“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not lead single-issue lives.”
Hallelujah, all your wishes are about to come true! We will be celebrating this self-described ‘Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,’ the first speaker at the inaugural Feminist Book Fair in London in 1984 (a precursor to the first Feminist Book Fortnight), and her works, in this open discussion group.
Audre Lorde was one of the foremost proponents of intersectional feminism, a civil rights activist, a poet, an essayist, and a librarian. Her technically sophisticated works have inspired many to take action against civil injustice and oppression, and to stand in solidarity with rights movements.
We’ll be offering a 15minute introduction to the work and philosophy of Audre Lorde, sharing some her poetry (do pick a favourite you’d like to read!) and then have a led discussion.
You do not need to have read Audre Lorde to take part, come and discover this extraordinary writer!
This event will be hosted by Lauren Whitehead, a writer, performer and MFA recipient in Dramaturgy (Columbia University).
Lauren writes in several forms including poetry, nonfiction, adaptations and drama. Her writings have been published in Apogee Journal, Winter Tangerine, HEArt Online Journal and in selected anthologies including Break Beat Poets, Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic. Most recently, Lauren adapted Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award winning memoir, “Between the World and Me,” for staging at the Apollo Theater and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Dir. Kamilah Forbes). Last fall, Lauren originated the leading role of “Un/Sung” in the opera “We Shall Not Be Moved” which she has performed at the Wilma Theater, the Apollo Theater and at the Stadsschouwburg Theater in Amsterdam (Dir. Bill T. Jones). Lauren is a Sundance Theater Lab Fellow and she has worked as a dramaturg at Hedgebrook and at The Denver Center for Performing Arts. Her work as a writing coach will be featured in the forthcoming documentary, “Don’t Be Nice.” She teaches dramaturgy and playwriting at The New School in New York.
**We have 10 free tickets to this available, these can be booked in person through the bookshop!**