How exciting is this?! The first ever Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is taking place in March, and we’ve got a weekend ticket to give away!
Founded by feminist author and activist Sian Norris and chaired by none other that broadcaster, writer and journalist Bidisha (who we obviously loved long before she said we should have our own touring roadshow, magazine and TV network, but are even more indebted to now), the festival is set to take place the weekend of 16th-17th March, at The Watershed in Bristol.
Remember when we did some digging into the gender inequality of arts and literature festivals around the UK? We found that – surprise, surprise – women writers and performers were getting nowhere near equal representation at the vast majority of these events. Turns out, Sian Norris had observed the same trend, a key factor in her decision to establish the festival. She says:
“I decided it wasn’t enough to be frustrated at the continued marginalisation of women writers in our cultural scene. I needed to do something about it. The response I have had has been phenomenal. Everyone wants to be part of this festival. This is a real and vital opportunity to talk about women’s writing and women’s role in shaping and influencing our culture – both historically and in the present.”
So, for two fabulous days, there will be talks, readings and other events, bringing together the best women authors, screenwriters, academics and feminist commentators for a weekend of thought-provoking discussion, debate and activity.
And with a line-up including the likes of Orange Prize winner Helen Dunmore, award-winning author Stella Duffy, first time novelists Selma Dabbagh (who got a rave review from us for her début release Out of It) and Beatrice Hitchman (author of the hotly-anticipated Petite Mort – review coming to For Books’ Sake soon), and many more, we already can’t wait.
Want to come too? We’ve got one weekend ticket to give away, which will get you into all the events on the two-day programme (transport and accommodation not included). To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is comment on this post, telling us which women author (past or present, alive or dead) you’d most love the chance to see live.
You’ve got until midnight on Friday 22nd February 2013 to get your entries in, and we’ll be in touch with the winner the following Monday. For more information about the festival, head on over to the website, where you can find the full programme, latest news, and details of how you can support the event.