Help support this event by making a tax deductible donation to cover venue costs, workshop facilitator fees, artists fees and technical staff fees.
To donate: click on the following link https://artists.australianculturalfund.org.au/s/project/a2E9q00000037ah/perth-woman-scream-2022-pws
‘One is not born but rather becomes a woman’ Simone de Beaviour
Perth Woman Scream 2022 (PWS) will inject self-respect, motivation and fortitude into the women of our community. It will be a rally point to identify and enunciate women’s issues.
PWS is an inclusive platform for women’s participation. We seek and promote women and gender fluid poets of all ages, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientation. Further, PWS is on a mission to fight family violence and to make related issues known far and wide.
PWS 2022 program:
1. A series of workshops with clients of Starick Domestic Refuge run by renowned poet and artist, Tineke Van der Eecken.
The workshops are accessible to experienced writers and beginners. Great attention goes to creating a safe and inclusive atmosphere, where nothing is wrong and sharing stories is voluntary. The workshops work with the principles of ‘wild writing’ and writing from the senses. The act of writing is more important than getting it right.
Over 3 workshops, participants will:
- acknowledge and utilise the cathartic benefits of expressing themselves using the written word (poetry).
- increase awareness that ‘poetry writing’ can take many forms, including spoken word, short prose-poetry
- increase skill and confidence in ’sharing story’ through poetry
- increase capacity to write from the senses allowing others to engage with story.
The ultimate aim of the workshops is to encourage at least 2-3 women to share their work in public at the 2022 Perth Woman Scream event at Perth Poetry Club on March 5.
2. PWS Poetry Event (March 5th, 2–4pm at the Moon Café and live online via Zoom*)
This unique event features women speaking, rhyming, screaming to be heard in our current climate of discrimination, subtle and obvious violence towards women. This event features local woman poets (and those who identify as woman.) Funds raised from PWS will be donated to Starick.
Through this event, the audience will have an increased understanding of the lives of women in our community and the daily issues they both grapple and overcome. Further, this event is one link in a chain of international arts-based events that mark International Women’s Day and demand an end in violence towards women.
*Note: should COVID prevent this event from being attended by audience members at the Moon Café, it will go ahead live online via Zoom.
WA Poets Inc. (WAPI) was established in 2006 as a not-for-profit organisation. WAPI is run by volunteers and relies on membership, ticket and book sales, donations, sponsorship and grants to fund its activities. Events organised by WAPI further its mission to encourage, support, develop and promote poets and poetry in Western Australia.
Woman Scream (Grito de Mujer) was created in 2009, by the Dominican poetess Jael Uribe and trusted to the foundation Mujeres Poetas Internacional MPI, Inc, (Women Poets International Movement). Its mission is to “honour women and create a conscious call against women violence through any kind of artistic expression and to support talented female writers and artists with their international promotion”. It is celebrated every year in over 70 countries through thousands of events during the month of March.
What we’ve achieved
Leanne Barron, CEO of Starick, on the impact of the workshops:
“Domestic violence is not a single event but a pattern of behaviours … the effect of these behaviours is victim survivors are silenced … The poetry workshops support women to find their voice, to speak about violence and its impacts, such as fear and anxiety.
Eighteen women attended one or more workshops and all produced beautiful poems. The groups were diverse and inclusive. 3 women produced completed poems which they read at the Women Scream event in March 2021. These workshops are so valuable to our women.”
Leanne Barron on the funds raised by Woman Scream over the years:
“The funds are used to support women and children who have escaped domestic and family violence. Our programs build resilience and well-being. They include baby and toddler massage, children’s yoga, restorative yoga and a Lived Experience therapeutic writing program for women. Starick is very grateful to Perth Poetry Club for supporting us through their annual Women Scream event.”
Your support will provide much needed funding to cover such items as venue costs, workshop facilitator fees, artists fees and technical staff fees. By having these costs covered it will enable funds raised by this event (entry fees, donations, etc) to be donated to Starick Domestic Refuge.
The culmination of PWS will see the empowerment of female artists‑—new, emerging and established—in the sphere of interpersonal relationships and how they can manifest into healthy outcomes for all members of the community.
‘At any given moment, we have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end,’ Christine Mason Miller
WA’s Woman Scream (WS) 2022 poetry event
Date and Time: March 5th in 2022 (The Saturday closest to International Women’s Day) From 2 to 4pm at the Moon Café on William Street, Northbridge.
The “Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival” is an annual international event that is held to mark International Woman’s Day. The Perth Woman Scream event is part of that festival.
Taonga Sendama (MC) is a poet, multimedia storyteller and workshop coordinator whose work centres on vulnerability and intersections of identity. Through her art she aims to build community connections through collaborations with artists and provide a space of healing and familiarity for others.”
SoulReserve is an ardent writer and a wistful poet. Her poetry explores love and its tumultuousness, fantasy and zest in nature, and allegories that provoke thought and evoke tender feelings. Her published works appear in – Across Vast Horizons, Poetry d’Amour – 2019 & 2020, Letters To Our Home, Recoil 12” Brushstrokes, Blue Bottle Journal, Burrow Journal and Creatrix. She’s currently completing her hot desk fellowship at the Centre for Stories. When not there, she can be found pouring her soul into her blog at soulreserve.tumblr.com.
Chaucer Cameron’s pamphlet, In an Ideal World I’d Not Be Murdered was published by Against the Grain Press in 2021. Her poetry has appeared in journals, most recently, Live Canon Anthology, Tears in the Fence, The North, Under the Radar and Poetry Salzburg. She has performed at several festivals including, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Chaucer created the international poetry film project Wild Whispers, and has presented poetry film at festivals, including Sheaf Poetry Festival, Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Athens Poetry Film Festival and Reel Poetry in Texas. She co-edits the online magazine Poetry Film Live.
Manveen Kaur Kohli is a British-Indian, currently residing in Perth. she believes that poetry is one of the most beautiful and underrated forms of art. She writes about a number of topics including, love, trauma, mental health, and gender inequality. Her aim is to empower and heal people with her words. She is currently working on her first poetry book, which she plans to self-publish in the future.
Saoirse Nash is a freelance event organiser, performance poet and one half of the indi arts organisation Hectic Measure Press. She has worked behind the scenes and on stage with a collection of collectives including National Young Writers Festival, Spoken Word Perth. Perth Poetry Festival and Haxa House to create arts events that entertain, challenge and propagate in the backyards, pubs, libraries and across the world wide web. She likes to grow flowers you can eat and community you can feast on.
Joni Boyd AKA Checkout Chick is a poet, community organiser, zine maker, radio presenter and experimental musician based on Wadjuk Noongar Boodja. Active since 2012, she currently co-runs Perth Slam, the Neon Readings, Hectic Measures Press and RTRFM’s Indymedia. Joni has run a wide variety of DIY events, showcases, zines and other platforms in Perth’s community art scenes including Dritymouth, Jugular, Sound Paper and Spoken Word Perth. Her works have been published by Cordite, Mulla Mulla Press, OUTinPerth, SOLID AIR and in her first collection City Without Stories through Indifference Publications. She performs her queer punk poetry in backyards, bands, gigs, festivals and theatre in Boorloo and beyond.