We’re thrilled to announce the first part of the line-up for next year’s Bristol Women’s Literature Festival. We’ve got some fantastic events for you to enjoy, with inspiring speakers who challenge and delight, working across all kinds of writing. From Michele Roberts, to Professor Helen Hackett, to Xiaolu Guo, we’ve got poets, playwrights, memoirists, short story writers, first time novelists, established novelists, academics, journalists, films – a packed schedule!
So, now we’ve whetted your appetite – what’s happening?
The festival takes place over the weekend of 14-15 March at Watershed.
Saturday 14 March morning: Screening of documentary film, Paris was a Woman.
Festival founder and director, Sian Norris, will introduce the film directed by Greta Schiller, which explores the lives of women writers living and working in 1920s Paris. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion.
Saturday 14 March afternoon: Women, Feminism and Journalism
We have some really great speakers lined up for this panel including Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman.
Sunday 15 March early afternoon: Women Writing in Shakespeare’s Time
Renowned academic Professor Helen Hackett will deliver a lecture on the women writers of the Renaissance, introducing you to some exciting – and often forgotten – creative women who pushed the boundaries of their time.
Sunday 15 March late afternoon: Women Writing Today
Michele Roberts, Samantha Ellis, Amy Mason, Helen Mort and Xiaolu Guo will discuss their work, careers and future plans. The panel will be chaired by Sarah LeFanu.
We’re sure you’ll agree it’s a fantastic line-up with writers and speakers that will inspire every audience.
In the run up to March, we’ll also be running a series of ‘fringe’ events with writers – as well as fun events that will get your creative juices flowing.
We can’t wait to see you in March.