Founded in 2010, For Books’ Sake is the intelligent but irreverent UK webzine dedicated to promoting and celebrating writing by women. Providing a dedicated platform for readers and writers alike, we feature books by and for independent women.
With daily news, reviews, essays, features and interviews, For Books’ Sake shines spotlights on classic and contemporary writing by both iconic and emerging women authors, from reading recommendations to in-depth analysis.
For Books’ Sake is a response to the systemic and institutionalised sexism in mainstream media, publishing and beyond. Independent audits such as the annual VIDA count continually find that despite reading, writing, buying and selling more than their male counterparts, women authors account for an average of only one in four mainstream book reviews.
Similarly, male authors are twice as likely as win the Booker than women writers, and a similar bias can be seen for the shortlists and winners of most major literary prizes.
For Books’ Sake aims to raise awareness and address that imbalance; campaigning for change by both lobbying mainstream media for better gender equality in their books coverage as well as providing an exciting, accessible alternative dedicated to championing the best upcoming and established women writers.
Our first publishing project, Short Stack, was a ground-breaking anthology of the best new pulp fiction written by women, published by and in collaboration with Pulp Press in 2012.
Our latest short story collection is the first of its kind: Derby Shorts, a groundbreaking anthology of fiction from the roller derby track was published in collaboration with the London Rollergirls earlier this year.
We’ve been featured in print, on TV and radio and celebrated by iconic, critically-acclaimed authors including Bidisha and Sarah Dunant.
We’ve been involved in all sorts of high profile events, from meeting Margaret Atwood at the first ever World Book Night to curating the three-day literary programme for Ladyfest Ten and featuring on the programme at London’s largest outdoor arts extravaganza, Thames Festival.
In addition to collaborating with organisations such as Womankind Worldwide, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation and arts and literature festivals across the UK, we also coordinate our own programme of live literary events around the country, championing women writers and campaigning for change with readings, workshops, panel discussions, interactive installations and much more.
For Books’ Sake is not-for-profit, powered by a team of voluntary, unpaid contributors and editors; all the proceeds from our various projects are reinvested back into our continued promotion and celebration of writing by women. You can support us by making a donation.
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“With the traditional press dying and the space devoted to books being squeezed ever smaller, we are in the middle of a critical revolution (in all senses). For Books’ Sake is exactly the kind of online presence which readers and writers need. Thank you for existing.” – Sarah Dunant, internationally bestselling author and founding vice patron of the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize).
“For Books’ Sake reminds me of the sorts of punk zines I used to love in my youth – motivated by sheer love and enthusiasm, pulling off that rare combination of stylishness and wit with knowledge and insight that can only come from those dedicated souls whose insides are black-and-white-and-read-all-over. As much a lure to the unwary as a comfort to the lit addict, long may her good works continue.” – Cathi Unsworth, author of Weirdo, Bad Penny Blues, The Singer and The Not Knowing
“The site is brilliantly written, insightful, influential and powerful. Book-lovers and lady likers will emerge from a plunge into For Books’ Sake with a handful of new reading and writing recommendations, a head full of new ideas and a refreshed sense of women’s genius. Get behind this amazing group of women: For Books’ Sake should be a paper magazine, a cultural festival, a TV and radio network, a prize scheme and a full-on touring roadshow with a free big-bonus raffle and tombola.” – Bidisha
“Thank book for For Books’ Sake! This vital hub for lovers of women writers provides an invaluable support network for authors and simultaneously offers a fresh look at classics and turns the spotlight on new work. For Books’ Sake‘s reigning queen bee, editor Jane Bradley, deserves great appreciation – she is blowing the cobwebs away from the literary world and infusing it with colour and life.” – Zoë Howe, author of Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits and How’s Your Dad? Living in the Shadow of a Rock Star Parent.
“Every second I’ve spent involved with For Books’ Sake has been nothing short of brilliant. They’re inspiring, smart, dedicated and shit-tonnes of fun.” – Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Hungry, The Stars and Everything
“We love For Book’s Sake! For online literary inspiration look no further than these lovely bookish ladies.” – Anna-Marie & Phoebe, Pamflet
”I was lucky enough to discover For Books’ Sake in its infancy, and have kept up with it ever since. I’ve chanced across many a good read and only wish I was in the UK more often so that I could attend the events, which always look highly tempting.” – Maegan Chadwick-Dobson, Tara Books
“I discovered For Books’ Sake back in November 2010, so no longer a babe-in-arms but already a healthy, bouncing site. As something of a spoken word fan, I really love to keep up to date with all the events news and reviews – and the For Books’ Sake shindigs themselves – plus the regular writing competitions and submissions info.” – Sarah-Clare Conlon, Words & Fixtures
For Books’ Sake has been featured in print, on TV and radio. As part of World Book Night 2011, we were featured on Channel 4′s TV Book Club (and even got to meet Margaret Atwood). We’ve been on BBC Radio Manchester talking about our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and featured in print publications including Company, Stylist Magazine, Woman & Home and The Bookseller.
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