Monday 20th May
Venue: Women's Organisation, 54 St James St, L1 0AB
Time: 6.30pm (Doors at 6pm)
Tickets: £4/£2 (Students/Over 60s/Unemployed) Free entry to workshop participants
Clear Lines Festival celebrates the role of creativity and the arts in fostering community and recovery from sexual violence. In 2015, it was the UK’s first-ever festival dedicated to addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. We are thrilled to host the first Clear Lines event outside of London.
Join Winnie M Li, Dark Chapter (Legend Press) and Claire Shaw, Flood (2018) from the Clear Lines Festival, whose work, drawn from their own experiences, addresses sexual violence and consent, using poetry, fiction, and memoirs to capture the human truths behind trauma, and challenge the injustice of gender-based violence.
Winnie M Li is the author of Dark Chapter, a fictional retelling of her own rape from victim and perpetrator perspectives. It won The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize, and was nominated for an Edgar Award and the Best First Novel Award in the UK. It has been translated into ten languages. A Harvard graduate, Winnie has an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths and served as a Guest Tutor for the Arvon Foundation and a judge for the 2018 SI Leeds Literary Prize. As Co-Founder of the Clear Lines Festival, she also advocates around sexual violence, and has appeared on the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, BBC Woman’s Hour. She has an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland for her writing and and activism. winniemli.com
Clare Shaw has three poetry collections from Bloodaxe. Often addressing political and personal conflict, her poetry is fuelled by a strong conviction in the transformative and redemptive power of language. Clare is a Royal Literary Fellow, and a regular tutor for the Poetry School, the Wordsworth Trust and the Arvon Foundation. She is also a mental health trainer, activist and author with a particular interest in self-injury, trauma and alternative/ critical mental health narratives. She is passionate about the meeting ground between poetry and mental wellbeing, and is the facilitator of the Poetry School’s international online course, “Poetry as Survival”. http://clareshaw.co.uk/
Gill Moglione has worked in Women only organisations for more than 30 years - educating and empowering women to achieve their massive potential in male oriented workplaces. She co-founded the first Women's Studies M.A at Liverpool Hope University and a charity that supports women subjected to harmful practices such as FGM, forced marriage and 'honour' based violence. Gill is passionate about women's issues and none more so than tackling sexual violence and domestic abuse. She has worked closely with CPS prosecutors and Merseyside Police to bring perpetrators to justice.Join us for a lively, honest discussion. What ethical considerations must a survivor/writer take on board when addressing this subject matter? Is creating literature from trauma triggering or healing? What challenges do we face from the publishing industry?
A collaboration with the Clear Lines Festival.
We are grateful to the Royal Society of Literature for supporting this project through the Literature Matters Awards.
See the calendar here