Monthly Archives: January 2018

Tickets for BWLF weekend programme now on sale!

Tickets for 2018’s Bristol Women’s Literature Festival are now on sale via Watershed Bristol’s website

Fans of contemporary, feminist, classic and YA writing can book tickets to see writers as diverse as Patrice Lawrence, Louise Doughty and Sheila Rowbotham as they discuss their own work, the place of women in publishing today, and the relationship writers have with their readers.

Over the weekend, attendees can rediscover their love of Frankenstein with Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts. They can discuss the joy of talking about books with the Read Women project team. Together we’ll celebrate the single woman with Joanna Scutts, assess the legacy of #MeToo in the 100th year of UK women’s suffrage with Samira Ahmed, step back in time to 1920s Paris and much, much more…

Programme at a glance:

Friday 16 March: Bristol Women’s Literature Festival launch party

Featuring a screening of Greta Schiller’s Paris Was A Woman and readings of 1920s writers

Saturday 17 March:

Living alone and liking it with Joanna Scutts

100 years since suffrage with Samira Ahmed, Nimco Ali, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Sheila Rowbotham and Professor Helen Taylor

Women Writing Today with Louise Doughty, Meena Kandasamy, Jenny Landreth and Bidisha

Sunday 18 March:

200 years of Frankenstein, with Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts

Why we love talking books, with the Read Women Twitter team

Writing YA, with Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Patrice Lawrence and Eleanor Pender

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Guest post: #MeToo – women’s poetry anthology

This is a guest post in support of the #MeToo Women’s Poetry Anthology, edited by Deborah Alma:

A brand new collection of largely new work, from some of our finest poets: that rose up directly out of the collective rage from the #MeToo campaign on social media around the world at the end of 2017.

“This collection is quite the rollercoaster: it made me cry with sadness – and with joy. I salute the courage of the women who have shared the pain of sexual harassment in verse that is lyrical, poignant and powerful

– as will readers of this outstanding collection.”

Rachel Kelly

author of ‘Black Rainbow: How words can heal – my journey through depression’ and mental health campaigner.

“Listen hard- this is what you hear, and what must be said: the hard poetry of truth, exploding into the light, where it goddamn belongs. Read these poems and then decide in what order you want to 1) cry 2) march 3) scream with relief and recognition 4) grab a sword-pen and write your own.”

Amanda Palmer

Singer-songwriter, Musician, with the Dresden Dolls.

Enough tears. Enough silence. It was all of us but we

never knew. Sisters, take my hands, we can say it together:

me too

me too

me too.

Sarah Doyle

All profits will go to Women’s Aid UK

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Buy your tickets for the launch!

Tickets are now on sale via Spike Island for the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival launch party on Friday 16 March.

Step back in time to 1920s Paris, where women from across America and Europe came together to form a community of writers, publishers and artists, and act as one another’s muses.

The evening begins with a screening of Greta Schiller’s documentary film Paris was a Woman (1996, 80mins) which explores the lives of these remarkable women, from Gertrude Stein and Colette, to Sylvia Beach and Janet Flanner, followed by short readings of their work.

If you would like to volunteer to read at the event, please get in touch via sianm[dot]norris[at]gmail[dot]com

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Bristol Women’s Literature Festival 2018: we’ve launched!

Happy New Year women’s literature lovers! What better way to kick off 2018 with the launch of our March programme!

We are absolutely thrilled to be working in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas, Bristol Women’s Voice, Watershed, and Spike Island to bring you some of the UK and US’s best writers over three days in March.

We kick off with a journey back in time to 1920s Paris on Friday 16 March. Then on the following two days you’ll discover the best contemporary women writers. Discuss feminist activism in the 100 years since UK suffrage. Meet your favourite YA writers. Celebrate women who lived solo, and give yourself chills re-discovering your love of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

You’ll have the chance to hear from speakers as diverse as Louise Doughty, Meena Kandasamy, Patrice Lawrence, Samira Ahmed, Sheila Rowbotham and many, many more. Together we will celebrate women’s creativity and artistic achievements, counter the male dominance of cultural line-ups, and explore women’s literary history.

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Tickets will be on sale by the end of January. We can’t wait to see you in March!

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is presented in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas, Watershed, and Bristol Women’s Voice.

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