Wonderful Women Awards Interview #5 – Crysse Morrison

Bristol Women’s Voice Wonderful Women Award’s were presented as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations on the 3rd of March. We celebrated over 50 women from across Bristol  who had been nominated for their contribution to their communities, each week you can find out more about one of these Wonderful Women.

Crysse Morrison

Crysse Morrison received a wonderful women award for being a champion of the arts scene in Frome where she is a writer, photographer and blogger. She runs a Poetry Cafe, co-runs Nevertheless Pub Theatre, and reviews a wide range of events across Frome and the southwest.

 What advice would you give your younger self? 

 Learn the difference between loyalty and collusion. Learn that submission and secrecy are not acts of love.         

Which women have inspired you?

Lots of the women I’ve found out about researching the history of Frome, where I live – Alice Seeley Harris, exposed the terrible human rights abuses in the Congo to the world by travelling Europe and America showing photographs. Eunice Overend, who challenged the Ministry over their policy on badgers. Jill Miller, feminist writer. Claudia Pepler, who has kept the Merlin theatre going despite massive funding cuts. I am also inspired by the entrepreneurial women of Frome who start and run organisations, shops, pubs, fracking protests and more.

What do you want to see change for women in Bristol?

In Frome where I live, I very much want to see the artistic side of the town more vividly represented. I’d like to see more street art – ideally a project like Bristol’s Upfest to give status to street-art, and help us find our own cultural identity, urban but differently so. It would be great if women could be a part of and support this initiative. I’d like to see women having a strong presence as buskers, street poets and performers in the monthly market. Women are already doing a great deal in our town, so blurring these kind of gender demarcations in a visible way to me is a next step.

Are there three words you would use to describe your local community?

 Vibrant, creative, determined.

Bristol Women’s Voice are marking 100 years since the first women in the UK were given the vote with ‘Deeds not Words’ a year-long programme of events across the city. Find out about Deeds not Words events in Bristol here

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