Second day in Porto, and the KISMIF conference is still in full swing. Yesterday saw a panel with Ana Da Silva and Gina Birch being interviewed, lots of interesting conversations with interesting people about their research, and a stormin' Raincoats gig, supplemented by the brilliant Anne Wood on fiddle, guitar and vocals, with crystal clear sound in front of a floor-to-ceiling plate glass window through which the sun gradually began to set during their show over one of the most attractive areas of Porto. They gave it all they got: The Feminist Song was immensely powerful and they finished with Lola, and got a standing ovation.
There is something about this conference's truthfulness that has been really empowering. Lucy O'Brien's keynote speech this morning was Lucy plus. She has always done the research and had the ability to speak, but this was Lucy as an orator; she spoke from the heart, to our hearts.
We have had a presentation from Sam Bennett about her book on Siouxsie and the Banshees' Peepshow album, talks on archiving from Andy Linehan from The British library, and so much more. I will write more, but have just walked about four miles down into the Old Town and back.