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Why I Heart: Vicky Featherstone

Mar
22

Every day in March, a different writer will be talking about a woman they admire, all in honour of International Women’s Day. Today, theatre director, writer and blogger Eve Nicol talks about her love of Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone.

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Before starting out as a trainee in the professional theatre industry, my idea of a female role model was the chorus of dragged up David Bowie in the Boys Keep Swinging music video. I still dream about having the style and swagger of a gender swapped Bowie but when I joined the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) I began appreciating how valuable it was to have real, relatable people surrounding you to look up to.
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Why I Heart: Lauren Laverne

Mar
14

Every single day in March, a different contributor will be talking about a woman they admire, all in honour of International Women’s Day. Today, Lynne Johnston of Pretty Ugly talks about her love of Lauren Laverne.

Photo Credit: Phil Sharp (www.philsharp-photo.com).

Photo Credit: Phil Sharp (www.philsharp-photo.com).

When I was 14, I had a meeting with my schools so-called ‘guidance teacher’ to discuss the subjects I would take for my Standard Grades. I explained that I was taking music so I could form a band and art so that I could design the sleeve for our first EP. He asked why I picked two subjects that I really wasn’t very good at, but I just shrugged and said, “It never stopped Kenickie.” To me, not being able to play an instrument (or even knowing any other girls who could) wasn’t a reason not to dream big, and the Kenickie girls were clearly having the time of their lives with all the DIY punk spirit of the riot grrrl movement and the sass of the Spice Girls. If they could do it, why couldn’t I?
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International Woman of the Day

Jan
30

This March, TYCI will be running a special feature on our website, celebrating a different woman we love every single day, in honour of International Women’s Day.

Which women inspire you? Who are your female icons?

We want to hear from you and share your lady-heroes with all our readers. Email us on contact.tyci@gmail.com.

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TYCI LIVE This Weekend – Honeyblood and SummerSlams at Bloc.

Mar
13

March 2013

It’ll also be the launch of our new zine, so be there or be square! Raffle proceeds go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
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International Woman of the Day – Lara Croft

Mar
08

And for the final article in our International Woman of the Day series, Catriona Reilly goes for Lara Croft.

Like many people from my generation, I wasted a large chunk of my formative years gripping a PlayStation controller. I spent so much of my childhood in the company of that noisy grey box that I often wonder what I could have achieved had I cultivated hobbies or pursued academic interests instead. Perhaps I could have been a neurosurgeon or a laureate, or maybe I would simply have a better grasp of basic grammar. But, I would have also probably developed crippling emotional issues and I would never have discovered my childhood hero – Lara Croft.

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International Woman of the Day – Dorothy Parker

Mar
08

For the next in the closing rounds of our International Woman of the Day series, Sophie Kromholz chooses Dorothy Parker.

I unabashedly love Dorothy Parker – her words, her wit, the flirtatious alteration between coy and cutting commentary. Parker was an American 20th century poet, critic and short story writer whose legacy has paved the way for today’s bright young things with big beautiful brains. The Irish have Oscar Wilde, and the Americans have Dorothy Parker, a linguistic heroine with the same sharp tact and elegant finesse – cunning, prosaic and above all quick as a fox in full chase.

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International Woman of the Day – Memphis Minnie

Mar
08

Lost and Found Promotions’ Amanda Aitken chooses Memphis Minnie as her Woman of the Day.

There are so many awesome women in this world past and present who do good or have done good. Struggling to come up with a final decision on who to write about, i looked to my music collection and realised there was only one answer – Memphis Minnie.

Perhaps not the most common household name for a blues musician, Memphis Minnie remains up there as one of the best blues musicians of all time. Credited as being one of the first blues musicians, male or female, to use an electric guitar, and also to fuse country and urban blues together, she paved the way for artists like Bo Diddley, Big Mama Thornton, and Muddy Waters in years to come.
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International Woman of the Day – Lana Wachowski

Mar
08

Next up, Helen Wright chooses filmmaker Lana Wachowski.

Lana Wachowski, along with her brother Andy, directed one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time in The Matrix. With its incorporation of bullet time and wire fu stunts stolen from eastern movie-making, it transformed Hollywood action cinema conventions.


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International Woman of the Day – Betty Davis

Mar
08

For the second IWD post of the day, Lucy Brouwer talks about Betty Davis.

The bare facts are: she was born Betty Mabry in North Carolina in 1945; She is definitely not to be confused with the movie star Bette Davis; She was briefly married to jazz superstar Miles Davis.

But the real truth is she is the funkiest women ever to put on a thigh-high boot.

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Celebrated as the woman who made Miles Davis cool again – responsible for introducing him to Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, resulting in the landmark album Bitches Brew – Betty was a young model in New York when she met the jazz musician. They married, but their union was tempestuous and short lived. She kept his name and moved to London. In the early 1970s she started to record herself.
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International Woman of the Day – Marion Gilchrist

Mar
08

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! To celebrate, we’re wrapping up our month-long series of posts on amazing women with a final set of articles. To kick things off, Rachael Egan chooses Marion Gilchrist as her Woman of the Day.

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I find Marion Gilchrist an inspirational woman in the area of academia in particular.

Marion Gilchrist (1864-1952) is one of the University of Glasgow’s most famous female graduates and the first woman to gain a degree from the University. She graduated MB CM in June 1894 with a high commendation. In 1890 she was one of only nine women who enrolled in the newly-opened Medical School at Queen Margaret College. She would later become the first woman chairman of the Glasgow Division of the British Medical Association.
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