Feminist Book Fortnight for 2018 is over!  Sad but true.

Feminist Book Fortnight 2019 will run from Saturday 4th-Saturday 18th May 2019

Watch this space for details of 2019 events.


Over 50 bookshops took part in 2018.  Here’s a roundup of photos.  A brief summary report is below.

Launch event at Five Leaves, Nottingham



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Helen Pankhurst speaking at Scarthin Books, Cromford Derbyshire



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Packed house at Bookseller Crow
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Speakers at Bookseller Crow event: Feminist Publishing: Then, Now and in the Future




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Meena at News FRom Nowhere

Meena Kandasamy at News From Nowhere, Liverpool

Clare Shaw at News FRom Nowhere

Clare Shaw at News From Nowhere, Liverpool


Packed in at Lighthouse Books event on working class writers
Lighthouse Books event on Working Class Writers with 
Ann Pettifor speaking at FBF event with Five Leaves Bookshop and The Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at The University of Nottingham









Nafeesa Hamid at Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham


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At New Beacon Books: Too Bigoman: The Black Women’s Movement in Britain Revisited with Dr Michelle Asantewa



Drake the Bookshop event with Tees Women Poets

Audre Lorde celebration at Lighthouse Bookshop
A celebration of Audre Lorde took place at Lighthouse Bookshop

New Beacon Books

Drake the Bookshop, Stockton on Tees

Housmans event with Ellie Jupp
Housmans event – Feminism and Complicity with Ellie Jupp, Sara de Jong and Erin Sanders-McDonagh

Striking Women talk and discussion at The Feminist Library

Feminist Book Fortnight at Five Leaves Bookshop

Big Green Bookshop event with Virginia Moffat

Big Green Bookshop event with Virginia Moffatt and Sarah Marr

What we did in 2018

Do read the  ‘About Feminist Book Fortnight’ page if you are curious about why independent bookshops featured the fortnight of displays and events and a list of venues that took part.  Here’s a very brief summary of what we did:


40 independent  bookshops took part: with window and in store displays as well as events

3 other venues asked to take part and ran events: see listings for details.

52 events were organised during the fortnight: 49 in bookshops and 3 at other venues

Press coverage appeared in The Bookseller.  In addition several blogs featured the Fortnight.

We had a great variety of events, in Britain and Ireland, with lots of interest from people who came along to join us. We had poets and fictions authors reading and discussing their work, lectures on economics and on the role of literature in these disturbing political times,  discussions of topical political and feminist issues and discussion of particular authors’ work. Some packed houses, lots of chat, lots of variety, many voices.

Bookshops If you are a bookshop and wish to participate in 2019 please get in touch with Jane Anger at Five Leaves Bookshop, who is co-ordinating the website and social media accounts for the Fortnight.  Email: bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk.

Publishers If you are a publisher, please note that there is no central organisation of events.  The participating bookshops are organising their own programme of events. If you have a suitable book or author who would be happy to participate please do approach participating bookshops.