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Hull's spoken word performance space with an all-female cast


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Lost and Found / Streets Apart Double Bill

An online screen premiere of Lost and Found (November 2020) followed by Streets Apart (July 2020) on December 2nd

Lost and Found is a new film short by Hull-based collective Women of Words featuring, Cassandra Parkin, Louise Beech, Lynda Harrison and Michelle Dee, made on location at Little Wold Plantation, East Riding of Yorkshire. 

Lost and Found is a reaction to the isolating effects of the restrictions to movement and social gathering, felt by the collective during the pandemic. Taking a pre-arranged creative writing prompt the four writers reimagine what is possible within the six minute free write framework, and then share their responses with each other. While indoor events are curtailed, the film is a reminder that the outdoors can serve you well as a setting to inspire new work. 

“A prompt is only a starting point, it should never be a barrier” Cassandra Parkin

Lost and Found was kindly funded through the Grants to Arts initiative via City Arts, Hull City Council. Film by Sarah and Phil of Mollusc Films. 

Women of Words hope that their short film will be enjoyed by their regular monthly audience, whom they continue to miss during 2020, despite the welcome but never the same, switch to online WoW events. The collective invite individual writers, other creative collectives and performers to respond to the theme of ‘lost and found’ and encourage them to share their words online using the hashtag: #lostandfound2020 

Duration 10 mins approx. 

The online premiere of Lost and Found will also feature Streets Apart  

Streets Apart consists of Nine spoken word pieces written and performed by Cassandra Parkin, Louise Beech, Lynda Harrison and Michelle Dee. Working remotely with visual artist Anna Bean the collective have created a unique series of performances inspired by their experiences of lockdown. Edited by Anna Bean with original music by Ben Parkin, each performer appears within a subtle frame designed by the artist that reflect both character and content.  

Duration: 25 mins approx. 

How To Watch Go To:

(Attendees must be registered to view the film)

Headphones or external speakers advised to achieve the best sound reproduction to watch the films.  

(Women of Words ‘Streets Apart’ created during the first lockdown was previously screened as part of She Fest Digital 2020 : She Productions, East Riding Theatre) 

Follow us: Facebook.com/womenofwordshull 

Tweet @womenofwordshul using: #lostandfound2020 

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Women of Words Streets Apart

Film Premiere:  ‘WoW Streets Apart’ Nine spoken word pieces written and performed by Cassandra Parkin, Louise Beech, Lynda Harrison and Michelle Dee.

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WoW Streets Apart edited by Anna Bean

Working remotely with visual artist Anna Bean, with original music by Ben Parkin, the collective have created a unique series of performances inspired by their experiences of lockdown. Edited by Anna Bean each performer appears within a subtle frame designed by the artist, that reflect both character and content.

Premiere Date: July 22nd. Time: 7pm. Programmed by She Productions for SheFest Digital 2020Please Book via EVENTBRITE HERE

Pay What You Feel event – your donation goes to the writers.

Headphones or external speakers advised to achieve the best sound reproduction.

Film Duration: 25 mins approx     

Women of Words are an acclaimed spoken-word collective creating work individually and as an ensemble. Through a residency at Hull Central Library they showcase the talents of women in and around the Hull region, giving each voice a space to perform. 5f2fa29f-32b6-40aa-992c-103f8a578269

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Update: Postponed events due to Covid 19

Lovely fellow WOW-ers: in the light of everything that’s happening, we’re sure you won’t be surprised that we’re cancelling our April and May Women Of Words events. These were due to take place on Wednesday 1st April and Wednesday 6th May.

Depending on the situation, we may well need to cancel our June event. We’ll make a decision by the middle of May at the latest.

Lots of love and good thoughts to you and your loved ones. We’re especially thinking of those of you who are ill, or who have loved ones who are ill. We all wish you a swift recovery.

This too shall pass. We’ll look forward to giving our planned April and May guests, Hannah and Chloe a fantastic Women Of Words welcome later in our calendar. Stay well and safe in the meantime.

We’ll see you on the other side xx

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April WoW with Hannah Lasagne

And we are into April with the beautiful and eloquent verse of Hannah Lasagne: ‘She has a stillness in her performance that is bewitching,’ says Michelle. April 1st with Hannah Lasagne at Hull Central Library, upstairs, first floor inside the James Reckitt Reading Room from 2pm – 4pm. Open mic, freewrite exercise, guest poet and some jolly hosting from the WoW collective.  Continue reading