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Celebrating women's voices
Hello Everyone!
We hope you are having a good summer.
A big welcome to all our new friends and supporters who have recently joined our mailing list, many of whom we met at Exeter Respect this year, and as part of The Orchard Roadshow. Thanks to everyone who came and spoke to us on the stall: we really enjoyed sharing the story of the Great 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage with so many of you, and it was also lovely to see the beautiful map made for Oxygen on display. You can find out more about that project from 2013 on our website.
From left to right: Natalie McGrath, Josie Sutcliffe, Mary Lidgate, Carolyn Purslow & Fee Scott (Members of Dreadnought’s Management Committee) 
We have been reflecting and thinking about what’s next for Dreadnought and we hope to be able to share our plans with you soon. The Orchard has moved on significantly (thank you all to those who contributed their voices to the play’s development) and we will continue to work on this play in the hope of touring a full production of it in the near future. Dreadnought is also still collecting stories about women and activism, so if we have met you this year (or even if not) and you have a story to tell, please do beam in. Our intention is to continue to build this resource as an archive and as a platform for sharing these stories across the South West region in 2016 to live audiences.
Our website is due an update, and September will see this happen, as well as the beginnings of a new venture through support from Literature Works Grassroots Literature Awards Scheme. We are very excited to have been a recipient of this award. Have a look at all the great things Literature Works does on, and we will provide details of this project in a future mail out.
Josie continues to present The Culture & Review programme on Phonic FM, Exeter’s community radio station. You can catch the show on the first Thursday of the month, 7-9pm (next edition: 3rd September), either by tuning your radio to 106.8FM in the Exeter area or online at
Natalie has recently been awarded funding from Arts Council England to continue developing a project called We’ll Meet In Moscow, which will see some new performance work emerge in November 2015, and a series of new short plays in Plymouth responding to Plymouth’s award-winning LGBT archive in 2016 – Josie is Dramaturg & Director of these new works – supported by Plymouth City Council’s Vital Sparks Community Fund. Digital work is taking place, and a programme of workshops and activities for wider participation will be announced in September on the following website:
Have a look on the right for some rather lovely recommendations: a book by Rosie MacGregor, a performance piece from Raucous, and chance to say hello to Fawcett Devon.
Sending you all very good wishes.
All very best,
Josie and Natalie.
Co-Directors Dreadnought South West.
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Some recommendations for you...
We met Rosie MacGregor in Corsham on our travels this year on the day her book about Angela Gradwell Tuckett was published! Rosie’s book tells the remarkable story of Tuckett’s achievements as the first woman to become a solicitor in Bristol, and as an activist. Rosie herself is currently Chair of South West Regional TUC and is also a well known folk singer using the name Rosie Upton. The book beautifully champions a great woman’s story and voice in the South West. It is published in conjunction with White Horse (Wiltshire) TUC by WaterMarx: see for publishing details.
Look out for The Stick House from Raucous [], which is led by writer and Bristol Old Vic Literary Producer Sharon Clark. This premiere is a unique new piece of work that fuses live performance, film, music and digital technology. Inspired by the writings and work of the extraordinary Angela Carter, the show takes place in Victorian tunnels under Bristol’s iconic Temple Meads Station. Have a look at the production trailer here:
Fawcett Devon will have a stall at Exeter’s Green Fair on Saturday 5th September (10am-4pm) in Cathedral Green. Please do go along and say hello. Fawcett Devon has supported Dreadnought from the outset and does amazing work concerning gender equality in the region.
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