About Feminist Book Fortnight

In 2018  a group of radical and independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland launched Feminist Book Fortnight, a celebration of feminist books. We drew our inspiration from the Feminist Book Fortnights run nationally in the 1980s (read about the history of Feminist Book Fortnight here). We  highlighted the diversity of feminist books over the two weeks with displays of books and lots of events. Participating bookshops reported lots of full events and a “thirst” for discussion of feminist issues as well as celebration of feminist achievements.  We did the same in 2019, expanding the range of venues involved to include some of the feminist libraries as well as independent bookshops.

Women’s voices are raised and are increasingly heard. The #MeToo campaign as well as many other movements around the world have once again, and not before time, brought many issues to the fore.

There has been an explosion of new feminist publishing in the last two to three years. Books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Laura Bates, Mary Beard, Lola Olufemi, Rebecca Solnit and many others have become bestsellers. Younger feminists are also discovering feminist classics by writers and activists such as Audre Lorde, whose writing was recently republished in the UK by Silver Press. Independent bookshops want to celebrate these authors but also provide space for discussions and learning.

In 2019 Feminist Book Fortnight ran from Saturday 4th May to Saturday 18th May.

50 bookshops took part  as well as 3 of the feminist libraries.  To find out if your local bookstore is taking part in 2022,  click on Participating Bookshops.

                    Due to Covid19, we suspended activities in 2020 and 2021

Want to take part in 2022?

If you are interested in taking part in Feminist Book Fortnight in 2022 please email Jane at Five Leaves Bookshop, (bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk).  Five Leaves co-ordinates Feminist Book Fortnight (but shops and other venues organise their own displays and events).