How can journalism improve its reporting of violence against women (VAW)? Do depictions of VAW in storytelling and poetry contribute to the problem, or can creative writing be a useful tool of healing for survivors?
The Scottish Poetry Library and Zero Tolerance have joined together to create Writing Violence Against Woman, a panel discussion between three experts who have worked on and around the writing of VAW. The panel, including journalist Anna Burnside, Manager of Forth Valley Rape Crisis Centre, Mridul Wadhwa and poet Jenny Lindsay, will be examining questions around the challenges of writing about VAW, the common issues with its language and how we can improve the written depiction of VAW in journalism, poetry and prose. The event will be chaired by award-winning poet and sexual violence educator, Nadine Aisha Jassat.
In addition, Zero Tolerance will display its photography exhibition, Violence Unseen, by award-winning photographer Alicia Bruce, during the event. Alicia has worked with various groups and individuals who have been affected by men’s violence to create a series of photographs that explore the types of violence against women that remain unseen and unacknowledged by mainstream society.
Audience members are welcomed to view and informally discuss the exhibition at a drinks reception, with soft options available, after the panel discussion.
The panel discussion will take place from 7-8pm, with a drinks reception and exhibition viewing from 8pm onwards.
Scottish Poetry Library
5 Crichton's Close
The SPL is an accessible building. It has no steps leading up to the entrance and a lift which attends all three floors. There is an accessible toilet and the event space is equipped with a hearing loop.