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Recollections of the Greenham Pioneers with Rebecca Mordan

October 23, 2023 @ 18:30 21:00

As part of the 2023 Farsley Literature Festival we are excited to bring you actor, Artistic Director of Scary Little Girls and author of Out of the Darkness: Greenham Voices, Rebecca Mordan.

In 1981, a group of women marched from Cardiff to the Greenham Common RAF base in Newbury to protest the siting of US nuclear missiles on British soil. They formed what became the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and stayed there for almost twenty years, in what would become the largest, most effective woman-led protest since the Suffrage campaign. Out of the Darkness reunites the women of Greenham to share their recollections of the highs and lows of camp life, explore how they organised, and uncover the non-violent ways they challenged military, police and cultural forces, all in the name of peace.

Whether freeing MoD geese or dancing on silos, whether composing songs to put their cases across in court or kissing in the face of advancing police, this is the story of the power of creativity, wit and courage, and the sisterhood the Greenham women created. This book celebrates the Greenham pioneers of peaceful protest and hopes to inspire a new generation of activists.

Co-authored with Kate Kerrow, her first book, Out of the Darkness: Greenham Voices, was published in 2021.

After graduating from Sheffield University with a BA in English Literature, Rebecca spent 3 years at Bristol Old Vic. She has worked as an actor in film, theatre and television, and founded award-winning production hub Scary Little Girls, to create roles and opportunities for women and populate stories with diverse female characters.

With SLG, Rebecca has written, directed, produced and performed while working with a wide range of partners including the BFI, Glastonbury Festival and Hall for Cornwall (for whom she is an Associate Artist).

She recently co-wrote and presented The Greenham Effect for the BBC’s Archive on Four, drawing on the 200 plus testimonials she helped gather from Greenham Women as part of the Greenham Women Everywhere project she co-foundered.

Rebecca’s first piece of fiction for radio was featured in The UK Project, in which she was asked to represent the Cornish voice, out this year.  She is a founder member of KerPow, Cornish female artists tackling sex and gender discrimination and has been a campaigner against male violence for over 25 years.
Thanks to this she is often a ‘rent-a-feminist’ guest for BBC Radio, including You and Yours, 5 Live and Women’s Hour, and Sky News.
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