The Second Shelf joins BWLF

As well as buying brand new books from BWLF authors at the festival, you’ll also have the chance to discover and shop for rare and forgotten books by women, thanks to Second Shelf.

Writer and arts journalist A. N. Devers is launching The Second Shelf, an online bookstore focused on rare, antiquarian, modern first editions, and manuscripts by women writers later this year. She had the idea for The Second Shelf after realising that women writers’ legacies and acclaim for their work has suffered as a result of the rare book trade being traditionally a male field. The Second Shelf seeks to put excellent work by women in the hands of readers and collectors, to help unearth work that has been relegated and bring it the attention it deserves, and to encourage more women to collect books in order to help grow a market and balance the bookshelves. She will be joining the festival in Watershed’s Waterside 3 with a selection of rare and modern first edition books available for purchase.

Waterstones will also be at Waterside 3, selling the books by our speakers.

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