Monthly Archives: November 2014

Join your favourite women writers at The Salon – Wednesday 26 November

Just one day to go before our first BWLF event – the Salon!

In the spirit of Gertrude Stein, we’re inviting writers and readers to come together to share the work that inspires them, and – if they choose – their own writing too.

As such, we’re asking attendees to bring a piece of women’s writing that they love. It could be a poem, a paragraph from a novel, a section of a lecture – it’s up to you. We’ll then share our chosen pieces with the rest of the group – hopefully inspiring one another to discover new work by new writers.

Will you bring Woolf or Walker? Plath or Angelou? Aphra Behn or Jane Austen? One of the Bronte sisters, George Eliot…With so many inspiring writers to choose from the choices are endless.

Then, if you are a writer yourself, you can share a piece of your own work. Short stories, poems – bring whatever you like to share with the group!

We would request read pieces are not too long so everyone has an opportunity to share.

Where? Think Tank room, Hamilton House

When? 7pm

How much? Free but donations welcome

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is non-profit and non-funded. The hire cost for this room is around £30. We don’t want to charge entry but if you can bring a donation to help cover the costs of the room and the festival itself then that would be a great help. You can also donate via our website.

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The Salon – our first ‘fringe’ event needs to be in your diary!

We’re really excited to announce our first fringe event: The Salon!

In the spirit of Gertrude Stein, we’re inviting writers and readers to come together to share the work that inspires them, and – if they choose – their own writing too.

As such, we’re asking attendees to bring a piece of women’s writing that they love. It could be a poem, a paragraph from a novel, a section of a lecture – it’s up to you. We’ll then share our chosen pieces with the rest of the group – hopefully inspiring one another to discover new work by new writers.

Then, if you are a writer yourself, you can share a piece of your own work. Short stories, poems – bring whatever you like to share with the group!

We would request read pieces are not too long so everyone has an opportunity to share.

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is non-profit and non-funded. The hire cost for this room is around £30. We don’t want to charge entry but if you can bring a donation to help cover the costs of the room and the festival itself then that would be a great help. You can also donate online.

When? Wednesday 26th November 2014

What time? 7pm – 9pm

Where? Freedom Room, Hamilton House, Stoke’s Croft, Bristol

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Line up for the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival announced

Whoop! How exciting! We can now announce the line-up for the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival 2015!

Saturday 14 March 2015

Paris was a Woman film screening

The Left Bank of 1920s Paris was a hub for women writers, artists and publishers. From Gertrude Stein with her writing experiments and literary salon, to Sylvia Beach running Shakespeare & Company, and Natalie Barney’s decadent parties, women flocked to the city because Paris was ‘the only city in the world where one can live exactly as one pleases.’

Greta Schiller’s 1996 film explores the lives of some of the key Left Bank women, including Stein, Djuna Barnes, Colette, and Sylvia Beach.

The film will be followed by a brief audience discussion, chaired by Sian Norris. Sian is the founder of the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival and is currently writing a book about Gertrude Stein and her circle.

Women, Feminism and Journalism

Feminist activist, writer and journalist, Beatrix Campbell, and Helen Lewis, the deputy editor of the New Statesman, will discuss feminism, writing, the development of the movement and their own careers. We’ll be exploring the challenges and triumphs of feminism. Beatrix Campbell will also be talking about the publication of her new book, End of Equality.

Sunday 15 March 2015

Women Writing in Shakespeare’s Time, 

Helen Hackett is Professor of English at UCL and the author of five books on Renaissance literature. She has special interests in Renaissance women writers and in literary images of Elizabeth I. Her latest book is A Short History of English Renaissance Drama ​(I.B. Tauris, 2013), which includes a section on women’s contribution to drama in Shakespeare’s time.

Women Writing Today 

Sarah Lefanu will be talking to novelist and short story writer Michele Roberts, playwright and memoirist Samantha Ellis, five times winner of the Foyles Young Poet award Helen Mort, novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo, and first-time novelist Amy Mason about their work. 

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