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the very exciting Femstruation week begins this weekend, organised by the anarcha feminist Kollectiv, so i’m posting up the schedule!  its looking like an amazing week, with a real mix of events… hope to see some folk there :o)pretty lady femstruation poster- main

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13th – 20th of February 2010 organised by the Edinburgh anarcha feminist Kollectiv

This week-long forray into menstruation will start heavy & end light, with a varied mixture of interactive workshops, gigs, talks, zine stalls, spoken word performances, art installations, photo collections, performance art, video displays, & much more to be contributed.

VENUES: Edinburgh..
Big Red Door,(BRD) home of TePOOKA, (10 Lady Lawson street) and The Forest cafe, ( 3 Bristo Place)

CONTACT:feministanarchistedinburgh@googlemail.com and edinburghanarchafeminist.blogspot.com

SCHEDUAL:

Organised by The Edinburgh Anarcha Feminist Kollectiv

’Femstruation’ Exhibition opening: Open all week (13th-20th Feb) -11am-6pm at the BRD.

Saturday 13th Feb

DIY cloth pad making workshop:
11am-12pm, BRDLearn about and make your own eco friendly sanitary products. Bring needle, thread and flannel/felt.

Marketing Menstruation workshop 12pm-2pm Adventures in Menstruating: Tampon Crafts and Menstrual Euphemisms with Chella Quint and Sarah Thomasin.2pm-4pm BRD Our workshop is open to menstruators and non-menstruators of all genders. Accompanied young children welcome. Please bring tampons, art supplies or make a donation to cover supplies.www.chartyourcycle.co.uk

Launch Night: 7pm, Forest Café, Free on the door, Join us for a taste of some sketch comedy, spoken word, acoustic music and zine readings

Sunday 14th, BRD,

Threads workshop on DIY feminist health:11am-1pm, workshop about the experiences and politics of the menstrual cycle. A feminist discussion about health based on the zine threads, www.threadsbook.org.

“Blue Blood”2pm-3pm: A male perspective and interaction with menstruation3-4pm lecture; ‘Not Seeing Red: Modern Menstrual Discourse,lecture looking into the public representations of menstruation (or lack thereof), both past and present. .

‘Bloody Valentine Extravaganza’8pm-1am BRD: Includes exhibition, exciting visuals, ‘get bloody stall, zine stalls, drumming, menstrual poetry, ‘Adventures in menstruating’ comedy act. £4 on the door (reduction if dressed in red).

Monday 15th Feb, Heavy Menstrual Film Night, Forest Café, 7pm

Tuesday 16th Feb,Brd,

2pm-4pm, Red Tent interactive workshop: 15 people maximum, book in advance. An interactive space exploring birthing, ovulation and menstruation7pm- 11pm ,

Forest Café, Spoken Word and Open Mic.

Wednesday 17th Feb

Old Hat Books radical library, 5-7pm, Forest Café, open reading session: Bring a story or poem to share, the theme is “what your mother never told you” – bring some cakes to share too!

Body interaction workshop BRD, 8pm-11pm: A workshop exploring attitudes to our bodies and experience of being a woman interactively in a female identified space (Nakedness may occur).

ThurSday 18th :Menstrual Story Telling, 7pm, Forest Café

.Friday 19th:Queer Mutiny: Gender bender theme;BRD 8pm,donation only: Join us for an alternative Queer night: rampage into the menstrual cycle with cunt cakes, body paint, clothes swap, with a sexy red hamper for the best dressed. 8pm, Donation on the door.

Saturday 20th: BRD

11am-12pm:menstrual rituals and crafts workshop

12pm-2pm:Natural health and herbs workshop

2PM-3PM: “The Woman’s Curse: Women, Menstruation and the Medical Profession”:An interactive workshop discussing how menstruation has traditionally been viewed by the medical world.

Riot Folk and Bloody Punk night: 8pm- 1am, with pirate DJ JO Anne Bonnie ; Featuring ‘Witches Revenge’ and ‘No Fit State’ , visuals and Zine stalls on the rag! £4 on the door

Kids Space available during all workshops Both venues wheelchair accessible

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The Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh in association with Radio Ramadan Edinburgh are  having a book festival based at the lovely MacDonald Road Library!  Personally I’m very excited – I remember reading Elisabeth Laird’s book Kiss the Dust about an Iraqi Kurdish girl when I was about ten, and loving it! Kiss the Dust Book Cover Will also be going to Major Gordon Corrigan’s talk which also looks really interesting!

So if anyone wants to come along with me, let me know!

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Taught by the Pen

We invite you to come and discuss books, A book festival from

7th Feb-13th Feb in Edinburgh for all ages.

Meet authors: Robin Yassin Kassab Road to Damacus, Dr Hasan Beg Babar Founder of Mughal India, Elizabeth Laird Children’s author Discussions with Dr George Wilkes Influence of Islamic teachings on the world and Major Gordon Corrigan MBE British Muslim Soldiers of World War One Talk : By a member of Kitaba, Islamic Text for the Blind & Javed Ali author of Blessings of Ramadan

Try calligraphy & celebrate reading in all its forms!

Admission is Free For more info and programme go to: http://taughtbythep en.wordpress. com/

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