Occupy the Airwaves on International Women’s Day, 8 March

Occupy the Airwaves on International Women’s Day, 8 March

Dreadnought South West is hosting an event to celebrate International Women’s Day on Exeter’s Community Radio station, Phonic FM.

Individuals and groups of women and girls, from Exeter and the surrounding area, will create, programme and produce exciting radio programmes which will be transmitted across a 16-hour period on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017.

We intend to facilitate skills learning for these women and girls by employing experienced tutors, and by leading workshops on creative writing and storytelling. All the participating individuals/groups will have the opportunity to take part in the final event and day of celebration, either in the studio or in our exhibition/meeting space at Exeter Phoenix.


Inspiring Women’s Day
Hosted by Natalie McGrath & Josie Sutcliffe

Female Friendship
Hosted by Kerrie Seymour

Hosted by Katie Villa

Speaking Out
Hosted by Cathy Towers

Women In the Arts
Hosted by Josie Sutcliffe

Women and Activism
Hosted by Josie Sutcliffe

On the Front Line: Women in Tech & Science
Hosted by Helen Connole

Gender, Identity, Sexuality, in Museums & Heritage
Hosted by Natalie McGrath

It’s A Girl Thing
Hosted by Kerrie Seymour

Hosted by Sharifa

Cultural Identity
Hosted by Sharifa

Where is Home?
Hosted by Emily Souter-Johnson

The Two Yonis (the comedy hour)
Hosted by Nicky Glassbrook & Michelle Ridings

Women Are the New Punk Rock
Hosted by Lande Hekt

The Party’s (Not) Over
Hosted by Josie Sutcliffe & Natalie McGrath

This will be an opportunity for a diverse range of women and girls to share their stories, music, histories and hopes for the future, in a protected space. We are seeking to broaden the range of producers and audience for local radio and in particular for programmes created & made by women.

Documenting the programmes will be part of Dreadnought’s project and an archive of stories will emerge to mark the diversity of Exeter’s women and girls in the twenty-first century. Various community groups and partners have been identified so far: Devon United Women, Exeter Mosque women’s group, Global Women’s Network (Exeter), Fawcett Devon, Devon Rape & Sexual Abuse Services, Phonic FM & Exeter College.

If you’d like to get involved, please contact Charlie Parker: charlie.dreadnoughtsw@gmail.com.

We look forward to you joining us as we Occupy the Airwaves on 8 March!