Stirred highlights of 2015
Hello! We hope you are looking forward to 2016. The Quad have been busy planning the next year’s Stirred events, there’s some really exciting collaborations and new themes coming up! Stay up to date by checking out upcoming nights here. Some of Stirred highlights of 2015 were:
JANUARY: Bodies themed opening with the relaunch of Stirred as the quadrangle saw Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders join the Stirred team, adding new faces and amazing feminist voices to the stage.
APRIL: To go with our Tracey Emin themed night in April, we ran an evening workshop in Whitworth Art Gallery – you can read about it here and sample a few of the pieces we and our participants wrote based on the Sarah Lucas exhibition.
MAY: Mary Wollstonecraft’s portrait at the People’s History Museum inspired a series of feminist events, one of which was Stirred: Wollstonecraft, a writing workshop that roamed around the museum!
MAY: Again in May, we had Fucked Up Fairy Tales and Twisted Fairy Tales Workshop at Chorlton Arts Festival. We had some varied and pertinent writing arise from the workshop and thoroughly on point performances on the night. Recap of these events on our blog really conveys the atmosphere!
JULY: Our Sonnet Slam in was a fresh approach to the concept of slams, with two winners, a judge’s choice and an audience favourite, resulting in pieces of work that were sonnet style and dynamic performances from a range of writers. Watch out for the next one in 2016!
SEPTEMBER: Stirred: Billie Holiday was an incredible night. With powerful contributions from guests Debbie Walsh and Cheryl Martin, the mood was emotional and hard-hitting. Very beautiful work from everyone on the open mic, too.
Last year we had a bit of press coverage by The Skinny, and were interviewed by the lovely Alice Horne! See the article here. 2015 also saw some gorgeous little chapbooks which contained new poetry from the workshops, which we sold on the night – more of these to come!
This year we would like to have more guest blog posts, sharing other voices from our platform, and respond to a wide range of feminist issues. In 2015, we were very happy to have guest posts from Aru Lee in January writing eloquently about race, Debbie Walsh‘s contemplative discussion of Billie Holiday and an accompanying poem, and a great poetic response from Danielle Matthews to our Wilderness workshop.