April 2019: FWF #22: One Art: the making of an opera/cabaret
Elizabeth Bishop’s poem One Art is a tribute to the inevitability of loss, and the need for art to transform loss into meaning. Hailed as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century, Bishop’s poetry shielded her private life, and a clearer picture emerges in her correspondence, detailing her struggles with love, poetry, and alcohol. Transformed by composer Paula M. Kimper into art songs, Bishop’s poems are interwoven with her letters, to create an intimate and moving performance. Soprano Laure Meloy will perform excerpts from this monodrama about Bishop’s life, along with a short talk about how the piece came to be, followed by a q&a session.
March 2019: FWF #21: Women of Folkestone Project
Sparked by a curiosity about notable women with a Folkestone connection, Marian Duggan did some research and the Women of Folkestone project was born. In this talk, she will showcase some of the women and their exciting achievements, while inviting contributions from the audience to enrich the project further.
February 2019: FWF #20: Pecha Kucha!
December 2018: FWF #19: party
November 2018: FWF #18: Motherhood and Intimacy, with writer and journalist Antonella Gambotto-Burke. Also, Lesley Hardy and Beverly Andrews from Folkestone’s community heritage and archaeology project, Finding Eanswythe.
October 2018: FWF #17: Roots
Aida Silvestri explored the idea of home, belonging and the implications of migration and the local communities. Aida is a UK based artist who creates work concerning sensitive issues of culture, ethnicity, identity, health, politics and the urban landscape. She is currently working on a project that promotes integration and diffuses tensions among different community groups in Kent by focusing mainly on areas of the county that are experiencing or have experienced demographic changes due to the influx of migrants.
Folkestone-based artist, chef and feminist Cherry Truluck spoke about Custom, a new community food project she’s starting which is focused on women and labour exchange. Cherry runs East Cliff Kitchen and curated The Architecture of Anxiety (exhibition about feminism & space) during the triennial last year. She talked about making/claiming space through the sharing of food and the culture of food production. We also heard from Sheree Bell about the new Folkestone Wellbeing Centre, body positivity, and her Resilient You programme.
Emily Ghassempour spoke about period poverty initiative The Red Box Project and Catherine Sangster discussed women and language, the power of words, and her work for the Oxford English Dictionary.
Dr Alice Haylett Bryan, Associate Lecturer in Film Studies, King’s College London, spoke about Anzieu’s ideas of the skin ego (the human psyche and ego are formed through the contact with the mother’s skin in the first stages of childhood) and film.
February 2018: FWF #11
Tess Kingham, MP from 1997-2001, on women in politics
December 2017: FWF #10 – winter party!
November 2017: FWF #9
Dr Kathleen Webb on Gender Equality in Science
October 2017: FWF #8
Triennial artist Emily Peasgood on music, and Diane Dever who curates the Harbour Arm as a social space
September 2017: FWF #7
Roller derby queen Demi Lition on founding Kent Roller Girls
July 2017: FWF #6
Rev Dr Melanie Marshall on Woman or Priest?
June 2017: FWF #5
Writers Emma Claire Sweeney and Emily Midorikawa on Female Literary Friendships
Links to their website, their article in The Independent, their appearance on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (to come). Their book is called A Secret Sisterhood.
also, Joy on Folkestone Pride, which takes place on the afternoon of 19 August.
May 2017: FWF #4
Jo Smith, academic researcher, on Online Misogyny
also, Liu Batchelor on setting up TEDx Folkestone
April 2017: FWF #3
Dr Lesley Hall on Women Scientists and their Erasure from History
March 2017: FWF #2
Human rights lawyer Michelle Brewer and Chris Beddoe on Human Trafficking
also, Allegra Galvin on getting involved with the East Kent Women’s Equality Party
January 2017: FWF #1
Criminologist Dr Marian Duggan on Domestic Violence and Clare’s Law
also, Leah Thorn on Older Women Rock
Emma Westbrook on Boss(y) Girls Project
Katy Lockey on Motherhood and Identity Project
- Rising Sun domestic violence charity based in Canterbury, who don’t just do fantastic work with women locally, but also support Marian’s research.
- Folkestone’s own Home Start, who run so many services here, with a very small team. Support their work any way you can.
- The East Kent Rape Crisis Centre is looking for volunteers to train and work on the helpline.