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Celebrating women's voices
Hello everyone!
 
Hope you are all well.
 
We’ve a few associated events, opportunities and notices that we would like to let you know about.  
 
Dreadnought Associate Artist Ruth Mitchell will be performing her beautiful solo show Homeward Bound over the next couple weeks at Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre, on 3rd and 10th October. Have a look at the flyer below for more details of Ruth’s show and tour dates in other places or visit Ruth's website
Recently, Belinda Phipps, chair of Fawcett National, spoke at a Fawcett Devon and Fawcett Plymouth meeting. It was really great to hear about future strategies, campaigns and plans for addressing gender inequality in our society, and that Belinda has taken the time to find out what we are up to in the region. Have a look at the website for information on Devon-based activities and to find out how you might get involved – new volunteers are always welcome. Importantly, Fawcett Devon and Fawcett Plymouth are initiating meaningful dialogues about gender equality across Devon. It’s great to hear from Belinda Phipps that Fawcett Devon and Plymouth are one of the most active groups in the UK. 
 
We will be attending Fawcett National AGM in October and hope to continue to share the story of the Great 1913 Pilgrimage, and how we celebrated and told its story with such passion here in the South West in 2013. It will be great to have our voices heard at this national platform. 
 
Josie and Natalie have been working away on the next stage of activities for Dreadnought and exploring The Orchard dramaturgically. It has been really exciting to think about what can happen with it next, and how the play has evolved since all the work undertaken and responses we had earlier on in the year. We continue to ask questions of it and its potential for the future. Watch this space.
 
We are still looking to find stories about women and activism so do get in touch if you have thought about telling us a story about this. It could be someone you know or it could be your story. We are hoping to be able to really develop this resource this Autumn. Thank you to those of you who have already beamed in.
 
We’d also like to let you all know about this unique international project: Project AfterBirth; pregnancy, birth and early parenthood in 21st-century art. 30 international artists, one groundbreaking new show, launching at White Moose in North Devon from 3rd October until 13th November. Have a look at this blog site for a list of the special events programme that is part of the exhibition, featured talks and screenings, some by SW-based artists/activists. Project AfterBirth is led by Exeter-based artists Mila Oshin and Kris Jager (a.k.a Joy Experiment).  
 
Finally, We'll Meet in Moscow is a project being led by Natalie as an independent artist. It is offering a free workshop for LGBTQ women who would like to get involved in the making of a new performance piece. This is next week, Tuesday 6th October, 4.30-6.30pm, at Exeter Phoenix. Email Natalie on meetinmoscow1@gmail.com if you are interested. There will also be a regular and ongoing writing group starting on Wednesday 7th October, 6.30-8.30pm, for LGBTQ people interested in writing.  This will be led by Natalie and once again takes place at Exeter Phoenix. There will be some performances coming up in November at Doorstep Arts in Torbay and at Exeter Phoenix
Have a great start to the autumn.
 
All best,
 
Natalie and Josie.
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During our conversations around the Rebellious Sounds project, we talked with Elizabeth Sigmund, an amazingly inspiring woman who has campaigned against the use of chemical and biological weapons. Elizabeth was also a friend of Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar is dedicated to her – and will feature in a programme about Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes on BBC Two next week, Saturday 10 October, 9-10.30pm, as part of the BBC's celebration of the 21st anniversary of National Poetry Day. 

Elizabeth has also collaborated with Plath scholar Gail Crowther on the book Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning, which is published by Fonthill.
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