A day dedicated to the courage, resourcefulness, enterprise, creativity and wisdom of women past and present, both in Swindon and further afield, takes place at Central Library on Friday 8 March, 10.30am to 9pm.
The International Women’s Day event is being coordinated by historian, writer and campaigner for women’s education and empowerment Rosa Matheson from Highworth, below. She said: “We want to create a celebration which links Swindon women with women around the world.
“By show-casing the art and creativity of women in Swindon today, remembering those women who have gone before us in taking a stand for our rights, and acknowledging the great relationships we have built up with women from different international communities, we will have a truly wonderful day.”
Exhibitions and Displays
Throughout the day there will be exhibitions and displays of portrait sketching, poetry, women’s heritage, story-telling, singing, and dance.
Women are invited to bring poems, journals and other writing, and also ideas and reflections on what it means to be a woman in Swindon and the world in 2013.
At 10.30am artistic journaling specialist Bea Menier will lead a taster workshop entitled Journal my Day. At 2pm local writer and author Juliet Platt will lead a reflective journaling workshop based on her recent book.
Pen & Paper from Old Town will be present all day selling journals and pens in support of Bea’s and Juliet’s workshops.
Artsite Gallery will launch a project called 100 Women’s Portraits at 4.30pm in the library.
Rosa, left, is responsible for the 100 Women Book Project to give Nepali women a means of supporting themselves. From 7.15pm to 9pm on 8 March she will be giving a talk entitled ‘Swindon’s link to Nepal’, describing how international women’s projects are being made possible. The evening will close with a display of Nepali dancing.
For the full programme contact Rosa Matheson on 01793 764979.