older women rock the catwalk


As part of the Triennial Fringe there was a subversive catwalk of ‘Older Women Rock!’ poetry and poetic clothes in the ballroom of the Burstin Hotel Folkestone, followed by a wild tea trolley dance with bMoSo Academy of Song and Dance




Older Women Rock the Triennial!

There are two exciting ‘Older Women Rock!’ events taking place during the Folkestone Triennial

Firstly a screening of documentary and experimental  films celebrating older women and made in and around Folkestone. The Quarterhouse on Sunday 24th September at 7.30pm. Tickets £4 from the Box Office https://www.quarterhouse.co.uk/whats-on/

  • The Singer’s Tale Renowned jazz singer, Carol Grimes, a wild and funny force of nature, burns brightly into her 70s. In this documentary from filmmaker Barry J Gibb, Carol bares all in an intimate portrait of an epic life filled with pain, creativity and music
  • Living is a Doorway With shameless fashionistas, Magritte impersonators and extroverted fans of Ziggy Stardust, indulge in this joyful journey safe in the hands of women who know how to do life’s locomotion! An award-winning film from Instep Dance Company
  • Love Your Lines A poetry/film made for Tammy Whynot’s YouTube channel and based on ‘Don’t Buy the Hype’, a poem by Leah Thorn about society’s pressure on older women to ‘age agelessly’
  • Older Women Rock!: the documentary Poetry and retro clothing, a subversive catwalk and a Zumba Gold flashmob, Clare Unsworth’s documentary captures a unique, ground-breaking piece of political art


Secondly a subversive catwalk featuring Older Women Rock! poetry clothing, followed by a tea trolley dance and a meal.

The Burstin Hotel on 1st October at 5.30pm. Ticket £10.70 including meal available through https://billetto.co.uk/e/owr-fashion-show-tickets-211006

Older Women Rock the Potteries!



In collaboration with Keele University and with Arts Council funding, ’Older Women Rock!’ is now in North Staffordshire with a project ‘Poetry [E]motion’, bringing together poetry-writing and listening partnerships.

The base for the project is an ‘Older Women Rock!’ pop-up exhibition in an empty shop at York Place, 27 High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 2AE [next to Holland & Barrett]

The exhibition runs from 13 June – 29 July 2017

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am-2pm

Thursdays 11am-4pm



Lines on the window are from a group poem written by local older women

‘Speaking as an older woman who is sick and tired

of this novel paunch and the need to nap,

speaking as an older woman from India who rearranged her life

for a Stokie man fifty three years ago and loves it still,

speaking as an older woman who is witnessing family

slipping through her fingers like fine sand, 

 I see that hope is the burst of a sherbert lemon on the tongue

                            and a lump of sugar, brittle and dense, that never quite dissolves


Speaking as an older woman who asks you to look into her eyes

to see the youth and fun within her,

speaking as an older woman who doesn’t feel old,

whose mind still races as it always did

but whose body tends to lag behind,

speaking as an older woman who is not the reason

for the collapsing NHS and pension funds,

I see that hope is the ascent from base camp

                     up the crevices of determination, pain and love

                                                             to the oxygen burst at the summit’


‘Older Women Rock!’ knits…


Local knitting artist Tatty Bunting on her way to Wilko to set up a display of two dresses made from Wilko wool and adorned with words from  an ‘Older Women Rock!’ group poem –

‘ The power of an older woman

is a paperclip, holding all together.

It is a rebellious piece of jewellery,

a box of coloured feathers

waiting for a moment to flash out.

The power of an older woman

is stamped through her

as certainly as the name of a seaside resort

through a stick of rock ‘

Tatty went on to lead a well-received ‘Arm & Finger Knitting’ workshop in Dance Easy

‘Arm knitting was lots of fun. I met some lovely older women, I enjoyed the music. We definitely rocked!’  Pam