Feminist Book Fortnight 2022

Sat 14th to Sat 28th May

After a 2 year gap during the pandemic we were back in 2022 . Over 30 independent bookshops joined us to celebrate feminist ideas and writing.

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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.

For events that took place in 2022 check out our events page. Meanwhile, do check out our special live streamed launch event at Five Leaves Bookshop on 10th May which is still available on the Five Leaves Bookshop You Tube channel here.

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. You can hear more at our launch event with 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 here. They discuss of the Fortnight’s history, its activist aims, distinctive regionalism, and relationship with the capitalist literary marketplace.

Some background on 2022

Five Leaves co-ordinates Feminist Book Fortnight on behalf of participating independent bookshops. 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) . In 2019 we had over 50 events take place around the country (and in Italy!). Five Leaves co-ordinates the listings on the website and promote events etc through social media. Five Leaves also provides posters and flyers for window and other displays free of charge. 

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