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2012 Highlights

It's the last day of 2012! Here are my personal highlights:

2012 Highlights

Graduated with a MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), University of London. The Master’s degree took two years during which time I gave birth to my wonderful son Dillon and created the Female Arts website.

Celebrated Dillon’s first birthday at Beale Park.

Wrote my first full length stage play called The Three Sisters (not the same as Checkov’s)! I will redraft it in 2013 before trying to get it produced.

Went to the summer Olympics - amazeballs! Saw semi-final football at Wembley and final pentathlon at Greenwich with Britain getting Silver...took my son to both, will remember forever.

My short film Spell was made featuring actors from CSSD MA Acting for screen
Created a facebook page for Spell http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spell-short-film/274076066045757?ref=hl– it can be viewed on youtube http://youtu.be/wIft5Nm53rU

My short play Anna was developed by The Factory and was performed by actors from CSSD MA Contemporary Acting.

Recorded episodes of a comedy sketch show The Village Peephole with my writing and comedy company The Reading Berks http://www.thereadingberks.co.uk/…currently being edited for podcast and radio broadcast in 2013.

Updated my writers website www.wendythomson.co.uk

Improved my IT skills - built a wordpress site and learnt more about drupal.

Created a facebook page for my mother’s late partner Patrick Fitzmaurice as a platform for sharing his writing and poetry: http://www.facebook.com/patrickfitzmauricelopf?ref=hl

Became a student member of BAFTA and the Writers Guild

Attended performances of new writing including musical theatre.

Congratulations to all my friends / family who got married, engaged, had a baby or had their child christened in 2012!

Female Arts 2012 highlights

Increased readership, over 1300 registered users on the Female Arts website, 1100 followers on twitter and 150 likes on facebook.

75 new articles on the Female Arts website.

Interviewed Steven Moffat, Richard Curtis, Linda Landers and Clare Buckfield.

Our review team wrote great film, TV, theatre and book reviews - thank you to everyone who emailed a press release, or tweeted us, it was great to read about and / or meet you.

I hope you had a happy and productive 2012, and here's to an even better 2013!
Wendy X

Female Arts end of year Newsletter

The Female Arts newsletter Dec 2012 has been distributed. If you'd like to get a copy please sign up here: http://www.femalearts.com/newsletter

As the end of the year approaches it's time for us to reflect on 2012. Our editor (me) completed a Master's degree in Writing for the Stage and Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Thank you to the Student Innovation department at Central for funding the creation of Female Arts in 2011!

We'd like to thank our team of reviewers for their contributions this year, including Teri Levett, Kay Dixon and G Hall. Special thanks to Tim Byrne for designing and maintaining the Female Arts website. http://timbyrne.co.uk

And thanks to our readers! Whether you Follow on twitter @femalearts, Like on facebook www.facebook.com/femalearts, or read us directly.

Happy New Year!


Blogs from cool female writers (some of them may also be hot or even lukewarm)

Check out these cool, funny, sublimely excellent blogs and websites!

Sophie Porter 'Tales of Minor Frustration' http://sophiewho.wordpress.com/
Katie Davison 'Writer. Stand Up. Lady' http://writerstanduplady.wordpress.com/
Ellen Fife 'That One There' http://thatonethere.tumblr.com/
Melanie Hunter http://www.melaniehunter.com/
Laura Kenwright 'Valentine Scribbles' http://valentinescribbles.wordpress.com/
Maggy Van Eijk http://www.abctales.com/user/maggyvaneijk and http://maggyvaneijk.tumblr.com
Helena Rampley 'The London Theatre Project' http://londontheatreproject.wordpress.com/
Kathryn Lewis 'Plot 36' http://cyprusplot36.wordpress.com/
Naia Headland-vanni 'SYS Theatre' www.systheatre.co.uk


Dear readers

I feel the need to apologise for such a quiet summer on Female Arts. I've been very busy finishing my Master's degree (there is still some work to go) but once my studies are completed there are lots of things I would like to do for the Female Arts website including frequency of information and updates.

I was captivated by the Olympics and so pleased to see how well female athletes did, in fact the two events I got tickets for were women's events - the football semi final (France vs Japan) and the pentathlon (GB got silver!).

Women won 11 of the 29 Olympic gold medals by team GB and there were five Olympic female multiple medallists. I hope that the Olympics changed the public perception of women in sports, including those such as football that are so heavily dominated by male teams.

Regarding the Paralympics of which I unfortunately saw very little, I think it's a shame the Paralympics is still held as a separate competition. My friend suggested that there should be just ONE opening and ONE closing ceremony with the Olympic and Paralympic games being held together. Having different TV channels cover the events (BBC for Olympics, Channel 4 for Paralympics) made me feel that the Paralympics is viewed as a poorer cousin. They should be treated as events of equal standing, just as female athletes should be viewed as equal to male athletes.

By the way, women won the majority of Paralympic gold medals - 19 of the 34 gold medals by team GB (a couple of these 19 are from mixed sex team events) and there were fifteen Paralympic female multiple medallists.

Britain finished third in the medals table for both the Olympics and Paralympics.

A golden summer!

(Photo - Stephanie Millward Paralympic swimmer)

Fringe Report Closes its Doors

I worked as a sub-editor, writer and photographer for the arts review publication Fringe Report, and after a very successful ten years they concluded business on the 12th July 2012. Sad to see them go and best wishes to everyone who was involved.
The website remains online for readers to peruse.


Women of the day

At Female Arts our favourite women of the moment are Cyndi Lauper, Judge Judy, Vanessa Vallely (businesswoman and founder of We Are The City dot com) and Rosie Sleightholme (singer/songwriter)

Rosie (Sleightholme) Sings Some Songs

Cyndi Lauper

Judge Judith Sheindlin

Vanessa Vallely

An end to breastfeeding? - baby diary

Signs indicating it’s time to stop breastfeeding:

1) Baby’s got more teeth than you’ve got nipples

2) Baby tugs down your top

3) Baby tries to suck other parts of you, in the belief that mummy is made of milk

4) Friends and relatives say ‘You’re not still breastfeeding are you?’

5) Bitty

Read the rest of my column at Frost Magazine http://frostmagazine.com/2011/11/wendys-baby-diary-7-months/

50 Words For Snow

The new Kate Bush album 50 Words for Snow is out this week - accompanied by an animation short called Mistraldespair which made me cry a little.


Kate Bush says " I am delighted to announce the premiere of "Mistraldespair", the 2nd visual piece. This accompanies a segment from the track 'Misty'. It has been a very intense journey but I am really happy with the end result. It is a 2 and a half minute stop motion animation. It has been created by the extremely talented Tommy Thompson. He has worked so hard and devotedly. Fantastic job!
As I'm sure you are aware, stop frame animation is a truly painstaking process, one that I feel has a purity and incredible beauty because of its organic nature. I wanted to try and achieve something quite adult that involved a slow, sensual feel... I have never directed a stop motion animation before. It has been a fascinating and very rewarding experience."

Baby Diary at Frost Magazine

Happy Halloween

A new entry in my baby diary at Frost Magazine...

So what is controlled crying? Basically you leave your baby
to cry themselves to sleep. It’s not in a horrible, ignore the baby kind of
way, it’s in a loving, have I checked the baby and after feeding, winding,
changing, checking if teething, temperature, breathing is everything else ok
and telling him you love him and putting the lights out, you let him cry his
little heart out until he falls asleep. Yes it feels heartless and horrible and

Read on at...

Gia Milinovich

Just been reading Gia Milinovich's blog after reading her interview in The Stage. http://www.thestage.co.uk/connect/focus/milinovich.php
I was thinking she's done really well in the industry, a very inspirational woman (TV presenter, producer) and then after clicking on the link to her agents page, then her website, then her photos on Flickr of her baby and thinking about my son, then I moved onto her blog, then I saw she's married to Brian Cox (yes that Professor Brian Cox, physicist TV science presenter) and the first blog post I read of hers was this- it's very apt.
there is also this http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/aug/28/invisible-wife-syndro...
My husband's got a physics degree. It's almost parallel lives :p

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