Dedicated To All The Others

Dedicated to all the others

On this page you will find all links to videos, podcasts and articles in one place. This life story project is rooted in my book Becoming Unbecoming, which is “dedicated to all the others”. I hope it will grow, and grow, as it deserves to… because there are so many others.

New podcast!: Poet Shivanee Ramlochan

Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian poet and essayist. Her book of poems, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. “The Red Thread Cycle”, a suite of poems from her debut collection, won a Small Axe Literary Competition Prize for Poetry (second-place).

Listen to the Masego Lynia podcast by clicking the link in her name below.

Trailer, Masego Lynia: Listen to the podcast by clicking the link in Masego’s name below.

Sun May 8th: Live stream from Brazil, theatre & panel discussion

Coletivo Rubra

On May 8th we presented a live stream from the UK and Brazil. Coletivo Rubra’s performance, Una: Dedicado A Todas As Outras, is based on Becoming Unbecoming. The show was followed by a stimulating discussion with the actors. Subscribe to Una’s YouTube to be notified when the recording goes live.

Dedicated to All the Others, Leeds: Creative Writing Group

In December 2021 and January 2022 a creative writing group took part in a short course funded by Leeds Inspired. The group tested their ideas through exploratory, creative work alongside an inspiring group of women in Una’s home town, Leeds. You can see the results of this project here.

#DTATO Contributors

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed, and everyone who has supported the project. To view each individual page, click on the contributor’s name.

Shivanee Ramlochan

Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian poet and essayist. Her book of poems, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. “The Red Thread Cycle”, a suite of poems from her debut collection, won a Small Axe Literary Competition Prize for Poetry (second-place).

Winnie M. Li: Video

Winnie M Li is an author and activist.  A Harvard graduate, Winnie worked as a film producer before her life was disrupted by a violent stranger rape in Belfast in 2008.  This prompted a long period of recovery, followed by a change of career. Ultimately, Winnie decided to focus on addressing the issue of sexual assault through the media, the arts, and academia. 

Tamsin Cook: MAFWA Theatre: Podcast

Episode 1. Tamsin Cook, co-director of MAFWA Theatre, a project based in Lincoln Green in Leeds, discusses MAFWA’s projects Kuluhenna Drama, Flock and the Associate Artists programme with Leeds artist and writer Una, author of Becoming Unbecoming (who also has a background in community arts.) Tamsin and Una discuss the importance of community projects and the importance of public funding.

Luke Hart: Video

Luke and Ryan Hart share their family’s story of coercive control and domestic homicide. In 2017 they released their book, Remembered Forever, and set up their organisation, CoCoAwareness, to increase the awareness of coercive control. So far, their work has taken them to over 13 countries and they have trained tens of thousands of professionals in identifying, understanding, and ending domestic abuse.

Masego Lynia: Video & Podcast

Masego Lynia is in conversation with Una for Episode 2. of the Dedicated to All the Others podcast, and performs her work “Be Still”. Masego is a spoken word artist who has taken creative roles with: Mafwa Theatre as Associate Artist, Leeds Playhouse as Assistant Director, and Cosmo Square Films as Associate director. She’s an Arts and Well-Being facilitator, trained by Displace Yourself Theatre. “Be Still” was developed as performance through the collaborative arts project Flock: Short Stories From Women On The Move.

Hilary McCollum: Podcast

Hilary and Una are in conversation for episode three of the DTATO podcast, discussing their autobiographical novels about growing up, Funny Peculiar and Becoming Unbecoming. McCollum is an Irish writer and feminist activist. She is Publishing Fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. Her first novel, Golddigger, won the Golden Crown Literary Society prize for historical fiction in 2016. Her play Life and Love: Lesbian Style was shortlisted for the best new writing award at  Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival.

Lily P: Article – Becoming Unbecoming from a therapeutic perspective

Lily P is a specialist counsellor, registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) with thirty years experience in the field, based in London, writing under a pseudonym for this project.

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I’m interviewing people who have made autobiographic works in creative forms about their experience of violent and sexual crime, because I want to find out what all the others think about how we represent these experiences in culture, and how we approach life story work in this context. Here on this page you can find a series of videos and podcasts, and some blog posts by professionals in the field. I’ll add content throughout April and May, so you can follow me here on WordPress or over on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for updates.

Una is an artist and writer. She has published four graphic novels. Her first graphic novel Becoming Unbecoming is a memoir that explores sexual violence, misogynistic police and media, victim blaming and femicide in Yorkshire in the 1970s. It has been widely translated, featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Radio 3 Free Thinking, New York Times, Newsweek and Oprah Magazine. The book won a Prix Artemisia du Combat Feministe and was adapted into a play by a theatre group in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2019. Her other graphic novels are On Sanity, which explores her mother’s treatment for psychosis, Cree, about a group of women in Stanley, County Durham, who support one another through creative activity, and Eve, an end of the world story about the changing political climate in the UK.

Una studied at the University of Leeds and Loughborough University and previously worked in community education, community arts and as a University Lecturer. Her Ph.D explored life stories in pictorial forms, using oral history methods. Una was recently a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing and is now a Research Associate at the Centre for Criminology, Oxford.

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