Absolute Truths – Feven Em, Sogol Sur, Rosie Rosenberg

The third chapbook in the Confronting Rape Culture Series (edited by Debbie Chessell) includes 3 new written works. Feven Em’s work is a placard of defiance in a toxic political environment, a time to turn the tide. We welcome back Sogor Sur who evokes such powerful imagery, taste and sense of place that to read it is to sate the appetites of the mind and imagination. Rosie Rosenberg catches the eye, and asks you to take a closer look. Do not measure what you see by using the tired old scales and rules you have always used, the person you see before you deserves more than this, give them your full attention.

Victims of Dollar Imperialism – Feven Em
Nothing is Wrong – Sogol Sur
Grey – Rosie Rosenberg

CONFRONTING RAPE CULTURE are a group of artists, designers, activists and believers, who united to create change. They organise exhibitions, workshops and publications, initiating social activity to raise awareness of rape culture present in all parts of the world, under all disguises. Funded by O2, they are a non-profit organisation focused on addressing issues through creativity

To keep up to date with the group’s activities, please visit

Absolute Truths
Feven Em, Sogol Sur, Rosie Rosenberg
Designer: Lucy Ross
Editor: Debbie Chessell
Photographer: Molly Baker
Published March 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-44-5
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Confronting Rape Culture Chapbook 3,
Price – £2
BUY Absolute Truths (£2 + £1.20 P&P to UK Address)

This Saturday 18th March 2017 Confronting Rape Culture are collaborating with Birmingham’s ‘Own It! Campaign’ in the form of a workshop at Housmans Bookshop, Kings Cross, London. This 3 hour workshop will investigate the impacts of sexism in advertising, followed by a group effort to redefine our beauty standards. The workshop is designed to help women realise and celebrate their beauty and potential by providing them with tools to build their self-esteem in a patriarchal and misogynistic world.

Places are limited. Free refreshments.
Entry: £3
More info – https://www.facebook.com/events/386202315077439/


Debbie Chessell – Confronting Rape Culture chapbooks

Debbie Chesswell

Debbie Chessell

A new editor sealed the deal this week at Sampson Low by imbibing from the famous family teapot. The teapot was given to the second Sampson Low on 7th August 1852 from the Booksellers Trade Association as a slight mark of esteem and respect. Debbie Chessell, a third year fine art student at Kingston University is our new editor and she’ll be launching a chapbook series dedicated to Confronting Rape Culture in the spring of 2017.

The chapbooks will run alongside exhibitions at Housmans’ Bookshop (King’s Cross, London) and The Museum of Futures (Surbiton, 25th March – 2nd April) where up to 25 artists will be showing their work.

As an artist Debbie’s practice explores the physics and abstractions of light through scientific, social and conceptual themes. She works with knitting, crochet and oils, creating installations and paintings that explore concepts which often question one-another, resulting in new and unexpected directions in her research. The use of different mediums is as important as the core theme; each material allows a different way of thinking about the subject. This desire to knit together artistic themes and personalities will undoubtedly create a potent series of chapbooks.