My lovely friend and a gifted poet, Agnes Meadows has long run Loose Muse, (http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/publications/poetrynews/pn07/pnmuse/) a monthly event for female performers. Because of the warm and inviting atmosphere, it attracts its share of men - at least to watch. Although Agnes has always said that if any bloke were willing to dress up in a wig and frock she'd be happy to consider 'her'. Now it looks as though the Arts Council has given her a grant to develop the evening and perhaps create some anthologies each year to showcase the best of the female performers who attend every second Wednesday of the month.
Having hosted some of the evenings myself and thoroughly enjoyed it I'm delighted that Agnes has managed to get the financial support it deserves.