SATURDAY 19TH MAY
10.30pm – MIDNIGHT
VENUE: Q CAR PARK, DEANSGATE NORTH. 2 Chapel St, Salford,M3 7WJ
LONE WOMEN IN THE NOT QUITE LIGHT – FLASHES OF WILDERNESS
What do you hear when you walk alone?
How does it feel to be in the getting dark or light?
What do you see when you look alone?
What are your dreams or nightmares of wilderness?
Lone Women in the Not Quite Light: Flashes of Wilderness is a women only event being held on Saturday 19th May on the top floor of a Salford Q Car Park, from 10.30pm – Midnight.
As part of a wider project exploring women’s ideas on & experiences of aloneness, darkness & wilderness the event will give women the opportunity to be in the between places we move through, such as car parks, in a different way.
The Scottish writer Clare Archibald will, on the Friday morning and evening ( during the Not Quite Light Weekend), have undertaken & recorded two solo walks – one around dawn and one around the dusk. She’ll then write a piece overnight in response to these experiences, and layer it with the sounds & images of a woman walking alone in the Not Quite Light.
For the event on the Saturday evening, Clare will be joined by other writers, artists & musicians in reading/performing work inspired by themes of the Not Quite Light. The artists and attendees will all be chatting in a car park at night, about what it means to be Lone Women moving through spaces and places. Our conversation will be hosted and led by Naomi Frisby, champion of writing by women and digital coordinator of Manchester Literature Festival. She has opinions and so we hope do you, either to share or take away into the dark.
Emma Bolland – The Fictive City. Emma will read from two projects in which she used literatures as a lens through which to explore both real and imagined experiences of ‘city’. Her writings and site performances for MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall (2012) a collaboration with photographer Tom Rodgers and curator Judit Bodor, employed David Peace’s novel Nineteen Eighty (2001) as a map to navigate and experience sites of violence in Leeds. Her auto-fictive text Violet, published in the anthology The Dreamers (2017), conceived and edited by Sharon Kivland, employed Lacan’s essay The Seminar on The Purloined Letteras a framework for a dream collage exploring ideas of the post-traumatic city.
This will be a unique event. Dani Abulhawa will be performing Feint Lines – A skateboard choreography with accompanying audio. Feint Lines explores the car park as a care taking spac e; for tiny and quick-to- disappear moments of boldness, connection, failure,dreaming and remembering, amongst other things. For this performance the audience will be able to download and listen to audio related to the performance.
Alison Boyes – BIVVY Ever wondered what it’s like to spend the night outdoors alone? Alison will be explaining why she chooses to bivvy bag and will give a practical demonstration of how to do it.
Sameena Hussain – She will be creating an improvised physical theatre piece in response to her own experiences about encountering familiar spaces within the night and her relationship to the night and to the car park space itself.
Come and be part of moving through a car park space in a different way. Be part of our conversation in whatever way you’re comfortable with. Join in, listen, suggest ideas, move around the space, observe.
See you on the top floor…
Naomi Frisby is a writer and interviewer. She runs the feminist book blog, The Writes of Woman, a celebration of female writers and their work. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University.
Clare Archibald is a Scottish writer exploring ideas of gender, place, loss and movement. She is interested in the potential of creative dialogue, collaboration and the interplay of forms. She set up the Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness project to engage with other women in exploring ideas of aloneness, darkness & wilderness.
Emma Bolland works across text, film, and performance, exploring hybrid autofictive essay forms, with a particular interest in post-traumatic language. She has published widely, with her essay on screen violence and GIFF pornography recently included in On Violence (Ma Bibliothêque), described by Chris Kraus as a ‘brilliant and timely anthology’.
Alison Boyes. By day, works in a cafe which trains young people with additional support needs. Evenings and weekends are when she roams the countryside of South West Scotland with her camera (and sometimes her bivvy bag). Other activities include having a husband, three grown up children and playing in a womens’ Samba band.
Dani Abulhawa Dani Abulhawa is a British-Palestinian artist and skateboarder based in Manchester. Her practice involves creating and exploring movement within specific sites, places and
communities. Previous projects and performances have focused o n themes of genderpolitics, subversion, and decolonisation. www.daniabulhawa.com
Sameena Hussain Sameena is a drama practitioner and theatre maker. She creates work which engages in having a dialogue with the audiences about issues which affect us in our daily life. She will be creating an improvised physical theatre piece in response to her own experiences about encountering familiar spaces within the night and her relationship to the night and to the car park space itself.
Hayley Flynn Hayley set out to promote and preserve Manchester’s heritage by documenting unspoken stories, unearthing unique historical research, and exploring and capturing unseen sights. She is a tour guide, curator, and researcher. She has written for publications such as The Guardian, Caught By the River, Untapped Cities, & Elsewhere Journal, and has given tours to journalists, influencers and tourists from all over the world. Her tours and creative projects have been featured in The Telegraph, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, BBC, New York Magazine, Creative Tourist, & 50 Things to Do in Manchester Before You Die.