Monday, 27 April 2009

live through this - manchester and edinburgh


Two mental health related events with Sabrina Chapadjiev, editor of 'LiveThrough This : On Creativity and Self Destruction'

(This is also the first event of a Mental Health Discussion Group that will start meeting monthly from June.)

Sunday May 10th, 5-8pm
The Talk will be a reading, visual presentation, and an in-depth exploration of the themes that emerged in the dialogue of art and self-destruction within the book. This will be followed by a Q&A.

Monday May 11th, 5-8pm
Being diagnosed as bi-polar, depressed, anorexic or mentally ill can often feel like being handed a sentence. Often, with each of these 'diagnoses' comes the stigma of weakness and mental instability. But what happens when we start turning out symptoms into gifts? Beyond medication and therapists, what ownership can you have over your own mental health? In this workshop we'll take a closer look at the hidden gifts inherent in the things that destroy us. we'll discuss ways to harness these 'symptoms' - not as burdens that misdirect is, but as self-knowledge worthy of attention.

Both events will be held at the LGBT Centre, Sidney St, Manchester.
This is an accessible space.

5pm - open with hot meal, cakes, tea (cheap & vegan)
6pm - talk / workshop starts
8pm - end

Events are free but we will be asking for donations to help cover Sabrina's travel costs.

LIVE THROUGH THIS is a collection of original stories, essays, artwork,and photography. It explores the use of art to survive abuse, incest, madness and depression, and the often deep-seated impulse toward self-destruction including cutting, eating disorders, and addiction. Here, some of our most compelling cartoonists, novelists, poets, dancers, playwrights, and burlesque performers traverse the pains and passions that can both motivate and destroy women artists, and mark a path for survival. Taken together, these artful reflections offer an honest and hopeful journey through the power inherent in struggles with destruction, and the ensuing possibilities of transforming that burning force into the external release of art. With contributions by Nan Goldin, bell hooks, Patricia Smith, Cristy C.Road, Carol Queen, Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens, Carolyn Gage, Eileen Myles, Fly, Diane DiMassa, Bonfire Madigan Shive, Inga Muscio, Kate Bornstein, Toni Blackman, Nicole Blackman, Silas Howard, Daphne Gottleib, and Stephanie Howell.

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Lecture & Discussion by editor Sabrina Chapadjiev
Tuesday 12th May @ St Paul's Hall, Jeffrey St, Edinburgh
doors 7pm, £3

Performance with Sabrina Chap, Jo Foster & McGillivray
Saturday 16th May @ The Bowery, Roxburgh Pl,Edinburgh
doors 7.30pm, £3

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

Further Information
For further press information and photo's contact Marylou -, 07981507207

3 pounds on the door

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