Listen again: 22nd April 2014

Reaching for the MoonRosie talks to Ingo, producer and director of Bar Wotever which is part of Wotever World and regularly organises events at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Ingo explains that it is a place, where people are given the time to do what they want. It is also popular with artists, who travel and don’t have a London audience yet. The events are open to everyone and part of their philosophy is ‘sharing information from stage and giving clues on how people can live their lives or getting inspired and be empowered’. Ingo presents up coming events, which are every Tuesday and listed on BarWotever, it includes the ‘Female Masculinity Appreciation Society #007’, which has a Bond theme and is on 9th May at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Rosie has director Bruno Baretto on the phone, whose film ‘Reaching for the Moon’ portrays the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Bruno tells us how he got involved in the project through his mother, a producer, and his wife at the time, Amy Irving. He describes the extraordinary relationship between the women and the appeal of Elizabeth Bishop, who had a very uncompromising character and managed to ‘turn her weaknesses into a strength’. He also reveals that Brazil’s attitude towards the LGBT community is hypocritical and still very moralistic. Despite huge Pride celebrations, there are cinemas who refuse to show this film. ‘Reaching for the Moon’ is out on DVD on 12th May.

Kathy Parker and Frankie Green, founder of the Women’s Liberation Music Archive, talk about their work, the music and the artists of their collection. The Women’s Liberation Music Archive (WLMA) focuses on feminist music-making in the UK and Ireland in the 1970s and 80s. The website shows flyers, photos and magazine articles. The hard copies of these can be found at the Feminist Archive South in Bristol. The motivation was to prevent women’s achievements ‘to be hidden from history’, as they say. The Women’s Liberation was active, e.g. by playing on the streets, on conferences and demonstrations and offering workshop for girls. Frankie herself was also involved in a couple of bands, including Jam Today. They stress the importance of a good infrastructure and networking to enable young girls to do music on their own terms and not be manipulated by the industry. When starting the archive many women responded to their call to contribute material and they continue to widen the collection.

Writer Sophia Blackwell talks about her involvement with the slam poetry event ‘Queer’Say’. Sophia also tells us how she chooses her poems for a performance, which allows her to be flexible and respond to the audience. She is currently working on her second collection of poems. In the studio for us she recites ‘Mixed Tape’ about the art of creating a mixed tape, and ‘Everyone I Ever Slept With’, which is new and based on a dinner party she had. ‘Queer’Say’ is part of the Wandsworth Art Festival and takes place at the Bedford Pub in Balham on 8th May.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1)    K.D. Lang: ‘Surrender’ from the soundtrack of “Tomorrow Never Dies”

2)    Tom Jobím: ‘She’s a Carioca’ from the album “Bossa Nova”

3)    Jam Today: ‘Stereotyping’

4)    Wallis Bird: ‘Hardly, Hardly, Hardly’ from the album “Architect”

5)    Lizzie Smith Band: ‘One World’

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