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Sunday, February 5th, 2012
11:38 am
Clotheswap at Swancon?

I have a room...
Sunday, August 15th, 2010
2:04 pm
Books and Clothes Oh My
I am decluttering, and there's some important Femmeconne stuff here, books, journals, and magazines. I don't want to give them to strangers, but I also don't have the urge to run another Femmeconne. So I was thinking we have a Book and Clothes swap, and I can give these to people who I know will cherish them.

Also, if any one thinks that maybe one day they would like to run a femmeconne, they can come first and get the femmeconne library stuff. I'm always happy to help others run femmeconne, but I don't have the drive to do it again myself.

Poll #1605921 Books and Clothes

I am interested in Books and Clothes Swap

Depends on time, location, kids, life, etc

Current Mood: awake
Saturday, April 10th, 2010
8:50 am
Gynaecon Clothes Swap
10am at kitsune_iii 's place.
18th of April
(Next Sunday morning)

If you need the address, please email myself or her to find out.

If you're coming and have a spare five minutes, please consider bringing a plate for morning tea. Kids welcome! 

I have about 40 pairs of size 8 shoes coming along, plus a whole pile of clothes. PLease bring clothes, jewellery, anything you think still has life in it, but is cluttering up your home. I will also be bringing some baby clothes from 00 - 1s.
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
1:59 pm
Monday, January 18th, 2010
8:19 am
Swancon has panel slots for Gynaecon
If you're coming to Swancon and interested, Gynaecon has a few panel slots in the main programme. Discussion for what to talk about is here.
Sunday, January 10th, 2010
10:44 am
Possible acommodation - disabled access friendly
Hi guys

Just found this site; all accommodation and facilities are wheelchair (and I assume mobility scooter) accessible. Perhaps it could be a possible venue for this year?


Friday, December 11th, 2009
12:16 am
Australia Wide Self Weddings - seeking blurbs and interest :)
Greetings Femmeconne wonderful people :)

Some of you may have heard that I'm heading up a project to take the self wedding idea, Australia wide as a one off extravaganza! Inside of this, I thought I'd ask and see if those of you who made vows alongside me two years ago, if you'd comment here with some quotable blurb as to what it meant for you then, and the impact on you now? If you could include a name/pseudonym that I can attribute your comment to that would perfect :)

Where I'm at with the project is looking for event teams (including leads) in 4 - 6 locations around Australia including Perth. I'm about to start work on a website, and some other stuff to make group collaboration and organisation easy and fun.

I have several objectives with doing this project, not the least is to work with an awesome community of people whom I love and respect, whom all in some way care about making a difference in the world, not to mention meeting new wonderful people out to do the same :)

Secondly, I want to see a whole bunch of other people promising to Love, Honour and Cherish themselves, to take on that responsibility to themselves for well-being and nurturing. My view, is that this will make a difference in relationships, communication and connection for people.

I'm sure there's heaps more I haven't thought of (or taken time to gush about here) :)

The best thing is, this is all happening *NOW* - the entire series of events will be over, done and dusted by the end of February 2010! Also, the actual physical organisation of the event is minimal - it's much heavier in the inspiration and making a difference stakes simply by *happening* rather than requiring lots of time, effort and stress.

This is the kind of thing, where if the point wasn't for me to generate the project inside of community, I could organise in a few days around Australia - but it isn't my intention and doesn't really achieve what I've set out to in the project both in the putting the project together, and for those who choose to participate.

Current Mood: inspired
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
2:15 pm
Femmeconne 2009 Cancellation
Femmeconne 2009 Cancellation

Hi every one,

Femmeconne 2009 has been hit with all sorts of bad things this year, and it is with great regret we're going to have to cancel. A lot of stuff has been happening behind the scenes, and this is definitely the best decision for our convenors and panelists.

If you're still in a Femmeconne mood, wish to meet some people, or even just to hang out and have a great cup of tea, Margaret has offered to host an afternoon tea this Sunday afternoon. This can be a great way for people to ease into the Femmeconne air gently, making some friends before attending their first Femmeconne event. If you're interested, or have any questions you wish answered, then please email me, Mynxii, or Margaret (remember to take away the NOSPAM in each address.)  This is an extension of Femmeconne, and is a women's space where children are welcome.

We do have some plans for next year, so don't think we're gone for good! Expect some different styles next year, and more intense discussion and activities. So, watch this space!

Margaret, Sarah and Ju

Current Mood: sad
Saturday, November 7th, 2009
4:12 pm
Femmeconne - Where we are and what's going on
Femmeconne is fast approaching. Cally has posted out the what to bring list and the program. In terms of paying for memberships, I am happy to take cash on the day. Memberships are $80 for the full weekend and $35 for the day. It's BYO food this year.

Please feel free to turn up after 4 pm on Friday. We will be going til 4 pm on Sunday.

If you need to know where we are, it is at Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp, which is at:


(Sorry, I suck at links).

Hope to see you there,

Friday, November 6th, 2009
11:14 am
Anyone allergic to cats?
I am hopefully coming to femmecone, and have a giant pile of clothes to swap. But the cat fell asleep on top of it, so while otherwise clean they do have a bunch of cat fur on them. Is this likely to be a problem for anyone? If so I'll make sure not to mix them up with the other clothes, assuming noone's going to be made sick by having them in the same room.

Current Mood: blah
9:50 am
Femmeconne is one week today!
Wow, where has the time gone! One week today!

- Sense of Humour
- Bedding (Bring comfy stuff to lie on for the chats.)
- Favourite Pillow
- Torches (just for fun!)
- Clothes
- Underwear
- Clothes to get dirty in! (Paint, dirt...)
- Walking shoes
- Towels
- Toiletries
- Pyjamas
- Books for Library
- Food for yourself
- Munchies to go with tea/coffee
- Alcohol if you wish to partake.
- Stuff for assorted children you may be bringing.
- Musical instruments and music
- Books/magazines/stuff for Library

Other Stuff

- Picnic Blankets
- Clothes for Clothes Swap Mark 3
- Toiletries for Toiletries Swap and Donation
- Ideas
- Paints
- Crafty Stuff (please only bring stuff you are not worried about losing or possibly being borrowed by other people.)
- Noise/Music Makers/Instruments of Music.
- Things for the Feminist Show and Tell (stuff, literature, things, stories, tales, adventures...)
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
10:14 pm
Greetings all!

It's now the time in which we need volunteers - if you see something on the programme that you'd like to facilitate (feel free to tweak) we'd love to hear from you!

Similarly given that Calli is still recovering from surgery, and I am likely unable to make the event due to an exam on Monday 16th, I'd love for a couple of people to volunteer to help Calli and Margaret out for the weekend.

Things that would be supremely useful right now:

- matching program items to people and tweaking as necessary
- a couple of people to play 'host' and be friendly and welcoming and approachable. These roles are vital as part of creating and holding a safe space for the weekend.
- a few people to run the program on the day, that is, keep a finger on the time, be able to support people in taking the discussion to a new location if it's not finished, support facilitators in having what they need (pens/bits etc or a pep talk).
- someone interested in being the firebug and babysitting the fire responsibly
- RSVP's for attendance - whether it's for a day or the whole weekend.

Also, we need you to RSVP - the event can only take place with the support of it's members and currently we don't have enough members who can definitely make it to cover costs. Invite a friend, or your sister, or your Mum, a colleague - the space is there for people to enjoy, to be comfortable hanging out amongst a group of women, to relax and rejuvenate, to explore and be challenged, to learn, to teach, to experience. There is something for everyone and we'd love you to be involved.

This is your event, it belongs to the community and can only flourish with love and energy from the community. Join us in making your event special, and fun, and relaxing and exciting - be part of what makes it 'a little bit of everything'.

My personal aim is to study so awesomely hard that I can be completely free to come to the weekend - it's a huge ask, but I'm going to do my best, because I love this weekend and I would love to spend it with all of you!

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, November 1st, 2009
3:37 pm
Coffee, tea and RSVP
I will be doing the coffee and tea run for Femmeconne next weekend, so I'd appreciate some input as to numbers and preferences for hot beverages.

I know that there is some contention over brands for soy milk (and possibly other things). Please let me know if you have any particular preferences.

Poll #1479168 Coffee/Tea and RSVP

How likely is it that you'll make it to Femmeconne?


What would you like in terms of hot drinks?

Decaffeinated Coffee
Decaffeinated Tea
Herbal Tea (please specify in comments)
Hot Chocolate
Other (please specify in comments)

What are your preferences for milks?

No milk
Other (please specify in comments)

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
9:31 am
Programme Draft Available
Greetings all,

Calli has asked me to share with you the draft of the programme she's been working on.

The link is:

Suggestions etc welcome - this is your programme and we'd like it to be awesome for you :)

Just a reminder to get your memberships in - I believe that kitsune_iii posted about the process for that in one of her last posts.

I can't wait to see you all!

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, October 10th, 2009
6:08 pm
Femmeconne Memberships
If you'd like to pay for memberships, prices are $80 for weekend memberships and $35 for day passes. My account details are: BSB - 306 089 Account No - 1840594. Please include your name in the payment details so I know who has paid. Thanks!
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
7:57 pm
Norma K Hemming Award
The rules and entry form for the Norma K Hemming Award for race, gender, class and sexuality in speculative fiction are now available!

You can find them on http://home.vicnet.net.au/~asff/hemming.htm

You have until July 31st, 2010, to submit a work for consideration by the jurors. The award will be presented at Aussiecon 4 (68th SF Worlcon in Melbourne on Sep 2-6, 2010).

If submitting a work via e-mail to bilw@iprimus.com.au, please attach JPEG of the completed entry form and PDF of the work. If by mail to C/o Meteor Inc, PO Box 260, Flinders Lane PO VIC 8007, please include one copy of the entry form and six copies of the work. Entries via faxsimile are not permitted.
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
4:32 pm
Bickley Brook and an apology
It has been pointed out that there are a number of issues about facilities for people with disabilities at Bickley Brook, in the layout of the main area, access to toilets and other problems. We recognise this is a problem and apologise for not consulting people with disabilities properly on this issue. However, changing venue again at this stage would be difficult due to the late date and the limited number of suitable venues in Perth for this type of event. Because of this, we have decided that Femmeconne will remain at Bickley Brook for this year.

Bickley is a great venue. I love the bush and the water and the campfire and the general relaxed vibe of the place. I think all of this adds something to Femmeconne in terms of being a retreat or a time away from the city and the complexities of everyday life. Somewhere to relax and talk and ponder, outside of the context we usually find ourselves in.

I think we have learnt from this year that Femmeconne needs to be better organised in terms of starting the process early and consulting with people with disabilities about venues and venue issues. We apologise and hope to do better in future.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
7:22 pm
Femmeconne 2009 - Details have changed!
Due to issues with disabled access at Anapana Ridge, and an unexpected vacancy at Bickley Brook, Femmeconne has been moved.

When: Friday November 13 (4 pm) to Sunday November 15 (about 2 ish) (note change in date!)

Where: Bickley Brook camp site, Hardinge Rd, Orange Grove

How much: $80/person for the weekend. Child and day memberships will be available, we just need to decide on the cost. Please be aware that meals will *not* be provided this year. We will be providing coffee and tea.

Payments: Please send me an email at kitsune_iii (at) yahoo.com.au and I will forward you my bank details for payment.

There is a website for Bickley Brook camp at:


This is the same place as previous Femmeconnes.



The_babybird, please let me know if you are coming and we can organise a refund for the extra money or the total if you can't make it.
Monday, September 14th, 2009
7:58 pm
A Challenge! Calling All Bakers!
GLCS is having a Bake Off! Who would like to spend October the 17th baking up a storm?

Text Below is from the website - go there for more details!


Friday, September 11th, 2009
11:13 am
Reclaim The Night - Friday October 30th 2009
Back by popular demand, on Friday the 30th October, Reclaim the Night will return to Perth once again. The 2008 event, organised by ROAR Feminist Collective was a fantastic success with over 200 women joining together in a night of solidarity to speak out against male sexual violence against women and to assert women's right to walk our streets free from fear of rape and sexual assault.

We will gather outside the Wellington Street exit of Perth train station, opposite Forest Chase from 6.30pm onwards and will start marching at 7pm sharp. We will march through the streets of Perth and end in Stirling Gardens (near the kangaroo sculptures) for a fantastic rally with speakers, entertainment, food, stalls and more!

Invite all your friends on facebook and spread the word!!!

If you want to know more, have skills to share or just want to get involved in any way possible, then email roarwomen@hotmail.com or contact Lianda on 0411066595. FB is Here.

Contact Info

Amnesty Building
Perth, Australia
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