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The Glory of Pride and Prejudice: An Evening to Celebrate Jane Austen

Watershed, Bristol

Tue 26 November 2013, Discussion: 18:15-19:15, Film starts at 19.45,  £8.00 /£6.50

200 years since it was published, Pride and Prejudice still exerts its fascination on the public’s imaginations. Chaired by Professor Helen Taylor, this panel discussion will explore Austen’s lasting appeal and the misconceptions that have dogged her public persona. The discussion will be followed by a screening of the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice. This celebration of one of Britain’s best-loved novels is a must for all Austen enthusiasts. The evening will be introduced with a performance by actor Kim Hicks.

Professor Helen Taylor will be joined by Jean Burnett, author of Who Needs Mr Darcy; Professor Jane Spencer and the winner of our very special Austen competition.

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Our first programme of events, from March 2013:

Feminism on the small screen

Bringing women’s issues to a mainstream TV audience

TV screenwriter Emilia di Girolamo will talk about her career writing for popular shows including Eastenders and hit ITV drama The Poison Tree. Emilia was Lead Writer and Co-Producer on Law & Order: UK and is currently Associate Producer. She has a particular passion for bringing the challenging issues around VAWG to a television audience and has written controversially about group rape, women’s imprisonment and child abuse.

She’ll explore with the audience how through her writing she has brought issues surrounding violence against women and girls into the nation’s living rooms, asking them to question their preconceptions.

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Women’s Writing Today

Contemporary women writers discuss their fiction

The literary scene is packed with inspiring and talented women. We are lucky enough to be joined by some of UK’s best writers as the read from and talk about their work, their inspirations and the issues facing women writers today. Are women marginalised in the literary scene? Do we still need women only prizes? What does the recent success of women writers in the Costa Prize say about women’s writing today? Bidisha will be joined by Stella Duffy, Beatrice Hitchman, Selma Dabbagh and Helen Dunmore.

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Bluestockings and Muses

A history of women’s writing

Women have always written. Academics have long been re-discovering women writers and placing these great women in the canon where they belong. Bidisha will invite Professor Helen Hackett, Professor Helen Taylor, Professor Joan Adim-Addo, Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Dr Charlotte Crofts and Kate Williams to talk about their areas of study.

Which women writers should be on everyone’s reading list? Who has been excluded from the literary canon and why? How did the feminist movement help us re-discover women writers who had been forgotten and marginalised?

This talk is a must for anyone who wants to study English Literature at university.

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Out of the Ivory Tower

Writing feminism for a non-academic audience

The last few years have seen an explosion in feminist publishing, as discussion of women’s rights is back where it belongs – in the academy AND in the public imagination. Bidisha will be joined in conversation by Kristin Aune, Deborah Withers and Josephine Tsui, before opening questions out to the audience.

How do we reach new audiences with feminist ideas? What are the key concerns of feminist writers today? How has new media – such as blogging and Twitter – helped to transform and invigorate feminist discussion?

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