Upcoming events:


13th July 2019: Women Writing: Illness, Bodies and Pain with Grrrl Zine @ Villiage Green Festival 


Join us for a creative writing workshop hosted by Ache editors Kirstie Millar and Rosalind Reynolds-Grey. During this two hour workshop we will read and discuss writing by women that confront illness, pain and the body in exciting and urgent ways, including; Sylvia Plath, Ann Quin, Esmé Weijun Wang, Carmen Maria Machado and more. Through writing exercises we will create work in response to this discussion. There will then be an opportunity to workshop and receive feedback in this supportive and creative space.

*Please note: this workshop is open to self-identifying women and non-binary people.



25th July 2019: The Myth of Endometriosis @ Waterstones Gower Street / 6.30pm / tickets: £10-£8 / buy tickets here


“You are so much more than the sum of your private parts” Karen Havelin’s debut novel Please Read This Leaflet Carefully is a life told in reverse and a subversion of what we expect from stories of illness. Eleanor Thom’s part memoir, part guide book and part survival guide Private Parts: How To Really Live With Endometriosis retraces Eleanor's own journey with endometriosis, offering readers practical, down-to-earth and friendly advice. Meeting them in the middle is Kirstie Millar, editor of Ache magazine, an intersectional feminist magazine by women about illness, health and pain.

All three women have been affected by endometriosis: a chronic and incurable condition that affects 1 in 10 women. It takes an average of seven and a half years to get a diagnosis in the UK and affects sufferers' capacity to work, their fertility and their ability to enjoy sex. In this event, Karen, Eleanor and Kirstie will explore how endometriosis is emblematic of the way women’s pain and bodies are misunderstood, misrepresented and even disregarded – as well as celebrating how writing in all its variant forms can provide comfort and insight into this often unknown and undiagnosed disease.

This event is part of The Summer Of Hope, Waterstones Gower Street’s season celebrating Margaret Atwood’s forthcoming novel The Testaments, drawing out key themes such as women’s autonomy, reproductive rights, and dystopian narratives.



Previous events:

15th March 2019:


The Second Shelf and Ache invite you to an evening of readings by women about illness, health, bodies, and pain. Tickets can be purchased here.


Featured writers include Olivia Sudjic and Thea Hawlin, with more to be confirmed. Drinks and conversation included.
15th March 2019
6:30pm–8:30pm
(Doors open at 6pm)
Tickets: £10 // £5
The Second Shelf
14 Smiths Court,
Soho, London,
W1D 7DW


16th March 2019:


Ache invites you to our first ever Reading & Discussion Group on Saturday 16th March. Please register here.


Ache invites women and non-binary artists, writers and academics creating work broadly in the fields of illness, health, bodies and pain to join us for our first Ache Creative Community Network meet up on Saturday 16th March 2019 at MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH . We will be in The Screening Room, which provides ambulant disabled access.

The Ache Creative Community Network aims to be a place for writers and artists to come together and share ideas, engage in a supportive workshop and create interesting collaborations and partnerships with others working in these important but often overlooked fields.

This first meeting will be a fun and informal opportunity to meet others interested in being part of the ACCN, to open discussions around the themes associated with Ache and to plan the direction of future meet ups. We will begin with introductions followed by a short discussion around themes inThe Yellow Wallpaper followed by discussion. Conversation, snacks and light refreshments provided!

If you have any questions, please drop us an email: helloachemagazine@gmail.com