A story telling workshop held at Crossroads Centre on June 8th. This workshop explored improvisation skills, devising practices utilised by Swipe Right Theatre, enabling participants to collate exercises to use throughout their own processes. It was an afternoon of story-telling through movement and music. The workshop was facilitated by Swipe Right Theatre’s founders Natasha Granger and Kerrie Thomason. Black History Month Event, Friday 16 November 2018 at Crossroads Women’s Centre. Launch of Marxism, Colonialism and Cricket, a volume of essays on CLR James’ Beyond A Boundary, widely regarded as one of the most important books on cricket and on sport generally. The book concludes with an essay by CLR’s key collaborator, Selma James, who is based at the women’s centre. Hosted by Crossroads Women and Women of Colour in the Global Women’s Strike. Many Maids Make Much Noise – A theatre workshop at Crossroads Women’s Centre on Tuesday 16th October. The workshop is part of the East London Federation of Suffragettes (ELFS) project and is based around a play, Liberty or Death, written by Sylvia Pankhurst around 1913 about working class women’s struggles in the East End of London. ELFS describe the play as “addressing the themes that were dear to the movement including housing, domestic violence, imprisonment, the benefit system (as it was then) and equal pay, drawn from real-life experiences”. Little is known about whether it was ever actually performed. The workshop involved reading and potentially performing parts of the play. And then having discussions around some of the themes. ELFS would like to sound record the workshops and some of the discussion may be used in a short film. They say: “the film is intended as a tool, to be shown at arts venues and women’s centres, to provoke discussion about contemporary feminist issues and explore the relevance of that history today”. You can contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. “For Those Who Died Trying.” Photo exhibition, November 2016. This project, by Protection International, remembers Human Rights Defenders in Thailand who died defending their communities and the environment. Each of the portraits were placed at the location where she or he was murdered or disappeared and rephotographed by Luke Duggleby. Click on the image for more details. “Women Together,” Event and discussion, November 2013. A forum aimed to “give a voice to those women whose needs are most likely to be neglected, especially in these hard times.” Click here to view the findings in our final report “Living History: Growing up in the East End and surviving the Blitz.” Discussion and photos, December 2013. Survivors of the Blitz, Mildred Gordon (MP for Bow & Poplar in the ’80s) and Helen Stern recounted their expectations of endurance. “July Open Day,” Workshops and events, July 2012. A family day at the centre, jumble and book sale, tea and cake. Introductory workshops from Black Women Rape Action, Women Against Rape, Single Mothers’ Self Defence and WinVisible plus talks from our homeopath, face painting, story telling and laughter from Colin the Clown! “Who Works for Me ? Mum, Auntie, Sister, Granny…” Children’s exhibition, 1998 and 2007. Anti-racist, anti-sexist paintings uncovering children’s perspective on the work which their mothers and other carers do. Their art, always enlightening and often stunning, revealed not only awareness but appreciation. Click on the image to view more of their lovely work.