By Heather Bandenburg
Unladylike is the first book written about feminism and wrestling - it follows one unlikely woman's journey to becoming an infamous masked wrestler, and honestly retells the life lessons grappling teaches her on the way.
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Hello I've been VERY BUSY
Hello hello how are you? That's a loaded question isn't it?
It's been almost 2 years since you helped me to fund Unladylike A Grrls Guide to Wrestling and it's got me to some new places that I wanted to tell you about.
1. Did you know that Mick Foley liked my book AND it hasn't been pulped?!
No really, it's still on sale on Amazon and you can read various reviews of it here.
2. MUMMY VS - a show about wrestling and being a parent
I've combined my wrestling, cabaret and over-sharing skills to get Arts Council Funding for a new LIVE show called 'Mummy Vs'. It's about being a first time parent in lockdown, and how parents have had to literally wrestle with expectations and a ridiculous amount of pressures to get through the last 12 months. It's part stand up, part wrestling show and it will be LIVE at an ACTUAL THEATRE on the 11th June in London - please come and see it, it's going to be spectacular (in what sense, I'm not sure yet).
I've attached the trailer by Claire Nolan because who doesn't love a trailer?
Get your tickets here.
3. Other writing
While we've been locked up in our homes, I've been lucky enough to contribute to 3 (THAT'S RIGHT 3) volumes on wrestling and its various influences.
> 'Women Love Wrestling' (Ed. J. Norris) is an anthology about women within the industry, made up by an array of amazing writers, performers and commentators. I've written about my book and my experiences as an indie wrestler/ writer.
> 'Professional Wrestling, Politics and Populism' (Ed. S. Mazer, H. Levi, E. Laine and N. Haynes) is a collection of essays on how wrestling makes a spectacle of violent acts reflecting contemporary society. I've contributed a piece about wrestling as a form of feminist resistance in action.
> 'The Women of... Kenji Johan' (Ed. S. Harris - out in 2022) is a book celebrating the influence of Johan's work in contemporary culture - I've written a piece about how the Netflix series GLOW affected the world of female wrestling off-screen.
So yes, I've been busy, forgive the intrusion and as you were. I just thought I'd let you know that without your help I probably wouldn't have believed in myself enough to do all these things so thanks a million.
Don't be a stranger and all the best,
Unladylike performance artist and purveyor of angry lady wrestling
Small, mighty and full of power beyond its size
Game changing, bad-ass and will look great on your shelf
1st edition paperback, ebook edition