Feminist Book Fortnight 2022

We are back!  After a 2 year gap during the pandemic we are inviting independent bookshops to join us for Feminist Book Fortnight.

Sat 14th to Sat 28th May

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Inspired by the Feminist Book Fortnights of the 1980’s, we relaunched FBF in  2018, with amazing success and Feminist Book Fortnight was back with a bang in 2019! In 2019, 3 of the feminist libraries put on events alongside a dizzying array of 50 independent bookshops all over the UK and Ireland. Unfortunately, due to Covid, planned events for 2020 and 2021 had to be suspended but you can see pictures of some of the 2019 events below.

Looking for an event to go to? For 2022 events check out our events page. Meanwhile, do check out our special live streamed launch event at Five Leaves Bookshop on 10th May

In 2018, ‘Feminist Book Fortnight’ was held in the UK and abroad for the first time in twenty-seven years. But where did the idea to hold a ‘Feminist Book Fortnight’ come from? The original Fortnight, which ran from 1984-1991, was an annual British book trade promotion which grew out of the flourishing women’s movements of the time. Join radical bookseller Jane Anger, who participated in the original Fortnight and led its revival in the 21st century, and Dr. Eleanor Careless, author of Feminist Book Fortnight: A Short History for a discussion of the Fortnight’s history, its activist aims, distinctive regionalism, and relationship with the capitalist literary marketplace.

The evening will take place both in the shop and online. You must register via Eventbrite to attend.

Register for the in-person event at the bookshop here.

Register for the online livestream here.

If you are an independent bookshop:

If you are interested in taking part in Feminist Book Fortnight in 2022 please email Jane at Five Leaves Bookshop, (bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk) to register.  Five Leaves co-ordinates Feminist Book Fortnight. It’s up to each shop to decide what they want to do, be that in-store and/or window displays and events (in person or on-line) if you wish.  In 2019 we had over 50 events take place around the country (and in Italy!). You decide!    Five Leaves will co-ordinate the listings on the website and promote events etc through social media. Five Leaves will also provide posters and flyers for window and other displays free of charge.  So get planning!

Here are some pictures of displays and events in 2019 from the UK ….and the bookshop in Venice!