I feel very honoured to be a part of The Women’s Voices Project. I joined the project for a Research and Development weekend to perform in the project launch in Durham and Darlington to a diverse audience of policy makers, service providers and women that had contributed to the project so far. It was a great experience seeing how art could provoke and contribute to very important political discussion and could touch people on a personal level.
Afterwards I helped gather the stories through interviewing women in County Durham and Darlington and I will admit at first I was quite nervous. I wasn’t sure if I should ask questions, how to start a conversation or even how I was going to document the conversations. I was pleasantly surprised that it was as simple as talking to someone and listening to what they had to say. The stories I heard were then transcribed and only edited to remove maintain anonymity for the women, which is essential for their safety. I also learned about their favourite cakes most popular were Victoria Sponge and Birthday Cake!
As an artist hearing these stories first hand has made me determined that these stories need to be heard! The stories are in turn personal, violent, heartbreaking, funny, sad and very real. I can’t wait to share them with you as part of our events in September.