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Scarabeus Aerial Theatre, Parliament Hill School + Sharna Jackson presents

We Are The Granddaughters Of The Witches You Could Not Burn - Launch

Wednesday 6 June

In a nutshell

Join us at the launch event for this exhibition celebrating 100 years of women’s activism. Speakers include the exhibition co-curators, local activist Julie Begum and YA author Holly Bourne.

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2018 marks 100 years of some women having the right to vote in the UK – but what happened, and what’s really changed?

We Are The Granddaughters Of The Witches You Could Not Burn highlights and celebrates women then and now, locally and globally who have been at the forefront of driving change.

Our opening event features three short talks from women who are changing the world.

  • The co-curators from Parliament Hill School
  • Julie Begum – activist, chair of the Swadhinata Trust, life-long resident of Tower Hamlets
  • Holly Bourne – author of the best-selling Spinster Club series, which helps educate teenagers about feminism.

What to Expect

Three excellent short talks, a chance to see the see the exhibition, talk to the curators and enjoy a drink.

Who's Involved

Holly Bourne
Holly started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity – helping young people with their relationships and mental health. Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty, Holly wrote her first adult novel, examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark.

Alongside her writing, Holly has a keen interest in women’s rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She’s helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent, works with Women’s Aid to spread awareness of abusive relationships, and runs Rethink’s mental health book club.

Julie Begum
Julie is the Co-founder and Chair of the Swadhinata Trust. 

The Swadhinata Trust is a London based secular Bengali community group that works to promote Bengali history and heritage amongst young people.

She was the recipient of London Borough of Tower Hamlets Civic Award for Outstanding Service to the Community 2017

Parliament Hill School
A secondary school and sixth form for girls located in the Borough of Camden in London.

Sharna Jackson
A curator, writer and producer who facilitates socially-engaged projects, chiefly with children, young people and underrepresented groups. She has held roles at Tate, Design Museum, The Broad in LA and the Royal Collection Trust and consulted for National Maritime Museum, Museum of Childhood, V&A and Science Museum. She is a trustee at Sheffield Doc/Fest, New Writing North and Upswing. She is collaborating with photographer Jonathan Knightley on this show.

Find out more


Follow: @holly_bourneYA / @sharnajackson

Things you should know

Suitable for all ages

The exhibition, We Are The Daughters of The Witches You Could Not Burn,  is open from Wed 6 - Thu 28 June. 

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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