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Rewriting Herstory: Feminist Creative Writing Workshop

18-30 years olds
Saturday 8 December 2018

Devonport Guildhall
Ker Street,
United Kingdom

Full disabled access and baby changing facilities

REWRITING HERSTORY: Feminist Creative Writing Workshop with

Dreadnought SW and the Feminist Archive South
Saturday 8th December 1-3pm, Devonport Guildhall

A free feminist creative writing workshop with acclaimed playwright Natalie McGrath and the Feminist Archive South. Drawing on feminist writers, archive materials from Suffrage to the Women’s Liberation Movement and oral herstory, this workshop will ask what it means to rework the words of a century of feminist activists.

Taking inspiration from writers such as Kathy Acker, Audre Lorde and Hélène Cixous, we will experiment with DIY counter-cultural methods such as cut-up poetry, adaptation and collage to explore contemporary feminist issues and imagine feminist futures.

‘Women must write herself: must write about women and bring women to writing,
from which they have been driven away as violently as from their own bodies…
Woman must put herself into the text- as into the world and into history- by her own
― Hélène Cixous, “The Laugh of the Medusa,” (1976)

‘The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a
― Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me, (2014)

If you would like to join the workshop please register for your free ticket on Eventbrite
as places are limited. Devonport Guildhall has full disabled access via the rear entrance, as well as disabled toilet facilities and lift access.

If you have any questions or access needs get in touch with Ellie at

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Ellie O'Connell

Ellie O’Connell is a feminist teacher, activist and Education Co-ordinator for the Hatpins to Hashtags project. In partnership with T.I.G.E.R. (Teaching Individuals Gender Equality and Respect), she is responsible for researching and planning the Hatpins to Hashtags workshop series as well as building connections with schools, colleges and youth groups. 

Ellie is a fully qualified Modern Languages teacher specialised in teaching the 16-19 age range and has worked with young people to explore intersectional feminisms in multicultural educational contexts.

Ellie is also studying an MA in Comparative Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bristol. She began the Translating Latin American Feminisms project which brings together translators of all levels, academics and activists to collectively research, translate and digitise the unexplored narratives of intersectional feminist activism within the archive.

She loves riot grrrl music, making things, cycling and gardening. She juggles all of this with long term health problems and would be very happy to discuss all things accessibility :)