That’s What She Said special: ‘Nasty Women’ Launch

For Books’ Sake are monumentally stoked to be supporting badass megababes and Write Like a Grrrl alumni, 404 Ink, in the launch of their Margaret Atwood lauded collection of essays & accounts on what it is to be a women in the 21st Century, Nasty Women.

“With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it’s more important than ever for women to share their experiences. We must hold the truth to account in the midst of sensationalism and international political turmoil. .

People, politics, pressure, punk.”

If you can’t make it down to this special That’s What She Said then grab your copy of Nasty Women from all good bokshops on International Women’s Day (March 8th). If you join us for the evening you can get yourself a first edition signed by the masterminds behind it and some of the contributors, plus hear the verbose and visceral verbal violence from our amazing line up.

It’ll be similar to the That’s What She Said you already know and love but with added NASTY.

Speaking on the night:

Ren Aldridge is the front woman of feminist hardcore punk band, Petrol Girls. She is also an artist and writer, and is currently experimenting with combining her art practice more with her involvement in punk rock. Her latest music project, PASTE, is a collaboration with producer Peter Miles, that turns various art projects into songs. She also self publishes her zine MWMW, which ties together her creative work with intersectional feminist and migrant solidarity activism, and pushes her creative non-fiction writing.


2016 BBC Slam Champion Adele Hampton is a storyteller, poet, and lover of mason jars with roots planted in Washington, DC. She has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is a Capturing Fire Queer Spoken Word Summit and Slam finalist. She is featured in “Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry” and Write Bloody’s “We Will Be Shelter” anthology. She was a member of Washington DC’s Beltway Poetry 2013 National Slam Team.


Jonatha Kottler is from Albuquerque, NM where she was a lecturer in the Honors College at The University of New Mexico. She moved with her husband, son, and three very well-traveled cats from the USA to Amsterdam before falling head over heels in love with Edinburgh. She is a happy member of Edinburgh’s Write Like A Grrrl community and runs a reading and writing group for the local charity ECAS. She read a piece at Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August 2016 and recently contributed to the Dangerous Women Project. She is currently completing her first novel.


Zeba Talkhani explores identity, intersectionality and social deconstruction in her writing. She grew up in Saudi Arabia and lived in India and Germany before moving to the UK. She works in academic publishing and lives in Cheltenham with her husband.


Rowena Knight was born in New Zealand in 1988 and currently lives in North London. She studied Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History at Durham University, where she established the university’s Poetry Society. Her poems have appeared in the Morning StarBare Fiction,  Magma, and The Rialto. Her first poetry collection, All the Footprints I Left Were Red, was published with Valley Press in July 2016.


Open mic walk ups on the evening are welcomed but with limited places it might be advisable to email if you have a burning desire to speak
out and speak up.

Get your tickets for only £7 now while you can, or come along on the night for £10 on the door.

And remember – For Books’ Sake is a volunteer led, charitable organisation so all your pennies will be going back into championing women writers!