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Clear Lines started as the UK’s first-ever festival dedicated to addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. Founded and crowdfunded by volunteers in 2015, it was a truly special grassroots success -- and is still going. Clear Lines was born out of the need to create an open, honest, and inclusive conversation around these experiences, to replace the shame and silence with insight, understanding, and community. Since our two multi-day festivals in 2015 and 2017, we now hold a series of events online, in London, and further afield, often partnering with organisations to create a survivor-centered, arts-inspired dialogue around sexual violence and abuse.

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What is Clear Lines?

Clear Lines started as the UK’s first-ever festival dedicated to addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. Founded and crowdfunded by volunteers in 2015, it was a truly special grassroots success -- and is still going. Clear Lines was born out of the need to create an open, honest, and inclusive conversation around these experiences, to replace the shame and silence with insight, understanding, and community. Since our two multi-day festivals in 2015 and 2017, we now hold a series of events online, in London, and further afield, often partnering with organisations to create a survivor-centered, arts-inspired dialogue around sexual violence and abuse.

The Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women in Lockdown 
6-8pm, online (£4/2)
Hosted by WoWFest Liverpool 
With Hibo Wardere, Winnie M Li, and Gill Moglione
Website

My Story, My Words: A Creative Writing Workshop for Survivors of Sexual Abuse or Violence (SOLD OUT) 2-4pm GMT
Facilitated by Clare Shaw. Hosted by WoWFest Liverpool
Funded by the Royal Society of Literature -Literature Matters Award
FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT LIMITED SPACE
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Transforming Sexual Trauma into Literature: Authors in Northern Ireland on Writing Their Lived Experience
For the first time in Northern Ireland local authors who have experienced sexual violence will discuss how writing has offered them a form of trauma therapy in an online discussion hosted by Nexus, Northern Ireland’s specialist sexual counselling charity. 17:00 – 18:30PM

REGISTER HERE

The closing event in our collaboration with The SHaME Project
5-6:30PM GMT
TICKETS TO GO LIVE SOON.

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An inspiring line-up of artists, activists and advocates

This graphic novel #Eve @ViragoBooks is the long-form fiction debut by my friend & fellow survivor-activist @thingsbyuna 👍 A prescient tale of gender, the environment & a dystopian future. Her 2015 memoir #BecomingUnbecoming was groundbreaking, heartbreaking & beautiful 💔🙏

More #bookpost from August! This book by journalist @RVT9 just came out @squarepegbooks – a real-life exploration of sexual violence in our bedrooms, inside relationships. It’s vital that the public conversation about assault & rape goes beyond the familiar stranger rape myths 👏

🚨Afghanistan Emergency Appeal 🚨

Many people asking what we need, here’s the list:

– 0-3 baby clothes and snow suits/winter coats
– 9m-2 years clothes
– 4-6 years clothing – especially trousers, pyjamas, jumpers (warm clothes) + coats

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Absolutely loved this clever, wonderfully slow-burn thriller about women in the film industry by @winniemli . It asks us to consider what it means to be a woman in a man’s world and also the redemptive power of story-telling. Look out for it in June.

@Shelleytracey @winniemli @clearlinesuk @NEXUS_NI @Macha_NI @hilarymcc7 This was a privileged opportunity to hear real open, raw accounts/ dialogue from survivors of sexual abuse. Hope/ Healing and recovery through writing. Superb!

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Previous Speakers

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WINNIE M LI

Co-Founder

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LIZ KELLY

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NINA MILLNS

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