Monthly Archives: February 2015

Have you booked?

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival tickets are on sale now and we really advice you to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Here’s the programme in full, with booking links provided…

Saturday 14 March 2015, 11am – 1pm

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.

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Women, Feminism and Journalism, 2.30pm – 4pm

Feminist activists, writers and journalists, Beatrix Campbell, Nimko Ali, Finn Mackay 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.

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Poetry, Prose and Palestine with Annemarie Jacir and Selma Dabbagh 6pm – 7.30pm, Waterside 3

Selma Dabbagh is a London based British Palestinian writer of novels, short stories and plays. Her first novel, ‘Out of It,’ (Bloomsbury, 2011) is set between Gaza, London and the Gulf and has been voted Guardian Book of the Year. Selma also works as a lawyer. Annemarie Jacir is an award-winning director, poet and activist currently living between Palestine and Jordan. The work of Palestinian writers and poets has been a major influence on their lives. This evening, alongside their own works, Dabbagh and Jacir will read and discuss the poems of other well-known Palestinian writers. Their presentations and discussion will explore how prose and poems challenge the dominant narratives on Palestine and the occupation, reaffirm Palestinian identity and maintain a constant struggle for equality and fairness, land, home and nationhood. They will explore why it is that people on a global level relate with the Palestinian cause in the way that they do and the role that the arts have in influencing activism and change. The event will be chaired by Alice Guthrie.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Bristol Palestinian Film Festival, as part of Conversations about Cinema: Impact of Conflict.

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Sunday 15 March 2015

The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History, 11am 12pm, Waterside 3

In her new book, academic Emma Rees considers why British and US culture has such a problem when talking about the female body. She maps the long history of advertising that profits from the taboo of the vagina, and she reflects on how writers, artists and filmmakers have been influenced by, or even perpetuate, this ‘shame’.  And it’s not all in the past – the vagina still causes outrage, derision and discomfort today.

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Women Writing in Shakespeare’s Time, 1pm – 2pm

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.

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Women Writing Today, 3pm – 4.30pm

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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PLEASE REMEMBER! SALON HAS MOVED TO 2ND MARCH!

Just a quick reminder that the Salon and Open Mic night has moved to NEXT MONDAY the 2ND MARCH. Please do not come tonight as it isn’t happening. See you all there on Monday 2nd March.

When? Monday 2nd March

Where? Think Tank Room, Hamilton House

What time? 7pm

How much? Free, but donations to cover room hire are welcome.

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Finn Mackay joins the Women, Feminism and Journalism panel

Great news! We’re really excited that feminist activist extraordinaire Finn Mackay will be joining Beatrix Campbell, Nimko Ali and Helen Lewis on the Women, Feminism and Journalism panel. Finn will be talking about her activist history and her new book, Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement, which is published by Palgrave.

Finn Mackay has been involved in feminist activism for twenty years and founded the London Feminist Network and the revived London Reclaim the Night in 2004. After a career in policy and training on domestic violence prevention education in local government, Finn returned to academia completing her PhD on the British Women’s Liberation Movement. Finn is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of England and is the author of “Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement” published with Palgrave (2015). Finn is a Trustee of the Feminist Archive, an Ambassador for the Worker’s Educational Association and serves on the Executive of the Feminist & Women’s Studies Association.

Finn will be speaking on the Women, Feminism and Journalism panel at Waterside 3 on Saturday 14th March at 2.30 pm. Book your tickets now!

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Tickets for Bristol Women’s Literature Festival are now ON SALE

Good news! You can now buy tickets for all the Bristol Women’s Literature events from Watershed box office.

We would recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival brings together the country’s best women writers, academics and feminist commentators to the Watershed for thought-provoking discussion, debate and activity.

Saturday 14 March 2015, 11am – 1pm

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.

Book tickets

Women, Feminism and Journalism, 2.30pm – 4pm

Feminist activists, writers and journalists, Beatrix Campbell, Nimko Ali 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.

Book tickets

Poetry, Prose and Palestine with Annemarie Jacir and Selma Dabbagh 6pm – 7.30pm, Waterside 3

Selma Dabbagh is a London based British Palestinian writer of novels, short stories and plays. Her first novel, ‘Out of It,’ (Bloomsbury, 2011) is set between Gaza, London and the Gulf and has been voted Guardian Book of the Year. Selma also works as a lawyer. Annemarie Jacir is an award-winning director, poet and activist currently living between Palestine and Jordan. The work of Palestinian writers and poets has been a major influence on their lives. This evening, alongside their own works, Dabbagh and Jacir will read and discuss the poems of other well-known Palestinian writers. Their presentations and discussion will explore how prose and poems challenge the dominant narratives on Palestine and the occupation, reaffirm Palestinian identity and maintain a constant struggle for equality and fairness, land, home and nationhood. They will explore why it is that people on a global level relate with the Palestinian cause in the way that they do and the role that the arts have in influencing activism and change. The event will be chaired by Alice Guthrie.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Bristol Palestinian Film Festival, as part of Conversations about Cinema: Impact of Conflict.

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Sunday 15 March 2015

The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History, 11am 12pm, Waterside 3

In her new book, academic Emma Rees considers why British and US culture has such a problem when talking about the female body. She maps the long history of advertising that profits from the taboo of the vagina, and she reflects on how writers, artists and filmmakers have been influenced by, or even perpetuate, this ‘shame’.  And it’s not all in the past – the vagina still causes outrage, derision and discomfort today.

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Women Writing in Shakespeare’s Time, 1pm – 2pm

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.

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Women Writing Today, 3pm – 4.30pm

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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New date change to the Salon – it is now Monday 2nd March!!!!

Literature lovers! Get out your diaries and update the date for the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival’s Salon and Open Mic Night event which is now taking part on MONDAY 2ND MARCH AT 7PM.

A follow up to the fabulous success of November’s Salon event, you are invited to bring your own work or the work of your favourite woman writer to share with the group. So whether you are a writer yourself or want to share the work of a writer you love, this event is for you.

You can bring along short fiction, poems, song lyrics, monologues, a passage from a novel – whatever you choose.

So whether you’ve written a sonnet or want to share one, if you’re a songwriter or a prose lover, bring along your words or the words you love and let’s enjoy an inspiring evening of literary discovery!

When? Monday 2nd March

Where? Think Tank Room, Hamilton House

What time? 7pm

How much? Free, but donations to cover room hire are welcome.

See you there!

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New event added to programme: Emma Rees introduces her new book, The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History

More exciting news! We’re thrilled to add another event to an already packed programme.

On the morning of Sunday 15 March, renowned academic Emma Rees will introduce her new book, The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History.

Emma Rees is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Chester. She was born and bred in Birmingham, and took her BA and PhD at the University of East Anglia, before moving to the University of Chester in 1999. Her main teaching interests are early modern literature (her first book was about Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-73)), and literature and film. She has published extensively in the field of gender and representation, and her book The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History (Bloomsbury) was first published in 2013, and is out in paperback early in 2015. In ‘Vulvanomics: How We Talk About Vaginas’, Emma considers why British and US culture has such a problem when talking about the female body; she maps the long history of advertising that profits from the taboo of the vagina, and she reflects on how writers, artists and filmmakers have been influenced by, or even perpetuate, this ‘shame’.

Tickets for the event will be available to buy from next week. Watch this space!

EMMA REES

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