Feminist Swearing Night

Feminist Swearing Night

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What the #$@&%*! would you like to get off your chest?

Do you ever feel like society isn’t exactly what it should be? Are you tired or pissed off with certain aspects of it? Do you just feel like cursing and smashing the patriarchy?

In celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage, Feminist Swearing Night comes to the UK for the first time. 

This open-mic event offers an opportunity to sound off about patriarchy, politics, inequality and injustice. Participants are free to do this through sharing their personal stories, rhymes, songs, general rants or any other means of expression.

The night is moderated by the founders of the Finnish feminist think-tank Hattu, Rosa Meriläinen, Saara Särmä and Johanna Vehkoo. They are joined by other special guests including Hollie McNish and comedian Elf Lyons.

Feminist Swearing Nights have been hugely popular in Brussels, Helsinki and Dublin. The concept is originally created by the Finnish Feminist think-tank Hattu and is now brought to London in partnership with the Finnish Institute in London and the British Library.

Salma El-Wardany is a writer, poet, business owner and public speaker. Born in Egypt and raised in the North of England, Salma El-Wardany returned to Cairo just in time for the Arab Spring. Between protesting and fighting in the revolution, she started a blog to document her experiences as a young woman in Cairo while discussing ideas of womanhood and how gender identities manifest in today's world. Returning from Egypt she entered the corporate world in London, only to find it far less fulfilling than revolutions and writing, and so eventually left to peruse poetry and novels, while also setting up her own marketing business. Since then, she's worked with Edinburgh University on the Dangerous Woman Project, given a TEDx Talk, writes for various magazines, is working on her debut novel Burkas & Bikinis and performs her poetry across the U.S and U.K, and on BBC radio, while also running an international business. You can find her drinking tea, fighting for a new narrative around Muslims, eating cake and dressing down the patriarchy at every available opportunity.

Hollie McNish has published poetry collections, Papers and Cherry Pie, and a poetic memoir of parenthood, Nobody Told Me, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2016. She co-wrote the play Offside, which relates the 200-year history of UK women’s football, and collaborated with the Dutch ensemble, the Metropole Orkest, on her second poetry album Versus. McNish tours the UK extensively, and her poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide. She has a keen interest in migration studies, infant health and language learning, and gives performances of her work for organizations as diverse as The Economist, MTV and UNICEF. Her first collection for Picador is Plum, a vibrant poetry collection encompassing a life from childhood to attempted adulthood.

Elf Lyons will no longer be performing at this event due to ill health.

In collaboration with Feminist Think Tank Hattu and The Finnish Institute in London 

Image courtesy of Roxy Mikkonen / The Finnish Institute in London


Name: Feminist Swearing Night
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546