Monday 12 November 2018

The Scottish Suffragettes

THEATRE Bon Accord Centre, Upper Mall 10.00 & 11.00 FREE

Join us while we experience talented students from the drama department at NESCOL perform short pieces inspired by passages from ‘Caroline Phillips: Aberdeen Suffragette and Journalist’, authored by our very own committee member, Sarah Pedersen.

The Scottish Suffragettes
 NESCOL Basement Studio Theatre

 13.00 | FREE | Book via Eventbrite



Belmont Filmhouse Screen 2

18.00 | Book via Belmont Filmhouse 

£10, £ 8 conc

A small group of very talented drama students will present a short devised piece for a special lunchtime bite of live theatre.

Starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, Suffragette (2015) tells the story of some of the women who worked to achieve the vote and change the course of history. This special showing will be preceded by a short talk by Professor Sarah Pedersen, RGU, author of The Scottish Suffragettes and the Press.

Professor Margaret Rees, author of Management of the Menopause and Sexual Health and the Menopause, will talk about what happens at the menopause and its impact on long-term health, osteoporosis, managing symptoms both with hormone therapy and without, alternative and complementary therapies, what women can do for themselves and what employers should be doing.

Case studies will be interspersed during the presentation with adequate time for questions throughout.


Please note, parking is not available on campus, which is on the no. 1 and 2 bus route.

A light lunch will be provided.

Menopause and Beyond: What you need to know


RGU, The Sir Ian Wood Building, H230 FREE |Book via Eventbrite

Tuesday 13 November 2018
Tuesday 13 November 2018

Silver City Surfers – Find your Family History Online

The Citadel, Castlegate | 13.30 |FREE

Was your great grandmother a political force? Do you have a gem of a story hidden in your family history?

Find out how to investigate online at the Silver City
Surfers tech talk and Rise Up Quines!

Thanks to Silver City Surfers

Jen Brister


Lemon Tree, West North Street | 19.30 |Tickets via whats-on/

Ever wanted to know the meaning of life? No, neither has Jen, she’s too busy trying to stop her twins from using her shoes as a toilet. Still, we’re only on this planet for a finite time, wouldn’t it be good to find a bit of meaning in your otherwise pointless existence?


Join Jen as she clutches at all the straws trying to make sense of it all. ‘Blisteringly funny’ The List


Thanks to Aberdeen Performing Arts

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Firebrand Women


Central Library, Aberdeen

9.00 – 17.00 Daily 

Ends Tuesday, November 20 | FREE

Features unique materials from Glasgow Women’s Library’s museum and archive collection, from campaigning badges to posters and zines, and tells the stories of women who have challenged the politics of
their time, from the Suffragettes to women today.

Thanks to Glasgow Women’s Library

Speed Mentoring


Aberdeen Town House Restaurant (use Broad Street entrance)

17.30 |FREE| Book via Eventbrite

Research shows that men are more likely to be mentored by senior executives than their female counterparts. Speed mentoring is a series of short, focused conversations about specific questions and involves one-on-one interaction between a mentee and a series of mentors.


Supported by RGU Foundation, access the support and wisdom of women
who know what it takes to get ahead.



Thanks to Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Activism Fair


NESCOL, Gallowgate entrance

Midday – 15.00 FREE| No booking required

Wonder what our political parties do and who best represents you and your interests? Wonder whether being in a union could benefit you? Feel like you might want to volunteer some time to a charity involved in something you're passionate about? Then this open
drop in fair is for you. All our main political parties will be represented, as will a number of unions and charities. An opportunity to get more information and see whether you want to get involved. Look out for more details on participants & updates on our Facebook page.



Thanks to NESCOL Student Association

STUC Workshop
NESCOL, Gallowgate entrance

13.00 | Age 16+ *| FREE

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Employees are faced with challenges in the workplace every day. Being aware of your legal rights will give you confidence in the workplace. Through this workshop for age 16+, the STUC Unions into Schools will provide an introduction into unions and then
focus on issues that may affect you in the workplace.
Particularly sex discrimination, bullying and harassment, the gender pay gap and other legal rights and entitlements. There will be lots of discussion and sharing in this informative session, reflecting on real events and experiences. Check FB for updates.

*NB This workshop is open to male & female participants.

Thanks to STUC and NESCOL Student Association

Rise Up Quines! Votes for Women Aberdeen City Centre Walk

Meet at the Mercat Cross, Castle Street
13.00, 14.00, 15.00 | Places are limited
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Visit six stops from the Castlegate to the Music Hall that are connected to our suffragette and suffragist sisters and hear their stories of the struggle here in Aberdeen to win the vote for women.

The walk lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Please come dressed for wind and rain! Free but donations are gratefully accepted.

The walk is organised by Aberdeen Women’s Alliance volunteers who have run women’s history walks in the city centre for the last five years.


Thanks to Aberdeen Women’s Alliance

Thursday 15 November 2018

Suffragette Caroline Phillips’letters


Treasure Hub, Granitehill Road

4.00-15.30 | FREE|Book via Eventbrite

Please note places are limited

The Treasure Hub is the permanent home of the city’s unique collections of art and history when they are not on display in the city centre.


Join Curator Jenny Pape for a tour followed by a closer look at the letters of Aberdeen’s own suffragette Caroline Phillips.


Thanks to Treasure Hub & Aberdeen City Council Museums and Galleries

Biographical Dictionary


Central Library, Aberdeen

17.30 FREE Book via Eventbrite

The New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women

The second edition of the Biographical Dictionary
of Scottish Women is being published by Edinburgh University Press in November. The first edition was published in 2006, and has been expanded in the second edition. Existing entries have been revised and new entries added. This event will focus on women from North East Scotland who are included in the Dictionary. Several contributors will be present to highlight the stories of some of the remarkable women featured and there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Thanks to Women’s History Network

Find Your Voice –Tell Your Story
Central Library, Aberdeen
15.00 |FREE| Book via Eventbrite

Linda Watson-Brown is a bestselling ghostwriter who has worked on more than 20 Sunday Times bestsellers. In this talk, she will discuss how ghostwriting works, why storytelling is so important as
part of women’s history, and how to approach your own memoir.


Linda “allowed me the opportunity to tell my story in the way I wanted
it told, but she also brought a structure to it that I appreciated and that gave me the chance to say so much more than I’ve ever said before.” Sara Payne 'Letters to Sarah’

Organised in partnership with Business Gateway’s ‘Women into business’ this event will see three of the region’s top women leaders talk to Professor Natasha Mauthner about their career paths and experiences as women in leadership. Speakers will come from a variety of sectors and there will be networking after the main discussion.




Thanks to Business Gateway and University of Aberdeen Business School

Women In Leadership


University of Aberdeen, MacRobert Lecture Theatre (MR051) 

17.30 for 18.00 start | FREE | Book via Eventbrite


Introduction to Electronic Music Production With Caro C


NESCOL, Room B18 | 18.00 - 20.30 | FREE | Age:14+*

Book via Eventbrite

Artist, engineer and facilitator in sound, Caro C will get you started on making electronic music using Ableton Live software. You’ll make your own beats, loops, ambient soundscapes using virtual instruments, samples and add your own recordings (vocals, instruments). Options for setting up an electronic music production studio at home will also be covered.


Caro appeared on Dick and Dom’s Absolute Genius on CBBC described as a music technology expert, helping them to re-create the original Dr Who theme using animal sounds and bric-a-brac!

*NB This workshop is funded by the Musicians’ Union in recognition of the fact that women are underrepresented in the music industry and so this workshop is for women and girls only.

Thanks to Musicians’ Union

Friday 16 November 2018



Central Library | 11.00 | FREE

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D*mned Rebel B*tches Table Reading

“Thelma and Louise reinvented for an octogen- arian set who will outlive us all” The Herald Ella and Irene are sisters in their eighties. From the Clydeside Blitz in 1941 to New York in 2012, they encounter allies, personal history and fools who think little old ladies aren’t dangerous. While Hurricane Sandy wrecks Manhattan, Ella hunts NYC for her feckless missing grandson through fire and flood.

Poorboy’s much loved show visits Aberdeen with a group of local people asked to join us in reading the script alongside the show’s director in an open rehearsal.

With thanks to Aberdeen City Libraries

Caro C

NESCOL , Room B02| 16.00 - 17.00 | FREE | 

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Ever wondered what’s really going on when live electronic music is being performed? Here’s your chance to go under the hood of an electronic music “sonic adventurer”! Caro C will perform a bespoke selection of her wayward songs blending electronic and acoustic (piano, voice) elements. These will then be deconstructed, looking at the creative and technical aspects of Caro’s performance, while uncovering the development of her somewhat unique sound and trajectory from bed-bound electronic music tinkerer to professional composer, producer and performer. There will also be a Q&A session.

*NB This is workshop open to both male and female participants.

Thanks to Musicians’ Union

Suffragettes Lunch


Gate 63 restaurant, NESCOL, Aberdeen

Midday – 13.45 | £10 per person | Must be pre-booked by email to  or call 01224 612169 

Join us for a lunch inspired by the suffragettes’ cookbook. Talented catering students, chefs, hospitality and food and drink management trainees will present a two-course lunch in the college’s highly rated training restaurant.

Thanks to Gate 63

Women’s History Timeline


Maritime Museum, Shiprow

16.30 | FREE |Book via Eventbrite

The history of the fight for equality is made up of many key people and moments, from the nineteenth century to the present day. How many of them do you know? Help Glasgow Women’s Library complete the Women’s Equality Timeline, take part in the discussion and discover more about the women who fought for our future.

Thanks to Glasgow Women’s Library

DIY Home Recording


NESCOL, Room B18

18.00 - 20.30 | FREE Age: 14+

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In this workshop, Susan Bear will guide you on the basics of home recording. From the basic software and hardware you’ll need, how best to record instruments & voice and then how to edit the results. On completion, Susan will have you confidently recording your own demo’s at home.

Susan Bear is a multi-instrumentalist, sound designer and music producer based in Glasgow working in music and theatre. Her productions have been playlisted on BBC 6Music, Radio 1 and numerous other international broadcasting platforms.

Saturday 17 November 2018

Women Making Music



12.00 - 4pm | FREE |*Book via Eventbrite 

Recognising the challenges for women in the music industry where they are underrepresented in all areas. These free practical workshops are designed to help you build your confidence and knowledge and take your music to the next level. In the main these are small group sessions and booking is essential. You can sign up to more than one workshop.

Beginners DJ’ing Workshop

Room B05|12.00 -14.00 |Age: 18+| Max 10 places 

In this workshop, Foxxy DJ (aka Edinburgh Girls Rock School drum tutor Nikki Foxx) will cover setting up your decks and what they do, basic song structure/ counting and an introduction to beat matching.

How to be a Bad Ass

Room B02|15.30 -16.30 |Age: 16+| Max 40 places 

Have you ever thought: “I wish I’d said something at the time?”

Join Lou McLean from Girls Rock School Edinburgh as we learn about emotional self defence techniques, dealing with confrontation and maximizing resilience.

Guitar Maintenance

Room B02 |12.00 -13.00 or 13.00 -14.00 |Age: 18+| Max 6 places

Caro Marrow of riot grrrl band MiaouMix and co- founder of Edinburgh Girls Rock School, will explain how to fix common problems with guitars and amps. Bring an electric guitar, bass or amp with issues and have a go at fixing them with the tutor.

Guitar Tech- Looping & Effects

Room B04|12.00 - 13.00  or 13.00 -14.00 |Age: 18+| Max 6 places each workshop

Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr of post-rock band Wozniak and Edinburgh Girls Rock School tutor, will give an introduction to the world of fx pedals and give you a chance to test them out. Bring your guitar or bass with you.

DIY Event Management & Promotion

Room B02|14.30 -15.30 |Age: 16+| Max 40 places 

Long-time independent music promoter and professional events organiser and musician, Patty Vea has been involved with the music industry for over 7 years and holds a BA Honours in Music Business.

By the end of this workshop you will have learned how to organise, run, promote and market an event, how to write a press release and some helpful budget skills.

This workshop relates to working in music as well other art forms.'

DIY Filming & Editing

Room B05|15.30 -16.30 |Age: 14+| Max 14 places 

Filmmaker Sara Stroud will show you how to make a promotional film on your phone. You will learn how to: use your Apple phone or android phone to film great footage; edit using a free software app on your phone; file types for video production; how to record optimum sound using your phone; export and upload for sharing on a video platform.

One Girl Band Workshop

Room B27 |12.00 -13.00 or 13.00 -14.00 |Age: 14+| Max 8 places

Ever wanted to sing with yourself like you are in
a band? Worry not, with a loop pedal, you can be
your own incredible harmony-singing bandmate!
At this workshop, you’ll explore using loop pedals with microphones and instruments with musician Bell Lungs. Bring your instrument, preferably with a pick-up, alternatively we’ll create something with just your voice!

*NB These workshops are funded by the Musicians’ Union in recognition of the fact that women are underrepresented in the music industry and so these workshops are for women and girls only.




With thanks to Musicians’ Union

GWL Story Café Special


Central Library, Aberdeen

14.00 |Free |Book via Eventbrite

It’s 100 years since some women first got the vote in the UK. Bring your daughters, granddaughters and nieces along to our Story Cafe to celebrate!


Tuck into cake & nibbles as award-winning children’s author Sheena Wilkinson reveals the secrets behind her book, Star by Star, a bold tale of Suffragettes, courage and survival.


This event is aimed particularly at girls and young women 10+ but everyone is welcome! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

With thanks to Aberdeen Central Library

Women in politics


Town and County Room, Town House, Union Street

19.30 | FREE | Book via Eventbrite

Women politicians from all the main political parties in Scotland have been invited to discuss ‘Women in politics – the next 100 years.’


Our panel will be asked to discuss ‘Have we let the suffragettes down?’ and we anticipate a lively and inspiring evening of discussion.


Confirmed so far we have Claire Baker MSP (Labour),  Maggie Chapman, Co-convener, Scottish Green Party and Suzi Martin from the Women's Equality Party.

Thanks to Aberdeen City Council

Rise Up Quines! Women Making Music MUSIC

The Tunnels, Carnegies Brae

19.00 | FREE | Book via Eventbrite

An evening of live music from some of Scotland’s fine female music creators.

Lou McLean delivers a mix of sweet acoustic pop with darkly hilarious lyricism. "A can of old recipe irn bru with a razor blade inside.” says Lou of her songs.

Bell Lungs’ vocals have been described as “elemental” The Wire. Weaving, layered vocal harmonies, electric violin, omnichord, guitar, field recordings and instrumental loops together into a psychedelic, post-folk soundscape.

Fistymuffs are a Riot Grrrl band from Edinburgh. With lyrics pulled directly from personal experience, their punk fuelled songs tackle issues such as escaping abusive relationships, unwanted groping and rejecting patriarchal standards of body image and femininity.


Must be aged 14+. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday 18 November 2018

March of the Women


Belmont Filmhouse Screen 2

13.30 | FREE | Book via Eventbrite

 First performed in 2015, March of the Women celebrated the lives and achievements of Scottish women past and present. There will be a short discussion before the film hosted by Glasgow Women’s Library.

Thanks to Glasgow Women’s Library  

In conversation with Caroline Criado Perez


University of Aberdeen,  MacRobert Building Room 051

18.00 | FREE | Book via Eventbrite

Caroline Criado Perez is a writer, broadcaster and award-winning feminist campaigner.

Her first book, Do it Like a Woman, was published in 2015. It was described as “a must-read” by the Sunday Independent. Her second book, INVISIBLE WOMEN: exposing data bias in a world designed for men, will be published in Spring 2019.

She was the 2013 recipient of the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year award, and awarded OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015.

Final Bash PARTY

Belmont Filmhouse, Downstairs Bar

20.00 |FREE | Book via Eventbrite | Suitable for ages 12+

Join the festival committee and all of our collaborators and volunteers for some fun, music and nibbles.


Thanks to Belmont Filmhouse

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