Festival of Ideas – documentation

Bristol Feminism Past and Present in association with the Festival of Ideas, May 19 2011

This event brought together two feminists who were active in Bristol in the 1970s, Ellen Malos and Dale Wakefield, and contrasted their experience with two contemporary feminists, Jane Mornement and Helen Mott.

Listen to the clips of their speeches and enjoy the photo documentation, courtesy of Ellie Kynaston.


Ellen Malos


Dale Wakefield



Jane Mornement


Helen Mott

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More documentation…

With thanks to Ellie Kynaston for the photos.

Random feminist things to touch and hold

Breathing Fire, who performed on the opening evening

A selection of Breathing Fire's performance fabrics

Imagine a young Ellen Malos wearing this dress as 'Last Year's Miss Australia.' Obviously she wouldn't be hanging from the rafters.

The soundposts! Designed by Sal.

And here's a message from our sponsors...

The Pat VT West poetry evening Wednesday 18 May 2011

Rachel Bentham, Rive Gauche collaborator & Pat's fellow poetry diva

The lovely Gill Hague

Libby Houston

The delightful Shirley Brown

And they applauded rapturously because....

Ta da!

Shirley got her wasp costume out!

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Documentation – events

Rosemary Schonfeld’s Drumming Workshop Sunday 22 May

Rosemary takes us through the rudiments of rhythm

Get down!

One happy drummer...

Beat it out

and shake...

Women in Manual Trades Discussion 25 May 2011

Sam proudly introduces Helen, Ann and Fox

The audience listen, fascinated by Helen's talk and her magic shoes

Glum faces, but with only 2% of people who do manual trades in the UK being women, you can understand why

You can listen to discussion below

For more about Women in Manual Trades see the 1978 programme A Woman’s Place from the BBC’s fascinating archive of programmes about Women’s Liberation.

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Over and Out…

…well not quite.

But pretty soon activity on this blog will be wrapped up – after the final documents are uploaded.

Its been quite an amazing few weeks.

Many people have come and enjoyed the Sistershow Revisited exhibition and learnt about the early days of the Bristol WLM, but now the archive is tucked away safely in Bristol Special Collections.

Safe until some other people, struck by the need for re-channelling political inspiration, decide they want to dust it off and share it again.

Let’s hope it is not another 40 years….

In the meantime, if you didn’t get a catalogue and you want one, you can buy it here.

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Sistershow – Press

Here is a collection of all the press coverage Sistershow Revisited has got in local and international media (so far!)


‘Sister Act’ by Steve Wright in Venue Magazine, May 2011.


Sistershow Revisited by Jane Mornement

‘Satirical, Savvy and Sensational’ by Deborah Withers in the Bristol Evening Post. Read here.


Interview with Bess Korey in Make/Shift magazine Spring/ Summer 2011.

Interview with Lynette Quinlan on BCFM‘s The Hum, 5 May 2011

Interview with ShoutOut Radio on BCFM 28 April 2011

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More pictures


Kes, Bristol’s kindest and most helpful man with a van.


But his strength was nothing compared to this fine specimen.


How many queers does it take to put up a photograph?


Its all about the process


Opening day!


Alison Rook, Ellen Malos and Jill Robin


Zine making for 8 year olds

And again…

Houdie and the Sea play the all ages show


The Hysterical Stars!

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Sistershow Revisited animation by Kayleigh Gibbons

After surviving the zine making workshop and all-ages gig at the exhibition today, I come home to find this splendid animation made by Kayleigh Gibbons in my inbox.

Check it out!

Untitled from Kayleigh Gibbons on Vimeo.

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