Last weekend saw feminists of the North East gather for a truly unique event in Newcastle – a ‘DIY’ weekend of discussion, skills-shares, creative activities and political rejuvenation.
The warmth and energy that the organisers of the North East Feminist Gathering brought to their planning and execution of the weekend spread to all of the women who attended. I have rarely experienced a more supportive, respectful space, where a genuine intergenerational mix of women were enabled to learn from one another and forge connections and networks. There will be many legacies left by this event and doubtless many actions taken by those 80 or so who attended it.
Chi Onwurah, Vera Baird and Finn Mackay were amongst the prominent women who gave gave their time to address the Gathering. The weekend was bookended by Helen Berry’s opening talk on iconic women throughout history and closed with an an absolutely brilliant performance by Climbing Poetree, a Brooklyn-based pair of performance poets (if you ever get a chance to see this duo – GO TO IT!).
THANK YOU to the organising committee for giving us the weekend!
Oh, in case you were wondering, in answer to that age-old question, this is what feminists look like these days: