For Books’ Sake Presents: Emulating Emmeline at LGF
2pm, Saturday 13th July 2013 @LGF, Manchester
Identify as lesbian or bisexual? Love iconic, influential and inspirational women? Come along to our free creative writing workshop and explore the life and work of Emmeline Pankhurst and other wonderful Manchester women, with our interactive exercises and storytelling techniques. Open to all abilities, it’s free but places must be booked in advance. Full details here.
For Books’ Sake Presents: Lit at Ladyfest Ten
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th November 2010
A three-day literary programme of author readings, talks and workshops to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the global independent arts festival celebrating women’s creativity and counter-culture. Featuring Cathi Unsworth, Zoë Howe, Scarlett Thomas, Jayne Joso and many more.
The Quiz – Round 1
6.30pm, Wednesday 9th March 2011, The Horatia, London
In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, teams will be interrogated on the leading ladies of music, film and literature, with all sorts of interactive shenanigans, DJs and tasty treats, not to mention prizes aplenty for the lucky winners. Presented by For Books’ Sake in association with the girls are and Le Cinema Des Femmes. £5 per person.
The Quiz – Round 2
6.30pm, Wednesday 14th April 2011, The Old School Yard, London
Presented by For Books’ Sake in association with the girls are and Le Cinema Des Femmes, prizes at this month’s pub quiz include Penguin Essentials and books from Serpent’s Tail, plus VIP events tickets and much more. £5 per person.
Presented by For Books’ Sake in association with the girls are and Le Cinema Des Femmes, prizes at this month’s pub quiz include a full set of all twenty-five World Book Night classics, tickets and goodies from the London Rollergirls, VIP events tickets and much more. £5 per person.
A celebration of the famous and forgotten female blues voices throughout the ages. With storytelling, spoken word and music, featuring poet, theatre writer and performer Claire Robertson, performance artist Carrianne Vivianette and our own Deputy Ed. Alex Herod. Plus sounds from Alexis McLean, Denise Morgan, Leo Cookman and Paul Fleishman, who will be taking an evening off from their usual musical pursuits to bring us some mighty fine blues. FREE. More details here.
An afternoon and evening of live music, storytelling and spoken word at The Fox in Lewisham. In a gorgeous South-Eastern boozer with a beautiful beer garden (where we’ll be having our event if the sun’s shining on the day), we’ll have live music from Siobhan Parr, John Fairhurst, Verity Flecknell and more, plus storytelling from two past For Books’ Sake contributors: Vanessa Woolf from London Dreamtime and 3:AM co-editor Kerry Ryan. There’ll be zines for sale from Fat Quarter, and the first twenty-five will get a free copy of The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.£3.
Famed as the former home of Billy Idol, David Bowie, Poly Styrene and Siouxsie Sioux, what better place to celebrate women in punk than Bromley Literary Festival? Although society said little girls should be seen and not heard, these ferocious femmes refused to stay silent. For Books’ Sake pays tribute to scream queens past and present, featuring readings from She-Bop author Lucy O’Brien and Zoë Howe with an extract from her book, Typical Girls? The Story of the Slits. Plus an appreciation of Kate Tempest from The Girls Are’s Annette Barlow and a love letter to Jayne County from our own Jane Bradley. £4. Tickets available here.
Know your Jacqueline Wilson from your Jeanette Winterson? Can you recite the names of the Little Women and the Famous Five? What about Agatha Christie’s first forays into fiction? If you know it all when it comes to literature’s leading ladies, come along and battle it out for the chance to win all sorts of prizes. £4. Tickets available here.
The Oxfam Literary Quiz at Oxfam Bookfest
8pm, Tuesday 5th July 2011 at Oxfam Dalston
Another instalment of our popular quiz, this time as part of Oxfam’s annual books donation drive. Assemble up to five of your cleverest cohorts and book your team in advance to be in with a chance to win all sorts of booksy booty generously provided by Oxfam. Only £1 per person.
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Not Part Of Festival
8.30pm, Friday 15th July 2011 at Nexus Arts Cafe, Manchester
We’re tumbling down the rabbit hole for a literary tea party with an Alice in Wonderland theme. A night of surreal stories and puzzling poetry from authors Emma Jane Unsworth, Sarah Thomasin and Claire Massey, plus an assortment of charming characters sipping tea and making mischief, the Travelling Suitcase Library, a raffle and all sorts of other surprises. £5 adv/ £6 door. More details here. Tickets available from Skiddle.
For Books’ Sake Presents: Karen McLeod, Ellen Lindner & Sarah McIntyre at Lewisham Lit Fest
7pm, Saturday 10th September 2011, St. Swithun’s Church, London
Our event at the first ever Lewisham Literary Festival will feature comics, cartoons, heartbreak, heroin and manky monsters from a trio of original, inventive and distinctly unique women writers: Karen McLeod, Ellen Lindner and Sarah McIntyre. They’ll be introducing their work, followed by readings and a panel discussion. £4.
For Books’ Sake Presents: The Salford Zine Library Tour
3pm, Saturday 22nd October 2011, Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Join us for an exclusive guided tour of Salford Zine Library, a Q&A with founder Craig John Barr, and a session of tea, cake and possibly other intoxicants afterwards, for nattering and comparing finds. It’s free, but places are limited, so please email us to sign up in advance.
For Books’ Sake and Pulp Press are proud to present Short Stack, an anthology of the best new pulp fiction written by women. The collection features ten twisted tales of heroines hell-bent on vengeance, reanimated corpses, post-apocalyptic sex and much more. Join Short Stack authors Bernadette Russell and Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg, For Books’ Sake founding editor Jane Bradley and Pulp Press publisher Danny Bowman for selected readings from the anthology and a Q&A. Best of all, it’s free. You can reserve your space by ringing the box office at The Albany on 020 8692 4446.
From 2pm, swap your books at the Travelling Suitcase Library, then at 6pm get ready to battle it out in yet another edition of the famous For Books’ Sake Quiz. It’s free to take part, but book your team in advance by emailing Café 164.
For Books’ Sake Presents: The Quiz at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Fringe
7.30pm, Saturday 7th July 2012, The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge. £2 per person.
Our popular pub quiz is going on tour! Get together up to four of your cleverest friends for our first ever Hebden Bridge event, where there’ll be prizes aplenty for the brightest bibliophiles. (Please note venue change: due to flood damage, this event will now be taking place at The Town Hall, with proceeds going to the Hebden Flood Fund)
As part of Where the Wild Words Are, we’ll be releasing hundreds of words into the wild. And it will be down to you to find them, tame them, and turn them into stories. Each installation will be centred around a woman writer who adventured into the wild through her fiction and came back to tell the tale. Plus free book swap, takeaway poetry, oversized Scrabble and live performances aplenty. More details here.
We’re having a party to celebrate For Books’ Sake turning two! Expect booze and birthday cake aplenty, plus surprises, prizes, and much more. Featuring live performances from Zoe Lambert, Emma Jane Unsworth, Claire Robertson and Les Malheureux. Entrance is free, but you’ll need to RSVP via Eventbrite to get yourself a space on the guestlist.
Angela Carter: How We Heart Her!
Presented by Art Macabre Drawing Salons in partnership with For Books’ Sake
Cass Art Islington, London, 8pm-10pm (doors 7.30pm), Tuesday 5th March 2013
Over 21 years after her death, Art Macabre join forces with For Books’ Sake to celebrate the life and legacy of one our favourite writers - the legendary Angela Carter. Explore and draw all that there is to adore about the gothic heroine of feminist fiction and masterful mistress of the macabre; capture her colourful and curious characters coming to life as models evoke her stories and scenes, from the twisted fairytales and folklore of The Bloody Chamber to Wise Children and Nights at the Circus. Featuring readings from her work and original poems and stories from contemporary storytellers.
Tickets £10 plus booking fee. Advanced tickets only via Eventbrite. Drawing materials included, thanks to sponsor Cass Art. Over 18s only. For more info, see the website or follow Art Macabre on Twitter.
For Books’ Sake Presents: The Yellow Wallpaper International Women’s Day Book Club
The Three Minute Theatre (Manchester), Saturday 9th March 2013, 1.30pm
We’re celebrating International Women’s Day and supporting Womankind Worldwide, a fantastic international women’s human rights charity working to help women transform their lives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We’ll be discussing Charlotte Perkins Gilman‘s classic short story, renowned for its representation of women’s roles and mental health in the 19th century. FREE (but we’ll be collecting donations for Womankind Worldwide). More info here, or RSVP to the Facebook event.