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I Love Projects by Anna Malzy

I love a good project. There’s nothing quite like coming up with a plan, sketching it out, getting your head down, then finally drawing breath, flushed with success at the finished piece. My fellow GEEKED friends, I know you all agree.

There’s also a lot of fun in discovering other people’s projects. Two I’ve come across recently are:

 

Pothole Gardening – turning potholes into mini gardens and brightening up the city. More at http://thepotholegardener.com/

and

The Cathedral Licker’s Diary – in which a bloke called Lawrence attempts to lick every Anglican cathedral in the UK between January 2011 and December 2012. Have a look at http://cathedrallicking.wordpress.com/ to see whether he made it.

The latest endeavourite I’ve come across is Ann Morgan. Ann is a serial project undertaker, having spent the whole of 2011 only reading works by women authors; and 2012 reading 1 work of literature from each of the world’s 196 countries.

Her latest project is entitled If Women Ruled: What if History Were Herstory? In Ann’s words:

If the tables were turned and women had been in power from the year dot…society would work very differently.

Her project will involve engaging with societies and groups of women, both real and imagined, learning from their ‘choices, triumphs and challenges’ to see how their ways of being might help us reimagine a world where women call the shots.

She writes: ‘I don’t know where this journey will take me, but I do know I can’t do it on my own. So I need your help. I need you to suggest books, people and organisations that I should get to know. From the Townswomen’s Guild to the Umoja Women of Kenya, and from convents to brothels, I want to find out as much as I can.’

Ann’s progress can be followed at http://ifwomenruled.com/ and if you have suggestions for books she should read or people should talk to then do drop her a line.

We at GEEKED will be following Ann’s project with interest and will no doubt be updating you as it unfolds!

 

Anna Malzy is on a Masters in Gender, Media and Culture, which is finally allowing her to pursue her passion for looking at how gender is perceived and created within society, particularly on the stage. She is a Shakespeare nut, is happiest by the sea and wants a pet tortoise.

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