February 2014 archive

March: Women’s History Month

Tomorrow marks the beginning of International Women’s History Month: March.
Come and celebrate with some grrrl noise + zines at the Hollaback Riot Night [RELOADED] at ULU (Central London), it will be fun and I will be there selling Ten by 10 which is already a good enough reason to pop by, right?

On top of that, if you’re into feminism/gender inequality issues/art/digital stuff (and chances are, if you’re reading this, you probably are), here is a recent project I put together, ‘Please, Mind the Gender Gap!’, which reports on gender disparity within the London contemporary art scene.

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Grrrl music and zines to kick off International Women’s Week

A whole week of events building up to International Women’s Day, on March 8, will kick off next Saturday with ‘Hollaback! Riot Grrl Night [Reloaded]’ at the University of London Union.

Lots of bands and zines [including ‘Ten by 10’], for a night of riot grrrl noise and dances!

Advanced tickets only £4: get them here.


Veering somewhere between DIY punk and indie-pop, Cat Bear Tree pull varied influence from the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Bloc Party, Bikini Kill and Electrelane. Writing and recording together since 2011, Zoe Konez (guitar and vocals), Claudia Mansaray (bass and vocals) and Sarah Smith (drums and vocals) have been busy building a dedicated following, whilst cementing their place in the list of new generation, all-female bands to look out for.

Colour Me Wednesday are a four piece DIY punk/indie pop band based in West London fronted by the Doveton sisters on vocals and guitar and backed up rhythmically by Sam Brackley (drums) and Carmela Pietrangelo (bass). Their long-awaited debut album ‘I thought it was morning’ was released on Discount Horse records over summer 2013 followed by a successful UK tour. Lyrically, the band touch on politics, social frustration, sexism, growing up and relationships which is expressed using catchy hooks, harmonies and gang vocals.

“Battle of you were an absolute treat. An unpretentious five-piece band from Shoreditch with upbeat hooks that make every chorus as catchy as the last. Fantastic energy from lead singer (and aptly named) Melody Patman and keyboardist Nicola Hogg. Think Two door cinema club, but better. This is a band you must see live, but until I get the pleasure of this for a second time, I’ll be listening to their EP.”
– HATTIE LUCAS – Lesbilicious

Big Joanie is a black feminist punk band. We’re like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.
Big Joanie formed to make awesome music but also to create a continuum for black punks by presenting a strong, powerful vision of black womanhood and telling black kids about black punks who came before us. By making black punks more visible we believe we can inspire more young black punks to get involved in punk music more.

We are a band from Exeter, Devon. We are Morgan, Hannah and Lande. We play punk rock. We love Sleater-Kinney and cups of tea and cake and crisps and rats. We are nerds who like words. We used to be Big Words Little Britches but that was too many words.

Hope to see you all there!


Bookartbookshop: 13 Years of “Independency”

To survive the digital era, bookstores need to become cultural destinations where printed matter is celebrated in all its forms.

‘Bookartbookshop’, on the corner of Pitfield street, Shoreditch, has been thriving for 13 years, attracting independent press curious and enthusiasts with limited edition art books and collectible publications.

“It’s not just a business, it’s mainly a crossroad”, says Chiara Ambrosio, visual artist who works in the little store run by owner Tanya Peixoto, “It survives because there is a need for it. People come here to consult books and meet like-minded individuals and artists. It’s really a resource.”


The shop opened as a platform for publishing artists, celebrating the idea of books as objects, journeys, artworks, rather than just stories.
“Only half of the experience of reading is in the actual words, even more so with artists’ books, as there is so much care put into choosing what paper is used, how it is bound, the printing process, the smell of it”.
Chiara is sipping a coffee behind the small counter while some people wonder around, their heads dipped into the wooden shelves packed with rare editions and small runs.


‘Bookartbookshop’ is committed to its role as point of contact for the community and organises meetings, readings and events on a regular basis; it also actively contribute to the independent press scene, housing a small publishing – Atlas Press – in the basement.
“The windows are exhibiting spaces, there is a regular turn around of artists and we have openings. The idea is to keep the space as a vibrant place for encounters”, Chiara remarks: “Everything comes from encounters, Tanya goes around fairs to find what fits within the spirit of the place, but then a lot of people just turn up at the shop. There is a place for everybody, within reason! Any book that has a very strong intention will be welcomed”.

More info at Bookartbookshop Website