A Level English: Rewriting Herstory

Students herstory poems

Rewriting Herstory: Feminist Theory and Creative Writing

These A Level English resources were created by the Feminist Archive South at the University of Bristol and funded by the Government Equalities Office. The Hatpins to Hashtags project enabled young people to celebrate and participate in the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage by engaging with women’s activism and the democratic process. In 2018 we engaged over 300 young people to use the Feminist Archive to think critically about gender equality over the last century and draw courage from historical campaigns to make their own voices heard.

The workshops were delivered in schools, colleges and youth groups across the South West and students’ artwork was displayed alongside our touring exhibition of posters Politics and Protest. Students had the opportunity to think critically about how contemporary issues of gender, identity and protest affect their generation and make their voices heard through a creative, archival exploration of the Women’s Liberation Movement. 



Women's Liberation herstory poem

Feminist Theory and Herstory 

This interactive workshop aims to provide a creative exploration of the topics and themes relating to the AQA Critical Anthology and the English Lit B syllabus, focusing on intersectional feminist theory and linking to postcolonial theory and questions of literary value and the canon. 

Students will apply their knowledge of feminist literary theory both analytically and creatively: analysing different feminist writers’ explorations of ‘herstory’; drawing on the example of experimental feminist writer Kathy Acker’s practice of rewriting and finally, creating their own cut-up poetry by rewriting herstories for a new generation of activists for gender equality. 

Resources and workshop delivery

Due to the nature of archives and copyright, in these resources the extracts are restricted. However, if you would like the Feminist Archive South to bring this Rewriting Herstory workshop to life with a full range of sources including posters, pamphlets, letters and photographs- get in contact to enquire about our workshop delivery.