Woman Scream 2015 UK Southampton: Stories Worth Telling

STORIES WORTH TELLING - 3 events in total. People can come to all or just pick one or two.

Coordinators name:  Angela Chicken, Celeste Ingrams (support)
Supporting insitituions/groups:  Apples & Snakes, Artfulscribe, Nuffield Theatre, UNISON union, CAKE
Date: 8th March 2015
Time: poetry workshop (11-1pm), talk - READING WOMEN DIFFERENTLY (3-5pm), poetry performance with open mic (7-11pm)
Venue: The Nuffield Theatre
Address: University Road, Southampton, SO17 1TR

Poet Sabrina Mahfouz leads a day of women's poetry - come for the day or choose any of 3 events. Create and share poetry by and about women on International Women's Day. A celebration of unsung heroes, a chance to see how far we have come and to reimagine our future.  

Nuffield, University Rd, Southampton, SO17 1TR


Poetry/writing Workshop  

11am - 1pm
led by Sabrina Mahfouz

The object of this workshop is to encourage more women to consider writing and performing poetry. Southampton needs more women's voices and perspectives. With themes around reimagining self and acknowledging our own heroes, the aim is to produce work about the strong women from our own lives and see what we can learn from them.

There will also be tips on how to read or perform your poetry.

All levels of ability are welcome and participants can choose to share their work at the evening open mic.
Workshop places limited to 20 – buying a workshop ticket entitles you to a free ticket to the evening performance. 

This is a women only workshop.
Age 16+ (some adult themes may be covered)

(If childcare issues would prevent you from attending, please email angelachicken@gmail.com in case we can either help this year or use the information to find specific funding for future events.)



Reading Women Differently 

Talk with guest speaker Sabrina Mahfouz

Sabrina's work takes inspiration from the drive to tell stories of women that fall outside the traditional narratives that dominate cultures. Sabrina's talk, Reading Women Differently, examines the power of words to rewrite and reimagine lives as the first step to change. 

It is inspired by a recent project in which she held poetry spoken word projects for women working in on-street prostitution with Futures Theatre Company and Trust. 

After the talk there will be the opportunity for questions and discussion of the issues raised.



Stories Worth Telling open mic 

  7- 11pm (poetry 7- 9pm) with featured guests Sabrina Mahfouz and Azra Tabassum

Share your poems with a warm and friendly audience or just come and enjoy. Poets from the workshops will be able to share the work they produced earlier in the day and everyone who performs can contribute to an 'instant anthology' produced during the evening.

If you would like to read or perform, please sign up on the door from 6.30pm.
Limited spaces. 

To contribute to the anthology you will need to bring 50 A4 copies of the poem or one of the poems you intend to read on the night.

After the poetry the bar will stay open and there will be a chance to socialise 



Sabrina Mahfouz
Sky Academy Arts Scholar for poetry; Associate Artist alumni at the Bush Theatre; Poet in Residence at Cape Farewell - climate change and arts organisation; Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and Writer at Liberty for the civil rights charity, Liberty. Her first collection of plays and poems, The Clean Collection, is published by Bloomsbury.

Azra Tabassum 
Azra is a Southampton-based poet who looks towards poetry and language as a way to expand herself without having to move even an inch - words are freeing in a way that most things aren't and can't be. She writes about love, in all the ways she knows it and all the ways she doesn't - desire, lust, and always, always, the struggle of women.

Hosted by Catherine Wright 
Under Cath’s MCing of last year's rambunctious Woman Scream Poetry Night the audience constructed a group poem, learned about women laureates and generally got a bit above themselves. So get ready for a bit of audience participation, charge your glasses, warm up the vocal chords and expect the unexpected.

Ticket Prices:

Workshop: £10 / £5 concs
Talk: £5
Evening event: £5
Talk + evening event: £7.50
Book tickets via Nuffield Box Office 023 8067 1771
or through the website: www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk
or in person at Nuffield, University Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1TR

This event is part of the International Woman Scream Festival and is supported by
Nuffield: www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk
Apples and Snakes: www.applesandsnakes.org
ArtfulScribe: www.artfulscribe.co.uk
Unison: www.unison.org.uk

With thanks to: 
Lepsa Stojkovic - Southampton City Council
TWICS: www.twics.org.uk
all babysitters who enabled everyone to attend.....

About Sabrina Mafouz.
Sabrina writes plays, poems, films, articles and stories. She produces workshops, theatre and events with the aims of making the arts more accessible for all and creating awareness of social issues through creative engagement.

Sabrina is involved in the No More Page 3 campaign and has written a poem supporting the campaign which can be found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G1-fxpOAXs
She is currently the Poet in Residence for Cape Farewell, an organisation that provides a cultural response to climate change. She is an Associate Artist alumni at the Bush Theatre in London; a Writer at Liberty for the UK civil rights charity LIBERTY and the Creative Director of poetry production company P.O.P. 

Her creative work has been recognized with a number of awards. Most recently, these include receiving a 2014 Fringe First Award; a 2013 Sky Arts Futures Fund Award; an Old Vic New Voices Underbelly Edinburgh Award; a UK Young Artists Award; a nomination for The Stage Award 2011 for Best Solo Performance; an Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot Award and a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights. Her first book, The Clean Collection, is available from Bloomsbury.