Image: Vera Iliatova, The Dogs of Kazan, 2006, Courtesy of the Monya Rowe Gallery

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The 1970s gave rise to ground breaking critical work on the male gaze, with thinkers such as Laura Mulvey and John Berger interrogating the phallocentric look—the representation of women in the arts as passive objects of desire, spectacles of the male voyeur. But as feminist thought develops today in tandem with changing ideas about gender and sex, and widespread exposures of sexual violence and harassment, can we now speak of a different kind of gaze?

This symposium will explore the notion of the ‘female gaze’ in poetry and painting.
This day-long symposium will begin with a keynote lecture by Katherine Angel followed by interviews, panel discussions and talks featuring Adam Phillips, Hannah Sullivan, Ruth Padel, Jane Yeh, Sasha Dugdale, Kim Moore, Helen Mort, Bidisha, Sarah Pickstone, Vera Iliatova and Isobel Dixon The event will conclude with evening readings by Geraldine Clarkson, Ruth Padel, Anita Pati, Rommi Smith, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Jane Yeh followed by a wine reception.

Whether or not you are planning to attend both events on the day, tickets for the symposium’s day sessions and the evening readings and wine reception must be booked separately.

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Concession tickets are available for £25. To express interest and check your availability, please contact

Click here to book tickets for the evening readings & wine reception at £15

Saturday 16 June 2018
Harold Wharf, 6 Creekside, Deptford SE8 4SA

A fundraiser in support of the poetry magazine Poetry London which promotes the work of unpublished, as well as established, living poets. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please visit

Organizers: Catherine Humble and Kathryn Maris

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