3 Nov

(3) Events

3-3 Nov Development

Us Vs Them. A panel discussion with authors on feminist myth making. New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival

Feminist myth-making can take many forms – from subverting conventional gender roles in the stories handed down to us, to giving voice to the silenced, to the building of entire worlds in which new mythological systems reinvent the possibilities of personal identity.

The current political landscape has seen public figures such as Jordan Peterson invoke mythology to shore up tradition and stoke nativist and misogynistic sentiments. What new stories can feminist myth-making offer to help create a habitable future?

Panelist on the day include authors Maria Dahvana Headley (The Mere Wife), Sophie Mackintosh (The Water Cure), and Preti Taneja (We That Are Young). The event will be chaired by So Mayer.

London, U.K. www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/new-suns-us-vs-them
London, U.K.
3-3 Nov Film
Play It As It Lays (18) New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival. Barbican.

Play It As It Lays (18) New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival. Barbican.

'I know what nothing means, and keep on playing.' An ultra-rare screening of the 1972 adaptation of Joan Didion’s cult novel, starring Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins.

Maria Wayeth (Tuesday Weld) is unravelling. Her only child’s in a care home; her marriage to an up-and-coming director is on the rocks. Drifting through a succession of ghoulish Hollywood parties and empty affairs, her only moments of pleasure come from speeding along the motorway in her lemon-yellow convertible. Only her closeted-gay best friend B.Z. (Anthony Perkins) understands.

Adapted by Joan Didion from her own novel, much of the voiceover narration and dialogue comes direct from the book; Maria’s shattered sensibility is rendered for the screen as a jumbled mosaic of scenes. It’s all undeniably dated, but deliciously so: think skinny-rib polo necks, ponchos, and glorious wooden beach-front houses.

London, U.K. www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/new-suns-play-it-as-it-lays-18
London, U.K.
3-3 Nov Development
After MeToo: Consent, Trauma and the Future. New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival. Barbican.

After MeToo: Consent, Trauma and the Future. New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival. Barbican.

Historian Joanna Bourke, writer and activist So Mayer, activist Lola Olufemi and chair, Josephine Livingstone in conversation about power, consent, trauma and feminist futures after #MeToo.

Misogyny and sexual violence as a method of control and punishment are common themes in classical mythology – and continue to proliferate in contemporary culture. The powerful global uprising known as #MeToo has challenged the normalization of rape culture and its codification into legal structures. On the back of millions of stories of harassment and abuse have come many difficult questions – with few simple answers.

What does solidarity look like when race, class, sexuality, disability and gender identity inflect the ability to speak out?

How can people, including those bearing individual pain and trauma, transform the energy unleashed by #MeToo into social change in workplaces, universities, homes and streets?

London, U.K. www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/new-suns-after-metoo
London, U.K.