Events are arranged below alphabetically by town/city. Join us for a nation-wide burst of activity that celebrates the resurgence of feminist writing within contemporary culture. Some arts centres have joined in and are putting on events, so we have included those events that we know about.
The Bookshop, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Penglais Hill, Penglais, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE
Arnolfini Arts Centre
Tuesday 26 June 18:30 to 20:00
Presented by Arnolfini Book Club – the co-author of a new history of the women’s liberation movements of the UK and the US, in conversation with a legendary feminist historian and revolutionary theorist.
Join D-M Withers, interviewed by Sheila Rowbotham, as they celebrate the publication of D-M’s book The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women’s Liberation, 1966-1988 (Virago 2018), declared by Oprah’s book club as a ‘must-read’. The Feminist Revolution (co-authored by Bonnie Morris) tells the history of women’s liberation movements since the 1960s and is richly illustrated with rarely seen photographs and archival ephemera.
D-M and Sheila will explore the desire for excavating ‘hidden’ and marginalised feminist histories – a passion shared by both authors who come from different political generations.
More details here.
Cloughjordan, County Tipperary, Ireland:
Sheelagh na Gig bookshop, Main Street, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, Ireland
Friday 22nd June
Saturday 23rd June
Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3QF
Thursday 28th June 7-8.30pm in the shop. Helen Pankhurst will be talking about her book Deeds, Not Words : The Story of Women’s Rights- Then and Now EVENT NOW SOLD OUT!
This will be a ticketed event at £6 which will include a glass of wine on arrival. Contact Scarthin for tickets
Lighthouse Books, 43-45 West Nicolson Street , Edinburgh EH8 9DB
Friday 15th June 7-9pm
This summer, from 16th-30th June, the Feminist Book Fortnight which first took place in 1983 is being resurrected by a group of radical and independent bookshops, and we’re thrilled to be a part of the celebrations!
We’ll be making the most of this bookish opportunity to shout about our vision of a truly intersectional, inclusive, pro-active feminism, concerned with social and economic justice.
On Friday 15th we’ll be kicking off our Feminist Book Fortnight with a crafty bookshop party! We’ll have readings, drinks, cake and banner making ahead of Edinburgh Pride on Saturday 16th. Drop in, drop by or stay and get stuck in!
Have you figured out what kind of sign poster you want to carry on the Edinburgh Pride March? Not yet? Are you full of creative expressions and incisive slogans? Enjoy the experience of creating something together with others on our banner-making session. Bring your ideas, we’ll give you the material! Let’s get ready together for the Edinburgh Pride March!
Sunday 17th June 10.30-11.30am
Has your child been gifted a problematic picture book?
Did you get half way through story time and realise you were reinforcing toxic gender norms?
Do you need to rid yourself of some sexist stories but balk at the idea of either chucking books or passing on the poison??
We have a solution!
We are offering a sexist story AMNESTY : bring your crap picture books in and we’ll ‘recycle’ what can be salvaged for a kids craft session creating new & improved versions with them!
We’ll also give you £2 credit for your terrible books so you can choose something rocking instead.
If you DON’T have terrible books, you can also come along and help us create some creative, inclusive new stories anyway 🙂
Bring your crafty young feminists to the shop on the first sunday of every month – ideal for all children, of any gender, aged 4-7!
Places are ust £2 on the door (to cover materials) but places are limited so do let us know you’re coming – there will be free tea & coffe for grown ups!
Monday 18th June 8pm Other Fruit & Knight Errant Press: Meet the Publisher
This month’s Other Fruit Book Club is a special Feminist Book Fortnight edition, so to kick things off there’ll be an introductory talk about the book under discussion from its two editors.
Nathaniel Kunitsky and Rhiannon Tate from Knight Errant Press will be speaking about their crowdfunded anthology, F, M or Other: Quarrels with the Gender Binary, a collection of poetry, prose, essays and graphic storytelling giving a whole range of nuanced perspectives on gender identity.
Taking us through their fundraising campaign, the work of their contributors and what the anthology means to them, Nathaniel and Rhiannon’s talk is a stand alone mini event that may also serve as a point of departure for the subsequent book club discussion!
Come along to hear a fascinating insider’s account of how this compelling and important book came to be!
***Please note that the RSVPs below are for this talk alone, and not the following book club discussion, you can come along to both but to reserve your place for the book club itself, please click HERE***
then at 8pm-9pm….
Other Fruit Book Club: F, M or Other
The Other Fruit Book Club offers a free, friendly and gentle environment in which opinions are shared and new appreciations can be discovered as we explore a broad variety of books by LGBTQ+ writers.
As part of Feminist Book Fortnight at the Lighthouse, this month the Other Fruit Book Club will be reading F, M or Other: Quarrels with the Gender Binary from Knight Errant Press. Following the talk by editors Nathaniel and Rhiannon (places for which can be reserved here), we’ll be discussing this fascinating anthology of poetry, prose, essays and graphic storytelling, in which various authors give nuanced perspectives on gender identity. Prepare to have your feathers ruffled and your preconceptions stripped away – F, M or Other? Does it matter?
“…[a] brilliant anthology…refreshingly different perspectives.” – DIVA Magazine
This promises to be a brilliant night of discussion!
Wednesday 20th June 8-9pm Once Upon A Time… Subversive folk tales with Kirsty Logan & Zoe Gilbert
As part of Feminist Book Fortnight we are absolutely thrilled to have Zoe Gilbert & Kirsty Logan in the bookshop! They’ll be reading from their latest novels, and exploring the magic and feminism in subversive fairytales and folklore.
Fairy tales and folklore form the bedrock to much contemporary storytelling – A child’s first exposure to literature is often a fairy tale, frequently a derivative of one of the classics. In the 1970s, many feminists focused critical attention on fairy tales and broke the spell that had enchanted readers for centuries. By exposing the role of fairy tales in the cultural struggle over gender, feminism sparked a debate that would change the way society thinks about fairy tales and the words “happily ever after.”
They also sparked a new wave of subversive storytelling that challenged and reimagined the entrenched stereotypes and gendered violence of the genre both for children and adults, from The Paper Bag Princess to the works Angela Carter, Paula Rego, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Suniti Namjoshi and Marina Warner.
There’s since been some phenomenal new writing by other authors drawing on the tradition – Madeline Miller’s Circe, Emma Donoghue’s Kissing the Witch, Octavia Butler’s Kindred, Zoe Gilbert’s Folk and Kirsty Logan’s entire body of work are just a few enthralling additions!
Kirsty Logan is a writer, performer, literary editor, writing mentor and book reviewer from Glasgow. Her first book, The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, won the Polari and Scott Prizes and was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. Her novel, The Gracekeepers, won a Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle for best debut. Now she’s back with The Gloaming, a bewitching tale of first love, shattering grief, and the dangerous magic that draws us home.
Zoe Gilbert won the 2014 Costa Short Story Award and her debut novel Folk was published to rave reviews earlier this year. Crackling with echoes of ancient folklore, but entirely, wonderfully, her own, Gilbert’s Folk is a dark, beautiful and intoxicating debut. Her stories have appeared in anthologies from Comma, Cinnamon and Labello presses amongst others, and in journals worldwide including The Stinging Fly, Mechanics’ Institute Review, and the British Fantasy Society Journal; she has a PhD in Creative Writing.
This event will be chaired by the Edinburgh-based writer Heather Parry.
**We have 20 FREE tickets to offer for this event, they’re available on a first come, first served basis and must be reserved in the bookshop prior to the event!**
Where are all our deaf heroes, blind villains, protagonists in wheelchairs, with walking sticks or stutters? Who was the last disabled author to make the Times Bestseller list, win the Man Booker Prize or be showcased at your local library?
As part of our Feminist Book Fortnight we’re celebrating the works and contributions of disabled writers. We’ll be talking about writing and discussing the challenges that disabled writers face when trying to access and succeed in the publishing world.
A feminism predicated on ableism and privilege cannot be a radical, liberating philosophy, and so has no place in today’s feminist struggles. Intersectionality proposes that social and political institutions are connected and need to be analysed together and not separately. Such institutions include race, gender, sex, religion and disability. Disability, however, is one of the many intersections that is often forgotten or silenced, causing an even more marginalized group of individuals.
Our panelists are all brilliant, engaged, multi-talented disabled writers – among them are Ever Dundas, and Nasim Marie Jafry. Their work is hugely diverse, from semi-autobiographical fiction, to sci-fi, poetry and journalism – Stay tuned for a full list of speakers!
We are thrilled to have found a local venue which provides the following:
-Wheelchair access and accessible seating
-Microphones for speakers
-A quiet break out space.
We will also be live streaming this event for readers who are not able to attend, so if you would like to tune in do just send a wee email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will fill you in on the details.
If you have any needs not covered by the list above please do get in touch and we will do our very best to accommodate you!
As a small indie we run on a shoestring and do not have any outside funding so we do have to charge for spaces at this event. However, we’re conscious not everyone can afford a ticket so we have reserved a few free spots, if you are unable to pay for a place and would like to attend, do shoot us an email and we’ll add you to the guestlist.
Monday 25th June 7.30-8pm Women in Translation & Charco Press : Meet the Publisher
Director of Edinburgh-based Charco Press Carolina Orloff will be hear to introduce our special Feminist Book Fortnight edition of the Women in Translation book club. She’ll be talking about Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz, a Charco publication which was translated by Carolina herself along with Sarah Moses, and is the book under discussion in the subsequent book club meeting.
Come and hear Carolina speak about the translation process, Charco’s vision, and the finer points of Harwicz’s beautiful, disturbing novel! The talk will also serve as a point of departure for the book club which follows it.
Then at 8-9pm….
Women in Translation Book Club: Die, My Love
For this special Feminist Book Fortnight edition of the book club, we’ll be reading Argentinian writer Ariana Harwicz’s Die, My Love, translated by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff and published by Edinburgh’s own Charco Press. Following Carolina’s introductory talk (places for which can be reserved here), we’ll be discussing this wild, brutal book that has been compared to the work to Clarice Lispector.
In a forgotten patch of French countryside, a woman is battling her demons – embracing exclusion yet wanting to belong, craving freedom whilst feeling trapped, yearning for family life but at the same time wanting to burn the entire house down. Given surprising leeway by her family for her increasingly erratic behaviour, she nevertheless feels ever more stifled and repressed. Motherhood, womanhood, the banality of love, the terrors of desire, the inexplicable brutality of ‘another person carrying your heart forever’ – Die, My Love faces all this with a raw intensity. It’s not a question of if a breaking point will be reached, but rather when and how violent a form will it take?
“There’s a touch of David Lynch to the best moments…this [isn’t] an easy read – but then, it isn’t meant to be.”– The Guardian
The reading group provides a free, friendly and gentle environment in which opinions are shared and new appreciations can be discovered. There is wine, curious minds and relaxed conversation. Come and join our warm bookish group – all are welcome.
Wednesday 27th June 7pm-8.30pm Where are our working class narratives?
A growing call for a more accurate reflection of working class life is gathering momentum both within the publishing industry and amongst writers finding their audiences outside of it. How we define the working class is a much debated and heavily politicised conversation. Still, while the debate wages on, writing that accurately reflects the diverse experiences of everyday life for the working class continues to go undiscovered, unpublished and unseen. Gatekeeping, a mainstream preference for standard tropes of struggle and a lack of resources are just some of the barriers facing many would be writers.
As part of Feminist Book Fortnight we’ve gathered a rockin panel to tell us why working class narratives are so absent from mainstream literature – and shine a light on those that are out there!
The panel will ask who gets published and which stories get to be told. Bringing together four writers and editors, each from with different roles and routes into writing, the discussion will reflect on the barriers faced by potential writers. It will also consider the impact of independent and self-publishing that is creating change from outside more traditional means of publishing and contributing to changes within it.
So meet the panel!
Our chair is the brilliant Kate O’Sullivan – a published writer, podcast host and advocate for change. Through writing, broadcasting and photography, Kate is documenting and making visible every day moments in life and giving voice to things often left unsaid. Kate works full time to self-publish essays and fortnightly podcasts that are reflections on identity for herself, her interviewees and her audience.
Kate will be in conversation with:
Rachael Lucas is a Scottish writer whose most recent YA novel The State of Grace was lauded by critics as a rare, honest and hugely compelling romance starring a character with Aspergers. She is a certified coach who offers workshops on Autism and teaches mindfulness and meditation.
Laura Waddell is a writer, critic and publisher from Glasgow. Her works of fiction and narrative non-fiction published in 3:AM Magazine, McSweeneys, the Independent, Parallel, The Pool, and several books including Nasty Women, Know Your Place, and The Digital Critic.
Katie Brown is commissioning editor at Trapeze, an independent commercial fiction & non fiction imprint of Orion. She has previously worked as senior publicity manager at Headline and Tinder Press and is passionate about pushing the boundaries of publishing, building diverse and electrifying lists of fiction that will kick off a host of conversations.
*The venue for this event is still to be confirmed as we are trying to find a more disability friendly space, but we will notify all those who book of the final venue a week before kick off*
**We have 15 free places available for this event, if you are unable to pay £6 for a ticket please do get in touch by giving the bookshop a call or popping in and we will add your name to the guest list! **
Thursday 28th June 8-9pm Praise the Lorde! – An Audre Lorde Discussion Group
“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not lead single-issue lives.”
Hallelujah, all your wishes are about to come true! We will be celebrating this self-described ‘Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,’ the first speaker at the inaugural Feminist Book Fair in London in 1984 (a precursor to the first Feminist Book Fortnight), and her works, in this open discussion group.
Audre Lorde was one of the foremost proponents of intersectional feminism, a civil rights activist, a poet, an essayist, and a librarian. Her technically sophisticated works have inspired many to take action against civil injustice and oppression, and to stand in solidarity with rights movements.
We’ll be offering a 15minute introduction to the work and philosophy of Audre Lorde, sharing some her poetry (do pick a favourite you’d like to read!) and then have a led discussion.
You do not need to have read Audre Lorde to take part, come and discover this extraordinary writer!
**We have 10 free tickets to this available, these can be booked in person through the bookshop!**
Golden Hare Books 68 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ
Monday 18th June 6.30-8pm An evening with AJ Pearce: Dear Mrs Bird
Golden Hare Books is delighted to welcome author AJ Pearce with her brilliant debut novel Dear Mrs Bird, the funny and heart-warming tale of Emmeline Lake, whose job as a secretary to an agony aunt reveals all sorts of secret loves, hopes, dreams and losses. Join us for a glass of wine and a chat! This is a treasure of a book, and certainly one to pick up for summer.
Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . .
Irresistibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
‘A marvellous treat. Charming and delightful’ Nina Stibbe
‘A joy from start to finish. Dear Mrs Bird is as funny as it is heart-warming’ John Boyne
AJ Pearce’s debut novel, Dear Mrs Bird, was acquired by Picador following a seven-publisher auction in the UK, and in the USA by Scribner after a similarly competitive auction. Translation rights have been sold in a further eleven countries and Dear Mrs Bird has now been optioned for development for television. AJ was chosen as one of The Observer’s New Faces Of Fiction Debut Novelists 2018. She is currently writing her second novel.
Tuesday 26th June Book group discussion 6.30-7.30pm We will be discussing Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò
Book groups are great fun, but often when done in sitting rooms with friends they can famously turn into wine groups. Nothing wrong with that, but the Golden Hare Book Group is very focused on talking about lots of different aspects of lots of different books (but don’t worry, we still have wine). You also don’t need to worry about joining a group where everyone knows each other, as we always welcome new faces as well as those who have been attending since we opened in 2012! It’s a great way to vary your reading and find out about other people’s tastes and perspectives.
Wednesday 27th June 6.30-8pm
Golden Hare Books presents Caroline O’Donoghue with Promising Young Women
Golden Hare Books are delighted to welcome Caroline O’Donoghue to the shop with her brilliant, funny, relevant debut novel, Promising Young Women. The book is a must-read for any woman who has ever worked in an office, written to an agony aunt, or endured a difficult work party. This debut packs a punch, so come along, have a glass of wine, and listen to a discussion of this timely new book.
Jane Peters is an adrift twenty-something by day, and a world-weary agony aunt by night. But when an office party goes too far, Jane dissolves into the high-stakes world of being the Other Woman: a role she has the right advice for, but not the smarts to follow through on. What starts out as a drunken mistake quickly unravels as Jane discovers that sex and power go hand-in-hand, and that it’s hard to keep your head when you’ve become someone else’s dirty little secret.
A promotion and a pay rise aren’t the only changes that Jane’s faced with: as her physical and mental stability start to falter, her career, her friendships and even her life are put in jeopardy.
City Books , 23 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AF
Venue for this event: RIALTO THEATRE 11 Dyke Road, Brighton (nr Churchill Square) BN1 3FE
TUESDAY 26th June 7.00p.m
City Books presents OLIVIA LAING : CRUDO
In Conversation with Elizabeth Day
In her first work of fiction, Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel in a brilliant, funny and empathetically raw account of love in the apocalypse.
A ‘Goodbye to Berlin’ for the twenty-first century, ‘Crudo’ charts in real time what it was like to live and love in the horrifying summer of 2017, from the perspective of a commitment-phobic peripatetic artist who may or may not be Kathy Acker.
Kathy is a writer. Kathy is getting married. It’s the summer of 2017 and the whole world is falling apart. She spends the first summer of her forties trying to adjust to making a lifelong commitment as Trump is tweeting the world into nuclear war. But it’s not only Kathy who’s changing. Political, social and natural landscapes are all in peril. Fascism is on the rise, truth is dead and the planet is hotting up. Is it really worth learning to love when the end of the world is nigh? And how do you make art, let alone a life, when one rogue tweet could end it all? Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel in a brilliant, funny and emphatically raw account of love in the apocalypse.
Olivia Laing is the author of three acclaimed works of non-fiction. ‘To the River’ was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. ‘The Trip to Echo Spring’ was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize. The Lonely City won the British Library Writer’s Award, was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. She writes on art and culture for many publications, including the Guardian, New Statesman and New York Times.
Elizabeth Day is the author of ‘The Party’, a gripping story of betrayal, privilege and hypocrisy, set in the unassailable heart of the British establishment. An Observer Book of the Year, it is also a Richard & Judy Book Club pick for 2018.
She is also the author of ‘Scissors, Paper, Stone’ , which won a Betty Trask Award, and ‘Home Fires’. Elizabeth is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraphand is now a feature writer for the Observer.
Tickets (£10.00) are available from CITY BOOKS & RIALTO THEATRE 01273 725230http://www.rialtotheatre.co.uk/whats-on
The Bookshop Kibworth, 52 High St, Kibworth, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicester LE8 0HQ
Tuesday 19th June 7.30pm at Kibworth Cricket Club THE BIG BOOKSHOP BASH
QUIZ | SUPPER | ENTERTAINMENT | RAFFLE all with a feminist theme this year. Our annual bookish quiz and general knees-up for booklovers and friends of booklovers alike. Welcome drink and goody bag are included in the ticket price.
£12 in advance / not available on the door
Wednesday 27th June 7.30pm at Kibworth Library Lisa Jewell in conversation
The prolific author of 16 novels, most recently celebrated in the bestseller charts with ‘Then She Was Gone’ will be in conversation with a fellow ace crime-writer (tbc). Lisa will give a talk followed by a discussion and booksigning.
£5 in advance / £6 on the door
Also, at The Bookshop Kibworth, not a public event, but…CAROL ANN DUFFY & FRIENDS will be dropping in to sign books on their way from here to there to wherever on their Shore to Shore Tour. You can pre-order any their books for signing and/or dedicating. Contact the bookshop for more details.
News From Nowhere 96 Bold Street Liverpool L1 4HY
Monday 25th June 6-9pm
Join us for conversation and more with writers Meena Kandasamy and Clare Shaw
Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010), and two critically acclaimed novel, Gypsy Goddess and When I Hit You (2017). Apart from her literary works, she is vocal about various contemporary political issues relating to caste, corruption, violence, and women’s rights in more ways than one. Her latest novel, When I Hit You has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018.
Clare Shaw is an author and poet who was born in Burnley. Her poetry finds its roots in place and an uncompromising voice, often addressing political and personal conflict, and is fuelled by a strong conviction in the transformative and redemptive power of language. She has two collections from Bloodaxe: Straight Ahead (2006), which attracted a Forward Prize Highly Commended for Best Single Poem; and Head On (2012), which is, according to the Times Literary Supplement: “fierce … memorable and visceral”.
The Big Green Bookshop, Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, London N22 6BG
More details from the shop or see their Facebook page.
Bookseller Crow on the Hill 50 Westow Street, Crystal Palace London SE19 3AF Phone: 020 8771 883
Thursday 21st June 7.30pm Feminism: Then, Now and Tomorrow
26 Indie bookshops are joining forces to celebrate the recent explosion in Feminist publishing. Come join prodigious author Zoe Fairbairns, Virago publisher Sarah Savitt, Bookseller Crow’s Karen McLeod and Jane Chomeley, founder of Silver Moon, to discuss forgotten histories, feminist books, publishing, bookselling and why Feminism is such a hot potato.
Broadway Bookshop 6 Broadway Market, Hackney London E8 4QJ
Wednesday 20th June 7pm Diane Atkinson will be joining us to read and discuss the research and stories that went into her book Rise Up, Women! The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes
Tickets: £5 including a glass of wine. Tickets can be booked by phone (020 7241 1626) or email email@example.com
Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AA
An event in the run up to Feminist Book Fortnight!!!!!
To book, contact the shop: firstname.lastname@example.org or buy on line
The Feminist Library, Multipurpose Resource Centre, 5a Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7XW
Monday 25th June 7-9pm
On 7th June 1968 the women workers at Ford Dagenham and Liverpool went on strike, while today the women’s strike is again becoming an international phenomenon. As #MeToo leads to more and more women outing their abusive bosses and co-workers, the time is apt to look at the history of striking women. From the 19th Century to today, what can we learn from their struggles? How can we rebuild women’s solidarity? What do modern women’s labour struggles look like?
To answer these questions and more we will be joined by the authors of Striking Women, Dr Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson, Sally Groves the author of Trico: A Victory to Remember, one of the striking women, and Diana Holland, assistant general secretary of Unite the Union. With more speakers to be announced.
Trico: A Victory to Remember: The remarkable story, still relevant today, of 400 women who, in 1976, went on strike for 21 weeks to win equal pay with their male counterparts. The strike was trail-blazing, and was essential to making women’s rights a central focus for the labour movement in the UK. Trico: A Victory to Remember is illustrated with stunning archive photos mostly unseen for over forty years, and anecdotes from some of those involved.
Striking Women: Struggles and strategies of South Asian women workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet gives a voice to the women involved as they discuss their lives, their work and their trade unions. Focusing on South Asian women’s contributions to the struggle for workers’ rights in the UK, this fascinating insight into two key industrial disputes uses interviews with women who participated in the disputes and rarely-seen archival material.
‘This timely and authoritative work is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the social history of industrial relations in Britain since the 1970s.’ – Professor Ben Rogaly, University of Sussex
The Ascott Martyrs: Sixteen women, some with babies in arms, were imprisoned in 1873 for supporting their striking farm worker husbands in the Oxfordshire village of Ascott Under Wychwood. The traumatic event led to riots and a reprieve from Queen Victoria. Their legacy is that picketing was made legal in 1874 and local religious leaders were no longer appointed as magistrates.
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For Book’s Sake, at The Book Club 100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH London, United Kingdom
“The biggest spoken word night in London for women” (Evening Standard) is back for a rabble rousing 2018!
Shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards, 2017), That’s What She Said showcases the best new writing and performance by women, featuring iconic and emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more.
Speaking on the night:
Headliner Siana Bangura (@Sianaarrgh) is a writer, performer and producer hailing from South East London and now residing in the Midlands. She’s the author of bestselling poetry collection, ‘Elephant’, a meditation on Black British womanhood, and is former editor of No Fly on the WALL.
See here for details of other poets and for booking.
Housman’s Bookshop, Peace House, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX
Wednesday 20th June 7-9pm
Feminism and Complicity with Ellie Jupp, Sara de Jong and Erin Sanders-McDonagh
In 2017 the words ‘feminism’ and ‘complicity’ were both chosen as the ‘words of the year’ by respectively Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Dictionary.com In this roundtable, 3 feminists and academics discuss the relation between the two terms. They will reflect on how some forms of feminism have been complicit with perpetuating injustices and inequalities, for example by colluding with neoliberalism, racism and trans exclusion. Each of the speakers will draw on their respective research projects on women and austerity;sex workers; and NGOs to challenge feminist practices and ask if we are doing enough to build solidarities across movements. We will also discuss questions of the co-optation and instrumentalisation of feminisms, majority women’s investments and interests as well as strategies to refuse and resist complicity.
Ellie Jupp is a Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent. She is interested in women and community organising, (especially in the context of austerity) and gender, emotions and embodiment in relation to welfare and social policy.
Sarah de Jong is co-lead of the Justice, Borders, Rights research stream and Research Fellow of the Strategic Research Area Citizenship & Governance at The Open University.
Her political and academic interests include social movements and NGOs’ activities in the field of migration, development and gender, and the dilemmas raised when ‘trying to do good’.
Erin Sanders-McDonagh is a Critical Criminologist and the Director of Studies for the Criminology Programme at the University of Kent. Her research explores inequality in different forms and she has worked with a range of marginalised groups in recent research projects (eg. sex workers, young men in gangs, women who have experienced sexual or domestic violence). Erin has a strong committment to working with scholars from across disciplinary boundaries and to moving research findings beyond academia into the public arena.
Thursday 21st June 7-8.30pm
Hallelujah for 50ft Women: Poems about women’s relationships to their boidies with The Raving Beauties
Raving Beauties women’s theatre company was born out of a deep sense of frustration with domesticity, naivete and a burning need for a creative outlet. Our relationship to our bodies is affected by many things including culture, religion, family, sex, hunger, pleasure and pain. Hallelujah for 50ft Women, published by Boodaxe Books, is their third anthology of women’s poetry and is inspired by a passionate desire to celebrate out bodies in a fully realised way, leaving Barbie’s grotesque silent pliability in her box for good. Their first book, In The Pink (The Women’s Press), sold thousands and was reprinted 6 times. Join us for what promises to be a great evening.
Friday 22nd June 7-9pm
Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy with Lynne Segal
What is the true meaning of happiness? Lynne Segal explores the radical potential of being together
Why are we so obsessed by the pursuit of happiness? With new ways to measure contentment we are told that we have a right to individual joy. But at what cost?
In an age of increasing individualism, we have never been more alone and miserable. But what if the true nature of happiness can only be found in others? In Radical Happiness, leading feminist thinker Lynne Segal believes that we have lost the art of radical happiness— the art of transformative, collective joy. She shows that only in the revolutionary potential of coming together it is that we can come to understand the powers of flourishing.
Radical Happiness is a passionate call for the re-discovery of the political and emotional joy that emerge when we learn to share our lives together.
Lynne Segal is Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College. Her books include Is the Future Female? Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism; Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men; andStraight Sex: Rethinking the Politics of Pleasure. She co-wrote Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism with Sheila Rowbotham and Hilary Wainwright.
Tickets £3, booking in advance highly advisable:
New Beacon Books , 76 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3EN
Thursday 28th June 6.30-8.30pm Too Bigoman: The Black Women’s Movement in Britain Revisited with Dr Michelle Asantewa
Black women the world over have had a long history of struggle and resistance. Her strength has been seen as counter feminine, aggressive and underpinned by anger. She was accused of being ‘too bigoman,’ meaning bold and brazen by her elders when she displayed her sassiness and confidence. The dominant feminist movement overlooked her experiences and later wanted her to choose between her rights and that of her brothers and sisters from different classes. Black women in the UK organised to give voices to their many experiences, particularly in the areas of housing, employment, health and education.
This presentation revisits the period of activism that lead to the development of the Black Women’s Movement in the UK. It will revisit the activism of Pan-Africanists Claudia Jones, Amy Jacques Garvey and Amy Ashwood, Black Panther Olive Morris and the founding members of the Brixton Black Women’s Group. With reference to seminal writings like Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain by Beverly Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe, from Alice Walker on Womanism and Bell Hooks on Black Feminism. It will explore the negative perceptions of the ‘strong angry black woman’ that prevails, highlighting that the women activists in the UK movements were the ‘bigoman’ who used their strength and anger in the struggle against all forms of injustice.
Michelle Yaa Asantewa formerly lectured in English Literature, Editing and Creative Writing at London Metropolitan University and currently facilitates a range of writing workshops as an Independent Scholar. She co-founded Way Wive Wordz Publishing, Editing and Tuition services with Ateinda Ausarntu through which she has published her first novel, Elijah and The Awakening and Other Poems, Guyanese Komfa: the ritual art of trance, Mama Lou Tales: a folkloric biography of a Guyanese elder and Something Buried in the Yard. She is joint course Leader (with Tony Warner) of The Amazing James Baldwin Course and African Women Resistance Leaders: Spiritual and Political and facilitates the writing workshops It’s Your Life Write, In Your Voice, Write It Tell It, Speak It and Eyes are Not Always Blue: The Art of Description.
Tickets here: https://bit.ly/2FBgYNZ
Newham Bookshop, 745-747 Barking Road, London E13 9ER 7.70pm
Thursday 14th June Viv Albertine: To Throw Away Unopened
Venue for this event: The Wanstead Tap
“What was I fighting for? Even now I’m not sure. Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic.”
Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention – but in her follow up to Clothes, Music, Boys, Viv Albertine has reinvented the genre with her unflinching honesty. To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman&rsqu;s obsession with the truth – the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider.
Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in the hugely influential female punk band The Slits. A confidante of the Sex Pistols and the Clash, Viv was a key player in British punk culture. Alongside The Slits, she collaborated with numerous musicians, including Adrian Sherwood, before marking out a career in television and film production. After a hiatus of twenty-five years, Viv’s first solo album, The Vermillion Border, was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim.
Tickets on line here: https://www.newhambooks.co.uk/2018/vivalbertine.php
Pages of Hackney 70 Lower Clapton Road London E5 0RN
Tuesday 26th June Author Deborah Levy discusses The Cost of Living with feminist historian Hannah Dawson 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM £5
Tickets here: https://bit.ly/2G7WzjJ
We are thrilled to welcome Deborah Levy back to Sutton House as part of Feminist Book Fortnight when she’ll be reading from her new memoir, The Cost of Living, and chatting with Hannah Dawson.
Following the acclaimed Things I Don’t Want to Know, Deborah Levy returns to life writing, particularly writing about how it is to be ‘a woman in a world that is not geared to your advantage.’ After dismantling her marriage, Levy starts again age 50, deliberately not choosing to be a minor character as a wife and mother, having built a home that is arranged for everyone except herself.
‘Above all else, it is an act of immense generosity to be the architect of everyone else’s well-being. This task is still mostly perceived as women’s work. Consequently, there are all kinds of words used to belittle this huge endeavour.’
Without pity Levy describes her transition to a new life outside of what is expected, despite patriarchy’s need to diminish her powers. The Cost of Living reveals a writer in radical flux, considering what it means to live with value and meaning and pleasure.
Deborah Levy is a British playwright, novelist and poet. She is the author of six novels, Beautiful Mutants (1986); Swallowing Geography (1993); The Unloved (1994); Billy & Girl (1996), Swimming Home (2011) and a collection of short stories, Black Vodka (2013). She has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC. Hot Milk was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize 2016.
Hannah Dawson is a historian of ideas at King’s College London. She has published widely and is a regular contributor to broadcast and live media, most recently programmes for BBC radio 4 about gender inequality and free speech, and Guardian Masterclasses on the history of feminism. Her latest book is Life Lessons from Hobbes (2013).
Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row NG1 2DH
Friday 15th June 5.30 – 6.30pm Feminist Book Fortnight: THE LAUNCH!
Thursday 21st June 7- 8.30pm The Inking Woman: 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain
The Inking Woman is a groundbreaking picture-led celebration of the work of over 100 named British artists, and a few more anonymous ones, reveals a wealth of women’s wit and insight spanning 250 years. Published by Myriad Books, this wide-ranging curation of women’s comics work includes prints, caricatures, joke, editorial and strip cartoons, postcards, comics, zines, graphic novels and digital comics, covering all genres and topics. It addresses inclusion of art by women of underrepresented backgrounds. Join us with authors Nicola Streeton and Cath Tate as they discuss their book and the exhibition which inspired it.
£4 including refreshments. Please reserve your place on email@example.com
Tuesday 26th June The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write with Nafeesa Hamid.
“The Things I Would Tell You, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz,….. is a vibrant collection on everything from Islamic Tinder to friendship, from desire to religion, from war to representation; ‘an alternative to the current homogenous narrative of British Muslim identity” (The Skinny)
We are delighted to welcome contributors to the best selling anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, published by Saqi Books. Join us for readings and discussion of the anthology as well as some poetry with fabulous poet Nafeesa Hamid. One other speaker to be confirmed. We will also be able to hear some of Nafeesa’s poems from her forthcoming collection to be published by Verve Poetry Press.
More details here: https://bit.ly/2Gz4ZpI £4 including refreshments. Please reserve your place on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 27th June Award winning novelist Elif Shafak gives the second annual Unesco City of Literature lecture.
An event with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Five Leaves Bookshop as part of Feminist Book Fortnight.
6pm Venue: Arts Centre Lecture Theatre at Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham
Tickets here: https://bit.ly/2jmdTsk
Nottingham welcomes Elif Shafak, internationally acclaimed author and political commentator. This lecture aims to provide a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share their ideas and promote Nottingham city’s wide ranging expertise on international literature, literacy and the wider creative economy to a variety of audiences nationally and internationally.
In her lecture Elif Shafak will talk about literature in the context of gender equality and reflect on the individual and multi-layered experiences of women. She will talk about what reading means to her in private and professional life and delve into how it plays a role not just in enabling choice and action, but also in helping us to understand the perspective of others.
Friday 29th June Ann Pettifor on The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of the Bankers 6pm-7.30pm
Please note venue: not at the shop. Venue is Room A40 Clive Granger Building at University of Nottingham. The building is number 16 on the campus map here https://bit.ly/1OYgQaj
Five Leaves Bookshop is delighted to welcome economist Ann Pettifor to give a talk as part of Feminist Book Fortnight and in association with The Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at The University of Nottingham) Her book, The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of the Bankers is published by Verso Books .
What is money, where does it come from, and who controls it? One may well ask. To many of us, it is a mystery. A respected economist who predicted the 2008 crash and the reasons for it, Ann Pettifor has a real skill for making the money system, the future of finance, economic policy and feminist economics engaging and accessible. She debunks much of what traditional economists and politicians tell us.
Ann Pettifor is a political economist with a focus on finance and sovereign debt. She is the Director of PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics), an honorary research fellow at City University, a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, and has an honorary doctorate from Newcastle University. She has served on the board of the UN Development Report and in 2015 was invited onto the Economic Advisory Board by the British Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. She is the author of The Real World Economic Outlook and The Coming First World Debt Crisis, and co-authored The Green New Deal and The Economic Consequences of Mr Osborne. She also writes regularly for The Guardian.
“Ann Pettifor was always the ideal author of a book that shatters the fantasy of apolitical money and the toxic myth that monetary policy must remain a democracy-free zone. This book is now a reality.”
– Yanis Varoufakis, author of And the Weak Suffer What they Must?
Free, but please reserve your place by emailing email@example.com
Wednesday 20th June Abigail Tarttelin 7-8.30pm
Abigail Tarttelin will be discussing violence against girls and women, female heroes in fiction, and art vs work AND signing copies of her brand new book ‘Dead Girls’ (Mantle) which is out on 3rd May 2018.
Tickets limited to 30 £4 advance / £5 on the door Buy tickets here https://bit.ly/2I7N8WE
Stockton on Tees:
Drake the Bookshop 27 Silver Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1SX Tel 01642 909970
Saturday 23rd June Afternoon tea with Stephanie Butland and Mari Hannah
As part of our Space on the Shelf celebration of women in print we are very excited to welcome two fantastic North East Writers are joining us for afternoon tea on Saturday 23rd June to chat about all things books and writing.
Join us from 4.00pm in the shop and enjoy some light hearted chat along with some tea and scones.
Tickets – £10.00 – includes one signed copy and a cream tea
Spaces are limited so please book your place in advance by contacting the shop.
Wednesday 27th June -7.00pm – 9.00pm Tees Women Poets
An evening of interesting talk and wise words with the Tees Women Poets as they discuss the feminist writers who have inspired them..
Join the poets of Teesside’s all-woman spoken word collective, The TWP, as they share extracts from their favourite feminist writers and reply with their own poems.
This event is free, but please book a place. Refreshments will be available – tea, coffee, wine and nibbles.
contact the shop for more details
Liznojan Bookshop, 25 Gold Street Tiverton, Devon,
Wednesday 27th June 5.30-7pm Bookclub: “Things a bright girl can do” by Sally Nicholls
This is the book we are reading for the book club this month and was picked by one of our book clubbers. “Things a bright girl can do” by Sally Nicholls is an interesting read about 3 very different girls live’s in 1914 during the era of the Suffragettes and suffragists. Come have a look at the book . £15.00 for the book and refreshments.
Warwick Books 24 Market Place, Warwick CV34 4SL Tel: 01926 499939
Thursday 28th June Lissa Evans & Kit de Waal
Lissa Evans & Kit de Waal talking about their latest books ‘Old Baggage’ and ‘The Trick to Time’ as well as feminisim in their work.
Tickets £5 and available from the shop. Either call 01926 499939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any of these events please book your place if you would like to come as space is limited! Tel. 01952 727877 @wenlockbooks email@example.com
Saturday 16th June #MeToo Join Deborah Alma, aka The Emergency poet, with Liz Lefroy, Roz Goddard and others for a powerful reading from the #MeToo anthology 12 noon
“Listen hard – this is what you hear, and what must be said: the hard poetry of truth, exploding into the light, where it goddamn belongs. Read these poems and then decide in what order you want to 1) cry, 2) march, 3) scream with relief and recognition and 4) grab a sword-pen and write your own. ” Amanda Palmer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Performance Artist
This is a collection of largely new work, that rose up directly out of the collective rage from the #MeToo campaign on social media at the end of 2017. The poems are painful and angry but the result of these voices singing together is one that is beautifully strong, full of sisterhood, and recovery. Followed by conversation with the poets, this will be a marvellous way to start our celebrations of women and feminism.
£5, to include a glass (or two!) of fizz. (Publishers proceeds from the book are being donated to Womens Aid.)
Tuesday 19th June The Persephone Book Group 10.30am
The Persephone Book Group is back for a special discussion of Young Anne by Dorothy Whipple. Here we have the first novel from this hugely popular author, all of whose books are now published by Persephone. As Lucy Mangan says in her preface: “ … (her) unmistakeable voice is already there. The book that would start her on her career as a novelist is written with all the sense of command and restraint that her fans (then and now) would come to love and know so well. ”
£15 to include your own copy of this just-published book, coffee and home-made biscuits
Thursday 21st June Coffee and Conversation 11am
Were you reading Virago and The Women’s Press back in the late 70 ’s and 80s? Did your reading change your life? What were the standout books of the ‘second wave’ for you? Come to the table with ideas and memories, and your old books if you still have them! We ’ll just chat and enjoy being together. No charge, coffee and biscuits
Friday 22nd June StoryTime! 11am
Our regular slot for babies and toddlers will today CELEBRATE girls and boys in all their wonder, power and equality! Not a princess in sight! £2.50 per family
Saturday 23rd June Book Launch: All the Winding World by Kate Innes 4pm
What would have happened if Penelope hadn’t stayed at home weeping and weaving and had gone to find Odysseus herself? So asks Kate, the author of The Errant Hours and Flocks of Words. Meet Illesa, who do es just that, and Azalais, a feisty singer, a ‘trobaritz’–one of the female composers and singers of Medieval France, almost completely written out of history. All the Winding World is a sequel to The Errant Hours, and, although it is set in Medieval times, it explores many of the themes of the classical myths. Both Classical Greece and Medieval Europe were heavily misogynistic societies, and women had to use subtle cunning to protect themselves and their families. The Errant Hours is a Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice, and is on the Reading List for Medieval Women’s Fiction at Bangor University. We’re delighted that the publication of Kate’s latest book falls so neatly in the middle of Feminist Book Fortnight – what perfect timing. So, join us in conversation with Kate as we explore this fascinating period of history from a feminist point of view. Fizz and nibbles, let’s celebrate! No charge.
Wednesday 27th June Random Reading Group 3pm
Random Reading Group is back – with a difference! Check out the Wenlock Books Facebook page @wenlockbooks to help choose the book for this reading group – and to find out what it is, when the time comes! The criteria are simply that it should be brilliant, and by a woman, and feminist: plenty of scope there, I think you’ll agree? We’ll meet round the table with tea and cake so email us if you would like to be included. All details to be shared on our website nearer the time
Thursday 28th June Knitting and Poetry: Poems by Feminists! 2.30pm
Our regular, monthly group will be devoted to a reading of poems by, for and about women. Do you have a favourite? One that stops your heart and helps you see the world anew? Let us know by email and we’ll do our best to include it. Bring your knitting! Our readers are Tim Cook (with special and loving dispensation!) and Ali Redgrave.
£7, with tea and biscuits, and a glass of sherry.
Friday 29th June StoryTime! 11am
Our favourite slot for babies and toddlers is back today for a second round of CELEBRATIONS with girls and boys in all their wonder, power and equality. Not a princess in sight! Join them if you dare! Let’s raise the roof with our penultimate event -oh no, Feminist Book Fortnight is nearly over! £2.50 per family.
Saturday 30th June Manda Scott – A Treachery of Spies – a talk 4pm
Manda Scott spent four years researching and writing about the women – and men – of the Special Operations Executive, particularly those who fought alongside the Maquis, and later the Jedburghs in France. These were women of all races and backgrounds, who had the courage, language skills and (sometimes) the flair for deception that allowed them to live and work in enemy territory. At a time when the life expectancy of agents dropped into France was six weeks, many of them survived, and thrived, in the forests and villages of rural France. From ‘Carve her Name with Pride’ to ‘The Spy Princess’, their stories have been told, but often with elisions, or deletions of those parts considered unpalatable to the audience of the day. This afternoon, we’ll explore the unvarnished truths of the lives, and often appalling deaths of these women – and look at the roles played after the war by the survivors.
Manda Scott is the author of fourteen novels, including Hen’s Teeth, shortlisted for the Orange Prize, No Good Deed, which was nominated for an Edgar Award, the international best-selling Boudica series, and most recently, Into the Fire, which has been optioned for television. Her new novel, A Treachery of Spies , featuring fictional depiction of the women of the SOE, comes out in August.
Manda will be signing copies of Into the Fire, precursor to A Treachery of Spies, on this afternoon. Join us for this very special finalé to our fortnight of feminist celebrations. £5, to include a glass (or two!) of fizz, alcoholic and otherwise.