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Launch of Anon with Hurst St Press

Join Hurst St Press and Bristol Women’s Literature Festival at Spike Island for the launch of ANON: a new series of publications from Hurst Street Press. ANON is a series of pamphlets that celebrates the work of undervalued women writers, republishing their work alongside commissioned responses from new writers, academics and artists.

The launch of the series includes three editions, showcasing the work of three early twentieth century authors: Charlotte Mew, Elizabeth Bibesco, and Mary Butts.

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This event features readings from the works of Mew, Bibesco and Butts by the poet and writer Camille Ralphs, as well as an introduction to the ANON series by Hurst Street Press co-founder Beth Sparks. A panel discussion (including writers and artists included in the pamphlets and chaired by literary producer Lily Green) focusses on the works of the three writers, from initial reactions to artistic response, in addition to wider debates about the reputation of women writers and the interaction between literature and art.

You may also purchase a copy of the works and see a selection of artworks from the books at the launch.

Launch schedule

More information about the new editions


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2018: we’re doing it

So, here we go again.

Thanks to a new partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas, March 2018 will see the return of the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival to Watershed.

We’ll be updating the website soon with details of times, dates, speakers and more.

But for now just to say… you can expect brilliant contemporary women’s writers who’ll discuss their work as poets, novelists, short-story writers, and creators of genre-defying non-fiction. You’ll hear from feminist writers who are changing the world, 100 years on from us winning the vote in the UK. You’ll discover more about our gothic foremother Mary Shelley, meet the best talent in young adult fiction, and get to chat books with the Read Women team.

It’s going to be two days of bookish joy and I for one can’t wait. We’ll pack Bristol with literary lovers, as we celebrate the brilliant creativity of women writers throughout history.

And, of course, you’ll get to buy books and meet the writers too.

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Let the planning commence…!

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