve previously suggested too many women are afraid to be labelled as feminists; do you think this still the case? Or has it perhaps been lessened by prominent social movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp?

This is absolutely still the case. There are so many women who are reluctant or afraid or unwilling to be labeled as feminists, for a range of reasons. But mostly, they shy away from the label because they know there is a social cost, despite the prominence of MeToo or TimesUp.

 

So many women shy away from the label of feminist, because they know there is a social cost, despite the prominence of MeToo or TimesUp
Roxane Gay

Your forthcoming book, Not That Bad looks at rape culture. Do you think it is time that we shifted the language and focus on this, and begin calling it ‘rapist culture’?

‘Rape culture’ is an appropriate name for what rape culture is and it includes looking at rapist culture, but to only call it rapist culture leaves out some critical issues regarding rape culture, how people are conditioned to see sexual violence, how popular culture reinforces certain ideas about sexual violence, etc.

I’ve seen you described as a representative of intersectional feminism - how far do you think we still have to go before intersectionality ceases to be seen as an offshoot of feminism?

We're still defining what intersectional means, which is a pretty damning measure of how far we have to go. I do hope for a day when feminism simply stands for intersectional feminism, as it should, but first people have to understand that women inhabit multiple identities that must be considered when discussing matters of equity and equality.

Lastly, is it still possible for someone to be a feminist, and yet crank up the volume on rap tracks featuring misogynistic and degrading lyrics?

I wrote a whole book about this. Yes, it is possible to be a feminist and listen to misogynistic music. That said, at some point we have to hold ourselves accountable for the pop culture we consume. The more we demand such music, the less incentive musicians have to change what they supply.

 


 

 

The show must go on(line)

Sadly, for everyone’s safety, our venues are currently closed. But you can still get your Southbank Centre fix online. We will continue to share inspiring and thought-provoking arts stories through our website and social channels.

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As a charity, we rely on ticket sales for a huge chunk of our income. But now they’ve stopped. And it's a huge worry to us, and the people we work with. In difficult times, we all need the escape of art and culture; it can inspire and unite us. So please – if you can afford to – consider a donation to the Southbank Centre today, to help us be there for you in the future.

DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics

A free HENI Project Space exhibition of work by artists who have used drag to explore identity, gender and politics
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation with Reni Eddo-Lodge

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Reni Eddo-Lodge in Conversation by Southbank Centre: Think Aloud

Why have just one best-selling author on your stage when you can have two? As part of Women of the World 2018, the multi-award-winning writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie joined Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of the acclaimed Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, on our Royal Festival Hall stage for a very special talk event.

In this fascinating recording of their discussion, the pair explore pressing cultural issues from the time of recording – March 2018 – including blogging, social media and discussions on race.

 

 

There's a sense that, when being asked to talk about race, after you've written a book, you're supposed to have the answers, you're supposed to have the solution; and while you're having the solution, you're supposed to cater for the emotional needs of the people listening to you
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

The show must go on(line)

Sadly, for everyone’s safety, our venues are currently closed. But you can still get your Southbank Centre fix online. We will continue to share inspiring and thought-provoking arts stories through our website and social channels.

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As a charity, we rely on ticket sales for a huge chunk of our income. But now they’ve stopped. And it's a huge worry to us, and the people we work with. We all need the escape of art and culture; it can inspire and unite us. So please – if you can afford to – consider a donation to the Southbank Centre today, to help us be there for you in the future.

Why are women in politics subjected to abuse online? WOW 2018 podcast highlights

In the Line of Fire: Women politicians and online abuse by Southbank Centre: Think Aloud

Online abuse cuts through party lines, affecting women from across the political spectrum. Why have threats of death, rape and other violence become a daily occurrence for many women in politics? What should we do about it? How do you cope if you’re in the line of fire?

Speakers including MPs Jo Swinson, Anna Soubry, Tulip Siddiq, and leader of the Women's Equality Party, Sophie Walker share their experiences.

Please be aware that this podcast contains language which some listeners may find offensive.

The intention is to shut us up. Forever people have been trying to shut up women; and we will not be shut up
Anna Soubry, Conservative MP for Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire

WOW 2019 takes place at Southbank Centre on 8 –9 March, 2019 with talks, events, discussions and workshops for all ages.

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Women of the World: what change can you bring?

You won’t need us to tell you that 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction to Parliament of the Representation of the People Act, which finally secured votes for (some) women. It was, and remains, a huge milestone in the fight for equality - the result of years of hard campaigning from suffragettes and suffragists. 

A century on, that fight remains frustratingly far from over, with prominent social movements #MeToo and #TimesUp highlighting the very real need for change in a society which remains male dominated. But what can you do to influence this change? How can you alone make a difference?

Ahead of WOW - Women of the World, our annual celebration of women and girls, we looked to prominent women, change-makers and activists to ask them exactly this. How can we action change, and take that first step to making a real difference?

Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project

It’s so easy to feel like you can’t change much. Especially when you think of major international issues like gender inequality or other forms of prejudice. But I’ve learned that the smallest of actions can have a huge ripple effect. Each of us can be change-makers within our own small spheres, from the way we talk to and encourage children, to our reactions to what goes on around us.

If somebody is being sexually harassed in public, discriminated against in the workplace or bullied in an educational setting, the simple act of naming what is happening, challenging the perpetrator or supporting the victim, can have a major knock-on impact. Standing up to prejudice is hard, but the more of us who stand together, the easier it gets. Surround yourself with support, reach out to others doing similar work and remember to look after yourself as you go along. 

Laura Bates appeared at WOW 2018, for No More, bringing together women on the front line of global movements.

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Everyday Sexism on twitter

 

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer and founder of Women in Leadership publication. Women’s March London Co-organiser

Action is the difference between thinking and wanting. In any given circumstance, no matter the depth of your passion or challenges of your limitations, the decision to 'Act' gives force to a change. So what sort of change can you bring?

Firstly, don't underestimate the power of your voice or influence. Use your voice as a conduit to express and communicate. Use it powerfully and strategically. Pick your battles and use your voice where it counts most. You don't need to be a celebrity or rich to have influence, recognise that you are influential and impactful to those closest to you; your family, school, workplace, community, place of worship. Be strategic with your influence.

Secondly, the change you can bring is NEVER going to be handed to you. You are going to have to work hard to make it happen. You must be prepared to defend your position and debate with those who don't agree with you. Furthermore,  be persistent, consistent and insistent, always. Educate yourself on the issues that pertain to your change. Network, meet and collaborate with people who can help you achieve this change.

Thirdly, it is important to recognise the journey you undertake to bring about change is a learning process. This is the kind of learning curve you are not taught at school, neither is it imparted to you at home. It is a series of lessons learnt, and application of wisdom earned along the way. You will fail sometimes. That's OK. To FAIL simply means First Attempt In Learning. When you fail, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and go forward.

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu appeared at WOW 2018, for No More, bringing together women on the front line of global movements.

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Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu on twitter

 

Gabby Edlin, founder of Bloody Good Period

From an early age we are taught that success is solo mission - there’s only one top of the class, only one Prime Minister at a time. While we might get tasters of teamwork throughout our schooling, and work collaboratively in higher education, inevitably we succeed alone.

This is a capitalist, patriarchal concept, but it would be naive to believe we’re not all shaped by it, for better or, often, worse. Ambition is an instinct many of us bloody feminists have in spades, driven by the aforementioned drive to succeed. But you can’t (and shouldn’t) win activism. This is something it’s taken me some time to learn and as I entered my thirties and began to feel more confident in my ability to make a change, I started to take a big step back and consider what I could learn by collaborating.

Not to be too essentialist but in my experience, women work brilliantly together. Or perhaps I simply feel at my best and most energetic with other women. If you want to make a change, you absolutely have to work together. I’m talking other people, other activists groups, other nationalities. If it ever feels like your cause is becoming ‘The [insert your name here] Show’, take a step back and give someone else a go. Practise Shine Theory. Get into the mix with other feminists and activists, and get to know a real blend of those who fiercely share your passion and those who couldn’t be more different from you. Collaborating means listening to people who know more than you, but especially listening to people who you might make the mistake of thinking you know more than.

Gabby Edlin appeared at WOW Bites: Friday Morning to talk about how she established the CupAware Party with Mandu Reid

Bloody Good Period on twitter

 

Dame Helena Morrissey, founder of the 30% Club

Be open to possibilities, willing to explore and bold in your ambition. Push out your boundaries, if only gradually. You may well be surprised by just how much you can achieve.

There are always reasons not to do something. If you have an idea, don’t let the fear of what might go wrong stop you from trying – and don’t think you need to map out every step of the way in advance. Focus on your vision, not a spreadsheet.

Play to your strengths – don’t submerge the differences that define you. This is your life: feeling happy and fulfilled is an absolute not a relative game. Recognise when you feel most content and build on those moments.

Help others where you can – it’s very empowering, as well as a good thing to do. Be aware of others and if you see someone who needs help, don’t leave it to someone else: offer your assistance. Pay it forward. You can play your part in making true gender equality a reality.

It’s a good time to be a girl – but it’s not all sorted yet. If you are bullied or harassed, speak up – you will be heard. If your environment is discouraging, your priority is to find a new one. If the first route doesn’t work out, the second may well do Most of all, remember that this is your time.

This is an abridged version of the Afterword from Helena Morrissey's book A Good time To Be A Girl

Dame Helena Morrissey joined us at WOW for Power, Purpose and Progress

30% Club on twitter

 

Mandu Reid, founder of The Cup Effect

I wrestle with doubts every single day. Sometimes I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, sometimes the spectre of failure looms heavy and I find myself questioning whether it’s actually possible for ‘little old me’ to make real change happen. 

I’ve found that the perfect antidote to these downbeat thoughts is to just dive in, be brave, and create momentum! If I ever decide to get a slogan tattooed on my body, this quote from Anais Nin is definitely on the shortlist; ‘life shrinks or expands in proportion to your courage’. In my case, this has proven to be true, time and time again. 

Other really important ingredients in the ‘recipe for change’ are building relationships, forging allies, asking for help (I am terrible at this!) and creating partnerships – to do this effectively you will, more often than not, have to learn to be flexible and adapt your ideas, often about how things should be done. Don’t feel bad about this – as long as you stay true to your values, making concessions in pursuit of your vision is a noble thing. 

Lastly, don’t make assumptions about who is valuable to you and who isn’t, be open-minded and where possible, hear people out. Sometimes a lifeline will be thrown by the last person you expect to help you. What are you waiting for? Get to it!

Mandu Reid appeared at WOW Bites: Friday Morning to talk about how she established the CupAware Party with Gabby Edlin.

The Cup Effect on twitter


 

WOW - Women of the World ran from 7-11 March across Southbank Centre

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Alan Hollinghurst on The Sparsholt Affair

Alan Hollinghurst: The Sparsholt Affair by Southbank Centre: Artists, Thinkers, Writers

Alan Hollinghurst is an award-winning British author who won the Man Booker Prize for his 2004 novel The Line of Beauty. He joined us at Being A Man festival to talk about his latest work The Sparsholt Affair, read some excerpts from the novel and discuss its characters, themes and conception.

A former lecturer at Magdalen College, Oxford, and deputy editor of The Times literary Supplement, Hollinghurst published his first novel The Swimming Pool Library in 1988. The book won both the Somerset Maughan Award and the Stonewall Book Award and was described at the time by American novelist Edmund White as ‘surely the best book about gay life yet written by an English author’.

Gay life, and the changing attitudes towards homosexuality, have been key aspects throughout much of Hollinghurst’s work, and in this podcast - as well as discussing The Sparsholt Affair - he reflects candidly on the new-found freedom and openness in the gay scene in recent decades, and what obstacles still need to be overcome.

I remember when I was an undergraduate getting hold of a copy of The Gay Times which said that the back bar of The Black Horse in Cirencester was sort of gay on Saturday lunchtimes
Alan Hollinghurst, on the sparsity of welcoming gay environments in his formative years

Alan Hollinghurst was one of many authors, writers and thinkers to appear at this year’s Being A Man festival as we examined what it means to be a man in the 21st century. We’ve put together a playlist featuring some of the highlight talks from the weekend.

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