Walking with Women:
Exhibition and Tour

Michaelhouse Cafe,

January 2013


Shape East is delighted to announce a 2-week exhibition plus guided tours of Walking with Women - our historic, architectural, and poetic guide to Cambridge's city centre.

Trialed in Summer 2012 as part of the Folk Museum's Women in Work series, this new guide had received attention from both local people and tourists. It combines brief architectural accounts of historic buildings and public spaces with poetic tales of the histories which took place in these locations. It was written by a dedicated team of local historians and poets, and provides a punchy, easy-to-digest guide of the often-forgotten tales and tragedies locked within this historic city's bricks and mortar.


The Walking with Women exhibition will be free to the public and take place between Monday 21st January and Saturday 2nd February everyday in the delicious Michaelhouse Cafe, Cambridge, open 8am - 5pm daily, except Sundays:

The exhibition will showcase the artwork, graphic design, poetry and photography of Walking with Women, all carried out by local female artists, writers and photographers.

Bookings must be made in advance so to ensure a place please contact Hollie on or 01223 462 606.

Launch Night:
The Poetry of Cambridge's Walking Women
Michaelhouse Cafe, Cambridge
Monday 21st January 2013, 6-8pm
Cost: £5, £4 concessions

We hope you will join us at the launch night of our Walking with Women exhibition for a night of exceptional poetry, wine and nibbles. The night will feature performances from all of the poets who wrote for the guide.  We are delighted to have these poets working with us and hope you will join us for a few drinks and a great night of poetry in celebration of our historic city.

Places are limited so to book in advance, please email Hollie at

Poets on the night will include:

Michelle Madsen:

Michelle is a poet, writer, journalist and food artist. The founder and host of Hammer and Tongue London, part of the UK's largest slam poetry network, Michelle has featured on stages as far afield as San Francisco, Berlin and Aarhus and she made her small screen debut on the BBC's Why Poetry Matters series in May 2009. Empassioned, cutting and electric, Michelle's words conjure up the macabre and the glorious, and might, just might make you think.

Hollie McNish:

Hollie McNish is a published UK poet who has released two poetry albums, Touch and Push Kick, both to critical acclaim with the latter prized for contributions to maternal research by the University of London. She has appeared in venues as diverse as Glastonbury festival, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Bar, London's Southbank Centre and Cambridge University, has been featured on Radio 4's Poetry Diaries, Women's Hour and BBC 2. Her first written collection, Papers, was published by Greenwich Exchange, London, in March 2012. She co-runs Page to Performance, a local poetry organisation.

Angela Brown:

Angela Brown is a storyteller, teacher, heritage education officer, poet and registered tour guide. She has worked with History off the Page in every kind of primary school in the UK, as well as in cathedrals, churches, sacred monuments, language schools, underground air raid shelters, historic houses, art galleries, national science and environment weeks and parks. She creates stories, poems and projects on a range of topics, from research to final performance.

Fay Roberts:

Born in 1975, Fay is a classically-trained singer from Cardiff who has been getting on stages since the early 80s. She was finally bitten by the performance poetry bug in Spring 2006 after a favour to a friend turned into a place in the final of a poetry slam. She has co-managed and co-hosted Poetry Kapow! (a series of live poetry events) in Milton Keynes, frequently performs across the Midlands and South East, and is part of a Milton Keynes poetry collective calling themselves Bardcore. She has been based in Cambridge since summer 2009, where she co-hosts the Cambridge chapter of Hammer & Tongue and her own poetry night allographic.

Jessie Durrant:

Jessie Durrant has been performing since 2010, and has been tearing up the East of England ever since with her raw rhythms and heartfelt lyrics. She has won the Peterborough Annual Speakeasy Slam and the Hammer & Tongue Cambridge Annual Slam Final. She is a joy to watch.



Guided Tours

As part of this project, we can also run guided tours upon request for groups of up to 15 people, including community groups, schools and youth groups.

Please contact Hollie on fo bookings or enquiries.

£12 per person, minimum £100 charge.
Max 15 people.

£10 per person, minimum £100 charge.
Max 15 people.

(Concession: Students, Under 18s, over-65's)

For general information on the Walking with Women Tour, please go to the Shape East Tours page: