I am so excited to tell you about the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival, which will be taking place across the weekend of 16th-17th March at the Watershed.
It’s pretty simple. The festival is all about bringing together the best women writers, academics and commentators to talk about their work, their inspirations and the issues facing women writers today.
The festival has three aims:
1. To celebrate the diversity and creativity of women writers
2. To counter the male dominance of literature and cultural festival line-ups
3. To promote women’s writing and literary history
We’ll be joined by some of the best writing talent around, across three panel discussions along with a talk and film screening. So far, our speakers include Stella Duffy, Helen Dunmore, Kate Williams, Dr Helen Hackett, Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Emilia di Girolamo, Kristin Aune and Kat Banyard. Writer, critic, broadcaster and novelist Bidisha will be chairing the festival.
The programme includes:
Out of the Ivory Tower: writing feminism for a non-academic audience
Women’s Writing today: contemporary women writers discuss their fiction
Bluestockings and Muses: a history of women’s writing
Bringing women’s issues to a mainstream TV audience + film
Please keep an eye on this website. It’s going to be a hub of activity leading up to the festival, with info about the writers taking part, fundraiser events, programme updates and much, much more.
The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is entirely unfunded. So if you want to support us, please donate through our PayPal account. No profits will go to the organisers, all the money will pay for the venue, publicity and travel costs. Any left over cash will be distributed between the speakers and women’s charities.
I can’t wait to see you all in March!