Stella Duffy, who will be speaking on the Women Writing Today panel has a piece in the Guardian about women in theatre. In it she discusses the absence of women on the British theatre scene and what this means for equality in the arts and beyond:
“the research published in the Guardian into the representation of women in British theatre proved: I am a woman and therefore I am left out. Yes, British theatre often leaves out anyone who is not white, male, middle class and able-bodied, but women are not a minority. When we leave women out of our casting, our programming, we doubly disadvantage women who are part of any minority.”
This will hopefully be one of the many issues we’ll be discussing at the festival and just goes to show why the festival is needed in the first place.
Novelist Selma Dabbagh will be joining the Women Writing Today panel on the 16th March.
Her first novel, Out of It, explores the relationships between a Palestinian family living across Palestine, the UK and the Gulf. It brings to life the struggles of young people trying to live their lives under the occupation, as they negotiate their personal relationships and their relationship with Palestine itself.
‘Driven, fast-paced, edgy … A narrative of Gaza, it brings a very welcome new voice and new consciousness to the Palestinian Story’ Ahdaf Soueif, Guardian, Books of the Year 2011, 26 November 2011
TV writer Emilia di Girolamo who will be speaking at the festival has a new drama coming out on ITV this month.
Emilia will be talking about how we bring issues of violence against women and girls to a mainstream TV audience.