Celebrating Mary's Birthday - Monday 27th April

Thanks to Unity Arts and Stewy for use of these images.of their original artwork

Now the celebrations are over (and what a day it was!) this page holds all the resources and materials you can use to learn more about Mary, Newington Green and the Dissenters all year round.

We are still celebrating Mary’s birthday this year, although as you may have seen we will be postponing the Mary Wollstonecraft and Dissent: A Celebration event at the Newington Green Meeting House until April 2021.

This year we will be celebrating online and on Mary’s birthday (Monday 27th April) we are asking our supporters and network to share a birthday message on twitter/facebook. We ask that posts will be accompanied in the following format, ‘Happy #Birthday Mary – Thankyou for your life, my wish for the next year is… #CelebrateMary – you might also want to share a video singing Happy Birthday or a picture of you enjoying some birthday cake in honour of the mother of feminism! Social media is at its busiest around 8/9am and 5/6pm so as a guide if you would like to share in those times to help even further, that would be wonderful. We will be on twitter @NGMeetingHouse and facebook @NGDissenters throughout the day, sharing your messages.

It will also be the day of the official launch Wollstonecraft Walks app;
Celebrate Mary Wollstonecraft’s 261st birthday by taking a walk around the birthplace of feminism, Newington Green! You can follow in the footsteps of the champion of girls education, Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797). The app focuses on the life and times of Mary Wollstonecraft and her impact on women, politics and 21st century society and culture. You’ll discover secrets about Mary, her life and her Green! Click here to access our brand new classroom friendly app Wollstonecraft Walks. As we are in lock down, it is best to stay at home so now you can go ‘out’ and explore your local area, learning all about one of the mothers of modern feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft. Wollstonecraft Walks app celebrates the trailblazing legacy of Mary Wollstonecraft, writer of The Vindication of the Rights of Woman. You can learn, listen and experience the walk through your headphones! In the app you can find:

  • WOLLSTONECRAFT WALK GUIDE: Take a guided audio walk around Newington Green stopping off at significant locations (The Cobblers, Newington Green School, Lady Mildmay pub) and listen to the words of iconic feminist writers whilst hearing about the herstory of Newington Green.
  • Podcasts – hosted by Marina Garvey Birch and Erica McKoy: speaking to local people about their experience of the walks, readings from Maya Angelou, Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, Michelle Obama BTS convo with Anna Birch (Fragments & Monuments) and Rebecca Mordan (Scary Little Girls).
  • Fragments & Monuments performance and film archive (2000-2020)
  • School Assembly resources

There will also be Mary themed children’s activities courtesy of Unity Arts and a wonderful Mary Wollstonecraft and Newington Green: An Anthology, curated by Professor Emma Clery with contributions from activists, feminist and academics today celebrating Mary’s legacy: Mary Wollstonecraft and Newington Green: An Anthology.

!Just Announced! For those free in the evening, we are so grateful to announce that Rebecca Mordan of Scary Little Girls, through her Salon de la Vie live-stream facebook video shows, will be leading celebrations with a 20 minute birthday special of songs, readings and chat about the awesome Mary Wollstonecraft!

Created specially for her birthday and coming to you from the Lock-Down Library, you’ll hear this acclaimed storyteller and raconteur perform Mary’s own words and those of women who have followed in her footsteps. Every other Wednesday at 7.30pm you can join Rebecca on Facebook Live for 15-20 minute extravaganzas of songs, storytelling, merriment and conversation, focus each time on an awe-inspiring, remarkable and brave woman from the world of film, music, literature and history, drawing parallels with the achievements of activists today, to celebrate how people positively embody the change they want to see in the world, for themselves and for others.

Want more online theatre? Then you are in luck! Within the last week members of the New Unity community have been working hard on an online excerpt of the ‘An Amazon Step’t Out’ theatre piece written by the fabulous Bee Rowlatt to be released on Monday, at 3 o’clock via our youtube channel.

We can’t wait to celebrate Mary’s birthday; see your fantastic pictures, videos and messages! Please share with your networks, absolutely everyone can join in.


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