Menopause and Creativity

M-Boldened book contributors Carren Strock, Arzu Qaderi and Emily Steinberg discuss creativity in midlife across the visual arts, writing and film.


Thursday 22nd October, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

M-Boldened: Menopause Conversations We All Need to Have

In this panel conversation for World Menopause Month, M-Boldened book contributors Carren Strock, Arzu Qaderi and Emily Steinberg discuss creativity in midlife across the visual arts, writing and film.

Carren Strock was raised by parents who encouraged creativity. Equally at home with a paintbrush and canvas, needle and thread, or hammer and nails, she is an all-round Renaissance Woman. Luckily, she didn’t listen to her college professor who told her that she wasn’t a writer. While she is best known for her groundbreaking book Married Women Who Love Women, now in its third edition, she is as eclectic in her writing as in her other pursuits. Her books include A Writer’s Journey: What to Know Before, During, and After Writing a Book, In the Shadow of the Wonder Wheel (a mystery novel set in Coney Island, New York; she is currently working on a sequel), Tangled Ribbons (a lesbian paranormal romance), Grandpa and Me and the Park in the City (a rhyming picture book for children), Potatoes With Appeal: 105 Mouth-Watering Recipes, (a cookbook) and Secret Survivors (a gripping middle-grade chapter book).

Arzu Qaderi is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, presenter and activist. She has worked extensively in fashion and launched her presenting career in 2012 when she hosted her own weekly fashion news show, Fresh Cuts. Arzu has received a citation from the federal government of Ottawa, Canada, for her contributions to this industry. Born in Afghanistan, she grew up in Germany and filmed her first documentary, My Afghan Diary, on her return to Kabul. The film has won multiple awards, including ‘Best Documentary’ in the Festival del Cinema di Salerno and ‘Best Short Documentary’ in both the Jaipur International Film Festival and the Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes. It has been screened in Canada, London, Chile and her home city of Hamburg. Arzu has also given speeches about the importance of women’s health in Afghanistan and received an honorary award at the Women Appreciating Women Awards.

Emily Steinberg is an American artist, writer and educator whose work has been shown across the US and Europe. Most recently, her first cartoon was accepted into The New Yorker magazine and will be published in 2020. She has been named the first Artist in Residence at Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia, where she works with medical students to translate their medical school experiences into words and images. Her visual narratives have been regularly published in Cleaver magazine since 2013 and since summer 2019 she has taken on the role of visual narrative editor at Cleaver. Her memoir, Graphic Therapy, was published serially in Smith magazine and her short comic Blogging Towards Oblivion was included in The Moment (HarperCollins). She is a lecturer in Fine Art at Penn State University, Abington College, where she has been teaching since 2011. Steinberg earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

About the Book

M-Boldened: Menopause Conversations We All Need to Have
M-Boldened: Menopause Conversations We All Need to Have

Caroline Harris

Publisher:The History Press Ltd

Publication date:9 Oct 2020


It's time to change the global menopause conversation. Let's stop talking just in terms of the stereotyped sweaty, hot-flush beleaguered female, the infertile crone or the wise woman - the reality of the menopause experience is so diverse and deserves to be heard.