It starts with a growl – sometimes soft, sometimes loud – and a feeling of coming together to share in the experiences of womanhood in its various forms. She Grrrowls is a place to feel empowered and energised, whether in the pages of the book, or as the words come alive on stage.
She Grrrowls gives voice to the experience of different women across England, collaborating with existing events across eight different dates and locations. Each night will feature a mixture of poets from the She Grrrowls alumni and a selection of new voices. Come growl with us!
Carmina Masoliver, Founder and CEO of She Grrrowls is delighted to announce the return of the popular feminist arts night featuring poetry, comedy, music and everything in between. There are 8 UK dates between January and March 2020
She Grrrowls was the idea of graduate Carmina Masoliver. At university she was a founding member of the UEA’s Feminist Discussion Group and Society. Returning to London Carmina missed the group and wanted to take an active role in positive change. As a poet, writer and performer, this seemed the obvious way forward, and She Grrrowls was born.
She Grrrowls believes that the definition of being a woman is decided by the individual. It is inclusive of transgender women, as well as those who are genderqueer, non-binary etc. She Grrrowls believes in a Feminism that is intersectional and strives to be open to all women, of any race, class, sexuality, etc. She Grrrowls does not (always) exclude men but invites them to celebrate artists who are showcased and participate in the open mic’ in a way that is respectful to the space.
These dates focuses on poetry and spoken word and that’s what tends to appear in the open mic’ section. As there is not necessarily one view of Feminism, there may be instances where people disagree with what’s being said. However, we expect audience members not to participate in sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, ableism, classism, for example. Basically, no “kicking down” on historically oppressed groups of people. We also audience members to avoid cultural appropriation, and try to engage with what this could mean if they are unfamiliar with it. If any audience member ever feels unhappy, uncomfortable, or upset by anything, they should contact the organiser immediately.
Since its conception in 2013, She Grrrowls has appeared at various venues in London: Goldsmith University’s The Place for Poetry, Women of the World in Southbank, Attic Arts Club and Leamington Spa Poetry Festival. In 2019, She Grrrowls featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with PBH Free Fringe for the third time.
Notes For Editors.
The She Grrrowls anthology featuring ten of our leading poets was published by Burning Eye Books in 2017, and this toured England with thanks to Arts Council Lottery Funding in 2018. The book is listed in the top 100 books of 2017 by The Poetry School.
About Carmina Masoliver.
Carmina Masoliver is a poet from south London, and founder of She Grrrowls feminist arts nights. Her small chapbook was published by Nasty Little Press, and she recently published a She Grrrowls anthology with Burning Eye Books. She was long-listed for the Young Poet Laureate for London award in 2013, and the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships in 2017.
She is an alumni of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, has featured at nights such as Bang Said the Gun, and festivals including Latitude, Bestival and Lovebox both as a collective and individually. She performed internationally whilst living abroad, in Singapore, and in Spain.
In 2017, Carmina programmed 40 acts for She Grrrowls across the whole run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in 2018 she showcased a segment at Women of the World Festival, Southbank.
She has most recently been longlisted for the Out-Spoken Prize in Performance Poetry 2018. Her latest book ‘Circles’ is published by Burning Eye Books and is an illustrated epic poem.
WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY – STIRCHLEY SPEAKS - BIRMINGHAM
Rupinder Kaur & Jae Renee
Artefact, 1464 Pershore Road, Birmingham B30 2NT
TUESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY – WORD MAKERS - BOURNEMOUTH
Joelle Taylor & Nkech Nwokolo
Chaplin's & The Cellar Bar, 529 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 4AG
THURSDAY 20TH FEBRUARY – DEAR LISTENER - WORCESTER
Romalyn Ante & Nafeesa Hamid
Boston Tea Party, 18 Broad St, Worcester WR1 3NF
THURSDAY 5TH MARCH – WORD! - LEICESTER
Jess Green & Shruti Chauhan
Bean Gaming, 22 Silver Street, Leicester LE1 5ET
Further dates to be added!
For ticket prices and timings, visit: www.SheGrrrowls.com.
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