Idle Chatter : Feminist Recollections, June 7 – 9, Manchester

Janet Batsleer writes: A few us associated with the Feminist Webs archive have linked up with the Manchester Histories Festival to do three early evening workshops June 7th to 9th connecting the history of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Manchester with the Black Women’s Collective Abasindi and the radical Girls Work in youth and community work of the 1980s. The workshops will be held in the Brooks  Building at MMU. It will all be really interesting and we are very much seeing and connecting  with what is current and still emergent in these movements now.
Please come and also let others know about it.


Idle Chatter?

Poets, song and film will frame these three short intergenerational discussions and dialogues about local feminist histories.

  • Tuesday June 7th Women’s Liberation Revisited:  A former member of the editorial collective of the Manchester Women’s Liberation Newsletter will discuss the ways in which Manchester feminists organised and worked together during the 1980s.  There will be a chance to look at the run of the Manchester Newsletter – the social media of its time!


  • Wednesday June 8th  Abasindi –‘we are born to survive’ Local activists remember the Black women co-operative whose Zulu name was chosen by its members as a tribute to the strength, resilience and competence of Black women in Moss side and the African diaspora in 1980s Manchester.


  • Thursday June 9th Radical Youth and Community Work in the 1980s and 90s – Girls’ work in Wigan and Lancashire. There was an influential and critical girls’ work movement in the 1980s and 1990s linked to the second wave of feminism. Youth and community workers discuss work with girls and young women then and now and the feminist issues that underpin the work.


To be held in the Brooks Building – MMU Bonsall St Manchester M15 6GX, Manchester, M15 6GX – View Map

Register and obtain free tickets at Idle Chatter

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