Edinburgh University Feminist Society

Live through This: On Creativity and Self Destruction

  • Tuesday, 12th May 2009 at 8pm
  • Saturday, 16th May 2009 at 8:30pm

Location: St Paul's Hall, Jeffrey St, Edinburgh and The Bowery, Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh

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Live Through This is a fearless exploration of womens silent rage, the power that can come from internal struggle, and the possibility of transforming this burning force into fierce and enlightened work.

ladyfest edinburgh presents

'Live Through This'

Lecture & Discussion by editor Sabrina Chapadjiev

Tuesday 12th May @ St Paul's Hall, Jeffrey St, Edinburgh

Performance with Sabrina Chap, Jo Foster & McGillivray

Saturday 16th May @ The Bowery, Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh

About the book - In a collection of original stories, essays, artwork, and photography, Nan Goldin, EileenMyles, bell hooks, and other cutting-edge artists explore their use of art to survive madness, abuse, incest, depression. Together they show that creative women are not destined to the fate of lost visionaries such as Woolf, Sexton, Arbus, and Plath. The book confronts the brutality many women and girls encounter in the world around them, and bravely takes as its subject the often misunderstood violence they at times inflict upon themselves.

About the tour - While putting "Live Through This" together, I found myself constantly attempting to understand what makes a person take their silent rage out on themselves, rather than understand it. Themes of shame, control, power and isolation came up continually- and soon I realized that each artists story shone some light on why some of the most intelligent and powerful people I knew were destroying themselves.


About the Performance Sabrina, songwriter and playwright brings us a folk and blues infused performance supported by Fence Collective favourite Jo Foster with her melody strong songs, and McGillivray (aka Kirsten Norrie) a favourite of the Ladyfest group themselves, she's been away in Oxford recording her first album 'Wolves', 17 electifying, haunting songs based on the tradition of lining out and mouth music.


I've seen the kind of show Sabrina can put on. It's good, strong work. Her talk is articulate, accessible, compassionate and street level smart. She has woven together a mind boggling presentation...she carries an important message. Kate Bornstein



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