Saturday, 10 November 2012
Hello! Welcome to Words And Women.
We will be using this blog to keep you updated on our planned celebrations for International Women’s Day 8th March 2013 in Norwich.
First a little history:
Words and Women was started in 2011 by Bel Greenwood, journalist, scriptwriter and founder of The Greenword Tree (www.thegreenwordtree.co.uk) which organizes imaginative experiences for children and young people. Bel couldn’t find any events in Norwich celebrating International Women’s Day and so decided to create one of her own, bringing together a group of local women writers – some established, some not – and singer songwriters, and arranging for them - with the help of librarian Gwen Parker - to perform their work at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library. The event drew a big appreciative audience of men and women, and Bel was able to use it to raise money for Camfed, a charity which helps to educate young women in Africa out of poverty. Bel was joined in 2012 by Lynne Bryan (www.lynnebryan.co.uk), novelist, short story writer and teacher of creative writing, and together they expanded the event to include cabaret and stand-up at The Bicycle Shop on St Benedicts Street, Norwich. Money was raised by a book raffle and proceeds went to Camfed and also Leeway, which provides women and children with shelter from domestic abuse. Below is our fantastic poster designed by Kate Munro (www.katemunro.co.uk) for that event.
Now, Bel and Lynne are organizing the 2013 event which promises to be much larger but, hopefully, just as much fun.