2011: the best bits

Gracious, it’s been an eventful year for Pamflet; we’ve had lots of adventures and made some amazing new friends, so pour yourself a glass of sherry, crack open that third box of After Eights (what?) and revisit some of our highlights with us.

The birth of the Pamflet salon
At the beginning of this year we decided we wanted to reconnect with readers in the way we used to when we threw a party to launch each issue of the zine. The Pamflet salon was also born out of our book club, where we found we’d spend as much time eating, glugging wine and talking about our careers, dreams and aspirations as discussing the poor paperback. The salon is a place where women can meet, share their experiences, talk about books, fashion and anything they want and also listen to an inspiring speaker. We couldn’t believe it when Luella-freakin-Bartley agreed to read from her Guide to English Style at our first salon to a rapt audience that included her mates, Katie Grand and Stuart Vevers. Holy crap. Popping up on Love’s Twitter feed and appearing in Style was a pretty spectacular way to launch the newest bit of the Pamflet empire.

Kiss that Grrrl
In April we were invited to attend an intimate live show by the lovely Kate Nash at Bush Hall in west London. We’ve been fans of Kate since back when P interviewed her for Glamour and A-M bumped into her on the tube back to Harrow (true story). A brilliantly original musician and now right-on campaigner for more girls in rock (with her own all-girl live band), she’s a popstar we can properly believe in. AND WE GOT TO GO TO HER AFTERPARTY.

Nice day for a Royal WeddingIn April the entire universe watched Kate Middleton marry her Prince Charming in a heartstoppingly beautiful McQueen gown designed by one of our ladies of the year, Sarah Burton. We gathered friends to watch the ceremony and one of our delightful guests, super-stylist Rebekah Roy, documented the event on her blog, Styliststuff. Union Jack hankies on heads, waving flags, shedding tears, roaring Jerooosalemmm, stuffing in Eton Mess, glugging Pimms and climbing trees, it was a wonderful day. Now what will we do for the Diamond Jubilee?

Can we come round for dinner?
TV chef and author Gizzi Erskine champions the kind of delicious grub that we actually want to (and can) make again and again and has an intriguing backstory. The ex-body piercer, occasional DJ and expert beehive whipper-upper is not your typical daytime telly personality and we love her for it. She was the perfect guest to talk about her food/music/style passions at our June salon.

PORT ELIOT
One of the highlights of our summer (or more like the DECADE) was a trip to the countryside with our boyfs and friends Jen and Sharon for Port Eliot Festival, the St Germans’ annual literary/fash/fizz knees-up on the picturesque Devon/Cornwall borders in late July. On the friday we talked zines and indie publishing with Craig Taylor (author of Londoners) on the Five Dials stage and had until Sunday to psyche ourselves up for hosting a day-long salon in the Wardrobe Department. We had to miss Kate Winslet doing a reading (and breakfast) to set up, but over the afternoon we welcomed some wonderful visitors to our makeshift bedroom complete with feminist bookshelves and leopard bedspreads. Susie Bubble, Katie Kitamura and Jazz Domino Holly all hung out on the cushions as did local Devonites Isabella and Ellis Taylor. In the absence of any musical talent whatsoever, our weekend at PE with our ‘artist’ wristbands is the closest we’ll ever get to being rockstars. #dreamcometrue.

ALL THAT JAZZ

After meeting Jazz Domino Holly (whose intricately crafted quilts graced several stages) at Port Eliot, she was a must-book for our autumn salon and joined us (accompanied by her grandmother!) to discuss her debut hardback Queen of Crafts to a soldout audience. Oh, and we also played some songs at her booklaunch at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Thanks Jazz xx

We watched: ALL ABOUT EVE, POTICHE, THE WOMEN, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, BLACK SWAN, BLUE VALENTINE, WHO TOOK THE BOMP?…

We read: NOTHING TO ENVY, STASILAND, HOW TO BE A WOMAN, LANDFALL, GIRL READING, THE LONG GOODBYE, ALICE MUNRO, DIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU CAN BE NORMAL?…

We listened: I’ve always liked joke genres and have embraced the idea of witch house almost as much as I did electroclash in the 00s. This year my fave spooky ladies Zola Jesus, Austra, The Kills (50% lady), Creep and PJ Harvey all made music that I’ll still be listening to even when the words witch house are only uttered at Halloween. Now that LCD Soundsystem have finally, tragically split, seeing their DFA labelmates and brothers-in-electropop Holy Ghost (spooky by name, not by nature) on my 30th birthday in Paris eased my loss (symbolic and actual) and felt like a very good way to get old. (a-m)

All our salons have been hosted by the lovely Kristie and Coralie at their vintage emporium/tearoom/crafty hangout, Drink, Shop & Do. We admire their spirit, style and business-savvy skills at running this flourishing spot with such success. So much so, in fact, that they were able to expand into the next door sex shop’s basement space, transforming it into London’s hottest new club, Drink, Shop & Dance. We were honoured to be invited to the gala opening night (nice trumpet playing!) and to revive our beloved Pamflet parties with a Christmassy, cava-fuelled bash. As well as taking to the decks, we handed over control of the music to a new generation of Pamflettes – Georgina Langford, Kelly Morris, Verity Douglas and Georgie Okell.

Out of everything that’s happened this year, the best bit has definitely been making so many new friends – super-smart, funny, fiesty young women who are discovering what feminism means to them and putting it out there. Being part of that has been a privilege. Honourable mentions also go to our chief cheerleaders, confidence-boosters and spirit-lifters Cate Sevilla, Sarah Drinkwater, Rebekah Roy and the members of the Pamflet bookclub.

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phoebe

Co-founder and co-editor of Pamflet. Bookworm, bluestocking, Brown Owl. Loves Garconnes style, reading, writing, ranting and raving. Gin snob.
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Co-founder and co-editor of Pamflet. Bookworm, bluestocking, Brown Owl. Loves Garconnes style, reading, writing, ranting and raving. Gin snob.

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