Welcome to our Deeds Not Words pages. #DeedsNotWords was a grrrlgames project running workshops across Bristol with girls aged 13+ as part of Bristol Women’s Voices’ Deeds Not Words programme celebrating 100 years since the first women were able to vote in the UK, funded by UK Government Equalities Office.

From July 2018 to Janurary 2019 we ran free workshops for young women and girls to design and make their own digital games inspired by stories of Suffragettes & Suffragists in Bristol.

Through the project we have all learnt about the history of the suffrage movement in Bristol and been inspired, amused and outraged by the exploits of our foremothers, what they got up to and what was done to them. They didn’t teach us these stories in school. But we did enjoy reading these books to get out research started:

The Women Who Built Bristol 1184-2018 by Jane Duffus

Women and the City: Bristol 1373-2000 by Madge Dresser

The Bristol Suffragettes by Lucienne Boyce

Go Home and Do the Washing! Three Centuries of Pioneering Bristol Women by Lorna Brierley and Helen Reid

As well as reading these books we did some online research, and did a lot of talking about what we would have felt like being young women in the Women’s Suffrage Movement as we used the stories to inspire game designs. We ended up with lots of drawings and ideas, and even a few playable first drafts of games, with a lot of support from Grrrl Games professionals.

You can find out more about the #deedsnotwords games HERE. Please appreciate these are very much works in progress and don’t show the amount of thought and effort and conversation that has gone into making them.

We still have a bunch of designs that we are slowly turning into games for people to play – but most of what came out of the project is still on paper. We know that the process of thinking about games design and turning stories into ideas is the tricky bit, and we were really blown away by the budding game designers.

As a legacy to the project we have opened up our monthly First Tuesday session to under 18s, so now anyone aged 13+ is welcome to drop in and join us. Don’t worry if you can’t get there at 4.30 – we are there till 8pm when the over 18s head to the bar. There is no upper age limit for our sessions and beginners are always welcome. We talk about what we would like to make or are making, experiment with different software, drawing techniques, etc…

So if you are 13+ and can get to PMStudio/Watershed in Bristol on the First Tuesday of the month 4.30-8pm come along, let’s help each other develop our ideas for all sorts of games. Email info@grrrlgames.org if you want to come along.

nb At about 8pm on First Tuesdays the over18s head to Watershed Bar for an hour or so… We are also planning other events for over18s only – keep an eye on our instagram/twitter/facebook.

Workshop gallery